Meet the PTA

Introducing our 2021-2022 PTA Board Members

Jessica Dehl and Meredith Morgan are our Teacher Reps. Jessica is a 5th grade EO teacher at VV. This is her first year as the PTA teacher rep following a brief time serving as historian last year. Not only did she attend Valley View as a student but all four of her kids will be attending Valley View this year (5th DLI, 3rd DLI, 1st DLI, and TK). Go mustangs! Please feel free to email Jessica if you have any PTA questions ~ jdehl@pleasantonusd.net. Meredith Morgan is our Teacher Rep. Meredith is an English Only (EO) kindergarten teacher and has been Valley’s View’s teacher rep 5 times over the past 8 years. Looking forward to another amazing school year with this great Board. Please feel free to email Meredith if you have any PTA questions ~ mmorgan@pleasantonusd.net. Jennifer Pranschke is our President. Jenn has a daughter, Isabella going into 5th grade and a son, Noah going into 3rd grade, both in the DLI program. She has attended PTA Association meetings since her daughter was in Kindergarten when she also completed the School Smarts program. Jenn took a role on the board in her family’s second year at Valley View (’18-'19) as the school Historian. The following year ('19-'20) on the board she had the role of Vice President of Communication and PPIE Ambassador. Last year ('20-'21) she took on the role of President. This year ('21-"22) she will continue her role as the President. Her goal is to continue to establish and maintain a successful working relationship among Valley View’s parents, students, teachers and community while supporting school improvement. Please feel free to email Jenn if you have any PTA questions ~ president@vvespta.org.
Felicia Douwes is our Executive Vice President. Felicia has been a teacher at Valley View for 15 years. Her son attended Valley View and is now in 7th grade at Pleasanton Middle School. Felicia’s goals as the Exec VP are to support our Executive board in any way they need and to continue to inform our community about all of the great things our PTA does for Valley View. Please feel free to email Felicia if you have any PTA questions ~ exec.vp@vvespta.org. Tracey McLean is our VP of Membership. Tracey is Mom to Clark (4rd) and Grant (2nd) in our Dual Language Immersion (DLI) Program. She is originally from Pleasanton and moved back in large part because of her support for our fantastic public schools. She is a physician and loves to hike, bike, swim, and dance. Please feel free to email Tracey if you have any PTA questions ~ membership@vvespta.org. Brittany Hassebrock is our VP of Communication. Brittany is Mom to Connor (6), who is 1stgrade DLI, and Carson (4). She is a 6thgeneration Pleasantonian and Connor is the 3rd generation to attend Valley View! While she works full time in Human Resources for the City of Pleasanton, she realized the importance of being involved in Connor’s school and joining the PTA board seemed like the perfect choice! And considering her youngest won’t start TK until the 22/23 school year, she expects to be on the board for years to come! As VP of Communications, she hopes to make sure all VV families are aware of the activities and events occurring throughout the year. Please feel free to email Brittany if you have any PTA questions ~ communication@vvespta.org.
Katy Gabbani is our VP of Activities. Katy and her husband Greg have three daughters; Harper, 8, who will be entering 3rd grade DLI, 5 year old, Rowan, who will be entering kindergarten DLI, and 2 year old Palmer. She is a 3rd grade teacher in Dublin, and entering into her 13th year of teaching. She also has a background in Educational technology leadership. When she had Rowan, she began working part time to dedicate more time to her family and to be more involved with Harper’s school functions. Being a teacher, she knows how important the support of the PTA is to teachers, students, and the community. It is important to her to offer that support to the Valley View community, and she loves being able to offer that support to her daughters’ school. She is happy to bring her knowledge and experience to help enrich activities for VV. Katy’s hope is to get our school’s activity level back to normal. Katy’s goal as VP of Activities is to create and implement safe and innovative events to make the school a welcoming place for students, families, and faculty to come and be a cohesive community. Please feel free to email Katy if you have any PTA questions ~ activities@vvespta.org. Jaime Mangiola is our VP of Fundraising. Jaime is Mom of Giana (10) 5th, Anthony (9) 4th and Milena (7) 2nd (all DLI). She has a background in Mechanical Engineering and had a risk management career in the Commercial Insurance Industry before dedicating herself full time to her family. Giana started the DLI program mid-year in Kindergarten, so she turned to the PTA for support and to gain knowledge of the inner workings of VV. After completing the School Smarts Program, she realized the direct impact of parent involvement on a student’s academic success. Jaime decided to join the PTA Board as VP of Activities for the ’18-'19 and ’19-'20 school years to stay connected and be involved with events both on and off campus. This school year she is continuing as VP of Fundraising for her second year to help raise funds required to fulfill the needs of our student body. Please feel free to email her if you have any PTA fundraising questions ~ fundraising@vvespta.org Katie Lovewell is our auditor. She has two daughters in the DLI program. Mika is in 1st grade, and Aria is in 5th. This is their second year being at Valley View (the family previously lived in Fremont). Katie participated as Reflections Art chair at Aria's previous school for 2 years. In her professional career, she began as a 4th grade teacher in Oakland, then switched to working for a medical device company, and then ultimately ended up working as a real estate agent with her mother. Please feel free to email Katie if you have any PTA questions ~ auditor@vvespta.org.
Kristen Hammes is our Financial Secretary. This is Kristen's first year as VVESPTA Financial Secretary, but her third year on the PTA Board. Kristen's daughter, Madeline, is a third grader in the Dual Language Immersion Program. Kristen is a science teacher at Pleasanton Middle School, so if you have older students, you may recognize her as one of their teachers. Kristen has little availability during the day to volunteer at Valley View, participating in PTA is an easy way for her to stay involved in Madeline’s school community. Please feel free to email Kristen if you have any PTA finance questions ~ financial.secretary@vvespta.org. Aryn Oldham is our Treasurer. This is Aryn's first year on the PTA. He has one daughter (Savannah) who is starting 1st grade (DLI) this year. Aryn attended School Smarts when Savannah was in TK and is passionate about being an advocate for her education. Being involved in PTA is one way Aryn can stay connected to what is going on at Valley View and in the broader PUSD. Aryn is originally from Georgia and has lived in Pleasanton since 2008. He works at Clorox in Supply Chain Management and you can find him on the Pleasanton Ridge and other Bay Area hiking areas when he has free time. Please feel free to email Aryn if you have any PTA finance questions ~ treasurer@vvespta.org. Amy Zysk is our Secretary. Amy is Mom to Sawyer (1st grade) in the DLI Program. Amy grew up in the Northwest and moved to Pleasanton about 21 years ago for a job opportunity and never left. Amy currently works for research & development at Clorox leading the R&D Environmental Health and Safety and Pilot Plant Facility. Her husband Rob Seeley and she share a passion for having their daughter in DLI and are very impressed by how far she has come already. They have both signed up for Spanish classes themselves, and as of right now, they average 3rd grade, DLI students are much more advanced. Go Mustangs! Please feel free to email Amy if you have any PTA questions ~ secretary@vvespta.org.
DJ Vierra is our Historian. DJ grew up in Oakland. DJ has been a high school teacher for 15 years. This year he will be teaching at De La Salle in Concord. His wife, Loren Reynolds, and DJ have lived in Pleasanton for almost 8 years. They live in Del Prado neighborhood. Loren was really interested in the DLI program and so they had Domenico (entering 4th grade) and Elena (entering 2nd grade) enrolled in the program here at Valley View. DJ decided to join the PTA because he was concerned about the future of all education, but particularly this awesome DLI program. He hopes that he can continue helping Valley View build something strong. Please feel free to email DJ if you have any PTA questions ~ historian@vvespta.org. Anika Briner is our Parliamentarian. Anika & her husband Tyson are parents to Raleigh (1st) in our Dual Language Immersion (DLI) Program, and Paxton (age 3, who will also attend VV's DLI program in a few short years.) A public school enthusiast, Anika was born and raised in Santa Cruz and both she and Tyson attended Cal Poly San Luis Obispo before making a home in Pleasanton. Anika is an HR Consultant, currently working full-time for a boutique HR firm, and spent her career in HR in the Bay Area at companies such as Pinterest, Mozilla, and Gap Inc. The Briner family loves to play golf & baseball, swim, run, bike, and scooter - and you can often find them on the Kottinger Park trails behind Valley View. Please feel free to email Anika if you have any PTA questions ~ parliamentarian@vvespta.org.