Board and Staff

Welcome to the Cedar Rapids Community Schools Foundation’s website. For 40 years, the mission of the foundation has been to provide financial support and promote excellence in the Cedar Rapids Public Schools.
We work to fund projects and programs which enhance the educational experience of students in our public schools. We fund field trips and extra-curricular programs, help teachers pay for classroom supplies, award financial assistance for professional development to district staff, and grant numerous senior scholarships. We couldn’t do what we do without great community partnerships with companies, community partners, alumni and donors like you. I invite you to learn more about the Foundation and how you can be a part of our mission.
Thank you,
Kristin Pardubsky, J.D.
Public School Advocate

Board of Trustees

Name Office Initial Term Term Expires
Jodi Booth*Alum     GreenState Credit Union 2021 12/31/2025
Paly Afridi
Darawal, LLC
2024 12/31/2026
Dr. Christopher Tyler, DDS*Alum               Tyler, Link & Barnes, DDS 2014 12/31/2024
Claudia Lindeman     Transamerica Life Corp 2023 12/31/2025
Daniel Pledge-Johnson*Alum               Children of Promise Mentoring 2020 12/31/2025
Molly LaKose               Van Meter Inc. Secretary 2021 12/31/2024
Lindsay Schumacher
Aegon USA, ret.
2015 12/31/2026
Kristin Pardubsky, J.D. Community Volunteer Chair 2022 12/31/2024
Ann DiGiacomo   Maple Grove Elementary School 2023 12/31/2025
Lori Weih                      UnityPoint Health Vice Chair 2022 12/31/2024
Landis Wiley*Alum        Basepoint Wealth, LLC Treasurer 2021 12/31/2026
Scott Drzycimski*Alum
ITC Midwest
2015 12/31/2025
Emma Grantham              Kennedy High School  Student Trustee 2024 12/31/2026
Aaron Loan           Acumen Advisors 2023 12/31/2024
Robert Reitz
Cedar Rapids Community School District, Retired
Sue Pence*Alum
Bankers Trust, Retired


Dr. Tawana Grover
Cedar Rapids Community School District
District Superintendent
Karen A. Swanson, CFRE*Alum             Cedar Rapids Community Schools Foundation Executive Director