Board Members

2015 – 2016 Friends of Coonley Board
President Vice President Treasurer
Tracy Portnoy Molly Stoner Kathy Alvarez
Secretary Board Member Board Member
Renee Girardin Stephen Laslo, Assistant Principal Brooke Roark
Board Member
John Zachar
Honorary Board Members
Corina Barnett Shannon Belmont Kathie Bock
Julie Cronin Jennie Freda Rhonda Gettelman
Lisa Gutierrez Jim Kartheiser Linda Lesondak
Kelly Lish Lisa Mishkin Noreen Willuweit
Greg Zurawski, Principal Doug Mulderink (LSC Co-Chair) York Chan (LSC Co-Chair)
Ann Newton (PTO Co-Chair)

 Our Board of Directors consists of seven members, four of whom serve as officers (President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer) for a one-year term with the ability to renew for up to three years for one position. Responsibilities include attending monthly meetings, leading or serving on a committee for the key fundraising events and/or for our administration, discussing and voting on issues/expenditures and strategies for future development and communicating and coordinating with the other core school organizations – the Local School Council (LSC), the Parent Teacher Organization (PTO), and the school administration.

Honorary Board members, typically either past members of the Board of Directors or new members moving toward participating as full board member, are non-voting members that are invited to attend meetings, serve on committees, advise the Board and be actively involved in the organization’s fundraising activities.

Friends of Coonley Mission and Vision Statements
The Friends of Coonley School is an organization that has been created to raise, receive, and administer funds for the benefit of the John C. Coonley School. The organization is operated exclusively for charitable, educational, literary, art, and scientific purposes to assist with, supplement, develop, maintain, and expand educational programs for students at John C. Coonley School, and to enrich the educational experiences of such students.

Education is key to a child’s development to adulthood. In order for a student to excel, state of the art facilities, teachers, and programs must be provided. The Friends of Coonley School will endeavor to provide funding, ideas, and public relations to supplement the financial support provided by the Chicago Board of Education and provide the needed impetus and support to make the John C. Coonley School an exceptional educational facility and the school of choice in its community.

To contact the Friends of Coonley, email