About The Foundation

Our Mission

The Rogers Public Education Foundation (RPEF) promotes and enhances the quality of education in our community by collecting and distributing money for worthwhile academic programs. These are programs that would not normally be funded through conventional means. The RPEF also recognizes and rewards the achievements of students and teachers in the Rogers Public School District.

Executive Board

Hunter Fry


Stephens Insurance, LLC, Vice president commercial lines

Teacher support and creating opportunities for all has always been close to my heart. As an advocate for education, I strongly believe in the power of nurturing and empowering educators. With family rooted in the field of education, I have witnessed firsthand the dedication and impact that educators can have on shaping young minds. Inspired by their efforts, I am honored to contribute to the development of inclusive educational environments where every student can thrive and reach their full potential.

Amanda Jenkins

Vice President

Executive Director IT Audit, Risk and Compliance

The work of RPEF is crucial to the success of the Rogers Public School System and the students they serve. Working alongside our school district enhances each child's learning experience. Rogers is "Where Possible Lives" and serving on the RPEF board is a small way that I can help ensure that each child and educator has the tools they need for a successful and meaningful education.

Katie Eaves


Greenwood Gearheart, General Counsel

Our children are the world’s next generation of leaders. It is critical to support our teachers and school systems to ensure that all of our students are able to achieve growth and success with a strong foundation in education. Proud to be part of a group that strives to enhance teachers in new
opportunities in the classroom that will ultimately benefit students of Rogers Public Schools.

Christian Campbell



The work of the RPEF is critical in supporting teachers and students throughout the district. Being both an alumni of the Rogers Public School system and now having children of my own in the school, my board service is a way for me to give back to a district that has given so much to me and my family through the years.

Sarahbeth Vasgaard


ivy35 Ventures, LLC,

RPEF is important because I've seen first hand how grants and teacher support can impact teachers and students. My entire family is in education so it's always been something that is important to me. I also have children in the district so I'm also motivated to do what I can to make sure the Rogers students and teachers have what they need to succeed.

Board of Directors

Kelli Gemmell


Milestone Construction,
Director of Business Development

I have learned so much about the school system through my participation on the board. It is rewarding to be a part of a dedicated group of volunteers to provide teachers with additional funds that assist to further their creative ideas to help students get the best education possible.

Laurel Jackson


Innovative Designs,
Vice President of Sales

Everyone in the Rogers School district works hard to provide a fantastic education for all students.  I am excited to be a part of an organization that supports this success.  The Rogers Public Education Foundation enhances the quality of programs that teachers can provide to their students.  The effect is to broaden the long term opportunities for students in the Rogers Public Schools.

Allison McElroy


The McElroy Group LLC - Nonprofit Consulting,

I have always wanted to be a part of a group that supports teachers. I know they go above and beyond with their personal finances and time. They truly love their students and want them to succeed.

Will Swearingen


Zweig Group,
Director of Ownership Transition

As someone who grew up in the Rogers Public School system and knows how hard our teachers and administrators work for the students, being part of this foundation allows me to contribute to the continued success of our public school system. The generosity of our community allows RPEF to provide grants to teachers and students that positively impact the trajectory of Rogers Public Schools. The foundation does such important work!

Leslie Madick


Community volunteer

RPEF is important to me because we are able to support our teachers and fund grants to supplement and enhance the already top-notch education that our students are receiving.

Maggie Droy

Children’s Therapy T.E.A.M., Pediatric physical therapist

As a daughter of a previous Rogers Public Schools teacher and math facilitator, I've experienced firsthand the impact the RPEF has on teachers and the lasting enhancements it brings to this incredible district. I have a deep passion for organizations that focus on giving back and investing in others, and love how this organization strives to enhance the success of students, teachers and the Rogers schools. My mother was an honoree for the RPEF Wall of Distinction and as this award has meant so much to my family and I, I am thrilled to carry on her legacy by serving on this board.

Greg Lindley

Simmons bank, Business Banker

As Rogers continues to grow, I think it’s vital that a broad base of support is in place for our education system.  The Rogers Public Education Foundation has helped to solidify that support and I’m proud to have the opportunity to play a part in that going forward.  The strength of our educational system will have a positive impact on countless families while it contributes to our community and the quality of life
in Rogers.

Will Kraner

Benchmark Group, Program Manager/Professional Engineer

As a graduate of the Rogers Public School system, it is an honor to be a part of the RPEF board that directly gives back to our teachers to help enrich the learning experience for our community’s children. Our family has deep ties to the Rogers Public School community and is passionate about the work it does to build a better future for our kids! I met my wife, Erin, at Rogers High School, my mother, Katie Kraner, recently retired from a long teaching career in the RPS and my sister, Kara, a Rogers alum, started her teaching career in Rogers and is currently teaching in St. Louis.

Tami Shaver

 Community Volunteer

As a social worker who has spent my career focused on youth mentoring, I've seen the positive impact
teachers have on their students, especially when they have the support and tools necessary to engage young learners. Now as a parent of a student in Rogers Public Schools, I see firsthand how teachers having access to the right tools fosters ingenuity in their teaching. It is an honor to be a part of helping our amazing teachers and their students reach success with RPEF grants.

Gaven Smith

Jordan Snoderly

Laura Wilson

Ex Officio

Dr. Jeff Perry

Rogers public school district Superintendent

Suzanne Spivey

Rogers public school district Board member

Jason Ivester

Rogers public school district Director of communications

Krista Khone

Executive Director

With over 20 years of nonprofit experience, Krista Khone became the foundation’s executive director in 2022.


She attended the University of Central Arkansas and graduated from the University of Arkansas with a BSE in Elementary Education and an M.Ed in Adult Education with an emphasis in human resource development. Khone dedicated five years working in various positions at Northwest Arkansas Community College before joining the Greater Bentonville Area Chamber of Commerce. She spent 19 years working as their Vice President of Special Projects and Leadership.


A native of Rogers, and fourth-generation Northwest Arkansan, Khone has a heart for education and for nonprofit work. Education and service run deep in Khone’s family. Her mother was a teacher for nearly 40 years, the majority of which were spent in Rogers. Her father spent a good portion of his career in the military before moving back home to Rogers to start multiple businesses. Khone has made community service a cornerstone of her career and understands the impact nonprofits and the importance of education have in creating a thriving community.


In her spare time, Khone enjoys spending time with friends, traveling, and attending sporting events and concerts.

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