The Education Foundation is staffed by 2 paid full time staff members:
The Executive Director reports directly to the President of the Education Foundation and is responsible for the day to day management and supervision of all activities approved by the Board of Directors. The Executive Director’s duties include the promotion of the Foundation’s mission, the management of all fiscal aspects of the foundation including development, recruitment and facilitation of the Board of Directors, coordination of all administrative duties including working knowledge of Microsoft Office, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook Express and QuickBooks.
The current Executive Director, Cynthia Falardeau, holds a Bachelor of Arts from Albion College, Albion Michigan. Previously she worked for Jacobson’s Stores and Federated Department Stores in various Assistant Store Manager Positions. Her human resources and financial management experience have served her well in her current position, as well as, in various volunteer community positions. Mrs. Falardeau is a past President of the Junior League of Indian River County. Presently, she serves on the Board of Directors of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, the Executive Committee of the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations, the Parent Advisory Committee for the School District of Indian River County, the Chamber of Commerce Division of Business and Education and serves as a volunteer for Autism Speaks. Mrs. Falardeau is also a regular contributor to Parenting Special Needs Magazine, CNN-iReport and Scripps Newspapers. She has been a member of the Vero Beach community for over 18 years and is well connected with local business and civic leaders.
The Program Manager, Mary Miner, assists the Executive Director in all operational programming and fundraising duties. The Program Manager assists with the daily QuickBooks and Fundraiser software program operations. Mrs. Miner is a long time resident of Indian River County and an active volunteer. She served on the Sneaker Exchange Committee for 8 years before joining the Foundation eleven years ago.
In addition a volunteer Board of Directors is made up of 20 community leaders who represent a wide variety of business and organizations within our county. Members meet monthly and serve on various committees. They serve on one of the four strategic planning committees: Programs, Finance, Marketing or People. In addition they serve on sub-committees that help manage programs and facilitate fundraising efforts.
Over 500 volunteers facilitate and administer the Foundation’s five core programs. Volunteers are recruited by board members, stakeholders and program committee members. Volunteers give their time to serve on fundraising committees and program committees. For example, the Indian River Regional Science and Engineering Fair program uses volunteers to organize the events and activities leading up to the regional fair.