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Established for the betterment of academic, cultural, and athletic opportunities for students of Vandalia Community School District #203

Who We Are

Welcome to the Vandalia Alumni & Friends Website






2019 WAS A GREAT TIME!!! Did you miss it? Check out the fun on the Pictures page! Award winner photos are now posted on the Alumni page!


Children are our most valuable assets. With that in mind, the Vandalia Alumni and Friends school foundation was founded in February of 2007, as a means of providing a vehicle for individuals, families, foundations, and corporations to help make the students of this community become their very best. The foundation's mission is to better the academic, cultural, and athletic opportunities for the students of Vandalia Community School District, #203. The underlying thought is that our School Board cannot offer everything that is needed in order to provide all educational opportunities for our children. Through the foundation, we can provide financial support to supplement and enrich quality programs and educational opportunities for the students of the district.

Vandalia Alumni and Friends is aligned with the Old Capitol Foundation of the First National Bank of Vandalia which has a 501(c)(3) status. VAF has its own board of directors which represents the community at large and is governed by its own by-laws, plus rules and regulations of the Old Capitol Board of Directors. 

Donations are 100% tax deductible. By donating to VAF, you are supporting our youth, our schools, and the future of our country. Our nation can only be as strong as our educated citizenry. By supporting and donating to the foundation, you are believing in our youth, their future, and our future. 


Vandalia Alumni and Friends Board of Directors

Joe Barth
Rick Gottman
Rick Gottman is the current mayor of the city of Vandalia.
Donna Johnson
Donna Walton Johnson graduated from Vandalia High School in 1966. She is a real estate broker in Fayette and the surrounding counties. She is married to Harold and has four children and five grandchildren. She serves on the Sharon Township and Fayette Rural Water Boards. 
Mark Ritter
Mark is a 1991 graduate of Vandalia High School and a 1996 graduate of Southern Illinois University Carbondale with a Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering. He is currently a Licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Illinois and a LEED Accredited Professional with the United States Green Building Council.  He is a shareholder and project manager for Hurst-Rosche Engineers/Design Architects, Inc. in Hillsboro, Illinois. 
Dr. Jennifer Garrison
Jennifer is the Superintendent for Vandalia CUSD #203 and a 1995 graduate of VCHS.  She served in the IL Army National Guard for nine years.  Jennifer received her Bachelor's in Elementary Education and her Master's in Educational Administration from SIUE.  Her specialist degree is from EIU and her Doctorate from WIU in Educational Administration, specializing in rural public education.  She is married to Michael and they have one son, Colten. 

Connie Goldsmith
Connie Goldsmith serves as a school board member for the Vandalia Community School District. She received her BA from Arkansas State University and MS from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. She is currently a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and Clinical Supervisor at Prairie Counseling Center in Greenville, Illinois. She is married to Curt and has three children who attend or have graduated from VCHS. 

Jay Joliff
Jay is the Trust Department manager for The First National Bank of Vandalia and serves as Treasurer of the Kaskaskia College Foundation, and as a board member for the Old Capitol Foundation,  Friends & Families of Fayette County Hospital and several charitable groups.  He earned his B.S. in Accountancy from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville and M.B.A. from Webster University.  Jay is married to Jennifer and they are the parents of three children, Hunter, Beau and Dane.
Haley McGinnis
Haley is a 2012 graduate of Vandalia High School. She was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2017 for her talent on the volleyball and basketball court. Currently she is the Varsity Volleyball coach for VCHS as well as the assistant coach for Lady Vandals basketball. Haley is an administrative assistant in the distict office for Vandalia schools.
Julie Wollerman
Julie is the Regional Superintendent of Schools for Bond, Christian, Effingham, Fayette, and Montgomery Counties. Julie has served on the Kaskaskia College Vandalia Campaign as the Education Committee chair. She has also coached Family Y softball and baseball and currently leads Shafter Friends 4H Club. Julie is married to Lynn and the parents of four children who attend or have graduated from Vandalia Community Schools: Austin and Katie, Haley Jo, Nic, and Kanon.

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