What is the Klein ISD Education Foundation?

So what exactly do we do?

We empower educators to shape the future.

Origins & Purpose


Established in 2000, the Klein ISD Education Foundation is designed to provide direction and support for innovative academic and enrichment projects and staff development activities for the Klein Independent School District.

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.

The mission of the Klein ISD Education Foundation is to generate and distribute resources to the Klein Independent School District to enrich, maintain, and expand programs needed to meet the District’s stated mission of excellence in education.

Who does the Foundation benefit?


Grants to teachers are awarded twice a year on a competitive basis for innovative classroom projects. This incentive brings recognition to the teacher and benefits the student through exemplary teaching practices.

Individual teachers can be awarded grants up to $2,000 and groups of teachers on the same campus can be awarded grants up to $7,500 for innovative classroom initiatives that support the mission of the school district.

Multiple campuses may submit a grant for up to $15,000 and principals may submit a campus-based grant for up to $25,000.

Click here to learn more about our grants.

Board of Directors


Foundation Officers


Bill Lakin, President
Community Volunteer

Keith Kearney, Executive Vice President
InvesTex Credit Union

Jason Bailey, Vice Pres. Governance
Perdue Brandon Fielder Collins & Mott, LLP

Gail Gibson, Vice Pres. Finance/Admin.
Cadence Bank

Thomas Helm, Vice Pres. Fundraising
Aquilae Management

Diana Lothringer, Vice Pres. Events
NFP Property & Casualty Insurance

Bret A. Champion, Secretary
Superintendent, Klein ISD

Ed Shackelford, Past President
Jones & Carter, Inc.

Foundation Directors


Brenda Bourg
Houston Northwest Medical Center

Marlisa Briggs
MKB Public Relations

A.K. “Buddy” Brown
Superior Energy Services

Kristie Campbell
Community Volunteer

Diane Darwin
Chick-fil-A 1960 and Cutten

Felicia Davis
Community Volunteer

Lynne Dozier
Community Volunteer

Keith Edwards
Caldwell Companies

Annie Hames
Waterway Wealth Management

Maria Hartmann
Community Volunteer

Pegi Ivancevich
Community Volunteer

Ray Laughter
Lone Star College

Stephanie Spillman Mire
Community Volunteer

Beki Perkins
SafeWay Driving

Georgan Reitmeier
Klein ISD Board of Trustees

Cissy Saccomanno
Community Volunteer

Tim Seippel
The Church at Creek’s End

Susan Sheeren
Community Volunteer

Julie Stevens
Community Volunteer

Ryan Wells
AXA Advisors, LLC

Associate Directors


Jason Hazel
Carrabba’s Italian Grill

Lyle Lovett
Vocal Artist

David McIver
Wells Fargo Bank

Mike Pearl
Anadarko Petroleum Corporation

Kurt Schwenkel
Merrill Lynch

Mark Smith
Sam Houston Race Park