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The PTO is made up of parent volunteers. If you'd like to get involved, let us know!


Ariel Gutierrez


Odessa Shekar

VP Volunteering

Paul McGeehan


Rebecca McEfee

VP Communications

Manuela Ibarguren

Communications & Translation

Michelle Moezzi

VP Community Events

Dani Volpi

VP Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Kyndra Kennedy

VP Fundraising

Samina Saude


Amanda Baird


Gabi Papesh

VP Communications

Alison Yezbak

VP Hospitality

Ellen Mercado

VP Community Events

Angie Fones

VP Volunteering

Nick Grundy


Jessica Yarnall Loarie

VP Compliance Advisor

Cameron McEfee


Christine Disbrow

VP Hospitality

Rob Warne

VP Diversity, Equity & Inclusion


Annual Fund Team

April Smith
Betsy Decker
Lily Frgelec


Kelly Phu
Nicole Talesfore


Grace Pacheco
Tripp Smith
Alison Neff


Kelly Sperry
Betsy Swenerton

Bilingual Ambassador

Claudia Mushet

Book Fair

Leora Fulvio

Safe Routes

Geoff Rubendall

Dine & Donate

Chris Portella
Said Moezzi

Auction Team

Kelly Phu
Carmen Dowell
Annie Greenfield
Blair Masri
Maria Walker

Birthday Books

Annie Underdown

HeadsUp Liaison

Courtney Budesa

What is the PTO?


Why does the PTO fundraise? 

Who is a member? 

We are a non-profit group dedicated to enriching children's experiences and building community at Sun Valley. Our fundraising -- about $250,000 a year -- enables SV to offer art, music, P.E., a poet-in-residence, intervention specialists and more.


We sponsor field trips, parent education nights, class supplies, book fairs, author visits, career assemblies, garden club and family events that build community. We raise funds for capital projects including the new sunshade, lunch tables and playground equipment.

It costs about $650 per student to provide enrichment programs each year. The Fall Annual Fund (starting in September) is our largest annual fundraiser. Without it, we'd lose programs that make SV shine. We also raise money with:

Spring auction

Grocery loyalty card programs

Restaurant nights

Logo merchandise sales

YOU, just by having a child at Sun Valley School! 

How does the PTO build community? 

The more involved we are, the better our kids do! So we coordinate volunteers, grade-level socials, restaurant nights, parent education events, book fairs, auction parties and more. We share information through newsletters, our website and Facebook page. And we invite everyone to our bi-weekly board meetings at 8:30 a.m. in the Teacher's Lounge, or our monthly evening general meetings at 6:00 p.m. in the MPR (with childcare!)

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