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Welcome Allyson Brown, BSF's new Executive Director

The BSF board of directors is pleased to announce and welcome Allyson Brown as our new Executive Director. Allyson is looking forward to partnering with the community to support public education.

Allyson comes to BSF from IslandWood where she served in various leadership positions, most recently as Senior Vice President of Philanthropy. In her fourteen years at IslandWood, she led fundraising campaigns as well as directed marketing and community engagement efforts. She also served as the Executive Director of One Call for All, the island-wide community fundraising effort.

“I want to deepen how the community sees the importance of investing in our kids and schools,” says Brown. “I believe in the work at BSF and am honored to be a part of its future.”

Please reach out to me if you would like to learn more about BSF and how you can support our schools! I would love to hear from you.

“Anyone who does anything to help a child in his life is a hero to me.” – Fred Rogers

Get to know our Board President, Sonja Fritts
Sonja Fritts, Board President

I became involved with BSF because: To make a difference. As the daughter of educators, recipient of an excellent education, and mother of four children, each with their own strengths and challenges, I am passionate about education. Providing all children with an excellent education is a fundamental value that I am committed to, and our community shares that value. Together, we can continue to support our schools and empower our children to grow, love learning, and discover their passions and strengths.

My vision for BSF’s future: I envision BSF championing an extraordinary education that inspires and lights up our children.  But not alone. BSF will collaborate with our families, businesses, community members, leaders, PTOs, and schools. I challenge every community member to participate in one way or another to support our children. Volunteering, attending community events, engaging in discussion, sharing ideas, and yes, donating. Please join me at our fall events, Coffee with the Superintendent, and our spring Innovation Grant Showcase. It takes each and every one of us to support our schools and students, provide an excellent education, and continue to grow and inspire. Join BSF, and make a difference!

“Education is for improving the lives of others and for leaving your community and world better than you found it.”  – Marian Wright Edelman

Board of Directors

Brian Livingston, President
Sonja Fritts, Past President
Anna Steen, President Elect
Chris Cancialosi, Treasurer
Scott Covey, Secretary


Peter Bang-Knudsen
Elizabeth Bell
Lindsay Clothier Browning
Jim Corsetti
Lisa Hale
Jenna Hall
Sheila Jakubik
Mike Lewars
Tamar Lowell
Dave Manning


Troy Niehaus
Kathleen Phillips
Tina Pujolar
Clint Ramsey
Joanie Ransom
Caroline Reed
Brad Schick
Piper Thornburgh
Lisa Timmins

Advisory Council

Former board members and major donors who are dedicated to staying connected to BSF and who contribute advice and wisdom to our organization.

Jennifer Kim, Chair
Vicky Marsing
Molly Nikunen
Anne Blair
Nicole Leiker
Karen Segerson

Julie Yunt
Marianne Lindsey
Rob Dalton
Sarah Bullock
Mendy Droke
Elizabeth Chambers

Jennifer Pells
Fred Pabst
Andrea Pickett
Juliet LeDorze
Rob Bernard
Amin Neghabat

Jennifer Solseng
Paul Greenawalt
Carleen Gosney
Louisa Barash
Dana Greenawalt
Teaque Lenahan


Allyson Brown, Executive Director

Kari Wright, Senior Development Associate

Elsa Watson, Development Associate


Musings on the importance of our mission from BSF board members.

Funding the future—

preparing students for lives

we cannot yet see.

Education needs

impactful dollars well spent,

changing students’ lives.

Each child a world of

possibility—let us

open every door.