Falls Church Elementary PTA 2018 – 2019

President Kathleen Tysse
President Elect Jenn Beck
VP – TJ Room Parent Relations Laura von Schriltz
VP – MD/JTP Room Parent Relations Cyndi Bohlin
VP Communication Heather Lyman
Treasurer Lily Jong
Secretary Chrissy Henderson


FCEPTA Board Bios

President: Kathleen Tysse

I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to serve the Falls Church City Schools community as FCEPTA President. My husband, James, and I are both from Northern Virginia (we met as high school sweethearts). After trying our best to spread our wings and explore the world, we couldn’t resist returning to the area to raise our four kids (rising 6th grader JP, 4th grader Simon, 2nd grader Leah, and kindergartener Peter) close to family and in the excellent school system here in The Little City. I have a Masters of Teaching in Elementary Education from UVA and a passion for elementary-aged literature. Now that I’m home full-time with our kids, I spend my time away from FCEPTA serving as a member of the City’s Library Board of Trustees, trying to finally learn tennis, and attempting not to drown in kid-clutter.

VP Communications: Heather Lyman

I’m excited to join the FCEPTA board next year! As a “military brat,” I grew up moving frequently but lived in Northern Virginia twice and attended part of elementary, part of junior high, and part of high school in the area. After high school, I earned a degree in information technology from The George Washington University, and except for a brief stint in Ohio, have lived in Northern Virginia ever since. My husband and I feel very fortunate to have found such a great community in the City of Falls Church. Our children, Madeline (6th grade), Jacob (2nd grade), and Ethan (Kindergarten), love their schools and have made great friends. After several years as a stay-at-home mom, I recently returned to work for a small government contractor. 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 JTP & MD: Cyndi Bohlin

I am excited to join the PTA board for the 2019-2020 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 seven years with my husband Kenji, who I met during a study abroad program in London. I’m mom to two children, Audrey (3rd grade) and Benjamin (Kindergarten). We all love the walkability, high-quality schools, and small-town feel of Falls Church. Before becoming a stay-at-home mom, I worked in non-profit communications, primarily for the arts. Now I enjoy volunteering at my children’s schools and co-leading my daughter’s Girl Scout troop. For the past two years, I’ve also worked as a group fitness instructor with FIT4MOM, so you can often find me sweating it out at a HIIT exercise class. 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 this year to support our wonderful schools!

VP Room Parent Relations at TJ: Laura von Schriltz

I am honored to have been asked to serve as Vice President for Room Parents at TJ. I was born in Augusta, Georgia and went to Hollins College (now university) in Roanoke, VA. After graduating from college, I moved to DC where I met my husband. We have two children, Max (5th grade) and Eva (3rd grade). We lived in Old town Alexandria for 11 years prior to moving to Falls Church City. We moved to FCC in 2013 for the schools and walkability. My current position is Director of Sales for Henninger Media Services, a video production company. Henninger provides editing, color correction, audio and graphic services for broadcast, corporations and associations. We just finished working on Mister Rogers, It’s You I Like for a PBS pledge drive. I have served on the boards of Washington Women in Public Relations (WWPR) as their membership director and Women in Film and Video as chair of the silent auction for their galas where we honored women of vision such as Carrie Fisher, Sharon Stone, Debra Lee, Lynda Carter and many others. I also volunteered for the United Way in an afternoon program for latchkey kids. I have been the room parent for both children’s classrooms for the past two years and am happy to transfer that knowledge to this position. Looking forward to interacting with parents and supporting our wonderful schools and teachers.

Treasurer: Lily Jong

I am honored to be serving a second term on the FCEPTA Board as Treasurer. A big reason why we moved to Falls Church in 2014 is the school system, so I am happy to be supporting our wonderful schools, teachers and community in this way. I grew up in Tampa, Florida, but I spent 16 years living in New York City– where I attended college, got an MBA, met my husband, and worked in the finance industry– so, in my heart, I’m a New Yorker and I think pizza from anywhere else is terrible. I spent 13 years working in equity research, but now spend most of my time looking after my third grader, Carina Mena.

Secretary: Chrissy Henderson

I moved to Northern Virginia almost 20 years ago from my home state of New Jersey. I have lived in the City of Falls Church for over 14 years with my husband, Jeff.  As the mom to Lillian (riding 4th grader) and Connell (rising 2nd grader), I have grown to love the Falls Church community and all it has to offer our family. Before starting a family, I worked in marketing at a technology company and at a pharmaceutical company.   In my not-so- free time, I love to do yoga, to read novels, and to play around with my Nikon camera.  For the past 2 years I’ve enjoyed serving on the Board as the VP of Communications.  I look forward to continuing to serve the mission of the FCEPTA as Secretary.

President-Elect: Jenn Beck

I’m looking forward to learning and growing this year as the President-elect for the PTA.  I am grateful as a parent for the relationship our PTA has with our educators to make the schools a place where our children can gain meaningful experiences through activities such as GIVE Day, International Night, or assemblies that enrich our children’s experiences to make learning and growing fun.

I have a Bachelors degree from the University of Utah in Nursing. I worked as a Registered Nurse in the Adult ICU for several years and after deciding to be home more with our kids now dabble in flu shots during flu season.

We moved to the City of Falls Church in 2011. We have three children, Brooks (6th grader), Cole (3rd grader), and Kate (1st grader). My favorite color is purple and I have been known to ride a unicycle. I look forward to getting to know more of our families in the Little City.