Our board has a strong commitment to serving the students and staff of the West Ottawa Public School District. We strive to represent the entire student body, K through 12, by supporting the staff in the district who present creative, innovative ideas and needs for the West Ottawa students.
Our WOEF board represents a cross-section of the West Ottawa community and has a passion for our organization and the students and staff that we serve. The members work hard to ensure long-term sustainability of the Educational Foundation and oversee that the funds raised directly impact our West Ottawa School community.
Jeff Sotok (President)
Amy Grout (Vice President) (HS)
Laura Cramer (Treasurer)
Elizabeth Moraw (Secretary) (WS, HS)
Jeri Page (WOPS Administrator)
Seeking parent representatives from:
Cathy Lebster (WZ, HL, HS)
Kara Nasif (HS)
Tom Finkbiner (PC)
Lisa Kopek (WZ)
Taylor Pratt (Alumni)
Jordan Vanderham (Alumni)
Candi Schneider (HS, HL)
Graduate of West Ottawa High School
Parent of 3 West Ottawa High School graduates
WOEF board member since 1999
WOEF President since 2009
Executive Vice President of Global Operations at Trans-Matic Mfg. Co. Inc.
Enjoy the opportunity to be part of finding and supporting new and innovative ways to strengthen student learning throughout West Ottawa
Parent of high school students (past and present)
WOEF board member since 2014
WOEF Vice President since 2016
WO Middle School Science Olympiad Coach
Former North Holland PTC President/member 2004 - 2015
Supplier Relationship Manager for Perrigo Corportation
Parent of a high school student
WOEF Board member since 2009.
Educational consultant, former teacher and administrator
Passionate about seeing innovative techniques and materials used to reach
Parent of four WO students
WOEF Board member since 2012
Former high school teacher
Vice President of WOPS Board of Education
Love supporting those working hard to educate our kids
Board member since 2016
BSME from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Project Manager for Evoqua Water Technologies
Parent of West Ottawa student
Started 2017 on the board
West Ottawa elementary parent
Jordan Vanderham has committed himself to make a positive difference through his work and companies. He founded Orindi Ventures where they designed, patented and are now commercializing a cold endurance mask which helps asthmatics and industrial workers thrive in cold environments. To raise capital he pitched his company in 32 International, national, and state competitions earning a place in front of The Shark Daymond John and Marcus Lemonis. Jordan has worked on medical devices that deliver life giving therapy, solar arrays that gaze up at the sun, and robots that spark one’s curiosity. Wear a smile and never stop challenging the norm.
Todd Tulgestke WOPS Administrator
Brian Field - WOPS Administrator
Nicole grew up on the east side of the state, moving to Holland after attending Grand Valley State University. She has two kids in the West Ottawa school system and is thankful to be a part of the West Ottawa Education Foundation and give back to the teachers for all of their hard work. Nicole is a teacher at Little Hawks Discovery Preschool and loves to find the fun outdoors in every season.