The Foundation School Leadership

Gina James, M.A.

Chief Executive Officer

Mrs. James brings 25 plus years of experience and expertise working in the educational field to The Foundation Schools. Mrs. James holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Counseling and a 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 District of Columbia Association for Special Education (DCASE) and has served on the Board of the Maryland Association of Nonpublic Special Education Facilities (MANSEF). She is also part of Leadership Prince George’s and Leadership Montgomery.

Mrs. James is proud to announce that we have recently expanded our services and have opened The Foundation Learning Center to serve students with autism in grades K-8. Mrs. James’ goal is to continue the important work of helping our students overcome their social-emotional, learning, and communication challenges so they can improve their academic and social skills and see a brighter future. 

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

Kelli Kunert, LCSW-C

Director of Communications and Development

Ms. Kunert has worked for The Foundation Schools for 30 years in several capacities. 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. She is dedicated to securing resources and support to help students overcome their challenges. 

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.”