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About Us

Mission & Vision

Mission: To build durable relationships that help fund our vision, share our knowledge, and prepare every child in our district for college and beyond.

Vision: LAEF is the trusted partner through which the community engages with the Los Alamitos Unified School District to measurably improve student achievement results.  LAEF provides both significant funding to the district in critical areas impacting all students, and educational enrichment opportunities for every student.”

What People are Saying

“With LAEF’s support, over 99% of Los Alamitos Unified students graduate from high school.  Even more exceptional, nearly 70% of our students meet all CSU/UC entrance requirements, and this percentage continues to climb every year!  I am proud to serve as an active Advisor to LAEF, and LAUSD is committed to continue to partner with LAEF for the success of all children within our district.”

Dr. Sherry Kropp, Retired Superintendent, Los Alamitos Unified School District


Carrie Logue, Executive Director

Michael Kahn, Programs Manager

Michele Leontis, Programs Coordinator

Lauren DeNinno, Development Coordinator

Shira Frank, Administrative Intern

Board of Directors

Kevin Guetig, President

Senior Vice President-City National Bank, district parent

Brian Leibl, Vice President

Entrepreneur, district parent

Ruth Anne Salau Kurkjian, Secretary

Community Advocate, district parent

Tom Lent, Treasurer

Chief Executive Officer-Southland Credit Union, district parent

Felicia Gonzalez, Director

Edward Jones Financial Advisor, district parent

Trini Jimenez, Director

Vice President of Public Affairs-Watson Land Company, district parent

Lina Lumme, Director

Non-Profit Executive Director (The Youth Center), district parent

Janelle Sagen, Director

Senior Mortgage Advisor-Finance of America Mortgage, district parent

Mike Tannourji, Director

Business Development Executive-Ernst & Young, district parent

Jon Theriault, Director

Senior Financial Advisor-RS Crum, district parent

Leanne Voigt, Director

Community/Education advocate, district parent

Dave Appling, Emeritus Director

Theresa Blankenstein, Emeritus Director

Randy Hill, Emeritus Director

Sean Payne, Emeritus Director



Founded in 1982 as a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization (Federal Tax ID #95-3756247), LAEF brought together the community, the district and the Board of Education for the purpose of raising funds to build the Performing Arts Center on the campus of Los Alamitos High School. Fundraising efforts continued in the early 1990s when important technology infrastructure was added to all district schools.

In later years, LAEF’s mission evolved to partner with Los Alamitos schools to ensure that our District excels in the four A’s: Arts, Academics, Athletics and Activities.

By 2006, LAEF began raising funds for the Los Alamitos Unified School District to help reduce class sizes; by 2009, this annual campaign was bringing in more than $70,000. In 2011, LAEF committed over $110,000 to assist the district in hiring targeted teachers to assist students at every level, in every school in the District.

In 2013, the King and Queen of Hearts annual fundraising campaign was introduced in which education minded community members compete to raise funds for LAEF and win the crown. 2013 brought in over $40,000 and 2015 brought in over $100,000. Grant funding has also increased with over $50,000 received in 2015 alone.

Check Out Our Numbers!

250+  = The number of enrichment classes offered each year by LAEF!

                                   $3,000,000 = Funds raised by LAEF in from 2009 to present to support Los Al USD!

                                   1,000 = The number of students enrolled in LAEF programs at any given time throughout the school year and summer!