Meet the 2018 2019 PTA/SLT Candidates

Here are your candidates running for the 2018/20189 PTA Executive Board & School Leadership Team (SLT) Parent Representatives.

We have an awesome pool of candidates! Check out their bios below and get to know them better. Thank you to all who are running! Elections will be held during the PTA General Membership Meeting on Wednesday, June 13 in the auditorium 8-9:30am. See you there!

Missed the Candidates Forum?  You can watch it here from our Facebook Live video stream!

President: Aisha Johnson

Aisha Johnson

Greetings! I’m Aisha, mom of two PS 133 students – Christopher (grade 5) and Eden (1st grade). This is our family’s sixth year at 133 and we feel incredibly blessed to be a part of this amazing community. By day, I am an attorney in private practice. While my focus now is on real estate, I have worked for and with a number of both national and local nonprofit organizations on affordable housing, voting rights and reproductive health care throughout my career. I have also served on my local community board and volunteered with my neighborhood block association. I am a Brooklyn native and graduate of a Brooklyn  public elementary school.

As a PTA board officer (I have served as assistant treasurer, recording secretary and most recently as president), I have been active in planning, creating and chairing numerous PTA initiatives and events including Readathon, Dine + Donate, Teacher/Staff Favorites, picture day, merchandise sales, budgeting, free spring auction tickets for teachers and staff and community tickets.

I relish efficiency, like to work collaboratively, enjoy crossing things off the to do list and always try to have fun and laugh while doing so. It has been an honor to be able to give back to PS 133 as it gives my children so much each day.

My goal if re-elected PTA president is to continue to lend my legal training, professional experience, attention to detail, writing, communication, leadership, and cheerleading skills (yes, I was a cheerleader!) to the PTA, and to help continue building on the organization and school’s ongoing success. I will also foster openness, inclusiveness, and a welcoming atmosphere as we maintain and grow the 133 spirit of community and camaraderie that makes our school special and fosters the best possible learning environment for our children. We are (1)33!      

Treasurer: Max Duykers

Max Duykers

Max Duykers
I’m a proud father of two great kids in the 1st and 3rd grade DLP Spanish programs at PS 133.  I’ve been an active member of the school community since my older son started Pre-K– taking on the duties of Class Parent, making yearbooks, volunteering to teach four sections of the “Sonic Voyagers”
playlab class, volunteering for school events, and for the last two years, tackling the role of Secretary of Communications for the PTA Executive Board.  I’m so pleased to be a part of this diverse, active community of students, parents, and staff, and I’d love to continue contributing as Treasurer.

More on my background: I have a Ph.D. in music composition and I’m an active composer, writing music for many ensembles, and also co-directing my own music ensemble which commissions and premieres work from leading composers.  I teach music theory and appreciation classes at LaGuardia Community College in Long Island City. I also have over 20 years experience as a software consultant for a highly specialized accounting, payroll, estimating, and project management software program for building contractors and service companies, and I regularly support over 200 clients throughout the northeast.  I’m also an aspiring runner, and just finished my second full marathon! My financial background, business management savvy, and computer systems skills make me exceptionally qualified to take on the role of Treasurer, and I ask for your vote of support. Thank you!

Assistant Treasurer: Ben Millard

Ben Millard

Ben Millard
I presently work at FTN Financial as a Credit Strategist, providing actionable ideas to institutional money managers to facilitate ‘flow’ (read: trades). I previously worked 7 years at Moody’s Investors Services in the corporate bond rating group, where I co-authored Moody’s Enhanced Equipment Trust Certificate (EETC) rating methodology. (No idea what’s a EETC? Terrific, this helps keep me employed.) I have spoken at conferences on EETCs and other aircraft financings.

I have served as Science, Language and Arts (SLA) school PTA Treasurer for the 2015-16 academic year. To establish and streamline essential treasury functions for the relatively new PTA, I sought the excellent counsel of former PS 133 PTA Treasurer and President Julie Couser – so am very experienced dealing with both money and personalities 😃( all great personalities!)

In my spare time I enjoy playing violin/cello with my kids, reading presidential biographies and losing at bowling to the French DLP parents.

As assistant treasurer I would want to continue the good work of others, and build the PTA’s financial base to allow all our kids achieve excellence. I’m looking forward to supporting active engagement and across the entire PS 133 community. I’m also excited to join such a strong and diverse group of parent leaders. I am honored to be nominated, and encourage everyone to reach out to me with questions.

PS- If you read my candidate bio, I didn’t lose that badly bowling with fellow DLP parents 😉

Co-Recording Secretaries: Alison Galiley &  Tim Wilkins

Alison Galiley

Alison Galiley
I have been a registered nurse for over 20 years, and am currently working at a fertility clinic in Midtown Manhattan. I am also in school part time, working towards an additional nursing degree. I have two daughters, one has been at PS 133 since pre-K. She will be going into the 2nd grade next year. The other will soon follow in her big sister’s footsteps. I was a class parent for my daughter’s pre-K school year. I have assisted the kindergarten and first grade classes with lunch period, and during recess in the yard. Most recently, I volunteered my time to the Language and Cultural Committee by writing the “Did You Know?” newsletter for May, which is available on our website. I am looking forward to being a part of the PTA with the intention of helping the school reach its educational, and cultural goals.

Tim Wilkins

Tim Wilkins is a fourth-grade dad and co-chair of PS 133’s Language and Cultural Diversity Committee and Title 1 PAC. Together, we can make our school a more welcoming and supportive place for children and families from all cultures and economic backgrounds. A journalist fluent in several languages, he works for People’s Action, a national network of community and grassroots advocacy groups.

Co-VP’s of Development: Jen Skoda, Seri Entel, & Tyeesha McDonald

Jen Skoda

Jennifer Skoda:  I’m the mother of rising fourth and first graders in the Spanish DLP at PS133 (plus a whirlwind three-year-old whom I can’t convince them to take until 2019-20!). This year, I served as a VP of Development with two Co-VPs, and we had a successful year, breaking fundraising records for the Annual Appeal and Spring Auction, and adding some great new events like the Just Dance parties and Rummage Sale. My professional background is in Development. For over eight years, I served as the Director of Marketing and Fundraising Events for two children’s services charities in NYC. One was a large Boys & Girls Club in the Bronx, for which the department I led raised over $1 million annually, and the other was an arts-based children’s services organization that provides art workshops and mentoring for underserved children throughout NYC.  For the last six years, I’ve worked as a Marketing and Development consultant for an organization that raises money on behalf of The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Before serving as a Co-VP of Development at PS133, I chaired the Annual Appeal and the Class Art portion of the Spring Auction, and I’ve used any excuse to draw upon my latent art skills to help with projects in the classrooms. I’m looking forward to working with all of the amazing volunteers to continue to grow our fundraising success on behalf of PS133.

Seri Entel

Seri has two children in the Spanish dual-language program at PS 133—Felix in 3rd grade and Clara in 1st grade. Her family is grateful to the PS 133 community for wonderful new friends, a great elementary school education, and the many supportive teachers and staff. Over the last four years, Seri has worked on select fundraising activities, the annual auction, and various classroom activities. She looks forward to working within a team as co-VP of Development to analyze long-term fundraising goals and determine areas of growth. Seri’s experience in the non-profit sector at the executive level will be an asset to the PTA board.

Professionally, Seri has over fifteen years of experience in historic preservation, urban planning, and non-profit leadership. Seri is a Senior Field Officer with the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Prior to joining the National Trust, Seri co-curated the exhibition Saving Place: Fifty Years of New York City Landmarks at the Museum of the City of New York and was editor of the show’s companion publication. Previously, she has held positions as the executive director of the James Marston Fitch Charitable Foundation, executive director of Friends of the Upper East Side Historic Districts, and as project manager for American Express Foundation’s Partners in Preservation-New York City. Seri’s earned a Master of Science in Historic Preservation from Columbia University, and a degree in Art History from Boston University.

Tyeesha McDonald

Tyeesha Mcdonald

I am the mother of 5-year-old twin boys Cameron & Corey, who are currently in kindergarten K-127. This is my Family’s first year at P.S. 133. This upcoming school year I am interested in serving on the as a co-member of VP of Development as well as joining the SLT Parent representative team.

About me:

I work for the City of New York Dept. of Social Services since November 2003. I currently am an Administrative Assistant with the Office of Child Support Services. During my 15 years with the City I’ve been on designated president and or vice-president of the following committees: Annual Employee Recognition Committee, Bring Your Child to Work Day, Annual Christmas Toy Drive for children of Domestic Violence/HIV AIDS, International Day & Fundraising Committee.

Outside of work I’ve been able to create different events that not only allow people to enjoy themselves but to help people network. My biggest events were “Children’s Fashion & Talent Showcase” as well as “Back to School Drive”. Creating these events with the help of sponsors has given local children the opportunity to promote their own clothing line, music, and overall talent and beauty. This is event planning and community service at its best.

I am looking forward to becoming an active member of the P.S. 133 Family, meeting new parents and sharing my creative ideas.

Secretary of Communications: Angela Pennyfeather

Angela Pennyfeather

Angela Pennyfeather
#Mompreneur, Serial Tweeter & Media Girl! Allegedly wise to the ways of Marketing & Branding. Marketing Director @Lunaparknyc.com I love Snickers!

As the Marketing Director for Luna Park in Coney Island, Angela has the privilege of leading a smart and talented group in developing branded-entertainment campaigns.  A problem solver and strategic thinker, Angela has over 10 years’ experience in creating and managing content to build relationships for organizations and individuals.  She is also talented in helping businesses improve their bottom line by crafting creative solutions to their business problems.

Angela is the Founder of MBA Moms, a parenting group that helps moms balance it all– motherhood & business and Creator of Angie & The City, a podcast focusing on life as an “elder millennial!”  In her spare time, she enjoys writing content for Black Enterprise, Essence magazine and a host of parenting sites!

Angela holds an M.B.A in Marketing and resides in the best borough ever, Brooklyn, with her husband Joel and son Julian.

Co-VPs of Community Involvement: Ann Henry & Tonya Taylor

Ann Henry

Ann Henry
I am a proud mom of a super sweet and strong 3rd grader in Gen Ed. Since joining the PS 133 community 4 years ago I have been active member of the PTA.  For the past 2 years I served as Co-VP of Development. This year I worked with 2 amazing woman, Christa Rimonneau and Jen Skoda. We accomplished quite a bit and hit some all time highs for both annual appeal and Spring auction.   It was my pleasure working with them both. I am ready to take on a new challenge by throwing my hat into the ring for VP of Community. Each year I meet more and more new families being involved in fundraising. I’m looking forward to meeting families where I’m not asking for money will be even better. (Smiley face).    I am excited to work together with an awesome woman & Mom Tonya Taylor who will be my Co this year. We have some great ideas brewing for next year. Look out 2018/19 school year we are planning on hitting the ground running. Outside of the PTA I I work full time on the upper east side at Estee Lauder. My focus is planning and analyzing 2 of the Lauder brands Darphin, a Parisian skincare line, and Lab Series, men’s skincare line.

Tonya Taylor

Tonya Taylor is the mother of rising 1st and 3rd grade boys in the Dual French and GEN-ED. At PS 133,  she started the UNIFORM SWAP, took the lead on the UNICEF campaign that raised over $2400 in the last two years, she created the monthly JUST DANCE parties, and is working with other parents to form a committee on LEARNING DIVERSITY to support parents and teachers better serve our children with special learning needs. Tonya is an Assistant Professor in the College of Medicine at SUNY Downstate Medical Center. She is a role model for “NERDY BLACK GIRL MAGIC,” a proponent of SOCIAL JUSTICE and HEALTH AND HUMAN RIGHTS, and secretly aspires to be a WAKANDAN WOMAN WARRIOR.  As a medical and linguistic anthropologist with 20 years of experience in Public Health research in Africa and the US, and a degree in Folklore she would also like to apply her substantive knowledge and professional skills to cultural competence and diversity training to help PS133.

Co-VPs of Extended Day: Kim Gleason, Christa Rimmoneau, & Laurie Corson

Kim Gleason

Hi everyone, my name is Kim Gleason and I will be running for a second term for VP of Extended Day. My daughter, Emmy, will be entering first grade this year and I’ve been a parent at PS133 for 2 years. Our family lives in Sunset Park.

In my professional life, I lead a Preferred client division for Spectrum’s Advertising Sales business. I have a proven track record of success leading and coaching individuals of varying skill sets and career levels to achieve a higher caliber of work. I’ve tried to take those skills to the playlab team this year by working one on one with our Director to mentor her specifically in the areas of professionalism and communication. There is more work to do, but I have seen a positive change throughout the year and hope you all have too. Our committee has also made a huge impact on the day-to-day operations by increasing our staff, sourcing expert consultants, and providing staff with trainings on managing behavior, safety procedures, classroom transitions, among other things.

For next year, I would like to continue mentoring staff members and increasing our staff’s skills through trainings. Another goal is to increase Committee membership,  recruiting organized, action-oriented individuals with strong voices to be a part of our team. I believe in the power of teamwork – our Committee, along with our staff and amazing volunteers, are the oil that keeps the playlab machine running safely.

Running with me as CoVPs will be Laurie Corson & Christa Rimmonneau (who has held the CoVP of Development position for the last 2 years). Christa’s expertise in negotiating and fundraising would be invaluable to the playlab team. Her experience leading teams will be an immediate benefit and she will provide a fresh perspective on what it will take to elevate playlab to the next level.

Thank you to Christina Prostano, Niae Knight, and the others who came before me to pave the way for this wonderful program. I’m lucky to have been a part of it this year. Thank you all for your time and consideration.

Christa Rimmoneau

Christa Rimmoneau
I am a proud Mom of two strong girls, a rising 4th grader and 1st grader in French DLP.   Since joining the PS133 community I have been involved in Development and Fundraising.  I just finished two years serving on the board, and it was a great experience.  We have accomplished a lot in the last 4 years and I am excited to continue supporting through the after school program.  I am excited to work with Kim Gleason & Laurie Corson, as well as the many dedicated staff members focused on the Playlab project.  Outside of the PTA, I work in Advertising Technology focused on new business.

Laurie Corson

School Leadership Team (SLT) Parent Representative: David Berreby, Nick Leiber, Regina Castro, & Tyeesha McDonald  

David Berreby

David Berreby
I and my family have been part of the 133 community since 2014, when our son Hector started pre-K (DLP, English-French). Hector is now finishing 2d grade. Having lived in the neighborhood since 1985, I have fairly good knowledge of (and appreciation for) our culturally, economically, linguistically and ethnically diverse community.

Our family has had a very good experience at 133 but even good things can be improved.  If elected I will try to address concerns about class size (2d grade French DLP this year had 29 students with one teacher!), incidents of bullying, recruitment for our DLP programs, and communications issues (know that feeling when you’ve read all your PS133 emails but somehow still find out something important by accident?). I also think it may be worth revisiting the question of school uniforms.

Mostly, though, I’m running because I recognize that our school works thanks to parents who put in the time and effort to help keep our school vibrant and diverse. If elected I’ll do my best to listen to parents and represent everyone’s concerns on the SLT.

Nick Leiber

Nick is a journalist who lives in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn. His wife is a psychologist. They have two daughters. One will be a fourth grader at PS 133 and the other will be a first grader at a different school. Nick grew up in the Hudson Valley and went to public schools there and in Spain. After attending Vassar College, he moved to Brooklyn in 1999. He has alternated between living there and in Madrid. He has nearly two decades of experience reporting, writing, and editing for news organizations. He wants to serve on the School Leadership Team (SLT) to become more familiar with the teachers and administrators at PS 133. He wants to help students and parents by strengthening the PS 133 community.


My name is Regina Castro and I am interested in serving on the SLT! 
I had the pleasure of being on the team in District 75. Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. I have two sons one 4 years old and one 8. Both attended public school, one P369k and P.S. 282. Always been involved in my children’s education I believe that an uninvolved parent is uninformed parent.

Tyeesha McDonald

Tyeesha Mcdonald

I am the mother of 5-year-old twin boys Cameron & Corey, who are currently in kindergarten K-127. This is my Family’s first year at P.S. 133. This upcoming school year I am interested in serving on the as a co-member of VP of Development as well as joining the SLT Parent representative team.

About me:

I work for the City of New York Dept. of Social Services since November 2003. I currently am an Administrative Assistant with the Office of Child Support Services. During my 15 years with the City I’ve been on designated president and or vice-president of the following committees: Annual Employee Recognition Committee, Bring Your Child to Work Day, Annual Christmas Toy Drive for children of Domestic Violence/HIV AIDS, International Day & Fundraising Committee.

Outside of work I’ve been able to create different events that not only allow people to enjoy themselves but to help people network. My biggest events were “Children’s Fashion & Talent Showcase” as well as “Back to School Drive”. Creating these events with the help of sponsors has given local children the opportunity to promote their own clothing line, music, and overall talent and beauty. This is event planning and community service at its best.

I am looking forward to becoming an active member of the P.S. 133 Family, meeting new parents and sharing my creative ideas.