At their annual meeting on Friday, January 27, the Trustees for the Foundation for Saline Area Schools (FSAS) elected a new President, Katie Murphy to succeed Cheryl Hoeft. Hoeft held the position for the last six years, a time of great growth for the Foundation.
Passing the baton, Hoeft noted the mission of the Foundation remains to support the school system in innovative and meaningful ways. She also praised Murphy, who has chaired the Long Range Development Committee during her two-year term as a Foundation Trustee. “She possesses expertise in non-profit ‘best practices,’ fundraising, and initiating a comprehensive development program. She will now begin her role as President with a strong background and experience” said Hoeft.
Murphy, in turn, thanked Hoeft for her hard work in building FSAS. "Over the past few years, I enjoyed participating in the growth of the Foundation, under Cheryl’s leadership. In addition to increasing the Foundation’s footprint in our classrooms and community, Cheryl tirelessly built a talented and engaged board of Trustees, including the Foundation's first ever Executive Director, a passionate volunteer base, and invaluable district partnerships. I am honored and excited to continue working with these individuals as well as the community in this leadership role as we continue to strive for excellence by seeking innovative and thoughtful ways to support the growth of our students."
Murphy, a Saline resident, is an Associate General Counsel at the University of Michigan working in the area of charitable giving. Her professional background also includes private practice in the areas of estate planning and tax exempt organizations. Murphy is married to Jason Murphy and they have three children in the Saline school system
Annherst Kreitz, Executive Director for the Foundation looks forward to working with Murphy on a strategic plan as well as the Alumni Hall of Fame, Spring reception, and Fall Kickoff events. "I am excited to have Katie Murphy as the new President of the Foundation for Saline Area Schools. Katie's background in development and her legal knowledge will be a tremendous asset to the growth of the organization. Over the last three years of working together on the board, I've experienced Katie's transformational leadership first hand and know that she will continue to take the Foundation to the next level."
The Trustees and Foundation volunteers are busy preparing for the annual fundraising event known as Snowblast, to be held on Saturday, February 4 from 6-11pm at Travis Pointe Country Club. Tickets are available through Wednesday on the Foundation website: www.supportfsas.org.
(This article has been altered because it originally featured a picture of someone who was not Katie Murphy.)