Parent Teacher Organization

PTO President Letter

PTO President Letter – June 2017

What a Blessed 2016-2017 Year ~ Thank you to All!

The St. Junipero Serra Catholic School’s Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) would like to thank everyone who has been a part of all the great PTO events, Board and numerous committees this past 2016-2017 school year! It truly takes a village and at St. Serra, we are so blessed to have an incredible community of families. Please check out our new VOLUNTEER RECOGNITION page which salutes our 2016-2017 parent leaders and dedicated volunteers ~ thank you all so much! We hope that you were able to enjoy some or all of the fun and special events our volunteers planned this past year. Keep up-to-date over the summer by checking our PTO EVENTS & PROGRAMS PAGE.

Thank you to my PTO Board and our supporting staff! You are all amazing women and I am incredibly blessed to have worked with you all as a team. You all achieved great things and made a positive difference in the lives of our students, families, faculty and staff, and the surrounding SJSC community. You are all talented beyond belief, generous to a fault, dedicated and true. Without you, this year would not have been as memorable as it has been. So thank you all from the bottom of my heart!

I would also like to thank our school President, Mrs. Trudell, for her unwavering faith, support and guidance. Her dedication to this PTO Board, our school and its students is measureless. I am grateful for the confidence she has had in my leadership, and I look forward to continuing to serve with her for years to come!

Lastly, I am humbled and honored to work alongside such an amazing community as St. Serra! It has been a true joy being a member of the PTO Board for four of my past five years at SJSC. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for the opportunity to serve this school and your precious children. I have enjoyed so many laughs, tears and hugs and have made so many friends by volunteering over the years. I strongly encourage you all to join us as a volunteer in some capacity in the upcoming school year. It’s an experience that you’ll never regret!

Should you have any questions throughout the summer, please do not hesitate to call upon your PTO. Incoming 2017-2018 PTO President Dana Maas is ready to serve! Email her at

May God bless you and yours for a blessed and safe summer.

Serving SerraStrong!
Cristen Lebsack (Logan 5th / Luke 1st)
PTO President
2016 – 2017

PTO At-A-Glance


The St. Junipero Serra Catholic Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) oversees many fundraisers, events, activities and groups which benefit all students at SJSC. See our PTO Events and Programs page for current PTO happenings.


These annual events support the SJSC operating budget and help keep tuition affordable for all.

  • Golf Classic - Adult-only golf tournament, dinner, silent auction and Ball Drop. Traditionally held in the Fall.
  • Harvest Festival - Harvest-themed family event held on St. Serra’s campus in the Fall, featuring entertainment, games, rides, music, boutique and lots of food!
  • Anchor Ball - SJSC’s largest fundraiser of the year, usually held in the Spring. This formal, adult-only event includes dinner, silent auction, live auction, music, dancing and various opportunity drawings.

Community Building Events:

Focused on bringing families together in fellowship and strengthening our community through fun-themed events that also support our fundraising efforts.

  • SerraStrong ~ Faith, Family and Fun!
  • Family Nights Out
  • Santa’s Secret Christmas Shop
  • Book Fair
  • Father/Daughter Dance
  • Mother/Son Ultimate Day of Fun
  • Heart Run

Outreach Ministries:

Serves our parent community through specialized ministries.

  • SerraStrong in Prayer: Partners in Prayer, Prayer Requests, Parent Rosary
  • Welcome Ministries: Ambassador Program, Serra Bear Greeters
  • Parent Faith Formation: Lenten Retreat, Spiritual Support Materials
  • Assistance Ministries: Serra Cares Ministry, Adopt-A-Family

Teacher, Classroom and School Support:

Provides the crucial link between St. Serra parents and their teachers, including the organization and coordination of parent volunteer help in the classrooms.

  • Business Day – “One stop shop” day on campus to take care of all our SJSC “business”. Filled with opportunities to sign up for volunteering, purchase school supplies, inquire about extended care, library, scouting, homeroom assignments, sports, lunch program and much more!
  • Room Parent Coordinators (RPC’s) - Coordinates the efforts of our Room Parents and Classroom Project Coordinators across all grade levels, while being voting members of the PTO Board.
  • Teacher Appreciation Week- One week each year in which the entire SJSC Community comes together to show appreciation for all that our teachers do for our children.
  • Staff Treat Days – Hosted three times a year. Day of appreciation for all St. Serra staff coordinated and planned by groups of RPC’s and related Room Parents coordinating parent’s efforts.

PTO Board

2016-2017 PTO Board Members

2016-2017 PTO Board Members

Thank you to these volunteers for accepting the call to serve as leaders of our SJSC community! Please contact us at at any time. We are SerraStrong!

PTO President Cristen Lebsack

President-Elect Dana Maas

Parliamentarian Teacia Andrew

VP Anchor Ball Meredith Giraudi

VP Golf/Book Fair Stephanie Angelos

VP Harvest Festival/Heart Run Corey Lindsay

VP Parent-Child Shelly Soenen

VP SSS/Box Tops/Field Day Kathy Bonin

VP Outreach Ministries Robin Torriero

VP Publicity & Communications Rebecca Yaghi

VP Technology Maria Suarez

VP Volunteer Services Candis Brady

Hospitality/Business Day Alex Simon

Secretary Lisa Zawistoski

Treasurer Karen Tredwell

Lead RPC Preschool-2nd Shannon O’Connor

RPC PS-TK Allie Bertocchini

RPC Kinder Heather Wilson-Davis

RPC 1st Grade Elizabeth Farris

RPC 2nd Grade Lindsay Hakimi

Lead RPC 3rd-6th Shannon Smaldino

RPC 3rd Grade Joanna Scheipe

RPC 4th Grade Jill Kopeny

RPC 5th Grade Kay Relvas

RPC 6th Grade Charise Meideros

Lead RPC 7th-8th Megan Hayden

RPC 7th Grade Alecia Hedge

RPC 8th Grade Shannon Johnson

School President Angeline Trudell

VP Parent Services Debbie Dubeau

AP Student Services Corey Overton

Past Presidents

2015-2016 Teacia Andrew

2014-2015 Joyce Stinson

2013-2014 Holly Schwartz

2012-2013 Sarah Doyle

2011-2012 Lori Kilander

2010-2011 Sally Palmer

2009-2010 Jill Noriega

2008-2009 Linda Baldy

2007-2008 Mary Mack

2006-2007 Barb Pinter

2005-2006 Kathaleen Gonzalez

2004-2005 Janet Chermack

2003-2004 Marjorie Trujillo

2002-2003 Michelle Lencioni

2001-2002 Anna Salvatore

2000-2001 Kyle Van Boom

1999-2000 Sally McLeod

1998-1999 Teri Sanchez

1997-1998 Christine Ankenman

1996-1997 Diane Cochrane

1995-1996 Diane Cochrane

Board Elections


Thank you to everyone who submitted nominations for the 2016-2017 PTO Board and for those who have heard the call to service! We are blessed to have an involved community of parent leaders at SJSC!

The nomination process has closed and the following PTO Board positions must be put to a vote:

  • RPC – PS/TK
  • Secretary

Please CLICK HERE to access the 2016-2017 voting ballot.

Remember, this vote is open to the entire SJSC community -- each parent may submit only one ballot. Ballots must be completed online and submitted no later than Friday, April 29th at 3:00 PM.


Please contact PTO President, Cristen Lebsack, at

By Laws


St. Junipero Serra Catholic School PTO serves as a supportive body representing all St. Serra parents and teachers, offering relevant and cooperative assistance to the school through non-fundraising and fundraising events.

View the BYLAWS for a more thorough description of our Organization

St. Junipero Awards

Do you know a St. Serra parent who has blessed our community with dedication and hard work? Nominate him or her for the St. Junipero Serra Award!

Since 1997 St. Junipero Serra Catholic School has honored volunteers who routinely gift our community with their time, talents, and love, as representatives of “Stewardship in Action”! These individuals are presented with the St. Junipero Serra Award at the annual Anchor Ball in recognition of their long-standing efforts to further the philosophy, mission, and goals of St. Junipero Serra Catholic School through their outstanding volunteer service and Christian leadership.

All St. Serra parents, teachers and staff are asked to please NOMINATE a volunteer you believe is deserving of this heartfelt acknowledgement.

All online nominations must be submitted by 3:00 p.m. on Friday, April 7th, 2017.

Questions? Contact your PTO at

Award Guidelines

In one or more of the following areas, the award candidate will have:
Exceeded the minimum service hours as set forth by the school.
Developed the unique potential of students spiritually, academically, physically, psychologically, and/or socially.
Demonstrated a Catholic faith-filled life and missionary spirit by:
Providing students with a deep embedded value-centered Christian lifestyle as a model for their own behavior.
Volunteering his/her talents, presence and suggestions for the meaningful success of an activity, program or event.
Encouraging participation in school programs and supporting them by their presence.
Encouraging and supporting school programs as a means of building community.
Instill in children a positive self-image by:
Leading them to a sense of personal self-worth and self-respect.
Introducing them to the life-long habit of being responsible to set and achieve goals.
Demonstrated respect for others and shared his/her God-given gifts with others by:
Valuing each human life as loved by God and gifted with his life.
Instilling concern for the lonely, poor, sick, aging, and weak members of the local and world community.
Modeling what it means to be an informed, responsible citizen respecting rights, and enjoying privileges.

Previous Award Recipients


Jennifer & Tom Brooks ~ Diane & Larry Cochran

Pat & Bill Kaszton ~ Audrey Tellers ~ Kyle & Joel Van Boom


Lynn Caulfield ~ Cindy & Jim Chiuminatta ~ Claire Pelaez


Anthony Abowd ~ Karen Como ~ Debbie Dubeau

Valerie Wheeler


Donna Barnecut ~ Wayne Dupre ~ Irene Hutton ~ Karen Sinkey

Karen & Phil Sirianni ~ Marjorie Trujillo


Kathy & Steve Brandlin ~ Celeste & Eric Couch

Debbie Farinella ~ Oonagh & Ralph Linzmeier ~ Debi Martin

Diana Myers ~ Teri Sanchez ~ Chris & Charlie Vogelheim


Michelle Lencioni ~ Bill Todd ~ Pam Heckman ~ Marti Longo

Julie Canning ~ Gigi & Paul Scheper ~ Cindy Cain

Jo & Michael Nader ~ Lee Groener


Wayne Peterson ~ Richard Heim ~ Chris Trujillo

Anna Salvatore ~ Donna & Kary Yergler ~ Jeff Reiss

Darlene & Jon Friestedt ~ Teresa & Doug Humphrey


Mona Wilhelms ~ Tony Uzzi ~ Teresa Fullerton

Cheryl Devereux


Linda Baldy ~ Cliff Deller ~ Joe Dragan ~ Robyn Jankovich

Jeannie Richard ~ Mary & Joe Sanchez


Susan Armstrong ~ Brian & Sue Dolan ~ Kathleen Gonzalez

Dean & Maureen Krieger ~ Mary Mack ~ Rick & Michelle Ptak


Marc & Laura Carignan ~ Lori Imburgia ~ Mary Kate Marconi

Barbara Pinter ~ Jodi Sweet ~ Todd Ziemer


Bill Hays ~ Brett McCauley ~ Steve Muzzy ~ Carla Myers


Kari Andrakowicz ~ Becky Engel ~ Tara Essex ~ Mike Furlong

Michelle Halkett


Gino & Mary Cischke ~ Joan Gonzalez ~ Kent & Karen Hayden

Karin Hendrick ~ Carole Herzfeld ~ Nancy Hines ~ Randa Memo

Jill Noriega ~ Father Jim Dunning


Chris & Caroline Brahney ~ Lorrie Cabrera ~ Stephanie Callahan

Marisa Iadarola ~ Kim O'Donoghue ~ Sally Palmer ~ Ann Smith


Mike & Kim Caspino ~ Tracie Furlong ~ Angela Grant

Trudi McKenzie ~ Lynne Pantano ~ Kathy Plocher

Holly Schwartz


Robin Emanuel ~ Kim Gallaway ~ Lori Kilander

Sam & Janet King ~ Patty Loessberg ~ Carol Miller

Georgia Prukop ~ Joyce Stinson


Kathy Bonin ~ Jay Deubler ~ Sarah Doyle

Shari Keating ~ Al & Karen Reyes ~ Sharon Tracy


Noelle Chiasson ~ Melissa Driscoll ~ John & Melissa Fosdick

Monique Hastings ~ Doug & Megan Hayden ~ Dana Maas ~ Rebecca Yaghi


Teacia Andrew ~ Jeff & Anne Cova ~ Shannon O'Connor

Michele Polana ~ Suzanne Reyes ~ Michael & Alexandra Simon ~ Shannon Smaldino ~ Maria Suarez


Gina Christiansen ~ Meredith Giraudi ~ Matt & Carol Lawson

Cristen Lebsack ~ Kelly McCabe ~ Michael Pollock ~ Shelly Soenen ~ Thomas Wilkinson


2017-2018 School Year

“As each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of Godʼs varied grace.” I Peter 4:10-11

Your Talents are Welcome! Please consider sharing your gifts with our school by joining our Parent Teacher Organization (PTO). If you have a heart for planning community events, fundraisers, outreach, or parent child events, we want your leadership and help! Our PTO Board members serve our school community by leading teams of parent volunteers and working in collaboration with the teachers and administration at monthly board meetings. Please submit a Nomination for our open board positions (see link below). Likewise, please send us a note if you are interested in chairing an event such as the Golf Tournament, Harvest Festival, Anchor Ball, Father Daughter Dance, Mother Son Event, Lenten Retreat etc. Email Dana Maas at if you are ready to say YES to Parent Leadership at St. Serra!

NEW THIS YEAR! Wanting to be a Room Parent??? All room parents will now be selected before the end of the school year. Be on the lookout for more information about the new Room Parent Duties and selection process in the weeks to come.


The following PTO Board positions are open for the 2017-2018 school year:

  • Grade Level Room Parent Coordinators (RPCs) for Preschool through 8th grade
  • Treasurer


Grade Level Room Parent Coordinators (RPCs)

This is a one year voting Board position. The Grade Level RPCs work with the grade level room parents and report to their respective Lead Room Parent Coordinator. They help provide information and guidance to room parent representatives regarding classroom activities.

  • Preschool
  • TK
  • Kindergarten
  • 1st Grade
  • 2nd Grade
  • 3rd Grade
  • 4th Grade
  • 5th Grade
  • 6th Grade
  • 7th Grade
  • 8th Grade


This is a two-year voting Board position. The PTO Treasurer attends all monthly PTO Board and Parent Meetings and acts as custodian of all financial records of the PTO Board budget. Duties include:

  • Authorize Reimbursement Requests using PTO funds and reconciling monthly statements.
  • Coordinate expenses with the appropriate PTO Board member.
  • Submit monthly Treasurer’s report to the School President and PTO Board Members for review and approval.
  • Submit a year-end report in June to the Vice President of Finance in the Business Office.
  • Submit a proposed budget for PTO review and approval at the beginning of the fiscal year.
  • Coordinate the budget creation, management, and reporting for fundraising events, as needed.
  • Coordinate training of Finance, Redemption and Raffle Chairs, as needed.
  • Coordinate training for cash handling procedures, as needed.


A person may nominate him/herself or be nominated by someone else by submitting an online NOMINATION FORM. The online Nomination Form must be submitted no later than 3:00 pm on FRIDAY, APRIL 7, 2017. All nominated individuals will receive a phone call from the current PTO President Elect, Dana Maas, to discuss their nomination and answer any questions before the candidate’s name is officially placed on the ballot for vote.


All those whose names are placed on the Ballot for vote will be a part of the general election. Online voting will be held in April immediately following Nominations. Each St. Serra parent may submit one ballot for the general election. Votes will be counted and tabulated by the end of April. Election winners will be notified in early May.


For a more thorough description of our Organization, please check out our current PTO BYLAWS. In addition, if you have any questions or need further information, please contact PTO President Elect, Dana Maas, at or 949-310-5653.

Room Parent Teams

3yr Olds:

Giselle Ott
Jessica Plazak
Kimberly Karney
Natalie Boyd
Sarah Silberberg
Giselle Perez
Allison Hieger

RPC: Lea Martone
GLAS: Jessica Plazak; Karyn Pickart

Pre K:

Aileen Padilla
Karyn Pickart
Mary Daryabigi
Patty Juarez
Tina Clarence

RPC: Lea Martone
GLAS: Karyn Pickart; Mary Daryabigi


Annie Kretzmer
Gina Walton

RPC: Kate Fenton
GLAS: Annie Kretzmer


Gwenne Kooman
Jackie Flores
Jaclynn DeFazio
Jennifer Riordan
Jessica Plazak
Lindsay Hakimi
Lisa Cavanaugh
Mary Daryabigi
Nadia Ibrahim
Stephanie Rock
Tina Clarence
Brigitte Chiang

RPC: Faith Agius
GLAS: Christina Redwitz; Anna McGibbons; Gwenne Kooman

First Grade:

Angie Miller
Christine Trautmann
Colleen Hardy
Gina Bauer
Gina Walter
Heather Kirk
Jenelle Harmon-Vallo
Jennifer Galonsky
Joanne Majoue
Karyn Pickart
Lea Martone
Mich Todd
Sara Scarbo
Shannon Mooney

RPC: Heather Wilson
GLAS: Mich Todd; Heather Kirk; Jenelle Harmon-Vallone

Second Grade:

Alexis Weddingfeld
Dana Griggs McLean
Dr. Rosa Patterson
Elena Goodrich
Elizabeth Yanni
Giselle Ott
Jennifer Powers
Jennifer Salahi
Julianne DeMarco Almao
Kerri Pianalto
Michelle Weddingfeld
Raina Kezelman
Veronica Thompson

RPC: Charise Medeiros
GLAS: Elena Goodrich; Julianne DeMarco Almao

Third Grade:

Angie Miller
Carissa Green
Heather Kirk
Jennifer Galonsky
Jolene Vartanian
Kathleen Hayes
Kelly Signorile
Mich Todd
Mindy Baldwin
Nicole Curtis
Viviana Qumsia

RPC: Jen Zalle
GLAS: Sherrie Kershaw and Mich Todd

Fourth Grade:

Alessandra Brus
Anne Cova
Brianne Burke
Corey Lindsay
Diana Gabriel
Elena Goodrich
Heidi Paolone
Joanne Schroeder
Karen Sievers
Mary Campos
Mercy Lisa V. Zambales
Rana Schirmer
Sandra Rahnama
Tina-Marie Lesko

RPC: Shannon Smaldino
GLAS: Elena Goodrich and Tina-Marie Lesko

Fifth Grade:

Jenelle Harmon-Vallone
Kelly Uygan
Aileen Padilla
Ann Henstridge
Chrissie Andreini
Kristy Messer
Maggie Abdelmalek
Maria Aceves
Marilina Smith
Mary Chenaur
Nan Singh
Renee Hahn
Yvonne Ortiz
Julie Freeman

RPC: Jill Kopeny
GLAS: Jenelle Harmon-Valone; Mary Chenaur; Lori Jackson

Sixth Grade:

Amy Noelle Briggs
Cristen Lebsack
Jennifer Salahi
Joan Baird
Jody Zielinski
Mary Montelongo
Mary Helen Beatificato
Patty Juarez (Rivas)
Rana Schirmer
Shannon Johnson
Sue Deek-Ahmadi
Kara Bell
Heather Reeves

RPC: Aimee Stevenson
GLAS: Colleen Shephard & Cristen Lebsack

Seventh Grade:

Joyce Stinson
Kathy Bonin
Michele Polana
Dawn Bilawa
Amie Bianchini
Anne Cova

RPC: Kim Gallaway
GLAS: Joyce Stinson and Debbie Griffith

Eight Grade:

Alice Manning
Cristina Rothering
Danielle Ashback
Janice Tarwater
Kristen Nilsen
Maria Aceves
Marianne Tungate
Dana Maas
Kay Relvas
Megan Hayden
Suzanne Tyler

RPC: Melissa Fosdick
GLAS: Janice Tarwater and Joanne Schroeder