Meet yOur PTO Board

All Vallemar parents, guardians, teachers and staff are members of the Parent-Teacher Organization. We are a non-profit organization dedicated to making sure every student has the best educational experience possible at Vallemar.   All the work that we do as a PTO from volunteering to fundraising is about the kids.  We are always looking for new ideas and energetic volunteers.  Find out more about how to GET INVOLVED.  Join us and dream big for our kids!

Please feel free to reach out  with any questions or feedback you might have by emailing admin@vallemarpto.org.

What does the board do?  Find the descriptions of board roles HERE.

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CHARL0TTE ALLEN

PRESIDENT

My name is Charlotte and if you like me, you can call me Char. I am a proud Mom to Avery, a Vallemar Alum and Quinn, a Vallemar Seventh Grader. This will be my twelfth year as a proud Vallemar parent and eleventh as a PTO board member. My motivation as a board member is, and always has been, inclusivity. Every parent, guardian and teacher makes up the PTO and everyone deserves a voice in their child’s educational experience. If I could make up my own board position title, it’d be “The Welcome Wagon”. 

 

I work full-time as Director of Marketing for an insurance agency which keeps me busy but never too busy to serve my community. I make time for PTO because I care deeply for our children and teachers at Vallemar. My favorite way to volunteer at school (when I take a day off work) is to join a Kindergarten tour or chaperone a field trip. I love meeting new families! If you can’t find me on campus, I am always just a call, text or email away. I’d love to encourage new families to get involved.

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Kaitlyn panizza

vp VOLUNTEERING

Hey Ya'll , my name is Kaitlyn and I am the proud mama of 3 kids at Vallemar! I have twin girls in 4th grade and a son in 1st grade as well as a daughter that is now an alum of Vallemar. This will be my 3rd year on the PTO board and I love being involved within our community. Helping our school has a special place in my heart. I work as a mortgage loan advisor and I am blessed with the flexibility to be able to dedicate time to our children's education. I am looking forward to an exciting year of growth for our school. 

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Kristin borup

recording secretary

A native of Wisconsin, my family and I moved to Pacifica two years ago.  We have been so impressed with Vallemar, and right away I knew I wanted to be involved with our new school through the PTO.  This is my second year on the board, and my first year as recording secretary.  I have a strong belief that parents play an important role in our children’s education, and I believe that building a strong sense of school community is critical for the success of our schools.  One of the things that makes Vallemar such a wonderful place is the sense of community that it fosters, and I am so happy to be able to give back to that community through my work with the PTO.  We are going to have such a great year!

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Zobeida GonzaleZ

vAcademy CoordinatoR

My name is Zobeida Gonzalez (“z”)and I am the proud mom of an incoming 3rd grader, Evangeline. I’m originally from the East coast (NY mostly), moved to San Francisco in 2009 and have been living in Pacifica since 2014. We transferred into Vallemar in October last year, drawn by the community and the VAcademy offerings. It has been a fantastic decision!

 

This will be my first year on the PTO and I’m looking forward to seeing what great things this year will bring. Outside of being a mom and a school volunteer, I’m a Recruiter for an EdTech company, a former improviser, dabble in writing and painting and am also a fledgling gardener. 

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Kara Berg

Co- K-2 Grade rep

I was raised in Minnesota but moved to the Bay Area for college and never looked back. My husband, Peter Nelken and I have lived in Pacifica for the past 6 years and our children Miles (4th) and Mabel (1st) are excited to be part of the Vallemar school.

This is my 2nd year serving on the PTO board as the K-2 co-representative position. I’m proud to be part of a community of parents and teachers that are so involved in our children’s education and futures. I love hiking the many coastal trails, camping with my family and I almost always have knitting in my hands. Please feel free to reach out with questions or just to say hi. I look forward to meeting you!

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Maria Dallmann

Co-3-5 grade rep

My name is Maria Dallmann and I was born and raised in Pacifica.  I have 3 kids, Stella 5th, Ava 3rd, and Cassius incoming Kindergarten. I love our city by the ocean and the community I grew up in.  I can't think of a better way to spend my free time than investing in my kid's school and education.  We love the teachers, families, and community at Vallemar.   I have volunteered for the past 5 years and promised to join the PTO once my youngest started school.  True to my word, I'm thrilled to join the PTO and not only volunteer in my kid's classes, help with fundraisers, but I'm so excited to be the 3rd-5th grade rep.  Always happy to help! Can't wait to meet you around campus and at the next PTO meetings.

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Sarah benevides

Co-VP Fundraising

I am a very lucky mom of two amazing kids- Dominic in 5th grade and Julian in 7th grade.  I live in Vallemar with my kids, husband Rick, cat Jaxon and dogs Lima & Milli.

We love so many things about Vallemar School- the teachers and staff, the friends and parents, the sense of community and of course the amazing PTO!  This will be my 7th year on the PTO in roles ranging from Activities and Programs Coordinator, Co VP of Fundraising, Co-President and now back to Co-VP of Fundraising, alongside my amazing friend Angela Diaz.  I’ve found each role rewarding and exciting in very different ways.  

We love to see new faces and fresh ideas at PTO Meetings (virtual ones too)!  Please join us!

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Jaime blanchard

Co- Publicity Secretary

This is my fifth year on the Vallemar PTO.  My son is in the 6th grade.  We are looking forward to a great year!  I am excited about the new adventures this year will bring.

 

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Tas Suvunnachuen

TREASURER,
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There are many things we love about our Vallemar School community.  The PTO, teachers, and staff made us feel welcome and connected to the School since the day our oldest started Kindergarten years ago.  We feel lucky to be a part of this family.  Even though we have volunteered at many fundraising events, this is my second year serving on the PTO Board in the role of Accounts Payable Treasurer.  I look forward to working with everyone to support and enrich students’ education.

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Vi Chou

vAcademy CoordinatoR

Hello! My name is Vi Chou and I am a mother to a kindergartener here at Vallemar. This is my first year serving on the PTO Board and I am excited to help contribute to the school community as one of your vAcademy Coordinators. 

 

Our family moved to Pacifica in 2017 and quickly fell in love with the beautiful nature, friendly people, and small-town feel. We are grateful for the warm welcome we've had into the Vallemar community and look forward to an exciting year ahead!

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Nina garcia

co-k-2 grade rep

My name is Nina Garcia.  I am the proud mother of Dominic, a 2nd grader here at Vallemar. This is my first year with the PTO. I love this school and the wonderful community.  I'm really looking forward to the new school year and my new role on the board!

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DANIELLE NASH

6-8 grade rep

Hello and welcome 2022-2023 Vallemar families!!! 

My name is Danielle, I am a Pacifica native and this will be our 9th and final year at Vallemar. My daughter Sadie has been at Vallemar since Kindergarten and I couldn’t be more excited, or think of a better way to end our time at Vallemar, than being a part of our wonderful PTO, serving as the Middle School 6-8 grade Rep! 

I’ve spent many hours on campus, volunteering in my daughters' classrooms over the years, as well as at various functions and events such as the Fall Fun Fest, Bingo, The Craft Fair as well as volunteering weekly as Library, PE, Art and Computer Lab Helper, to name a few.  

My husband Michael and I are Terra Nova High School sweetheart alumnis. 

Pacifica is extremely near and dear to my heart and I am so grateful to be raising our girls in the same town we were raised in. 

I work for Redfin as an Interior Design Project Manager. I feel grateful that I am able to do something I love for work. I am obsessed with all things interior design, DIY & HGTV. One of my biggest passions in life, aside from my beautiful family, is making things look beautiful!

I encourage all families, new and current, to get involved and take advantage of the wonderful community we have at Vallemar. 

Please don’t hesitate to reach out if there’s any questions or concerns you may have, or simply just to say hello!

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ANGELA DIAZ

co-VP Fundraising

Hello Vallemar Community! My name is Angela Diaz and I will be the Co-VP of Fundraising with the wonderful Sarah Benavides. In addition to the PTO I am also the 8th Grade Language Arts and Social Studies teacher here. My husband and I have two daughters at Vallemar, Claire is a fourth grader and Elise is a second grader. We love this community so much and are looking forward to a successful school year.

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kimi camozzi

co- publicity secretary

This is my second year serving on the Vallemar PTO. I have an incoming 2nd grader, Ben, and an incoming Kindergartener, Jackson. We love Pacifica and Vallemar. I look forward to the upcoming year and serving as the Publicity Secretary.

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Kelly tse

TREASURER,
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Hello there! This is my 2nd year in the PTO and my second position on the board. I previously was co-sharing the press secretary role. It’s been a great experience learning more about the school, getting to know the PTO members and getting involved with the community of Vallemar. I have two kids, Hazel who’s going into 5th and Wes who’s going into 3rd. Excited for the new school and looking forward to growing into my new role!

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Erin acharya

Parent Council 

My husband, Abhi, and I moved to the Vallemar neighborhood in 2014 from San Francisco. We’d go past Vallemar everyday and would look forward to when our kids were all there with one drop off and, more importantly, putting down roots in a place where we could see our children grow for years to come.  We have two kids in 1st grade (Jag and Val) and one in 4th (Atticus), and can say that the Vallemar community is even better than we’d hoped and we feel proud to be a part of it. 

 

This is my first year on the PTO board and I look forward to helping our community grow. During the day, I work as the Extended Day Director at a San Francisco school and teach HypnoBirthing evenings or weekends. Don’t hesitate to ask questions or just say hi! I look forward to getting to know you!

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BETH JeNNINGS

co-3-5 grade rep

Hello! My name is Beth Jennings. This is my first year serving on the Vallemar PTO Board as the 3rd-5th grade Parent Rep. 

I have a 2nd grader and 4th grader at Vallemar. I have spent many hours volunteering in my children’s classrooms over the last 4 years and I am looking forward to this opportunity to be involved in a new capacity. 

My husband and I grew up in Tennessee and we moved to San Francisco in 2009. We eventually found our way to Pacifica in 2015. Vallemar was the first choice school for our incoming Kindergartener in 2018. We love our Vallemar community and Pacifica now feels like home.

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megan reed

8th grade chair

As a mother of 4, I have been a Vallemar parent for 12 years with 9 more years to come. I’m here for the long haul and I want to make every child’s experience here joyful and memorable; one they cherish and reflect on fondly. I have served the PTO now for 4 years in different capacities, and I am excited for my new role as the 8th grade chair.

 

I work part time for our beloved San Francisco Giants in the Maritime Division which has allowed me to devote time to volunteer in the classroom or anywhere else needed. 

 

I look forward to seeing the class of 2023, who I have watched grown up, enjoy all the fun activities we will plan for their final year at Vallemar, their home for the last 9 years.