Removing Barriers So Every Child Is Ready To Learn

About Us

The Foundation for Vancouver Public Schools is an independent, 501(c)3 educational non-profit corporation established in 1988 by Dr. Jim Parsley, VPS Superintendent (1980 to 2002). Dr. Parsley saw what students came to school “without” and established the Foundation to help meet those needs.

The Foundation supports students across all 40 Vancouver Public Schools (VPS) through the generous donations from school employees, parents, students, community members and businesses. The Foundation is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors made up of business, community and education leaders.

Our Commitment to Equity and Inclusion

The Foundation for Vancouver Public Schools is committed to listen and take action around safety and social justice to ensure a more equitable and inclusive future for all students. In the coming months, we will be taking steps to further define how this will be included in our organization for permanent change. We invite you to join us in our shared commitment to this valuable work.


The Foundation for Vancouver Public Schools provides essential resources and opportunities for students to reach their full potential, through collaboration and partnership with our community, students, families, and VPS staff.


Our students enjoy their educational journey and have the resources to fully realize their aspirations.

Thank You to Our Board

2023-24 Board of Directors

Board Officers:

Jeff Fisher | American Family Insurance – President
Amy Reeves | OnPoint Credit Union – Vice-President
Dan Medak | iQ Credit Union – Treasurer
Sara Elkins | Community Member – Secretary
Amy Davis | Umpqua Bank – Immediate Past President


Jamie Anderson | Vancouver Education Association*
Dr. Ileana Bembenek | Ivy Wellness Clinic
Amonique Brown | Nike
Mark Cain | VPS Middle School Principal*
Samuel Crawford | WSUV Student & VPS Graduate
Abby Davis | VPS High School Principal*
Michael Florea | Columbia Credit Union
Shanda Haluapo | Clark College
Trevor Hayward | Hayward Uskoski and Associates, Inc.
Joy Johnson | Keller Williams Premier Partners
Rebecca Kempton | Vancouver PTA*
Chris Magaña | IMS Capital Management, Inc.
Spencer Oien | US Bank

Bill Oman | Executive Director of Teaching & Learning, VPS*
Felisciana Peralta | Puget Sound Educational Services District
Sue Simon | LakeShore Design Studio
Dr. Jeffery Snell | Superintendent, VPS*
Steve Stoll | VPS Elementary School Principal*
Jenny Thompson | Executive Director, FVPS*
Kelly Usselman | Community Member
Nicole Vigil | Vancouver Police Department 
Lori Wick | Umpqua Bank
Ralph Willson | LSW Architects
Sandra Zavala-Ortega | VPS Board Member*


Our Staff

Jenny Thompson
Executive Director

Timothea Sutton-Antonucci
Partnership & Development Manager

Lisa Haberthur
Finance Manager

Shari Gomez
Accounting Clerk

Kamani Velez
Development Associate

Ryan Green
Social Media Coordinator


We are currently hiring for a Director of Development & Communications. If you are interested please click here to read the position description & how to apply.