Parents Association Executive Board

The roles and responsibilities of the PA Board

2022 – 2023

The Board is the decision-making body of the Parents Association, but all iSchool parents are welcome at every PA meeting and are invited to get involved with volunteering and events. Email pa@mail.nycischool.org. We’ve introduced ourselves below so you can get a sense of who we are. Please don’t hesitate to reach out and introduce yourself to us!

President

Alison Monk P2024

I’m the mom of Eden, a passionate iSchool senior. I’m thrilled to join the iSchool Board this year as President, and honored to serve with this team. Previously, I served as a PTA President at the High School of Math, Science and Engineering where my son, now a Sophomore at Tulane, attended high school. Professionally, I run a marketing strategy consultancy after a 25 year career primarily at large advertising agencies. Originally from right over the bridge in Teaneck NJ, and a proud graduate of Teaneck High, I feel grateful to have found an equally special public school experience for my children. In my rare spare time, I enjoy doing yoga, cooking, reading and exploring the richness of our amazing city.

Vice President

Julie Fissinger P2023

I’m the mother of Caroline Mulcahy, who is a member of the class of 2023.  Caroline is our third (and last!) NYC public school child.  Throughout my years as a public school parent, I’ve enjoyed volunteering as a class parent,  serving on the SLT and as the chair of the annual fund, as well as other various other roles.  I’m really excited to serve as co-vice president of the PA Board, and to help support all of the students at the NYC iSchool.  Professionally I am the Executive Director of Fordham University’s President’s Council.  Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, I’ve lived in NYC now for over 30 years.   I love to walk our dog in Prospect Park (often along with a foster dog!), practice yoga, cook dinner, read books, listen to podcasts, and visit with friends & family.  I look forward to a great school year! 

 

Fatima Doukoure P2025

My daughter, Nyela, is a sophomore, I knew I wanted to join the parent association from the welcoming picnic. I have always been involved in my children’s school. In fact, I was a part of fundraising efforts that transformed the only talented and gifted school in my community. I work for the DOE as the Coordinator for Student in Temporary Housing.  I am thrilled to be a member of this dynamic group.

Treasurer

Kevin Day P2023

I’m the father of Jasper in 12th grade. I work with a firm called New City Ventures, which acquires and preserves affordable housing in NYC and around the country. I’m currently the PA Treasurer, and I’m thrilled to be able to help by keeping the PA Association books and making sure we have funds to support all the great stuff going on at the school. I’m a huge basketball fan, and grew up in Connecticut watching Larry Bird play (go Celtics!). We came to NYC in 1999. I’m also an avid non-fiction reader (economics, history, finance, philosophy) and love to watch science fiction.  Happy to take or offer reading & viewing recommendations with anyone who enjoys the same!

Co-Treasurer

Ann Lederman P2025

I’m the mom of Sophie Lo, who is a sophomore this year. I was on a PA board for the first time last academic year at Sophie’s middle school, and it was great to be involved in helping support the students, faculty, and staff. I look forward to serving as vice Treasurer this year at the wonderful iSchool! I’m a native New Yorker—grew up in and currently reside in Brooklyn; I work at NYU’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. Most days you can find me walking the loop in Prospect Park, and I still never tire of exploring the city’s neighborhoods.

Co-Secretaries

Jay Finkelstein P2025

I am father to Micah, a sophomore. This is my first year on the PA which I  joined after retiring from the NYCDOE. Prior to my retirement I taught social studies for 8 years at the NYCiSchool and 5 years at the Brooklyn High School for Leadership and Community Service. I live in Brooklyn with Micah, my wife Jamie, and our dog Cookie and cat Ginger. Among my interests are writing, biking, tennis, golf, bocce, wordle, squareword and the NYT crossword puzzle.

Cesar Recio P2023

 

 

Members at Large

Ixchel Rosal P2025

Michael Samofalov P2025

Teresa Aguayo P2024

Mileisa Gomez P2025

Susan Drexler P2024

 

Holly Epstein Ojalvo P2023 [SLT Representative for the PA]

My daughter, Zoey, is a senior. Professionally I’m an editor — currently, I’m the managing editor at Fortune — and former high school teacher. I joined the PA board and the SLT to get involved, make more connections, and help support the iSchool in this challenging time; I also volunteered in my daughter’s previous schools. I grew up in Maryland attending progressive public schools founded on similar principles and practices as the iSchool’s and have great confidence in the model. I love running, yoga, and travel, and still happily get the print newspaper delivered every day (partly, I admit, for the crossword).