Who We Are

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Who We Are

Work of the Foundations of East Chicago is funded by the AMERISTAR East Chicago Casino and Hotel.

Mission Statement

Our Mission is to support local schools, churches, municipal agencies and nonprofit organizations that work to improve the quality of life in East Chicago.

To advance this mission, the Foundations of East Chicago will provide financial support through educational assistance in the form of scholarships; the awarding of grants that are strategic to achieve our objectives and by our service and leadership within the community.

Vision Statement

To be recognized as the model for philanthropic leadership and community partnership, demonstrating that positive change is possible and East Chicago residents can live in hope of a bright, safe and prosperous future.

 Core Values

What we believe and hold as core values in our organizational responsibilities and operational priorities:

  • Transparency
  • Accountability
  • Consistency
  • Integrity and Fairness

Our Leadership

Board of Directors Staff
George Weems
Rosa M. Peña
Executive Director
Joseph Verduzco
Vice President
Tereka Boone
Education Program Director
Mario Palacios
Alexis Jimenez
Director of Office Administrative Services
Sylvia Morrisroe
Janet Wozniak
Community Program Director
Cedric Gamble Evelyn Goins
Office Operations/Grant Support
Nadyne Kokot Raquel Avila
Office Operations/Data Support

Veronica Perez
Office Operations/Scholarship Support
Grant Committee Members
Nereida Harretos Rev. Moses Paez
Juanita Hill Richard Peterson
Rita Jacque-Gillis Jose Rivera
Rev. Willie Johnson Maria Vargas
Peter Smith Kathleen Zipko
Dolores Lakich  Ken Harris
  Michael Muskin

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The Implementation of El Sistema in 2017

January 5th, 2018|0 Comments

The East Chicago Arts Initiative (ECAI) wanted to bring music education back to the students of East Chicago. For this task, they chose the El Sistema Orchestra program, originally created by Dr. Jose Abreu. Dr. [...]