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NPTO BOARD

The board of directors is made up of Nettelhorst parents and teachers who provide leadership and chair specific functions such as fundraising, communications, and events. Board members serve two-year terms and meet on the second Tuesday of every month.   

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Anne Dodge

President

Board duties: Leads board efforts and collaborates with Nettelhorst leadership and the Local School Council to fulfill school needs 

Students: Janie (7th), Freddie (4th)

Day job: Director of Business Development, Second Muse

Contact: presidentnpto@nettelhorst.org

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Seema Radhakrishnan

Vice President

Board duties: Leads board efforts and collaborates with Nettelhorst leadership and the Local School Council to fulfill school needs. 

Students: Lila (7th) and Maya (7th)

Day job: Affordable Housing Policy Advisor, Fannie Mae

Contact: presidentnpto@nettelhorst.org

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Wayne Miller

Treasurer

Board duties: Tracks revenues and expenditures, pays expenses, and prepares financial statements

Students: Andrew (3rd)

Day job: M&A Tax Advisor, KPMG

Contact: treasurertnpto@nettelhorst.org

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Tim Whitney

Assistant Treasurer

Board duties: Reconciles the NPTO's spending and fundraising every month

Students: Sophia (4th), Bill (K)

Day job: Senior Director, Slalom Build

Contact: treasurertnpto@nettelhorst.org

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Matty Eyler

Secretary

Board duties: Creates meeting agendas and takes minutes to create records of NPTO meetings

Student: Maverick (K) 

Day job: Stay-at-home mom 

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Shannon Fitzgerald

Fundraising Co-Chair

Board duties: Leads Helping Hands, Stallion Stampede, and other fundraising campaigns to fulfill school needs.

Students: Foster (1st)

Day job: Associate Director of Development, Blessings in a Backpack

Contact: fundraisingnpto@nettelhorst.org

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Marc Frost

Fundraising Co-Chair

Board duties: Leads Helping Hands, Stallion Stampede, and other fundraising campaigns to fulfill school needs.

Students: Benjamin (4th), Alexander (1st)

Day job: Managing Artistic Director, Theater Unspeakable

Contact: fundraisingnpto@nettelhorst.org

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Christina Hayford

Community Events Co-Chair

Board duties: Organizes community events for Nettelhorst families and staff

Student: Oliver (1st)

Day job: Senior Research Data Analyst, Northwestern University

Contact: 

communityeventsnpto@nettelhorst.org

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Jessica Zadaka

Community Events Co-Chair

Board duties: Organizes community events for Nettelhorst families and staff

Students: Gideon (1st), Aaron (K)

Day job: Senior HR Manager, Redox

Contact: 
communityeventsnpto@nettelhorst.org

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Kim Weisensee Brown

Communications Co-Chair

Board duties: Writes and distributes the NPTO's biweekly newsletter

Student: McCord (K)

Day job: CMO, Darley

Contact: 

communicationsnpto@nettelhorst.org

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TEACHER REPRESENTATIVES

Rebecca Mancione 

Aurora Proudfoot 

Erika Olson

Communications Co-Chair

Board duties: Manages the NPTO website

Students: Desmond (6th), Summer (3rd)

Day job: Freelance writer, content strategist and movie reviewer

Contact: 

communicationsnpto@nettelhorst.org

Prsidn's Message
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Anne and her family: Freddie, Janie and Gordon

PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

Dear Friends,

Hi, and welcome to Nettelhorst! Whether you're a new or returning family, I'm so glad you're here. I hope to meet all of you in person at drop-off or one of our NPTO get-togethers this year.

 

As most of you know, the NPTO is the non-profit "friends" group of Nettelhorst that raises money, builds community, and provides a connection to teachers, families, and the East Lakeview community. Our board members are all parents of current students; most of us work in some way out in the world (in addition to the *very real work* of raising families), and our time on the NPTO is volunteered. 

 

But to zoom out on this whole thing for a second, some people ask, rightly so, why do we need to raise money for a public school? I already pay taxes and school fees. Why do you keep asking for more? Some people also ask, is it right to raise all this money in a neighborhood where the families already have so much?

 

The answer to both questions is, no, we shouldn't have to do this. No one should. It's not right, or even smart, for our society to push the responsibility for its future onto institutions like public schools and then fail to resource them appropriately. And yet, that’s our reality right now.  

 

Our school is one of the luckiest in the city. Not only do we have fantastic leadership, but a neighborhood full of families fortunate enough to invest time, money, or both in their public school. I would never ask you to give to Nettelhorst at the expense of other causes; the activism and compassion of our community are part of what makes it so incredible.

 

Just know that when you support the education of our children in a place like Nettelhorst, with its culture of inclusion, you help create young people who will take those values out into the world – and change it for the better. 

 

 

Yours with gratitude,

Anne Dodge

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