PTA PRESIDENT: Kristen Johnson
Our Glebe Elementary School PTA President, Kristen Johnson, is the mom of Liam (2nd grade) and Xander (kindergarten). Kristen, a clinical social worker, lives in the Waverly Hills neighborhood with her husband, Robin Crabb and their sassy Bernese Mountain Dog, Wrigley. (Any guesses where she’s from?). Prior to becoming President, Kristen served as a room parent and a volunteer with the PTA events and activities committee. She worked on business donations and the social committee for the past two auctions. She kicked off her term as President by starting a project to upgrade the PTA website in the hopes of making the Glebe PTA more accessible, improve and streamline communication, boost participation, and make life easier for Glebe parents. She invites parents to contact her with ideas and to find out more about how to get involved in our school community during the 2017-2018 year. As the PTA President this year, Kristen will be responsible for organizing, planning, and overseeing implementation of our priorities. As PTA President she leads, welcomes, and encourages a diverse and inclusive group of members, volunteers and leaders, and provides opportunities so that all voices can be heard through formal meetings and informal communications.
VICE PRESIDENT FOR ACTIVITIES AND PROGRAMS: Lauren Barber
Lauren Barber is the mother of two boys, Gavin (2nd grade) and Graham (preschool). You have probably seen them walking to school – pushing a stroller, rain, snow, or shine! Lauren has been active in the PTA since her arrival at Glebe, working on the Auction Committee, BFF, volunteering as a room parent, and more. She is very excited to be this year’s VP for Activities and Programs, which means she will be overseeing many PTA events and projects, including Multicultural Night, Soccer Fiesta, BFF, Spring Auction & Social, After-School Enrichment, Rhyme and Cheese, and much, much more!! The Activities Committee is always looking for volunteers, so if you would like to help with an existing program, or if you have a new idea, please let us know. Lauren is looking forward to a fun, active school year.
VICE PRESIDENT FOR COMMUNICATIONS: Missy Heinzer
Missy Heinzer is serving in the new position of Vice President for Communications. This role was created to streamline the PTA communication channels and improve messaging to our community. Missy and Lou Heinzer have lived in Cherrydale for the last 12 years. They are the parents of three boys, two of whom currently attend Glebe: Jacob (5th grade) and Aden (2nd grade). Her son Mason is 3 years old. They also have a puppy, Buckeye – so you can guess what team they root for! Missy has been an active member in the PTA for the last several years, serving in various roles including the Spring Auction & Social, Treasurer, Field Day Co-Chair, and Room Parent Coordinator. Lou is also active, serving as a recreational soccer coach for Glebe.
VICE PRESIDENT FOR EXTERNAL AFFAIRS: Open
VICE PRESIDENT FOR WAYS & MEANS: Laura Harrington
Laura Harrington has two Glebe Elementary students, 2nd and 5th grade boys. On the very rare occasion that they are running on time and decide to walk to school, you may see their lovable black lab, Harper, bringing up the rear. (He may even try to jump on you or give you a slobbery kiss.) Laura likes piña coladas, rain, yoga, health food….and having half a brain. This year, she will be the “ways and means” committee chair, striving to plan fundraising events such as dining out nights, a Barstons Child’s Play toy store shopping night, Original Works merchandise sales, and “free money” fundraisers – which allow parents to register their grocery cards to raise easy money for Glebe. (Many local grocery chains will give us a percentage of your purchases as a donation.) She is looking forward to a great year!
TREASURER: Enjoli Goyal
Our Treasurer, Enjoli Goyal, is the mother to Ajan (2nd grade) and Syra (kindergarten). This is her family’s third year at Glebe and her second year as PTA Treasurer. Enjoli and her family live in the Cherrydale neighborhood, where they can often be seen zooming off to various extracurricular activities, including tae kwon do, ballet, swimming, and gymnastics. In addition to juggling the many responsibilities of an active household, Enjoli devotes her time and expertise to the PTA. Prior to motherhood, she was a corporate tax director at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). So, while her life is now an eternal “busy season,” she keeps up with the PTA’s invoices, reimbursements, budgets, tax return, annual audit, and national and state compliance requirements.
CORRESPONDING SECRETARY: Lisa Gumbs
Lisa Gumbs has one child, a 4th grader, at Glebe Elementary School. Lisa and her husband, Bill Jones, Connor, and their cat named “Shorty,” live in Waycroft-Woodlawn. Over the last two years, Lisa has been an active participant in the Glebe community, serving on the Spring Auction & Social Committee. She also volunteers with Cub Scouts, assisting Bill, who is the Cubmaster. She will serve as the Correspondence Secretary for the PTA.
RECORDING SECRETARY: Tara Blankinship
Tara Blankinship lives in Cherrydale with her husband Wes and their two children, Brixton (4th grade) and Brielle (2nd grade), as well as their two dogs, Rica and Kauai. Tara used to be a special education teacher in Fairfax County and a flight attendant for United Airlines, but now she loves to be involved with her children’s lives and the Glebe PTA. She has been the BFF Co-Chair for two years, Vice President of the PTA for one year, and has served as Co-Chair of Family Donations for the Spring Auction & Social. She has also volunteered as a room parent for both of her children’s classes and coaches her daughter’s softball team. Tara now will be the PTA’s Recording Secretary, in charge of keeping records and minutes.
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 – Open
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.