Parent and Alumni Leadership Council

March 19, 2015

The Parent and Alumni Leadership Council (PALC) will provide advice to the DC Public Charter School Board regarding its policies related to public charter schools. The PALC acts as a liaison between DC PCSB and parents of public charter school students and graduates of public charter high schools.

The duties of PALC members will include:

• Meet regularly with PCSB.

• Represent PCSB at ANC and community meeting/events.

• Actively participate in ward education meetings.

• Foster relationships with parents, ANCs, DC councilmembers, and key community stakeholders.

• Provide recommendations and input on DC PCSB’s policies, new charter school applications, and other initiatives.


We're also seeking new members of the Parent and Alumni Leadership Council

The ideal candidate displays leadership, is passionate about school choice and active in thei community, and wants an opportunity to be involved with the District’s educational system. PALC members are DC residents, represent the geographical diversity of the city, are able to volunteer four to five hours a month, and attend monthly PALC meetings.   

For more information or to apply, submit a letter of interest to  

Parent and Alumni Leadership Council Members

Shani-ola Arowolaju

Shani ola-Arowolaju, is a born and bred Washingtonian. She has worked for in the federal government for 16 years. She has three children, two of whom are KIPP scholars. She's currently lives in Ward 5. 

Allison Acosta

Allison Acosta is the vice president of Inspired Families Association (IFA) of the Inspired Teaching School PCS to ensure that all IFA activities and programs are aligned with the school’s mission and goals. She is a parent and lives in Ward 1.

Alexander Hogan

Alexander Hogan is a former educator and a parent of a student at Creative Minds International PCS. Mr. Hogan has also served as an Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner. He lives in Ward 1.

Joy Russell

Joy Russell was formerly senior vice president of community impact for United Way of the Capital Area. Ms. Russell is a member of the Mundo Verde Padres Association (Parent Association) and lives in Ward 1.

Rhea Vaflor

Rhea Vaflor is senior associate and award-winning designer at Hickok Cole Architects. Ms. Vaflor’s daughter attends LAMB PCS. She lives in Ward 3.

Will Hegwood

Will Hegwood is the parent of two public charter school students, one Washington Latin PCS and the other at Washington Yu Ying PCS. He taught AP World History at Friendship Collegiate PCS.  Mr. Hegwood lives in Ward 4.

Joseph and Gloria Younger

The Youngers are grandparents of DC public and public charter school students. He is a retired federal government employee who participates in his neighborhood association. She is a former DC public school employee. They live in Ward 4.

Betsy Centofanti

Betsy Centofanti serves on the State Advisory Panel on Special Education. Ms. Centofanti has served as board chair and member of Bridges PCS’ Board of Trustees.  She is a parent and lives in Ward 5.

Liane Jacobs

Liane Jacobs is a communications consultant. Her children attend Elsie Whitlow Stokes Community Freedom PCS.  She lives in Ward 5.

Hahnah Wright 

Hahnah Wright's children attend DC Prep PCS. She participates regularly in her neighborhood and civic association meetings. She lives in Ward 6. 

Doreen Hodges

Doreen Hodges's children attend E.L. Haynes PCS and Eagle Academy PCS. She participates in the Ward 8 Community Advisory Committees and co-chairs the Department of Health’s Special Needs Advisory Board. Ms. Hodges lives in Ward 8.

Erika Harrell

Erika Harrell is a parent advocate for DC School Reform Now and sits on the Parent Advisory Council for My School DC. Her children attend DC Prep PCS, and she lives in Ward 7.

Carolyn Solaru

Carolyn Solaru is the parent of a student at Washington Yu Ying PCS. She is a real estate agent and health care IT software tester, as well as a Girl Scout leader.  Ms. Solaru has also served as a Friends of Choice in Urban Schools (FOCUS) Ambassador Network for Parents. She lives in Ward 8.
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