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.
Dan Leary serves as 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.
Becky Riley serves as the Vice President. She 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.
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 boards of Greenfield Kiwanis and Nameless Creek Youth Camp. 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.
Dianne Osborne is an active Greenfield resident involved in Hancock Health 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.
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 4500 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.
Brent Robertson 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 twelve 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.
Susie Broome is a fifty year resident of the Greenfield community and parent of three sons who graduated from GCHS. She has a degree in political science/history from the University of Michigan. Her work experience includes the University of Michigan Law School, the Sloan School of Management at MIT, the South Henry County School Corporation, and the Greenfield Central School Corporation in which she substitute-taught for many years. She has been an active volunteer in the schools, including a nine-year membership in the Gifted & Talented Committee. For many years she has enjoyed working with local philanthropic organizations, including Hancock Health Foundation, Hancock County Senior Services, and the Hancock County Community Foundation. She is a twenty-eight year volunteer at HRH. Susie enjoys working on the GCSF board of directors to provide enhanced learning experiences for students and classroom support for teachers. She hopes that the foundation will continue to serve the community and school system through endowment growth.
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 G-CCS 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 has 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 serves on the Hancock Regional Hospital Foundation’s board.
Hillary Close is newer 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.
Kathy Locke joined the Greenfield Central School Foundation Board in 2020. She and her husband have been Greenfield residents since 1993. Both of their children are Greenfield-Central graduates. Kathy is retired from ARAMARK Services where she worked in the Business, Campus and Healthcare Divisions. Kathy serves as a board member of the City of Greenfield Board of Works. Additionally, she has volunteered and served on several local boards including Greenfield Central Middle School Building Corporation (President), Hancock Health Foundation (former Chair), LINK and Bradley United Methodist Church. She is a member of Tri Kappa sorority (former President) and served as a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) for 6 years. Kathy enjoys serving on the Greenfield Central School Foundation Board, as she has always had a passion for education and the opportunity for all children to develop to their potential. Kathy states that it is rewarding to serve with a group of servant leaders who put the education of the children in our community first.
Chris Studabaker As a parent of a 3 year old (Bradley preschool!) and 7 year old (first grader with Mrs. Fewell!), and husband to a former Mt. Vernon teacher, Chris is very excited to join the board. Greenfield feels very similar to their hometown of Bluffton, IN, and the sense of community was a big draw when they moved here from Indy four years ago. Part of what drew them here is the fantastic mix of small town feel and proximity to Indy that Greenfield offers. Chris has worked at Salesforce (formerly ExactTarget) for the past 13 years, with a focus on digital marketing technology and strategy. This has afforded him incredible professional experiences working with global brands, managing international teams, and speaking at conferences on various aspects of digital marketing.
Sue True joined the board in 2021. She and her husband have been Greenfield residents since 1994. Sue is a 1976 graduate of Purdue University School of Pharmacy and has a Masters in Health Administration from IU. She worked for St. Vincent Hospital for 32 years and IU Health for 7, retiring in 2017. Sue is active in Greenfield Kiwanis, volunteers at Hancock Health and is an active participant at Bradley United Methodist Church. As a daughter of an educator, she learned long ago the importance of education and lifelong learning. Sue is excited to be serving on the board as the interface of the classroom and the community.
Emeritus Board Members
Steve 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 G-CCSC system. Both their son and daughter are principals – Shane at G-CCSC and daughter at Centerville. Both granddaughters are at IU and their grandson is at Miami of Ohio.
Kim Kile serves as the Past President. 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 and currently the Director of School Counseling at Greenfield-Central High 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.
Jason White is the owner of Dickmann Reason Bogigian and White, a one hundred year old law firm in Greenfield specializing in representing and advocating for people as they age. He is also the co-owner of a financial planning firm called Genuine Wealth Management. Jason is an active community member volunteering hundreds of hours each year in a variety of areas including coaching youth sports, serving as board member on the Hancock Regional Hospital Foundation and the Greenfield-Central School Foundation. He is married to his wife, Tiffany and they have three children: Tyler, Josie and Andrew. Jason is a proud supporter of the Greenfield-Central School Foundation and believes it is a core component of our community and provides tremendous opportunities and services to children in our school system.
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 thirteen 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 25 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.