About Us

The Wayzata Education Fund provides grants for innovative curricular ideas across the Wayzata School District. The Fund encourages teachers and staff to imagine new ways to engage students and support Excellence for Each and Every Student. An all-volunteer organization, the Fund has donated more than $350,000 to innovative ideas since its 2003 inception. Learn more about our grants.

Meet our Board

Executive Board

Adam Hannemann
Chair

Adam joined WEF in November of 2014. He has children at WHS and Central Middle School.

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Julie Wexler
Co-Chair

Julie joined the board in 2017 and is a parent of former Wayzata students.

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Liz Brown
Treasurer

Liz joined the board in 2014 and has students at Greenwood Elementary.

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Sara Griffen
Secretary

Sara joined the board in 2018 and became the Secretary in 2021.

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Board Members

Michael Hagarty

Michael joined the board in 2008. He previously held the chair position for several years. He is a West Middle School and WHS parent.

Kelly Regan

Kelly joined the board in 2017. She is a Gleason Lake parent.

Becky Hayden

Becky joined the board in 2018 and has previously held the role of Treasurer. She has children at Northwoods.

Nikki Steele

Nikki joined the board in 2018. 

Rhonda Holland

Rhonda joined the board in 2019.

Rooda Mahfoz

Rooda joined the board in 2019.

Jessica Milkes

Jessica joined the board in 2019.

Ann Empkey

Ann joined the board in March 2021.

Heidi Kader

Heidi joined the board in March 2021.

Milind Sohoni

Milind joined the board in March 2021.

Michelle Redman

Michelle joined the board in March 2021.

Ex-Officio Board Members

Chace Anderson
WPS Superintendent

Chace is the Superintendent of Wayzata Public Schools and is an ex-officio board member.

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Seanne Falconer
WPS Board Member

Seanne is the official School Board liaison to the board. She serves as an ex-officio board member.

The Fund is administered through the Minnesota Community Foundation and qualifies as a public charity under federal and state laws. It is an entity separate from Wayzata Public Schools with its own board of directors and by-laws.  All gifts to the foundation are tax deductible under IRS guidelines.