Schools foundation director to step down

January 2, 2009

By Chantelle Lusebrink

After nearly 10 years, the Issaquah Schools Foundation is looking for new leadership.

Robin Callahan, the foundation’s executive director, announced to the school board she’s resigning effective June 30. 

“Robin has brought her intelligence, wisdom, compassion and her willingness to do any task needed to cultivate the partnership between the Issaquah Schools Foundation and the Issaquah School District,” said Eve Martine, foundation board president. “She has spent a decade helping to make this a strong district for all students.” 

“I am ready for a change and a new challenge,” Callahan said. “I hope to remain on the board and still engaged with the Issaquah Schools Foundation, but just in a lesser capacity.” 

Since the organization had numerous activities in early fall, including the start of school and the annual luncheon in October, foundation officials didn’t announce the resignation until they posted the job opening, Callahan said.

She has been with the foundation as its executive director for six years; for three years prior, she was actively involved as a board member.

She said she is proud of the way she and foundation officials have been able to strengthen the relationship between the foundation and the district; build community support for the foundation by increasing the number of donors; and new programs she has helped to launch, like VOICE Mentor, Club 7 and After School Homework.

“I love the Issaquah Schools Foundation, but I think there’s something else out there for me,” she said. 

She said she is currently applying to business programs at the University of Washington and Seattle University, so she can earn her master’s degree in business administration. After graduating, she said she hopes to work for a larger, international nonprofit.

“I’ve had all my nonprofit experience with the Issaquah Schools Foundation, so I know there is a lot out there that I still don’t know, especially as it relates to a larger organization,” she said. 

“She has all the talents that she needs to be a success,” Martine said.  “I can only imagine that her future will be as fulfilling as it has been with the Issaquah Schools Foundation.” 


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