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The LIFE Foundation

The Chi State Learning Is For Everyone Foundation

Mission: LIFE promotes and supports special projects related to learning and literacy within the State of California.

What is the LIFE Foundation?

The LIFE Foundation is a nonprofit, public benefit corporation organized in the State of California. The Foundation has been approved by the State of California and the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)3 tax-exempt nonprofit corporation.

What are the purposes?

  • To promote and support special projects related to learning and literacy within the State of California.
  • To provide tax-exempt status to qualifying projects to assist fund raising.
  • To provide tax-deductible status for contributors

Elise Buel has been teaching for 26 years. She has taught a combination first and second grade class as well as a multi-age class of first to third grade students in the Reading Clinic at Mt. Vernon Elementary, San Bernardino. Currently, she is teaching first grade at Alessandro Elementary School in San Bernardino. Elise is also the first grade team leader at her school. She received her BA from Cal Poly, Pomona and her MA from the University of Redlands. Elise has been a member of DKG since 2002. She has been president and co-president of Epsilon Tau, Area XV as well as serving on various committees and Area XV boards. She is currently the Parliamentarian for the Alpha Pi, Area XV chapter and is also serving on the Area XV board as program chair as well.
Robin Kelley remembers, all I did was raise my hand and say, "I’ll do that.” Next thing I know it’s 17 years later and I have held every office in my chapter, been Area VI Director (2011-13) and am currently Treasurer for both my chapter and area. It was simple and has been very rewarding. Teaching has always been my calling, but I did not heed it until 1984. My son was 6 and my husband changed his life so I could go to college. I received my Liberal Arts degree from CSU Sacramento, and my teaching credentials from Chapman University in 1989. I taught for 25 years in the same rural school district in El Dorado County, CA. I spent 18 of those years teaching a Multi-age K-2 class, which as the kind of teacher that I am, was a precious gift. I thought I would teach forever, but I retired almost two years ago, and have not regretted one moment. I did not know I had it in me to be any kind of a leader, but DKG women see things and help them come to fruition. It is an honor to serve.
Professionally I have been an elementary school teacher for 34 years. I was a bilingual teacher for the majority of those years. I also facilitated trainings for teachers of English Language Learners. At the Chapter level I have been Chapter co-president and President . and Corresponding Secretary. At the Area level, I have served as Secretary, Membership Chair, Conference chair and Area V Director. I am now serving on the Leadership Development Committee. I am also currently the Chi State LIFE At-large liaison to the California State Leadership Committee.
Helene Going Green Grant 
Environmentally Themed Grant for Schools    
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 2016 The Chi State LIFE Foundation 

Board of Directors

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Kathleen Ellis, 2014-2017, President

Dorothy Anderson, 2013-2016, Secretary

Dixie Karlson, 2013-2016, Treasurer

Adele Bloom, 2015-2018, Member, LIFE Raffle

Kelly Franklin, 2014-2017, Member

Lisa Jipson, 2015-2018, Member

Donna Fleischer 2015-2018, Member

Ellen Perkins, 2015-2016, Member-at-Large