President, Shelby Page
Hi amazing EPA families! My name is Shelby Page and I am excited to be your PTA President for the year. Last year I had the pleasure of being on the Executive Board as the Vice President. My son, Miles is a 4th grader here at Emerson and although I am biased, I think he is smart, handsome, witty and really cool! We enjoy being actively involved in the Long Beach community and feel so lucky to be a part of the Emerson family! We have a ton of fun things planned and need your help to ensure they are a huge success. It’s going to be a great year. I look forward to enjoying it with you all and appreciate all your support! #TogetherWeShine
Executive Vice President, Bianca Gott
My name is Bianca Gott and I am your 2017-2018 EPA Vice-President. I have two amazing daughters. Chloe is going into 4th grade and Amelia is going into 2nd. I started volunteering at Emerson when my oldest daughter started Kindergarten in 2013. I’ve been a room rep for at least one of my children’s classrooms every year since we’ve been here. I really enjoy working with the Emerson parents and teachers and helping out with all of Emerson’s exciting functions. The members of this year’s board are some of the most dedicated, intelligent and genuine people that I have met and I feel very fortunate to be working alongside of them. It’s going to be a fantastic year!
Vice President of Membership, Monique Hershfield
My name is Monique Hershfield and I am the VP of Membership for the upcoming 2017-18 school year. I have two children that absolutely love Emerson Parkside Academy. My daughter, Mischa, is entering the 5th grade this year and my son, Nathan, graduated from Emerson in 2015. This past year, I was the PTA Room Representative for my daughter’s class. Prior to that, I volunteered on campus for the Library Reading Program, Lost & Found, selling Spirit Wear and I have also enjoyed volunteering in the classroom over the years. I am so proud to be a part of the Emerson PTA and I look forward working with our parents and school community as we set out to have a fabulous year!
Vice President of Fundraising, Yvonne Santos
Yvonne Santos is a business banker and a Fitness and Business Coach. She has over 19 years of commercial lending and real estate experience and is a University of Southern California alumni. Yvonne has two kids, Bianca, who attends Marshall and Brandon who attends Emerson. Her and her husband, Albert, have been residences of long beach for over 20 years. Leadership and empowering others to take action is what she strives for as a leadership mentor to business professionals and college students at Beach. Yvonne is new to the fundraising chair position and welcomes your feedback on events and welcomes your volunteerism and contributions!
Vice President of Activities and Programs, Melissa Erker
My name is Melissa Erker and I will be the VP of Activities for the 2017-2018 school year. I enjoyed being a room representative for my daughter’s kindergarten class last year, and am looking forward to help make this another amazing year at Emerson. I wanted to join the PTA because everyone at Emerson has been so welcoming and I wanted to help continue that. I’m a proud mom to one child: my daughter, and 1st grader, Avianna. We love being involved in school and neighborhood activities. Very thankful to be a part of the Emerson family!
Vice President of Teacher Liaisons, Michele Jessner
My name is Michele Jessner and I am the Vice President of Teacher Liaison. I have been volunteering at Emerson in various capacities since 2014 when my eldest was in Kindergarten. I have been lucky enough to be the room rep twice; been on the Olympics committee for the previous 2 years; assisted with Trunk or Treat; volunteered in classrooms and for fieldtrips. I have 2 daughters, Ellie in 3rd grade and Reese in 1st. I am looking forward to serving on the board in this capacity and representing the teachers.
Treasurer, Jen Vanderschans
Jen Vanderschans will be volunteering for the second year as the Emerson PTA treasurer. Her older daughter, Rachel, will be entering 4th grade and younger daughter, Leah, will be in Kindergarten. She started volunteering at events when her older daughter was in Kindergarten and really felt it was a good way to stay connected with what was happening at the school. She really enjoys being part of the Emerson community and is excited to see what fun things will happen this year.
Financial Secretary, Kacy Ligenza,
My name is Kacy Ligenza and I’m the Financial Secretary for the 2017-18 school year. This is my first year serving on the PTA Board. My daughter, Megan, is in the 4th grade and loves attending Emerson. I’m looking forward to working with our Emerson community of supporters to make this a successful year!
Recording Secretary, Trish McFarland
Hey there! My name is Trish McFarland and this will be my second year on the PTA board as Recording Secretary. My daughter Savannah will be entering 4th grade at Emerson this year. I started volunteering at events when my daughter was in Kinder and decided to join PTA to be more involved. I love being part of the Emerson community and look forward to this school year.
Parliamentarian, Jamee Skelly,
Hi Emerson families! My name is Jamee Skelly and I am the parliamentarian for this year! I also had the pleasure of working on the board last year as parliamentarian, as well as being a room rep for my son’s first grade class. I have two amazing children that keep me on my toes! My son Shane will be entering 2nd grade, and my daughter Riley will be entering Kindergarten. I am so proud to be a part of the EPA PTA and am looking forward to a wonderful year!
Historian, Ashley Lindstrom
My name is Ashley Lindstrom and I will be serving as your PTA Historian. I am lucky enough to have two daughters, Addison who is an Emerson alumni, and Beckitt who is a current 5th Grader. This year I get to collect photos and plan our YEARBOOK! I look forward to my 3rd and last year on the EPA PTA Board!
Vice President of Communications, Jessica Perez
My name is Jessica Perez and I am the VP of Communications for the 2017-2018 school year. This will my first year on the PTA Executive Board, and I am looking forward to working with the parents and teachers to help create a fantastic year! I have two children at Emerson Parkside Academy, my son Gavin, who is in 4th grade, and my daughter Lucy, who is in Kindergarten. I work full time in the film and television industry, but spent many years working in education at the elementary school level, and my husband is currently an assistant principal at an elementary school. Together as a family, we enjoy being active members of the Long Beach community, and are very proud to be a part of the Emerson family. I am very excited about what we have planned this school year, but we will need everyone’s support to make it possible. We are all stars and together we shine!