PTO Information and Events

PTO President Letter

PTO Leadership 2018-2019




On behalf of your St. Serra Parent Teacher Organization, I would like to wish you and your families a Blessed Christmas Season. This is a wonderful time of year to reflect on our many Blessings and to be JOYful as we await the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ.

PTO would also like to thank YOU for opening your hearts and making a difference in the lives of so many families who are less fortunate through our Adopt-A-Family program.  Your generosity is overwhelming and so appreciated.  Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!  Here’s an overview of our upcoming PTO sponsored events:

December 2018

·         7th, 14th: Parent Rosary in the Rosary Garden

·         12th: PTO Meeting – All parents welcome!

·         19th: Private St. Serra Event at CIRCUS TRIX

January 2018

·         4th, 11th, 18th, 25th: Parent Rosary in the Rosary Garden

·         16th: PTO Meeting – All parents welcome!

·         25th: Catholic Schools Week Mass; PTO Parent Fellowship & Coffee Social

·         25th-31st: PTO Sponsored Scholastic Book Fair

·         30th: Serra Social Club Event: Common Thread Boutique Shopping Night at St. Serra Family Residence


Thank You and God’s Blessings, 
Shannon O’Connor
PTO President

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 educational costs 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.

  • 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

PTO Leadership 2018-2019




2018-2019 PTO Board members

Introducing...We are excited to welcome the 2018-19 SJSC Parent Teacher Organization Board - many of whom are already busy planning for next school year. Thank you for answering the call to serve our St. Serra community as part of this blessed ministry! If you'd like to get more involved in PTO, please contact PTO President Elect, Shannon O’Connor at

Congratulations to our 2018-2019 PTO Board Members:

PTO President-Shannon O’Connor   

President Elect-Allie Bertochinni

Parliamentarian-Dana Maas

VP Outreach Ministries- Kathy Bonin

VP Volunteers- Cristen Lebsack

VP Donations- Shelly Soenen

VP Golf/Book Fair- Courtnay Flick        

VP Harvest Festival/Heart Run-Teacia Andrew                                     

VP Anchor Ball- Stephanie Angelos

VP Serra Spirit Shop – Laura MacCartie     

VP Community- Melissa Singleton

VP Parent/Child- Shannon Johnson

VP Communications- Mary Broomfield  

PTO Secretary-Lisa Zawistoski

PTO Treasurer-Alecia Hedge

PTO Hospitality-Alexandra Simon

SSCS Box Tops Field Day- Cheryl Redfern           

LEAD Room Parent Coordinator PS-2 - Lindsay Hakimi

RPC PS- Gina Walton

RPC TK- Whitney Hutton

RPC Kindergarten- Tina Clarence

RPC 1st Grade-Gwenne Kooman

RPC 2nd Grade-Karyn Pickart

Lead RPC 3-5-Kay Relvas

RPC 3rd Grade- Charise Medeiros

RPC 4th Grade-Angie Miller

RPC 5th Grade-Heidi Paolone                      

Lead RPC 6-8- Megan Hayden

RPC 6th Grade- Naomi Peters

RPC 7th Grade-Janice Tarwater

RPC 8th Grade- Kim Gallaway    

Lead Ambassador- Mich Todd

2017-2018 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!

Congratulations to our 2017-18 Board Members:

PTO President: Dana Maas

President Elect: Shannon O'Connor

Parliamentarian: Cristen Lebsack

VP Outreach Ministries: Kathy Bonin

VP Volunteers: Candis Brady

VP Donations: Shelly Soenen

VP Golf / Book Fair: Courtnay Flick

VP Harvest Festival/Heart Run: Teacia Andrew

VP Anchor Ball: Open Position

VP Community: Stephanie Angelos

VP Parent / Child: Shannon Johnson

VP Parent Education: Alessandra Brus

VP Communications: Mary Broomfield

SSCS Box Tops Field Day: Cheryl Redfern

LEAD Room Parent Coordinator PS - 2: Allie Bertocchini

Lead RPC 3-5: Kay Relvas

Lead RPC 6-8: Megan Hayden

Lead Ambassador: Allison Finnigan

PTO Secretary: Lisa Zawistoski

PTO Treasurer: Alecia Hedge

PTO Hospitality: Alexandra Simon

RPC PS: Lea Martone

RPC TK: Kate Fenton

RPC Kindergarten: Faith Agius

RPC 1st Grade: Heather Wilson

RPC 2nd Grade: Charise Medeiros

RPC 3rd Grade: Jennifer Zalle

RPC 4th Grade: Shannon Smaldino

RPC 5th Grade: Jill Kopeny

RPC 6th Grade: Aimee Stevenson

RPC 7th Grade: Kim Gallaway

RPC 8th Grade: Melissa Fosdick

School President: Mrs. Angeline Trudell

VP Parent Services: Mrs. Debbie Dubeau

AP Student Services: Mr. Corey Overton

Teacher Representative PS-2: Susan Turner

Teacher Representative 3-8: Elaina Stokes

Past Presidents

2016-2017 Cristen Lebsack

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

Since 1997, SJSC has honored parent volunteers with the ST. JUNIPERO SERRA OUTSTANDING SERVICE AND CHRISTIAN LEADERSHIP AWARD. This prestigious honor is for parent volunteers who have blessed our community with dedication and hard work above and beyond the required volunteer commitment over many years. They represent "Stewardship in Action!" Potential recipients are nominated by SJSC parents, faculty and staff. 

New this year! Our ST. JUNIPERO SERRA OUTSTANDING SERVICE AND CHRISTIAN LEADERSHIP AWARD will be presented at our Volunteer Recognition Event held for the first time in the St. Serra Chapel on campus at the end of the school year.

Myth Busters:

1."This is a PTO award." While the process is facilitated by the PTO, this award is for any/all parents in the SJSC community.

2."Surely this parent will be nominated!" Not necessarily! If everyone thinks this, but no one actually submits a nomination, then that volunteer will not be eligible, as a nomination is required.

3."I volunteered so many hours last year but I didn't win." This is a cumulative award. We look for candidates who have consistently given of their time in a multitude of areas over the course of their many years at SJSC.

CALL TO ACTION: We are opening nominations NOW and will keep it open for a majority of the school year! As events and volunteering take place (around campus, on the field, in the classroom) and you notice a “stand out” volunteer, please take a few minutes to complete the online NOMINATION FORM for at least one parent who has blessed our community with their dedication and hard work this year. St. Serra appreciates all of our parent volunteers, and this is a wonderful opportunity to recognize those who have done an outstanding job!

All online nominations must be submitted by Sunday, March 31, 2019.

Questions?  Contact PTO Parliamentarian, Dana Maas 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 Ladarola ~ 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


Stephanie Angelos ~ Jamie Gorrell ~ Carrie Mulvee ~ Kay Relvas ~ Sandy & Steve Silva ~
Suzanne Tyler~Lisa & Alan Zawistoski


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


2018-2019 Room Parent Lists will be posted on Sunday, September 2, 2018

PTO Board Meetings

We encourage every parent to attend our monthly PTO Board meetings held and to become involved with the St. Serra Community.

Our PTO events focus on building community, providing outreach and faith enrichment to our neighbors, and raising funds to keep educational costs affordable for every child that wants to experience a Catholic education.

Meeting Dates: Aug. 8, Sept. 12, Oct. 9, Nov. 14 (SAC), Dec. 12, Jan. 16, Feb. 13, Mar 13, Apr 10, May 8 and June 3.
Location: Parent Hub (Note: Nov 14 meeting will be held in the Student Activity Center)
Time: 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.