Finding the gift in every child

dgFRoG is a non-profit organization Finding the gift in every child through community initiated educational programs and events in and around Downers Grove, Illinois.

Vision

Finding the gift in every child

History

The Downers Grove Friends of the Gifted and Talented, also known as dgFRoG, is a not-for-profit organization founded 28 years ago by a group of parents who wanted District 58 to provide special services for their gifted children. The current role of dgFRoG is to provide enrichment classes and activities such as chess tournaments for all Downers Grove area children. In the past, FRoG also co-sponsors the annual Science Fair with School District 58 as well as provides a support group for parents interested in gifted education.

Our organization is a member of the Illinois Association for Gifted Children (IAGC) and also the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC). These organizations enable us to keep abreast of the needs of gifted education at the state level and at the national level. FRoG also utilizes memberships in IAGC and NAGC to provide resources for interested parents. Some of these materials are available at our Super Saturday classes at the monitor table. Feel free to stop by and acquaint yourself with some of the materials we have to offer.

dgFRoG is a non-profit organization and is not affiliated with any school district

Anyone interested in enhancing the academic and educational opportunities for children in our area are invited to attend our meetings and to become members of dgFRoG.  Please e-mail us for more information.

If you are looking for the by-laws for our organization (PDF file), you can download it by clicking on the button below.

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Board Meetings

The dgFRoG Board of Directors meeting is open to the public and generally meets on the third Wednesday evening of each month at the Downers Grove Public Library. Please send us an e-mail to obtain further information.

Meet the Current Board Members

Jeanne Eberhardt
Jeanne EberhardtPresident
Jeanne Eberhardt moved back to the Chicago area in 2005, picking Downers Grove for its school districts, low crime rates and access to Metra. Jeanne has been serving on the dgFRoG board for a number of years

As parents, Jeanne and her husband, Jeff, are always looking for new experiences and enrichment opportunities for their son, Noah, a senior at Downers Grove South high school. Noah has participated in and volunteered for a variety of experiences from intellectual to creative through Super Saturday, Special Events, Talks and Outings.

Jeanne is also a licensed Architect and is currently serving on the Zoning Board of Appeals for Downers Grove. She loves meeting people and is happy to discuss ways that parents can help maintain dgFRoG.

Bill White
Bill WhiteVice President
Bill White is a long time member of the Downers Grove community.

After attending Downers Grove South High School and graduating from college and law school, Bill began practicing law in Downers Grove more than thirty years ago. Bill and his family have lived in the area since 1990.

Bill is an advocate of STEM and STEAM education and he believes dgFRoG can provide additional opportunities for every child in our community.

Bill has personally taught dgFRoG classes including Beginning Chess, Quadrotors and High Altitude Balloons.

David White
David WhiteTreasurer
Dharmesh Mistry
Dharmesh MistrySecretary
Dharmesh Mistry has been a resident of Downers Grove for 10 years. He has 2 children, one entering high school and one entering middle school. Dharmesh is a software engineer by profession and has extensive experience in building large scale, scalable enterprise applications for media companies. He enjoys building things with wood, electronics and software. He has coached kids baseball and taught Lego Robotics programming. Dharmesh has helped with various dgFRoG initiatives for Super Saturday and web presence and has been an active board member for more than 3 years.
Kate Lichner
Kate LichnerCurriculum Director
Kate Lichner has been a resident of Downers Grove for 24 years.  She has 2 children, one entering high school and one entering middle school.  Kate is very active in the community, serving as a Leader, School Coordinator and Service Unit Manager for area Girl Scouts.  She also enjoys being active outdoors, including softball, running, biking and gardening.  Kate has helped coordinate the dgFRoG Super Saturday program for over 4 years and has been a dgFRoG board member for more than 3 years.
Bill Chang
Bill ChangWeb Designer
Bill grew up in Westmont and currently has two daughters attending a Downers Grove elementary school. In his professional life, he is a user experience designer who research, design, and test designs that work for people. He is passionate about science, technologies, and spending time with his family.