Meet Our Board
Cheryl Vo, President
This is my third year volunteering for ARMS PTSA. I had been the treasurer for the past two years. I have also previously served as treasurer and audit chair for Carpenter Elementary School PTA and enjoy volunteering for school activities.
I have three kids Noah (11th), Caleb (10th) and Izzy (7th) who keep me very busy between work, school and activities. We are originally from Northern Virginia and relocated to the Triangle in 2013. In our free time we love to go on outdoor adventures and explore new places to eat!
I have spent my entire professional career working in government finance and compliance and look forward to offering my services to the ARMS PTSA.
Vidhya Thiagarajan, Vice President
My name is Srividhya Thiagarajan ; I go by Vidhya . My son is in 8-2 this year. We moved last year from Connecticut to North Carolina . Right from day 1, we had the most wonderful experience at Alston Ridge Middle School. The administration, staff and teachers were amazing and my son settled down in no time!
I am originally from India, but I have studied , worked and traveled in many countries around the world and I continue to enjoy traveling to this day. I work in Compliance and Risk Management for an Insurance company.
I have always volunteered at my son's schools since he was in PreK. I have helped with organizing Staff luncheons, Book Fairs, Open House and have also served in the School Advancement Committee. I love being at school when I can, meeting the staff and doing my bit to brighten their day.
Here at ARMS, I had volunteered in School Improvement this past school year.
Its an honor to serve as the Vice President in the ARMS PTSA this year and I look forward to working with this great team. I have made few friends already!!
I encourage all parents/ caregivers to join the PTSA and sign up as a volunteer ...it is easier than you think!
Wendy, PTSA Treasurer
My name is Wendy and I’ll be serving as the PTSA Treasurer. My daughter is a sixth grader on Track 3 and my two sons are ARMS Alumni and attend Green Hope High School.
After growing up in Western New York, I have lived in the Triangle area for nearly 30 years and am thrilled Wegmans is now here too. My background is in bookkeeping, web design and computer science. Outside of work and school, my family enjoys sports, boba tea and road trips.
Being new to the Board, I am looking forward to serving and getting connected to the families, students and staff at Alston Ridge Middle School!
Ericka Davies , Secretary
I’m a former WCPSS elementary school teacher and a mom of two. These days professionally I work in franchising and enjoy the work life balance that remote work affords me.
My youngest is in 2nd grade this school year and this is my first year with ARMS as I now have a 6th grader. I served as the PTA reflections chair and cultural arts chair for one year at Parkside. I loved being able to see the smiles on the faces of kids and teachers alike as they enjoyed each assembly and artist in residence.
We’re originally from NY and have enjoyed living in NC the last 7 years. I love coffee and my family. I’m excited to serve with the ARMS PTSA this year and eager to learn all the new things!
Cora O'Carroll, Member At Large
I am Mom to Charlotte who is in 8th grade and Caleb who is in 4th grade at Carpenter Elementary.
I am from Ireland and moved to Cary last year after 11 years in New Jersey and Massachusetts.
This is my third year at ARMS and my second year as Member at Large. I have found volunteering in the school a great way to get to know other parents, kids and teachers in the school.
I am a stay at home Mom and enjoy Yoga and reading in my free time.
Ashley Arnold, Member At Large and Membership
Hi! My name is Ashley Arnold and I will be member at large this year.
I am just easing into the middle school scene this year as my oldest child is a rising sixth grader 6–1. I have two younger children in fourth grade and first grade this year.
In my spare time, I enjoy traveling, exercising, and helping my husband run his eat drink deals website!
Shoma Guha, Communications
We moved here 2 years back and got to be part of the ARMS Community. I have two boys (20 years and 13 years old). My younger son Ronav is an 8th grader(Track 2) here.
I grew up in India and graduated in engineering majoring in Electronics and Telecommunication. My first job brought me to Silicon Valley, US. I have lived in various cities in the US ever since and we have called Charlotte home for more than 20 years. I did my Masters from UNC Charlotte and my kids grew up there. While in Charlotte I have been actively involved in volunteering at schools' my kids went to. I have been involved at school events like Fall festivals, Night of the Arts, classroom parties, Book fairs, Library management and have enjoyed doing so.
Looking forward to being a part of the ARMS PTSA and serving our community.
Samina Firdous, Art Reflections
My name is Samina Firdous. I have a daughter Maryam (7th grade). This is my second year serving as art reflection chair with Alston Ridge Middle School PTSA.
I have been part of PTA since my daughter was in the elementary school. I served as a cultural art rep, communication chair, reflection chair and secretary before. I love volunteering, it makes my daughter very happy to see me in her school and helping them. I have always felt that when you are involved in your child’s school, you get to connect with more people, make new friends and know more about what’s going on in the school.
Scott Pratt, Member At Large
My name is Scott Pratt and I am a native of Cary. I have enjoyed how much the town has changed and all of the new people I have met. I have two sons at Alston Ridge this year: Atticus (7th grade) and Holden (6th grade). I have been impressed with all of the things the PTSA does each year and wanted to contribute by becoming a member-at-large.
I graduated from NC State and am a mechanical engineer at a local engineering consulting firm. In my free time I like to travel with my family, workout, watch Red Sox games, and drink bourbon. Looking forward to a great new school year and meeting more parents and facility members.
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