THE ROEPER SCHOOL COMMUNITY MAGAZINE
Keeping In Touch
ANNUAL REPORT JULY 1, 2015 – JUNE 30, 2016 VOLUME 10: 2 – OL WINTER 2017
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 Committee Katie Buchmann Editor Bonnie Schemm Art Director Contributors Buck Baker Denita Banks-Sims Katie Buchmann David Feldman Dave Fluent Julie Gillikin John Sznewajs Special Thanks Marcia Ruff
THE ROEPER SCHOOL 41190 Woodward Avenue Bloomfield Hills Michigan 48304 248/203.7300 www.roeper.org
FEATURES INSTITUTIONAL SELF-ACTUALIZATION . David H. Feldman, Head of School
FROM THE CHAIR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Buck Baker, Chair/Roeper Board of Trustees
FINANCIAL OVERVIEW . . . . . . . . . . . . . . John Sznewajs, Vice Chair â€“ Finance/Roeper Board of Trustees UNRESTRICTED OPERATING BUDGET REPORT . Dave Fluent, Director of Finance and Operations
2015/16 ANNUAL FUND DONOR LISTING . . . . . . . . . . Julie Gillikin, Data Manager
2016 MARIANN HOAG SCHOLARSHIP DINNER SUPPORTERS & DONORS LISTINGS . . . . . . . . . . . Katie Buchmann, Development Officer
DESIGNING FOR THE DIFFERENCE MESSAGE & DONOR LISTING . . 14 David H. Feldman, Head of School
2015/16 SPECIAL GIFTS DONOR LISTING . Julie Gillikin, Data Manager
PARTING THOUGHTS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Denita Banks-Sims, Director of Development The Roeper School is an independent coeducational day school for gifted and talented children preschool through grade 12 and an equal-opportunity institution
EDUCATING AND INSPIRING GIFTED STUDENTS TO THINK AS INDIVIDUALS AND TO ENGAGE AS A COMMUNITY WITH COMPASSION FOR EACH OTHER AND THIS WORLD
ON THE COVER Paper sculpture by Aurora Thomas-Hagerman, Grade 11
David Feldman Head of School
INSTITUTIONAL SELF-ACTUALIZATION The activities and celebrations marking our 75th Anniversary continue to make this a very special year. With the Gala in February, the Mosaic Auction in April, the alumni reunion in May, and the wonderful personal stories shared by our alums on our 75th Anniversary website (www.roeper75. org), it is easy to feel the energy and spirit of so many dedicated and thoughtful volunteers helping to make this a memorable moment in our history. Much of this good work provides a forum for us to
receiving a stamp of approval from an outside peer organization; it is a process where we hold up the mirror, study all elements of our school, work with other educators to ensure that we are living our mission, reaffirm our core beliefs, and commit ourselves to planning for the future.
be reflective, to honor our roots and fondly recall the amazing educators who helped build and sustain our School.
our academic program, examination of our relationship with the greater community, study of our business model, and review of our governance plan. Through the construction of 36 different reports, we look closely at the various elements of our school where we are successful, where we need to address challenges — and for each challenge, what plan will we put in place, and how will that plan be prioritized.
The American philosopher John Dewey wrote: “Arriving at one goal is the starting point for another.” Roeper’s 75 years of educational leadership and mission-driven work with children is an admirable achievement. It is an important marker of longevity, but it is merely a way station in the history of an institution with teachers who share a vision that looks beyond the present and into the unknown future. In my state of the school talk last February, I discussed the work we are doing as a school in preparation for our re-accreditation from the Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS). Re-accreditation is not just
Written for a visiting team that will arrive in April, the document was constructed last year by faculty, staff, administrators, parents, board members, students, alumni, and members of the broader community. Over 130 pages in length, the selfstudy is intended to provide insight and to focus on problem-solving. So often we are called upon to voice our opinions on elements of a program that is not working well, and frequently when that happens the dissatisfaction is not addressed in a constructive manner. There are always areas of our operation that need work; however, it is not enough to merely list our challenges. For us to grow, for us to evolve, we must problem-solve. Can we clearly articulate the challenge? If so, what plan should we put in place to address the concern? Given all of the challenges we face, where on our list of priorities should this particular challenge fall?
Anniversaries are by their very nature reflective; they give us the chance to look through old photo albums, think about the people who shared our journey, and pause for those moments to look in the mirror and measure our personal growth against this marker in time. Anniversaries also give us the chance to look forward, to dream together, plan together, and think about what is still yet to come. What will the next 75 years look like? How will education change? What should we as educators be doing to understand the challenges that are ahead and the priorities that we must set to guide us on the next journey?
The process is a thorough review of
Anniversaries … give us the chance to look forward, to dream together, plan together, and think about what is still yet to come.
The ISACS Self Study is an exhaustive process that, with thought and reflection, will help lead us to our next strategic plan. It is the type of reflection that causes us to honestly look at our work, talk to each other, and constructively problemsolve.
Beginning with a look at our mission, the ISACS review process is meant to be a reflective study of how a school continues to be accountable to the philosophy it says it lives. We are asked directly to explain how we do what we say we do, and to address where we may have gone astray. From April 23 â€“ 26, 2017, a visiting team of independent school teachers and administrators will spend full days on campus interviewing people in our community, and comparing the selfstudy we wrote last year to what they see during their visit. The team will write individual reports for each subsection and include in their report commendations and recommendations. As a school, we will need to respond in writing to each recommendation the team makes, and we will spend the next four years of the accreditation cycle implementing the agreed-upon recommendations. Additionally, the team will share three to five major commendations and recommendations reflective of the whole school. It is the expectation of ISACS that the school will address the major recommendations during the first year of the re-accreditation cycle.
This is an exhaustive process that with thought and reflection will help lead us to our next strategic plan. It is the type of reflection that causes us to honestly look at our work, talk to each other, and constructively problem-solve. This is not a process about griping, bashing, or individually targeting people or programs. This is a process that is about growth, inclusion, and making our school stronger. It is critical to note that we will not wait for a visit-ing team report to dig into the needs we discover in our self-study process. There is no reason to wait to address challenges when we have completed our review process, secured the necessary resources, and marshalled the readiness of our community to address agreed-upon needs. The self-reflective nature of the ISACS accreditation process seems consistent for a school that philosophically values self-actualization. The clarity we gain about ourselves helps us strengthen our identity and evolve as an institution. How appropriate for Roeper! F
Chair Roeper Board of Trustees
FROM THE CHAIR
I keep thinking it can’t get any better. And then it does. This has been a uniquely eventful, resonant, gratifying and important year for the school. I am struck by the fact that it’s unusual to be a part of an institution that has existed for 75 years. It’s also gratifying to be part of one that thinks so readily and naturally about the future. But it’s just flat-out unique to be a part of both at the same time. What follow are some impressions of Roeper@75 — past, present and future:
A PAST THAT IS MORE ALIVE THAN EVER Until this year I would have said that I knew the broad outlines — and a few of the key details — of the school’s history. And I’ve always loved hearing alumni, parents, and former faculty, administrators and trustees tell their stories. But watching the video on the history of the school, seeing the pictures of the Roeper family and others who started the school and got us to this point, seeing the places they inhabited and the spaces they created was deeply emotional. Thanks to the efforts of Denita BanksSims, Marcia Ruff, and many others, our past has never been so vividly present. A COMMUNITY THAT IS FULLY ENGAGED AND PRESENT By now we have all had opportunities to participate in one or more events that were planned and conducted by the school to celebrate the 75th Anniversary. As I write this, the 75th Anniversary Gala is only a few weeks away. Many of those were first-time, unique events. But what I value most about the set of events this year is that, taken together, they give every single member of the community — students, parents, alumni, current and former faculty and administration — the opportunity to connect with each other, to celebrate, and to share in this milestone. They enable us as members of the community to be present. A FUTURE THAT WAS ALWAYS GOOD BUT IS EVEN MORE PROMISING As you know, Roeper has for some time been recognized as a leader in education for gifted and talented students — for our model, our philosophy, our faculty, our administration and our students — and not just locally, but nationally. It may not be as visible, but you should know that at the same time as all of this eventful year has been unfolding, the administration and faculty, with support from the Board of Trustees, continues to thoughtfully identify, evaluate, discuss, plan (in a deep way), and implement important changes and improvements to the Roeper education. Their efforts will enable the school to continue to improve on what it already does well for students who love to learn. As the year goes on, and probably by the time you read this letter, you will be hearing from them about what they have been working on. As always, thank you for your support of Roeper, for being a part of our community, and for making it better through your involvement. F
… you should know that, at the same time as all of this eventful year has been unfolding, the administration and faculty, with support from the Board of Trustees, continues to thoughtfully identify, evaluate, discuss, plan (in a deep way), and implement important changes and improvements to the Roeper education.
Vice Chair — Finance Roeper Board of Trustees
FINANCIAL OVERVIEW Increased enrollment, improved student retention, stronger summer camps participation and disciplined financial management led to continued improvement in Roeper’s financial condition. As a result of our stronger finances, David Feldman, in conjunction with the faculty and staff, administration and Board of Trustees, devoted resources toward meeting the goals of our strategic plan. CONTINUE TO SUPPORT AND ATTRACT GREAT FACULTY AND STAFF In the midst of the financial crisis, we froze the salaries and eliminated the retirement match for the faculty and staff. We are pleased to share that during the 2015/2016 school year, salaries were increased by 3%, and an additional 1% was restored to the retirement match, which is now at 4% — matching the level prior to the financial crisis.
Increased enrollment, improved student retention, stronger summer camps participation and disciplined financial management led to continued improvement in Roeper’s financial condition.
IMPROVE FACILITIES BY ADDRESSING DEFERRED MAINTENANCE NEEDS AND MAJOR IMPROVEMENTS TO THE BIRMINGHAM CAMPUS With the commencement of construction of the Birmingham campus courtyard project at the end of 2015/2016, the administration and especially the development team have worked tirelessly to raise nearly $4 million to help fund this project. In addition, 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 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 long-term 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 $2.1 million in financial aid dollars to attract and retain talented young people and their families in our community. 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, 2015 â€“ JUNE 30, 2016 SOURCES Tuition and other programs Gifts and grants Other Endowment income Total Sources
$13,952,027 316,853 311,984 293,701
93.8% 2.1% 2.1% 2.0%
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
$7,574,065 50.9% 182,210 1.2% 1,126,829 7.6% 270,896 1.8% 2,578,018 17.3% 435,765 2.9% 101,371 0.7% 581,634 3.9% 1,303,335 8.8% 365,000 2.5% 110,442 .7% 245,000 1.6% $14,874,565
2015/2016 ANNUAL FUND DONORS Platinum Circle a gift of $10,000 or more
Anonymous Donor Orlando & Veronne Bustos Community Foundation for SE Michigan
Leadership Circle a gift of $5,000 to $9,999
The Roeper School is pleased to acknowledge the donors to the 2015/16 Annual Fund Campaign
Dikran Kashkashian 1972 & Julia Kashkashian Peggy & Jared Klein Denita Banks-Sims & Robert Sims
a gift of $3,000 to $4,999
Anonymous Donor Joel & Carol Appel Classes of 2011, 2012 & 2015 Brian Dietz 1983 & Debra Meier Steven & Tara Grekin Darin & Perry McKeever John & Marcy Sznewajs
Founders Circle a gift of $1,000 to $2,999
Bold Italic indicates donors who have contributed to Roeperâ€™s Annual Fund for five or more consecutive years
* indicates the actual graduation year of those alumni who graduated from other secondary schools
Alexandra Alberstadt 1983 Geoffrey Armstrong 1984 & Michelle Armstrong Curtis Bagne & Catherine Gofrank Buck Baker & Christie Peck Lisa Baker & Kristi Fielder Paul & Susan Benedict Dennis & Hadas Bernard Paul & Jennifer Bonde Paul & DeLana Borja Carolyn Borman Roscoe Boyd 1998 Ray & Annemarie Boyl Joan Brawer Michele & Curtis Buttermore David & Linda Dagenais Fannie Kraft Foundation Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund David & Polly Fisher David & Andrea Fluent Kathleen Gahan Lori Lutz 1975 & Gregory Gamalski Jeffrey & Sharon Garvin Jeanne & Michael Haynes
David Jaffe 1974 & Erica Peresman JPMorgan Chase Good Works Employee Giving Program Gayle Kirker Lawrence & Jackie Kraft Anessa Owen Kramer 1989 & David Kramer Michael & Pat Lawrence Kevin & Heather Maier Shannon & Clarence Martin Masco Corporation Christian Mills Jon & Lori Mojares Robert & Pamela Murray Eric Peterson 1995 Gideon & Jaime Pfeffer Paul Rabe 1972* & Cheryl Gunter Rajesh Radhakrishnan & Maria Welborne Marlita Reddy-Hjelmfelt 1979 & Eric Hjelmfelt Julia & Leroy Richie Leslie Hosey & Ron Robinson Jeff & Linda Roose Jarie & Mike Ruddy Daniel Schechter & Laura Castleman Bonnie & Leonard Schemm Steven & Donna Silk Rachel Stafeil Susan Szabo Mattano 1977 & Len Mattano Target Robin Turner Vanguard Charitable Endowment Program William Davidson Foundation Claudine George & Satish Yalamanchili
a gift of $500 to $999
Khaldoon Alaswad & Marijo Upshaw Edward & Shirley Arnieri Farideh Bagne The Benevity Community Impact Fund Lance & Andrea Cousins Maureen Dailey & Douglas Hansford Timothy & Molly Diemer Adam Dorfman 1990 & Melissa Moskof Jamie Lyons-Eddy & Chris Eddy George Ellenwood Eric & Amy Ersher David & Elane Feldman Harold & Bonita Gardner Robert & Geri Garlo Julie & Craig Gillikin Nan & Dick Griffith
Dan Jacobs JPMorgan Chase Foundation Matching Gifts & Volunteer Grants Jennifer Kampani Rodney & Barbara Keteyian Mary McGeehan & Thomas Kirby Christopher & Elizabeth Klee Susan Knight Kroger Rewards Michelle & Michael Lane Howard Lee 1981 & Vi Nguyen Mary Lee Camellia & Michael Lewis Eric Linden 1974 & Gayla Zoghlin Kurt Magnus 1988 & Emily Magnus Jay Marks Mary Jo & Michael Mersol-Barg Steve & Danita Milbeck Julie & Paul Nemchik Leigh Newland O’Donnell 1988 Robert & Regina Noto Patrick O’Connor 1978 & Dianne O’Connor Karl & Judith Porth Ann Reed Jerry & Gretchen Reeves Sandra Richardson-Smith Judith Riley Zachary & Susan Savas Annette & Daniel See Colleen & Scott Shelton Tyler Dumas Reyes Patricia & William Vance Sarah Baltman Wedepohl 1988 & Andrew Wedepohl Trevor Wetherington David & Sharon White Your Cause, LLC Lori Zinser
Dale & Jacqueline Haskin Timothy Hefferon & Leeann Konrad Ellen & Paul Hoppe Steven & Cherry Howell Karen Johnson Peter Karmanos III & Laura Karmanos Jeffrey Knight & Laurrie Murphy Knight Carolyn & Raymond Lett Magnolia by the Lakes Jamie & Beth Michelson Glenn & Suzanne Minster Michele Munde 1980 Godfrey & Nancy Nolan Emery & Linda Pence Pfizer Foundation Matching Gifts Program Leonard Pitt 1975 Colleen & James Potocki Werner C. Roennecke & Patricia Ignatius William & Patricia Ryan Sanjiv & Cindy Shah Ashley Lowe & Robert Shaya Thomas & Julie Song Ann Steglich Kimberly Strong 1984* TH Management Consultants, llc Scott & Katherine Vartanian Samuel & Tanya Way Laurie & Kevin Welsh Marcia Ruff & Thomas Wilkinson Cathy & Brian Wilmers
a gift of $250 to $499
Richard & Arlene Agree Charles & Mary Albrecht AmazonSmile Foundation AT&T Employee Giving Campaign Miranda Beebe 1984 Deborah & Dan Bejune John & Paula Carlson Anne Gahagan & Richard Dennis William Eisenman & Susan Guenther Arthur Ensroth 1968 Jennifer & David Evenson Stephanie Fried 1995 & Michael Bifolco Marc Friedman 1975 & Madalyn Friedman Timothy & Nicole Gandee General Mills Box Tops for Education Richard Geyer 1981 Ttari & Darrin Hellmer Michael & Rhonda Hicks Kalee Hoff
a gift of $100 to $249
Anonymous Donor Anonymous Donors Adam Acey 1989 & Alicia Schneider Acey 1989 Jessica Alexander 2002 & Cuttino Alexander David & Colleen Allen Joseph Allen 2017 Elli Altman Soren & Wallis Andersen Joanna Baker Harper 1988 James Balmer 1970* & Martha Balmer Harold & Theresa Banks
Michael & Carol Barnhart Sr Rand Barthel 1974 & Carolyn Barthel Judeen & Rita Bartos David & Ann Batdorf-Barnes Ronald & Johanna Bauer Lonie Smith Beck 1996 & Bryan Beck James Benigna & Todd Pleiness David Best 1990 Best Medical Services PLC Charles & Ann Bieneman David & Jolene Billings Eulalia Ferrer & Jeff Bird LeaMarie Bistak Herron 1986 & Erik Herron Andrew & Caroline Blechman Brooks & Pamela Bock Oleh & Iris Bolukh Nicholas & Michelle Bosway Brain Balance of Birmingham Daniel & Millie Braunstein Katie & Jeff Buchmann Bill Buckingham 1963* & Pam Buckingham Jan Bulman Camp Wahanowin Limited Amy Carlton 1988 Heather & Scott Carmona Angus & Susan Carroll Cynthia Churches Elizabeth Churches Denning 1988 & Chad Denning Robert & Susie Citrin Emily Cohen 1976 & Tom Philip John & Pia Crandell 1968* Abha & Steven Dearing Dean & Jennifer Degazio Michael Dinwiddie 1973 Nancy & Brian Dougher Brian & Mariana Durst Abe Ellenberg 1972 & Cindy Ellenberg Robert & Stephanie Ellwood Dietmar & Jill Exler Judy Failer 1982 Sid & Cyntha Fox Matthew & Maribeth Galligan Peter & Charlotte Gerrits James & Georgia Gleason Andrew & Laura Goldberg Roger Goldstein Great Lakes Bread, LLC Beth Greenapple Jonathan Grossman 1988 & Michelle Grossman Philip Hague 1987 Janice Haines
John Hammond Bob & Joyce Harner James & Karen Heasley Barbara Herman Marcia Abramson & Martin Hirschman Rachael Hopkins Trieu 1998 & Hung Trieu Barb Huneke Teyra Hurtt Lawrence & Audrey James Mark Jeffery 1971 Vaja Jhashi & Tamara Machmut-Jhashi Nathan Jhaveri 2002 & Natalia Sonoja Jhaveri Naomi Johnson Miller 1974 Jason & Andrea Jones Marianne Jones 1982 & Joe Nelson Thomas D. Jusino, DDS Brian Kloc 2001 & Kristin Kloc David Kloc 2002 Michael & Zina Kramer Tao & Thomas Kroetsch Eero & Claire Laansoo Rosalie Lake Henry Lambertz & Cherie Abbey Fred & Roz Lessing Marc & Ellen Lipton John Luttermoser 1975 & Ann Randall Jane MacFarlane Ronald & Doris Marceau Jeffrey & Jennifer Margolis Jane Marx 1973 Karen May Michal McConville Kelly McDowell & Anthony Morrow Mr. & Mrs. Henry McKee, Jr. Thomas & Mary Louise McMillan Sara Puzey Mendez 1996 & Luis Mendez Mark Miliotto & Beth Taylor Fred Monroe & Ly Nguyen Terri & Mark Morawski Michael & Patricia Morrow Karen & Josh Moss Jay Must Jerry & Karen Olson Julia Pais Zuzanna & Aaron Parchem Sunah & Juchirl Park Margaret Peterson Chris Popp Lorene Porter Jason & Lysa Postula-Stein Maurice & Marian Prottengeier Eric Raphael & Amy Barron John & Julie Reed
Steven & Jennifer Ribiat Paula Romano & Glynda Krantz Steven Rost & Andrea Eis Peter Samouris Joseph & Sheila Samples Francena Sargent Harry & Carolyn Schaefer Jeremy Schemm 1992 & Barbara Dornan William & Geri Schwanger Steven Scott 1974 Dipak Shah & Sujana Gundlapalli Victoria Shaw 1986 Larry & Mary Shellabarger Michael & Danielle Shellabarger Steve & Lori Shoha Rudy & Roseanne Simons Wilbur & Rebecca Smith Adam Smock 1987 Soccerteeze Inc Catherine & James Sommerfeld Melissa Sommerfeld Gresalfi 1995 & Jason Gresalfi Julie Stahl 1976 Sterling Family Medicine PC Reanne Young & Steve Upchurch Shelley Sullivan Ryan & Lori Talbott Sara Talpos 1993 Cynthia Thomas & Michelle Hagerman Clay Thomas & Bessy Despotis James & Natosha Tolbert Christopher & Linda Torres Marilyn & Lawrence Trinkaus Joshua Turner 1991 & Rachael Turner Richard & Mellanie Varkle Deborah & Steve Veillette Jim & Beth Vens Pamela Victor 1984 & Jeff Hausthor Yakov & Ludmilla Vinogradskiy Bryant & Lisa Wade Terrence Way 2009 Julie Weatherston 1986 Sarah Weatherston Cahuas 1985* Amber & David Webb Ted & Carol Wedepohl Doug & Diane Whipple Patrick White & Amy Clark Charlotte Whitney Stevens Bob & Sue Williams Ann Yarger 1986 Steven Yedlin 1964* Bowman Yee David & Sally Young
Pandora Young 1999 Rob Zako 1977 Anita Zaleski Weinraub 1969 Zenon & Helene Zarewych
a gift up to $100
Janice & Lutz Andahazy Phillip & Tamara Arakelian Kellie & Stephon Bagne Ned Baker 2008 Zachary Ball & Stephanie Reed Gerry & Phil Barrons Dee & Robert Blankenburg Book Beat Ltd Harvey & Penny Brode Kate Bush 2000 & Daniel Montingelli Jennifer Cass Janetsky 1989 & Eric Janetsky Catherine Chow 1988 Jacob Courville 2000 Brandon Crall Fred & Jennifer Cruz Kelli Dade 1983 Claire Dennis 2013 Alexandra Dickinson 2004 Daniel Dinneweth Mary Droste Grant Dumas 1988 & Sally Dumas Michelle Efros Fox 1995 & David Fox Courtney Elton John Evelev 1983 Ruth Favro Jacob Flynn 2016 Jenny Hansell 1982 & Fred Baumgarten Lynda J Gale Michael & Coriann Gastol GE United Way Campaign Michael Gendelman Caroline Gersch 2002 Lola Gibson-Berg 2010 Patrick Gleason 1986 David Golden 2006 Goodshop Howard & Francina Graef Jason Hammond 1989 Robert Harner & Pamela Majchrzak Tasir Haque 1987 & Heather Haque James & Lynn Heiman Lillie Hicks Garrett House 2013 Shannon Howell & David Johnson Christopher & Rachel Hulen
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.
Just Give Matthew Kell 1977 Elizabeth Kellogg Prince 1991 & Brett Prince Chuck & Rita Keuten Jenni Killmer 1984 Dennis & Jean King Alexis Kington 2007 Keith & Debra Knauss David Lakatos & Donielle Fall Nita Larpenteur Alison Lisi 2007 Michael & Laurie Lisi Frank & Laurie LoCascio Joshua Mandlebaum 2000 Herman Marable Jr 1980 Lila Massoumi Rick McKenzie & Barbara Bartz John Mickley 2007 Lori & Donald Migdal Sarah & Kenneth Miller Max Milstein 2002 Lisa & Eric Momblanco Richard & Lori Morrow Leisl Must Lawrence Nagel 1984* Nanette & Stephen Newman Rachel Newman 1987 & Yossi Zekic Megan & Matthew Nishibori Roger & Linda Olsen Christopher Olson & Jennifer Clarkson Nicole Oppenheim Ramos 1997 & Jose Victor Ramos Tonia Oâ€™Rourke Laura & Thomas Panek Kari & Vassilis Papadopoulos
Bridghette Parker Leslie & Jerome Poole Joanna Porvin 1987 Darren & Mite Post Ronald & Diana Pryor Michael & Billie Ragland Rob Rahbari 1989 George Rising 1983 Jeremy Roberts Emilie & Shawn Roper Marvin & Takaya Sanders Teresa Schafer Sullivan 1969 & John Sullivan Sandra Lee Shoshani Eric Siegel 1984 Elliot Silk 2018 Eli Simons 2014 Sarah & Aaron Smith Max & Joy Sneyd Jeanette Solway Donna Green Stano & James Stano Elisabeth Lawrence Stayer 2000 & Doug Stayer Julie Stitt Laurie Tar Thomson Reuters Tyne Turner 1980 Michael & Carole Van Hoef Diane VanderBeke Mager Deirdre Wade 1987 Wallace & Natasha Webster Adam Wilmers 2003 Bryan Wilson Emily & Larry Wine Joanne Wormley-Corley Kathleen Wyszacki Durham 1987 F
2016 MARIANN HOAG SCHOLARSHIP DINNER SUPPORTERS Bill Eisenman & Susan Guenther Janice Haines Robb Harner & Pam Majchrzak Alex Haynes 1993 Bryan Hutson & Linde Levin Hutson 1998 David Billings & Jolene Innis Karen Johnson Jason & Andrea Jones Karen Leighton-Amick Arjun & Jennifer Kampani Daniel & Lisa Katzman Steven & Bridget Katzman Richard & Lisette Keil Tom & Jennifer Keuten Chris & Elizabeth Klee Geoff Kretchmer & Jody Lipton Patrycja Krzok 1996 Pat & Mike Lawrence Roman & Kathleen Lesnau Christine Lyon Jay Marks John Wheeler & Janice Mayes Darin & Perry McKeever Marc & Linda Mettes Jamie & Beth Michelson Dan & Anela Mihaescu Mark Miliotto & Beth Taylor Diallo Smith & Jameel Montgomery-Smith Mike & Leslie Moskowitz Leisl Must Godfrey & Nancy Nolan Sunah Park Peter & Laura Karmanos II Jason & Lysa Postula-Stein Jim & Colleen Potocki Gregory & Rene Ratchford Steve & Jennifer Ribiat Ron Robinson & Leslie Hosey Yasser Al-Khafaji & Yasmin Sabi
Ed & Lisa Sack Melissa Salinas Joe & Sheila Samples Steven & Kimbraley Scharg Thomas & Susan Schlaf Sanjiv & Cindy Shah Robert Shaya & Ashley Lowe Steven & Donna Silk Glenn Sims & Denita Banks-Sims Gomer & Julie Smith Drew Smith Scott Simecek & Kathrina Spyridakis Rachel Stafeil Janet Szeto John & Marcy Sznewajs Ryan & Lori Talbott Derek & Vickie Teetsel Praveen Singh & Malini Thadani Larry & Terese Thomas Morgan Trinkaus 1998 & Ipek Trinkaus Philip & Nancy Uchno Michael & Carole Van Hoef Scott & Katy Vartanian Joe & Cari Vaughn Deb Veillette Jim & Beth Vens Sarah Baltman Wedepohl 1988 & Andrew Wedepohl Rajesh Radhakrishnan & Maria Welborne Erika West 1996 David & Sharon White Tom Wilkinson & Marcia Ruff Adam Wilmers 2003 Larry & Emily Wine Simon Leopold & Sarah Winkler Matthew & Leah Woody Lori Zinser F
Ali Al-Khafaji & Zaina Assaf Stephon & Kellie Bagne Buck Baker & Christie Peck John & Linda Ban Jeff Bird & Eulalia Ferrer David Blau 1985 & Angela Armitage Jordan Bolton 1995* & Rebecca Fried Bolton 1998 Paul & DeLana Borja Carolyn Borman David & Patricia Bostwick David & Lisa Bottesi Joel Krugel & Heidi Brode Curt Catallo & Ann Stevenson Angus & Susan Carroll Catherine Chapman Emily Cohen 1976 Sander Cohen 1986 & Christy Dunn Cohen 1994 Frank Crosby 1985 Howard & Michelle Davis Rick Dennis & Anne Gahagan Clay Thomas & Bessy Despotis Tim & Molly Diemer Eric & Amy Ersher Nathan Evenson 2002 & Cirena Sifferd Evenson David Lakatos & Donielle Fall David & Elane Feldman Lisa Baker & Kristi Fielder Frank & Amy Firek Jay & Lisa Fisher David & Andrea Fluent Lance & Kineret Gable Eleanor Gamalski 2011 Greg Gamalski & Lori Lutz 1976 Tom & Patty Giftos Mike & Lisa Girolami Marc Gorelick 1983 & Carol Gorelick
Mariann Hoag changed the course of lives in generations of Roeper families with her selfless dedication to the Roeper philosophy in administering the financial aid program, making our school accessible to those who might not otherwise have had the means to attend.
2016 MARIANN HOAG SCHOLARSHIP DINNER DONORS This tradition — The Mariann Hoag Scholarship Dinner — honors Mariann’s legacy and continues to provide opportunities for new connections that will strengthen the Roeper Community. We are grateful to the supporters of the 2016 inaugural dinner.
CORPORATE SPONSORS Acute Home Health Care, Inc. Clark-Hill Fifth Third Bank Peggy Klein Lori Lutz 1975 & Greg Gamalski Michigan College of Beauty Pharm A-Z Shan Medical Equipment Zoup!
ITEM DONORS 6th Grade Wolverine Campers Jamie Benigna’s Upper School Homeroom Myles Carr ’19 Will Hoover ’21 Laura Karmanos Susan Knight’s 8th Grade Homeroom Armani Lee Natacia Leonardi Wendy Mayer’s 8th Grade Homeroom Michal McConville’s Upper School Homeroom Christina Miceli’s Upper School Homeroom Middle School Multi-Media Art Class Laura Panek & Kelly Piontek’s Upper School Homeroom Roeper Theatre Company Jarie Ruddy Jarie Ruddy’s Stage IV Special Elective Art Class Mike Ruddy’s 8th Grade Homeroom Stage I – Amber & Karen’s Homeroom Stage I – Colleen & Nicole’s Homeroom Stage I – Jennifer & Megan’s Homeroom Stage I – Kendra’s Homeroom Stage II – Andi & Sarah’s Homeroom Stage II – Brenda & Mary’s Homeroom Stage II – Michele & Patti’s Homeroom Stage III – Cathy & Susie’s Homeroom Stage III – Jessica & Mercedes’s Homeroom & Art Teachers Stage III – Lisa & Laura Homeroom Stage III – Shannon & Jensen’s Homeroom Stage IV – Ellen & Gloria’s Homeroom Stage IV – Paula & Elise’s Homeroom Stage IV – Scott & Laura’s Homeroom Stage IV – Stacy & Sara’s Homeroom Tessa Stein Linda Vernon & Susannah Nichols’s Upper School Homeroom
David Feldman Head of School
DESIGNING FOR THE DIFFERENCE Dear Friends, Steel beams are reaching upward, and the skeletal structure that will be our Learning Commons is taking clear form! We are very excited to see the progress being made by our construction team and to see all that has been planned and discussed taking shape. Construction, of course, has its challenges as we manage dust, noise and the rerouting of common paths through the building. Communication with our builder, and the leadership of Brian Wilmers and Vern Arnold help us manage the day-today issues that arise, and they have successfully and safely guided us through the changes we experienced during the opening months. Phase I of the project is on target for being completed this spring, and I am looking forward to having our senior class be able to spend time enjoying this new addition to the Birmingham Campus. The Class of 2017 worked in so many thoughtful ways to make this project come to fruition â€” helping us determine our programmatic needs, providing input on design with the architect, and taking a leadership role in our fund raising. We are grateful for their foresight and lasting contribution to our community! Thanks to your generous participation in our fundraising efforts, we are closing in on our $4 million Community Phase target. This campaign continues to be an inclusive fundraising effort as current families, alumni, alumni families, and foundations join us in our efforts to fund this transformational project. As I shared in earlier communications, we will begin fundraising efforts for Phase II: the kitchen, quiet study area, and renovated main office, in the coming months. I am deeply heartened by the energy, excitement and commitment I see in our School as we celebrate our 75th Anniversary. I know that new and veteran Roeperians see this project as a capstone to the many incredible ways we are honoring our history and the legacy of George and Annemarie. We have reached a wonderful point of accomplishment and an equally exciting point of challenge as we work to complete fully the Designing for the Difference Campaign. Thank you for all you have and will do to help us cross the finish line. Sincerely,
PHOTOS BY JEREMY SCHEMM 1992
Julie Gillikin Data Manager
DESIGNING FOR THE DIFFERENCE DONORS These individuals and families have formalized their commitments to the Designing for the Difference campaign as of December 2016.
Anonymous Donors The Akkashian Family Alexandra Alberstadt ’83 David & Colleen Allen & Sons Soren & Wallis Andersen Joel & Carol Appel Curtis Bagne & Catherine Gofrank The Baker/Fielder Family Randy ‘19, Matthew ‘21 & Amelia ‘24 The Baker/Peck Family James Balmer ’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 ’98 Clair Branch Sullivan ’93 & Michael Sullivan Harvey & Penny Brode Katie & Jeff Buchmann The Buttermores — Curt, Michele, & Ian ‘00 The Campbell Family Regis & Mary Beth Carozza Jonathan Citrin ’94 Max Collins Community Foundation for SE Michigan Gloria & Gary Cook Andrea & Lance Cousins Dr. Frank Crosby ’85 Crown Steel Rail Co. David & Linda Dagenais Abha & Steven Dearing Steven & Ann Deneroff Anne Gahagan & Richard Dennis Mary & Gabriel DesHarnais Gloria Despard Timothy & Molly Diemer Brian Dietz ’83 & 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 Ron & Ronda Ferber Festivities Studio
Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund Fifth Third Bank David & Polly Fisher Dave & Andrea Fluent Alyssa Flynn ’14 David & Kris Flynn Jacob Flynn ’16 Julie Fracasso Aaron Frantz ’09 Jessica & Brandon French 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 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 ’95 Douglas Hansford & Maureen Dailey Pam Majchrzak & Robb Harner Hobart Harris ’75 Jeanne & Michael Haynes Jim, Karen and Evan Heasley Michael & Rhonda Hicks Kalee Hoff Stacy & Roland Holloman, Stephanie ‘09 & Roland ‘12 Ellen & Paul Hoppe The Huneke family Jodi Irwin Dan Jacobs Erica Peresman & David Jaffe ‘74, Adela Jaffe ‘09 & Mara Jaffe ‘13 Kathleen & Steve Johnson Roberta Jones 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 ’67* & Jackie Kraft Anessa Owen Kramer ’89* & David Kramer Shawn Krause Geoff Kretchmer & Jody Lipton Kevin Kruszewski & Michelle Goff Mark Krysinski & Susan Learman Patrycja Krzok ’96 Claire & Eric Laansoo The Labe Family Jon & Barbara Lane Emily Lardner ’06 Michael & Pat Lawrence Elisabeth Lawrence Stayer ’00 & Doug Stayer Joan Lessen-Firestone & Ira Firestone Carolyn & Raymond Lett Tracy & Jeff Levitt Sydney & Hayden Levy Michael & Lauren Lisi Robert Long & Marlene Seltzer Diane VanderBeke Mager Brian & Debbi Maher Herman Marable, Jr. ’80 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 ’96 & Luis Mendez Beth & Jamie Michelson John Mickley ’07 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 Samer & Sandy Obeid Jerry & Karen Olson
Julia Pais & Nadav Pais-Greenapple ’17 Laura & Tom Panek Matteo Papadopoulos ’22 The Papadopoulos Family Emery & Linda Pence Eric Peterson ’95 The Pianko Family Kelly & Mike Piontek Lorene Porter Karl & Judith Porth Jason & Lysa Postula-Stein Colleen & James Potocki Jeremy Roberts Leslie Hosey & Ron Robinson, Jordan ‘07, Nicholas ‘11, & Cameron ‘20 Robinson David Rocco & Mary Pynnonen-Rocco Werner C. Roennecke & Patricia Ignatius Peter ’63*, Karen ’66* & Tom ’61* Roeper Amy Romano ’13 Paula Romano & Glynda Krantz David & Sheila Ronis Ruby & Associates Mike & Jarie Ruddy Ed & Lisa Sack The Savas Family/O’Neill Foundation Jeremy Schemm ’92 & 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 Lee 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 ’03 Clinton Spevak The Stafeil Family Jon Steiger & Kelli Kerbawy
Frederick & Shanon Stibor Janet Szeto & Louie Brennan The Sznewajs Family Carl & Eleanor 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 ’09 Robert Williams, Susan Lim Williams, Rheyn Williams ‘01, Starr Williams ‘03, Sky Williams ‘06 & Hale Williams ‘09 Catherine & Brian Wilmers Emily & Larry Wine Mary Beth & Doug Winkworth Satish Yalamanchili & Claudine George Mary Ann & Akira Yamamoto Steven Yedlin ’64* Ron & Julie Yolles The Zarewych Family Lori, Erik ‘06 & Ryan ‘10 Zinser F
2014/2015 SPECIAL GIFTS Anonymous Donor Asia Society BHS Swimming & Diving Orlando & Veronne Bustos Erin Carpenter ClickBid LLC Community Foundation of SE Michigan Frank Crosby 1985 & Yliris Vega-Torres Sophie Fierro-Share & Dan Share Gallant-Stokes Productions
Janice Mayes & John Wheeler Steve & Danita Milbeck Robert & Pamela Murray Sarah North 1998 Chinedum Okwudire O’Neill Foundation The Patterson Family Foundation Linda & Emery Pence Ramser-Morgan Foundation RIIS, LLC
Kenneth Gehlert Michael Gloster Andrew & Laura Goldberg Law Offices of Andrew J Goldberg Viviane Gracey Jeffrey Gunnip 2003 Corinne Hatcher Hilda E Bretzlaff Foundation Inc Johnny Mac’s Sporting Goods Shawn Krause Geoff Kretchmer & Jody Lipton Mary Lee Jody Lipton Herman Marable, Jr. 1980
Matthew & Teri Rossetti Ruby & Associates Ed & Lisa Sack Susan & Zachary Savas Bonnie & Leonard Schemm Anatolie Senic & Ann Marsh-Senic 1989 Donna & Steven Silk Marko Slusarczuk 1970 & Norma Lynn Fox TGA of East Oakland County The Bank of America Charitable Foundation, Inc USA Swimming Foundation Kimball Vaughn & Dena Dawkins The Watry Group Lily Zhu & Yongli Sun F
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.
Director of Development & Publications
PARTING THOUGHTS THANK YOU! It began simply enough: If you steward and honor a remarkable heritage, while embracing a preferred future, the result can be triumphant.
The Annual Report is filled with examples of students, alumni, current parents, trustees, alumni parents, faculty, staff, grandparents, foundations and corporations and friends who have generously contributed to Roeper. It also represents the countless community members that are doing great things by donating their significant
With your generosity, we will build on our impressive history and, more importantly, continue to flourish within these incredible walls.
time and talent. All of these gifts help to strengthen our community and prepare for the next 75 years and for the privilege of securing it for future generations of Roeperians. I often speak with alumni, alumni parents, and former faculty who haven’t returned to the school in a number of years. For some, it’s been so long that they haven’t seen the Steward Building or the new Trojan Horse at the Bloomfield Campus. In just a matter of months, the new point of reference will be the transformation of the Birmingham Campus courtyard into the Naas Learning Commons. With your generosity, we will build on our impressive history and, more importantly, continue to flourish within these incredible walls. There is good cause to reflect — 75 years is a remarkable achievement — and there is good cause to look ahead with enthusiastic confidence! F
L to R: Elane & David Feldman, Buck Baker & Christie Peck, Bonita & Harold Gardner celebrating the extraordinary contribution and service of the Gardner Family after Harold Gardner’s nine years of distinguished stewardship as a member of the Board of Trustees.
Save the Date!
an evening of celebration with a purpose to benefit
THE MARIANN HOAG FINANCIAL AID PROGRAM and
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FOR OUR FACULTY AND STAFF
SATURDAY, APRIL 22, 2017 FOREST LAKE COUNTRY CLUB BLOOMFIELD HILLS
SILENT AUCTION! DINNER! LIVE AUCTION! Tickets are on sale NOW! http://roeper.preclickbid.com
Keeping in Touch Annual Report July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2016 Volume 10: 2 - OL Winter 2017