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2013-2014 PTA OFFICERS
BNS PTA Co-Presidents
Briam's son, Austin, is in Diane and Malika's third grade this year, as Briam is finishing his third term as PTA co-chair. Briam has also chaired the last four Eat Drink Dance Shop parties (Spring Fling auctions). Under his leadership, the BNS PTA has developed a fundraising plan that has far exceeded the expectations of anyone at the school and helped BNS survive numerous budget cuts that could have done real damage to the school's unique program. Briam is digital project manager working for a large advertising agency. Additionally, he has a coaching business. Briam lives in Clinton Hill with his partner, Christophe Moser, and their son.
Sam Erickson (email@example.com)
Sam Erickson has just finished his first year of being Co-President of the PTA and is feeling very much like it was a great year learning on the job. He promises to be a better and more effective leader for the PTA with the knowledge gained this year. Sam participated in many different functions this year, from fundraising (and coining the "I AM BNS" slogan for the annual appeal), to Applefest and EDDS. Next year, if returned to office, he hopes to be more impactful in all of these areas and to also innovate in fundraising. Sam has a first grader named Sadie at BNS this year and next year will also send Anna to Kindergarten at our fair school. Thanks for your consideration.
Adam Rabiner has two children at BNS: Elan and Ana. Adam has served as Treasurer since the 2011-2012 school year. Adam works in the Treasury Division of the NYC Department of Finace where he is the Director of Banking Relations overseeing bank contracts, bank billings, and enrollment in the City's Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) program.
PTA Assistant Treasurer
Christie Hodgkins and her husband Mark Bisard have two boys at BNS: Jonas and Caleb. Christie has been a class parent for two years and in 2011 helped to bring the Big Green Bus to BNS to help teach kids about sustainability. 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.
Louis's daughter is in kindergarten enjoying her second year at BNS, and his 2 ½-year-old son is looking forward to starting BNS in 2014. Louis has helped with several projects around school the past two years, including purchasing and organizing Project Day in the fall, hosting games at the Winter Holiday Party, and being an integral team member at this year’s AppleFest. This spring he chaired the EDDS decorations committee, designing the theme and producing all the decorations for EDDS. Louis works as a handyman and owns a small business called Game Brooklyn.
As the PTA's pioneer correspondence secretary, Julia helped launch the new BNS PTA newsletter in 2012-13. 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 (finishing 3rd grade) and Dean (finishing 1st).
Members at Large
Coco has a son, Aurelio, in second grade. She was a member at large during the past year. Coco organizes the Square 1 Art Fundraiser, solicits donations for EDDS and works on Applefest. She also has developed an internship for college and graduate level art students to assist BNS Art teacher Ann Rosen. Coco is an artist, writer and educator who lives in Bed-Stuy with her son, their cats Omar and Lulu and their gecko, Speedy Gonzalez.
Benita is mom to Memphis and BNS alum Rush. Benita has a passion for fun, loud talking and helping young people thrive. She is past president of Friends of BNS/BCS. Her aim as member at large is to bring issues to the PTA in an effort to help problem solve and improve our BNS community. She is a children’s rights attorney by training and has extensive experience growing non-profit organizations and making people laugh. She currently works for the City of New York and lives in Windsor Terrace with her two favorite people – Memphis and Rush.
Rebeca Ramirez is the best cheerleader ever for everything and everyone! She has a son named Diego in second grade who loves questioning all of the BNS teachers and staff. Rebeca was volunteering for BNS way before Diego was admitted into the school, so if your friends want to get in the school, tell them to start helping. She has assisted on efforts with the Green Committee, EDDS Committee, and as a member at large of the BNS PTA. She has also made a short documentary on the recycling program at BNS that you can watch on YouTube. Additionally, Rebeca works on helping to strengthen our city's best neighborhoods through community-based economic development efforts.
Janine has a daughter, Kya, in fourth grade. Janine has been an active member of the PAC and the Arts Committee, both of which speak to her passions. As a ceramic artist and director of her communal ceramic studio, Clay Space 1205, Janine works with the concept of community projects and community building every day. Within the BNS community, you can find Janine active in issues pertaining to the arts and education policy. She is currently working with a fellow parent artist to help BNS children create a pottery installation to beautify the school. Next year Janine also hopes to spearhead the creation of an Etsy-style online store where BNS makers can share their wares with the greater community.
Matt was very happy to help organize the food for this year's EDDS and would like to become more involved in the PTA next 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, in Valerie and Marisol's K class, and Amina, who is 2 1/2. In his working life, Matt is an art historian and the director of The Art Genome Project at Artsy (artsy.net), a website whose mission is to make all the world’s art accessible to anyone with an Internet connection. Matt is also a writer and in July will be publishing his first book, Kill for Peace about American artists' protests against the Vietnam War.