About Us


La Vernia Education Foundation’s mission is to provide opportunities for excellence in education, promote innovation in teaching, and partner with the community to enhance the quality of education for all students.


The La Vernia Education Foundation will achieve its mission by directing resources toward the following goals:

  • Enhance and enrich educational opportunities for students
  • Support staff for innovative efforts and recognize staff for exemplary teaching
  • Involve the community in assuring a quality education for the leaders and workforce of tomorrow

Funding Priorities

  • Innovative Teaching Grants
  • Enhancement of Academic Achievement
  • Enhancement of Teaching Excellence
  • Professional Development
  • Student Scholarships

Our Board

Executive Members

Krista Gorzell, President

Melissa Dylla

VP Programs

Lisa Collins

VP Finance and Governance

Levi McBee

VP of Alumni

Amanda Petter

VP Marketing and Events

Raemie Jones

VP Development

Kim Hendley


Kristi Hayes

VP of Auction



Trent Lovette

LVISD Superintendent


Cynthia Buerkle

LVISD School Board Liason

General Board Members

Nikki Bendele

Debbie Bennett

Lacy Felux

Rachel Friesenhahn

Jason Hajek

Kristi Mair

Lisa McBee

Mandy McFall

Rhonda Perkins