Foundation 65, the non-profit that raises funds for literacy and arts projects in Evanston/Skokie School District 65, has named five new directors to its board.

The new board members are:

Paul Burton: With almost 15 years’ experience spent in the investment banking community, running several small businesses, and currently serving as Managing Principal of his own company, Burton Advisory, Inc., Paul Burton brings a wealth of financial and strategic advisory knowledge to the Board.

Burton, who holds both law and MBA degrees, spent time as an Infantry officer in the US Army, and is heavily involved in community service work with organizations such as the Coalition for United Community Labor Force and the Illinois AACP. Paul will co-chair the My 65 benefit in January, 2013.

Julie Fleetwood: An active member of the Oakton School community and past president of the PTA for three years, Julie Fleetwood brings extensive knowledge of and involvement in the community. Professionally, Fleetwood worked in broadcasting on news and entertainment shows in Atlanta, Indianapolis and Chicago

In addition to her work at Oakton School, Julie has served on the boards at Covenant Nursery School and the St. Francis Hospital Associates. Prior to joining the board, Julie served on the F65 program committee and will continue to lend her insight and expertise there.

Missy Hedges: With almost 20 years’ experience in human resources, both in the corporate world and as an independent consultant, Missy Hedges has worked with companies large and small in global and domestic roles.

She’s served as past co- president of the Orrington School PTA, human resources chair for the board of directors at School for Little Children, and recently completed Leadership Evanston’s Signature Program. A former co-chair of F65’s My 65 benefit, she will co-chair the Marketing and Communications committee.

Lesly Shavitz Levitas: Life-long Evanstonian and District 65 alum, Lesly Shavitz Levitas practiced as an occupational therapist for 20 years and currently has her own retail business. She has been active in the Lincolnwood community.

For the past three years Levitas has been involvedl in fundraising for Foundation 65 and served on the My 65 Benefit committee. With her extensive knowledge of the Evanston community, she will lend her talents to Board Development in the coming year.

Keith A. Robinson: A high school teacher and coach for many years, Keith Robinson now serves as assistant principal of operations at Niles North High School, where he is in charge of the day to day operations of the building.

Robinson is a former ETHS English teacher and is active with a number of professional education organizations as well as at Walker School, which his children attend. He will serve on the F65 program committee.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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