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PTA/SLT/Title 1 Parent Virtual Elections will be held on
June 15, 2023 at 7 pm


May 26, 2023
Dear Wonderful FHHS Parents/Guardian and Teachers,
This is the 10 day notice to announce Fort Hamilton High School Virtual PTA Executive Board Election on June 15, 2023, at 7:00 pm on Zoom.  School Leadership Team and Title 1 Parent Advisory Council Elections and PTA Meeting (documents following soon) will proceed right after.
If you want to participate to vote in our elections and attend the PTA Meeting, registration will start on May 25, 2023. The LAST day to register to vote is June 15, 2023 before 6:00 pm. You MUST register with the link below to be able to attend the elections and the PTA Meeting.  
We will be verifying each voter's personal information on what FHHS has on their record. You MUST have a child or be a teacher to vote for the PTA Executive Board. Only parents/guardians can vote for the School Leadership Team and Title 1 Parent Advisory Council. 
Roles and Responsibilities:
PTA Executive Board

School Leadership Team

Title 1 Parent Advisory Council 

Meet the Candidates

Elections will promptly start at 7:00 pm and the voting window is open with enough time for everyone present to hear a brief introduction of our candidates, and to vote with the polling feature. Anyone that arrives after 7:00 pm will be placed in the waiting room until the elections are completed.  As a reminder, the nomination window has closed and we will NOT be taking floor nominations.  

Please do not share your unique link. Any duplicate names will be placed in the waiting room.  We advise you to check-in 30 minutes earlier to avoid any technical difficulties.  The Title 1 Parent Committee Meeting will be held at 6:30 pm while we verify each voter to be admitted.  Candidates should arrive no later than 6:50 pm.
You are invited to a Zoom meeting.
When: Jun 15, 2023, 6:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Register in advance for this meeting:
After you register, you will receive an email invite with your own unique zoom link to attend the elections and PTA Meeting on June 15, 2023.
If you did not receive your email invite, please check in your spam/junk folder or email the Elections Committee at [email protected] no later than 4:00 pm on June 15, 2023.

Thank you and I hope you all will attend!
FHHS Elections Committee
Meet The Prospective 2023-2024
PTA Executive Board Candidates 
President Tamara Stern
I am running again because I would like to continue to help build a more inclusive and stronger PTA. As many of us get to the high school level I feel that we lose parents and these are the years that count the most. I want to continue to increase our parent engagement and further strengthen the relationship with our teachers to bring all our parents and teachers together in our school community. We have been able raise money for our PTA more than we have in the last 3 years and would like to continue to help the PTA actually figure out what are true goals are to help a school as big as Fort Hamilton. That would mean fully engaging ALL of our parents especially our ELL families and students.We have been trying to have more translations for our meetings so we can make sure that all the information we share gets to all of our parents so I want to work towards increasing that aspect of our parent engagement. I have worked on helping the PTA build community relationships with our local businesses to better help our school. I want to help out PTA to be able to reach its full potential as a 501c3 organization and reach goals that I believe we can under that designation. I hope that I will be able to count on our parents that have reached out to continue to do so; so we can advocate for those who truly need us too. After being in this role for as long as I have I continue to see that there is so much that our parents, students and schools need with a fully functioning PTA that believes in inclusivity, equity and parent empowerment. We can make such a difference for our kids by advocating for needed resources and better academic policies and opportunities for our kids. You can be sure that I will always show up and continue to do the hard work when it comes to our community, families and our kids. I hope you will vote for me once again so we can continue this wonderful work. It’s been a privilege representing our families in this space. 
Treasurer Nicole Kwan
For many years, as a full time working parent, it has been hard for me to contribute my time to the schools or make the in-person general PTA meetings.  COVID hit and everything became remote. This made it possible for me to join the executive board at my son's elementary school.  After two years of being on the executive board, I realized I could make a difference.  While I know every parent has a voice, with my experience as VP of finance at a public relations firm, my familiarity with NYC PTA bylaws and my attention to detail, I think my ease with numbers and banking makes PTA Treasurer my ideal entry to FHHS's PTA Executive Board.  
Recording Secretary Dyanne Nieves-Gutierrez
My name is Dyanne Nieves-Gutierrez. My daughter Faith is a freshman at Fort Hamilton HIgh School. I was a PTA VP at my daughters elementary school. I’m interested in becoming the recording secretary to use my knowledge to help the parents and students of Fort Hamilton HIgh School. 
School Leadership Team Candidates
Renee Anastasi
I am a parent of two students attending Fort Hamilton High School (a senior and a junior). I have been an active parent since my daughter started Fort Hamilton 4 years ago. I have had roles in the PTA and am I a current active member of the SLT. I work collaboratively with my children's teachers and the wonderful teams that support students who have IEPs. In my job, I am a global project manager so I am experienced in working with international teams who deliver. Additionally, I have four roles in Diversity and Inclusion teams through employee resource groups at work, in order to provide my colleagues support and ensure we have empathy and compassion in the workplace. I have a commitment and passion to do what I can to support others. I would like to continue to support the Fort Hamilton Community and continue in my role as an SLT member. 
Christopher Leydon
I’m running for the SLT to help ensure that Fort Hamilton High School is a welcoming, safe, and inclusive environment where all students can achieve academic success. I am the proud father of three daughters—including two members of the FHHS class of 2025—and a longtime resident of Bay Ridge (20+ years). As a dedicated student affairs professional, for the last ten years at CUNY School of Professional Studies, I’ve worked with a diverse population of adult learners, including students with disabilities and military and veteran students. Prior to that, I completed a doctorate in comparative literature at the CUNY Graduate Center and taught literature and writing at three CUNY colleges. Public education is integral to our society, as it has the potential to provide our youth with a new opportunities and to shape the next generation of leaders. I would be honored to represent the parents of Fort Hamilton High School on the School Leadership Team.
Genevieve Mammana
Hi my name is Genevieve Mammana and I am running for reelection as a parent on SLT.  I have served on SLT for over 12 years now at the elementary, middle and high school levels as a voice for all parents.  My goal is to continue to work collaboratively with our school and our families to assist our children in getting a high level education and the tools they need to strive and achieve.  Thank you for considering me for this position. 
Title 1 Parent Advisory Council Candidate
Chair - Lillian Shek
Being a first-generation student, I know what it is like for families struggling to navigate the public school system. My family relied on others in the community to help us, and I vowed to do the same if given that opportunity. When I left the Financial Sector to raise my children, I was able to use my skill sets to help their schools bridge the communication gaps by creating a parent/teacher/student-friendly website that uses Google Translate so that all our families were able to be informed with their school and teachers. 
I have been at Fort Hamilton HS for almost seven years, helping the PTA and school improve communication and engagement with the families by posting on the PTA Band Texting app, Facebook, Instagram, and the Parent Resources page on the school website. I have also been your Title 1 Parent Committee Chair for six years, assisting many parents/students with Title 1 Parent funding by hosting educational workshops and giving out free books to ensure the students leave FHHS with resources so that they will have future success. I have one more year left, and I hope parents will join me so that I can train them to continue my committee's work helping families!