THE ROEPER SCHOOL COMMUNITY MAGAZINE
Keeping In Touch
JULY 1, 2016 – JUNE 30, 2017 VOLUME 11: 2 – OL WINTER 2018
TABLE OF CONTENTS David Feldman Head of School firstname.lastname@example.org Denita Banks-Sims Director of Development & Publications email@example.com Keeping in Touch Editorial Staff Katie Buchmann Editor Bonnie Schemm Art Director Contributors Buck Baker Denita Banks-Sims Katie Buchmann David Feldman Dave Fluent Julie Gillikin Carolyn Lett Juliette Olejnik Ed Sack John Sznewajs Lily Zhu Special Thanks Marcia Ruff
THE ROEPER SCHOOL 41’0 Woodward Avenue Bloomfield Hills Michigan 48304 248/203.7300 www.roeper.org
The Roeper School is an independent coeducational day school for gifted and talented children preschool through grade 12 and an equal-opportunity institution
FEATURES STATE OF THE SCHOOL . . . . . David H. Feldman, Head of School
A TRIPLE THANK YOU FROM THE CHAIR . . Buck Baker, Chair/Roeper Board of Trustees
FINANCIAL OVERVIEW . . . . . . . . . . . . . . John Sznewajs, Vice Chair – Finance/Roeper Board of Trustees UNRESTRICTED OPERATING BUDGET REPORT . Dave Fluent, Director of Finance and Operations
KEEPING ROEPER STRONG . . . . . . . . . . . Juliette Olejnik, Director/Annual Fund & Alumni Relations
2016/17 ANNUAL FUND & SPECIAL GIFT DONOR LISTINGS . . . . 10 Julie Gillikin, Data Manager DESIGNING FOR THE DIFFERENCE DONOR LIST . Julie Gillikin, Data Manager
2017 MOSAIC AUCTION SUPPORTERS & DONORS LISTINGS . Katie Buchmann, Development Officer
ROEPER’S MAKE-A-SPLASH PROGRAM . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Carolyn Lett, Coordinator of Diversity & Community Programs, Financial Aid & Scholarship CHINA STUDY — PATHWAY TO GLOBAL CONPETENCE . Lily Zhu, Middle/Upper School World Language Instructor
THE ROEPER GOLF OUTING . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Ed Sack, Athletic Director PARTING THOUGHTS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Denita Banks-Sims, Director of Development
ON THE COVER Fractal designs by Stage IV students (clockwise from upper left): Ian Conway, Luke Vaughn, Natalia Salinas, Zach Steibel
EDUCATING AND INSPIRING GIFTED STUDENTS TO THINK AS INDIVIDUALS AND TO ENGAGE AS A COMMUNITY WITH COMPASSION FOR EACH OTHER AND THIS WORLD
David Feldman Head of School
STATE OF THE SCHOOL
In discussing the State of the School, it is important to understand that The Roeper School is run with reflective and professional care, that our governance model is strategic, and our financial oversight is responsible. We are very proud of the success of our students, their love of learning, their passion for inquiry, and the mentoring relationships they construct with our faculty. Our teachers are second to none — thoughtful, engaging, and themselves life-long learners. The success that we experience as a school is like that of a great jazz band — different members of our organization playing different instruments, but working collaboratively to live the philosophy, and playing together in an amazing blend of music. Like the jazz band, community members know when we are not in sync, when we don’t collaborate well, communicate clearly, or work toward common goals. And still, through good will, and strong dedicated effort we work, we practice, we learn, and we grow — together!
Recently I brought together our Admissions Department, Development Department and our Marketing and Communications Team into a new collaborative group called the Advancement Team. This cross-departmental partnership is a strategic example of coordinating our communication, keeping focused on our mission, and making sure our messaging to our internal and external community is clear. We see in the classroom the way team teaching and interdisciplinary curriculum creates a stronger learning environment, and so we are applying these same lessons to the business side of our operations. Like the Business Office and our academic program, Advancement is a critical part of our strategic operations. Making sure families have the appropriate information they need, communicating the activities and needs of our community, and ensuring that we continue to retain families through commencement form the collaborative efforts of this team. We want to make sure that people in the community, and those considering joining the community, have the information they need to help us thrive as a school. Setting priorities for a school like Roeper is done in partnership with our Board of Trustees. We work very hard as a team to think strategically about the challenges and opportunities that might present themselves in the near and distant future. We work very hard to care for the resources of the school, to ensure our students and families have a successful and enriching experience as Roeperians. At the top of this list is the care and well-being of our faculty and staff. We know that the relationships between teachers and students are at the core of what makes a Roeper education meaningful. While it is beginning to fade into history, we know the most recent recession landed heavily on teacher and staff wages and benefits. As the recovery took shape, our board and financial team made it our priority to ensure that our faculty and staff received a salary and benefits package that reflected our deep respect for the work they do. As I shared with
The Upper School Jazz Band in concert. PHOTO BY DAN DINNEWETH
When we think of the operations of a school, most of us focus on the relationship between teachers and students; some will talk about the development of curriculum; and in this community, most people will discuss the philosophy that exists as the underpinning guide for the operations. Yet all of us know at a much deeper level that the operation of the school is dependent on a much larger group of systems and structures. Roeper’s annual operation budget is around $17 million, and it takes a strong, dedicated and thoughtful team of professionals to ensure that this fine institution will be here not just for our current families, but for generations to come.
… it takes a strong, dedicated and thoughtful team of professionals to ensure that this fine institution will be here not just for our current families, but for generations to come.
We work very hard to be good stewards of our resources; we must also continue to both seek alternative sources of non-tuition revenue, and develop our community’s understanding of the need and power of philanthropy.
the community during my State of the School address in February, we have spent the last five years benchmarking salary and benefits against similarly sized independent schools in our region to create a goal that recognized the importance of our teachers. As in the famous Stanford Marshmallow Test, a school can be challenged when creating a budget to spend resources on a variety of new and interesting ideas; we can be tempted to redirect our funds and engage in the The 2017 MOSAIC Auction drew a large crowd of generous Roeper supporters. immediate gratification that PHOTO BY ANTHONY MORROW comes from supporting such needs. But thanks need and power of philanthropy. For generations, to the good work of our Board Finance Committee families have sent their children to our school; it is and Business Office, we maintained a level of imperative that we continue to share the message discipline that brought our faculty (for the first that Roeper is something that must be nurtured time in our history) to independent school salary and cared for, so that future generations can benchmark levels. It is an historic moment for us, continue to enjoy this experience. We continue and yet, as the philosopher John Dewey reminds to exist because people make investments in our us, “reaching one goal is merely the starting point community. As tuitions grow larger, and financial for the next,” so we know the challenge continues. need becomes greater, philanthropy becomes However, we as a school have made an important more and more essential. statement about how we will spend our resources. We have said we will set goals that focus on the As we think about Roeper in the generations to care and well-being of our faculty and staff, and come, our community, led by our Board of Trustees, we will maintain the fiscal discipline to reach those continues on a regular basis to engage in the goals. process of Strategic Planning. This past spring, we completed our re-accreditation process with the The finances of the School are well-maintained Independent Schools Association of the Central and ably managed. We continue to balance our States (ISACS). The process was deeply reflective budget, and this year may run a small surplus. This and caused us to look at all elements of our stewardship of resources is part of the fiduciary academic program, operation, and governance duty of our board and the thoughtful leadership of structure. The concluding portion of the process my administrative team. It is still important to note included a visit from a team of peer administrators that we continue to be highly dependent on tuition and teachers who spent three days on campuses dollars to meet our budget, and know that as tuition reviewing our self-study, and discerning whether increases year by year, this dependence will pose a we were congruent in that we did what we say we threat to our future financial health. do. The team left us with dozens of recommendations — many of which we have begun to address and The expansion of philanthropic efforts through gifts some that we had articulated for ourselves in our to endowment, planned giving, annual fund, and review document. various major events are critical to our long-term health. We work very hard to be good stewards Most importantly, the ISACS process keeps us of our resources; we must also continue to both active as learners, and does not allow us to seek alternative sources of non-tuition revenue, become stagnant in our practices. Engaging in a and develop our community’s understanding of the strategic plan that asks us to think about the school
three years, five years, and into the unknown future, means that we must research, study, and keep up with new ideas and information. We must review data, trends, and always keep our hand on the pulse of our community. As part of this strategic planning process, the Board contracted with Marc Frankel and Judy Schectman, consultants from Triangle Associates in St. Louis, to help facilitate our discussions and planning process. Marc and Judy are independent school professionals who have worked with schools like Roeper for almost 30 years. Thanks to their guidance, we engaged in a series of focus group meetings, a community survey, and a retreat attended by 60 community members. The process gathered the thoughts, ideas, and reflections of our community, and has helped us shape a document that will guide how we invest our resources as Roeper begins its next 75 years. Led by Board Chair-Designate Ashley Lowe, the Strategic Planning Committee of the Board is working to draft the document and share it with the community next fall. In the process of gathering survey data, and holding face to face conversations, you shared with us some very important insights that are already guiding the development of our plan. You asked some critical questions:
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How do we care for the social and emotional needs of our students? How do we build a One School ethos on two campuses and in three divisions? What does it mean to serve a gifted population at Roeper? What are the best methods for us to employ to recruit, nurture, and sustain our faculty? How does Roeper shift from a financial model that is tuitiondependent?
goals, and to measure my success year to year by the progress we made on achieving action steps set in the document. Our community spent a great deal of time constructing the last plan, and most importantly to me as an incoming head, the plan reflected a consensus of what you said was important. It included guidance on what the Roeper community said was the way we should move forward with deploying our resources. Over the last six years, I have worked with the community to bring that document to life. Together, we have articulated our Core Tenets, published our Educational Statement of Purpose, revised our Mission Statement, and expanded our instruction on the Roeper history, philosophy, and what it means to be gifted. We have worked diligently to strengthen our financial model by creating and regularly updating a five-year financial plan, we have benchmarked faculty salaries and benefits, strengthened our growth and review process, mapped our curriculum, and engaged in new forms of electronic communication. We made strategic decisions around our master campus plan, and invested in the infrastructure of our Birmingham Campus, culminating with the construction of the new Naas Learning Commons. At the same time, we developed a new partnership with Ultimate Soccer to support our athletic program, and strengthened our technological infrastructure on both campuses. Our strategic plan led to partnerships with the E.E. Ford Foundation, the Malone Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, and Student Shoulder to Shoulder. We celebrated our 75th Anniversary with new and expanded outreach to our alumni community, and we re-invigorated the Roeper Institute by hosting a Symposium with the Damon
As we begin the work of our next strategic plan, it is also important to note that our last plan was not a dusty document that sat on a shelf. One of the goals I set when I joined the community was to use the strategic document developed by the Board to set my annual
Gifted education specialist Tracy Cross (left) was one of the presenters at the “Matter of Equity” symposium cohosted by The Roeper Institute and the Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights at Wayne State University’s Law School.
We know that gifted students are in all schools, and access to programs like we offer at Roeper is not possible for all gifted students. So how can we make a difference? How can we share resources and learn from each other? Thanks to the good discussions begun in our A Matter of Equity Symposium last year, the E.E. Ford Foundation has named Roeper a finalist for a matching $250,000 grant to help fund this three-year project.
Senior Nick Lyon “attends” his Malone Schools Online architecture class. PHOTO BY JASON MCINTOSH
J. Keith Center for Civil Rights at Wayne State University on the topic of high achieving underserved children in the Detroit Schools. Our last strategic plan was more than a series of bullet points on a list; it was more than a binder on a shelf or computer file that never got re-opened. Our strategic plan was an action plan that we as a community decided to bring to life. As we complete that plan and construct the next, let me highlight three final pieces of the plan that we have realized this year.
I want to take a moment to offer my most sincere thanks to Buck Baker, Chair of our Board of Trustees. It has been my privilege to have Buck as my partner in shepherding our school.
Our partnership with the Malone Foundation produced our membership in the Malone Schools Online Network, a set of video conferencingbased, high level, high school seminar classes in real time that has expanded our Upper School course book. This year nine Roeper students participated in our pilot year of participation, taking classes in math, humanities and computer science. Next year, Roeper faculty members Dan Jacobs and Andrew Blechman will expand our participation in the program and offer new classes to the network as we continue to be full and engaged partners in this consortium of schools. We have started our fund raising to complete the Designing for the Difference Capital Campaign. Our thoughtful and generous community has transformed the Birmingham Campus by adding an additional 9,000 square feet of space to the area that was our courtyard. Our Learning Commons, Library, and Café make a difference in the lives of every community member on our Birmingham Campus today and for years to come. Phase II of our project will include the addition of a fullservice kitchen offering students made to order food from 7:30am to 4:30pm; a quiet study space and faculty room; and the renovation of our main offices. This $1.2 million project will, like the Phase I portion of the project, be paid for by philanthropic gifts from members of the Roeper community.
Through the leadership of the Roeper Institute, The Roeper School is engaging in a public/private partnership with Detroit Public Schools to bring a three-week summer professional development opportunity to faculty in DPS and Roeper. The program will help teachers learn how to identify gifted students in the mainstream classroom, and what new methods and tools teachers can employ to support gifted students. We know that gifted students are in all schools, and access to programs like we offer at Roeper is not possible for all gifted students. So how can we make a difference? How can we share resources and learn from each other? Thanks to the good discussions begun in our A Matter of Equity Symposium last year, the E.E. Ford Foundation has awarded Roeper a $250,000 matching grant to help fund this three-year project. Finally, I want to take a moment to offer my most sincere thanks to Buck Baker, Chair of our Board of Trustees. Buck will be ending his term as chair in August of this year, and after 10 years of service as a trustee, he will be cycling off of our Board. It has been my privilege to have Buck as my partner in shepherding our school. The partnership between a school head and board chair is one that is based on communication, care and trust. I could not have asked for a more engaged and thoughtful partner. Buck has been a mentor, a friend, and the leader Roeper has needed these past four years on the Board. He’s an alumni parent, so I know he will not be too far from us, but I hope you will join me in offering a very special thank you to Buck for his service, his guidance, and his care — he is a true Roeperian! F
Board Chair Buck Baker embraces Head of School David Feldman at the groundbreaking celebration for the now complete Dennis Naas Learning Commons. PHOTO BY DAN DINNEWETH
Chair Roeper Board of Trustees
A TRIPLE THANK YOU FROM THE CHAIR This concludes my tenth and final year on the Board, and my fourth and final year as Chair. Given that, I want to use my space here to express my deep thanks to the entire Roeper community — parents, students, faculty, administrative and leadership staff for three things. First, thank you for what you made possible and what you did over the past 10 years: With your vital involvement and engagement, the School has accomplished a great many things, including but not limited to: • increasing enrollment by 15%; • completing the broadest and deepest Capital Campaign in the history of the school; • completing the Children’s Library and the Naas Learning Commons; these two learning and community spaces have already shown the capacity to literally change the way every student learns, every day, for decades to come; • increased its endowment by 100%, and its reserves by a significant amount; • made important advances in its internal and external communications, structure and processes, advances that significantly improve the school’s ability to engage seamlessly and continuously with families and students throughout the full length of their relationship with the school; • dramatically advanced its use of technology in teaching and learning; and • lastly, but MOST importantly, the School continued to live, and live up to, its unique Philosophy and Mission. Second, thank you for what I learned in partnering with you: Working with you has helped me to better understand the issues we are facing as a society. It has helped me to understand how those issues are affecting the people I’m closest to and care most about — that’s you. And it has helped me to reshape and reaffirm my own personal commitments to our shared philosophy. Third, thank you for the sheer fun of it all. The best part of all of this is that this kind of work is inherently social; you can’t do these types of things alone. And for every meeting, every coffee, every basketball game, every film, and every other kind of event, I thank you. They were all a kind of reward in and of themselves; they were all fun. Looking forward to the good work you will continue to do, and to seeing you at future events! F
The Baker-Peck Family: (L to R) Todd ’11, Buck, Christie and Ned ’08
With your vital involvement and engagement, the School has accomplished a great many things.
Vice Chair – Finance Roeper Board of Trustees
FINANCIAL OVERVIEW As Roeper successfully celebrated its 75th Anniversary, our solid financial position continued to improve. Our ISACS review complimented us on our progress on the school’s finances and acknowledged we still have further work to do. Due to our stronger finances, David Feldman, in conjunction with the faculty, administration and Board of Trustees, devoted additional resources toward meeting the goals of our strategic plan. DAN DINNEWETH
Continue to Support and Attract Great Faculty and Staff — Roeper’s longevity is due to the strength of the faculty and administration. Retention of our talented teachers and staff is vital to Roeper’s long-term success. We are pleased to share that during the 2016/2017 school year, teacher salaries were increased by 5% and approximate the benchmark salaries of other Midwestern independent schools.
The Finance Committee has worked closely with the school’s leadership to establish the annual budget and to make sound financial decisions to not only benefit this year, but to also keep a clear focus on Roeper’s long-term financial strength to support future students and families.
Improve Facilities by Addressing Deferred Maintenance Needs and Major Improvements to the Birmingham Campus — With the completion of Phase 1 of the Birmingham campus courtyard project in 2016/2017, the administration and especially the development team worked tirelessly to raise more than $4 million to help fund this project. At the same time, we also invested in the ongoing maintenance of all our facilities to ensure we have properly maintained buildings and grounds for our students and staff. Continue to Strengthen our Financial Model — Roeper’s endowment, a key source of funding for the school’s operation, increased 5.8% to more than $7 million as a result of donations and prudent investment management. By continuing to grow the endowment, we will be able to provide increased funding for Roeper’s operations as we strive to keep tuition affordable. Support the Mission through Increased Financial Aid — While financial strength is important to the longterm viability of the school, it is only one element that defines Roeper’s success. George and Annemarie founded the school to provide education to children of all income levels. As a result of an improving financial position, Roeper was able to continue to provide more than $2.2 million in financial aid dollars to attract and retain talented young people and their families in our community. Financial aid is a critical element of Roper’s financial model as more than 35% of Roeper’s tuition revenue comes from families who receive financial aid. David Feldman and Dave Fluent provide Roeper with strong financial stewardship. Their leadership has resulted in an improved financial position over the past several years. The Finance Committee has worked closely with the school’s leadership to establish the annual budget and to make sound financial decisions to not only benefit this year, but to also keep a clear focus on Roeper’s long-term financial strength to support future students and families. F
Associate Head Finance and Operations
UNRESTRICTED OPERATING FUND REPORT JULY 1, 2016 â€“ JUNE 30, 2017 SOURCES
Tuition and other programs Gifts and grants Other Endowment income Total Sources
Actual Percentage $14,613,818 407,059 293,276 316,965
93.5% 2.6% 1.9% 2.0%
Actual Academics and other programs Auxiliary services Facility operation Project work Financial aid, scholarships and discounts Development Publications Public relations and admissions Management and general Debt service Working capital reserve Board designated funds Total Uses
$7,982,662 51.1% 199,782 1.3% 1,141,693 7.3% 268,005 1.7% 2,788,393 17.8% 452,501 2.9% 105,484 0.7% 624,971 4.0% 1,294,237 8.3% 360,000 2.3% 113,390 .7% 300,000 1.9% $15,631,118
Director Annual Fund & Alumni Relations
KEEPING ROEPER STRONG
The Roeper School is appreciative of the many donors who have supported the Roeper Annual Fund year after year. As you review the annual fund donor list within this Annual Report, note that each name listed in bold represents an individual or family who has contributed to the Roeper Annual Fund for five or more consecutive years. We are incredibly grateful to these longtime supporters and equally grateful for the many new donors whose gifts are vital to the daily workings of The Roeper School.
A strong Roeper School depends on a strong Annual Fund.
As is the case with most independent schools, Roeper solicits charitable gifts through our Annual Fund to help fill the gap between tuition revenue and the actual cost of operating the school. Tuition is intentionally set lower in an effort to help more families afford our school and avoid outpricing some of our most promising students. Each gift to the Roeper Annual Fund, at any level, helps us reach the goal needed to sustain our program and maintain our position as a worldwide leader in gifted education with one of the most diverse student populations in Michigan. In short, a strong Roeper School depends on a strong Annual Fund.
As a single group, current parents continue to be the Annual Fundâ€™s greatest supporters. However, it is important to acknowledge that Roeper alumni and alumni parents account for nearly half of all Annual Fund donors. Alumni have always been enthusiastic supporters of the School, but alumniinspired contests, like the recent matching gift challenge from a 1983 alumna, have increased our alumni participation even more. As Roeper matures in age and welcomes a new graduating class into its alumni family each year, we move closer towards an independent school model in which significant portions of Annual Fund donors are alumni families. Growing support from Roeper alumni is not only vital for sustaining the school, but also serves as an invaluable endorsement of the Roeper education they received. It is through the generous support of our farreaching Roeper community that The Roeper School is able to continue to make a real, lasting impact on students and the world. Therefore, it is my honor to take this opportunity to thank each one of you. Thank you! F
ANNUAL FUND DONORS BY CONSTITUENCY
ALUMNI CURRENT PARENTS FACULTY PARENTS & ALUMNI STAFF ALUMNI & STAFF
25% 25% 21% 14%
Board of Trustee donations are represented among the noted constituency groups rather than as a separate group.
MASCO Coporation Joel Sheiner 1974
Eric Peterson 1995 Nick & Pam Pudar Rajesh Radhakrishnan & Maria Welborne Jarie & Mike Ruddy Karin Schmidt Schwab Charitable Dipak Shah & Sujana Gundlapalli Steven & Donna Silk Adam Wilmers 2003 Satish Yalamanchili & Claudine George
PLATINUM CIRCLE a gift of $10,000 or more
Community Foundation for SE Michigan Frank Crosby 1985 & Yliris Vega-Torres
LEADERSHIP CIRCLE a gift of $5,000 to $9,999
a gift of $3,000 to $4,999
Anonymous Donor Alexandra Alberstadt 1983 Carol & Joel Appel Dikran Kashkashian 1972 & Julia Kashkashian Glenn & Suzanne Minster Denita Banks-Sims & Glenn Sims
FOUNDERS CIRCLE a gift of $1,000 to $2,999
Geoffrey Armstrong 1984 & Michelle Armstrong Curtis Bagne & Catherine Gofrank Lisa Baker & Kristi Fielder Buck Baker & Christie Peck The Benevity Community Impact Fund Dennis & Hadas Bernard Paul & Jennifer Bonde Paul & Delana Borja Carolyn Borman Joan Brawer Lance & Andrea Cousins David & Linda Dagenais Brian Dietz 1983 & Debra Meier Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund Lori Lutz 1975 & Gregory Gamalski Robert & Geri Garlo The Frank L. and Helen Gofrank Foundation Jeanne & Michael Haynes Steven & Cherry Howell David Jaffe ’74 & Erica Peresman Adele Jaffe ’09 & Mara Jaffe ’13 Gayle Kirker Lawrence & Jackie Kraft Fannie Kraft Foundation Anessa Owen Kramer 1989 & David Kramer Michael & Pat Lawrence Shannon & Clarence Martin Alvaro & Maureen Martinez Jon & Lori Mojares
2016/2017 ANNUAL FUND DONORS
a gift of $500 to $999
Patrice Aaron Charles & Mary Albrecht Edward & Shirley Arnieri BAE Systems Christina Beebe 1987 David & Jolene Billings Brooks & Pamela Bock Roscoe Boyd 1998 Michele & Curtis Buttermore Ronald Citkowski & Judith Riley Jonathan Citrin 1994 Maureen Dailey & Douglas Hansford Arthur Ensroth 1968 David & Elane Feldman Fifth Third Bank David & Andrea Fluent Anne Gahagan & Richard Dennis Kathleen Gahan Julie & Craig Gillikin Alana Glass 1997 Edward Glass 1995 Rudene & Ken Glass Viviane Gracey Nan & Dick Griffith Gregory Harbage Timothy Hefferon & Leann Conrad Ellen & Paul Hoppe Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles Jason & Andrea Jones JP Morgan Chase Good Works Employee Giving Program Peter Karmanos III & Laura Karmanos Mary McGeehan & Tom Kirby Christopher & Elizabeth Klee Kroger Rewards Monica & Mike Lambert Kevin & Heather Maier Jay Marks Mary Jo & Michael Mersol-Barg Microsoft Matching Gifts Program
The Roeper School is pleased to acknowledge the donors to the 2016/17 Annual Fund Campaign
Bold Italic indicates donors who have contributed to Roeper’s Annual Fund for five or more consecutive years
* indicates the actual graduation year of those alumni who graduated from other secondary schools
Michele Munde 1980 Julie & Paul Nemchik Network for Good Harwood Nichols Dianne & Patrick Oâ€™Connor 1978 Leonard Pitt 1975 Marlita Reddy-Hjelmfelt 1979 & Eric Hjelmfelt Brigitte Richardson Leslie Hosey & Ron Robinson Bonnie & Leonard Schemm Ashley Lowe & Robert Shaya Mr and Mrs Lloyd Sloan Rachel Stafeil Ann Steglich Teresa Schafer Sullivan 1969 & John Sullivan Susan Szabo Mattano 1977 & Len Mattano John & Marcy Sznewajs Kristen Underhill Welch 1977 & Barclay Welch Laurie & Kevin Welsh David & Sharon White Marcia Ruff & Thomas Wilkinson Cathy & Brian Wilmers
BENEFACTORS a gift of $250 to $499
David & Colleen Allen AmazonSmile Foundation Charles & Ann Bieneman Adam Dorfman 1990 & Melissa Moskof William Eisenman & Susan Guenther George Ellenwood Eric & Amy Ersher Stephanie Fried 1995 & Michael Bifolco Marc Friedman 1975 & Madalyn Friedman Jasmin Ghuznavi William Guy & Andrea Magiera-Guy Rodney & Barbara Keteyian Eric & Allison Klein Mary Lee Carolyn & Raymond Lett Jamie & Beth Michelson Steve & Danita Milbeck Jay Must Robert & Regina Noto Walter Nowinski 2003 Samer & Sandy Obeid Emery & Linda Pence Colleen & James Potocki Jerry & Gretchen Reeves Sandra Richardson-Smith Werner C. Roennecke & Patricia Ignatius Zachary & Susan Savas Sanjiv & Cindy Shah
Thomas & Julie Song Derek & Vickie Teetsel Robin Turner Patricia & William Vance Scott & Katherine Vartanian Sarah Baltman Wedepohl 1988 & Andrew Wedepohl Patrick White & Amy Clark Charlotte Whitney Stevens 1966* Mary Ann & Akira Yamamoto Pandora Young 1999 Rob Zako 1977 Lori Zinser
a gift of $100 to $249
Anonymous Donors Adam Acey 1989 & Alicia Schneider Acey 1989 Don Amboyer Jr 1999 & Andrea Paul 1999 Laddie Andahazy 2001 & Morgan Elliott Andahazy 1995 Soren & Wallis Andersen Joel Applebaum & Jami Statham Kellie & Stephon Bagne Joanna Baker Harper 1988 James Balmer 1970* & Martha Balmer Linda & John Ban Gerry & Phil Barrons Bishop Bartoni 1996* & Hollie Bartoni David & Ann Batdorf-Barnes Miranda Beebe 1984 Deborah & Dan Bejune Jamie Benigna Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation Leamarie Bistak Herron 1986 & Erik Herron Michelle Blankenship & Michael Granzeier Andrew & Caroline Blechman Rebecca Bolton 1998 & Jordan Bolton 1995* Lenny & Nadine Borrisove Nicholas & Michelle Bosway Lisa & David Bottesi Daniel & Millie Braunstein Kathryn & Jeff Buchmann Bill Buckingham 1963* & Pam Buckingham Jan Bulman Amy Carlton 1988 Heather & Scott Carmona John & Leinnine Chang Catherine Chow 1988 Cynthia Churches Chazara Clark-Smith 1994 & Cameron Smith Sander Cohen 1986 & Christy Cohen 1994 John & Pia Crandell
Bruce Davidson 1979 Susan Deaner Abha & Steven Dearing Dean & Jennifer Degazio Alexandra Dickinson 2004 Timothy & Molly Diemer Michael Dinwiddie 1973 Arnaud & Ahlem Diomande Nancy & Brian Dougher Elissa Driker-Ohren 1980 & Perry Ohren Brian & Mariana Durst David & Susan Efros Vickie Ellis Robert & Stephanie Ellwood Jennifer & David Evenson Judy Failer 1982 & David Orentlicher David Finkel & Amy Good Ira Firestone & Joan Lessen-Firestone Sidney & Cyntha Fox Timothy & Nicole Gandee Peter & Charlotte Gerrits Andrew & Laura Goldberg Roger Goldstein 1968 Granzeier & Blankenship, PLC Beth Greenapple The Grekin Family Foundation Jonathan Grossman 1988 & Michelle Grossman Jeff Groulx 1984 Philip Hague 1987 & Susan Hague Janice Haines John Hammond Bob & Joyce Harner Dale & Jacqueline Haskin Robert Hazzard James & Karen Heasley Ttari & Darrin Hellmer Michael & Rhonda Hicks Marcia Abramson & Martin Hirschman John & Sally Hoover Rachael Hopkins Trieu 1998 & Hung Trieu Barb Huneke Dan Jacobs Mark Jeffery 1971 Vaja Jhashi & Tamara Machmut-Jhashi Nathan Jhaveri 2002 & Natalia Sonoja Jhaveri Junior & Lashonn Johnson Karen Johnson Naomi Johnson Miller 1974 Mike & Dave Juhnke Jeannie Kaiser Matt Kell 1977 Kymberly Kinchen Susan Knight
Michael & Zina Kramer Tao & Thomas Kroetsch Erik Laansoo 2022 Rosalie Lake Henry Lambertz & Cherie Abbey Susan Lane Michelle & Michael Lane Steven Lebowski Joel Lutz Herman Marable Jr 1980 Andrew & Kendra Mattison Karen May Janice Mayes & John Wheeler Michal McConville Kelly McDowell Mr & Mrs Henry McKee, Jr Thomas & Mary Louise McMillan Sara Puzey Mendez 1996 & Luis Mendez Terri & Mark Morawski Michael & Patricia Morrow Michael & Leslie Moskowitz Karen & Josh Moss Cyrus Motlagh Leigh Newland Oâ€™Donnell 1988 Juliette & Thomas Olejnik Christopher Olson & Jennifer Clarkson Jerry & Karen Olson Matthew Oztalay 2007* Julia Pais Bridghette Parker Lawrence & Rona Pasik Michael & Mary Peterson James & Lonna Petrie Karl & Judith Porth Maurice & Marian Prottengeier Mykolas Rambus 1996 & Tamara Rambus David & Dena Raminick Christopher Ramirez 1980 Eric Raphael & Amy Barron Paul Rauch George Rising 1983 Aaron Robinson Paula Romano & Glynda Krantz Mark & Jennifer Sakala Jeremy Schemm 1992 & Barbara Dornan Steven Scott 1974 Annette & Daniel See Ajit Sharma & Pratibha Chauhan Alan & Leslie Sheidler Larry & Mary Shellabarger Colleen & Scott Shelton Steve & Lori Shoha Paul Silverman 1985
Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the listings in this Annual Report. If an error has occurred, please accept our apologies and contact the Development Office at 248/203-7315 so the appropriate changes can be made to our records.
Rudy & Roseanne Simons Michael Sklar & Elizabeth Rowin Wilbur & Rebecca Smith Lonie Smith Beck 1996 & Bryan Beck Eric Snider 1987 Amanda Sommerfeld Case 1997 & Andrew Case Melissa Sommerfeld Gresalfi 1995 & Jason Gresalfi Jensen Sprowl & Anne Colonius Julie Stahl 1976 Michael & Marilyn Stefani Shelley Sullivan Leonard & Maureen Sznewajs Ryan & Lori Talbott Sara Talpos 1993 Barbara Terrel Clay Thomas & Bessy Despotis Michael Tilchin 1972 Milo Tilton Joshua Turner 1991 & Rachael Turner Elizabeth & John Turner Matthew Vallus Deborah & Steve Veillette Jim & Beth Vens Pamela Victor 1984 & Jeff Hausthor Yakov & Ludmilla Vinogradskiy James & Malinda Waltz Amber & David Webb Ted & Carol Wedepohl Katharine Whitman 1992 & Dan Trommater Mary Wilcox 2006 Susan & Robert Williams Steven Yedlin 1968* Ron Yolles David & Sally Young Reanne Young & Steve Upchurch Anita Zaleski Weinraub 1969 Zenon & Helene Zarewych
FRIENDS gifts to $99
Joseph Allen 2017 Judy & Bruce Anderson Ned Baker 2008 Dee & Robert Blankenburg Harvey & Penny Brode Erik Burbulla 2012 Gloria Chandler Lisa Charbonneau 1995 Max Collins
John Cooper & Martha Royal-Cooper Educational Services and Consulting, LLC Ruth Favro Deborah Feldman Ari Firestone 1997 Bruce Fleischer 1978 Nathan Flynn 2012 Lynda J Gale Dr. Julius Gardin 1966* Caroline Gersch 2002 Patrick Gleason 1986 David & Jamie Goldschmidt Cindy Thomas & Michelle Hagerman Richard & Carol Halsey Robert Harner & Pamela Majchrzak Gregory & Guylynn Harris Cynthia & Edwin Harris James & Lynn Heiman Barbara Herman David & Doreen Housel Burton Hurshe ITC Holdings Corporation Shannon & David Johnson Chuck & Rita Keuten Jenni Killmer 1984 Walter & Francina Knall Keith & Debra Knauss Corey Krause 1970 Joel Krugel & Heidi Brode Nita Larpenteur Nathaniel Lee 2017 Arthur & Phyllis Lee Elise & Steve Lind Joshua & Patricia Luber John Luttermoser 1975 & Ann Randall Joshua Mandlebaum 2000 Rick McKenzie & Barbara Bartz Meijer Rewards Program Tim & Carol Michalski Lori & Donald Migdal Sarah & Kenneth Miller Max Milstein 2002 Lisa & Eric Momblanco Richard & Lori Morrow Kathleen Murphy Leisl Must Rachel Newman 1987 & Yossi Zekic Nanette & Stephen Newman John Ogger & Lauren Stevenson Tonia Oâ€™Rourke Kari & Vassilis Papadopoulos Renee Alexander-Paxton & James Paxton Carmen & Harry Pianko
Leslie & Jerome Poole Lorene Porter Joanna Porvin 1987 Darren & Mite Post Progressive Casualty Insurance Company Ronald & Diana Pryor Rob Rahbari 1989 Lilya Raymond Cameron Robinson 2020 Nicholas Robinson 2011 Ruth Rosen Greenwood 1970 Steven Rost & Andrea Eis Frank & Barbara Rouland Alexander Scharg 2010* Michael & Danielle Shellabarger Sandra L. Shoshani Elliot Silk 2018 Naomi Silver 1986
Sarah & Aaron Smith Donna Green Stano & James Stano Lauren Stevenson Fred & Shanon Stibor Paul & Susan Tacke Laurie Tar Rosanne Thompson Thomson Reuters Akwia Tilton 2016 Theresa Tobkin Marilyn & Lawrence Trinkaus Tyne Turner 1980 Michael & Carole Van Hoef Deirdre Wade 1987 Henry & Deborah Wells Emily & Larry Wine Joanne Wormley-Corley Claudia Zawacki Ryan Zinser 2010 F
Julie Gillikin Data Manager
2016/2017 SPECIAL GIFTS A “Special Gift” is any monetary donation given to The Roeper School under an appeal for a specific purpose — not part of the Annual Fund or any capital campaign— or it may be simply an outright, unsolicited gift.
Asia Society BAE Systems Linda & John Ban The Benevity Community Impact Fund Joseph & Sharone Bigelman Birmingham Wellness Center, PLLC Hilda E Bretzlaff Foundation Inc The Casper Corporation Christy Dunn Cohen 1994 & Sander Cohen 1986 Community Foundation of SE Michigan
David Lauer 2008 & Jessica August Mary Lee Phillip Levy & Gina Adams-Levy Oliver Dewey Marcks Foundation Janice Mayes & John Wheeler Thomas McCarthy 2026 Jay Must National Coney Island Sarah North 1998 Roger & Linda Olsen
Compass Group, North America The Dharma Shop LLC Ron & Ronda Ferber Alan & Ann Frank G. Tyler & Julie Gibbs Eric & Candice Girdler Google Matching Gifts Program Howard & Francina Graef Steven & Tara Grekin Erin Hill-Brody Barb Huneke Christopher & Elizabeth Klee Linda & James Kohlenberg Patrycja Krzok 1996 Nikolai Lamansky
Orion Solutions Group Emery & Linda Pence Daniel & Renee Ruiz Senior Project Fund Proceeds Steven & Donna Silk Denita Banks-Sims & Glenn Sims Thomas & Julie Song Ryan Sosin 2003 Kristin Totten Leonard Trunsky Ultimate Soccer Arenas Bryant & Lisa Wade David & Sharon White Emily & Larry Wine F
DESIGNING FOR THE DIFFERENCE DONORS Anonymous Donors The Akkashian Family Alexandra Alberstadt 1983 David & Colleen Allen & Sons Soren & Wallis Andersen Joel & Carol Appel Brielle Ashford 2016 BAE Systems Curtis Bagne & Catherine Gofrank Baker/Fielder Family — Lisa & Kristie Randy ‘19, Matthew ‘21, Amelia ‘24 The Baker/Peck Family James Blamer ’70* & Martha Balmer Judeen & Rita Bartos Deborah & Dan Bejune Sylvia Bell Hadas & Dennis Bernard Eulalia Ferrer & Jeff Bird Birmingham Campus Spirit Week Proceeds Dee & Robert Blankenburg Paul & DeLana Borja Carolyn Borman Lisa & David Bottesi Roscoe Boyd 1998 Clair Branch Sullivan 1993 & Michael Sullivan Harvey & Penny Brode Katie & Jeff Buchmann The Buttermores — Curt, Michele, & Ian ‘00 The Campbell Family Regis & Mary Beth Carozza Jonathan Citrin 1994 Max Collins Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan Gloria & Gary Cook Andrea & Lance Cousins Dr. Frank Crosby Crown Steel Rail Co. David & Linda Dagenais Abha & Steven Dearing Steven & Ann Deneroff The DeRonne Family Mary & Gabriel DesHarnais Gloria Despard Timothy & Molly Diemer Brian Dietz 1983 & Debra Meier E.E.Ford Foundation David & Susan Efros William Eisenman & Susan Guenther Dr. and Mrs. Robert A Ellwood Diana & James Elshoff Eric & Amy Ersher Moeen Farooqi & Munazza Malik David & Elane Feldman
Festivities Studio Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund Fifth Third Bank Joan Lessen-Firestone & Ira Firestone David & Polly Fisher Dave & Andrea Fluent Alyssa Flynn 2014 David & Kris Flynn Jacob Flynn 2016 Julie Fracasso Aaron Frantz 2009 Jessica & Brandon French Anne Gahagan & Richard Dennis Kathleen Gahan The Galligan Family Lori Lutz ‘75 & Gregory Gamalski, Clara Gamalski ‘07 & Eleanor Gamalski ‘11 Timothy & Nicole Gandee The Gardner Family Jeffrey & Sharon Garvin Tom & Patty Giftos Julie & Craig Gillikin Michael, Lisa & Emma Girolami Victor & Gale Girolami Mrs. Rosalie Golden, Retired Faculty Michelle Blankenship & Michael Granzeier Granzeier & Blankenship, PLC Beth Greenapple & Nadav Pais-Greenapple ‘17 The Grekin Family Foundation Nan & Dick Griffith The Family of Richard & Janice Haines Jeremy Handel & Lauren (Buddy) Stein Handel 1995 Douglas Hansford & Maureen Dailey Pam Majchrzak & Robb Harner Hobart Harris 1975 Jeanne & Michael Haynes Jim, Karen and Evan Heasley Michael & Rhonda Hicks Kalee Hoff Stacy & Roland Holloman, Stephanie ‘09 & Roland ‘12 Ellen & Paul Hoppe Leslie Hosey & Ron Robinson & Jordan ‘07, Nicholas ‘11, and Cameron ‘20 Robinson The Huneke family Jodi Irwin Dan Jacobs Erica Peresman & David Jaffe ‘74, Adela Jaffe ‘09 & Mara Jaffe ‘13 Kathleen & Steve Johnson Roberta Jones The JP Morgan Chase Foundation
These individuals and families have formalized their commitments to the Designing for the Difference campaign as of February 2018.
A. Randolph Judd & Pat Roan Judd Peter & Laura Karmanos & Family Kathy & Ron Kasper Dennis & Jean King Gayle Kirker The Klee Family Peggy & Jared Klein Susan Knight Larry Kraft 1967 & Jackie Kraft Anessa & David Kramer Shawn Krause Geoff Kretchmer & Jody Lipton Joel Krugel & Heidi Brode Kevin Kruszewski & Michelle Goff Mark Krysinski & Susan Learman Patrycja Krzok 1996 Claire & Eric Laansoo The Labe Family Jon & Barbara Lane Emily Lardner 2006 Michael & Pat Lawrence Elisabeth Lawrence Stayer 2000 & Doug Stayer Carolyn & Raymond Lett Tracy & Jeff Levitt Sydney & Hayden Levy Michael & Lauren Lisi Robert Long & Marlene Seltzer The Lyon Family Diane VanderBeke Mager Herman Marable Jr 1980 Jay B. Marks Shannon & Clarence Martin Karen May Wendy Mayer The Mayes-Wheeler Family Kelly McDowell & Anthony Morrow Jason McIntosh & Jim Shaffer Darin & Perry McKeever Sara Puzey Mendez 1996 & Luis Mendez Beth & Jamie Michelson John Mickley 2007 Steve & Danita Milbeck Mark Miliotto & Beth Taylor Sarah & Kenneth Miller Julie Mills The Mojares Family Lisa & Eric Momblanco Terri & Mark Morawski Michael & Patricia Morrow Karen & Josh Moss Dr. & Mrs. Robert Murray Lucie & Lila Must Julie & Paul Nemchik
Richard Noel 1980 Samer & Sandy Obeid Jerry & Karen Olson Gretchen Osgood & Peter Henninger-Osgood Julia Pais & Nadav Pais-Greenapple 2017 Laura & Tom Panek Matteo Papadopoulos 2022 The Papadopoulos Family Emery & Linda Pence Eric Peterson 1995 The Pianko Family Kelly & Mike Piontek Lorene Porter Karl & Judith Porth Jason & Lysa Postula-Stein Colleen & James Potocki Jeremy Roberts David Rocco & Mary Pynnonen-Rocco Werner C. Roennecke & Patricia Ignatius Peter 1963, Karen 1966 & Tom 1961 Roeper Roeper Girl Scout Troop #71124 Amy Romano 2013 Paula Romano & Glynda Krantz David & Sheila Ronis Ruby & Associates Mike & Jarie Ruddy Ed & Lisa Sack Savas Family/O’Neill Foundation Jeremy Schemm 1992 & Barbara Dornan The Schemm Family Drs. Dipak Shah & Sujana Gundlapalli Sanjiv & Cindy Shah Robert Shaya & Ashley Lowe Colleen & Scott Shelton Robert & Marilyn Sherry Steve & Lori Shoha Sandra Shoshani Donna & Steven Silk Bob Simon & Tessa Stein Alexandra ‘06 & Carter ‘10 Sims Praveen Singh & Malini Thadani Susie & David Small Gomer & Julie Smith Sarah & Aaron Smith Catherine & James Sommerfeld Thomas & Julie Song Ryan Sosin 2003 Clinton Spevak The Stafeil Family Jon Steiger & Kelli Kerbawy Fred & Shanon Stibor Janet Szeto & Louie Brennan The Sznewajs Family
Carl & Eleanor Tacke Paul & Susan Tacke Lori & Lori Talbott Derek & Vickie Teetsel Cindy Thomas & Michelle Hagerman Clay Thomas & Bessy Despotis Chris & Linda Torres Barbara & Roger Trunsky Elizabeth & John Turner Deborah & Steve Veillette Jim & Beth Vens Bryant & Lisa Wade Amber & David Webb Kevin, Laurie and Connor ’10 Welsh David & Sharon White
Charlotte Whitney Stevens Brenda Wilke Marcia Ruff & Thomas Wilkinson Hale Williams 2009 Robert Williams, Susan Lim Williams, Rheyn ‘01, Starr ‘03, Sky ‘06 & Hale Williams ‘09 Catherine & Brian Wilmers Adam Wilmers 2003 Emily & Larry Wine Mary Beth & Doug Winkworth Satish Yalamanchili & Claudine George Mary Ann & Akira Yamamoto Steven Yedlin 1968* The Zarewych Family Lori, Erik ‘06 & Ryan ‘10 Zinser F
2017 MOSAIC AUCTION SUPPORTERS
Many thanks to everyone who purchased a ticket, made a monetary donation and/or was a winning bidder at MOSAIC 2017.
Loren Achuri Joel & Carol Appel Christie Peck & Buck Baker John, Jr. & Linda Ban Dennis & Hadas Bernard Charles & Ann Bieneman Chris & Jennifer Bonde Paul & DeLana Borja Carolyn Borman David & Patricia Bostwick Lisa & David Bottesi Ann Stevenson & Curt Catallo Leonard & Shirley Cetner Cynthia Churches Eric & Amy Ersher Jennifer Evenson Edward Jr. & Florise Ewell David & Elane Feldman Loretta Feldman Frank & Amy Firek David & Andrea Fluent Lance & Kineret Gable Michelle Gallardo Geoffrey & Julie Gibbs Marc ’83 & Carol Gorelick Beth Greenapple Steven & Tara Grekin Joseph & Rebekah Gruber Jeremy Handel & Lauren Stein ’95 Pam Majchrzak & Robb Harner Tom Huneke Alex & Meredith Israel Eric & Christine Jackson Dan Jacobs Karen Johnson Jeannie Kaiser Peter & Laura Karmanos Steven & Bridget Katzman Richard & Lisette Keil Eric & Amy Kendall
Tom & Jennifer Keuten Christopher & Elizabeth Klee Eric & Allison Klein Susan Knight Sue Konst David Kramer & Anessa Owen Kramer ’89 Shawn Krause Mike & Monica Lambert Sarah Winkler & Simon Leopold Roman & Kathleen Lesnau George & Stacie Levy Marc & Ellen Lipton Greg Gamalski & Lori Lutz ’75 Christine Lyon & Wayne Manista Herman Marable ’80 Clarence & Shannon Martin Alexis McDaniel Tom & Michelle McEvoy Darin & Perry McKeever Susheilla Mehta Marc & Linda Mettes Steve Milbeck Kenneth & Sarah Miller Jon & Lori Mojares Todd & Stephanie Morita Jay Must Leisl Must Christian & Julie Mustill Patrick ’78 & Dianne O’Connor Eric Peterson ’95 Michael & MaryPeterson Molly Peterson Brandon Petitpren & Jennifer Chang James & Colleen Potocki Eric & Meghan Pott
Maria Welborne & Rajesh Radhakrishnan Gerald & Janelle Radtke Mykolas ’96 & Tamara Rambus Jordan Robinson ’07 & Nicholas Mailis Ron Robinson & Leslie Hosey Nancy Roop Patti Roscoe Stu & Kim Roycraft Zachary & Susan Savas Steven & Barbara Scavone Steven & Kimbraley Scharg Jeremy Schemm ’92 & Barbara Dornan Leonard & Bonnie Schemm James Shaffer & Jason McIntosh Dipak Shah & Sujana Gundlapalli Sanjiv & Cindy Shah
Ashley Lowe & Robert Shaya Ted & Emily Sherman Steven & Donna Silk Kathrina Spyridakis & Scott Simecek Bob Simon Glenn Sims & Denita Banks-Sims Liz Rowan & Michael Sklar Gomer & Julie Smith Rachel Stafeil Cely Fairweather & Alan Stiebel John & Marcy Sznewajs Ryan & Lori Talbott Derek & Vickie Teetsel Bessy Despotis & Clay Thomas James & Natosha Tolbert Mike & Carol Van Hoef Joe & Cari Vaughn Jim & Beth Vens Jennifer Allen Washington & Ian Washington Eric & Marcy Weisberg Janice Mayes & John Wheeler David & Sharon White Charles Wickens Tom Wilkinson & Marcia Ruff Bob & Sue Williams Larry & Emily Wine Julie Yolles Chris & Jennifer Ziemann F
2017 MOSAIC AUCTION ITEM DONORS
Loren Achuri Andi Akkashian & Sarah Smith Vern Arnold & Family Avalon Breads John & Linda Ban Beach House Day Spa Paul & DeLana Borja Jan Bostwick Ray & Ryan Boyl Phred Brown Curt Catallo & Ann Stevenson Chartreuse/Sandy & Heather Levine Gloria Cook & Ellen Hoppe Abha Dearing Detroit Basket Company Dream Dinners Chef Aaron Egan ’05 David & Elaine Feldman Kristi Fielder & Lisa Baker Nick “Dr. Sushi” George ’06 Diane Grech Steven & Tara Grekin Bill Harper Joshua & Jennifer Hautamaki James & Karen Heasley Shannon Howell Una Jackman Dan Jacobs Junior & LaShonn Johnson Jeannie Kaiser & Todd’s Room Chris & Elizabeth Klee Susan Knight’s 8th Grade Homeroom Karen Leighton-Amick Sarah Winkler & Simon Leopold The Ludwig Family Maison Kayser, New York Clarence & Shannon Martin Wendy Mayer’s 8th Grade Homeroom
McClure’s Pickles Special Mary McGeehan thanks to Susheilla Mehta these Sara & Luis Mendez & Selden Standard Jamie & Beth Michelson generous, Lisa Momblanco & Laura Phillips creative and Moon Reflections Photography talented Office Depot Orthodontic Associates PC, donors of Drs. Hummon & Gebeck items Laura Panek & Kelly Piontek’s Upper School Homeroomauctioned Emery Pence’s 7th Grade Homeroom that helped Ann Perrault & Jackie Victor raise nearly Colleen & Jim Potocki $150,000 Patrick Ratliff Rivage Day Spa for Leslie Hosey & Ron Robinson Professional Nick Robinson ’11 Roeper 6th Grade Students Development Roeper Development Officefor our staff, Roeper Head’s Office and Financial Roeper Stage I — Amber Webb and & Karen Hines-Kennedy’sAid Homeroom Roeper Stage I — Jennifer Ziemann Scholarships & Megan Zimmerman’s Homeroom for our Roeper Stage I — Colleen Shelton, Nicole Weibel students. & Kendra McKenzie’s Homeroom Roeper Stage I Families Roeper Stage II — Brenda Wilke & Cynthia Harris’s Homeroom Roeper Stage II — Debbie Bejune & Venee Natarajan’s Homeroom Roeper Stage II Families Roeper Stage III — Cathy Wilmers & Susie Small’s Homeroom Roeper Stage III — Lisa Momblanco & Laura Phillip’s Homeroom Roeper Stage III — Jessica French
& Mercedes Schloop’s Homeroom Roeper Stage III Families Roeper Stage IV — Elise Lind & Paula Romano’s Homeroom Roeper Stage IV — Gloria Cook & Ellen Hoppe’s Homeroom Roeper Stage IV — Laura Evans & Scott Vartanian’s Homeroom Roeper Stage IV — Stacy Holloman & Sara Mendez’s Homeroom Roeper Stage IV Families Jarie Ruddy’s Stage IV Tile Elective Class Marcia Ruff Kathryn Savoie Dipak Shah & Sujana Gundalapalli Leonard Schemm Colleen Shelton Shinola Detroit /Bill Guy Shinola Detroit/Robert MacDougall Steven & Donna Silk Bob Simon Denita Banks-Sims & Glenn Sims Skin Boutique Inc. Jeff Stafeil Michelle Stamler & Michal McConville’s Upper School Homeroom Summer Camp Office Janet Szeto’s 8th Grade Homeroom Janet Szeto’s Printmaking Elective Class John & Marcy Sznewajs Beth Taylor Triple Nickel Restaurant The Union Joints Joshua Vens Linda Vernon & Hasan Humadi’s Upper School Homeroom Ian Washington Amber Webb Tina & Kevin Yancey & Great Harvest Bread Company Ryan Zinser Zulu Nyala F
AUCTION PHOTOS BY ANTHONY MORROW
Coordinator of Diversity & Community Programs, Financial Aid & Scholarship
ROEPER’S MAKE-A-SPLASH PROGRAM
The Roeper School has continued the commitment of community outreach for important projects that align with our mission and philosophy. The USA Swimming Foundation Make-A-Splash program is among our most valued and celebrated equity and justice projects, and we are committed to sustaining its viability through our own operation budget allocations. We see evidence of the continuing need in the growing numbers of participants. This year we celebrated our eighth year anniversary of The Roeper School Make-ASplash program.
Our Roeper School MakeA-Splash program directly benefits children who would not otherwise receive the opportunity to learn to swim by providing group swim instructions, swim equipment and, in some cases, transportation to our pool site.
The Roeper School was honored to be named a Make-A-Splash Local partner in 2010. We have had the distinguished honor of receiving the USA Swimming Foundation Make-A-Splash grant of $10,500 in 2013 and $5,000 in 2016, and a new award of $5,000 for 2018! Our Roeper MakeA-Splash program runs concurrently with our Roeper Summer Day Camp program — which operates four sessions in the summer. Each session is two weeks in duration. Some children sign up for the full eight weeks; some sign up for a two-week session. During this program, group swim lessons are offered for five days, one hour in length. These group swim lessons are offered at the cost of $60 for campers. Those students who qualify as Make-A-Splash participants are offered swim lessons scholarships so that they receive the same swim instruction for $10 for the five-day lessons. In 2017, The Roeper School was delighted to have 136 children who qualified to be sponsored as a Roeper Make-A-Splash participants to our expanding group of nearly 300 new swimmers! Our school’s philosophy and mission statement demands that we continue to commit to achieve a diversity of race, culture, economics and physical well-being for all of the students and families in our community. Our founders, George and Annemarie Roeper, were devout anti-racist and social justice activists. Diversity was central to George and Annemarie Roeper as educators and humanitarians, and the importance of interdependence is also core to the Roeper philosophy. Increased access remains a central goal of our outreach efforts, and we are delighted to share that our participants hail from four counties in the region — Oakland, Wayne, Macomb and Washtenaw. This remarkable representation also provides increased cultural and geographic mindfulness for our swimmers and their families.
All of our swim instructors are certified lifeguards. We follow the guidelines of having 6:1 student: teacher ratios — often lower. In addition to our certified swim instructors, we have many student volunteers assisting the instructors. These students are on swim teams at their respective schools, and they are required to attend our swim instructor’s orientation. Since our beginning in 2010 our number of participants has grown exponentially. We have an outdoor pool complex, so our program operates only in the summer. In 2010 we began our program with approximately 50 students participating in the Make-A-Splash program. In 2015, we had 152 Make-A-Splash participants. We sponsor all of the qualified Make-A-Splash participants. Our Roeper School Make-A-Splash program directly benefits children who would not otherwise receive the opportunity to learn to swim by providing group swim instructions, swim equipment and, in some cases, transportation to our pool site. Our program quantifies and identifies participants by requiring participants’ parents/guardians to fill out an application. Included on the application is income level and number of children in the household. We ask families if they qualify for free or reduced lunch programs at their home schools and use the government guidelines to help determine need. We also ask for race/ethnicity, to further ascertain that we have an inclusive group of participants. We use the aforementioned criteria to select scholarship recipients. We have reached beyond our doors to our neighboring swimming communities — such as high school swim teams and swim clubs — to assist as volunteers to work in our program. Each year this number increases and fosters a win-win situation. The children in the program gravitated to youth instructors and made tremendous progress. The volunteers were committed and dedicated to these children, and it was wonderful to see the mutual exchange of appreciation and joy. To date, the Make-A-Splash program at The Roeper School has served over 600 participants. F
Middle/Upper School World Language Instructor
CHINESE STUDY — PATHWAY TO GLOBAL COMPETENCE The Chinese language program at Roeper continues to grow steadily both in the number of students participating and the depth of the program. In numbers from the last full school year, 33 Middle and Upper School students took Beginning, Intermediate or Advanced Mandarin language study classes in 2016/17, while two seniors conducted independent study projects. Roeper is one of approximately 100 schools in the country, and one of three in Michigan, that is a member of the Asia Society Confucius Classrooms Network. Schools are selected through a competitive application process designed to identify exemplary language programs in schools committed to
This year is Roeper’s seventh year in the Confucius Classrooms Network. The curriculum is focused on functional proficiency in Chinese through listening and reading skills, as well as oral and writing skills. In addition to language study, the students are immersed in Chinese culture, which has been more deeply integrated into the language curriculum. While there are not Chinese language classes in the Lower School at this time, the Middle and Upper School students advance their proficiency by connecting with Lower School students on cultural topics, including an annual Chinese New Year celebration with Stage III. Technology is playing a more active role in the learning process. Students at all levels are more familiar with using Quizlet to practice learned vocabulary and submitting oral or writing assignments online by using voice recording devices and Chinese word processing software. The Confucius Classrooms program provides funding for professional development, travel to conferences, classroom materials, and more. Funding in 2016/17 supported teacher professional development, a Chinese class field trip, a Chinatown tour in Chicago for the entire 8th grade, and classroom supplies and teaching materials. One of the goals of Asia Society is to continuously advance the pedagogy of teaching Chinese, and a monthly newsletter from its Chinese Learning Initiative Team shares the newest trends in the field. Strong support from Roeper parents and the other academic departments also help expand the capacity and progress of Roeper’s Chinese program. To become citizens of the world, as George and Annemarie urged, requires empathy, study, experience and commitment. Thanks to the support of the Confucius Classrooms Network, Roeper is better able to fulfill its ability to educate students to understand and engage intelligently with China, one of the oldest and largest civilations with whom we share this earth. F
educating globally competent citizens. Asia Society, founded in 1956 by John D. Rockefeller 3rd, is a global non-profit dedicated to promoting mutual understanding between Asia and America.
Funding from the Confucius Classrooms Network in 2016/17 supported teacher professional development, a Chinese class field trip, a Chinatown tour in Chicago for the entire 8th grade, and classroom supplies and teaching materials.
THE ROEPER GOLF OUTING From its inception 22 years ago, the Roeper Golf Outing has become a time-honored tradition, serving as the major fundraiser for the Roeper Athletic Department in support of our student athletes. Having raised $15,000 in 2017, it’s no wonder that we get excited about this event. From monsoons to amazing sun-filled days, we’ve weathered a variety of conditions over the years, always with a focus on ensuring that golfers of all abilities have a great time, and that our deserving athletes come away the winners.
This coming year is no exception. With an appealing course, more affordable rates, scramble format, earlier tee-off time, and big Hole-in-One prizes — $10,000, Hawaii trips, golf packages, and cruises — this event is sure to please. Along the way, golfers also enjoy opportunities to win putters, drivers, bags, and tickets galore, including Tigers, Red Wings, and Lions.
From monsoons to amazing sun-filled days, we’ve weathered a variety of conditions over the years, always with a focus on ensuring that golfers of all abilities have a great time, and that our deserving athletes come away the winners.
From hacker to top-flight, the Roeper Golf Outing has a place for you! We invite you to join us to see what all the FUN is about.
SAVE THE DATE! MONDAY, AUGUST 13, 2018 9:45am Tee-off Fieldstone Golf Club, Auburn Hills
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Director of Development & Publications
PARTING THOUGHTS Saying “Thank You” on behalf of the Roeper School is a favor and privilege I value among many that come with serving as Development Director of this remarkable institution.
In countless ways — small and large — the generosity of community members plays a vital and essential role in meeting The Roeper School mission. We appreciate the everyday considerations of your “time, talent and treasure” and honor the extraordinary gestures that place us among your philanthropic priorities and legacy interests. As with all institutions of a “certain age,” and those experiencing a wonderful trajectory of facility and endowment growth, we have spent some considerable attention honoring a thoughtful posture of donor recognition. Fortunately for us, the Roeper philosophy is the compass that guides our considerations. It reaffirms that all of us are obligated to act and that by extension — all are greatly valued. For example, Annemarie Roeper offered this response to a Roeper 6th grader’s question: “What do you think is the secret to being a good leader and what can you do to improve as a leader?” I believe that the question is not the most relevant one to ask. Perhaps you should ask what needs to be done, fixed or accomplished, and how you should undertake what needs to be done rather than focusing on being a leader for the sake of being a leader. Sometimes one needs to be a leader, and sometimes a follower, and sometimes a collaborator, depending on which role accomplishes the goal of making the situation or community better. Focusing on what is beyond one’s self usually is the best path to finding oneself and finding one’s proper role in the community. The honor of acknowledging each wonderful donation and every caring deed creates a meaningful and lasting opportunity to extend our gratitude for all of the roles that Annemarie suggests make the community better. This special Annual Report edition of Keeping In Touch is our moment to say “Thank You” for fulfilling this goal.
We appreciate the everyday considerations of your “time, talent and treasure,” and honor the extraordinary gestures that place us among your philanthropic priorities and legacy interests.
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