Who We Are
Michelle Grunfeld is one of the founding members of the Friends of Amundsen Athletics under the Friends of Amundsen. In October 2021, FOAA transitioned to its own 501 (3) (c) to the Amundsen Athletics Foundation. She is now the President for the 2021-2022 term.
She has worked diligently with our Athletic Director, Adrian Jackson, to improve our sports programs to be able to compete with the best in the Chicago Public League. Michelle has worked to make sure that all Student-Athletes have what they need to compete.
Michelle is married to Mike Grunfeld. They have three daughters and a dog named Sulley. Her youngest daughter is Reina Grunfeld, class of '22. Reina is a 3 sport Varsity Athlete. She established the first Girls' golf team, is captain of the Girls Basketball team, and also plays softball.
Suzanne Kaplan is a parent of a junior who is a member of the Amundsen Girls Soccer team. Currently, she is a Board member serving as the 2021-22 Vice President. She is married to her husband Ari and has two daughters and a dog named Sugar.
Suzanne lives in Lakeview and takes an active role in volunteering in her community. She takes part in feeding the homeless, teaching cooking classes to the elderly, and advocating for people that are navigating our challenging healthcare system.
She believes strongly that parents are an important part of our children's success and is devoted to growing our athletic opportunities at Amundsen High School as a board member.
Elvia is a current Amundsen parent who has helped shape the framework of the foundation. While her son Liam attends Amundsen and plays on the Football team, she continues to work within the Foundation to ensure the future of Amundsen Athletics is bright. Her subtle persistence keeps all who interact with her wanting to meet her halfway, which in turns aides to the increased culture.
Elvia brings tremendous experience to the foundation as she's served on the board of several non-profit organizations including V.P. of Community InReach for Voice of the City, a multi-arts alliance organization; Fundraising Chair of WatersToday at Waters Elementary where she coordinated several fundraisers including two golf outings. She also served as Fundraising Chair with Friends of Cleveland at Cleveland Elementary where she successfully helped launch their inaugural spring fundraiser "Celebrate Cleveland" that is currently in its fourth year.
While serving on the Athletics Foundation, Elvia also lends her talents with Friends of Amundsen where she is currently volunteering with "Raise the Sails" to help raise funds for all the students at Amundsen High School. With her supportive husband, Michael, by her side she also continues to volunteer at Waters Elementary where her son Tristan and her daughter currently attend. Elvia serves as part of Bilingual Advisory Committee. And although she works full-time at Northwestern University, she's very passionate about her volunteer efforts as she sees the impact that one person can make in the lives of many. Elvia is not only a joy to be around, but her work ethic is contagious. When you have the pleasure of meeting Elvia, you will truly appreciate her insights and contributions to the future of the foundation and Amundsen Athletic
Pat Ryan is one of the initial members of Amundsen Athletics Foundation and a current Board member serving as 2021-22 Treasurer. His daughter Samantha is a senior on the Girls Soccer team.
Pat is married to wife Beth, and they also have a son Trevor and Jackson, their dog. Pat and Beth are Realtors and on the Ryan Global Group Team with C21 Affiliated-Lincolnwood. They represent clients that buy or sell homes and manage several properties.
Pat encourages parents to become involved with the Foundation, which directly supports student athletes. “The Foundation has the infrastructure in place to do well; it is the responsibility of the parents to keep these resources in action.”
Joe Hesse is a parent to two Vikings, Ava, a Senior and Isla a Freshman, both passionate volleyball players.
Joe has spent many years working in the financial services industry in London, Singapore, New York and Chicago. He is married to his wife Monika who is a kindergarten teacher.
When joining the Amundsen community Joe realized how much time and effort the other team members put in to support the Viking athletic program. He recognized the tremendous difference this made and decided to join and do his small part to help out.