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2023-2024 Leadership Team

President

Karie Friedman 

president@gmspto.org

I am excited to serve as PTO President for the 2023-2024 school year. I have students in 1st, 3rd, and 6th grade, as well as a preschooler at home. This is my second year on the board and I look forward to working together to create meaningful events and support our students and teachers. I encourage you to volunteer, get involved, and help make Grace McWayne an even better community. All parents are invited to join us at any board meeting, held in the teachers lounge on the first Tuesday of each month. If you have any questions about the PTO, please reach out!

VP of Communications

Jessi Scurte 

vp-communications@gmspto.org

I’m looking forward to leading the communications group this year. My husband, Justin, and I have daughters in fourth grade, third grade, and kindergarten. I’m excited to bring my professional experience in brand communications to the PTO to help keep the GMS community informed this year. Our group includes:
  • Social Media: Kristy Lang
  • Website: Katie Harp
  • Weekly Newsletter: Ashley Tabata 

If you have information for the Grizzly Newsletter, please email it to newsletter@gmspto.org. Information received by Wednesday will be published the following Friday.

VP of General Fundraising

Nicole Boland 

vp-generalfundraising@gmspto.org

I’m excited to be back on the PTO Board for the 2023-2024 school year. I have been involved in numerous activities at the school, as this is my 11th year as a GMS parent. I have children in fifth, eighth and tenth grade.
 
The Chairpersons and school events we will be working with include:

  • Winter Wonderland: Kristin Griess and Nikki Arett
  • Skate Night:  Rhonda Gamlin
  • Movie Nights: Lindsey Fiegel
  • Food Nights: Lisa Fritz
  • Yearbook: Patty Schuster

VP of Special Fundraising

Laura McGloin

vp-specialfundraising@gmspto.org

I’m thrilled to become a part of the 2023-2024 PTO board as the VP of Special Fundraising. I have a daughter who will be in kindergarten, a 4-year-old daughter in preschool, and a 2.5 year old son. My role includes supporting the chairpersons and events in the following positions:

  • Book Fair:  Meredith Sykes and Lisa Fritz
  • Fun Fair:  Maura Rosengren
  • Walk-a-thon:  Heather Wagenknecht and Sarah Vogelsinger
  • Trivia Night: Alexia Cesarone
  • Watch Dogs Golf Outing:  Mike Gabris

VP of School Spirit

Kristy Lang 

vp-spirit@gmspto.org

This is my second year on the PTO board. Last year I was the Secretary and this year I will be VP of School Spirit. I will have two children attending Grace McWayne this school year. My daughter will be in first grade and my son will be in kindergarten.

 

I will be overseeing school events and programs this year as follows:

  • Welcome Celebration:  Laura DeLeon
  • Spirit Week:  Becca McCann
  • Ice Cream Social:  Ellen Wallace
  • Grizzly Gear:  Melanie Klammrodt
  • Teacher Appreciation:  Kristin Griess and Mandy Stutenberg

VP of School Events and Programs

Kristine Clemens 

vp-events@gmspto.org

This is my first year on the PTO and I'm looking forward to a fun and exciting year ahead! I have three daughters, two of which are students at Grace McWayne, one going into the third grade and the other going into the first grade. I enjoy planning events and gathering people to celebrate.

 

As the VP of School Events and Programs I will be supporting the following positions:

  • Pancake Breakfast:  Kristine Clemens
  • Walking Wednesday:  Meghan Millar
  • Outdoor Education:  Deanna Sukolowsky

VP of School Support

Lauren Benters

vp-support@gmspto.org

This is my first year on the PTO Board and serving as the VP of School Support. I have one child at GMS this year (in 1st grade) and a 4-year-old in preschool/daycare. My role includes supporting the chairs in the following positions:

  • Art Appreciation:  Leslie Frenk
  • Bulletin Boards:  Eva Greenslade
  • Head Room Parent:  Laura Fennel
  • Hospitality:  Meghan Millar

Treasurer

Ryan Frenk

treasurer@gmspto.org

I've got two kids at GMS - 4th and 1st grade. We've been in the district for two years and have been impressed with the educational quality and parent involvement. I'm excited to help the PTO on the finance side. Professionally, I'm an Executive Director at JP Morgan Chase Bank where I manage large commercial relationships.
 
Secretary
Colleen Rosas

I am excited to be joining the PTO board as secretary for the 2023-2024 school year. I have 2 children at Grace McWayne, a Kindergarten and a 2nd grader. I am looking forward to getting more involved as we have really enjoyed partaking in all the awesome events hosted by the PTO!

 

My responsibilities as secretary include taking notes at the monthly meetings and printing the minutes. This information can be found in the PTO binder in the school office and will be posted to the PTO website.

Teacher Representatives

Rhonda Gamlin, Sandra Lundgren

  

As the staff of Grace McWayne School, we believe a collaborative relationship between parents and teachers is the heart of our PTO. Our goal is to work together with parents to make decisions that will directly benefit our students as well as create fun and meaningful learning experiences. Several teachers will represent the staff at PTO meetings this year. Please feel free to contact any of these teachers with questions and input. We’re looking forward to an exciting year together!

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