Board

Falls Church Elementary PTA 2020-2021

President Jennifer Beck presidentfcepta@gmail.com
President-Elect David DeCoste presidentelectfcepta@gmail.com
VP – TJ Room Parent Relations Lynn Simpson vptjfcepta@gmail.com
VP – MD/JTP Room Parent Relations Cyndi Bohlin vpjtpmdfcepta@gmail.com
VP Communication Heather Lyman commsfcepta@gmail.com
Treasurer Rebecca Walker treasurerfcepta1@gmail.com
Secretary Anoopa Sawhney secretaryfcepta@gmail.com

FCEPTA Board Bios

President: Jenn Beck

I’m looking forward to serving the Falls Church City Elementary Schools this year as the FCEPTA President.  While the outlook for a normal school year is uncertain, I am hopeful that by working together as parents and teachers we can continue to make our schools a place where our children gain meaningful experiences, whether that’s in the classroom or online.  

I have a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Utah in Nursing.  After graduation I worked as a Registered Nurse in the Adult ICU for several years.  I currently work for Inova with their vaccination program and am a volunteer for the Medical Reserve Corp of Virginia.  I am hoping for a busy work season this fall because that would mean a Covid vaccine is available.  

We moved to the City of Falls Church in 2011. We have three children, Brooks (7th grade), Cole (4th grade), and Kate (2nd grade). My favorite color is purple and I have been known to ride a unicycle.

 

President-Elect:  David DeCoste

I’m delighted to have the opportunity to serve on the FCEPTA – giving back to our wonderful community which includes a fantastic school system. My wife, Gloria and I moved The Little City in 2018. We have two daughters: Claire who is attending MICA in Baltimore and Gwendolyn who is in 3rd grade. 

I spent most of my life in the Detroit area, but have lived outside of Michigan this last decade – in St. Louis, Los Angeles and Falls Church. I graduated from Michigan State University with degrees in Advertising and English and my professional career has been focused on marketing and communications in the automotive industry. I can often be seen running around town as I’m usually training for a marathon and enjoy building Halloween mazes and play structures.    

The 2020-21 school year could be equally as unpredictable as 2019-20, and I’m excited to face the challenge and offer solutions to help deliver on the promise and goals for the FCEPTA. It is truly a fabulous organization that I have not experienced in any other school systems. I look forward to working with our amazing faculty and meeting you and your children.

 

Treasurer – Rebecca Walker

I’m delighted to serve as Treasurer for the PTA.  Supporting this organization and the schools as they provide our children with opportunities to learn and grow means the world to me.

I am a Certified Public Accountant and my day job is working as a CFO for a membership association. I have a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Maryland.  

We moved to the City of Falls Church last year. I have two children, Josephine (9th grader), and Sylvia (3rd grader). When I’m not watching my kiddos play sports or cheerlead, I’m in two book clubs and always looking for fellow nerds to play board games with. I look forward to meeting more people. 

 

VP Communications:  Heather Lyman

I’m excited to serve on the FCEPTA board next year! As a “military brat,” I grew up moving frequently, but Northern Virginia became my home. I stayed in the area after high school and graduated from GW with a Bachelor’s in Information Technology. After many years of working in the IT field, I decided to stay home full-time with my kids. My husband and I feel very fortunate to have found such a great community in the City of Falls Church. Our children, Madeline (8th grade), Jacob (4th grade), and Ethan (2nd grade), love their schools and have made great friends. Thank you for the opportunity to serve on the FCEPTA board. I look forward to working with a great team and community.

 

VP Room Parent Relations at TJ:  Lynn Simpson

I am honored to have been asked to serve as Vice President for Room Parents at TJ.  I grew up in Rockville, MD and went to Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD, majoring in Economics.  After graduation, I supported the Department of Defense until I decided to become a stay-at-home mom following my daughter (Gracie, now a 4th grader)’s birth.  Three years and another baby (George, now a 2nd grader) later,  we moved from our Fauquier County home–where we saw more horses and cows than people on a daily basis–to FCC in 2016 for its schools and walkability.  We’re so glad we did!  I enjoyed serving as room parent in years past as well as spiritwear coordinator at Mount Daniel and can’t wait to support our schools and teachers in my new role as a liaison for TJ room parents.  

Outside of school, my kids and I provide weekend Happy Hour piano and singing entertainment for our friends at the Kensington Assisted Living Facility (the kids often draw a bigger audience than I do!).     

 

VP Room Parent Relations at MD & JTP:  Cyndi Bohlin

I am excited to serve a second term on the PTA board for the 2020-21 school year. I grew up in North Carolina, Rhode Island, and Virginia and graduated from UVA. I’ve lived in the City of Falls Church for the past eight years with my husband Kenji, who I met during a study abroad program in London. I’m mom to two children, Audrey (4th grade) and Benjamin (1st grade). We all love the walkability, high-quality schools, and small-town feel of Falls Church. Currently I work part-time as an editor for an educational association (IECA). I also enjoy volunteering at my children’s schools and co-leading my daughter’s Girl Scout troop. When I’m not shuttling the kids around or working out, I’m usually curled up with a novel. I look forward to working on the PTA board again this year to support our wonderful schools!

 

Secretary: Anoopa Sawhney

I am looking forward to joining the FCEPTA Board as Secretary next year and getting to know more FCC families! I am from Baltimore, Maryland, attended Duke University, and then moved to Northern Virginia for work and graduate school. My husband, Kabir, and I moved to Falls Church City in 2012 and feel very lucky to have landed in this wonderful community. We have two daughters, Aarya (rising 5th grader) and Vaani (rising 1st grader). When not working, I enjoy spending time with family and friends and being a part of our kids’ activities. I have volunteered as a room parent and member of the Day Care Advisory Board for the past few years, and am looking forward to now working with the PTA to support our schools in the coming year.