Amber Kiggens-Leifheit, who began as the MCPASD Education Foundation's part-time executive director earlier this month, was introduced to the Board of Education at its regular meeting on Monday, Jan. 27.
Kiggins-Leifheit noted she grew up in Portage and went to UW-Madison. She had lived in Marshfield for the past 30 years but moved to the area recently when her husband took a new job.
She was heavily involved in education in Marshfield, including serving as a substitute teacher for 10 years. She was also a three-term School Board member. Kiggins-Leifheit also noted she was the executive director for the Marshfield Community Foundation for 11 years and more than tripled the amount of money raised in that time.
She was proud of their efforts to raise funds for students in need. She also shared that Marshfield developed a private-public partnership to raise more than $10 million for a new athletic complex in which the District provided 50 cents for every dollar the Foundation raised in the community.
"I'm happy to be here and looking forward to what the Foundation is going to do,'' she said.
Kiggins-Leifheit also reminded the Board that the Foundation is hosting a Bloom fundraiser at the Marriott Madison West on Thursday, March 12. Tickets are $50 per person and more than $24,000 in sponsorships has already been raised. Proceeds will be split with the school PTOs-PTAs and the Foundation will use what it raises to diversify classroom libraries at all schools in the District.
Todd Smith asked if the Foundation could help the District with its Grow Your Own program. Kiggins-Leifheit noted that is one of the initiatives the Foundation is working to raise funds for this year and that she has an upcoming meeting with Director of Employee Services Tabatha Gundrum to learn more and figure out next steps. Anne Bauer also noted there are openings on the Foundation board if anyone is interested.