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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

Thank You!!

Thank you so very much to all of our sponsors, supporters, and guests who made The Foundation Schools 2018 Benefit such a resounding success!! Together, we raised over $160,000 for our vital programs, such as Foundation Links and Career Connections, that help our students rise above their challenges, and we could not have done it […]

Congratulations to Our MANSEF Cardin Scholarship Winner!

We are so proud of FSMC student Ariannah, winner of the Cardin Scholarship from MANSEF! Ariannah showed great improvement academically, behaviorally, and socially, and she will be using the scholarship to attend private trainings at ZAVAZONE to develop her personal fitness, motor skills, and coordination. Congratulations, Ariannah!

March 22, 2018
Save The Date!

The Foundation Schools has been helping students rise above their challenges to see a successful future for more than 40 years. On March 22, 2018, please join us for a fun evening that includes dinner and drinks, networking, a silent auction, incredible student art and captivating student performances. This exciting event is held at the […]

Watch Us on Comcast Newsmakers!

The Foundation Schools was recently featured on Comcast Newsmakers! Hear what our CEO Gina James has to say about our mission, our recent benefit, and how we serve the intense needs of our students. View the video here!

Our 2016-2017 Annual Report is here!

Click here to see The Foundation Schools 2016-2017 Annual Report!  

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 […]

August 1, 2017
2017 School Supplies Drive!

Today is the first day of The Foundation Schools’ annual school supplies drive! Nearly 80 percent of our students live in poverty while struggling with emotional and behavioral disabilities. You can provide the tools and confidence they need to succeed this upcoming school year! We will be collecting school supplies during the entire month of […]

June 8, 2017
Save the Date for Do More 24!

On June 8, The Foundation Schools will join 600 local nonprofits in Do More 24 to raise funds for 24 hours. Just $24 can help our students with severe emotional disabilities have a brighter future. Visit DoMore24.org to learn more, and bookmark our page DoMore24.org/npos/the-foundation-schools for when the big day arrives!          […]

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 […]