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2017-2018 PTO Board Members

President: Mike Viles
Contact about: General information, Meeting agendas

Vice-President: Melissa Von Rohr
Contact about: Committees, Volunteering, Events information

Secretary: Karen Ruggeri
Contact about: Meeting minutes

Treasurer: David Custis
Contact about: Deposits and reimbursements, Budget, Grants

Room Parent Relations Officer: Kate Metzger
Contact about: Room parent information, Volunteer information

District Affairs Officer: Lara Fuchs

Contact about: District affairs

Parliamentarian: Chad Beffa
Contact about: Procedural questions, Bylaws

Enrichment Resource Officer: Cindy Heidenry
Contact about: Classroom enrichment, Enrichment nights

Fundraising Officer: Jenifer Garcia
Contact about: Fundraising, Corporate sponsorship, Grants

Information (Database) Officer: Erin Bihr
Contact about: Buzz book

Security Officer: Jennifer Beffa
Contact about: Security

Communications Officer: Susie Anderson-Bauer
Contact about: Communications, Website, Calendar updates

Diversity Committee Representative: Craig Higgins
Contact about: Diversity initiatives and programs

2017-2018 Committee Chairs

We are thankful for a great group of parent volunteers! If you are interested in volunteering for a particular event or committee, please contact the committee chair or co-chair listed below for more information.

We are currently seeking volunteers to serve as Committee Chairs for the 2017-2018 school year. Committees without chairs will not be fulfilled. Please contact Melissa Von Rohr at Volunteer.KCJA@gmail.com if you wish to serve on a committee.


Building Tours:  Jenifer Garcia
(Ongoing) Give tours to prospective families.

First Day Parent Coffee:  David Custis
(August) Plan and setup this event for families on the first day of school.

Grandparents Day:  Lyndsay Roy
(September) Help organize school-wide morning event for grandparents and special friends.

Fall Festival: Dawn Brandt, Blythe Burkhardt, and Cheri Stolze
(October) Help organize Kennard’s trunk-or-treat event.

Field Day: Sarah Custis  Co-Chair needed!
(May) Assist with school-wide outdoor games.

Math & Science Enrichment Night: David Custis
(December) Help plan the event and assist with activities the afternoon and evening of the event.

Movie Night: Jenifer Garcia
(January) Help plan school-wide movie showing in the school gym.

Dance: Grace Kivindyo 
(February) Help organize dance for parents and children.

Book Fair:  Dale Greenbury and Shelley Watkins-Parker
(March) Organize and recruit volunteers to work the Scholastic book sale.

End of Year Family Social:  Shelley Johnson  Co-Chair needed!
(May) Help plan a fun end-of school year event for families.


Annual Fund Drive:  Jenifer Garcia
Committee members plan our annual fund drive.

Box Tops/Tyson/Coke Fundraising Labels:  Jessica Shatto
Help collect labels for money.

Standing Committees

Beautification Committee:  Deidre Griffith and John Huth
Organize indoor and outdoor beautification projects of the school grounds. Support teachers with maintaining the Outdoor Learning Garden.

Diversity Committee: Maggie Carfield
Help Kennard become a more diverse and inclusive environment.

Health and Wellness:  Sarah Pitlyk
Help make Kennard a healthy and safe place.

Kennardwear (new):  Cindy Pessoni, Heather Murch, and Sarah Frost Sullivan
Help design and sell new Kennardwear.

Kennardwear (used/resale):  Heather Murch
Collect and sell gently used uniforms.

New Families:  Dawn Brandt and Erin Bihr
Assist with open houses, summer play dates and back-to-school event for families who are new to Kennard.

Outdoor Learning Garden:  Jamie Spitznagel
Our science teacher, Ms. Spitznagel, is responsible for the school’s learning gardens year-round.

Teacher Appreciation:  Laurie McKnight and Susan Pelizzaro
Help show our teachers some love with home-cooked meals on parent-teacher conference nights.

Yearbook Committee:  Sarah Rosemergy and  Cindy Ulmenstine-Fitzgerald
Organize the production of the school’s yearbook including official yearbook photos, layout, ad sales, etc.