The Indian Prairie Educational Foundation has named a new executive director. Read the full press release below:
The Indian Prairie Educational Foundation named Susan Rasmus as its first executive director. As an active volunteer in the community, Rasmus has dedicated extensive time and energy to organizations both within and outside of the school district. Most notably, she served for four years on District 204’s Board of Education, including serving as president. She is a past PTA President and also brings first-hand knowledge from the classroom as a former substitute teacher. A graduate of Eastern Illinois University, Rasmus worked most recently as Director of Business Development for Washington-based All for Kidz, Inc.
In her new role, Rasmus will be responsible for the planning and implementation of a comprehensive development program that will complement and provide financial assistance to the district.
Chairman Kent Duncan described Rasmus as someone who is passionate about education.
“We are very fortunate to have a person of Sue’s background and experience that can step into this role. The Foundation is in the early stages of executing our growth strategy, and Sue is the right person to provide the direction and execution we are expecting over the next several years.”
Rasmus looks forward to starting her new role on September 26 and says she's excited to focus on the District 204 community full time.
"It's an honor to be brought on in this capacity, especially this year as the Foundation celebrates its 25th Anniversary," she said. "I think the IPEF is one of those hidden gems that everyone may not be familiar with. I look forward to helping share their story as we work to increase community awareness and involvement."
The Indian Prairie Educational Foundation was created in 1988 to complement and enhance the educational opportunities provided to students in District 204. Through donations, the Foundation supports the development of program enrichments and services not normally financed with tax dollars. A vital part of the Indian Prairie community, the IPEF has provided more than $3 million in educational extras since its creation. These "extras" are making the difference between a very good school system and an excellent one.