When 22 applications were received by the Edmond Public Schools Foundation Board of Directors, one rose to the top as the next director. It was Deanna Boston’s.
“All of the applications received had a variety of qualifications,” said Cole Stanley, EPSFB president. “We had representatives from education, nonprofit work, fundraising, higher education, and workers at other foundations. We had a strong applicant pool.”
Stanley said Boston brings a wealth of knowledge and nonprofit experience that will benefit the board and in turn Edmond Public Schools.
“Deanna is passionate about public education and looks forward to building partnerships with members of the Edmond community,” Stanley said. “We all realize that our school district is an integral part of our community, and with Deanna on board, we hope to build and grow the impact the Edmond Public Schools Foundation will have on our faculty and student body.”
TEACHER INFLUENCED DIRECTOR
It was a teacher who helped Boston develop her love for learning and recognized her interest in photography.
“I still have that passion for photography today, but even more, I remember how my teacher took an interest in me and helped me develop self-esteem and my work ethic.”·
Deanna’s experiences and qualifications initially caught the foundation’s eye as someone they wanted to interview.
“That,” Stanley said, “as well as she has shown herself to be a successful grant writer.”
Deanna has 20 years experience as a professional in the nonprofit sector and has worked as an Executive Director, Chief Operating Officer (COO), Community Relations Director, and consultant. She has a master’s in Nonprofit Management, is a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) and has additional nonprofit training from numerous institutions including the University of Pennsylvania, Lilly School of Philanthropy, and BoardSource. She is a member of Alpha Sigma Nu, an honor society dedicated to service to others, and a graduate of Leadership Tulsa.
When working on her master’s degree, her research on telephone solicitations laws in all 50 states led to changes in Oklahoma nonprofit laws through the Oklahoma Charitable Solicitations Act.
EDMOND HOME FOR 14 YEARS
“I have called Edmond home for 14 years and moved here for the excellent schools and supportive community. I am passionate about education, and I feel privileged to have the opportunity to utilize my nonprofit experience for Edmond Public Schools, where my son is receiving an excellent education,” Boston said.
Edmond Public Schools Foundation connects the community and its resources with Edmond Public Schools teachers, students and school needs in pursuit of the highest level of academic excellence, Boston added.
The EPS Foundation is a recognized 501(c) 3 non-profit organization focused on the development and management of resources in support of the Edmond Public School District.
Since inception, the EPS Foundation has provided more than $2.4 million in direct support to the district. These resources have funded: new technology, classroom curriculum, software, hardware, teaching aids, teacher trainings, student scholarships, playground equipment, textbooks, supplies, musical instruments, artwork, equipment, teacher awards, and numerous other educational aids. Moreover, the EPS Foundation has developed thousands in indirect support for the district through volunteer hours and organizational in-kind donations.
(Editor's Note — The description accompanying Deanna Boston's photo was changed in order to better reflect her accomplishment.)