Foundation for Community Education
Steve Parson served was a Past President of the Foundation (2007 - 2012). He is retired from Virginia Tech where he served as Director of the Community Education Institute, Associate Dean of the College of Education and Head of Education Leadership and Policy Studies. Steve was a Mott Fellow in 1972 - 1945 and received his doctorate at Western Michigan University. He also served as the Executive Director of the National Community Education Association from 2003 to 2005, and was also selected as a member of the first class of the National Community Education Hall of Fame. Steve is the author of two books (Transforming Schools into Community Learning Centers & Journey into Community) that have been used in university classes preparing community education leaders. He currently resides in Bluffton, South Carolina.
Mike Looby is the Immediate Past President (2013 - 2015) of the Foundation and a retired Community Education professional. He most recently served as the Executive Director of Community Engagement in the 5th largest school district in Minnesota, the Osseo Area Schools. The district serves 21,000 K-12 students and 140,000 lifelong learners in all or parts of eight northwestern suburban communities of Minneapolis. He is a past President of the National Community Education Association (NCEA), completed his Administrative Competency Endorsement being duly recognized as an NCEA Fellow, and was honored with NCEA’s Distinguished Service Award. Looby has a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration, is licensed in Minnesota as a Community Education Director, and has also served as President of the Minnesota Community Education Association. He lives in Maple Grove, Minnesota.
George Kliminski is a past Board Member and past President of NCEA. He was first introduced to Community Education in 1967 as a Mott Intern in Flint , Michigan. He has been a Director of Community Education in Rockford, Michigan, an intern with Jack Minzey at Eastern Michigan University, served as Director of the Center for Community Education at Kent State University in Ohio and retired from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2000. He completed his Doctorate in 1974 at Western Michigan University. He currently serves as the Treasurer of the Foundation for Community Education and has been on the Board of the Foundation since its founding. He currently lives in Bluffton, South Carolina where he moved in 2009.
Noel Montesa, CPA is the Secretary/Treasurer of the Foundation and currently the CFO for the American Roentgen Ray Society and an adjunct professor for the University of Virginia - School of Continuing and Professional Studies. His involvement with Community Education was through the National Community Education Association where he served as the association's accountant for nearly two decades. He is a lifelong Northern Virginia resident and currently serves as the Foundation's resident agent in Virginia where it was incorporated.
Montesa has a Masters degree in Accountancy from Strayer University and a Bachelors Science Degree in Business Administration from George Mason University.
John H. Windom is Executive Director/Community Education for the St. Louis, MO Public School District. A seasoned community educator who has given leadership to the St. Louis, Missouri community education program since 1972. While his current title is Executive Director of Community Education, he has also served as a teacher, assistant principal, director of vocational education and director of summer school programs. He retired in June 2008 but continues on a contractual basis to give oversight to the community education and after school programs. In recent years, a particular emphasis of the program has been in the area of developing and maintaining collaborative relationships. John is currently guiding the community education program into evolving into Community Education Full Service Schools.
Doug Wood is the Vice President of the Foundation and Director of Community Education for Orchard View Schools in Muskegon, Michigan. He has served as President of the Michigan Association of Community & Adult Education (MACAE) and the National Community Education Association (NCEA). Wood has served in Community Education as program provider, manager and leader since 1972.
Karen Schaub is the current President of the Foundation and Director of Community Education & Public Relations for Roseville Area Schools, a first ring suburban school district in Minnesota. She has over 35 years of experience in the field of Community Education. Schaub has a strong vision for lifelong learning and an extensive background in grant writing, public relations and alternative programs.
Schaub has a Master’s Degree in Education Administration, is licensed in Minnesota as a Community Education Director, was a Mott Fellow in 1979, and has also served as President of the Minnesota Community Education Association. She has served as Chair of the Legislative Committee for both the National Community Education Association and Minnesota’s Community Education Association.