CONNECTING OUR COMMUNITY TO THE CLASSROOM
Since 1986, the Greenfield Central School Foundation (GCSF) has been connecting our community to the classroom to support student learning, provide extraordinary classroom experiences and prepare all students for success. Originally established as the Set A Good Example Foundation (SAGE), the organization became GCSF after recognizing both the need and the opportunity to provide stronger financial support to the school corporation as a whole.
Through the Foundation and its partners, we are building a stronger community – helping our students succeed in school, in business and in life by preparing them as key contributors in the workforce and leaders for tomorrow.
As a champion for private giving to the G-C Schools, we partner with individuals, businesses, foundations, nonprofits, teachers, administrators, the school board, G-C alumni and the community to drive philanthropic investment in our schools.
GCSF funds help facilitate programs for students of all ages and interests, including prepping for kindergarten, mentoring, STEM collaborations, anti-bullying education and many other programs.
Kim Kile serves as the President of Greenfield Central School Foundation. She and her family have been Greenfield residents since 1996. Having purposely moved to Hancock County and the Greenfield Central Community School Corporation for the education opportunities it could provide to their young children, Kim states they have not been disappointed by the quality of education or breadth of opportunities their children have experienced as GCCSC students. As a former school counselor at Greenfield Middle School, she has been involved with the Foundation since its infancy stages as Set A Good Example Foundation. She enjoys providing ways for our community to experience first-hand the amazing opportunities G-C teachers give to our students by highlighting their classrooms and helping people find and serve their passions in those same classrooms. Her favorite GCSF program is Wish Upon A Star and loves wandering through the wishes at each Red Letter Gala and finding the ones to which she connects the most.
Dan Leary serves as the Vice President. He is vested in the success of G-C Schools and his community. Having lived in Greenfield for most of his life (all but four years), Dan notes that service on this is a great way to be involved within his community, public education and building positive relationships connecting community members to the classroom.
Patric McClarnon serves as the Treasurer. Pat is a retired CPA/CFO. He is a life-long Hancock County resident and 1971 graduate of G-CHS. He serves on the board of Greenfield Kiwanis, Nameless Creek Youth Camp and Riley Old Home Society. His four sons graduated from G-CHS and several family members are currently or have previously been teachers in the school system. He is pleased to have the opportunity serve an organization devoted to connecting the community to the classroom.
Rob Caird is a lifelong resident of Greenfield, graduating from Greenfield-Central in 2008. He serves as Secretary and has been involved with the Foundation since 2017 on the Donor Development and Planned Giving committees. Rob is a wealth advisor at GBC Wealth Management. In addition to his involvement with GCSF, he is also on the Rotary Club of Greenfield Board of Directors as Secretary and on the Work Ethic Certificate advisory board. Rob’s wife, Gina, is a teacher at Weston Elementary, and they have one daughter, Emersyn.
Board Members at Large
Susanna Combs has been with the Greenfield Central School Foundation since 2003. She has served in roles from President to Donor Development Chair to Marketing Chair. As a resident of Greenfield and parent of G-C graduates, Susanna understands the important role the GCSF plays in Connecting Our Community to the Classroom. As a Ball State University graduate, with a degree in professional design with a specialization in visual communications, she often champions the strategic direction of the Foundation and envisions ways to improve engagement within the community as a whole.
Steven Bryant is originally from Dayton Ohio. He went to Manchester College and Indiana University. His wife, Brenda, and he spent a total of 81 years in education. They both finished their careers in the GCCSC system. Both their son and daughter are principals – Shane at GCCSC and daughter at Centerville. Both granddaughters are at IU and their grandson is a senior in high school.
Dr. Harold Olin, a lifelong Hancock County resident, has been a part of the Greenfield Central School Foundation since its inception. Being able to draw from his roles as a professional educator – special education, general education, principal and superintendent – is a great asset to the Foundation. Dr. Olin notes that his unique view, as not only a board member, but as someone that financially supports the Foundation and has been a frequent benefactor of the program as well, allows him a front row seat to seeing the significant difference the Foundation makes for the 4600 students within our schools.
Phyllis Polizotto is a Greenfield resident and is the parent of two G-C graduates. Phyllis brings with her a unique view from her over ten years of substitute teaching within the school system. Additionally her work with several Indiana non-profits including, Fairbanks Hospital, Hancock County Community Foundation and Hancock County Senior Services is invaluable. She is a graduate of Leadership Hancock County and strongly believes a quality school system is an important element of a vibrant community. She is proud of the opportunities the GCSF is able to fund that benefit our students as they continue on their learning path.
Becky Riley has been involved in education for over 33 years in her roles as an elementary teacher, community volunteer and Greenfield Central School Foundation board member. She was instrumental in helping transform the Foundation from a volunteer lead organization to an organization with an Executive Director. In addition to serving on the GCSF board, Becky also serves on the Hancock Regional Hospital Foundation Board.
Brent Robertson serves as the Past President of Greenfield Central School Foundation. He and his wife were born and raised in Greenfield, Indiana. He a 1989 G-C graduate and she a 1990 G-C graduate. Brent finds his ten year plus involvement with the Foundation a wonderful opportunity to support outstanding teachers and administration and enable them to be able to provide the very best to our students. When not serving on the donor development committee or mentoring within Project Arrow, you can find him in New Palestine hard at work as owner and agent of HRM Insurance Services, Inc.
Melia Sears, a dedicated Hancock Regional Hospital nurse, is in her fourth year with the Greenfield Central School Foundation. After serving on the Hall of Fame selection committee in 2014, she knew she just had to dive in and get more involved in a role that would allow for even more positive influence in the classroom, as well as the community. She is a lifelong Greenfield resident and a 1975 graduate of G-C Schools, she is excited to roll up her sleeves alongside a likeminded group of individuals with a deep desire to serve their community and help meet the education needs of our students
Judy Swift is a member of the 2013 Inaugural Hall of Fame class and joined the Hall of Fame committee in 2014. A 1969 graduate of Greenfield High School, mother of 2 GCCS graduates and now grandmother of a Weston student makes her a great fit for our board. Community involvement has been a lifelong commitment for Judy. She recently retired as an officer of Greenfield Banking Company. Judy is a member of Indiana Bankers Association’s Forty Year Club, a past Greenfield City Council member and after working as co-chair for the Hancock Regional Hospital Foundation’s Business Committee also joined their foundation board.
Hillary Close is new to the board, and also serves on the Greenfield-Central Community School Corporation Board of School Trustees. Hillary moved to Hancock County in 2015 and relishes the opportunity to become involved in the community while supporting G-C schools through the Foundation. She feels honored to serve alongside so many dedicated, passionate, and energetic individuals to further GCSF’s commitment to our students and the community.
Tom Haines is a 1952 graduate of Greenfield High School. He received a BS of Mechanical Engineering from Purdue and an MBA from Indiana University. He retired after 37 years from Eli Lilly & Co. He has also served as a member of Hancock Hospital Services for 21 years.
Elaine Hilton is a senior at G-CHS. She is president of the senior class and of the Mayor’s Youth Council. She is excited to represent the student body on the Foundation board. Elaine plans to attend IUPUI after she graduates high school. The Board is excited to have added Elaine as their first student board member.
Dianne Osborne is an active Greenfield resident involved in Hancock Health, Senior Services and Kiwanis. She has been awarded “Distinguished Hoosier” by the Governor and was recognized as the foundation’s Todd Kaminski 2015 Community award winner. Dianne has retired as CEO/Director of Hancock County Public Library. A great new addition to the board in 2019.
Nolan Jones is a junior at G-CHS. He is in National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, Student Leadership Academy and Best Buddies. He enjoys representing the student body on the Foundation board and serving the Greenfield community.
Ginny Brown has served as a progressive leader in the nonprofit industry since 2006. She most recently served as Community Outreach and Enrichment Manager partnering with over 2,400 nonprofits in the state of Indiana to provide unrestricted funds for many worthy educational and community programs. Ginny is active in the community serving as a Rotary Club of Greenfield member and Greenfield Chamber of Commerce member. As evidenced by serving eleven years as a Girl Scouts of America troop leader, she has a passion for working with children and young adults. While serving as PTA president for five years, her fundraising and program development doubled the PTA’s working budget. Ginny is a 1982 G-C graduate, a resident of Greenfield and her daughter attends the G-C High School. She earned a Master of Business Administration degree at the University of Indianapolis and has over 20 years experience in business and education. The board believes her unique background and qualifications makes her an ideal match to continue the foundation’s momentum and strengthen relationships with the Greenfield Community.