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Meet the Candidates!

Please see the below candidate statements for the 2020-21 Shepherd Elementary PTO Board and LSAT. The pandemic delayed our election (usually held in the spring) so we will hold a virtual vote starting on September 30th. Please take a moment to read the statements of interest by the candidates below.

CO-PRESIDENT (Two Positions Open)

Elizabeth (Liz) Bradley

I’m Liz Bradley and I’m running for Co-President. I have a son, Henry, in the 5th grade and a daughter, Charlotte, in the 3rd grade, and have been a parent at Shepherd for the last 5 years. I have served as President of the Shepherd PTA for the last 2 years and led an awesome group of parents to focus on fundraising, communications, family engagement, and teacher and staff support.

Over the past two years, we’ve managed to do some amazing things with the help from many of you.

  • Increased our PTA annual budget by more than 200% and increased the amount given to teachers for supplemental classroom supplies by more than 100%
  • Committed to frequent and consistent weekly communication with teachers, staff and parents
  • Supported and funded the Principal’s efforts to improve the building, support our specials’ teachers, focus on STEM needs, and enhance the PK classroom materials
  • Advocated for additional funding for our school budget, more oversight from DCPS to address key school concerns, exclusive use of the new Community Center during the school day
    for Shepherd students, and exclusive use of the soccer field for Shepherd students during construction of the Community Center
  • Represented Shepherd at DCPS events and education committees across the city to share our view point, concerns, and to develop key relationships with DCPS and other school leaders
  • Encouraged out-of-school field trips and allocated PTA dollars to send each Shepherd student on a field trip for the past 2 years
  • Hosted new events (or revived older ones) to increase family engagement and fundraising like School Beautification Day, Movie Nights, Meet the Teacher, Box Tops collection, and
    Restaurant Nights

For my day job, I am the Communications Director at AARP leading strategy across the organization focusing on caregiving and housing issues. I’ve also served as an adjunct faculty member at Georgetown teaching a class on Communication Strategy in the College
of Continuing Studies.

I would very much like to continue to help guide the team during this very unusual school year.

Taryn Losch-Beridon

I am proud mom to two Shepherd Mustangs, a Kindergartner (Cadel) and Pre-K3er (Nils). Our family lives in North Portal Estates (on Verbena) and we’re so excited to be a part of the Shepherd Elementary family. We previously lived in Crestwood (just to the south on 16th St) and specifically chose to purchase a home in 20012 because we absolutely love the community and the school.

Shortly after our older son entered Shepherd in 2018, I was elected to the first Vice President office on the Shepherd PTA Board and have served in that capacity for two years now. In this role, I have led fundraising efforts for the PTA, including co-chairing the Spring Gala and Auction for the past two years; in 2019, the Gala raised over $65,000, which was a significant increase over prior years’ earnings. I have also contributed to many PTA initiatives and activities such as organizing the inaugural Family Movie Night in 2018, rekindling Shepherd Restaurant Nights, and organizing the first family photo fundraiser in 2019. I have also been responsible for website administration and working behind the scenes on our website refresh to be launched later this year. It has been extremely rewarding to serve on the PTA and work with so many passionate board members and volunteers to enrich our school community and support our students, teachers and staff in meaningful ways.

In my professional life, I lead clinical research, regulatory affairs and clinical quality assurance for a Swiss biotech company developing oncology products. In our spare time, our family loves to go camping and travel the world – we cannot wait to be able to travel again!

I am an extremely dedicated and hardworking individual. As Co-president, would endeavor to build community amongst our Shepherd families, and increase opportunities for engagement and connection, particularly during this time when we need it most. Thanks for your consideration and I look forward to continuing my service to Shepherd and the PTA!

VICE PRESIDENT

Ayana McIntosh

I have been a proud member of the Shepherd Elementary School community since relocating to NW Washington DC in 2015. I am the mother of three Shepherd Mustangs, ages 4,5, and 9. Since 2015, I have been an active member of the PTO. In addition to serving as a room parent, I have acted as the Fall Fest chairperson, Jazz Night chairperson, and PTO Vice-President, in the past. I have been an active member of the Spring Gala Committee since 2017 and a volunteer for numerous school activities. I hope to continue working as a member of the executive PTO board and with the broader Shepherd community.

McKinley Glover

As a dad to a kindergartener (Belle) and two future Shepherd students (Rose, 3, and Mack, 1), I am fully committed to both the present and future of Shepherd!

I am excited about the opportunity to serve the school and community as part of the PTO executive board. While my family and I are relatively new additions to the community, we are fully committed to enhancing what is already an amazing school. Further, I believe that being new to the executive board is an asset, with the ability to provide fresh ideas and perspective, while also respecting the traditions and history of excellence of the school and PTO.

Professionally, I am a consultant with McKinsey & Company, the global management consulting firm and a board-certified physician. Prior to moving to DC, I was a full-time faculty member at Harvard Medical School, practicing clinically at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. My areas of focus were in health disparities, health policy, finance, management and leadership. I have also served on several non-profit boards and been elected as parliamentarian in multiple organizations. I believe my commitment to fairness, respecting differing opinions and ensuring that every voice is heard are key traits that will allow me to serve effectively as vice-president.

RECORDING SECRETARY

Sara Faulman

My name is Sara Faulman; I am the mom of Parker (4th grade daughter) and Dylan (1st grade son). This will be my 6th year as a parent at Shepherd and I have been continuously involved as a volunteer in some capacity. For example, I served on the Board of Star Achievers for three years, as both a general member and co-President; I have been a Girl Scout Leader for five years; and was elected to serve on the LSAT committee last year, where I was tasked with taking and maintaining meeting minutes. My family has been a member of the PTA since we started at Shepherd, and are always proud to support the Mustangs any way we can!

Shepherd Elementary is a great place for our kids to grow and learn and I am excited to further get involved with the school, and well as all of the great parents and staff that make this school such a special environment! Thank you for the opportunity to be the Recording Secretary for our PTA for this upcoming school year.

CORRESPONDING SECRETARY

No candidates nominated

TREASURER

Karen Sloan

My name is Karen Sloan and I a m asking for your vote to serve as Treasurer for the Parent Teacher Organization at Shepherd Elementary School during the 2020 – 2021 school year.

This year is like no other we have ever experienced at Shepherd. We are in uncharted territory. The PTO needs a Treasurer who is knowledgeable and experienced in the PTO’s finances but also someone who can lead with integrity, honesty and transparency. I am that person. I served as Treasurer during the 2019 – 2020 school year and prior to that I served as Corresponding Secretary for two years where I organized Field Day, Walk to School Day and Shepherd’s first ever Health and Wellness Fair. However, my longevity as a Shepherd parent makes me an ideal candidate. My son, Jebasei, has been in Shepherd since Pre-K 4. He is now in the 5th grade.

During these unprecedented times, it is important we bring new and innovative methods to support and raise money for our teachers and the school’s administration. Our children depend on them and we depend on them to teach our kids. Since there are no in person gatherings, we are looking to raise funds at virtual social gatherings like an online Paint and Sip and Restaurant take-out options instead of in-dining Restaurant night. Also, a fun gathering for the kids can be a virtual dance party where parents can pay $5 a child to attend. It will give them a chance to socialize with their friends while raising revenue for the PTO.

These are just a few ideas. Given the opportunity, I would love to continue to explore ways to financially support the school’s needs while using our collective resources to get the best bang for our buck. I hope you elect me to be your next PTO Treasurer.

ASSISTANT TREASURER

Andrea Smith

My name is Andrea Smith and I am interested in serving as Shepherd’s PTA Assistant Treasurer for school year 2020-2021. I am a PTA veteran and have served on the board for the last 3 school years as Treasurer and Assistant Treasurer. My son, Mason Smith, is a third grader in Mr. Mack’s class. I am excited to serve and help the PTO in anyway possible.

A little about me, I am a graduate of DCPS where I attended Takoma Educational Center and Calvin Coolidge Senior High School. I hold a BBA and MBA in Accounting from Howard University. Professionally I am an Audit Director for the Department of the Treasury Office of the Inspector General. I am also the site manager for two Volunteer Income Tax Assistance programs under the Internal Revenue Service where I provide free tax services to low and moderate taxpayers in the metropolitan area with Community Tax Aid and the Internal Revenue Service. I am also a board member of the National Association of Black Accountants and an active member of Delta Sigma There Sorority, Inc.

I look forward to learning and growing in this position and appreciate your vote.

LSAT CANDIDATES (Four Positions Open)

Dominic Ju

Hello Shepherd community! I am Dominic Ju, dad to Ryland (2nd grade) and Mason (K). My wife Dana and I feel very lucky to have found such a great community in Shepherd many years ago! We have been active in the community and I served on the LSAT last year. It has been great working with Dr Hedlund, Ms. Rottman, and the many teachers, staff, and parents that work so hard to keep Shepherd great. While this school year is much different than previous years, I believe I can contribute and make Shepherd even better. I have emphasized social emotional learning which is of even greater importance during these COVID times as well as data-informed decisions and transparency with the school community.

In my professional life, I co-founded a small DC-based consulting company that mainly supports federal and military clients. I am also a former US Marine that has also worked in academia, the private sector, and as a government civilian. It has been an honor to serve on the LSAT last year and I hope to continue to serve the community on the 2020-2021 LSAT.

Tina Moss

No candidate statement available.

Sara Faulman

My name is Sara Faulman; I am the mom of Parker (4th grade daughter) and Dylan (1st grade son). This will be my 6th year as a parent at Shepherd. Last year I had the honor to be elected to serve on the LSAT committee, where I was tasked with taking and maintaining meeting minutes. Although the year ended … not the way we all expected, I learned a lot from the year and from leadership within the school. This experience, and the relationships I formed with my fellow LSAT committee-members, will allow me to jump into this year’s activities with focus and knowledge. Thank you for your vote of confidence and for allowing me to serve on the committee once again.