Falls Church Elementary PTA 2018 – 2019

President Katherine Secrist
President Elect Kathleen Tysse
VP – TJ Room Parent Relations Laura von Schriltz
VP – MD/JTP Room Parent Relations Taryn Riblett
VP Communication Chrissy Henderson
Treasurer Lily Jong
Secretary Emily Carmody


FCEPTA Board Bios

President: Katherine Secrist
I am looking forward to working with the amazing leaders of our PTA and community as FCEPTA President this coming school year. As President-Elect, I have already been amazed by the outstanding cadre of volunteers who comprise our organization and I am both humbled and honored to be chosen to lead them. I was born and raised in Atlanta and moved to Virginia to attend UVA. In Charlottesville, I met my husband Ron and after graduating we moved to Richmond where our three wonderful children, Elizabeth (11), Charlotte (8) and James (5) were all born. In Richmond, my career focused on fund development as well as Board and program development for area non-profits. I was fortunate to work with several organizations that supported underserved children and their families. When we moved to Falls Church City to be closer to Ron’s work, we chose The Little City for its great schools, tight-knit community and walkability. I have spent my time in Falls Church volunteering at the schools as well as serving on the Board of and running the stewardship campaign for our church. I am also the Girl Scout Leader for my eldest’s troop. When I am not at lacrosse, swimming or t-ball practice, I can be found in the yoga studio or out walking our family dog Rocky.

President-Elect: Kathleen Tysse
I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to serve the Falls Church City Schools community as
President-Elect. 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 (4th grader JP, 2nd grader Simon, kindergartner Leah, and preschooler 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 serving as President of the board at our cooperative preschool and as a member of the City’s library Board of Trustees, trying to finally learn tennis, and attempting not to drown in kid-clutter. I’m really looking forward to getting to know our leadership and City families better!

VP Communications – Chrissy Henderson
I moved to Northern Virginia almost 18 years ago from my home state of New Jersey. I have lived in the City of Falls Church for over 12 years with my husband Jeff. Now as the mom to Lillian (2nd grader) and Connell (Kindergartner), 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. For the past four years, I have volunteered on the board of a non-profit, where my primary responsibilities have included organizing and marketing social events and activities. In my not-so- free time, I love to do yoga, read novels, watch period dramas on Masterpiece Theater and play around with my Nikon camera (though I am still learning to master my DSLR!) I look forward to communicating about all of the great events and benefits the FCEPTA has to offer throughout the next school year.

VP – Mount Daniel Room Parents: Taryn Riblett
I am excited to join the PTA board for the 2018-2019 school year. I am originally from South Carolina, and I graduated from Clemson University. I met my husband Phillip at Clemson, and after living in Nashville, New York City, and Arlington, we moved to Falls Church City in 2012. I have two daughters, Jane (2nd grade) and Sophie (Kindergarten). We all love living in Falls Church, especially because of the schools and the walkability of the city. I work as a preschool teacher, and I enjoy volunteering in our community. I have been a room parent the last three years, and I am also a leader of two Girl Scout troops. I am looking forward to working with the other members of the PTA board to support our wonderful schools.

VP – Thomas Jefferson Room Parents: 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 (4th grade) and Eva (2nd 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 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 12 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. After 13 years working in equity research, I have spent most of my time looking after my 7 year old daughter, Carina Mena, and my 15 year old beagle, Markham.

Secretary – Emily Carmody
I am honored to serve a second term as FCEPTA Secretary for 2018-19 school year. Falls Church City Public Schools has been a family affair. My mother is former Mount Daniel Principal, Kathleen Halayko, and when home from UVA during college, I worked for the Daycare and Summer Fun programs in addition to substitute teaching. Following several years in New England, my husband, Roderick, and I moved back to Virginia in 2009 and, naturally, Falls Church City was high on our list of places to settle for its schools and close knit community. I have served in various PTA committee positions including Room Parent, Spiritwear, GIVE Day, and will be adding Book Fair to the list next year. When I’m not carpooling Caroline (2018-19 7th grader), Matthew (2018-19 4th grader), and Harrison (2018-19 2nd grader) around to their various activities, I try and sneak in some side work as a Speech-Language Pathologist. I’m looking forward to continuing work with the PTA board as well as the elementary staff and families next year!