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The Mead Education Foundation is a non-profit organization that has been formed in support of students and staff of the Mead School District. The mission of the foundation is to foster excellence in learning for all students of the Mead School District through private fundraising and the establishment of a permanent endowment. The Mead Education Foundation is a non-profit organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service Code. All donations to the foundation are tax-deductible.



By Partnering With The Mead School District And Community, The Mead Education Foundation Will Inspire Educators And Learners By Investing In Innovation And Collaboration.





Each school is allocated up to $400 per school year. The Foundation allows the school a wide level of discretion to spend your "checkbook" funds to help your students in need.



Each year we review requests, looking for the most innovative, educational and down right awesome projects to fund. Apply for a grant!



Through teachers volunteering for our board, we can get a in-depth understanding of our schools and the students/teachers we have helped. Don't wait time, volunteer for our board!



Once a year, through the Matthew Hopkins Memorial Fund, the foundation gifts out Scholarships to students. Apply now! 



Our board comprises of multiple different talents; teachers, managers, bankers, small business owners, and accountants. Each one brings their own ideas and skill set to our board. .

who we are


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Steve Silbar

Board President

Originally from Chicago, Steve moved to Spokane in 2002 from Los Angeles. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stout with a Bachelors degree in Hotel Management and received a Masters degree in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University in 2011. Steve is a local realtor with John L Scott Real Estate serving his clients since 2016, is a TV Host on American Dream TV, and has been featured in the NY Times, Fox Business, and on Prior to real estate, he spent 20 years in the hotel industry managing sales and marketing across the country, and 10 years in the technology field serving hotels.  He has recruited and lead sales teams covering North America for multiple organizations and start-ups alike.

Steve is proud to serve on the Mead Education Foundation Board where he has served since 2014.  As a father to two children currently enrolled in the district at Highland Middle School and Mead High School, Steve is involved in the district as a supporter and volunteer. 

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Jennifer Sicilia

Vice President

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Julie Silbar

Past Board President

Julie was born and raised in Spokane and  graduated from Mead High School in 1990. She graduated from E.W.U. with a Bachelors degree, received a Masters degree in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University, and is also a PhD Candidate at Gonzaga. Julie is currently the Service Delivery Quality Manager for Expedia Group. In the 20 years previous to Expedia Group, she worked for American Express, Red Lion Hotels Corporation, West Coast Hospitality and Cavanaugh’s Hospitality.


Julie’s desire to serve on the Mead Education Foundation Board stems from her deep respect for teachers and educators, her tie to Mead High School and her role as mother with a one child at Prairie View Elementary and another child starting in fall of 2015. Julie has served on the Foundation Board since 2012.

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Board Member

Heather Havens

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Board Member

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Matthew Akers

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Board Member

Greg McGuire

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Alex Austin

Board Member

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James Faucett

Board Member

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Reagan Silbar

Board Member - Student Advisor

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