Alumni Reunion Tours Committee 

Beth Fowler, 

Grants Committee Members
(Virginia Popper, Chairperson)

Michael Kanaley, Grants Committee,

Jenny Housley, Grants Committee,

Krista Fort, Grants Committee,

April Crosser, Grants Committee,

Amy Prendiville, Grants Committee,

Jenna Joplin, Grants Committee,

Krista Lind, Grants Committee - Staff Rep,

Board Members
Carrie Hembree, President,

Lindsay Sowden, President Elect,

Shannan McKee, Secretary,
Jenny Benschoter, Treasurer, 
Michelle Tilton, Alumni Relations, 
Sally Hardinger, Communications,     

​Julie Roth, Development,

Dawn Thibodeau, Auction,

Sue Patterson, Auction,

Erin Billingsley, Auction, 
Virginia Popper, Grants Chairman,   
Heather Kimmel, Nominating,
Tiffany Connelly, Video Board/Advertising,

Jane Emley, Student Ambassadors,

Jenny Spencer, Past President,
Scott Sherman, Principal, 
Tiffany Connelly, PTA Representative,

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.