Foundation


ABOUT US



ENRICHING LIVES THROUGH EDUCATION

We exist for the sole purpose of sustaining and advancing the unique and vital educational services and programs of SouthWest Metro Intermediate District 288.

The SouthWest Metro Educational Foundation supports District 288, where people register for opportunity and hope, not just to receive an education. SouthWest Metro supported over 4,000 individuals this past year to overcome barriers and achieve a quality life through education.

We also serve as a conduit of generosity, making it possible for families and individuals of even modest means to realize their charitable nature in tangible ways that build community and improve the lives of their neighbors.

The SouthWest Metro Educational Foundation (SWMEF) is a 501(3)(c) not-for-profit organization. Founded in 2004 as the Carver-Scott Educational Foundation, the foundation changed its name on July 1, 2013 to follow the merger of the Carver-Scott Educational Cooperative and the Minnesota River Valley Special Education Cooperative into the SouthWest Metro Educational Cooperative. In 2016, SouthWest Metro Educational Cooperative became SouthWest Metro Intermediate District 288.



LESLEY A. CHESTER
Executive Director  |  SouthWest Metro Educational Foundation
office: (952) 567-8273  |  cell: (651) 955-7199
lchester@swmetro.k12.mn.us



BOARD OF DIRECTORS

EXECUTIVE OFFICERS

Norma Timmons, Board Chair
Jordan Public Schools, Retired

Stephanie Erickson, Vice Chair
SouthWest Metro Intermediate District 288

Will Thompson, Secretary
Former SWMetro Student, Apple, Inc.

Melissa Carlson, Treasurer
Charter Bank


MEMBERS AT LARGE

Veronica Behlke
Robin Dylla, SouthWest Metro Intermediate District 288
Joyce Eissinger, SouthWest Metro Intermediate District 288
Ginger Gregory, SouthWest Metro Intermediate District 288
Mary Hanson, Fathom Consulting
Darren Kermes (ex-officio), Executive Director - SouthWest Metro Intermediate District 288
Danelle Simenson, Merit Investment Properties
Shannon Smith, Best Buy
Michael Sokol, Best Buy
John Weinand, City of Minnetonka 


EMERITUS BOARD MEMBERS

Mary Jorissen
Beth Klehr, Entrust Datacard Group, Former SouthWest Metro Student
Bob Roepke
Russ St. John
Brenda Urke, Retired, SouthWest Metro Intermediate District 288







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