Please see the below candidate statements for the 2019-20 Lafayette HSA Board. The election will be held at the June 6 HSA general meeting. As we have recent passed revisions to our current bylaws, you will notice a smaller slate of candidates below. For more information on these changes, click here. To read more about each of these roles, click here.
Over the last five years, I have been fortunate enough to watch my three daughters grow and thrive at Lafayette Elementary School. Over that period, my appreciation of and commitment to Lafayette has deepened and I believe as a Co-President I can help contribute to our school’s continued success.
In my professional life, I am a veteran appellate attorney with the federal government, where I supervise and co-manage a team of 15 attorneys. I enjoy the challenge my job presents, but I am equally, if not more, passionate about my children, my family and the Lafayette community. I’ve served as a room parent; I served on the fall festival planning committee; and, this past year, I served as the Volunteer Coordinator for the HSA. This role, in particular, provided a top-down view of the many roles and responsibilities the HSA fulfills. In my role as Volunteer Coordinator, I assigned and managed communication for over 100 room parents and recruited and managed volunteer needs for some of the major school events, including the fall festival, book fair, auction, and teacher appreciation week.
I have tremendous enthusiasm for our school and feel privileged to be a part of this amazing community. Leadership is collaborative by its nature and I enjoy learning from and working with others. As a Co-President, I will strive to continue to fulfill the HSA’s commitment to transparency and communication, work to re-engage our parent volunteers, and do my part to foster a welcoming and inclusive environment. I look forward to meeting you all!
1st Vice President
Entering my third year as a Lafayette parent, I’m best known in the halls as Graham’s mom (K) or Cassie’s mom (PK4). Our family has been in the neighborhood for almost four years, and we feel incredibly blessed to be part of this extraordinary community of families. This year, I served as co-chair of the Lafayette Fall Festival, where we produced a record-breaking community fundraising event in record time. My other volunteer experiences include serving on the stewardship committee of Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church, the annual fund committee for Chautauqua Institution, and as chair of the CCPC weekday nursery school auction.
Professionally, I work in development for Stanford University. I raise individual principal gifts in support of medical research, education, and capital projects at the Stanford School of Medicine and Stanford Hospital. I previously worked as a corporate attorney in New York. I am a graduate of Georgetown Law and the University of Florida.
I would be honored to serve the Lafayette community as vice president of the HSA.
2nd Vice President
My name is Elisabeth (Liz) Tamasi, and my husband, Dave, and I have lived in the Chevy Chase neighborhood since 2010. In a professional capacity I am the assistant director, Oncology & Center for Patient and Family Services at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center at Sibley Hospital. In this role I oversee the administrative and patient centered operations of Medical Oncology and Radiation Oncology, the coordination of care between the clinics and the growing support needs of surgical oncology programs. I am also accountable for assessing, planning, directing and evaluating oncology support programming for cancer patients and families. My passion has always been to serve those in need which is exactly why I knew by the age of seven that I would grow up to be a social worker. Although my career has taken a few twists and turns over the last several years, I identify most with my social worker roots.
Our children (Christopher, 8, 3rd grade; Juliette, 6, kindergarten) entered Lafayette as kindergarteners and never looked back! They truly enjoy the rich experiences that are unique to Lafayette, so I would love to give back to the school and our wonderful community.
My wife Laura (Meckler) and I have lived in the neighborhood since 2007. We are Lafayette parents of a 4th grader and kindergartener. I enjoy being a part of the Lafayette community and am happy to pitch in where I can. In my professional life I work as a telecommunications analyst, tracking fiber-optic infrastructure builds in far-flung locations around the world. I work in excel pretty much every day I’m at the office.
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.