Parent Association

The Parent Association (PA) at PS 139 brings parents together to organize and fund amazing programs, activities, and events to improve the school and support students. All parents of students currently attending the school are members of the Parent Association. Parents include parents by birth or adoption, step-parents, legally appointed guardians, foster parents, and persons in parental relation to a child.

All parents are invited to join one of the existing committees or create a new one.

Click HERE to see how the PA uses the funds it raises to help our school.

Email to contact the Parent Association.

Goals of the Parent Association

  • Provide support and resources to the school for the benefit and educational growth of the children
  • Develop a cooperative working relationship between school parents and staff
  • Develop parent leadership and build capacity for greater involvement
  • Foster and encourage parent participation on all levels
  • Provide opportunities and training for parents to participate in school governance and decision-making

Ways to get involved

  • Come to our monthly meetings! Bring your questions, ideas, or concerns.
  • Join our email list! Subscribe at to stay informed about the school.
  • Join our Facebook group! Join at Joining this private group does not make you Facebook friends with other members.
  • Donate to the Parent Association! Donate via PayPal at or leave a donation with your information in the PA box in the Main Office.
  • Share an idea! If you have an idea of an initiative you’d like the PA to take on, bring it to a meeting, share it with a board member, or email it to
  • Volunteer! Help out when you can. The PA will email when it needs support (e.g. events, flyers, baking). Email to join the volunteer list.
  • Join or create a committee! Join an existing committee or start a new one. Committees work together on focused projects and typically meet once a month.

Executive Board

The Executive Board is the leadership team for the PA.

  • Co-Presidents — Kelly Lisman & Jessica Dowshen
  • Co-Secretaries — Malika Green & Orli LeWinter
  • Treasurer — Megan Leese
  • Chair of Fundraising — Josh Lerner
  • Chair of Internal Fundraising — Liliana Vasquez
  • Co-Chairs of Event Planning — Natalee Stephens & Richard Lamarita
  • Co-Chairs of Family Engagement — Laurie Davidson & Geltjana Bulku
  • Chair of Technology & Communications — Michelle Chang
  • Chair of the Garden Committee — Colleen Graves
  • Chair of the Chess Club — Claire Pearce
  • Co-Chairs of the 5th Grade Committee — Stacey Bell, Wendy Powell, Stacey Brizan, & Keisha Taylor
  • Members at Large — Marie Nelson, Jophrane Ligonde, Carolina Sanchez, Gila Engelman, & Kate Rose Williams

Standing Committees

Family Engagement: Help reach out to families new to our school, families of ENL (English as a New Language) students, provide translation, and build a stronger, inclusive school community.
Contact: Laurie Davidson, Chair

Garden: Help grow our gardens and outdoor spaces, and help children and families enjoy and learn from them. Contact: Colleen Graves, Chair

Technology & Communications: Help with the communication and design of PA and school initiatives through multiple technology channels such as web, social media, email and text. Bring technology opportunities to students.  Contact: Michelle Chang, Chair

5th Grade: Help plan an amazing year of events and activities for students’ final year at PS 139. Contact: Stacey Bell & Wendy Powell, Co-Chairs

Chess Club: Help organize and run community and fundraising events in support of the school-wide chess program. Contact: Claire Pearce, Chair

Teacher Support: Help provide teachers with materials, supplies, and resources.
Contact: Kelly Lisman & Jessica Dowshen

Event Planning: Help plan, or volunteer at, community-building events like Harvest Night and Movie Night. Contact: Richard LaMarita and Natalee Stephens, Co-Chairs

Fundraising: Help research and pursue funding outside of the school (such as grants, government funds, and donations from individuals and businesses) and organize fundraising events for the school community.  Contact: Josh Lerner, Chair

Legislative Advocacy: Engage in actions involving education laws and proposed legislation, with focus on the local and state levels that directly impact our school and its students, teachers, and staff.  Contact: Jess Byrne, Chair

To join a standing committee, email

PS 139 Parent Association Bylaws (Revised 2018)

Parent Association Meeting Minutes:


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