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The Shorewood SEED Foundation started in 2003 as a way to help maintain the highest standard of education. Annually, we raise and give back over $200,000 to our Shorewood Schools and kids.

Board of Directors

  • Melissa Nelsen, President
  • Tracey Barrett
  • Shawn Brown
  • Dawn Davis
  • Dario Elia
  • John Florsheim
  • Alec Fraser
  • Sarah Hammond
  • Lisa Kovalcik
  • Sarah Lehmann
  • Vashti Lozier
  • Sarah McEneany
  • Tracy Nickolaus
  • Angie Price
  • Kathy Rehbein
  • Reshunda Stephens
  • Christin Wille

SEED Board Liaisons

  • Bryan Davis, Superintendent of Shorewood Schools
  • John Stanco, Teacher Representative

Interested in joining the SEED Board of Directors? Download an application today.


To promote educational excellence in Shorewood’s Public Schools.


  • To ensure that each Shorewood public school student receives an education responsive to his or her talents and abilities, preparing the student to meet the challenges of the future.
  • To act as a catalyst in the community and provide the Shorewood School District with the financial resources necessary to continue its tradition of excellence and innovation.
  • To fund quality educational programming and initiatives in our schools that public resources are insufficient to support.

Goals and Objectives

  • To raise funds for Shorewood public schools via community-wide events, individual gifts, endowments and grants.
  • To work in conjunction with the Shorewood School Board, administrators and district educators to identify and approve projects which enhance educational excellence in Shorewood public schools.
  • To establish an endowment that provides long-term support.
  • To foster community cohesion among Shorewood residents regarding the value of Shorewood public schools.
  • To build and maintain alliances with other organizations supporting education in Shorewood; to remain aware of the identities and goals of these other supportive organizations.
  • To create a sustainable, fiscally responsible organization; keeping overhead low and maximizing contributions to the schools.
  • To maintain financial and organizational accountability through a system of public bylaws and a collaborative grant-making process.
  • To act solely as a fundraising mechanism; policy, lobbying and other forms of political advocacy are excluded.


Why does a public school need private funding?

School districts across the country are facing state funding challenges. They are relying on the support of parents and the community to maintain excellence in academic programs and student services. SEED is an independent nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to assist Shorewood Schools in meeting these challenges.

What is the General Education Fund (GEF)?

The GEF funds the school budget. When SEED makes a donation to the GEF, it helps offset costs the district would otherwise need to fund. This helps to prevent further cuts in teachers, aides, staff, and student services.

How will my gift be used?

When you donate to the Annual Campaign you may choose to designate funds to specific categories, such as curriculum, arts, health & wellness, GEF, the Educate Forward Endowment and teacher and district grants.

What is SEED’s involvement with the Shorewood Excellence in Teaching Award?

A donor contributed money to Shorewood Schools via SEED to fund the Teaching Award. SEED has facilitated the process. No money SEED raises is being used to fund the award. An independent selection committee of educators and community members chooses the recipients.

How have the Meet the Match funds been utilized?

The Meet the Match Campaign raised a total of over $1,022,000 to support Expeditionary Learning ($412,000); Project Lead the Way ($350,000); Maker Space Areas ($100,000); Extracurricular Programs ($100,000); and Student Projects, Trips, and Expeditions ($60,000).