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EMS ISD welcomes new Education Foundation Director

Ally Surface portrait

Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD and the EMS Education Foundation Board of Directors are pleased to announce that long-time EMS ISD parent, volunteer leader and community supporter, Ally Surface, has been selected as director of the EMS Education Foundation and Community Partnerships. Surface previously served as the marketing and development liaison for the Foundation and has served as the interim director since the former director, Susanne Johnson, resigned in July 2018.

In her time with the Foundation, Surface has coordinated the annual Academic Excellence Awards Gala honoring Top 10 graduates from each high school, scholarship winners, and Foundation donors; facilitated the research and selection process for Educational and 21st Century grants as well as student scholarships; organized the Annual Charity Golf Tournament, raising more than $33,000; authored a Volunteer Program to support Foundation efforts; expanded marketing and fundraising opportunities; and oversaw all other operations of the Foundation. Most recently, she led the most successful EMS ISD employee giving campaign to date, raising more than $71,000 that will be used to fund EMS educator grants and scholarships. 

Prior to joining the Foundation, Surface served 15 years in various leadership roles at the campus, district, and community levels and has guided many non profit organizations in and around the Eagle Mountain-Saginaw area to success. She is a member of the Texas Education Foundation Network, the National School Foundation Association, and Community for Non Profit Management. She has served as a local and district PTA President and has received the Honorary Life Membership Award at both the local and PTA Council level for her dedication to, and advocacy of, children and the community. She serves on numerous non-profit boards, all with an emphasis on creating an environment and culture where children can reach their greatest potential. Her work includes service with Community Link Mission, PTA and PTO, and she currently serves as vice president on the board of directors for Project Dream Play, which is building Willow Creek Station, an all-inclusive, all-accessible playground being built through a partnership with the City of Saginaw. 

In addition to directing the work of the Foundation, Surface also will be working to expand and support community partnerships for the district. She will work closely with various departments and organizations across EMS ISD to facilitate and coordinate partnerships that provide opportunities for community involvement and support of students and staff.

Surface and her husband, David, are the proud parents of four sons: Logan, Lane, Nicholas and Ben. Two of their children are EMS graduates and two are current EMS ISD students.