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Who We Are

Connect. Engage. Contribute.

The Packer PA is all of us – you are automatically a member. We work together to support the school, raise funds for special programs, and provide resources for families to help build a strong, diverse and inclusive Packer community.

PA Leadership

PA Board Members, Committee Chairs, and Grade/Class Reps volunteer their time and expertise to raise funds, plan PA events, convene meetings, and groups, solicit parent feedback, liaise with Packer, and generally support the PA and Packer.

Each Spring, all PA members are invited to nominate and vote for the PA Board. We hope you will consider volunteering for an expanded role with the PA.

Contact List

President: Ainka Shackleford Turner,
Vice President: Sary Awad,
Class Reps Chair: Kristine Sui,
Communications Chair: Bianca Donaldson,
Director at Large - Benefit: Maria Mandel Dunsche,
Director at Large - ELC: Jamie Sirianni,
Director at Large - Pumpkin Patch: Brooke Buchanan,
Diversity Chair: Nicole Lavonne Smith-Johnson,
Nominating Chair: Dawn Bradford-Watt,
Operations Chair: Michele Ryba,
Programs Chair: Tara Harrison,
Secretary: Sara Shulman,
Sports and Spirit: Paula Dunbar,          
Treasurer: Tina Heslin,
Volunteers Chair: Marisa Kubiak,
Packer PA Liaison: Shriya Bhargava-Sears,

PA Parent Groups and Affinity Spaces

Parent Discussion Groups

Our parent groups discuss issues of shared concern and organize special events and initiatives for the Packer community. Find meeting details on the PA Calendar.

  • Community Engagement
  • Diversity and Equity
  • Learning Support

Parent Affinity Spaces

Our affinity spaces provide a forum for positive dialogue and support around issues of race and equity. Interested in starting a new space? Reach out to

  • Black Affinity Space
  • Packer Asian Family Alliance
  • LGBTQ+ Affinity Space
  • White Awareness & Accountability Space

Get Involved!

There are so many ways to get involved in the PA’s work to support our school community. We need your energy and your ideas!

Ainka Shackleford Turner '92
President, Packer Parent Association