Parent and Alumni Leadership Council

November 6, 2017

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 schools.

The duties of PALC members will include:

  • Meet regularly with DC PCSB.​
  • Represent DC PCSB at ANC and community meeting/events.
  • Actively participate in ward education meetings.
  • Foster relationships with parents, ANC, DC councilmembers, and key community stakeholders.
  • Provide recommendations and input on DC PCSB’s policies, new charter school applications, and other initiatives.

2017-2020 Parent and Alumni Leadership Council Members 

Nakeasha Sanders-Small - LAMB 
Wife, Mother of two, Attorney and Community-minded and engaged resident of Washington, DC.

Tameka K. Harris-Williams - Kingsman Academy PCS
"I am a mother of 2 teenage sons. I am very active in my church and various community and national organizations as a volunteer and organizer. I have a passion for advocating for under privileged persons and persons with disabilities."

Sherita Spinks - Lee Montessori PCS
"I'm very passionate about the quality of education in D.C. In particularly Special education. They are so many students that are under served because they don't have advocates to help parents make the right decicion for their child and be confident in school recommendations. I would love to help shorten the gap between administration and parents for special need kids."

Lakisha Myrick - Friendship Woodridge & Collegiate
"I am a Christian, Married, Mother of Five who is presently working towards my BS in Psychology in ABA. In the past I worked as an Early Childhood Educator then a IT Tech Professional. Currently I am a Youth Program Administrator/ Residential Counselor for Sasha Bruce Youthwork and a Discipleship Team Administrative Assistant for First Church Wash."

Tenise Wilson - IDEA PCS
"My name is Tenise Wilson, I was born and raised in the great city of Washington, DC. I graduated from Roosevelt High School 'class of 1999'. I am a mother of three beautiful children. I love cooking and making meals for the needy. I always try to connect to different people wherever I go. Also, I volunteer and try to help my community and environment whenever I get a chance. I Love to travel and see new cultures. I enjoy exploring and trying new things, taking courses in subjects of interest to embark upon new opportunities for advancement and growth."

Maura Gaswirth - Two Rivers PCS Young
"I have lived in Ward 5 for 10 years now with my husband along with our 7 year old son and 5 year old daughter. I worked for the DC Government for 12 years before moving to work for a non-profit in the social services field. I am a Licensed Independent Social Worker and have a passion for advocacy and practice improvement for those with behavioral health needs. I love being outdoors and exploring DC but you can also find me at home reading a good book."

Jayson Donaldson - Lee Montessori
"My wife, Whitney, and I are originally from Texas, but we have lived in Washington DC for over 12 years now. We have two children; a 5 year old daughter that is wrapping up her second year at Lee Montessori and will be entering Kindergarten in the fall and a son that is excited to be entering Pre-K3 in the fall, also at Lee Montessori. Professionally, I am president of NorthMarq Capital Finance, a commercial real estate finance company."
Donaldson authored this blog, 'Accountability Breeds Response-Ability'

Shaundranetta Wood - Roots
"I am originally from Alabama. I have lived in the district for 6 years, in which I have been a DC charter and public school educator. I have two spectacular boys."

Sharee Battles - Early Childhood Academy
"I am a working mom who is dedicated to providing the best life for myself and my family."

Sharron Tendai - Capital City Public Charter School
Sharron Tendai is a Program Specialist and the Acting Section 508 Coordinator at the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), a federal agency in Washington DC. At CNCS, Mrs. Tendai manages online training artifacts on the National Service Knowledge Network, and she oversees the agency's Section 508 program. Mrs. Tendai is a active parent volunteer at Capital City Public Charter school, and within her local community.

Allyson Wilson - Mundo Verde and DCI
"So, I'm a married mom of three kids in D.C. Public charter schools- two at Mundo Verde and one entering DC International. I work on Capitol Hill as director of digital strategy and content marketing for the Plastics Division of the American Chemistry Council. My day to day work involves educating Americans about recycling plastics and keeping litter out of the ocean. Prior to that I was a reporter and substitute anchor at WTTG FOX 5. I grew up in Riggs Park in NE DC. I finished the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in 1995, earned my BA in Communications Studies from the University of North Carolina Charlotte in 1998 and am currently working on my Master's in Marketing Analytics at the Manderson School of Business at the University of Alabama. We live in Woodridge/Langdon Park (depending on who you ask about how the boundary is drawn)."
Wilson composed this blog, 'Choosing a Charter School is About Quality and Fit'

Aaron Lemon-Strauss - DC Bilingual PCS
"I work at the College Board focused on building digital tools that advance all students to college and career success (resources like Big Future and Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy).  Outside of work I serve on the Boards of Directors of DCB and Greater Greater Washington.  We've lived in DC since 2009, when we moved to town so my wife could begin her career as an attorney at the DOJ Civil Rights Division, where she still serves."

Rachel Mann - Cedar Tree Academy
Rachel Mann is a communications professional with over 10 years of experience in public relations, media relations, social media management, publication management, and internal communication coordination.  She is respected for her transformational leadership style and her dedication to forging relationships and cultural understanding, particularly in the academic field. Rachel is known for her skills in facilitating media engagements for various events, subject experts and strategic initiatives. She has also served as spokesperson for major companies in Washington D.C.

Andrea Jones - City Arts and Prep 
Jones wrote this blog, "Accountability: It Takes a Village"

Will Hegwood - Washington Yu Ying
Shaniola Arowalaju - KIPP DC
Suzie Parsons - Elsie Whitlow Stokes Community Freedom PCS
Liane Jacobs - Elsie Whitlow Stokes Community Freedom PCS
Rhea Vaflor - LAMB 
Allison Acosta - Inspired Teaching

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 the 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