About Us


 Board of Directors

 Jim Phillips – President

Jim Phillips has served on the Foundation Board since 2010 as the representative from the Whitefish Bay School Board.  Jim has been a resident of Whitefish Bay for over 30 years and his three children attended Cumberland School, WFB Middle School and WFB High School.

Carleen Sook – Treasurer

Carleen Sook has served on the Board since 2012. She is the current Treasurer for the Foundation.  She and her husband have two girls within the school system and have lived in Whitefish Bay for more than 12 years. Carleen has served the community on many committees including Richards PTO, Bay Ball, and the Middle School Christmas Bazaar.  As a result of working on the Foundation’s biggest fundraiser, Bay Ball 2010, Carleen wanted to learn more about the Foundation. She is currently working with the chairs of the Run The Bay 5K Walk/Run to make it an even bigger success.  She looks forward to working with the board to increase awareness of the Foundation and its mission within the community.

 Community Representatives

Kara Bzdusek

Tim Cigelske

Bill Durkin

Bill Durkin has served on the Board since 2000 contributing his perspective gained during a professional career as an administrator and consultant for a wide range of non-profit organizations including educational institutions. His three children each attended Cumberland School, WFB Middle School , and graduated from WFB High School.

Tammy Herpel

Crystal Luehne

Crystal Luehne joined the Board in 2015.  She and her husband, Mike, have been residents of Whitefish Bay since 1999 and have a son at the high school.  Crystal has been an active volunteer in the community serving as president of Whitefish Bay’s Civic Foundation, secretary for Little League and volunteering for Bay Ball. She has a background in marketing and special events and looks forward to taking the foundation and its mission to the next level.

Carrie Osswald

Susie Stecker

Susie Stecker has served on the Board since 2011 and is a former Whitefish Bay teacher.  She and her husband have four children, three currently in our schools and one graduate attending college. Susie has been an active volunteer in the classrooms, supporting school sports and activities, and chairing and volunteering on numerous committees.  She joined the board because of her commitment to innovative teaching and public education.

Jackie Thompson

Jackie Thompson has served on the Board since 1992 and is a member of the original Educational Foundation steering committee. Jackie continues to lend historical perspective to the Board. Currently, she heads the teacher mini-grant disbursement committee, as well as the WFB Spirit afghan sales. Both of her daughters attended Lydell, Richards, WFB Middle School, & graduated from WFB High School.

Teacher Representatives

Julie Riedl – Cumberland

Julie Riedl has served on the Board since 2009. She enjoys contributing her experience and knowledge of teaching to help make Whitefish Bay an excellent place to learn. Julie raised three children who have graduated from Whitefish Bay High School and has two children who currently attend Richards and WFB Middle School.

Sam Cruz-Cumberland

Sam joined the Board in 2017.  She has been the full-time general music teacher at Cumberland since 2003.  She lives in Whitefish Bay with her husband and son, a toddler that will one day attend WFB public schools. She is excited to be a part of such a wonderful foundation.

Demaris Kenwood – Middle School

Demaris Kenwood has taught French at Whitefish Bay Middle School since 2008 and worked with the MS Green Team since 2010.  She lives in Whitefish Bay with her husband and has two daughters who attended WFB schools and are currently in college.  She enjoys knitting with her cats and doing yoga.