The District 31 Education Foundation’s mission is to fund initiatives that will equip our district with the best in class educational environment.

The District 31 Education Foundation includes Winkleman and Field Schools. We are a parent-led, 501(c)(3) education foundation.

Our primary focus is to fund improvements to the facilities and programming at District 31.


• To fund creative, hands-on, cutting-edge initiatives to make District 31 the best place it can be!

• Engage and secure funds from new and alternative sources, inside and outside of District 31.

• Leverage our wonderfully diverse demographics of our community.

• Continue the foundation’s history of creating special events that tailor to high potential donors in our district, while adding select events that engage and
cater to the broader population of the district.

• Create a board development culture that will ensure the continuity of the board for years to come.

• Actively partner with the district and PTC to make our kids school experience stronger.

Our Team (the board)

Board Leadership:

Michael Valentinas – President

Darrin Stern – President-Elect

Foster Elliott – Treasurer

Daphne Frank – VP Community

Hilary Malina – VP Events (Boosterthon Chair)

Laurie Parfitt – VP Public Affairs

Lana Razumov – VP Continuity

Claudia Welke – Secretary


Alexandra Nicholson (Superintendent, D31)

Cathy Lauria (Director of Business Services, D31)

Dana Tamez (Principal, Winkelman)

Demetria Dimopoulos (Winkelman Teacher).

Erin Murphy (Principal, Field)

Katie Lauder (Field Teacher)


Terms: Board members get voted in and their terms run until they request to be voted out.  Executive team terms are 2 years.

Board Members:

Ami Behara

Ami Behara

Asha Vyas

Ben Kim

Bob Hammer

Carlos Soriano

Cham Choi

Danielle Stern

Harvind Singh

Heather Abels

Kim Steres

Lana Razumov

Laura Greenberg

Mindy Dapin

Pam Marlantis (Boosterthon Chair)

Peter Glowacki

Tami Hammersley

Vicki Dominguez

How do I join?

If you would like to join, the Foundation has meetings every month (unless a holiday or school activity conflicts) at 7:30 in the District Conference Room at Field School.


There is always a call in number for those that need to attend remotely.  Non-Board members are allowed to attend up to two meetings as they consider joining.


To learn more, contact edfoundation@district31.net or Michael Valentinas at valentinasmj@gmail.com.