The Golden Apple Foundation of Rockford is pleased to introduce Jennifer Stark as our new Executive Director. Jennifer has worked in the nonprofit sector for over 17 years, including 10 years as the Division Director of March of Dimes.


Most recently, Jennifer has worked as the Chapter Executive for the Rock River Tooling & Machining Association and the Program Manager for Communities that Care, where she partnered with local companies to provide resources to disadvantaged youth in the area.

“Her experience in event management and fundraising, as well as a heart for nonprofit work made her an outstanding candidate for this role,” said Jeffrey Powell, President, Golden Apple Foundation of Rockford. “We are thrilled to have her working with and for the teachers, administrators and ultimately the students of Boone and Winnebago Counties.”

Jennifer’s previous work in fundraising and volunteer recruitment will be an amazing asset to the organization as the Foundation operates on the generous financial support of community businesses and individuals. “I am looking forward to working with the more than 400 volunteers that devoted time and energy to Golden Apple last year,” said Jennifer. “We are fortunate to have amazing teachers and administrators to celebrate in our communities and helping them inspire excellence in our classrooms is a true privilege.”

Since 1997, the Golden Apple Foundation has grown from honoring teachers in one school district to honoring teachers, principals and volunteers in more than 150 schools, both public and non-public, in Winnebago and Boone counties.

Today, the Golden Apple Foundation continues its mission of inspiring, celebrating and supporting educational excellence in our community through four core programs: Awards & Recognition,Teacher Academy,Classroom Grantsand Community Engagement.