Press Release

May 16, 2013

Ann E. Spehar, Executive Director
Andi Pevitz, Administrative Assistant

NEF Announces New Trustees

Naperville Education Foundation Welcomes Four New Trustees

Naperville Education Foundation, Naperville School District 203’s charitable fundraising and grantmaking
arm, announces the addition of four new members to their 2013-2014 Board of Trustees.

NAPERVILLE, Illinois, Sep. 11, 2013 – Naperville Education Foundation (NEF), which raises and grants
funds for programs that enhance and enrich the educational experience of Naperville School District 203
students, announced the addition of four new members to the 2013-2014 Board of Trustees: Ms. Kerry
Bleuher; Ms. Jessica Jozwiak; Mr. Mark Rice; and Ms. Alissa Johnson Tripas.

“NEF is extremely pleased to welcome these additions to our board”, said Ms. Dawn Newman, Chairman
of the NEF Board of Trustees. “We appreciate their commitment to the students of Naperville and
believe their experience will greatly assist us in expanding what we can offer.”

“We look to our trustees to provide guidance and direction,” adds Ann E. Spehar, NEF’s Executive
Director, “but this is very much a working board. Their hands-on participation in our efforts allows us to
focus our financial support on programs that directly benefit the students of District 203.”

Ms. Kerry Bleuher has been a Naperville resident and involved with Naperville Community Unit School
District 203 for 6 years. Along with her involvement directly at Scott School, Kerry has been an active
member of her neighborhood where she currently serves as the President of Farmstead Women’s Club.
Kerry has been in the Brokerage and Insurance industry for over 20 years and is currently a Senior
Investment Executive at MB Financial Investments.

Ms. Jessica Jozwiak has lived in Naperville for over 35 years and is a proud product of District 203. She
has been an active volunteer in the community overall as well as for the school district since 1998.
Jessica served as District Co-Chair for the School Family Community Partnership (SFCP) from 2010
through 2013 and has personal NEF experience as she was part of a “Welcoming Committee” at
Naperville North High School that was a recipient of an NEF grant. Jessica also volunteers her time at the
Ronald McDonald Family Room at Edward Hospital.

Mr. Mark Rice has been an active resident of Naperville since 1987 – he sits on the Board of Directors of
The Rotary Club of Naperville Sunrise, he is a member and past president of the Exchange Club of
Naperville, he is a DuPage Township Democratic Organization committeeman and a Will County
Naperville Education Foundation (630) 420-3086
203 W. Hillside Rd.
Naperville, IL 60540-6589
Democratic Committee member, he is a member of the Naper Settlement Heritage Society and he has
contributed time to many non-profits in the Naperville area. Mark is Senior National Sales Manager at
the Food Ingredient Division of Clabber Girl Corporation.

Ms. Alissa Johnson Tripas is a community volunteer with NEF where she served on the Annual
Appreciation Breakfast Committee and currently serves on the Resource Development Committee. She
is also a member and past president of The Junior League of Kane & DuPage Counties, Inc. Alissa’s
professional career includes agency and account management/full-service public relations experience
with clients such as a national talk-show, restaurants and a local gaming destination. She worked for
Drake University as the Director of the Chicago Office where her focus was on cultivating area graduates
through alumni events and personal visits for purposeful re-engagement.

Naperville Education Foundation (NEF)

The Naperville Education Foundation (NEF) raises and grants funds for programs that enhance and
enrich the educational experience of Naperville School District 203 students

With the generous support of foundations, businesses, educational professionals and individual donors,
NEF is able to provide financial resources that increase learning opportunities by supplementing school
district budgets. NEF encourages creativity, innovation and excellence in students by helping to insure
that every student in the district can take advantage of opportunities to make the most of their

NEF’s Annual Grant Program supplies teachers with funds for innovative and creative new programs.
Other programs include “Kid Booster”, which provides assistance to students by matching their unique
needs to opportunities which enhance educational, physical or socio-emotional growth, and “Study
Skills Academy”, an after-school program for students who need academic assistance.

CONTACT: Ann E. Spehar, Executive Director, Naperville Education Foundation, (630) 420-3086 or