Social Eyes by Faye Reeder

Eyes on H-E-B: Education foundation passes the gavel

Alicia McGlinchey passes the gavel as outgoing chairwoman of the H-E-B ISD Education Foundation to her successor, Bedford Mayor Jim Griffin.
Alicia McGlinchey passes the gavel as outgoing chairwoman of the H-E-B ISD Education Foundation to her successor, Bedford Mayor Jim Griffin. Courtesy photo

Since 1995, the H-E-B Education Foundation has been changing students lives one classroom grant a time. Last year alone, the foundation awarded more than $50,000 to fund innovative initiatives to benefit students.

The foundation “is an integral part of H-E-B ISD,” said Superintendent Steve Chapman. “Not only do they provide opportunities for students, but they are continually rewarding teachers for their innovative efforts and exemplary teaching.”

Early last month, the foundation welcomed new officers and board members. Bedford Mayor Jim Griffin took the reins as chairman of the board from retiring Chairwoman Alicia McGlinchey.

“We have a very dedicated volunteer board who uses their talents to advance the mission of the foundation,” said Griffin. “I look forward to continuing our support of staff and students and our partnership with the district.”

Griffin said he hopes to build on McGlinchey’s leadership during the upcoming school year and will work to engage new donors and reach out to the community.

The foundation provides funds raised through generous community support to enable teachers to implement such project as tools for the hearing impaired, a summer book mobile, 3-D science projects and many other educational enhancements. It has awarded more than $690,000 since it was established.

“McGlinchey worked tirelessly to raise funds and build the endowment for the foundation to fund grants for staff and students in the district,” said spokeswoman Kelly Pacleb. “During her exceptional tenure as chair, a new-professionals luncheon for new district staff was developed, the Awards of Excellence event expanded to include more students, a robust board of engaged volunteers was developed, and outreach to the community was expanded.”

Other executive board officers elected are Pacleb and Chapman along with Debbie Paganelli (President of Texas Health H-E-B) and Margaret Collins (community volunteer). Joining the board are David Booe (Hurst councilman) and Dalene Parker (Frost Bank).

Besides the classroom grants, the foundation also hosts the Awards of Excellence each spring to recognize outstanding high school seniors from L.D. Bell, Trinity and KEYS and their teacher mentors.

“The partnership between the foundation and our district is an example of partnering to build public awareness and confidence in our schools and at the same time involving our community,” said Chapman.

Anyone wishing to get involved with the foundation’s work can contact the chamber at 817-283-1521 to inquire. Details about the organization and a way to donate are at

How to be an effective member of a volunteer board

So, you have agreed to voluntarily serve on a nonprofit board of directors and now are asking yourself how to make the most of this assignment and be truly effective in your role. If this describes you, the seminar coming up July 26 is a must to put on your calendar.

Hosted by the Northeast Leadership Forum, the half-day event promises to cover such topics as the role and purpose of a board, duties of directors and their distinction from staff, developing board goals and strategies, working the leadership pipeline and identifying specific board resources.

Leading the seminar will be Bob Harris, who has titled the day, “The Rules Have Changed: Working Together to Build a Better Board.” Harris has 30 years of experience working with boards and will use examples, tips, tools and templates in his presentation to give attendees practical, relevant information to help them lead more effectively.

In charge of the event for Northeast Leadership Forum is Chairman Randy Clinton. “Our organizations can no longer throw out the ‘I didn’t know that’ statement when it comes to how to perform nonprofit board governance,” Clinton said.

“Bob Harris is the expert in helping you to be a better nonprofit including chambers, faith- and non-faith-based boards. As a responsible board member, you must attend for the wellness of your organization and to protect those that the organization serves,” Clinton added.

The session is from 8:30 a.m. to noon at Campus West, 209 N. Industrial Blvd. in Bedford. Registration fee is $25 per person and includes a continental breakfast. Sign up by July 18. Send an email to or call 817-283-1521 to make arrangements or inquiries.

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