Board of Directors

Board of Directors 2019-2020

The Board represents families and is an oversight group, providing strategy and support to furthering the mission and vision of Preschool of the Arts. The board approves PSA’s long term and annual goals, oversees the Executive Director, and monitors the financial management of the school.

Jim O’Brien, PresidentJim has been a member of PSA since
2016 — during that time on the Board ofDirectors he has served on the
Technology and Finance Committees.
His most recent position was in the
Executive Committee. His current termas President runs 2019-2020. Jim and
Kristin have two children whom are
alumni of PSA. Jim is the co-founder ofAgrograph, an agricultural technology
company based in Madison WI. 
Kristin Schmidt, President-ElectKristin is a community board member
and has served on the board since
March of 2018. She has recently
fullfilled the role as Secretary and now
as President Elect. She has vast board
experience including; the YMCA (for 16 years) and Badgerland Girl Scouts. Herareas of interest are facilities and
community engagement.
Allison Carlson, SecretaryAllison has served on the board since
2016 and is currently the Secretary. Her
professional background is in
planning, market research, and
evaluation in the energy efficiency
field. She has two children who have
thrived in PSA’s nurturing
Jennifer Curliss, Treasurer
Daniel Torres-RangelDaniel is a PSA parent and the Director
of Education at Wingra School in
Noelle Warnock Al-AdraNoelle has 10 years of experience in
education, both in teaching and
administration. She has a Masters of
Education specializing in Educational
Administration and Leadership. Her
daughter is a current PSA student.
Erica GittingsErica is a Partner at the largest family
law firm in the country. Her
background includes human
resources, professional development,
and organizational trust. Her son is a
current PSA student, and her daughter
will be starting in the fall.
Caleb JanusCaleb Janus has a background in
music and currently works as an
architect. His son is currently a student in the Yellow Room.
Ena LeeEna Lee and her family joined
Preschool of the Arts in 2018. When
she’s not in the dental office treating
patients, she loves to travel, run, and
Bethany AckeretBethany served as a Senior Analyst in
the City of Houston’s Finance
Department, and has worked with the
Development Departments of several
non-profit organizations. She studied
public policy and music. Her son is a
current PSA student.
Chelsea JohnsonChelsea Johnson is a new addition to
the board this year. She is a Senior
Recruiter for Exact Sciences and has
spent the past 10 years working in
recruiting and HR within various
industries. Chelsea has a passion for
community involvement and bringing
people together. When she’s not
recruiting or volunteering, Chelsea can
found running around Madison and
going on adventures with her four year
old daughter and a two year old son
who both attend PSA.   
Kate HeaneyKate joined the PSA community six
years ago when her oldest child joined
the Rainbow Room. Her youngest son
just graduated. She has served on a
number of boards, utilizing her
background in fundraising and events.
Lindsey Jacobus, Staff RepresentativeLindsey is the Educational Support
Specialist at PSA. This is her second
year on the board.
Zoe Wolfe, Staff Representative Zoe is currently a co-teacher in the
Silver/Orange Room loop and has been part of PSA’s community for nearly two years. She has a background in
neuroscience and outdoor education
and is currently working toward her
Master’s of Early Childhood Education
through the Erikson Institute. 
Abby Malesytcki, ex-officio Abby is serving as the interim
executive director.

View the October 23 board meeting agenda and notes from the September 26 board meeting.

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