About Us

As an educational foundation, we serve Glenbard High School District and its elementary feeder schools. We award grants to educators that allow them to launch new programs within their classes, schools, and districts that enhance and enrich learning. We partner with organizations, acting as a fiscal agent to support programs that improve and enhance education in the district. We also work with schools and districts to support unique fundraising initiatives for projects like playground equipment, books for libraries, computers for classrooms, and funds for school and student organizations.

We are a 501(c)(3) charitable foundation, so we are a not-for-profit, tax exempt organization.


PEP is a volunteer-run organization, directed by a voluntary board of trustees. Trustees include administrators, board members representing each of the six member districts, and community members who serve at-large from each district.

Board of Trustees Members

  • Erica Nelson, Chair
  • Bob Friend, Treasurer
  • Erika Krehbiel, District 41 Representative
  • Jessica Buttimer, District 41 Representative
  • Beth Powers, CCSD 89 Board President, Representative
  • Ms. Becky Parke, PEP Foundation Services Coordinator
  • Liza Sury, Member at Large
  • Karen Evans, Member at Large
  • Steve Szymanski, Member at Large


PEP serves 6 public school districts in DuPage County, Illinois. Together these districts include 4 large high schools, 6 middle schools and 25 elementary schools. Combined, these schools serve more than 28,000 students, from pre-kindergarten through high school, and employ more than 2,000 teachers, administrators, and support staff.

PEP Districts

  • Glenbard Township High School District 87
  • Marquardt Elementary District 15
  • Glen Ellyn Elementary District 41
  • Lombard Elementary District 44
  • Community Consolidated Elementary District 89
  • Community Consolidated Elementary District 93


PEP was established in 1992 to benefit students and teachers in Glenbard High School District 87 and its elementary feeder districts. PEP was designed to be the cornerstone for a long-term partnership among community, business, and school organizations to provide ongoing supplemental financial resources for the public schools it serves. Over time, PEP has awarded over $2.3 million dollars in teacher, needy family, and student grants, as well as student college scholarships. PEP has also raised funds through the generosity of teachers, staff, parents, community members, and local businesses for technology improvements, library and classroom materials, and outdoor recess equipment. Growing sources of funds include memorial gifts, recognition gifts, endowed scholarships, corporate matching gifts, and large donations from individuals and private foundations. Unspecified gifts are used in the PEP General Fund to provide support for PEP’s operation. Donors for specific projects in individual schools or districts have designated additional funds. Funds are managed through Edward Jones in Glen Ellyn. Monthly trustee meetings include a review of our financials, as well as approval of requests for disbursement of funds per the fund or scholarship owner.