About Us

Our Mission

To develop and provide a permanent source of supplemental funding for improving the quality of education within Peoria Public Schools.

The Foundation shall work in partnership with businesses and the greater community and shall raise and disburse funds only for the use and benefit of the students, staff and alumni of Peoria Public Schools.

Our Vision

The Peoria Public Schools Foundation champions real and positive change in Peoria Public Schools.  It successfully devotes its expertise and fundraising capabilities to serve as a catalyst to implement bold ideas that achieve remarkable outcomes for our children.

Our History

The Peoria Public Schools Foundation is a private, independent 501(c)(3) organization.  The Foundation was established in 1992, incorporated in 1998, and restructured in 2007.  The Foundation raises, manages and invests private contribution in ways that will maximize the effectiveness of the substantial public investment our taxpayers already make in our public schools.  The Foundation raises funds at various fundraising events throughout the year.  Donors can also contribute gifts to our general Right Now Fund through membership in our 365 Program or just by directly donating to this fund.  Gifts can also be designated to specific funds and programs, such as student scholarships and grants to specific schools.

Foundation Leadership

The Peoria Public Schools Foundation Board of Directors, Officers and Staff includes some of the finest leaders in Peoria who are devoted to investing the success of the students in our public schools.

Board of Directors

 Dan Adler - Technology Team Leader, Caterpillar

 Andre Allen - Dean of Students at Methodist College

  Ruth Bittner - VP of Finance, Riverfront Museum

 Maarten de Haas - General Manager, Caterpillar

 Solivian Dismuke - Registered Nurse, UnityPoint Health

 Alex Elger - Financial Consultant, Elger Kinkade Wealth Management Group of Wells Fargo Advisors 

 Daniel Musisi - Operations Lead, WCBU

 Cheryl Sanfilip - Retired Peoria Public Schools Administrator

 Cathy Wiggers - Retired Peoria Public Schools Administrator


Board Officers 

Cathy Wiggers, Chairman

Alex Elger, Treasurer

Cindy Morris, President 


Dr. Sharon Desmoulin-Kherat, Superintendent of Peoria Public Schools

Mike Murphy, Peoria Public Schools Board of Education Member


 Cindy Morris - President - cindy.morris@psd150.org - 309.713.3608

 Trish O'Shaughnessy - Director, Community Engagement and Horizons Program - patricia.oshaughnessy@psd150.org - 309.696.3406

 Jen Adler - Administrative Director - jennifer.adler@psd150.org - 309.696.8681

 Matt Violet - Data & Programming Logistics Coordinator - matthew.violet@psd150.org - 330.323.5184

 Janet Ham - Adopt-A-School Coordinator - janet.ham@psd150.org - 646.872.9347

  Annalee Anderson - Career Tech Advocate 

  Sara Montogomery - Career Tech Advocate 

  Olivia Smith - Career Tech Advocate 

  Mia Jackson - PPS Student Intern