Since 2001, the Kennett Education Foundation has partnered with the Kennett Consolidated School District to encourage innovative ideas, invest in programs that improve academic progress, promote family involvement and recognize the outstanding achievements of educators.


The Foundation relies on donations to fund the many programs we support. These contributions originate from individuals, businesses (including matching gifts programs), foundations and other organizations (such as the United Way and the Chester County Community Foundation) that align with our mission and the success of our initiatives.


We are a non-profit 501(C)(3) organization with no paid staff, and very low operating costs, enabling us (since 2007) to direct 100% of membership fees and additional donations to scholarships and innovative classroom projects. All operating expenses are covered by grants and donations specifically directed to cover expenses.  





Grants for innovative classroom projects
activities not funded
by the Kennett
Consolidated School District's budget




Scholarships awarded to graduating students

for a vocational or technical college, community college or a traditional 4-year college/university 



Recognition for 
outstanding teachers staff members, bus drivers, and other members of the
Kennett Consolidated School District family



Provide vital
resources to meet
the educational
goals of future generations through your legacy and
your participation
in planned giving


Our Mission

The Kennett Education Foundation (KEF) is a community-based, non-profit foundation, committed to supporting and enriching the educational experience in the Kennett Consolidated School District by providing Education Grants to educators and students and Scholarships to graduating seniors.

Our Generous Supporters Have Helped Fund Over


in Graduating Senior Scholarships and Awards


Our board consists of administrators, educators, parents, and individuals committed to supporting the academic success of our children in the Kennett Consolidated School District.

Rudy Karkosak


Rudy is proud to be the President of a group of dedicated individuals who believe in the mission of the Kennett Education Foundation. We are committed to providing innovative grants for teachers, scholarships for graduates of KHS,
and recognizing outstanding teachers in the school district.

Alison Biloon

Vice President

Alison’s background is in pediatric nursing. She has
two children in
the Kennett Consolidated School District and has worked with KEF since 2014, chairing the annual dinner
for several years as well as being the
VP of the board.

Heather Connolly

Vice President

Heather is the VP
of Development for Operation Warm. She is passionate about giving back to her community and has volunteered for KEF for over 10 years. She understands the impact and value of innovative teacher grants. She is the mom to two great Kennett Kids. 

Michael Cari


Mike is married,
a father of two,
Sam and Hollister, and an orthodontist in the community. A long supporter of the KEF, he
has been on the board since 2018.

Sue Calio


Sue is a Kennett grad, and so are her three sons.  After graduating from the University of Delaware, she ran a non- profit and was a high school teacher in a neighboring district.
She enjoys volunteer work, swimming, yoga, and travel.

Ashley Harris

Education Grant Writer

Monster Mash Dash

Ashley has two children in the KCSD. She is proud to support the educators in the district by writing and soliciting grants on behalf of KEF and supporting both the education grants and fundraising committees
since 2013. 

Vicki Gehrt

Dr. Victoria Gehrt
has been a public educator for 48 years, both in Delaware and Pennsylvania.
She is currently on the School Board of Directors for the Kennett Consolidated School District, on the Board of Directors for the KEF.

Susan Woron Beardsley Ed.D.

Dr. Woron (formerly Kampf) was the principal of Greenwood Elementary for 25 years. She left KCSD in 2003 to develop the Education Program at Delaware County Community College. Susan is now retired and lives in West Chester with her husband, John Beardsley. 

Valerie A. Harris

Valerie was an educator in the Pittsburgh School System for
38 years, 17 as a teacher and 21  as
an administrator.
She attended Shaw University for her undergrad work and the University of Pittsburgh for her masters and Doctorate Degrees.

Michael Finnegan

Michael is the former VP of KEF and is a current Emeritus Board Member. He has been on the KCSD School Board since 2017 and has served as Treasurer and Finance chairs. He is the Director of LabWare Holding Inc. since 1993 and serves on numerous other non-profit boards.  

Ann Schlitz

Ann has three
children in the KCSD.
She enjoys non-profit event planning and has been active with KEF since 2016.
She enjoys seeing
the impact that KEF has on students
and educators.

Sally Coonin

Sally, a ‘68 graduate of KHS, is a retired high school teacher and current education consultant with United Way of Delaware. Sally lives in Delaware with her husband and is the mother of two adult children, Andrew
and Sarah.

Amy Corron

Amy is a volunteer with a background in Interior Design. She has two children in the KCSD.
She has enjoyed volunteering in the classroom for years and has been working with KEF since 2015.

Susan Gaughan

Susan has two
children in the KCSD and is dedicated to school and youth athletic success. She has been the Program Director of the Blue Demons Girls Lacrosse and Field Hockey programs since 2014 and joined the KEF board in 2018.

Bob George

Bob George, Class
of '64, with Rudy Karkosak and Skip Reynolds started up KEF in 2000 and was President of the Board for the first 8 years. His brothers and sister and four children graduated from Kennett and there is a Family George award for the most innovative and creative graduating senior.  

Kristi Jenkins

Kristi joins the board with past experience in Corporate Event Sales and Event Management.
She earned her
B.A. degree in Communications from Penn State University and her M.Ed. from Cabrini University. Kristi is a proud KCSD parent and mother of
two children.

Alyssa vonLindenberg

Alyssa lives in Landenberg with her husband, three kids and golden doodle. When not at work or volunteering she enjoys spending time at the Delaware beaches and learning to play tennis. 

Mark Bowden

Mark is a journalist and the author of thirteen books, including "Black Hawk Down,"
"Hue 1968," and
his most recent,
"The Last Stone."
He was a reporter at The Philadelphia Inquirer for more than two decades, and has taught at The University of Delaware and Loyola University of Maryland.

Barbie DiCarlo

Barbie is a Retired Educator. Her career spanned 35
years in Kennett. She spent 15 years teaching at Mary D. Lang and 20 years as the Principal of
New Garden.

Dawn Carter, Board Member

Deborah Sears, Board Member

Edward A. Wood, Jr., Finance

Janis Reynolds, Emeritus

Karl Bennett, Emeritus

Bud Pierce, Emeritus
Barry Tomasetti, Ed. D, Ex-Officio

Elizabeth Stinson, Emeritus

Andy Augustine, Emeritus

Additional Board Members and Associated Friends


Join Us

We invite you to join us in our commitment to the students of the Kennett Consolidated School District. We promise you will find it to be a very rewarding experience. There is no better foundation upon which to build the future of our community.

Kennett Education Foundation

The Kennett Education Foundation is a nonprofit tax-exempt 501c(3) community organization​.

Email: kef@kcsd.org  

Phone: (610) 388-0177

Registered Charity: FEIN # 23-3070339

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