Rockford Education Foundation welcomes new board members

The Rockford Education Foundation (REF) has named Duncan Purvis and Erin Wenger to its Board of Trustees. They replace REF Trustees Theresa Webb and Marianne McWatters, who retired from the board this summer.

Erin_WengerErin is honored and excited about being a Trustee for the REF. She is currently works part-time and is the mother of two middle school-aged children. In the past, she has been the Vice President of Fundraising for Lakes PTO and Inter-School Advisory Council representative.Duncan_Purvis

Duncan is a proud husband and father who grew up in Rockford, and is a graduate of RHS’01. He currently is employed with Berends, Hendricks, Stuit Insurance as a Retirement Plan Consultant. He is looking forward to using his time and talents to help the REF continue to bring educational opportunities to our community.

The Rockford Education Foundation (REF) was established in 1991 to provide resources for increased educational opportunities for people of all ages in the Rockford Community. The REF is an independent, non-profit corporation, governed by a volunteer Board of Trustees from the community. Teachers, students, and community members with innovative ideas have received grants for wide-ranging, educational purposes. Grants are awarded twice yearly based on the merit of the request and its ability to promote educational excellence. Since its founding, the REF has awarded over $1 million in grants.

If you would like to find out more about volunteering or becoming a trustee, please contact the REF office at 616.863.6317.


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