Parent Teacher Organization Board
The 2018- 2019 Executive Board and Operating Committee
Jackson D. Toof
|K-2 Grade Rep||Andrea Siegmund|
|6-8 Grade Rep||Jennifer Senzano||
|Faculty Representative||Stephanie Krolicki||
*The Pastor and Principal are ex officio members of the Executive Committee. The Pastor, Principal, and Charter Chair are non-voting advisors to the Operating Committee.
Jackson D. Toof
Jackson Toof and his wife, Francie, have four boys at St. Bernadette Catholic School. Jackson served as Vice President and President of the St. Bernadette PTO during the 2014-2015 and 2017-2018 school years, respectively, and is a current member of the St. Bernadette Parish Advisory Council. Jackson coached the St. Bernadette 3rd grade boys CYO basketball team during the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 school years, the St. Bernadette 4th grade boys CYO basketball team during the 2016-2017 school year, and the St. Bernadette 4th grade and 5th grade boys CYO basketball teams during the 2017-2018 school year. Jackson also served as the Commissioner for the Northern Virginia Junior Catholic Youth Organization (NVJCYO) 3rd grade and 4th grade boys basketball league during the 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 school years, respectively, and he expects to continue in these various roles during the 2018-2019 school year. After meeting his wife in law school, Jackson served in the U.S. Navy JAG Corps (active and reserves) and is a partner in a law firm in Washington, D.C.
Vanessa Spendley and her husband, Bill, have two children attending St. Bernadette Catholic School. They have been St. Bernadette parishioners since 2010. Vanessa has previously served on the PTO board as the Cultural Arts Coordinator and also volunteers as a Drama Club director, Book Fair Co-coordinator, Arts in the Evening committee member, and assists with Open House tours. Vanessa works part-time in HR with a Software Development Co. in Arlington and loves spending time with family and friends in her free time.
Thai Nguyen and his wife, Jean, have one son attending St. Bernadette Catholic School. Thai is a returning member to the PTO for this upcoming year, having previously served as Treasurer during the 2017-2018 school year. Thai is also active serving as a Coach in Little League and as Den Leader for Cub Scouts Pack 995. Jean has been an active volunteer at St. Bernadette Catholic School for the past three years, having most recently served as a Room Parent during the 2017-2018 school year. Thai is a Financial Advisor in Bethesda, MD and in his spare time enjoys spending time with his family, tackling do-it-yourself projects, and spending time outdoors.
Blythe Belenky and her husband, Mike, have three children who attend St. Bernadette Catholic School. This is their second year at the school. Blythe is new to the PTO Board, but spent her first year as a St. B’s parent volunteering in the library and being a Playground Duty parent substitute. She is a proud Army spouse of 16 years. Blythe and Mike are both Marylanders are always happy when the Army sends them “home” for a tour. When not at St. Bernadette’s, she is driving her children to flag football, swimming, piano, and baseball practice.
Ways & Means Chair
Frances Moore and her husband, Roger, have three children who attend St. Bernadette Catholic School. Frances was a 2nd grade room parent during the 2015-2016 school year, a 3rd grade room parent during the 2016-2017 school year, and a K-2 Grade representative last school year. Frances met her husband while serving in the United States Air Force in the early 2000s. Frances currently serves as an IT Consultant for a firm in the Washington, D.C. area. Outside of her numerous volunteering activities with St. Bernadette, Frances enjoys doing arts and crafts with her children, working out, and spending time with her family.
Grade Representative K-2
Andi Siegmund and her husband, Dave, have two children at St. Bernadette. The family moved to the NOVA area almost 5 years ago from their lifelong home of Los Angeles and enjoy experiencing actual seasons (and fireflies!) Andi and Dave were both room parents last school year and Dave taught CCD and is a co-scout leader for the school’s Daisy Troop. They love to cook quasi-gourmet meals, seek out hole-in-the-wall restaurants, and do spicy food challenges. Andi writes Federal aviation security policy and Dave works with a National explosive-detection canine program; they met while working together at LAX. Andi enjoys going to concerts by herself, getting her craft on, silence, organizing (anything), and can play a mean game of ping-pong. She is excited and proud to be on this year’s PTO!
Grade Representative 3-5
Rita Marina and her husband, Sami, have three daughters at St. Bernadette school. Rita served as a grade representative for the St. Bernadette PTO Board during the 2014-2015 school year. She is a former room parent, and a member of the Arts In The Evening Committee. Rita is a full time mom, and loves spending quality time with family and friends.
Grade Representative 6-8
Jennifer Senzano and her husband, Kristhian, have one daughter at St. Bernadette Catholic School. Jennifer has been a room parent for over the years since her daughter was in Kindergarten, along with volunteering in numerous events throughout the years. Jennifer operates her state license daycare out of her home in Springfield. Jennifer is creative and energetic, which makes her line of work all the easier. During her spare time she enjoys spending her time with family and friends.
"Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn” - Benjamin Franklin. Whether earning a B.A. from Mount Saint Mary’s University, studying to pursue paralegal certification, or training to become an analyst and investigator with the National Association of Securities Dealers, I learned by listening, observing, and best of all doing! Numerous volunteer opportunities during my son’s education journey here, led to a career change and my Virginia Catholic Education Association certification in 2006.
How blessed I feel to be called to the noble and humbling profession of education in a school where I am able to live and share my Catholic faith daily. I taught kindergarten and first grade for 6 years. I currently serve as a reading resource teacher for the primary grades. Teaching primary students is awe-inspiring, watching them grow in confidence and competence through the years. I have learned many lessons about persistence, determination, innocence and faith from these young folks!
Cultural Arts Coordinator
Gina Soriano and her husband, Rene, have two children attending St. Bernadette Catholic School. Gina is proud to be a St. Bernadette alumna and life-long parishioner. This is Gina’s third year on the PTO board as Cultural Arts Coordinator. She is a former room parent, one of the coaches for Cardinal Run Club, and Co-Troop Leader for the Brownies. Professionally, she works part-time as a government contractor for the Department of the Army. Gina is really excited to have the continued opportunity to give back to St. Bernadette.
Brad Buswell and his wife, Trish, are the proud parents of one child at St. Bernadette Catholic School. Piper has been a student at St. Bernadette since kindergarten. Brad is a retired U.S. Navy submarine officer who has also led businesses and U.S. government agencies. Last year, he chaired the school’s Enrollment Committee. Trish is a swim coach and a substitute teacher at St. Bernadette who has previously served on the PTO Board in several capacities. Brad enjoys photography and running marathons (not really, but good for you who do).
Lorena Holliday and her husband, Jeremy, have two children at St. Bernadette Catholic School. Lorena served as a Grade Representative for the St. Bernadette PTO Board during the 2014 – 2015 school year, and has also volunteered her time as a Room Parent for grades Kindergarten – 3rd grade. Lorena is originally from California and has been in the metro VA area for 17 years. Lorena works as a full time HR Administrator for a local DOD contractor, and also serves as a representative for the company’s March of Dimes committee. Her husband, Jeremy, also volunteers at St. Bernadette and has been a CYO assistant basketball coach from 2013 – present, and was the CYO basketball coach for the 3rd third grade girls team in 2016 – 2017. During her free time, Lorena enjoys spending quality time with her family, staying active by playing sports and traveling.