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PSPA Executive Board

Margaret Santana

President

Mom to Thomas '22 and Ali '24

Margaret Santana is honored to serve her fifth year on the PSPA Board as President for the 2020 -21 school year. She has been active with the PSPA in various roles including Lower School rep, Middle School rep, Communications VP, 1st VP, and chairing various committees.  Having served in leadership capacities, both professionally and through significant volunteer and community building roles, Margaret is excited to devote her passion and energy to leading the PSPA this academic year.

Margaret has served in marketing and business development at American Express and was a Media Planner at Ogilvy & Mather.  Margaret’s community involvement includes serving on the Board of  the Junior League of the Oranges and Short Hills and the Board of Meeting Essential Needs with Dignity (M.E.N.D.) NJ, a consortium of food pantries in Essex County.  A devoted and active alum of Amherst College, Margaret has served as class agent and class secretary.

Margaret enjoys traveling, art, reading and playing paddle and pickleball.  She  currently resides with her husband, Chris, and her children in Short Hills, NJ.

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Twinkle Morgan

First Vice President

Mom to Morgan '23, Jordan '26, and Langston '27

Twinkle and her husband Robert joined the Pingry community in the Fall of 2010. Twinkle is the Executive Director of a non-profit scholarship organization based in Newark, NJ 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. 

Twinkle has served in multiple volunteer capacities in the lower school and on the PSPA Executive Board (including Middle School rep, Volunteer Coordinator, and Nominating Committee), and is thrilled to continue her service this year.  “I want to be on the PSPA Board because I enjoy the work of supporting Pingry students, staff and families.  I’ve had the opportunity to get to know the most awesome people through volunteering at Pingry.”  

In her free time, Twinkle enjoys yoga, swimming, biking, running, and pilates.

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Robyn Schmidt

Second Vice President

Mom to Tristan '31

 

Robyn was born and raised in Virginia before relocating to New York for work about 20 years ago. After a decade-long career in technology, working in product management for Microsoft and Amazon, and teaching at NYU, Robyn moved to Summit and now does freelance consulting while juggling family and volunteer roles. 

Robyn’s recent non-profit roles have included serving on the board of the Summit Junior Fortnightly Club and fundraising for The Connection’s annual gala. Robyn’s Pingry volunteer work got off to an early and significant start, as she co-chaired the Pingry Spring Soiree Auction committee last year.  Sadly her work was unable to come to fruition due to the the shift to our online community, so Robyn looks forward to contributing to the PSPA’s activities this year!

“I am mom to Tristan, and stepmom to Arden and Alexa, who are in grades 9 and 12 at a girls’ boarding school. In my free time I take Italian and am a novice marathon runner.  I have loved our experience at Pingry thus far and would be excited to take on a role in the PSPA.”

Gayla Germain

Vice President of Communications

Mom to Xavier '26 and Vivienne

 

Gayla is looking forward to a second turn as VP of Communications on the PSPA Board for the upcoming school year.  She is in her 10th year as a Pingry parent, and Mom of one current Pingry student, Xavier!  

After an early career which spanned public auditing (Price Waterhouse, St. Louis) and real estate law (Sidley & Austin, Chicago and New York), Gayla eventually moved on to the management of a family business which keeps her busy these days.   She thoroughly enjoys family life with her family in Maplewood, New Jersey.

Gayla is proud to be a former long-time Lower School Library volunteer (and misses it dearly) and has also served in several other volunteer capacities in the Lower School.  Moving into her third year of service on the PSPA Executive Board, Gayla’s motivation to serve on the PSPA Board comes from a deep commitment to supporting Pingry and the absolute pleasure of serving with (and getting to know) other parents on the Board while facilitating engagement and community for all Pingry families.

Maureen Matthias

Treasurer

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 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.

Stacy Schiffman

Secretary

Mom to Jack '17, Avery '18, Lily '20, and Cody '22

Stacy grew up in Texas and graduated from the University of Texas with a BBA degree in International Business in 1991.  After working in investment banking a few years, Stacy moved to New York City and obtained an MBA from Columbia Business School. She  spent the next few years working in strategic consulting in the entertainment/media industry, until she met her husband Glenn and settled down to start a family. 

Stacy has two high schoolers at Pingry: Lily (senior) and Cody (sophomore), and two college kids: Jack at Duke University and Avery at Washington & Lee University.    

“I am an avid dog lover (owner of 3 dogs at present) and tennis player, an upcoming paddle player and occasional golfer, who spends as much time as possible hiking and biking in Texas and Colorado.  I have been known to be an incessant runner while training for marathons, but I am not currently training for a specific race.   I love photography and baking, and travel as well - when society is not in ‘lockdown’!”

Stacy has been an active volunteer in all the schools her kids have attended, as a Class Parent, Library Volunteer, Book Fair Volunteer and Treasurer, Team Coach and Team Captain.  At Pingry, Stacy has volunteered in the Pingry School Store, The Bear Pause, the last three years. “ I enjoy the strong community bonds formed through volunteering and look forward to taking on a greater role within the Pingry community by serving on the PSPA Board.”

Kathy Sartorius '92

Volunteer Coordinator

Mom to Ally '22, Claire '25, and Mae '29

Kathy is a Pingry alumna and is thrilled to have her three daughters sharing in the Pingry experience. 

She holds a 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 previously been a class parent and also served on the PSPA Executive Board as a K-1 rep. She is excited to take on the role as Volunteer Coordinator, with the help of a great PSPA board.

Tania Gonnella

Grades K-1 Representative

Mom to Penelope '32, Christian, and Isabella

The Gonnella family joined the Pingry community in 2019, for Penelope’s kindergarten grade.  

Tania is a full-time mom having previously worked in Human Resources.  Tania first got involved in the Pingry community as a volunteer for Admissions events, Book Fair, Library, and Spring Soiree committee.  “Volunteering is a wonderful way for me to build relationships within the Pingry community.”  

Tania is thrilled to be part of such a wonderful community and to be able to contribute in a meaningful way. She is excited to work with a passionate team of PSPA volunteers, families, and school staff to ensure The Pingry School reaches its greatest potential. 

Tania enjoys travel, theatre, biking, baking, and time at home with family. Tania lives in Chatham, with her husband, Michael, and three children,

Rosie Wong

Grades 2-3 Representative

Mom to Riley '27, Violet '31, and Jacob '33

 

The Wong family joined the Pingry community in the fall of 2016, and since that time, Rosie has been active in a variety of PSPA roles, including class parent for Grade 5 and co-chairing both the PSPA Book Fair and the Arts & Beautification Committee. Her highlight every season is partnering with other parents to paint the lower school cafeteria and library windows, “I love seeing the students’ excitement when they see the colorful windows. Volunteering allows me to have a peek into my child’s school day.”­ Her favorite Pingry events are Friday Night Lights, MLK Day, and the Lower School Book Fair. “It’s always a great time when the whole Pingry community comes together.”

Before becoming a stay at home mom, Rosie taught Kindergarten for 4 years in the Edison School District. She also taught English at Nankai University in Tianjin, China. She is now busy chauffeuring her children between swimming, jiu jitsu, soccer, baseball, basketball, and gymnastics.

Rosie holds a B.A. in Psychology from Pennsylvania State University. In her personal time, she enjoys traveling, biking, and crafting.

Megha Shah

Grades 4-5 Representative

Mom to Vanya '25 and Radhya '28

Megha is no stranger to the PSPA Board. She has served on the board in the past and is happy to return this year as the PSPA rep for Grades 4 and 5. 

Megha is a graduate in psychology and a trained dancer, a passion that she has shared with many Pingry students over the last few years. 

“I love volunteering at Pingry because it is truly an extraordinary community that feels like a family. Through volunteering at Pingry I have come to feel like a part of this family.”

In her free time, Megha enjoys dancing, reading, arts and crafts, and kickboxing. 

Lois Fitton

Middle School Representative

Mom to James '26

 

Lois is excited to return to the PSPA board as Middle School Rep, having previously served as a Lower School Rep. She has been active in a number of Pingry volunteer activities, volunteering in the Lower School library for six years, co-chairing the Lower School admissions parent volunteer committee for two years, and co-chairing MLK Day of Service in 2020. “Volunteering at Pingry is a great opportunity to meet people from many different backgrounds, with different interests, and experiences.”

She is Mom to James who started at Pingry in kindergarten. They live in Tewksbury Township and enjoy the shorter commute to Basking Ridge. 

Lois has an undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. She worked at Pfizer in new product development and marketing, leading worldwide teams in the development, launch and marketing of neuroscience products. She was the VP of marketing at Bristol Myers Squibb for the oncology business.

Melissa Travers

Form III/IV Representative

Mom to Paige '23 and Ryan '25

Melissa and her husband, Pat, joined the Pingry community in the fall of 2010. She has two daughters, Ryan, who entered in kindergarten, and Paige, who entered in second grade.

Melissa brings a strong focus on education to the PSPA Board, having earned a BA from Rutgers University and a Masters of Education from NYU and teaching Kindergarten at PS 116 in New York. Melissa has also worked in Human Resources at Citigroup.

Melissa’s volunteer service at Pingry includes 5th and 8th Grade Moving Up Chair, Spring Soiree Wine Pull and Auction Committee, Teacher Appreciation Brunch Chair, and various years as a Grade Parent.

Melissa lives in Warren and loves running, playing tennis, skiing, cooking, and spending summers down the shore.

Mathangi Srinivas

Form V/VI Representative

Mom to Rohan '22 and Riya '22

 

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 give me many opportunities to learn and work with the amazing people across Pingry.”  

Her favorite PSPA events are: World Language Day, Friday Night Lights, Taste of Pingry, and the PSPA Spring Soiree.

The members of the PSPA Board pose for a group photo with Head of School Matt Levinson