About PTEF

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PTEF was established in December of 2006 with an initial donation of $3,000. The foundation's status as a 501(c)(3) organization allows that donations be tax-deductible. The Foundation is governed by a 16-member, all volunteer, Board of Directors. Each member serves on at least one of the Foundation's standing committees that currently include Finance, Marketing, Grants, and Events.
The Board normally meets once each month (second Wednesday) at the Portage Township Schools' Administration Center. The Board's Executive Committee oversees PTEF's daily operations.

A message from the President

In order to accomplish our mission to engage the Portage Township community in support of educational innovations that improve student achievement, we have developed the following objectives:

  • to create and maintain a marketing campaign designed to stimulate community awareness of PTEF's mission and foster its support

  • to develop a funding plan that will bridge the gap between the tax dollars provided for essential educational needs and the funds necessary for our students to achieve academic excellence

  • to encourage and support the creativity and innovations of our educational community

  • to recognize and reward educational excellence

Our Executive Committee
Shannon Pierce Past President, Shannon Pierce, is a graduate of Portage High School and attended Indiana University Northwest. She is an active PSO member, has coached soccer for the Portage Parks Department, and is involved with Relay For Life annually. Shannon previously worked for Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida for 5 years and traveled the world as a senior flight attendant for 7 years. Her passion is raising funds and awareness to benefit pediatric cancer. She works closely with the Riley Children’s Foundation in Indianapolis and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. She has contributed to publications for the National Children’s Cancer Society and Make-A-Wish Foundation. Shannon is a huge sports fan and especially loves major league baseball and college football. She has one daughter who keeps her very busy year round.
Chriss Field President, Christine Field Chiss resides in Portage with her husband, James, and two sons, Jim (2006 PHS graduate) and Tyler (currently at WMS). She worked in retail management for 18 years. Since leaving retail management, she has concentrated on volunteering at Crisman Elementary School and working with the PTO for the past 2 years.
President Elect, CindCindy Tuitman y Tuitman is a 1977 graduate of Portage HighSchool. She worked in the transportation industry for 15 years as a Fleet Maintenance Manager before leaving the workforce to raise her two youngest children. She is an active member of her community and has served as the PTO president of Crisman Elementary School. In addition, she has also both chaired and resided on a number of different committees with her church. Cindy has been married for 20 years and has two children in the Portage School system.
Lori Wilkie Treasurer, Lori Wilkie

huffordSecretary, Terry Hufford


Board of Directors

Jeanine Apathy
Kia Ball
Ruth Cozza
Jamie Lewis
Joan Machuca
Al Zahn