Officers & Staff
Jen Boulton, President
Jen is the Director of Operations for Vail Place, a non-profit organization in Hopkins. Jen and her husband Joel reside in Rockford and are parents to a 6th grader and 8th grader. She has been on the Foundation Board since 2014, and has served as President for the past two years.
Laura Franklin, Treasurer
Laura is a Credit Analyst/Vice President of Bankwest in Rockford. Laura and her husband Bryan reside in Hanover and are parents to a 4th grader and 3rd grader. REF Board Member since August 2017.
Jill Pennings, Secretary
Jill is a Special Education Teacher at Wayzata Public Schools. She is married to Mr. Pennings, the 7th grade social studies teacher : ) Jill and her husband, Ben, reside in Corcoran and are parents to a 6th grader and 3rd grader.
Kelly Grimm, Executive Director
Kelly is a graphic designer/art director and part time staff for the Rockford Education Foundation. Kelly and her husband Peter reside in Rockford and are parents to a 6th grader and 7th grader. Kelly was a board member from 2011-2014 and has been the Executive Director since 2015.
Board of Directors
Jill Gordee is the High School Counselor for Rockford High School. Jill and her husband Eric are both from Wisconsin (Go Badgers!) and reside in Rockford. They are parents to an 8th grader and a 6th grader.
Carey is Vice President of Hammer Marketing, LLC. Carey and her husband Nick moved from Prior Lake to Greenfield this past year. They have 2 children – a 6th grader and 3rd grader. REF Board Member since August 2017.
Kelly is a Rockford Alum. Her and her husband Mike Live in Rogers and open enroll their two children, Jack (4th grade) and Abby (1st grade). REF Board Member since August 2018.
Monica is a substitute math teacher and often subs for Rockford Area Schools. Monica resides in Rockford and is the parent to two Rockford Alumni as well as a 7th grader, 5th grader and 2nd grader.
REF Board Member since August 2017.
Kristine is a Client Service Manager for BIOLYPH, a Biotechnology company in Chaska. Kristine and her husband Shane reside in Greenfield with their four kiddos; Addison (8), Henry (5), Walter (3) and Wyatt (5 mo.). Kristine is a Rockford High School 1999 Alum. REF Board Member since August 2017.
Sally is a retired teacher who taught home economics, “Independent Living” to special needs high school students, preschool and help start the preschool at Our Fathers Lutheran Church that ran for 25 years. Sally and her late husband, Dr. Allen Moen, raised their two children in Greenfield where they attended Rockford Area Schools. Allen Moen was superintendent of Rockford Area Schools from 1979-1999. REF Board Member since August 2017.
Melonie is a dance instructor for Orono Community Ed and Rockford Community Ed. She also volunteers as a Rockford track coach. Melonie and her husband Chad reside in Corcoran and are parents to an 8th grader and 3rd grader. Melonie has served on the board since 2011.
Robyn is a Process Designer at Cargill. Robyn and her husband Joel reside in Greenfield and are parents to a 5th grader and an 8th grader. She has been on the Foundation Board since 2012, and served as treasurer for 4 years.
Jennifer Sprague, First Grade Teacher
Betsy Pennuto, 6th Grade Teacher
Sarah Gunderson, RMS Art Teacher
Britt Thiemann, RHS English Teacher
Paul Stariha, RHS Special Education Teacher