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PSPA Executive Board

Anthe Angelides

President
Mom to Yanni '16, Georgie, and Stamati '20.

Anthe is the COO of the Angelides’ household where she is a Master Chef, a speedball taxi driver and Jane of all traits. A Mompreneur with her mind and hands in everything!

Originally from Toronto, Canada, Anthe attended York University where she obtained a BA in Child Psychology. Definitely helpful as she is a proud mom of three fantabulous boys Yanni '16, Georgie, and Stamati '20.

Anthe enjoys travelling, piloxing, reading, watching movies, solving problems and loves hanging out with her family and friends. She treats a rare moment of alone time like an end of year big bonus!

Anthe’s favorite events are Taste of Pingry for its celebration of the School’s cultural diversity, and the Spring Soirée, where a brilliant parent committee puts together the party of the year! She loves mingling with guests over cool music, delicious food and drinks, and enjoys the culmination of the Pingry seniors in the senior fashion show.

It is my utmost honor and pleasure to serve Pingry. A school that is at the forefront of instilling knowledge, honor and excellence in our children so that they may achieve greatness.

Betty Galvan

Vice President
Mom to Diego `25, Santiago `29, Jordi Mateo, and a very playful rescue pup named Bella

Originally from Chicago, Betty and her husband Jose settled in New Jersey 6 years ago after living in Tokyo, Singapore and New York City. A former teacher turned Digital Marketing Strategist, Betty enjoys working with women business owners and entrepreneurs. She received a BA in English from Loyola University Chicago.

Her favorite destination...Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

Her favorite PSPA event...The Spring Soirée. Betty served as Spring Soirée Communications Chair for 2015-2016 and looks forward to being part of the PSPA Executive Board this year.

Lori Halivopoulos

Second Vice President
Proud mom to Stephen Szepkouski `23 and stepmom to Hannah Szepkouski (Providence College `15)

Lori and her husband, Brian Szepkouski, have been living in Bernardsville for the past 16 years; just a few miles from the Basking Ridge campus, which makes it easy to attend many Pingry parent and alumni meetings and events.

Lori is a seasoned marketing executive who currently leads North America marketing communications for GfK, a global marketing research firm. Prior to GfK, Lori held marketing and strategy roles at Wyndham Worldwide, Nabisco and Kraft. After graduating from Pingry, Lori received a BA in Economics and French from Tufts University and an MBA in Marketing from the Stern School at NYU.

Traveling around the world, entertaining family and friends and cooking are passions for Lori, in addition to volunteering for Pingry and Tufts!

Pingry has been near and dear to Lori’s heart for decades. As one of the first girls to attend the school, Lori has very fond memories of her days as a student and is thrilled to now be a Pingry parent. She has served as a member of the Pingry Alumni Association Board for over ten years and was the first female president of the PAA. She is also a former trustee, Alumni co-chair of the Pingry Fund and the first female recipient of the Nelson Carr Award for service to Pingry. This past school year Lori co-chaired the Spring Soirée and is excited to now be a member of the PSPA board and liaison to the 2018 Spring Soirée.

Janeene Balmir

Treasurer
Mom to Jordan `27 and Christian `28

Janeene is a busy working mom and wife who juggles a successful career in banking and motherhood. As a Managing Director of Treasury Capital Markets at JPMorgan Chase, she is responsible for managing and executing the firm’s long-term funding and liability management strategy. As a mother of two amazing boys born only 14 months apart, she spends an equal amount of time at school events, on the soccer field coaching her sons’ teams and in the car driving from one activity to the next.

She earned an MBA in Finance and Management from the University of Michigan, a B.S. in Accounting from U.C. Berkeley and a CPA certification from her native state of California. She enjoys skiing, cooking, planning parties and cheering on her beloved Golden State Warriors.

I volunteer because…“I believe in the power of community collaboration and diversity of thought. Also, it provides me an opportunity to connect with faculty, students and other parents which can be quite challenging for full-time working moms like me.”

My favorite PSPA Event…”Friday Night Lights! I love seeing the entire Pingry community coming together for a night of good old-fashioned fun.”

Justin Nortillo

Secretary
Dad to Ian `25 and Vivian `28

A life long resident of Short Hills, Justin was always aware of Pingry and is thrilled to have his children attend.

Justin travels more than he’d like to but has visited 71 countries in his lifetime. He also can play about eleven different musical instruments, some of them well.

His favorite activities involve anything that his wife and kids are doing and discussing his love for Pingry.

Robin Peacock

Vice president, communications
Mom to Ben `20, Henry, and Teddy.

Robin is new to the Pingry community, joining in 2016 when Ben joined the class of 2020.

She is a Grants & Special Projects Consultant for Meeting Essential Needs with Dignity, Inc. (MEND), where she raises funds to support a network of food pantries in Essex County. Before transitioning to the nonprofit sector, Robin worked for nearly 15 years as a tax attorney. She represented the U.S. Government as a Senior Tax Attorney for the IRS Office of Chief Counsel, and later helped corporations and partnerships defend Federal income tax audits as a Senior Tax Manager with Deloitte Tax LLP.

Robin also volunteers as the Co-President for The Achieve Foundation of South Orange and Maplewood, and as a member of The Junior League of the Oranges and Short Hills.

Robin received her B.A. from The University of Central Florida, her J.D. from Villanova University School of Law, and her LL.M. in Taxation from New York University School of Law.

Robin and her husband, Dan, live in Maplewood with their three sons, their moderately well-behaved husky mix, a hamster, and four guppies.

Lisa Billington

Volunteer coordinator
Mom to Gabrielle `20, Bradley, Morgan, and Lance.

Lisa joined the Pingry community in the Fall of 2016 and has enjoyed getting to know the families, faculty and staff that make Pingry so great.

She graduated from Winthrop University with a Bachelor’s degree in Broadcasting. While serving as a military spouse to her husband Courtney, Lisa earned a M.A.Ed and began teaching high school. As their family began to grow, Lisa made the choice to stay home and raise their 4 children.

While Lisa has enjoyed utilizing her entrepreneur skills, her fondest work is in mentoring and coaching families, women and youth in various organizations.

“I love volunteering at Pingry because getting to know the other volunteers opens up my mind to new thoughts and ideas! My favorite PSPA event so far is the MLK Day of Service! As a co-chair of this community service event I was able to witness first hand Pingry’s passion towards giving and supporting charitable organizations.”

In her free time, Lisa loves playing tennis, cycling and Pilates, and travels as often as she can.

Kathy Sartorius `92

lower school rep: grades k-1
Mom to Ally `22, Claire `25, and Mae `29

Kathy is a Pingry alumna (Class of 1992) and is thrilled to have her three daughters, Ally '22, Claire, '25 and Mae '29, sharing in the Pingry experience.

She holds BA in Education and Psychology from Bucknell University and a Masters in Social Work from New York University. Prior to becoming a full-time mother, Kathy worked as a certified social worker at New York-Presbyterian Hospital in the HIV/AIDS clinic. She also coordinated the hospital's rape crisis center and facilitated support groups for teens affected by HIV. Kathy has always felt strongly about the need to advocate and support children.

Kathy has been a class mom twice before. She is excited to take on the role of the K-1 Representative, with the help of a great PSPA board, saying, "I volunteer because Pingry has been a huge part of my life and I want to give back and help create a great experience for my kids!"

Amy Cuiffo

lower school rep: grades 2-3
Mom to Mia `25, Sophia `27, and Olivia `29

Amy has been a part of the Pingry community since 2012 and is thrilled to have all three of her daughters together at the Lower School.

She holds a BA from Virginia Tech and a MS Urban Planning from Columbia University. Prior to leaving the workforce to be a full-time mom, Amy worked as an architect and real estate consultant at Arthur Andersen and Navigant Consulting.

Amy has enjoyed volunteering at the Lower School as a room parent, Book Fair Chairperson and Lunchroom Volunteer Coordinator. She looks forward to joining the PSPA Executive Board this year to get to know more parents and volunteers throughout the school.

I volunteer because…"It provides me the opportunity to give back to a school that has provided such great opportunities and experiences for my children. When I volunteer at school I have the opportunity to create better connections with the students, faculty and staff, and parents”.

My favorite PSPA event…Lower School Book Fair - I love seeing the excitement of the children as they discover and share new books with each other. It’s a great opportunity to meet and work alongside other Pingry parents and faculty.

Laura Sinins

Lower school rep: Grades 4-5
Mom to Sydney ’25 and a puppy, Maddie

Laura received a BA in Political Science from Providence College and a JD from Seton Hall University School of Law. She worked as an Assistant Prosecutor in Monmouth County before becoming a stay at home mom.

In her free time, Laura enjoys spending time at the beach and vacationing with her family.

“I volunteer at Pingry because I like meeting and getting to know other Pingry parents. I love giving back to the school which does so much for our kids and it’s a great way to really feel a part of the Pingry community.

Margaret Santana

Middle School Rep.: Grade 6-Form II

Mom to Thomas `22 and Alice `24

Margaret Santana is excited to return to the PSPA Board for the 2017 -18 school year. She has been active with the PSPA in various roles including Lower School rep, chairing Soiree committees, Book Fair and Moving Up. She is particularly excited to be the Middle School rep this coming year as her son, Thomas will be Form II and Alice will be in 6th grade. Margaret is passionate about volunteering within her community and has held various Board positions with the Junior League of the Oranges and Short Hills which works with various organizations such as NJ Seeds, Family Connections and Family Promise.

Anne Wargo

Upper School Rep: Form III-IV
Mother of Caroline Wargo ’20

I volunteer because…

"I love to support the efforts of a school that gives so much to our children. I also love to be part of a community that’s so engaged, upbeat and focused on achievement."

My favorite PSPA event(s)...

"The annual PSPA gala. Each year, more and more families attend. Everyone looks so beautiful and is excited to see each other in this social setting. The vibe is genuinely spirited and supportive of our Pingry community. It’s always a great night!"

Maureen Matthias

Upper school rep: Forms V and VI
Mom to Katharine `17, Allie `19, and Asher `23

The Matthiases joined the Pingry family in 2013 after living in London for four years, and prior to that, Tokyo for six years. Before becoming a full time mom and expat wife, Maureen was an international tax consultant in New York and Tokyo. Maureen attended University of Notre Dame where she received a B.A. in Economics.

Maureen enjoys travel, art, entertaining, tennis, hiking, biking, and spending time with friends and family. Her favorite PSPA events are the Arts Celebration, Taste of Pingry, and the Spring Soirée. Maureen volunteers because she loves being a part of the Pingry community.