About Us

History & Mission

Founded in 1989, the Charlotte Local Education Foundation (CLEF) is a non-profit, 501 (c)(3) organization that brings our community together for the investment of advancing student learning and teacher leading. By increasing public awareness and inspiring community and business support for programs focused on learning, literacy, and leadership, CLEF continues to be a community catalyst and convener around innovation in student learning.
CLEF works in partnership with the community and businesses to bring critical resources that are not funded by normal tax revenues to help students succeed in their academic and personal achievements. These needs are met through student scholarships, mentoring and dropout prevention strategies, free school supplies for low-income students, teacher quality and recognition programs, classroom grants, literacy improvement strategies, technical/career education initiatives, and targeted support for low-performing students and schools.

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Board of Directors

Steve Dionisio
CCPS Superintendent

Ian Vincent
School Board Representative

Alexander Graham, President
Suncoast Credit Union

Thomas Williamson, Vice President
Landsberg Bennet

Rachel A. Clancy, Treasurer
Achieva Credit Union

Robert Pietrasanta, Secretary
Community Representative

Kreg Maheu, Past President
DMK Associates, Inc.

James Coalwell
Centennial Bank

Marcy Frisina
Fawcett Memorial Hospital

Shaune Hotchkiss
Harbor Insurance

Russell Kirshy
Kirshy Law Firm

Maura Matzko
Community Representative

David Palmer,
Palmer Property Management

Lynn Pogue
Community Representative

Hope Schmidt
Community Representative

Geri Waksler
The McCrory Law Firm

Mathew Zwack
Owen-Ames-Kimball

Sara Wierhake
Executive Director

 

 

 

Steve Dionisio
CCPS Superintendent

Ian Vincent
School Board Representative

Alexander Graham, President
Suncoast Credit Union

Thomas Williamson, Vice President
Landsberg Bennet

Rachel A. Clancy, Treasurer
Achieva Credit Union

Robert Pietrasanta, Secretary
Community Representative

Kreg Maheu, Past President
DMK Associates, Inc.

James Coalwell
Centennial Bank

Marcy Frisina
Fawcett Memorial Hospital

Shaune Hotchkiss
Harbor Insurance

Russell Kirshy
Kirshy Law Firm

Maura Matzko
Community Representative

David Palmer,
Palmer Property Management

Lynn Pogue
Community Representative

Hope Schmidt
Community Representative

Geri Waksler
The McCrory Law Firm

Mathew Zwack
Owen-Ames-Kimball

Sara Wierhake
Executive Director

Meetings

  • Board meetings are held on the 4th Tuesday of each month at 8am (except December and July) at Harbor Nissan, unless otherwise noted: 4336 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte, FL 33980
  • Executive Committee meetings are held the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 4:30pm (except December or July) at Landsberg Bennett Private Wealth Management, unless otherwise noted: 252 W Marion Ave #200, Punta Gorda, FL 33950
  • All meetings are open to the public
  • Any disabled individual who needs reasonable accommodations for meetings may contact the Ed Foundation office, 941.255.7500. x294, prior to the meeting date

The Giving Partner

We are registered with The Giving Partner, a collaborative partnership between the Gulf Coast Community Foundation, the Community Foundation of Sarasota, Manatee Community Foundation, and the Patterson Foundation. It is your source for knowledge about charitable nonprofits in Southwest Florida. For more information, click here.

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Board Meetings Schedule
(4th Tuesday of each month)
Tues., Oct. 24, 2017
Tues., Nov. 28, 2017
Tues., Jan. 22, 2018
Tues., Feb. 26, 2018
Tues., Mar. 27, 2018
Tues. April 23, 2018
Tues., May 22, 2018
NOTE: No meetings set for December or July
Executive Committee/Governance Meetings Schedule
(2nd Wednesday)
Wed., Oct. 11, 2017
Wed., Nov. 8, 2017
Wed., Jan. 10, 2018
Wed., Feb. 14, 2018
Wed., Mar. 14, 2018
Wed., April 11, 2018
Wed., May 9, 2018
NOTE: No meetings set for December or July, unless called.