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Jen has been an active member of the BNS community during the last three years, serving on the EatDrinkDanceShop (EDDS) Decorations, Auction and Food Committees. She has also loved her role as Class Parent Organizer for the last two years. In her work life, Jen is a freelance Training/Production Coordinator, helping to produce segments of large national sales meetings. She and her husband, John Longo, own the bar/restaurant Dean Street in Prospect Heights where they have hosted two very successful BNS events: book launches for BNS parent George Packer and BCS college counselor Joshua Steckel.
AnnMarie has two boys at BNS. She was the co-chair of the Arts and Crafts committee for Apple Fest last year and the co-chair and a major contributor in the creation of the first annual Maker Fest this past winter. She is also an active member of the Arts Committee and is presently serving on the EDDS decorations committee. She has also been a class parent for the past two years. In her work life, AnnMarie was an in-house producer at a commercial photo agency, coordinating everything from locations to hair stylists and makeup artists to catering and creating budgets.
During his three years as Treasurer of both BNS and Friends of BNS-BCS, Adam has increased transparency and communications. By spearheading www.BNStore.org (BNS's online merchandise store), improving the Amazon School Rewards Program and BNS Teachers' Store, and initiating other improvements, Adam has helped to increase school revenue.
Christie Hodgkins and her husband Mark Bisard have two boys at BNS. Christie had been the Assistant Treasurer during 2013-14 school year. In prior years, she was a class parent. Christie oversees school-based youth programs at CAMBA, a non-profit in Brooklyn. In addition to being responsible for ensuring program compliance and quality, she develops program budgets, monitors spending, tracks expenses and does grant writing.
Penny's daughter, Mela, is in third grade. Penny has been involved with the PTA and many fundraising and community building events for the past three years. She has been a class parent each year, and has enjoyed decorating for EDDS. She will manage Picture Day again this year. And she's often baking cookies for our many bake sales! Professionally, she runs a one woman interior design business and also owns and operates one of the largest parenting listservs in Brooklyn.
As the PTA’s pioneer correspondence secretary, Julia Rousakis helped launch the BNS PTA newsletter in 2012-2013. She is committed to continued improvements in parent communications in the coming school year. Julia has worked as a writer and editor for a range of museums and publications, including a year as an editor for Scholastic News. When she is not hunched over her laptop, Julia is trying to keep up with her two sons, Ari (Antoinette and Nancy's class) ad Dean (Steve and Katherine's class).
Members at Large
Though 2013-14 was Fatima's first year at BNS, she immersed herself in the PTA by helping to organize the food at AppleFest, Extravaganza and MakerFest. Fatima lives in Crown Heights with her husband, Gregg, a fitness professional, educator and consultant, and their daughter Solé (in Jenny's 1st grade class). Professionally, Fatima is a design consultant and custom jewelry designer. She has recently launched a new business, Superfête (superfetenyc.com), curating parties-in-a-box for kids.
Coco has a son, Aurelio, in Cora and Josh’s 4th grade class. She has enjoyed working with the PTA and has helped with AppleFest, with soliciting donations for past versions of EDDS, and with the end of year staff lunch. She has also managed the Square 1 Art fundraiser for a couple of years. She and Aurelio live in Bed-Stuy with their cats Omar and Lulu and their gecko, Speedy Gonzalez.
Last year Matt served on the PTA as a Member-at-Large and helped organize Movie Night, Dance Fest and did the desserts for EDDS. He looks forward to being more involved with the PTA this year. Matt lives in Park Slope with his wife, Samara—a social worker at The Facing History High School in Manhattan—and two children: Ben and Amina. In his working life, Matt is an art historian and the Director of The Art Genome Project at Artsy, a website whose mission is to make all the world’s art accessible to anyone with an Internet connection. Matt is also a writer. His first book, Kill for Peace: American Artists Against the Vietnam War, was published in 2013.
Since joining the BNS community last year, JC has participated in Project Day and AppleFest's set up. He has been involved with the PAC, including providing Spanish translation at one of the meetings on High Stakes testing. He was part of the MakerFest Planning Committee, and has volunteered several full-days in the Science room for the Kindergarten Woodworking workshops. Outside of BNS, he has held a position on the executive committee of the policy council for early childhood education during the 2012-2013 policy year, and has had experience working closely with councilmember, Brad Lander, and his staff via both their Participatory Budgeting initiative and also through involvement with civic activities with his neighbors of in Kensington, Brooklyn.