ABOUT

OUR STORY

The South Bend Alumni Association was founded in 1985 as the South Bend School Boosters with a single objective: to save the School Field stadium and complex from demolition and reconstruction as a service facility and bus parking lot. Louis Baker formed the original committee to address fundraising for the project. The committee elected Edwin Ehlers as its first Chairman of the Board when it was decided to continue on a new mission: to assist with education in our schools and incorporate as an Indiana 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit corporation.

The name “Boosters” often led to the belief the organization focused entirely on athletics. To change this perception, the Boosters organized as the Alumni Association in 1989 and named Joseph S. Fragomeni, Sr.  as its first chairman. In 1994, the Boosters and Alumni Association merged under the name South Bend Alumni Association, with Mr. Fragomeni serving as Chairman until 2000. The current chairman is Jessica Brookshire, an Adams High School graduate. She works at the University of Notre Dame.

WHO WE HELP

The South Bend Alumni Association aspires to support education in our schools by funding extra- and
co-curricular activities that are not tax funded and by instilling an awareness of the need  for student service in the community.

Below are all schools eligible to be helped by SBAA.

PRIMARY CENTERS

  • Coquillard Primary Center
  • Darden Primary Center
  • Hamilton Traditional School
  • Harrison Primary Center
  • Hay Primary Center
  • Kennedy Primary Academy
  • Lincoln Primary Center
  • Madison Primary Center
  • Marquette Primary Montessori Academy
  • McKinley Primary Center
  • Monroe Primary Center
  • Muessel Primary Center
  • Nuner Primary Center
  • Perley Primary Fine Arts Academy
  • Swanson Primary Center
  • Tarkington Traditional School
  • Warren Primary Center
  • Wilson Primary Center

INTERMEDIATE CENTERS

  • Brown Intermediate Center
  • Clay Intermediate Center
  • Dickinson Intermediate Fine Arts Academy
  • Edison Intermediate Center
  • Greene Intermediate Center
  • Jackson Intermediate Center
  • Jefferson Intermediate Traditional School
  • LaSalle Intermediate Academy
  • Marshall Intermediate Center
  • Navarre Intermediate Center

 

HIGH SCHOOLS

  • Adams High School
  • Clay High School
  • Riley High School
  • Rise Up Academy
  • Washington High School

HOW WE HELP

Through fundraising and donations, we are able to financially support students in the South Bend Community School Corporation through three main avenues.

1

CO-EX GRANTS

Co-Ex activities provide support for athletic teams, drama and fine arts clubs, academic competitions and other after-school activities.

2

SCHOLARSHIPS

College scholarships are available for SBCSC graduating seniors and children or grandchildren of SBAA members.

3

ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT

This annual tournament raises funds for the Alumni Association’s scholarship program.

SOUTH BEND ALUMNI OFFICERS

STAFF & BOARD OF DIRECTORS

TRUSTEES

 

  • Jessica Brookshire, Chairman, Adams
  • Ryan Kring, Vice Chairman, Washington
  • Lauren Davis, Treasurer, Adams
  • Kevin Fautz, Secretary, St. Joseph
  • Tim Baker — Central
  • Jack Champaigne — Adams
  • Eric Crittendon — Washington
  • Dave Dunlap — Central
  • Joe Fragomeni, Jr. — Adams
  • Greg Humnicky — Central
  • Drew Jeffrey — Washington
  • Jim Kapsa — St. Joseph
  • Paul Laskowski, Washington
  • Bill Przybysz — Central
  • Connie Varga — LaSalle
  • Jason Whitmer, Washington
  • Duane Wilson — Associate

STAFF

  • Stephen Luecke, Executive Director (Associate)
  • Nancy Sulok, Office Manager (Riley ’68)

ADVISORY BOARD

  • Ed Baer — Riley
  • Kathy Borlik — Washington
  • Michael Danch — St. Joseph
  • Jerry Donaldson — Adams
  • Josephine Doyle — Washington
  • Tom Ehlers — Adams
  • James Evans —
  • Bob Frank — Central
  • Bill Gates — Jackson
  • Bob Goodrich — Associate
  • Mary Lou Gordon — Wilson
  • Amy Heline — Riley
  • Carolyn Higgins  — St. Joseph
  • William Hojnacki — Central
  • Matthew Kahn — Clay
  • Marva Leonard-Dent — LaSalle
  • Marv Moore — Adams
  • Dan Morozowski — Washington
  • David Nufer — LaSalle
  • Bob Orlowski — Washington
  • Paul Phair — Adams
  • Bob Orlowski — Washington
  • Paul Phair — Adams
  • Mikki Dobski Shidler — St. Joseph
  • Rev. Sylvester Williams

EMERITUS MEMBERS (Serve indefinitely)

  • *Louis Baker – Riley
  • Kevin Butler – Associate
  • Virginia Calvin – Associate
  • Patricia Czarnecki – Washington
  • *Tom DeBaets — LaSalle
  • *Robert DeCola
  • Gary Downey – Adams
  • *Bill Gates – Jackson
  • Mike Harding – Adams
  • Maggie Kernan – Associate
  • Liz Farr – Central
  • David Lerman – Riley
  • Andrew Place – Jackson
  • Richard Rice – Associate
  • **Esther Robinson – Adams
  • Mark Tarner — Clay
  • Mort Ziker – Adams

*Chairmen emeritus
**Officer emeritus