Alumni Reunion Tours Committee 

Beth Fowler, tigerdens@hotmail.com 


Grants Committee Members
(Sarah Dornbusch, Chairperson)

Sarah Dornbusch, Grants Committe, dbuschfam@yahoo.com

Adam Finkleston, Faculty Rep Grants Committee, adamfinkelston@smsd.org

Krista Fort, Grants Committee, kjfort@everestkc.com

Mike Kanaley, Grants Committee, michael.kanaley@global-prairie.com

Jenny Housley, Grants Committee, jenny.housely@bluekc.com

Jodi McGannon, ​Grants Committee, pmcgannon@kc.rr.com

Virginia Popper, Grants Committee, vpop34@aol.com

Nikol Terrill, Grants Committee, Nikolterrill715@gmail.com



Communications Committee Members
(Suzanne Schutt, Chairperson)


Board Members

Jenny Spencer, President, jennyspencer1968@gmail.com

Carrie Hembree, President Elect, 

Lindsay Sowden, Secretary, lindsaysowden@gmail.com
Jenny Benschoter, Treasurer,  jennben@kc.rr.com 
Michelle Tilton, Alumni Relations, michelleworralltilton@gmail.com 
Suzanne Schutt, Communications, suzanneschutt@kc.rr.com     

Julie Roth, Development, jcroth@sbcglobal.net

Casey Brock, Auction, caseycooleybrock@gmail.com   
Sarah Dornbusch, Grants Chairman, dbuschfam@yahoo.com    
Heather Kimmel, Nominating, hkimmel1@me.com
Tiffany Connelly, Video Board/Advertising, connelly@me.com

Jane Emley, Student Ambassadors, kuandfm@sbcglobal.net

Lauri Bledsoe, Past President, lsbledsoe@gmail.com
Scott Sherman, Principal, scottsherman@smsd.org 
Margo Mikkelson, PTA Representative, margo@kc.rr.com

How the East Fund started


Our story began in 2003, when a group of parents founded The East Fund Fund, which is dedicated to maintaining the integrity and quality of educational programming for students at Shawnee Mission East.  


Our didactic grants focus on three areas:

  • Student and Classroom Programs
  • Technology Enhancements
  • Professional Development


The mission of The East Fund is to bring together the diverse community at Shawnee Mission East, to identify the best ways to enhance the educational experience for students and teachers alike, and to create resources to offer the widest possible range of opportunities for all students and teachers to reach their maximum potential.


Our goal is to purposely provide stretch, creativity and innovation, to benefit every student at Shawnee Mission East.

Our vision is to create a learning environment where expectations are high, with the mutual commitment of young people and adults to achieve them.