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President and Board Members2019-12-30T10:24:38+00:00

A Message from the Presidents

Hello! We are delighted to serve as your Presidents for the Claremont Educational Foundation for the 2019/2020 year. Several years ago, CEF developed a leadership model in which three people share the role and responsibilities of the CEF Presidency in any given year; the Past-President, President, and President-Elect. This helps to spread out the leadership responsibilities and ensure smooth functioning for our organization.  

Let us introduce ourselves:  Karen McMillen, President, Deborah Kekone, President-Elect and Amy Weiler, Past President. Together we have over 11 years experience with CEF. We are the parents of 6 children in total, ranging from grade 3 to grade 12, with three who have graduated from Claremont Unified schools, and we are all long-time Claremont residents.

Why did we decide to become involved with CEF? All three of us have made a commitment to support quality public education in our schools because we have seen the impact of CEF first hand.  Karen, beginning as a parent at Sycamore Elementary, saw how CEF dollars allowed that school to provide a high quality art and music program for its students. Deborah, as a parent with children at both Chaparral Elementary and Claremont High schools, valued CEF’s goal to positively impact every student at every school in the district. Finally, Amy saw the benefit from the support CEF has provided to each of her children’s  schools; from having an art program at Oakmont Elementary to the ability to access technology at Claremont High School, CEF has been an influence in many ways.

We hope you will join us in supporting our kids and our community! 


Karen McMillen

Deborah Kekone

Amy Weiler
Past President

 2019-20 Officers and Executive Committee

President Karen McMillen
Development &
Communications Chair
Deborah Kekone
Immediate Past President Amy Weiler
Co-Treasurers Lee Kimmel and Scott Smith
Secretary Bonnie Emadi
Grants Co-Chairs Kendall Bronk and Peter Hansen
Nominations Chair Nicole Ouellette
Community Relations Chair OPEN
Fundraising Events Chair OPEN
Finance Chair John Heitkemper

Board Members

Kathy Archer Diana Graves
Amber Bechard Jack Harper
Rosie Bister Sabrina Ho
Emily Cavalcanti Christine Leible
Richard Chute Michelle Mitchell
Mike DeWees Maria Tucker
Shari Fournier O’Leary Melinda Warren
Sonia Gonzalez Julia Zuker-Brunzell

Director Emeritus

Ken Corhan Bob Fass

CEF Staff, Support & Liaisons

School Board Liaison Hilary LaConte
Superintendent Dr. Jim Elsasser
Principal Liaison Dr. Christine Malally
SLICE Administrator OPEN
Development Manager Brianna Miller
Development Asssistant Monica Olesniewicz