Friends of Breakthrough Schools is a non-profit development and advocacy organization. Friends of Breakthrough is responsible for closing the gap in public funding needed to provide quality education to thousands of children in Cleveland each year, as well as working with community, business, and political leaders to build city-wide support for high-quality public school options for all children in Cleveland.
Get to Know Breakthrough
A Choice-Filled Life
Our latest video - was released at this year's Breakthrough BASH! Follow Josh back in time as he explores his time at Breakthrough Public Schools and reflects on the lessons that stuck with him into adulthood.
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THANK YOU TO OUR 2023-2024
COMMUNITY PARTNER SPONSORS
Our students receive a high-quality education and thrive with the ongoing commitment and yearlong support of our community partners!
Learn Today, Lead Tomorrow
Please enjoy this story of Parice as she goes from dreaming about launching rockets to actually doing it!
Belief, Passion, Courage, Commitment
Breakthrough students are up for any challenge! And, our educators provide the guidance and support needed to be successful in life.
Meet Our Alumni
Follow four class of 2017 students, 6th grade through college, in these short vignettes.
Dreams are being realized. Listen to the journey of Celeste, a Breakthrough alum, college graduate, and active Cleveland citizen!
Our Alumni are such a big help in motivating and encouraging our scholars!
Semper Virens Legacy Society
The Semper Virens Legacy Society was established to recognize individuals who have made a long-term commitment to Breakthrough Schools and was created in concert with the recent formation of the Friends of Breakthrough Schools Legacy Fund of the Cleveland Foundation.
If you would like to learn more about legacy giving, which helps to ensure long-term financial stability through the preservation and investment of dollars for future benefit, click here or reach out to Susan Ertle.
Friends Board of Directors
Jeff Berlin - Chair | Dave Loomis - Secretary | Ed Bell - Treasurer | John LeMay - Vice Chair
Elle Carolan - Vice Chair | Karen Long Cascio - Vice Chair | Tim Coughlin - Vice Chair | Megan Mayhugh - Vice Chair
Lauren Miller - Vice Chair | Larry Orwin - Vice Chair | Mary Herzak - At Large
Jeff Ahola | Jill Arena | Andrew Bennett | Rudolf Bentlage | Matt Brewer | Molly Brown | James Carulas | Susan Chiancone
David Cook | Jeffrey Cristal | Michael Cristal | Cosmoronde Danielly | Erin de la Mare | Mike de Windt | Bill Fisher
Traci Forrester | Free Foutz | Wes Gillespie | Jim Huber | Celeste Kamasa Scott | Jim Kavalec | John King | William Koehler | Jim LeMay
Cecil Lipscomb | Charlie Lougheed | Dan Mascaro | Laura Mimura | Craig Panzica | Jolyn Parker | Mario Pena
Peter Rome | Patti Schaar | Bryan Schauer | Seku Shabazz | Bob Sims | BJ Solaru | Sanjay Vyas
LIFETIME BOARD MEMBERS
Jeanette Grasselli Brown | David Gunning | Walter Kalberer | Michael Merriman | Bridget Moreno | John Sinnenberg
Friends of Breakthrough Team
Susan Ertle, President
Timothy Mann, Senior Advancement Officer
Karen Solomon, Senior Director of Annual Fund
Kelly Berg, Senior Director of Engagement
Colleen O'Brien, Director of Grants and Foundation Relations
Melodee McCrodden, Director of Annual Fund Operations and Stewardship
Kelly Clifford, Director of Board and Office Operations
Lisa Whitesell, Grants Administrator
Alumni Success Team
Brittany Hurd, Chief Alumni Success Officer
Jillian Keller, Sr. Director of Postsecondary Success
Nate Bartley, Director of Data & Salesforce Admin
Brianna Stephens, High School Programs Manager
Jasmine Hawkins, High School Programs Manager
Jayda Wimbley, Alumni Success Coordinator
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Eric Baumgartner, Founder
Jim Bennett, Senior Advisor