The Sainte Marie Foundation is an Illinois not-for-profit corporation duly organized under the laws of the State of Illinois.
Contributions to the Foundation are tax deductible; the Foundation has 501(c)(3) status.

PRESIDENT GINA MULLINAX FOX

Gina was one of the original three board members of the Sainte Marie Foundation.  A native of Sainte Marie, Gina now resides in Newton but still holds a deep love and admiration for Sainte Marie.  Gina has spent her lifetime teaching the youth of Jasper County.  She currently serves as the Jasper County School District Digital Learning Coach and Media Specialist.  Her resume includes numerous leadership roles, including Jasper County Education Association Co-President; Newton Zoning Board; 100 Women Who Care Steering Committee; Newton Rotary; Sponsor Class of 2019 and other various community and education groups.  Gina is married to Steve Fox and has three grown daughters (Leslie Taggart, Sara Grissom, and Allison Tharp), and a son Evan, and seven grandchildren.  After leaving the Board in 2010 to obtain her Master's Degree, she rejoined in the Fall of 2016.

VICE PRESIDENT MIKE HARTRICH
Mike is retired from Newton Community High School (NCHS) where he was athletic director. Mike grew up in Sainte Marie but has lived in Newton for many years with his wife Teresa (two children, four grandchildren). Mike has a long career in education; he taught junior high English for nine years at Newton Junior High School and at West Junior High before moving on to NCHS where he taught English and American History for 29 years.  He has also coached basketball, baseball, and track.  Though retired, he works part-time at Hartrich Meats, Sainte Marie, with his brothers and also coaches cross country and track for Newton Community High School.

 

SECRETARY KEVIN PARKER
Kevin has been Jasper County State's Attorney since 2008 and was Jasper County Resident Circuit Judge from 2005-2008.  He is a member of the Sons of the American Legion in Sainte Marie, as well as the Newton Rotary Club, the Newton Knights of Columbus (3rd and 4th Degree Councils) and St. Thomas Catholic Church.  A Newton resident, Kevin also serves on the board of the Sunrise Community Center and is vice president of the Jasper County Chamber of Commerce.

 

TREASURER NORMA OCHS
 

 

DIRECTOR DONNA KELLER
Donna is well known in Sainte Marie for her extensive work with the American Legion Auxiliary and at St. Mary's. She served as chair of the 175th Parade (and also the 150th!) and co-owns the very successful Simple Rewards Day Spa & Salon in Newton. She and husband Bob play an integral role in the family business, Keller Grain & Livestock, Inc., founded by her father-in-law, Art Keller.

 

DIRECTOR ED REIS
Ed resides in Robinson, IL, he is a retired CPA and former partner at Kemper CPA Group in Robinson. While working there for 43 years, he served 20 as manager of the Robinson office.  Ed grew up on a farm south of Sainte Maire, a son of Gene and Zita Reis, since deceased.  He and his wife Linda have three children and eight grandchildren.

 

DIRECTOR JASON WARFEL
Jason is vice president of Kuhl's Trailer Sales, Inc. in Ingraham, IL.  He was a key member of the 2012 Quartoseptcentennial (175th) Committee, creating their website and other social media sites.  After the event, he worked with the Foundation to meld their aging website with the celebration website.  Jason is the father of Cora Raelynn, featured in the 175th historical book as "Sainte Marie's Newest Resident."

EX OFFICIO MEMBER PATRICIA REIS

Pat lives in downtown Chicago and is retired from Oakton Community College, Des Plaines, IL, where she was the director of public relations.  She is a freelance writer (usually on environmental issues) and a volunteer TreeKeeper in Chicago, where she takes care of trees in downtown Grant Park.  Always community-minded, Pat has been an active leader in many urban organizations and even co-founded a group called Women in Management in the late 1970's.  She has four children and eight grandchildren.

EX OFFICIO MEMBER RON KIRTS

EX OFFICIO MEMBER MAXINE CALVERT

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