For over 25 years, the community of Lake Bluff has generously donated to The Alliance for Excellence, providing funds to support the teachers and children of the Lake Bluff public schools.

During the 2017-18 school year, the Alliance was proud to award nearly $40,000 in grants covering a wide range of academic areas (including a maker space for the elementary school, new books for diverse readers, guest visits from favorite authors, technology for the STEAM lab, and advancements for the music program) .

We are looking forward to another successful year of fundraising during the 2018-2019 school year – there is nothing we enjoy more than awarding grants! We consider ourselves incredibly fortunate to live in a community that gives so much of their time and financial support to help make Lake Bluff schools such a great place for our kids.

Thank you for your support!

Alliance Board Members

Aaron Mulford

Shana Fried
Secretary Chair

Tim O’Rourke
Finance Chair

Amanda Demas
Fundraising (Parents) Chair

Todd McClamroch
Communications and Marketing Chair

Jeremy Sands
Technology Chair

Ann Rieder
PTO Liaison


Mark Rickmeier
Past President

Jennifer Scroggins
Teacher Liaison Co-Chair, Recognition Chair

Scott Mullenbach
Teacher Liaison Co-Chair

Jay Cummins

Rosalind Hodgkins

Jude Sharp

Katie Sekera

Jamie Goberville

Kati Lidstrom

Brent Raymond

Sean Longworth

Join the Alliance Board

We ask for a three-year term, with the option to renew for up to three more years.

All members are expected to attend monthly meetings, from September-June. Generally, they run for 1-2 hours on a weeknight, coordinated with the LB school calendar.

Members are expected to either serve on a committee, chair a committee or serve on the executive board. Any committee work is expected to be kept to a minimum.

From time to time we look for members with certain skills, but most important to bring to the board is your enthusiasm.

Due to the inherent conflict of interest, any 8th grade children of board members are prohibited from consideration for the Edward S. Noyes Award, which we present at the end of every year.

If you are interested in learning more, please email Mark Rickmeier at

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