Please see the below candidate statements for the 2018-19 Lafayette HSA Board. The election will be held at the June 7 HSA general meeting.
Anu Mullick is a native of Michigan and has lived in Washington, DC, for the past 6 years. She and her husband, Taresh Mullick, have 2 daughters, Karina (5 yrs, pre-k at Lafayette) and Jia (3 yrs, nursery school). Anu has been a room parent for Karina’s classroom this year and is a hospital administrator and is currently the Chief of Staff at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Northwest D.C. She has been at Sibley for the past 3 years. Prior to working at Sibley, she was a hospital administrator at Memorial Sloan-Kettering in New York City and at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore. The Mullick family has really enjoyed their first year as part of the Lafayette community and look forward to supporting the school in the coming years.
1st Vice President
Hello Lafayette Families! My name is Shannon Behm, my husband Michael and I have lived in the neighborhood since 2001. We are parents to Andrew (3rd grader) and Matthew (1st grader) and Ryan, a 6th grader at Deal. We have and will continue to be part of the Lafayette family for some time and truly appreciate the school, staff and our wonderful neighborhood.
For the past 4 ½ years, I have supported the HSA Board in a variety of roles: fundraising events, sponsorships, Co-President and most recently working on our financial reform with an overall focus of streamlining the organization as we continue to grow. This growth and change is very exciting and I would like to continue the opportunity to support the HSA, as it takes us through the next school year. I hope you agree and allow me to again serve on the HSA Board as the 1st Vice President for the upcoming 2018-2019 school year. Many thanks for your continued and generous support of Lafayette.
2nd Vice President
I’m a mother of four children, all who attend DCPS schools. I have a son who is a freshman at Wilson HS, twin daughters in 7th grade at Deal MS and a 4th grader at Lafayette. My husband Neil and I moved our family from Florida to DC two years ago. While living in Florida I was PTO President at Gemini ES for two years. During this time I transformed the school’s PTO into a professionally run organization and doubled their fundraising revenue. After my two years as PTO President I continued to serve on the Board as 1st Vice President. Prior to moving to FL my family lived in NY where I was Area VP of Sales at Adobe Systems. Over the past year I’ve spent my time renovating our home right across the street from Lafayette. I am currently working in the non-profit space helping organizations with development opportunities. In my spare time I enjoy walks in Rock Creek Park with my family and our English Bulldog Buster.
My name is Rachael Overcash, and my son Alexander is currently in Rainbow base in pre-K4. This past year I served as a room parent, coordinated the parent parties for the Lafayette Auction, and participated in the HSA fundraising small group committee. I love the sense of community at Lafayette and the support parents provide for the school. However, as a new parent navigating the school can initially be challenging. I want to serve as a board member to support the school and the HSA projects, but also to welcome other new families who are excited about being a part of the Lafayette community but don’t know how or where to start. Along with Alexander we have a one-year old daughter, Josephine, and my husband is Michael Umpierre who works for Georgetown University. I am a Maternal Fetal Medicine physician at MedStar Washington Hospital Center. We moved to Barnaby Woods in 2015 from San Diego, California
Our family has been a part of the Lafayette school community since 2015. I have a rising 4th grader, 3rd trader and Kindergartner. With a professional background in Finance on Wall Street, I feel well equipped to contribute to the HSA’s Treasury team, including as a contributor to the Board’s ongoing Governance Oversight committee. For example, I helped lead the Board’s complete redesign of its Treasury function controls in the Fall. Our family values all that Lafayette offers, especially all that is made possible through the HSA’s stewardship and happily volunteer for both this role, as well as any other day to day volunteer requirements as they arise at the school.
My name is Sophie Hanrahan, and I am running for the communications chair position. I moved to the neighborhood five years ago with my husband, Tim. We are proud parents of twins, Clementine and John, who are in second grade. I’ve been a communications co-chair since October, 2016, working with the HSA to keep families informed about Lafayette news and events. Last year, I helped spearhead an effort to redesign our school website and streamline our communications tools. I produced a primer for new families and have worked with the board on a number of initiatives to help align the HSA with its vision and goals.
My background is a good match for this position—I am a recovering newspaper reporter who now works in marketing and communications for a management consultancy. I hope to continue my work helping to connect our engaged and vibrant Lafayette community in 2018-19.
I’m a North Jersey girl at heart, but Washington, DC has been my home for twenty years now, the last six of those here in Chevy Chase. I live with my husband, Mike (who heads up an environmental organization that protects bats) and our two daughters, Bella (age 8 in Ms. Houston’s 2nd grade) and Livia (age 5 in Ms. Ghamarian’s Pre-K). Like many other families, we sought out a home in the Chevy Chase neighborhood because of Lafayette and were excited to finally find a house and win the Pre-K lottery when Bella was four. For the past four years, I’ve loved being involved in the school as a room parent and having the opportunity to work closely with other engaged parents and Lafayette’s fabulous teachers. I work full time at the National Human Genome Research Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), as an education outreach specialist. Every day, I engage with lots of diverse communities to ensure the scientific and medical discoveries of genomics reach and benefit all. In my job at the NIH and within previous organizations over the past two decades, I’ve worked in particular as a non-Native partner with American Indian and Alaska Native communities. When not at work or managing my kids’ extracurricular activities, I’m a true ½ Sicilian lady who enjoys cooking, a good glass of wine, and conversation around the table with family and friends.
I am a parent of three daughters; two are currently at Lafayette and my youngest will join PreK next year. We’ve been a Lafayette family since my oldest, now in Second Grade, was in PreK. Our first year was in the “old” building, we lived through the construction during her Kindergarten year, and are now loving life in the new building. I’ve had so many positive experiences at Lafayette that I would like to give back in my time and get more involved. I’ve been a room parent for two years in a row (I’m currently serving as room parent in Second Grade and PreK) and really enjoy getting to know new parents and teachers. I think I am well suited for Volunteer Coordinator that helps get new and returning families involved in the school. I also enjoy sharing my positive experiences and I think having folks who, while always striving to improve life for students, can project a positive view is important. I work full-time as an appellate attorney for the federal government (so organization, writing, and public speaking are strengths for me).
Events and Partnerships
I have been a Lafayette Parent since 2011 and have a rising third grader. I have been very involved with the school as a volunteer, serving as class parent for the past five years, I was co-chair of the auction in 2016 and served as secretary of the now defunct LAP Board. My background is in marketing and events and I currently work at an environmental non-profit recruiting canvassers (yes those pesky people who knock on your doors). I have a strong commitment to keeping Lafayette a central part of the community and providing fun events to build on our relations with parents, students, teachers and neighbors.
Hello, My Name is Edith Rankin, Marc and I are proud parents of Anthony (3rd grade), Olivia (2nd) grade, and Emma (Kindergarten) at our wonderful Lafayette ES. We have been happily living in the area for past 12 years and I feel fortunate to be part of the amazing Lafayette community. I have enjoyed volunteering at many levels at Lafayette, for example, co-chair of the 2016 Fall Festival, event helper, auction decorations committee, and currently as a room parent for Ms. Ivy’s class. I dawned on me last year after the fall festival that it takes a huge village of parents to maintain our wonderful school and I want to be part our village serving as Hospitality Co-Chair. Being part of a large family and active with my church I have served in this capacity on numerous occasions. Organizing a team to arrange both food and decorations to display festive and welcoming scenery. Currently I work part-time at Virginia Hospital Center, as mammography technologist. I have worked well with a diverse group of people, both fellow employees and patients. I enjoy challenging opportunities and I thrive on team work atmosphere. Not new to this area of work, prior to entering the healthcare field, while attending college, I served in the Hospitality industry for 5 years with the Holiday Inn Corporation. I would be happy to serve as hospitality co-chair and I want thank you for consideration.
My name is Laura Nelms, and I am the proud parent of Chloe (3rd grade) and Leyla (K). My husband, Jonathan, and I moved to the neighborhood five years ago and have enjoyed being part of the Lafayette community. I am excited about working to improve the sustainability of Lafayette’s facilities and grounds, and I would be thrilled to serve again as the Environment Chair of the HSA.
I have worked on Lafayette’s GROW (Greening, Recreation, Outdoor Learning and Wellness) Committee, which promotes environmental and nutrition initiatives at Lafayette. These include securing a grant to support FoodPrints (a science-based gardening and nutrition program), organizing Healthy Schools Month and helping grow the school garden and outdoor classroom.
My professional experience includes working as an Environmental Specialist at the DC Department of Environment, where I collaborated with several DCPS schools to create gardens and outdoor learning spaces. I have also worked at several environmental non-profits, with a focus on professional training and education. Currently, Jonathan and I are owners of Supra restaurant, where we both work.
I would be honored to serve again on the HSA as the Environment Chair. Thank you for your consideration.
I am the parent of the Conner boys, Will in second grade and Quinn in kindergarten. I’m running for re-election for a second year as Outreach Coordinator after spending the two prior years on the board as Hospitality co-chair. Our family feels very fortunate to be a part of this school, and I especially take pride in helping new and prospective families learn more about Lafayette. This year, that has involved corresponding with the 108 families who have signed up as new to the school on the HSA web site and helping Dr. Broquard lead monthly tours for 156 prospective families. Those figures are a testament to Lafayette’s high quality and strong reputation. I think the continued growth of our student body will be an important matter for all of us to consider with enrollment climbing every year. My goal is to help Lafayette maintain its tight community feel even as we expand and draw new families. Thank you for your consideration.
My wife (Jack) and I have lived in the Lafayette school district since 2005. We don’t have children in Lafayette, but we are incredibly supportive of the school. I have been on the board of the HSA since 2013 as a community member. I welcome an opportunity to continue to participate in working with parents, teachers, and the community to ensure that Lafayette elementary continues to be the draw and center of the Chevy Chase area community. My background is military, computers, engineering, and hard sciences and I have previously volunteered as a tutor and teacher for middle school/ high school engineering prep programs. I’m also a local volunteer in other areas and I am currently president of the Rock Creek Community Garden Association. If selected for the HSA, I feel my leadership, work, and educational background will be of great value to the Lafayette community and I will continue to do all I can to ensure the community perspective is represented within the HSA and to support the continued success of Lafayette Elementary.