Klein ISD Education Foundation History

Established 2000


Founding Director

Anne Vallette

Current Director

Christy Spisak

The Klein ISD Education Foundation was created by the KISD Board of Trustees in 2000 while Dr. Donald R. Collins was Superintendent. At that time the Klein ISD Board of Trustees served as board members of the Klein Education Foundation, as they do for the Klein, TX Historical Foundation. In order for the Klein Education Foundation to be most successful Dr. Jim Surratt, who served as Superintendent following Dr. Collins, suggested a consultant specializing in foundation development be hired. This consultant, Dr. Pete Karabatsos, had a track record for establishing productive foundations throughout the mid-west. New Articles of Incorporation and new by-laws allowing for a community board were filed at the advice of Dr. Karabatsos. The Restated Articles of Incorporation and the new by-laws were filed and adopted in 2001. The final 501(c)3 status was achieved in 2001. Dr. Karabatsos advised the district to engage community leaders in the mission of the foundation by encouraging them to take leadership roles in fund-raising and influence on behalf of public education.

Dr. Donald Collins and Mrs. Karen Gayle Smith, Klein’s comptroller, filed the initial documents to create the Foundation. Dr. Liz Johnson, associate superintendent for community relations, working with Dr. Jim Surratt, managed the Foundation during its inaugural year. Under Dr. Pete Karabatsos’ tutelage, Dr. Johnson conducted a Founding Donors Campaign in 2001-2002 and successfully awarded the first grants to Klein ISD teachers. Grants amounting to $75,915 were awarded in the first year!

The directors were appointed with advice from multiple sources including the school principals who identify positive leaders on a regular basis for school support. In addition to school community leaders, the objective was to enlist influential and successful business representatives to support the District through the venue of the Klein ISD Education Foundation. Currently, directors recommend other directors through relationships in the community and networking experiences. Directors serve staggered tenures so that experienced directors are always on the board, and new ones regularly join the group. Many of the directors have been with the Foundation since the group’s inception.

The foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization governed by a volunteer board of directors made up of respected local business, corporate, and community leaders.


Fall Festival Kings & Queens

The time-honored tradition of naming a Fall Festival king and queen has a long and rich history in the Klein ISD of past. In 2003, the Foundation re-introduced the tradition of naming a Fall Festival king and queen.


  • 2003Catherine Neal
    &
    Charles Seber
    2003

  • 2004
    Shirley Strack
    &
    Edwin “Butch” Theiss
    2004

  • 2005
    David Klein
    &
    Barbara Seber
    2005

  • 2006
    Dorothy Brown
    &
    James Wunderlich
    2006

  • 2007Val Frank
    &
    Jimmie Schindewolf
    2007

  • 2008-2
    Charles Nitsch
    &
    Hilda Doerre
    2008

  • 2009
    Roger Wunderlich
    &
    Gladys Doerre
    2009

  • 2010
    Inez Wunderlich Weindorff
    &
    Buddy Hassler
    2010

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    LeRoy Frank
    &
    Bernell Klein Lovett
    2011

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    Louise Reed Connell
    &
    Don Strack
    2012

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    Patricia Kaiser Hilburn
    &
    Lester Hildebrandt
    2013

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    Charline Ray
    &
    Ben Frank
    2014

  • FallFounder_King_Queen_2015
    Esther Wunderlich Haude
    &
    Claude Hand
    2015

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    Geraldine Doerre Harmeier
    &
    James Nitsch
    2016

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    Linda Evans
    &
    Calvin Klein
    2017