Board of Directors & Staff

Board Officers & Staff

Jill Pennings, President
Jill is a Special Education Teacher in Wayzata Public Schools. She is married to Mr. Pennings, the 9th grade social studies teacher. Jill and her husband Ben reside in Corcoran and are parents to a 9th grader and 6th grader. REF Board Member since 2014.


Laura Franklin, Treasurer
Laura is a Credit Analyst/Vice President of Bankwest in Rockford.  Laura and her husband Bryan reside in Rockford Township and are parents to a 7th grader and 6th grader. REF Board Member since August 2017.


Kelly Kinnan, Secretary
Kelly is a Doctor at the Pipe Trades Clinic in Maple Grove and a Rockford Alum. Her and her husband Mike Live in Rogers and open enroll their two children, who are in 5th and 2nd grades.  REF Board Member since August 2018.


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 son in 10th grade and daughter in 9th grade. Kelly was a board member from 2011-2014 and has been the Executive Director since 2015.

Board of Directors

Carey Kelvie
Carey is a licensed cosmetologist and works for Scruples Professional Salon Products as a Technical Assistance Adviser and a Salon Manager at Cherrywood Pointe of Plymouth. Carey and her husband Nick live in Greenfield. They have 2 children – a 9th grader and 6th grader. REF Board Member since August 2017.


Monica Luckett
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 10th grader, 8th grader and 5th grader. REF Board Member since August 2017.


Kristine Modrow
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 who are in 5th grade, 2nd grade, Kindergarten and preschool. Kristine is a Rockford High School 1999 Alum. REF Board Member since August 2017.


Melonie Robran
Melonie is a dance instructor for Rockford Community Ed and helps her family run Hill’s Gardens in Albert Lea.  She also volunteers as a Rockford track coach. Melonie and her husband Chad reside in Greenfield and are parents to an 11th grader and 6th grader. Melonie has served on the board since 2011.


Robyn Schuman
Robyn is a Data and Business Consultant at Cargill.  Robyn and her husband Joel reside in Greenfield and are parents to a daughter in 11th grade and son in 8th grade. She has been on the Foundation Board since 2012, and served as treasurer for 4 years.


Art Wachholz
 Art is a High School IB History Teacher at Osseo Public School District. Art and his wife Angie live in Rockford and have daughters in 7th and 3rd grades.  REF Board Member since August 2019.



Ex-Officio

Paul Menard
Brenda Nyhus
Bobbi Anderson-Hume

Teacher Liaisons

Mali Anderson, Kindergarten Teacher
Alex Probst, First Grade Teacher
Jan Hendrickson, 7th Grade Teacher
Sarah Gunderson, RMS Art Teacher
Jessica Matheson, RHS Health Teacher
Paul Stariha, RHS Special Education Teacher