OPEF Board Member Spotlight:
Kristin Schreindl
Kristin Schreindl joined the OPEF Board of Directors in 2018 and currently serves as the Chair of the Grants Committee. Kristin and her husband Spencer have lived in Oconomowoc for almost 20 years. They have two sons who currently attend Nature Hill Intermediate School.
Kristin is a sales professional for The Boelter Companies, Inc. located in Pewaukee where she has worked with the Senior Living industry for over 11 years. When she is not working or volunteering, she loves to read, work out daily, cook and try new recipes and watch her two boys participate in many activities.

Kristin began her volunteer work with the schools as a Meadow View PTO board member in 2013, served on the referendum committee and, most recently, became an active member of the Oconomowoc Gridiron Club. She says she misses the days when she could volunteer regularly in her kids’ classrooms! Kristin joined OPEF because she was seeking another avenue to be involved with her kids’ education and an opportunity to connect with parents with similar mindsets.  As a member of OPEF, she has a front row seat to see teachers create and design innovative ways to engage their students within the existing curriculum. These learning opportunities wouldn’t be possible without extra effort from teachers and she loves supporting those who go above and beyond. As the grants chair, she is excited to be part of the grant selection process and award deserving grant recipients. 

Both of Kristin’s parents are retired public school educators and her sister currently teaches 2nd grade in Mukwonago. While not a teacher herself, she feels watching her parents in their careers as educators has given her a deeper understanding of the important work teachers do and why our support is so important. Kristin encourages others to get involved with OPEF because it is very rewarding to see all the wonderful things OPEF has facilitated for students, teachers and members of our community. Kristin says, “There is always room for more volunteers, supporters or board members who would like to make a difference at OASD and in the community. Please consider getting involved!”

We are grateful for the support and leadership that Kristin has provided to OPEF over the past several years. Kristin just recently signed on for a second term with OPEF!
2020-21 Grants In Action:
Felting Bookmarks - Park Lawn Elementary
Wildcat Gallery - Meadow View Elementary
Check out this video featuring students from Park Lawn Elementary creating needle felted art. Students learn about how wool gets processed, the history of felting and then they have an opportunity to apply their learning by creating these unique and colorful bookmarks. Congratulations to Krystal Nettesheim for receiving this grant to help 3rd and 4th grade students learn about the world of fiber arts.
Students at Meadow View Elementary have an opportunity to showcase their 2D and 3D artwork in the Wildcat Gallery. Congratulations to Kristin Bunker for receiving this grant.
Thank you to all of our generous donors, sponsors and supporters!

OPEF will be at the Oconomowoc Farmers' Market on Saturday, February 27 between 8am and noon. Please stop by to meet some of our Board of Directors, learn more about our grant funded projects and discover how you can support the OPEF mission.

The Oconomowoc Winter Farmer's Market is sponsored by the Oconomowoc Area Chamber of Commerce and takes place every Saturday until March 20, 2021 at Crosspoint Community Church located at W380N6931 N. Lake Road

We look forward to seeing you there!

President's Message
After several months of meeting virtually, the OPEF Board of Directors began meeting in person last month. We kicked off 2021 with the formation of new committees including the development committee, the governance committee and the finance committee. Committees are in full swing and we are eager to accept new volunteers to help us fulfill our 2021 action plans! We are all enthusiastic volunteers with a passion for education. If you share our passion, please consider joining OPEF or one of our many committees. Please reach out to us HERE if you are interested in learning more about OPEF or would like to join our team!

Barb Woodruff
OPEF Board President
P.O. Box 444
Oconomowoc, Wisconsin 53066
Phone: 262-560-2178