Board Nominations, Meeting Tonight!

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May 122016
 

CANDIDATE NOMINATIONS
for Friends of Audubon PTO 2016-17 BOARD SEATS

Pizza Social 5:30 pm
Meeting 6:00 pm
May 12, 2016  ·  Broadway Campus

PRESIDENT:

Mandy Manuel Lilly: Mandy has served one term as the President of the PTO where she continued the work of the previous administration to align PTO work with school goals. She has been a parent at Audubon for 8 years, and has two children in the French Program – in 5th and 2nd grades. Mandy has been actively involved in the school community for many years, serving on the PTO and as room parent, and initiates and drives many improvement efforts including building school gardens, launching fundraising campaigns and much more. Mandy is a teacher at McGhee and has experience with fundraising and nonprofit organizations.

 

VICE PRESIDENT MONTESSORI:

Andrea Dupree: Andrea is a Montessori Kindergarten mom and the 2015/16 PTO Communications Co-Chair. Her background is in the arts, education and non-profit arts administration and development; she will be joining the McGehee’s Little Gate school faculty as an Early Childhood educator this Fall.

 

VICE PRESIDENT FRENCH:

Liz Dunnebacke: Liz is the parent of a child in Kindergarten and another in 5th grade, both in the French program. She has served on the board of Friends of Audubon PTO for one year, as Secretary, where she designed and launched the school survey, in conjunction with the Communications Co-Chair. She works as a free-lance television producer, and has served on the board of directors of several New Orleans nonprofits. Liz has a background in nonprofit administration, with a focus on finance, operations, organizational management, strategic planning and governance.

 

SECRETARY:

Tom Lasher: Tom is the father of a Kindergarten student in the French program and works as a self-employed planning consultant and real estate investor. He has a background in urban planning, redevelopment, project management, grant writing and he participated in leadership training through the New Orleans Regional Leadership Institute. Also, in 2010-11, Tom served as a board member with Bike Easy (the bicycle advocacy group serving the greater New Orleans area). Early in his career, Tom developed a resource center for non-profit organizations in Oregon’s Marion, Polk, and Yamhill Counties, which provided assistance to emerging non-profit organizations in fundraising, organizational development, and general capacity building.

 

TREASURER: NO NOMINATIONS

 

FUNDRAISING CO-CHAIR:

Mathew Snyder: Matthew teaches Political Science at Delgado Community College and has spent over 6 years in sales and management in the private sector. He is trained in fundraising, courtesy of numerous workshops provided by the Funding Seed, as well as substantial fundraising experience. Matthew was one of the top 100 fundraisers for Bike MS: Dats How We Roll 2014, raising over $1700 from friends and family alone for the National MS Society.

 

Gwynne Mashon: Gwynne is the mother of a PreK French student. Currently, she works as the Managing Attorney for the Homeless Advocacy Program at Southeast Louisiana Legal Services, the nonprofit legal aid agency. she also coordinates their fundraising events and communications. Before working at the Homeless Advocacy Program, she spent 6 years working as development professional. She is excited to contribute to the Audubon School community.

 

 

COMMUNICATIONS CO-CHAIR:

Crissy Bushman: Crissy has extensive experience in management including HR, Operations, Fundraising, etc. Communication has been an integral part in all of the positions she has held. Crissy’s son is currently heading into First Grade from Ms. Amanda’s class. She has volunteered often this year in the class and the school as a whole. Crissy understands the communication challenges that the school has been facing and would work diligently to help improve the process.

 

Joshua Goldstein: Joshua is the father of a child in French Kindergarten. He has an extensive background in Advertising and Marketing in both New Orleans and New York, working for companies like Ogilvy & Mather, as well as New Orleans’ own Trumpet Advertising, handling many of the communications and branding goals of Fortune 50-100 companies. His approach is data-driven and he has used it to incubate new businesses in New York, New Orleans, and abroad. Amongst other commitments, he currently serves as the Chief Marketing Officer for a New Orleans-based distillery startup.

 

MONTESSORI FAME BOARD REPRESENTATIVE:

Omar Mason: Omar is an attorney licensed to practice law in the states of Louisiana and Texas. He is a shareholder at the law firm of Aaron & Gianna, PLC in downtown New Orleans. Omar’s daughter, Sydney, is a Second Grade student at Audubon Charter School in the Montessori program. He has served, and continues to serve, on several Boards, including the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. – Sigma Lambda Chapter Scholarship Foundation, Alpha Plaza, Incorporated, and the New Orleans Chapter of the Federal Bar Association. He has also served in the past as the National Advocate of the Knights of Peter Claver, Inc. (A Roman Catholic-based Fraternal Benefit Society) and have served on its Board in that capacity from 2008 to 2010.

 

Fred Tombar: Fred is the father of a Pre-K 3 and a 1st Grade Montessori Student. He is a New Orleans native who completed college at the University of Notre Dame and graduate school at Harvard University. Fred’s career has been dedicated to public service with a specific focus on housing and community development. Over the past several months, he has had the opportunity to serve as the Montessori Parent representative on the FAME Board’s Search Committee for a new ACS Head of School. I would love to continue this service as the Montessori parent representative on the FAME Board.

School Supplies + PTO Fundraiser

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May 102016
 

Take some of the guessing and stress out of August, order your child’s 2016-17 school supplies online today! You can also add on a lunch bag, water bottle and backpack as an option. Your Audubon PTO receives a small donation (which will go towards supporting the school..win/win!) from each order. Supplies will be delivered directly to your child’s classroom in August!

Place your order by June 30th, 2016 via: https://www.1stdayschoolsupplies.com/

 

Call for PTO leadership nominations!

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May 052016
 

Dear Audubon Community,

 

It is that time of year – time to elect our Parent-Teacher Organization leadership!  We have been very fortunate to have strong PTO leaders and want to sustain the positive efforts. Some of the current leaders have served their terms and we need new leaders to join the team to keep the momentum going. The following are the positions that are up for election this month:

 

President

Vice President Montessori

Vice President French

Secretary

Treasurer

Fund Raising Co-Chair

Communications Co-Chair

Montessori Fame Board Representative

 

All nominations should be sent via email to Sarah Gillen at sarahgillen@yahoo.com by 5 pm on Wednesday, May 11th, 2016. Self nominations are allowed. Nomination messages should include a brief (like 2 sentence) description indicating the nominee’s background. The nominations committee will facilitate the development of the ballot and vote. The committee includes Nicole Dicks, Renee Brown and Sarah Gillen. The election will take place at the PTO general meeting on May 12th at 6:00 pm in the cafeteria of the Broadway campus.

 

Please nominate someone for the PTO Board today and come to the May 12th meeting to see who is elected and to sign up to join a committee. We’re excited to work together to build a great school!

 

Thanks for your participation in this process!

 

President: The President presides over all meetings of the PTO Board and General Membership. The President coordinates and assists in the work of all board members and committees and serves as the liaison between the school faculty, the administration and the PTO.

 

Vice President Montessori: The Montessori VP, along with the French VP is directly responsible for recruiting and communicating with volunteers. Both VP’s shall recruit volunteers and Room Parents for homerooms. The Montessori VP shall maintain the list of all volunteers, and work directly with the communications and fundraising chairs to engage volunteers for upcoming events. The Montessori VP will work closely with French VP to communicate these needs through Room parents. The Teacher Appreciation committee will report to the VPs. Registration of members (parents and teachers) is also part of the Montessori VPs position.

 

Vice President French: The French VP, along with the Montessori VP, is directly responsible for recruiting and communicating with volunteers. Both VP’s shall recruit volunteers and Room Parents for homerooms. The French VP shall maintain the list of all room parents and work directly with the communications and fundraising chairs to communicate with room parents about upcoming events. The French VP will work closely with Montessori VP to communicate these needs through Room parents and volunteers. The Teacher Appreciation committee will report to the VPs. Registration of members (parents and teachers) is also part of the French VPs position.

 

Treasurer: The treasurer receives all monies of the organization, keeps an accurate record of receipts and expenditures, and pays out funds in accordance with the PTO budget. The Treasurer presents an updated financial report at all meetings and works with the Board to prepare and file annual tax returns.

 

Communications Co-chair: The Communications Co-Chair shall oversee 1) the editing and publishing of the school’s newsletter during the school year 2) the dissemination of school community information through the PTO website, fliers and the yahoo group 3) oversee the maintenance of the PTO website and coordinate with the school on the PTO items on the school’s website and 4) liaise with the school to disseminate other important information.

 

Board Secretary: The Secretary shall keep an accurate record of the General and Board Meetings and serve as parliamentarian for both types of meetings. The Secretary shall have on hand a copy of the PTO Bylaws and Minute Books for easy access by all members at meetings. Prior to each meeting the Secretary shall prepare a list of all unfinished business based on the minutes of the last meeting and shall assist the President in preparing an agenda, including old and new business. A complete file of the PTO’s minutes shall be bound by year. The Secretary shall be responsible for filing appropriate corporate documents with the Louisiana Secretary of State, as necessary.

 

Fundraising Co-chair: The Fundraising Co-chair shall recruit (with the help of the board) and oversee committees for the following fundraisers 1) Audubon Gear 2) School Pictures 3) First Day School Supplies, 4) Square 1 Art, 5) Box Tops, 6) Restaurant night and any other fundraisers approved by the board.

 

Montessori FAME Board Rep: Represent Montessori parents and teachers to the FAME board. Serve as liaison between PTO and FAME Board. Serves as full voting member of the FAME board. Meetings are every third Saturday morning of each month.

 

Milan French Teacher Rep: The teacher representative is the liaison between the PTO and the faculty. The teacher rep brings issues and needs to the board and makes requests on behalf of the faculty. In addition, the teacher reps are directly responsible for soliciting volunteers amongst the faculty for PTO sponsored events.

 

Milan Montessori Teacher Rep:The teacher representative is the liaison between the PTO and the faculty. The teacher rep brings issues and needs to to the board, makes requests on behalf of the faculty. In addition, the teacher reps are directly responsible for soliciting volunteers amongst the faculty for PTO sponsored events.

 

Broadway French Teacher Rep: The teacher representative is the liaison between the PTO and the faculty. The teacher rep brings issues and needs to to the board, makes requests on behalf of the faculty. In addition, the teacher reps are directly responsible for soliciting volunteers amongst the faculty for PTO sponsored events.

 

Broadway Montessori Teacher Rep: The teacher representative is the liaison between the PTO and the faculty. The teacher rep brings issues and needs to to the board, makes requests on behalf of the faculty. In addition, the teacher reps are directly responsible for soliciting volunteers amongst the faculty for PTO sponsored events.