Learn More About the Education Foundation for BESD

The Education Foundation for Buckeye Elementary School District drives innovative education and instructional leadership through grants to support the students, staff, and programs of Buckeye Elementary School District.

What We Do for You

The foundation:

  • provides grants to enhance academic achievement and success,
  • builds and fosters relationships with communities served by BESD,
  • supports special projects that enhance the quality of educational programs,
  • provides recognition of BESD staff, students, or members of the community for outstanding service or contributions to BESD, and
  • provides support and partnership with BESD parent and student organizations.

Our Purpose

The Education Foundation for Buckeye Elementary School District, Inc. is a nonprofit foundation serving students, staff, and families in the community. The purpose of the foundation is to provide support for whole-child education by encouraging on and off campus learning opportunities through teacher mini grants and other enrichment experiences.

Our Board of Directors

Angelo Rossetti

Angelo Rossetti
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About Angelo Rossetti

Angelo Rossetti has worked in the field of education since his graduation from the City College of New York, with his bachelor of science in education. His experience includes teaching at an academic high school, working as lead electronics instructor at a regional BOCES center, and working as manager and lead instructor for the didactic division of an international industrial supply company. He later went on to work for, and then own, a consulting company that developed STEM and CTE laboratories for schools in the NYC metropolitan area.

In 2014, he applied his broad educational, business, and financial experience to become the owner of a financial services agency. The agency focuses on educators, school district employees, municipal employees, and first responders throughout Arizona, including the Phoenix metropolitan area. He is a certified Ramsey Solutions Financial Coach and the founder and lead coach of FPC Financial Coach. He also facilitates financial literacy courses at schools, businesses, military facilities, and public venues.   

Mr. Rossetti and his wife have a son in high school and a daughter attending NAU. Besides his work at FPC Financial Coach, he volunteers with several community groups, including the Civil Air Patrol, Air Force Association, his local Boy Scout troop, the Way Out West Coalition, Rotary International, Leadership West Alumni Association Council, School Connect, and Buckeye Read-On Arizona.

FPC Financial Coaching. Angelo Rossetti / Master Financial Coach. Office/Text 623-738-6441 Helping people reach their Financial Goals... One step at a time!
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Tamara Caraway

Tamara Caraway
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About Tamara Caraway

President Tamara Caraway has more than 35 years of experience in architecture and development of educational facilities. Ms. Caraway is an advocate for strong public education. She is a member and executive officer of several educational organizations. In October 1994, she co-founded Hunt & Caraway Architects. As president of the company beginning in 2004, she was the firm’s contractual, human resource, and fiduciary agent, catapulting the firm’s revenue growth and establishing procedures for unprecedented personnel growth and development. A graduate of the University of Kansas School of Architecture, Tamara Caraway also champions innovative ideas and strategic delivery methods for new and emerging educational trends in this ever-changing economy.



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    Charlene Powers

    Charlene Powers
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    Lisa Hickman

    Lisa Hickman
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    Billy Hickman

    Billy Hickman
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    Tom Osborne

    Tom Osborne
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    Tom Osborne was raised in Indiana, attended Ball State University, and earned a bachelor of science degree in social studies education. He earned many hours in graduate history classes at Northern Illinois University. He was a classroom teacher for forty years in Illinois, New Mexico, and Arizona. Nine of those years were teaching 7th grade social studies at Buckeye Elementary School. He intended to retire after forty years in the classroom but was asked to stay on as the Buckeye Elementary librarian and technology teacher. He retired at the end of his fiftieth year. He not only serves on the board of the Buckeye Education Foundation, but he is also on the City of Buckeye library advisory board.

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    Mary Robago

    Mary Robago
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    Dr. Kristi Sandvik

    Dr. Kristi Sandvik
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    About Dr. Kristi Sandvik

    Dr. Kristi Sandvik, an Oregon native, has served as superintendent of the Buckeye Elementary School District in Buckeye, Arizona for the past four years providing an outstanding education for approximately 5,200 students and six, soon to be seven school campuses. Prior to her superintendency, Sandvik has had a robust educational career as an assistant superintendent, executive director, special education director, school administrator and teacher as well as an adjunct professor. Her passion is transformational leadership and she has been able to lead the Buckeye Elementary School District through successful growth, passages of bonds, overrides, and systemic change. 

    Each day Sandvik is committed to living her district’s mission of “A Community Passionate about Student Success” and she does this through her deep community roots, leading by example and connecting with her colleagues and communities. Active in her civic and educational communities, Kristi serves on the board of Support Our Schools AZ, is the immediate past president of the Buckeye Lion’s Club, and is on the executive committee of the American Association of School Administrators among others. In 2015, VH1 honored Dr. Sandvik with the Save the Music National Superintendent of the Year award for her contributions to music education in the Buckeye Elementary School District. Additional honors include the Arizona School Administrators Distinguished Administrator award, Buckeye Chamber of Commerce Educator of the Year and Who’s Who Among Educators in America. 

    In her spare time, Kristi loves to read, travel and play golf. She is also writing a book about empowering women in leadership.

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    Larry Tracey

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    About Larry Tracey

    Larry is a strong advocate of helping teens become self-confident individuals of character. In his book for teens, The Secret of the Can: How to Not Get Distracted by the Garbage and the Drama of Life, Larry creatively takes a stand against bullying and helps youth become "Keepers of the Keys of Success."

    As a leader in creating positive change, this former teacher and counselor founded a nonprofit program called Youth4Youth . The Youth4Youth Program is active all schools throughout the Buckeye Elementary School District. Larry has developed and implemented leadership and success training programs in more than 100 schools impacting over 125,000 youth and adults.  Project Love in Cleveland, Ohio, has recognized Larry as a Community Rescuer. 

    As a trainer, author, and keynote speaker, he practices and teaches the principles of success. He is known as expert in effective communication skills, time and project management, and leadership development. Larry is a 2-time semifinalist in the World Championship of Public Speaking and helps leaders; supervisors and managers become polished professionals. 

    One fact that makes Larry very interesting is that he studied for the priesthood before being part of the pit crew for Evel Knievel. He has risen to the top learning hard lessons. Those valuable life experiences propelled him on a road of “personal construction” where he discovered the importance of character, embracing the core values of integrity, quality and passion and practicing the principles of success. 

    He is the father of three boys and volunteers his time on the Education Committee for Leadership West while playing a leadership role in the WOW Coalition (Way Out West Coalition), which is a prevention association that promotes safe and healthy choices and responds to problems caused by alcohol, tobacco and other drugs in Arizona.  


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    Jane Hunt

    Jane Hunt
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    Maria Moreno

    Maria Moreno
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    About Maria Moreno

    Maria P. Moreno has been an employee of the district for sixteen years. She has taught first grade for thirteen of those years. She has two children who attend Buckeye Elementary School District and one who attended and is now in high school. "I am a strong believer of the public education school system, and I love what I do. I am here to educate the children by giving them a world class education with meaningful experiences that will last a lifetime."

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    Cindy S. Wiste

    Cindy S. Wiste
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    About Cindy S. Wiste

    Cindy S. Wiste is the assistant director for math, science, and STEAM in the Pendergast Elementary School District in Phoenix, Arizona. Ms. Wiste is excited to be a new member of the Buckeye Education Foundation. Her passionate vision is that "teachers are honored and served so that they elicit the strongest possible student growth every day." In 2015, she work collaboratively to establish a math problem-solving framework which resulted in increased student achievement. She mentors instructional coaches in effective coaching practices which elicit the highest levels of student achievement and teacher growth.

    Cindy has designed multiple instructional coaching protocols to help teachers be successful in the classroom. These protocols have been shown to impact overall classroom instruction. In one example students demonstrated an average of 30 percent growth school wide after implementing the math framework and her success ratio protocol which trains teachers to immediately determine a classroom's student success ratio in real time during a lesson.

    She has presented for the National Association of Latino Superintendents (2018) on equity in STEAM. In 2018, Cindy traveled to Kuwait to mentor etchers and administrators of k-20 education in establishing the chief science officer pilot program in Kuwait.

    She enjoys fine arts and spending time with her family in Dewey, Arizona.

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