The Mt. Vernon Education Foundation (MVEF) has employed a new part-time executive director to bring a new vision and revival to the foundation. Mrs. Renee Oldham comes to MVEF from the city of Richmond and brings much experience and energy to grow the foundation.
Three of Oldham’s children live in Indianapolis, and her fourth child, a son, went through extensive research on schools and chose to send their children to Mt. Vernon. They were impressed with the district’s philosophy and how Mt. Vernon is on the cutting edge with its 1:1 technology and eLearning days. One of her son-in-laws is a graduate of Mt. Vernon High School which brought a personal connection to the decision. Soon after her son’s decision to move, Oldham and her husband relocated in the Mt. Vernon school district to be closer to her children and grandchildren.
Her background is extensive in the economic development arena, with many of the needed skills to be successful as the executive director of MVEF. Oldham has extensive experience in capital improvement campaigns, raising over 1.3M for the creation of an innovation center in downtown Richmond. She has also worked on downtown development in Richmond, housing, cyber programs for underserved students, entrepreneurship, tech park, small business development as well as grant writing.
Oldham said she was blown away by the MVEF board’s commitment. She is planning on revisiting the strategic plan for MVEF and wants to connect with the school administration, parents, students, the community, as well as Superintendent Dr. Robbins to align MVEF’s vision.
To solidify the partnership between MVEF and the schools, the MVEF office will be relocating to the administration building as she begins her tenure.
One of the MVEF Board’s goals is to build the endowment and have a consistent annual campaign. Oldham will also be working on building awareness and telling MVEF’s story while connecting the mission to the community. She hopes to partner with the schools and fill any funding gaps with Mt. Vernon teachers with teacher-requested grants and identify any needs not fulfilled yet.
Oldham stated, “people at Mt. Vernon are extraordinarily dedicated to the students. Everyone has been warm and friendly. I am a huge believer in education and hope to create additional learning experiences that develop a passion for lifelong learning for students.”
MVEF is seeking volunteers for a variety of tasks, including events, database entry, design and media/social media. To connect with Oldham, please contact 317-485-3100, ext. 8110 or firstname.lastname@example.org.