Great Community Give and SLI

Thank you, Great Community Give friends!

Educators shared why they support SLI, SLI scholars provided testimonials, and donors, eager to empower local Latino/x students who dream of going to college, responded during the 2020 Great Community Give.

More than 70 people and educators who pledged matching funds donated more than $11,000 (in most cases giving extra to cover platform and payment fees!).


Ongoing donations are gratefully welcomed at

Educators pledging Great Community Give matching funds included:

  • Pete Bsumek, Professor, James Madison University
  • Christopher Clymer Kurtz, former teacher, Rockingham County Public Schools
  • Lara Coggin, Ph.D., ESOL Teacher, Richmond Public Schools
  • Amber Corriston, Dance Specialist, Harrisonburg City Public Schools
  • Mike Davis, Executive Advisor to the President, James Madison University
  • John A. Downey, Ph.D., President, Blue Ridge Community College
  • Andrew Dudley Barnes, Lecturer, James Madison University
  • *Jason Good, Vice President for Innovation and Student Recruitment, Eastern Mennonite University
  • *Laura Feichtinger-McGrath, Director of EL Services and Title III, Harrisonburg City Public Schools
  • Suzanne Fiederlein, Ph.D., Interim Director, CISR, James Madison University
  • MarthaJune Graber, Retired Spanish Teacher
  • Susan Huxman, Ph.D., President, Eastern Mennonite University
  • Pat Lintner, Chief Academic Officer, Harrisonburg City Public Schools
  • Fawn-Amber Montoya, Ph.D., Associate Dean of Honors College, James Madison University
  • Jenna Martin-Trinka, Reading Specialist, Harrisonburg City Public Schools
  • C. Leigh Nelson, Ph.D., Professor, James Madison University
  • *Bryan Pearce-Gonzales, Professor of Hispanic Studies, Shenandoah University
  • *Tom Robb, Math Teacher and SLI Program Director, Winchester Public Schools
  • Kirk Shisler, Vice President for Advancement, Eastern Mennonite University
  • Ann St. Clair Lesman, Ph.D., Professor Emerita, Shenandoah University
  • Jason Van Heukelum, Superintendent, Winchester Public Schools
  • Anda Weaver, School Counselor, Harrisonburg City Public Schools
  • Philip Yutzy, Spanish Teacher, Instructional Team Leader, Harrisonburg City Public Schools
  • Margot Marie Zahner, Director, Great Oak Academy, Harrisonburg City Public Schools
  • and anonymous supporters

*Member, SLI Board of Directors