Meet Our Board

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Mark Dixon, President

Father of Tori (7th) and Thomas (8th), living in Morrisville for 11 years.  Grew up in Michigan and worked in the automotive industry before moving in 2010.  This is my 4th year leading a PTA (2nd year at ARMS), and very proud to be an involved parent where I can have a positive influence on the next generation and help to ensure that our teachers / staff are much appreciated.  Previous board member of 5 years at Carpenter Elementary, serving as the leader in 2018-19.  In 2019-20, was reassigned to Parkside Elementary, where I formed and led the PTA in the inaugural year.  Also, the Chair for the Morrisville Public Education Advisory Committee in its first year and current member today.

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Tammy Petschke, Vice President

This is my 2nd year on the ARMS PTSA board. My youngest son Jack is in 7th grade (Track 1) and my older boys are in 10th and 12th grade at PCHS.

I have been actively involved with the PTA since moving here from CA in 2011 when my boys started at Carpenter Elementary.

In my free time I enjoy walking, going to the gym, watching my boys play baseball and soccer.

Being part of the PTSA the last 10 years has been one of the most rewarding ‘jobs’ I have ever had. I recognize that the majority of parents aren’t able to commit to volunteering full time, but I can guarantee that there is something on our list that can fit into any schedule. Whether it’s assembling some teacher gift bags, sending out some emails or taking an hour to help set up a teacher lunch at the school, there is a way to be involved. 

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Cheryl Vo, Treasurer

This is my first year volunteering as treasurer for ARMS PTSA.  I have previously served as treasurer and audit chair for Carpenter Elementary School PTA and enjoy volunteering for school activities. 

I have three kids Noah (9th), Caleb (8th) and Izzy (5th) 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 career working in government finance and compliance and look forward to offering my services to the ARMS PTSA.  

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Barbara Schmitt, Secretary

My name is Barbara Schmitt. I'm the mother of Xavier (6th grade/track 4) and Debora (age 3).

I am originally from Brazil and had been living in Florida for the past 23 years, until my family and I moved to Cary in July, 2021.

I am a notary public and Portuguese translator and feel privileged and honored to now also become a part of the ARMS family.

I have always been a PTA member since my son began kindergarten. I've always felt it was important to be involved in the school and help whenever possible.

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Lauren Arney, Fundraising Chair

This is my first year volunteering as the fundraising chair here at ARMS. I have been involved in the PTA since my oldest was in kindergarten but this is the first time I have taken on a more active role in the board. I am looking forward to contributing to the ARMS community and supporting the system that supports our children. My daughter Sophia is in 7th grade here at ARMS and I also have two younger children in Kindergarten and 2nd grade at Parkside Elementary. 

 

We moved to this area in July 2019 from Central Florida. We have enjoyed the community in this area and exploring everything North Carolina has to offer as far as outdoor activities and adventures. 

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Carolyne Sealy, Communications Chair

This is my second year volunteering at communications at ARMS PTSA. My daughter, Ava, is in 7th grade – Track 4.

I was born and raised in India during the initial part of my life. I moved to the Cary/Morrisville area in 2000.

By profession I am a Software Engineer, hence my passion to volunteer in communications. I am looking forward to a wonderful year working with staff, parents and students and help ARMS in any way I can!

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Lori Potter, Membership Chair

I’m Lori Potter and I’m serving as Membership Chair for the PTSA.  We joined the ARMS community last January and are very excited to be here!  I have 2 children on Track 4, an 8th grader and a 6th grader.  I have two older kids at Panther Creek High School in 11th and 12th grade.

 

I am a Raleigh native and have lived in this area for 13 years.  I’ve been involved with PTA in the past at Carpenter Elementary and Cardinal Charter Academy.  

 

I am a travel agent with TMC Travel specializing in family vacations.  I love to travel, especially to Caribbean and Disney destinations.  

 

I’m looking forward to a great year at ARMS, excited to serve our school community and help make it a great year for everyone!  

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Megha Jain-Tailor, Member at Large

I’m Megha Jain-Tailor and serving as member at large for the PTSA this year. I have a daughter in 6th grade (Dia).

We moved from Zambia about 8 years ago and have been in Cary ever since.

I became active in the PTA when Dia started kindergarten at Carpenter and I’m still an active member there as her brother is in 4th grade.

I love volunteering and excited to learn more about Alston Ridge Middle School. It seems like a great community of teachers and parents so far.

Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not. 

Dr. Seuss

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