2021-2022 PTA Executive Board Election Results
The Glebe PTA is happy to announce that the following parents have been elected to serve as our 2021-2022 Executive Board:
President: Liz Newman
Treasurer: Kelli Polon
VP Activities and Programs: Cornelia Lesh
VP Ways and Means: Jessica Burke
VP Communications: Kristen Doczkat
Recording Secretary: Rebecca Cole
Corresponding Secretary: Feven Woldu
Rikki Amos will continue to serve as VP External Affairs.
PTA PRESIDENT: Isabel Simmerman
Isabel Simmerman lives in Waycroft Woodlawn with her husband, Eric and their two daughters, Victoria (6th Grade) and Ana (4th Grade). Isabel is originally from Brazil and moved to the U.S in 2001 to pursue a Master in Law at Wake Forest University. She works for a global energy company located in Ballston. Before becoming President, Isabel served as a room parent and a volunteer with the PTA events.
VICE PRESIDENT FOR ACTIVITIES AND PROGRAMS: Amy LaFalce
Amy LaFalce and her husband, Rich, are the proud parents of three boys: Gavin (4rd Grade Gleber), Grant (2nd Grade Gleber), and Gerard (Kindergarten). Amy grew up in Arlington and attended the College of William and Mary. She now works for Virginia Tech in the Department of Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise.
VICE PRESIDENT FOR COMMUNICATIONS: Liz Newman
Liz Newman is the mom to Will Snook in the 3rd Grade and has volunteered as a room parent, in various capacities for the Glebe PTA Social & Auction, and at other Glebe PTA events. She lives in Waverly Hills with her husband John, and their son, Will. If you have donated to the Greater DC Diaper Bank, you may have even dropped off diapers at their home! She is a Member & the Litigation Director at the Jeffrey Law Group, PLLC, where she assists Federal employees in their Federal employment matters. If you have anything to include in an upcoming newsletter, please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
VICE PRESIDENT FOR EXTERNAL AFFAIRS: Rikki Amos
Rikki lives in Cherrydale with her husband Doug Eckstein and two kids, Maggie and Drew. We’ve been a Glebe family since 2017 when our oldest daughter, Maggie, started Kindergarten. She’s now a 3rd Grader. Our youngest, Drew, is currently in preschool and will become a Gleber in Fall 2021. For the coming school year, Rikki will also represent Glebe on the APS Advisory Council on Teaching and Learning. Professionally, she is the Executive Director of the IFA Foundation in downtown Washington, DC. The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that focuses on public outreach and education related to small businesses and franchising. She can be found on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/rikkiamos/
VICE PRESIDENT FOR WAYS & MEANS: Rashmi Agarwal
Rashmi lives in Highview Park with her husband, Jai, and twins Sita and Gauri (3rd Grade). Rashmi has been supporting Glebe over the past couple of years by serving as a room parent, being an Odyssey of the Mind coach, helping to organize parents-night-out events, and co-hosting a table for Multicultural Night. While she is typically running around Arlington with her twins to various events and activities, she also works as an Assistant Director at the Government Accountability Office on health policy issues related to the opioid epidemic and health care needs for our nation’s military and veterans. Got an idea for a Glebe dining or shopping night? Please share your ideas with Rashmi!
TREASURER: Jessica Burke
Jessica Burke has with the Glebe Community for over 6 years, and lives in Waycroft-Woodlawn with her family – Peter (Husband), Molly (7th), Jeffrey (3rd), and Sonny (Pug-mix). Jessica has been supporting two key activities for the PTA over the past 5 years – as Sales Chair for the annual Glebe PTA Auction, and as Registrar for Glebe’s After School Enrichment Programs. When she’s not spending all her time on Glebe activities as Glebe’s new Treasurer, she works in the Public Health and Innovation department at The MITRE Corporation.
CORRESPONDING SECRETARY: Melissa Beaty
Melissa Beaty has lived in Arlington since 2004. She has two students at Glebe, Robin (3rd Grade) and Heather (1st Grade). Melissa retired from the US Department of Labor in 2017.
RECORDING SECRETARY: Beth Jackson
Beth Jackson has been with the Glebe Community for over 9 years and lives in Cherrydale with her family – her husband, Lance, daughter, Savannah (11th Grader at W&L), sons, Simon (8th Grader at DHMS) and Sawyer (4th Grader at Glebe) and our dog, Zeus. Over the years, Beth has volunteered at Glebe as a room parent, classroom volunteer, Glebe Nourishment volunteer and has supported a variety of the Glebe programs and events. She is currently working at McKinley Elementary as a Special Education Assistant. Beth is very happy to be a part of this great community.
OTHER PTA POSITIONS
In addition to the executive committee above, we also depend on a variety of other volunteers who assist in leading the Glebe PTA in other important roles. These include:
ACI REPRESENTATIVE – Laura LoGerfo
The Advisory Council on Instruction involves Arlington County citizens in education policy-making. Seventeen committees of 20 members each meet once a month to discuss specific education disciplines including ESOL/HILT, foreign languages, social studies, English, math, science, programs for gifted and talented students, special education, and adult and continuing education. The ACI prepares an annual report to present their recommendations to the Arlington County School Board. Glebe Elementary School representatives serve as a liaison between the ACI and the Glebe PTA. Parent volunteers are needed to serve on each ACI subcommittee. You can volunteer here.
COUNTY COUNCIL OF PTAs REPRESENTATIVE – Diana Sokolow
Glebe’s representative serves as a liaison between the Arlington County Council of PTAs and the Glebe PTA, informing Glebe parents of educational issues being considered on the county level and providing feedback to the CCPTA. All parents are welcome to attend CCPTA meetings, which are usually held on the third Monday of the month.
APS AMBASSADOR – Grace Solares
The Ambassador role was developed in 2017 to help APS families stay up to date on initiatives that are division-wide, for example, boundary adjustments, School Board policy changes, the 2018-24 Strategic Plan, and more. To learn more about the type of information involved, please visit https://www.apsva.us/