Invested in Education
Fort Osage Education Foundation’s mission is to build philanthropic support and secure financial resources to stimulate and enhance learning opportunities that cannot be met through traditional funding sources.
Board of Directors
Our vision is to provide support for academic programs, staff enrichment, student grants, and special projects.
Mr. Patrick Farrell, President
Mr. Eric Wilson, Vice President
Mrs. Sharon Dankenbring, Director
Mr. Corey Long, Director
Mrs. Lisa Nellis , Director
Ms. Morgan Newport, Director
Dr. Jason Snodgrass, Superintendent of Schools
Ms. Sandy Klick, Secretary
Mrs. Stacey Holzwarth, Treasurer
Mrs. Stephanie Smith, APR, Director of Public Relations
Board of Directors – Bios
Mr. Patrick Farrell
Patrick Farrell is the father of four graduates of the Fort Osage School District. Farrell is employed at the Fairmount Community Center and Sibley Orchards & Cider Mill, in addition to community group involvement. His strengths include managerial and entrepreneurial experience, and he is involved with the Northwest Communities Development Corporation, Fairmount Center, Rotary Independence, University of Missouri Extension, Sustainable Hope, and the Independence Chamber of Commerce.
Mr. Eric Wilson
Eric Wilson and his wife are graduates from Fort Osage High School (class of 1994 and 1996 respectively) and currently have four children enrolled in the district. Additionally, Eric’s mother-in-law taught for over 25 years in the school district, mostly at Buckner Elementary where he and his wife both attended. Wilson has several aunts, uncles, and cousins who are Fort Osage Alumni, a handful of which still live in the district. Wilson has deep roots in the community and a strong desire to see the school district succeed.
Wilson has been employed for 20 years at American Century Investments. His greatest strengths include data and analytics, a background in marketing, and leadership skills. He is actively involved in his local youth ministry, and frequently assists Troop 221 each Summer at Boy Scout Camp in Osceola, Missouri. Previous to serving on the Fort Osage Education Foundation, Wilson was a board member and secretary on the Center Place Educational Foundation.
Wilson’s accolades and achievements include a Certificate of Appreciation from the Fort Osage Alumni Association for his contributions to enhancing the alumni database, and the Circle of Honor Award for Innovation from American Century Investments.
Mrs. Sharon Dankenbring
Sharon Dankenbring has been active for many years through the PTA, Athletic Booster Club, and Project Graduation. Chaired twice, Dankenbring is a Fort Osage School Board member, serving as president and currently vice-president. Additionally, Dankenbring is a Fort Osage Education Foundation board member, with two children that graduated from Fort Osage and two grandchildren currently attending the district.
Dankenbring is a retired ad and marketing director from The Examiner newspaper. Her expertise includes fund raising for the community. Dankenbring is part of the Junior Service League and the Past Community Service League. She is currently overseeing the fundraising for the Truman Heartland Community Foundation, the Drumm Farm Center for Children Sunshine Center in Blue Springs, and Wild About Harry fundraising event for Truman Library.
Dankenbring was named one of Eastern Jackson County’s “Women of Distinction” and awarded an “Old Pro Award” by the Missouri Advertising Manager’s Association.
Mrs. Lisa Nellis
Lisa R. Nellis sent her children to the Fort Osage School District, and has family members that work for the school district, including several teachers. Nellis works for the Central Bank of the Midwest as a Branch Manager and Assistant Vice President, with 21 years of banking experience.
Her strengths include community involvement, stating, “I understand the struggles our teachers and staff encounter and have a desire to support them.” Each year, Nellis volunteers with Harvesters and Habitat for Humanity.
Nellis is a licensed insurance agent, and has a NMLS license.
Ms. Morgan Newport
Morgan Newport is a Fort Osage graduate, employed at Speaks Chapels. Newport is proficient with social media engagement and hopes that more young people become involved with the FOEF. Newport is involved with the Buckner Chamber, and sat on the American Cancer Society Relay for Life committee for Jackson County and the Hillcrest Transitional Housing event committee.
Every Contribution Helps
Your Support Fuels Our Mission and Vision
Would you like to volunteer at an upcoming event or help us raise funds? We’d appreciated the support. We are currently planning our 2020 charity events. But if you’d like to be contacted to find out how you can help, send us your information and we’ll reach out. Thank you for your interest. We’ll talk soon.
A Bit About
The Fort Osage R-1 School District Education Foundation was created during the 2000-2001 school year to raise, manage, and distribute scholarships for seniors from Fort Osage High School. In June 2000, nine scholarship endowment funds were transferred to Truman Heartland Community Foundation for an estimated total of $78,000.
One of the first decisions made by the board was to ask teachers to contribute through payroll deduction to the Foundation
Truman Heartland Community Foundation at that time managed funds for about 67 different charities. A small group of community members and school district personnel made up the first Board of Directors for the Fort Osage R-1 School District Foundation. The Board of Directors began collecting as much information as possible about the workings of an educational foundation.
In the early days, we had Paul Thompson, President and CEO of Truman Heartland Community Foundation, and Don Ross, Coordinator of Development for the Independence School District Foundation, talk with the Board. One of the first decisions made by the Board was to ask teachers to contribute through payroll deduction to the Foundation. Many still do.
What Teachers are Saying
“The Rekenrek is a unique tool that allows children to develop number sense at their own pace and build number relationships that lead to more advanced strategies.”
“Literature Circles allow students to work in small groups to read and discuss the same book. This enables students to become more fluent, and practice comprehension strategies.”
“I frequently assess my students’ thinking by asking them to talk about their poetry collections, write about their thinking, and raise their voices by creating their own poetry collection.”