Meet Our Board
Mark Dixon, President
Father of Tori (6th) and Thomas (7th), living in Morrisville for 10 years. Grew up in Michigan and worked in the automotive industry before moving in 2010. 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 newly formed Morrisville Public Education Advisory Committee.
Tammy Petschke, Vice President
My name is Tammy Petschke and I am your PTSA Vice President for 2020-2021. I have 3 boys: Jack (6th), Kyle (9th) and Josh (11th).
I am originally from Buffalo, NY and my husband and I moved to California in 2001 where we started our family and lived for 10 years before settling in Morrisville in Fall 2011.
I became active with the PTA when Kyle started 1st grade at Carpenter Elementary and continued until Jack graduated from 5th grade in 2020.
It's been a great experience being part of the ARMS PTSA board. I love being involved with this group and have enjoyed forming new friendships and being reunited with old ones.
When I'm not volunteering I enjoy reading, spending time at the gym, walking, playing tennis and serving as a member of my HOA Board.
Tamara Baker Thomas, Secretary
I'm Tamara Baker Thomas, ARMS's PTSA Secretary. I've held a number of secretarial positions with other national organizations, so it was without hesitation that I volunteered for this position. Having recently relocated from Kansas, where we lived for 6 years, I have two students (6th and 8th) attending ARMS! Prior to Kansas I resided in Tampa, FL, where both of my children were born and raised.
Originally from Virginia Beach, VA, I am a Professor in the Psychiatry department at UNC-Chapel Hill's School of Medicine.
When I'm not busy with work, I consider myself to be a 'foodie' at heart, trying lots of new cuisines. When I'm not eating, I enjoy tending to my plants, biking, step aerobics, traveling, and learning new languages.
I'm excited to serve in this role on the Board of Directors, as ARMS is such an amazing school, with wonderful staff and students!
Kelly Green-Krist, Treasurer
My name is Kelly Green-Krist and I serve on the board as the Treasurer. I’ve lived in Cary for the last 11 years with my husband, Tim and our 2 sons. Our youngest son, Noah, is in 8th grade Track 4. Our oldest, Jacob, is 21 and I served as the Treasurer at Panther Creek HS when he attended.
I’m originally from New York, lived in Arizona for 7 years and finally settled in North Carolina.
Professionally, I am a CPA and owner of Green Krist, CPA PLLC. Our firm specializes in providing accounting, tax preparation and tax resolution services to both individuals and small businesses.
I love what I do and learn something new almost every day. Personally, I enjoy reading, gardening and cooking.
Brenda Faiola, Member at Large
I’m Brenda Faiola Nichols and I serve on the ARMS PTSA board as a Member-at-Large. My son Justin is in 7th grade, track 4, and he loves playing baseball and fortnite. He and his younger sister, Larissa (who is in 4th grade at Carpenter Elementary) as well as both my husband Gary and I, had to adjust to our new life of year round school last year due to the Wake County Public School System student reassignment shuffle. I’m not going to lie, it was a tough transition from traditional calendar to year round, but jumping into the deep end and being an active/engaged member of the ARMS community by serving on the PTSA board last year and again this year has been a wonderful way to embrace the change and help shape the future for not only my kids, but for all the families that are now and will be assigned to ARMS. I have watched this part of NC change so much since attending graduate school at Duke University and being fortunate enough to have stayed in RTP for my entire career so far as a toxicologist.
I look forward to supporting my son and his middle school peers and their families by helping to bring fun and informative programs to ARMS through the PTSA. I encourage all parents, students, teachers, extended family members and community members to join the ARMS PTSA, and I look forward to meeting and working with many of you this year, virtually and hopefully in person too!
Danielle Healy, Fundraising Chair
My name is Danielle Healy and I serve on the board as our Fundraising Chair.
I'm a busy and happy wife and mom of 2 who moved here in 2018 from New York where I worked in the financial, insurance, and hotel industries. Currently I work for the technology nonprofit MCNC in RTP.
I love meeting new friends and enjoying the company of other moms.
I am excited to be part of the ARMS network and look forward to being an ARMS mom for the next 4 years. My son is Patrick (aka Tripp) in 8th grade Track 4.
I love this fantastic local community that I am blessed to call home.
Michalene Lee, Advocacy Chair
I joined Alston Ridge Middle School in July 2020 as the 6-4 Math Teacher! I am a graduate of Elon University, where I majored in Middle Grades Math Education & History.
When I'm not teaching, you can find me running, or traveling. I joined the PTA board because I believe that family support is critical to student success, and the PTA is vital to building relationships between teachers, students' families, and the surrounding community.
Andrada Herbeiu, Audit Chair
My name is Andrada Herbeiu and I serve on the board as Chair of the Audit Committee. We are so grateful for the new school and for being part of building the ARMS community.
We moved here from Maryland 12 years ago (Go Ravens!!). We have two girls, Emma (7th grade, Track 3) and Olivia (3rd grade).
My professional background is in healthcare compliance and quality assurance.
This is my first position with the PTA and I’m very excited for the opportunity to become more involved in school wide initiatives that impact our children’s education and school experience.
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!
Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. No it's not.