Who We Are
The Morikami Park IB Foundation was organized in 2005 by a group of parents in order to amplify their impact through shared resources and common causes. Since its inception, the Morikami Park IB Foundation has amassed an archive of tangible results contributing over $500,000 towards various projects that have enhanced the educational environment at the school. The foundation is governed by an eight member Board of Directors which is accountable to donors and sponsors. Most importantly, the foundation is supported by parents and local businesses. It is this support that helps the foundation be successful in its mission to support programs that enhance the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program (PYP) at Morikami Park Elementary School.
Co-President - Andee Holzman
Co-President – Rhyan Dildine
Treasurer - Mandy Stein Friedlander
VP of Development & Donations - Michelle Silverman
Community Relations Director - Jodi Spindel-Levinson
Community Relations Assistant Director - Antionetta Benavides
Operations Director - Elyse Gastwirth
Secretary - Robyn Taylor
MPES PYP IB Magnet Coordinator - Amy Mercier
Website Coordinator - Linda Porter, FCCM
Linda has spent many years as a volunteer with a concentration on the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program. She first became involved with the program over 27 years ago when her daughter earned the coveted International Baccalaureate Diploma. As President of the IB Boosters for 5 years during the mid-1990s, Linda's duties included every facet of IB Parent-Administration development. A strong advocate for education, Linda recently helped shape and define the Facebook Certified Community Manager program and has spent over 300+ live hours teaching the course material to hopeful candidates. She also spends lots of time doting on her granddaughter, a former Morikami Park Elementary graduate and assisting in the local MENSA chapter. She has served as the MPIBF website coordinator since 2015 and was recently nominated for a 2022 Community Industry Award in the Education Community Professional category.
The Morikami Park IB Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable organization whose sole purpose is to raise funds that support, strengthen and enrich the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program (IB PYP) at Morikami Park Elementary school.