Board of Trustee Officers

Paul Fowler


Vice President & Trust Officer The Trust Company of Kansas –  “Over the last 40 years I have been a part of the Goddard school system in many different ways.  My involvement began as a student, but it continues as the son, husband and father of family members who served, or are serving, as teachers in the Goddard schools for almost 50 years of combined service.  I am honored to serve on the Board of Trustees and contribute my time and talent to help develop the financial resources for the foundation so the Goddard School District can maintain its reputation for excellence and remain strong for many years to come.”

Jerry Longabaugh

Vice President

Principal, Eisenhower Middle School – “As a principal in the district, we see the need for an Education Foundation every day, and the opportunities that could be brought to life with the support of partners in education.”

Michelle Bay


Accountant Paragon Electric – “As parents with several children in the Goddard school system, we have been blessed with a number of great teachers and administrators.  Given the opportunity to be involved with an organization that can contribute to the continued success of the District, it was an easy decision to participate.”

John Robb


Partner, Somers, Robb & Robb, Lawyers – “We entrust our children to the public education system to prepare them for life. What can be more important? I am happy to lend my time, energy and skill set to the Goddard Education Foundation to further this mission.”

Board of Trustee Members

Steve Brend

Co-owners of Brend’s Inc., McDonalds Franchisees – “As we do business in the community, our kids attended Goddard schools from K thru graduation and we now have Grandkids in the district, GEF is an opportunity to continue our involvement and support of this very progressive district. With the pressures our schools are facing today, community involvement is more important than ever if we want our students to have all the educational opportunities possible.”

Thomas Borrego

Director, Wichita Public Library Foundation – “As the first person in my family to receive a college and graduate education, I understand the value of a quality primary and secondary education.  Creating partnerships with the community to enhance a public education is what will distinguish this district from others.  I am encouraged that the leadership of District USD 265 has created this Foundation to encourage others to support one of its most important assets; students.”

Vernon Dolezal

Chief Financial Officer for HighTouch Technolgies –  “I support the Goddard Education Foundation because every child deserves a world-class education with collaborative learning opportunities that get them prepared for lifelong success.”

Lisa Farris

Board of Trustee Member – “As we watch what is happening with school funding, what better way to ensure our students and teachers have the resources needed for a top-notch education. Serving as a member of the GEF Board of Trustees gives me the opportunity to continue to serve the district in a meaningful way.”

Jacquelyn Grant

Board of Trustee Member – “When my husband and I moved our business to Kansas in 2004, we chose Goddard as our home mainly due to the excellence of the Goddard school district. Our children will have the unique opportunity to spend their entire K-12 careers in one school system. That is very important to us as a family, because neither my husband nor I had the same opportunity. I am honored and humbled to be part of the Goddard Education Foundation and will do everything I can to help these schools maintain their current status and exceed all expectations in the future.”

Doug Griswold

Owner of G2 Systems Design – Engineering Consultant – “As a Goddard resident for decades and graduate of Goddard High School, I value the education I received and the community in which we live. My wife, Peggy, is a teacher in the district and our two sons also graduated from GHS. I have been a USD 265 Board of Education member as well, and value the opportunity to continue my service to the community and promote educational excellence by serving. The Foundation allows us the opportunity to assist and benefit the education community in many ways and is more important than ever to assist our students and teachers to the benefit of education.”

Justin Henry

Superintendent, Goddard Public Schools – “The mission of Goddard Public Schools is to educate all students for lifelong success. In order to achieve this mission, it takes strong partnerships. The partnership and support of the Goddard Education Foundation, is so important in this process. This foundation makes our goal of providing  world-class learning opportunities to our students and staff a reality!”

Gail Jamison

Foundation Task Force Member – “I give to the foundation because it provides a unique opportunity to join with other partners in education who believe in the mission to provide opportunities for Goddard students in support of educational excellence and student success.”

Kevin McWhorter

Goddard Board of Education – “I believe all students have the right to have resources available to give each of them the best opportunity to learn and reach their maximum potential. As adequate State funding of schools is unreliable, School Foundations are becoming more and more important as part of the solution to ensure all students have the resources available to succeed.”

Mark Richards

Goddard Board of Education – “As the newest member of the Board of Directors for the GEF, I am excited about the opportunities ahead for this dynamic team to create opportunities for student success in and beyond the classroom.”

Sean Tarbell

Vice-President, Davis-Moore Auto Group – “As a business leader, I am excited to see the opportunities for collaboration between the Goddard Public Schools and the broader community through the formation of the GEF.  It will be a privilege to be supporting the investments made in our children’s future.”

Bonnie Tharp

 President, Copp Media Services, Inc. – “Serving as a  member of Board of Trustees allows me the opportunity to share my talents, and those of our company, to give back  in a meaningful to the Goddard community.   The Foundation’s commitment to support the teachers and children within our school system is more important today than ever before.”

Marlo Dolezal

Vice President of Finance & Administration Wichita Area Technical College – “As a parent of a Goddard Public School student, I am excited to be able to contribute to an organization that will give so much back to all of the students in the district.”  

Nicole Hawkins

Goddard Board of Education  As a mother of four attending the Goddard School District, I have observed that each looks at what education can offer them differently. The challenge for K-12 districts is to keep all students engaged to graduate and become successful citizens. Education Foundations can be vital to the success of any district and I am proud to assist the Goddard Education Foundation in its efforts to provide exceptional opportunities to our students.   


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