Our History

FWCL History: A Timeline

  • Founded in 2003 by Danny and Kathy Rifkin because their own child needed academic remediation services that were not available in Fort Wayne.
  • Legal name is Teach Our Children Fund Inc. d.b.a. Fort Wayne Center for Learning.
  • Executive Director Jayson Boyers was hired and served until Jan 2006.
  • First students seen September 8, 2003, at Mallard Cove location.
  • First meeting of the Board of Directors January 2004. Danny Rifkin presided as Board President.
  • Received 501(c)(3) designation from the IRS April 2004.
  • Director of Instruction Olive B. Swenson was promoted to Executive Director in February 2006 and served until May 2007.
  • First Signature event, the Brain Game, was held February 2006. Event chair was Stephanie Schultz, who also chaired the next four Brain Games.
  • Board member Kenn Kunze was hired as the Executive Director in October 2007 and served until June 2010.
  • Fort Wayne Through the Beers Friend-raiser, September 2008. The September 2008 Fort Wayne Through the Beers Friend-raiser Event Chair was Jennifer Jo Brown, who also chaired the 2009 Friend-raiser.
  • Became a DCS (Department of Children’s Services) provider January 2009.
  • Jennifer Jo Brown elected Board President July 2010.
  • Moved to 800 Broadway in August 2010.
  • Restructured business model and staffing of the Center for/during the 2010-11 Fiscal Year.
  • Brain Game 2011 – Elizabeth Isroff took over as event chair.
  • Diana Yngstrom-Bugge was promoted from Director of Operations to Executive Director in March 2011.
  • FWCL Festival of Sports inaugural event held October 2011. Event chair was Donna Yngstrom.
  • Deb Overcash was elected Board President in July 2013.  She has since termed off the Board and serves on the Advisory Board.
  • In December 2013 we moved to our current location at 2510 East Dupont Road (Ste 203).
  • Brain Game 2014 - MaryAnn Flueckiger took over as event chair.
  • Brain Game 2015 - 10th Annual Event!   Andrew Holy, Chair.
  • Sara Schneider was elected Board President in July 2016 and currently serves in that position.
  • Festival of Sports 2017- 7th Annual Event!  Tina Rusk is the event chair.

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