The Foundation School Leadership
Gina James, M.A.
Chief Executive Officer

Mrs. James brings 20 years of experience and expertise working in the educational field to The Foundation Schools, where she has worked for the past 16 years. Mrs. James holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Psychology and two Master’s Degrees in Counseling and Master’s Degree in Special Education with a specialty area in educating emotionally disabled students. Mrs. James currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Maryland Association of Nonpublic Special Education Facilities (MANSEF).

“My passion is working with disadvantaged students to reach their highest potential and helping our staff become effective leaders for our students.”

Lore Percival
Chief Financial Officer

Ms. Percival has been with The Foundation Schools for 34 years. As the Chief Financial Officer, Ms. Percival demonstrates her excellence and expertise in financial management. Her passion continues to be one of promoting fiscal responsibility and financially sound business practices to ensure the stability of the mission, programs, employment and ongoing operations of the organization.

“My goal for The Foundation Schools has always been to develop our financial resources to ensure for the long-term financial sustainability of the organization.”

Kelli Kunert, LCSW-C
Director of Communications and Development

Ms. Kunert has worked for The Foundation Schools for more than 25 years. She graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in Psychology and a B.A. in Sociology from Mount Saint Mary’s University and earned her M.S.W with highest honors from the University of Maryland. She is a LCSW-C and a Board approved supervisor and has held the school social work specialist and certified prevention professional credentials and completed coursework on the Educational Assessment of Mild and Moderate Handicapping conditions at Johns Hopkins University. While at The Foundation Schools, Ms. Kunert has held a variety of positions including Director of Admissions and Director of Program Development. Currently, she serves as the Director of Communications and Development.

As a first generation college graduate, I know how education can transform your self-concept and your life. I want ALL students to have the opportunity to experience this for themselves.”

Yvette Colvin
Director of Operations

Ms. Colvin has dedicated the past more than 28 years to The Foundation Schools. Taking great pride in her expertise in the field of Building Management/Operations, it is of utmost importance to Ms. Colvin to maintain a safe and positive school environment for our students and staff.

Mark Deegan, M.Ed.
Director of Information Technology

Mr. Deegan has worked in education as both a teacher and an IT Director for more than 20 years, including the last 15 years here at The Foundation Schools. Mr. Deegan received his Master’s in Education from The George Washington University in 1998. He has taught numerous courses in mathematics and technology at the secondary level. The best part of his job is working directly with students and seeing those precious “aha moments” on their faces when they finally understand a difficult concept in math or computer science.

“If we teach today’s students as we taught yesterday’s, we rob them of tomorrow.”-John Dewey