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 of Directors he has served on the
Technology and Finance Committees.
His most recent position was in the
Executive Committee. His current term as President runs 2019-2020. Jim and Kristin have two children whom are alumni of PSA. Jim is the co-founder of Agrograph, 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 fulfilled the role as Secretary and now as President Elect. She has vast board experience including; the YMCA (for 16 years) and Badgerland Girl Scouts. Her areas 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
environment.
Jennifer Curliss, Treasurer
Daniel Torres-RangelDaniel is a PSA parent and the Director of Education at Wingra School in Madison.
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
swim.
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 November 20 board meeting agenda and notes from the October 23 board meeting.

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