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Parents Association Purpose Statement

The purpose of the Association is to advance the mission of the Academy; to promote the education and welfare of its students and to unite our efforts with the entire Academy family; to facilitate and enhance communication within the parent community and between parents and the faculty, administration, and trustees of the Academy; and to facilitate parent involvement in social, educational and fundraising activities.

PA Executive Board

Stephanie Fisher

Lisa Schilling

Vice President - Communications
Agnes McGrail

Vice President - Programs
Shelley Hooke

Vice President - Student Life
Corlene Rhoades

Beth Olinger

Welcome from the PA President

Dear Caxy Community,

Welcome back to the Lake Forest Academy Parents Association. Every LFA parent and Guardian is a part of The Parents Association and we are looking forward to a great year in our friendly and wonderfully diverse community here at LFA. The Parents Association is offering an array of opportunities to be involved and we would love to see all of you, the parents and guardians of our Lake Forest Academy Students.

Our mission is to facilitate communication with parents and guardians of LFA students, faculty, and administration. The Parents Association embodies the four pillars of LFA: scholarship, character, citizenship, and responsibility.

We hosts a variety of events each year, from class coffees and on-campus volunteer opportunities to engaging and informative speakers on topics relating to this year’s Head of School Symposium, Russia. You will find a myriad of opportunities for parents and guardians to volunteer, give back, and get to know each other and participating in these events is a truly meaningful way to contribute & enrich the fabric of LFA

I look forward to getting to know you and I hope you will join us at the Parents Association events. Please reach out to me with any questions. Wishing you and your students a wonderful year of Growth and Opportunity.


Stephanie Fisher P'18,'19
President, Parents Association 2018-2019

PA Board

PA Programs

Academy Fund Co-Chairs*
Jorie Alutto & Sarah Priest 

Caxy Booth Co-Chairs
Padmaja Guntaka & Anne Shapiro

Caxy Life Auction Co-Chairs
Doug Hood & Mardah Weinfield 

Faculty & Staff Appreciation Co-Chairs
Nina Samra & Joey Pearlman

Harvest Hope Co-Chairs*
Lydia Vaughan & Norma Ascroft

International Student Ambassador Chair
Kathy (Rizzolo) Ivinjack

Parent Ambassador Co-Chairs*
Sue Gangwani & Joyce Kim

Spring Gala Co-Chairs
Susan Felitto & Annie Johnson

*2-year positions

Community Relations

Athletic Liaison
Christina Corsiglia

Fine Arts Liaison
John Lin

Hospitality Chair
Beth Olinger

LEAD Representative
Mia Buhl

Nominating Chair (PA)
Karen Dickerson

Volunteer Chair
Elizabeth Walvoord


Parent Reps & Chairs

Alumni Parent Representative Chair
Susan Krivoshik

Boarding Parent Representative Chair 
Susanna Pagliaro (Gallagher)

Class of 2019 Representatives
Roz Fiocchi & Maureen Mullarkey

Class of 2020 Representatives
Heather Kotlarz & Margaret White

Class of 2021 Representatives
Deepika Duggirala & Laura George

Class of 2022 Representatives
Marion Christoph & Melissa Farag

PA Board 19-20

President +
Lisa Schilling

President Elect +
Jorie Alutto

Vice President - Communications +
Agnes McGrail

Vice President – Programs +
Shelley Hooke

Vice President - Student Life +
Heather Kotlarz

(Unofficial VP -Student Life Co-Chair)
Margaret White

Recording Secretary +
Mardah BC Weinfield

Nominating Chair
Corlene Rhoades

Parent Ambassador Chair*
Joyce Kim
Parent Ambassador Co-Chair*
Nagawa Kakumba

Class of 2020 Representatives
Susan Felitto
Annie Johnson

Class of 2021 Representatives
Maureen Mullarkey
Karen Dickerson

Class of 2022 Representatives
Ro Thompson
Guita Griffiths

Class of 2023 Representatives
Don Mitckess
Laura George

Boarding Parent Rep Chair
Annie Johnson

International Student Ambassador Chair
Tricia Sweet

Alumni Parent Rep Chair
Stephanie Fisher

Athletic Liaison
Christina Corsiglia

Athletic Liaison Co-Chair
Colleen Berto

Fine Arts Liaison
John Lin

Harvest Hope Chair*
Norma Ascroft

Harvest Hope Co-Chair*
Michelle Petrini-Poli

Faculty Staff Appreciation Chair
Nina Samra

Faculty Staff Appreciation Co-Chair
Meredith Park

Hospitality Chair
Bonnie Ann Hartwig

(Unofficial Hospitality Co-Chair)
Dee Menezes

Volunteer Chair
Elizabeth Walvoord

Spring Gala Co-Chair
Kim Nash

Spring Gala Co-Chair
Aida Quiroz

Caxy Booth Chair
Padmaja Guntaka

Caxy Booth Co-Chair
Melissa Zimmerman-Farag

LEAD Representative
John Lin

Academy Fund Co-Chair

Academy Fund Co-Chair

+ Executive Board Members
* 2-year positions

Get Involved

LFA offers various opportunities for parents and guardians to engage with our community. Members of the Parents Association, as fellow parents, understand and respect differences in available time, interests, and scheduling constraints. Therefore, there is a volunteer opportunity to fit every schedule!

Below are some examples of various roles:
  • Ambassador Families for International Students
  • Ambassador for New Families
  • Student Life Committee Membership
  • Team Parents and Athletic Liaisons
  • Fine Arts Liaisons
  • Academy Fund Parent Volunteer
  • Volunteers and Chairs of events such as the Spring Gala, Harvest Hope, and the Faculty & Staff Appreciation Event

For information about any volunteer activity at LFA, please contact Director of Parent Relations & Giving Lorelee Hood.

Volunteer Contacts

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