Twenty-nine Big Blue student athletes will take their athletic skills to 23 new campuses in the fall to play 12 different sports.
PSPA Executive Board
Lisa joined the Pingry community in the Fall of 2016 and immediately began volunteering with the Pingry School Parent Association. Wanting to learn more about the school her daughter was attending, Lisa chose to be “all-in” as she supported and attended various events throughout the school year. She was instantly inspired by the diversity represented in the Pingry community and enjoyed getting to know many families throughout the school’s campuses.
Lisa graduated from Winthrop University where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism. In the early years of her marriage to Courtney, an army lieutenant at the time, she continued her education and earned a M.A.Ed degree. While they moved often, Lisa taught in many high schools and colleges and also enjoyed working as a corporate training specialist. She has owned and managed her own businesses in professional development while also staying at home and raising their four children.
Lisa’s constant commitment to volunteering in churches and organizations has cultivated a love for mentoring and coaching youth and women, emphasizing cultural awareness and leadership development. This is where she has enjoyed the most personal growth and life-long learning!
“I love volunteering at Pingry because every day is a new experience while getting to know those who make up this awesome community. We all have so much to share with and gain from each other while we support our children in their educational journeys.
My favorite PSPA events are MLK Day of Service, coming together to support many individuals and organizations in one day and Friday Night Lights- families enjoying a beautiful fall night of football, fun and Big Blue Pride!”
Lisa enjoys tennis and pursuing health and wellness. She loves vacations with her family and friends, especially at the beach!
Margaret Santana is excited to return to the PSPA Board for the 2019 -20 school year. She has been active with the PSPA in various roles including Lower School rep, Middle School rep, chairing various committees and most recently Communications VP. Margaret is passionate about volunteering within her community and has held various Board positions with the Junior League of the Oranges and Short Hills. She recently spearheaded a strategic plan and joined the Board of M.E.N.D. NJ, a consortium of food pantries in Essex County.
The Wargo family joined the Pingry community in 2012, for Caroline's Grade 5 year.
Anne graduated from Skidmore College with a double major in English and French. Anne's work as a strategy consultant changed over time and she now works as a consultant and an executive coach, focused on supporting women. Her work as a strategy consultant and her coaching work have shaped her volunteer work as well.
“I strongly believe in that phrase from the bible: "to whom much is given much is expected." The work that we do to support Pingry is critical to the school's success and therefore to our children's success. I've felt great about the role the PSPA plays at Pingry and the unique environment that we help nurture. The best reward for my work with the PSPA is that I've also made some lifelong friends from my time volunteering.”
Anne's favorite Pingry event is Friday Night Lights. "Its a great event that allows the whole community, parents and students to connect and enjoy one of Pingry's marquis events."
In her free time, Anne advocates for the Wargo's 20 year old son who has Autism. She is an avid gardener, a so-so golfer and loves her yoga practice.
Liz was previously the Middle School Representative for the PSPA. She is a full-time mom, having previously worked in Healthcare PR. Liz first got involved in the Pingry community as a volunteer for Admissions events in the Lower School and then on the Spring Soiree committee. Through her volunteerism, Liz has enjoyed meeting people from all over the community and building relationships with parents and faculty members. Liz’s favorite Pingry event is the Spring Soiree, which is always a fun night where you can catch up with your friends from all over the school.
Liz spends a lot of time on the soccer field watching her boys who are both goalies. When she is not watching or driving to/from soccer, Liz can likely be found in a yoga studio. Liz also volunteers for Family Promise, an organization that helps homeless and low-income families achieve sustainable independence and The JED Foundation, a nonprofit that exists to protect emotional health and prevent suicide for our nation's teens and young adults.
Liz holds a B.A. in Psychology from Washington University in St. Louis and a M.A. in Psychology from Teacher’s College, Columbia University.
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 BA in Economics and NYU Stern.
Maureen enjoys travel, art, theater, entertaining, hiking, biking, and spending time with friends and family. Her favorite PSPA events are the Arts Celebration Dinner and the Spring Soirée. Maureen served as the co-chair of the Spring Soirée in 2014-15, the Forms V and VI Upper School Representative on the 2017-18 Executive Board, and the co-chair of the Upper School Arts Committee since 2017. Maureen volunteers because she loves being a part of the Pingry community.
Colleen is originally from Westchester County, New York and received a BA in Public Policy Studies from Trinity College and a JD from The New York University School of Law. She worked as an attorney at Willkie Farr & Gallagher and then at Richards Kibbe & Orbe before becoming a stay-at-home mother.
Colleen enjoys travel, fitness, and time at home with her family.
Colleen and her family joined the Pingry community in 2015 and after participating in the PSPA is smaller roles, Colleen joined the Board in 2018 and is excited about continuing to serve as member this year.
“I volunteer at Pingry because I feel fortunate that my children have the opportunity to attend such an amazing school and I want to support and be a part of the community.”
Mathangi holds a degree in Computer Sciences and enjoys a career in technology. Craving flexibility in her schedule while maintaining a career, she works independently for clients in the Private and Public Sectors. She is also very passionate about women empowerment particularly in leadership and is a co-founder of WINGS for Growth, a nonprofit that is devoted to women's leadership development.
Meditation, music, food, and the arts are her favorite hobbies. Mathangi has volunteered in many roles for the past 5 years and she continues to do so because, “It helps me stay connected to the community and helps me stay plugged in; it also give me many opportunities to work with the amazing people across all three schools”
Her favorite PSPA events are: World Language Day, The Lower School Book Fair, Taste of Pingry, and the PSPA Spring Soiree.
I joined the Pingry family in 2018 when our daughter Kaylee entered Kindergarten.
As full-time working parents, my wife Yuki and I work hard to balance family and work. We both do our best to be involved and participate with school events and after-school activities as much as possible. Outside of school our hobbies are skiing, soccer, and basketball. My wife and I believe that children have a positive impact in their academic and social performance when parents are involved and participate in their child’s education and interest.
I am honored to be a PSPA member and to serve the next school year as a K - 1 Representative. I will have the opportunity to engage and collaborate with teachers and staff. I hope to be the “window” for other teachers and parents to bring their perspectives to the table. My wife and I are looking forward to being part of a community that communicates and contributes.
Rupal has spent the last 10 years in the private sector at American Express where she led new product launches by developing the overall servicing strategy to ensue an optimal customer experience across all touch points.
Rupal has redirected her business acumen towards affecting change in the public sector. She has served in key roles in local and Congressional campaigns and currently serves in an advisory capacity to officials at the municipal and state level on key legislative initiatives in New Jersey. She received her B.S. in Finance from Binghamton University and MBA in Marketing from Georgetown University.
The Obarays joined the Pingry community in 2016 and Rupal has served as Chair for the past two years of her favorite Pingry event–World Language Week Celebration–because "its an amazing way to celebrate the unique diversity of the Pingry community". Rupal likes to volunteer at Pingry because "she loves giving back to the school and driving positive change".
In her free time, Rupal practices yoga and loves to hike and travel with her family.
Frédérique (Freddy) Schachter graduated from Pingry in 1996. After attending Princeton University she pursued a career in marketing strategy and ultimately ended up at the National Basketball Association advising teams on their marketing plans. She left the workforce in 2009 to be home with her first child.
She has lived in Summit with her husband, Jeff, and three children Sophie, Landon and Delphine since 2011—focusing on raising her children and volunteering for a number of area non-profits including Family Promise and the Summit Educational Foundation.
She joined the Pingry community as a parent in 2018—starting as a class parent to Sophie's 4th grade class and volunteering as a co-chair for the PSPA Spring Soiree Auction Committee. Freddy has found classroom and PSPA volunteering to be the best way to become acquainted with the parent and teacher community. Her favorite PSPA events are Bingo Night, Friday Night Lights and, of course, the Soirée!
Twinkle and her husband Robert joined the Pingry community in the Fall of 2010. She is the Executive Director of a non-profit scholarship organization which helps underrepresented students access and successfully graduate from college.
A native of Louisiana, Twinkle completed a B.S. in Mathematics from Spelman College, a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Georgia Tech and earned an MBA from the Wharton Business School.
"Raising young people is hard work! I love volunteering at Pingry, because it truly takes a village. Through volunteering at Pingry I’ve had the opportunity to get to know the awesome people in our Pingry Village."
Her favorite PSPA event is the Lower School Book Fair, because there is a diverse & wonderful selection of books for every age! "I learn something new about my children every year as they talk about the books that are most interesting to them.” In her free time, Twinkle enjoys arts & crafts, swimming, biking, running, pilates, and yoga.
Angela joined the Pingry community in 2010 and has been an active participant in a variety of PSPA events. Last year as 2nd Vice President, she was responsible for the Spring Soiree which includes a 600 person cocktail party, Live Auction, Silent Auction, Fashion Show, and Art Show. Over the past two decades, Angela has chaired several auctions and fundraising galas. This year Angela will serve on the Executive Board as the Upper School Representative for Form III and IV.
Angela attended high school at Montclair Kimberley Academy where she met and began dating her husband Steve almost 40 years ago. She then attended St. Lawrence University and double majored in Political Science and Psychology. After five years in the commercial banking industry in New York City, Angela pursued her love of cooking and entertaining by attending Peter Kump’s New York Cooking School, now known as the Institute of Culinary Arts. She started her own catering business, “Angelique”, which focused on french cuisine and was the sole proprietor for several years.
“I love to volunteer at Pingry because I feel it is important to give back to the school that has done so much for my children. It is also a great opportunity to meet new parents in the community. My closest Pingry friends are those I got to know serving on various committees over the years.”
Kim is a busy wife, mom and volunteer who resides in Somerset with her husband, Rodney. She currently serves on the Cedar Hill Prep Education and Research Foundation Broad of Directors while managing the Shannon household. Kim juggles her time between 3 schools, diving, football, basketball and baseball practices, meets and games. She enjoys healthy living including regular visits to the spa, entertaining family and friends, traveling and always looks forward to her annual girls trip to various destinations.
Kim graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University earning a BA in Sociology with a concentration in Law in Society. She’s a licensed skin care specialist who works at home. Kim joined the Pingry community in 2016 and has assisted with open houses, NJSEEDS, co-chaired the Community Service and Big Blue Pride Committees 2016-2018 and served as the PSPA secretary last year.
"MLK Day is one of my favorite Pingry events. It allows our entire Pingry community to come together in service for others in need. On the flip side the Spring Soiree is such a special night to share with Pingry families, faculty and staff. I look forward to these as well as the Big Blue Basketball Bash. I volunteer to connect with and assist in creating a cohesive supportive environment for our students, faculty, staff, and families. I look forward to my role as Upper School Rep. on the Executive Board this year."