Schools foundation director moves on

December 2, 2008

By Chantelle Lusebrink

After nearly 10 years, the Issaquah Schools Foundation is looking for new leadership.

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Robin Callahan, the foundation’s executive director, announced her resignation — effective June 30 — to board members in September. 

“Robin has brought her intelligence, wisdom, compassion and her willingness to do any task needed to cultivate the partnership between the Issaquah Schools Foundation and the Issaquah School District,” said Eve Martine, foundation board president. “She has spent a decade helping to make this a strong district for all students.” “I am ready for a change and a new challenge,” Callahan said. “I hope to remain on the board and still engaged with the Issaquah Schools Foundation, but just in a lesser capacity.” 

Since the organization had numerous activities in early fall, including the start of school and the annual luncheon in October, foundation officials didn’t announce the resignation until they posted the job opening, Callahan said.

Callahan has been with the foundation as its executive director for six years; for three years prior, she was actively involved in the foundation as a board member.

She said she is proud of the way she and foundation officials have been able to strengthen the relationship between the foundation and the district; build community support for the foundation by increasing the amount of donors; and the new programs she has helped to launch, like the VOICE Mentor, Club 7 and the After School Homework programs.

“I love the Issaquah Schools Foundation, but I think there’s something else out there for me,” she said. 

She said she is currently applying to business programs at the University of Washington and Seattle University, so she can earn her master’s degree in business administration. After graduating, she said she hopes to work for a larger, international nonprofit.

“I’ve had all my nonprofit experience with the Issaquah Schools Foundation, so I know there is a lot out there that I still don’t know, especially as it relates to a larger organization,” she said. 

“She has all the talents that she needs to be a success,” Martine said.  “I can only imagine that her future will be as fulfilling as it has been with the Issaquah Schools Foundation.” 

Reach Reporter Chantelle Lusebrink at 392-6434, ext. 241, or clusebrink@isspress.com. Comment on this story at www.issaquahpress.com. 

 

 

 

After nearly 10 years, the Issaquah Schools Foundation is looking for new leadership.

Robin Callahan, the foundation’s executive director, announced her resignation — effective June 30 — to board members in September. 

“Robin has brought her intelligence, wisdom, compassion and her willingness to do any task needed to cultivate the partnership between the Issaquah Schools Foundation and the Issaquah School District,” said Eve Martine, foundation board president. “She has spent a decade helping to make this a strong district for all students.” 

“I am ready for a change and a new challenge,” Callahan said. “I hope to remain on the board and still engaged with the Issaquah Schools Foundation, but just in a lesser capacity.” 

Since the organization had numerous activities in early fall, including the start of school and the annual luncheon in October, foundation officials didn’t announce the resignation until they posted the job opening, Callahan said.

Callahan has been with the foundation as its executive director for six years; for three years prior, she was actively involved in the foundation as a board member.

She said she is proud of the way she and foundation officials have been able to strengthen the relationship between the foundation and the district; build community support for the foundation by increasing the amount of donors; and the new programs she has helped to launch, like the VOICE Mentor, Club 7 and the After School Homework programs.

“I love the Issaquah Schools Foundation, but I think there’s something else out there for me,” she said. 

She said she is currently applying to business programs at the University of Washington and Seattle University, so she can earn her master’s degree in business administration. After graduating, she said she hopes to work for a larger, international nonprofit.

“I’ve had all my nonprofit experience with the Issaquah Schools Foundation, so I know there is a lot out there that I still don’t know, especially as it relates to a larger organization,” she said. 

“She has all the talents that she needs to be a success,” Martine said.  “I can only imagine that her future will be as fulfilling as it has been with the Issaquah Schools Foundation.” 

Reach Reporter Chantelle Lusebrink at 392-6434, ext. 241, or clusebrink@isspress.com. Comment on this story at www.issaquahpress.com. 

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