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Remembering Dr. John Meeks, Founder of The Foundation Schools
October 3, 2016

“It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of Dr. John Meeks, the Founder of The Foundation Schools. He passed away at his home in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Dr. Meeks, the inspiration and founder of The Foundation Schools, was devoted to the mission of our programs and a champion of the students we serve. He left behind a tremendous legacy. The Foundation Schools had the privilege of benefiting from his guidance and leadership. He will be greatly missed by us all.” 

-Message by Gina James, M.A., CEO of The Foundation Schools, and The Foundation Schools Board of Directors


Staff Reflections:

“Dr. John Meeks, Founder of The Foundation Schools was committed to building a solid foundation to meet the complex psychological and special education needs of the very special children and adolescents we serve.  And as Dr. Meeks always said, our students are the ‘bravest individuals.’ He will be truly missed.”

-Lore Percival, CFO


“He really will be missed, I had the opportunity to learn from him and he taught me a lot.  He inspired my passion for people with substance abuse issues and I carry in my heart the wisdom I got from him.  RIP Dr. Meeks, and thank you.”

-Sheila Graham, MHS,CAC-AD, Program Therapist


“The ‘man that started it all,’ Dr .Meeks was a role model, a mentor, and an inspiration to me. Very few people have impacted my life as Dr. Meeks has. When I think about how his vision has grown, it makes me feel like anything is possible. I am going to truly miss him.”

-Joe Green, Foundation Links Attendance Coordinator


“Dr. Meeks was a visionary and an innovative person who had all the attributes of a great leader.  His leadership enabled a dream to become a reality in the formation of the Foundation School.  He was a leader, a teacher, a listener, a healer, an organizer who valued people and took the time to get know the students and staff.  I found Dr. Meeks to be particularly supportive and encouraging.  I learned a great deal from him and valued his expertise.  How great it is to celebrate the life of a man who impacted so many lives.” 

-Theresa McAlpine, LGSW, Director of Foundation Links


Click here to learn more about the legacy of Dr. Meeks


More fond memories:


Dr. Meeks (left) accepting the prestigious national Schonfeld Award in 1998 from the American Society for Adolescent Psychiatry for his lifetime contributions to child and adolescent psychiatry.



Mary Jane Kennelly, First Executive Director of The Foundation Schools and Dr. Meeks.


Supporting our annual Benefit fundraising event

L to R: Bob Adler, Dr. Meeks, Anita Meeks, Andrea Adler, Past CEO of The Foundation Schools, Carla McGill, The Foundation Schools Board Chair

April 24, 2017
Alumni Spotlight

The Foundation Schools’ annual benefit was held on Thursday, March 30 at The University of Maryland Riggs Alumni Center. The event raised vital funds and awareness of the impact The Foundation Schools has on students’ lives.  This year’s program featured Rajon Jackson, an alumnus of The Foundation School of Montgomery County.  This video, created by […]

February 22, 2017
You are Invited!

Please join us at our 2017 Benefit as we “Build a Foundation to Empower the Future” with an exciting silent auction, special guests, student performances, fantastic student art and more!   Sponsorship opportunities available on our sponsor page. Please contact Kelli Kunert at kkunert@foundationschools.org or 301-881-0078 for more information. For contributions of $500 or more, donors are eligible to receive Maryland […]

January 6, 2017
Happy New Year! Save the Date!

Friends of The Foundation Schools, Save the date for The Foundation Schools 2017 Benefit and plan to join us as we “Build a Foundation to Empower the Future!” with an exciting silent auction, special guests, student performances, fantastic student art and more! Please contact Kelli Kunert at kkunert@foundationschools.org or 301-881-0078 for more information. Sponsorship opportunities available on our […]

December 6, 2016
Looking to Spread Holiday Cheer?

This time of year can be particularly difficult for our students and families in need, as more than 80 percent live below the poverty line. However, we have the power the brighten their holidays by supporting the 2016 TFS Holiday Drive!  For a list of drop-off locations, please email Sara Beegoo at SBeegoo@foundationschools.org To download and share […]

Giving Tuesday 24-Hour Fundraising Challenge!

#EmpowertheFuture success of our students with emotional and behavioral disabilities by providing them with career and college opportunities and resources through the *Career Connections program! Will you help? More than 80 percent of The Foundation Schools  students from across the greater Washington area live in poverty, but today you can bridge the gap to ensure […]

October 20, 2016
Annual Thanksgiving Food Drive!

Click HERE to download the official flyer Click HERE to download the donation form You can donate online by visiting: https://www.givedirectcharity.org/donate/?cid=4775 (Select “Foundation Links” as the program area as the Drive is coordinated through this program for students who lack basic needs and therapeutic support) Thank you for your support of our students!

September 17, 2016
A Night Out Supporting Our Students!

** 9/9/16 Event Update from CaribUnited** Equinox September 2016 Event:   It is with the greatest sadness that due to unforeseen circumstances we have to cancel this year’s Equinox “The Formal All-Inclusive” event.  All who had made advance purchases for the event will receive a full refund.    This cancellation without a doubt is a sad moment […]

August 8, 2016
School Supplies Needed!

Click HERE to donate online Thank you so much for your generosity for our students in need!

August 7, 2016
Alumni Spotlight: Rajon Jackson

On June 23, The Foundation School of Montgomery County commencement speaker and alumni, Rajon Jackson, reflected on his time at The Foundation Schools by commending the staff for not letting him internalize the negativity which surrounded him. “I was labeled the bad kid, a trouble maker and not smart…So, since I heard those things all the time I […]

May 2, 2016
First Lady’s Mental Health Awareness Youth Art Display

First Lady Yumi Hogan with TFS student Yasmeine Ford Photo Credit: Office of Governor Larry Hogan   On May 2, 2016 Maryland’s First Lady Yumi Hogan hosted the First Lady’s Mental Health Awareness Youth Art Display in Annapolis. This event  featured talented student artwork with themes highlighting the importance of mental health awareness. The Foundation […]