Meet Your Board!

Contact information can be found here!

Whitney Stoebner, President

Hello!  Our family moved to Houston from Washington, DC in 2014 to be closer to my husband’s family. We quickly felt at home at Harvard Elementary. This is my fifth year on the Board, and I’ve previously served as VP Community Building and Continuity Advisor. My daughter Ellie is in 5th grade, and my son Henry is in 3rd grade. Our family enjoys hiking and camping, especially in west Texas. We are often accompanied on adventures by our canine companions. I also enjoy baking, Jazzercise, and watercolors. I am excited for another great year at Harvard Elementary!




Barrett Donahue-Mink, VP Education

Hi, I am Barrett Donahue-Mink , and I am the VP of Education. I am also the chair of our 2021 Spring Fundraiser This will be my 5th year chairing and I am so excited to see this amazing and fun event come together once again even if it will look a little Different this Year. Our family moved here 6yrs ago from New York City for my husband’s job and choose the heights because we loved the sense of community and the walkability. My husband Paul and I have three kids, Jane who is in fifth grade, Colin who is in Kindergarten and last but not least  Ronan who is counting the days till he can join his siblings at Harvard  We love  the community of Harvard and each year it gets better and better. I love to be involved and make Harvard the very best school for all of our children.


Stacy Upchurch, VP Fundraising

My name is Stacy Upchurch and I am excited to serve as the VP of Fundraising. This is my second year on the board and this will be my third year assisting with the Spring Fundraiser. Thank you all so much for making it such an amazing event in the past!  I moved to the Heights in 2007 and have loved every minute. I cherish the diversity, sense of community, and pride of this unique neighborhood.  Currently I work in sourcing for a large oil and gas company. My oldest child, Kade, is in the 3rd grade while my youngest, Mila, is in 1st. Both have attended Harvard since Pre-K.  As a family, we enjoy participating in youth sports, supporting our local sports teams, and waking around the neighborhood.  I enjoy being involved in Harvard’s PTA and look forward to another successful year!


Nikou McCarra, VP Communications

Hi! I am Nikou McCarra (pronounced knee-coo), your VP for Communications for the Harvard PTA. I have worked in marketing and design for over 15 years and I am obsessed with all things design-related. My life in a nutshell: I moved from Iran to Canada to USA when I was younger, went to high school in Katy, attended college at UT Austin, moved to Houston, attended grad school at UH where I met my husband, Travis, adopted our dog, had two boys, and finally settled in the Heights. Travis is a realtor, our oldest son, Kian, is in first grade, and little brother, Zayn, will start kinder at Harvard next year. And Wi-Fi (our 10-year-old ShihTzu) will continue to do nothing. I enjoy watching silly rom-coms, walking around our neighborhood, and eating tacos. :)

Lisa Riley, Secretary

Hi! My name is Lisa Riley and I am the Secretary for the Harvard PTA. It’s my second year on the board. I also volunteer in the library and help chair the annual Auction Fundraiser Galas. Thank you for making our galas such big successes for Harvard!

I grew up in Clear Lake, a suburb of Houston. After graduating from Texas A&M (whoop!), I had an 11 year career as an engineer at NASA-JSC training astronauts on the computer and navigation systems on the Space Shuttle. I am now a SAHM to Cameron (2nd grade), Allison (3), and our dog, Maggie. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with friends and family, traveling, yoga, shopping, and graphic design. Our family loves being a part of the Harvard Community!

Veronica Presas, Volunteer Coordinator

Hi, my name is Veronica Presas.  I grew up in Corpus Christi and moved to Houston 23 years ago.  I attended the University of Houston (Go Coogs!) and worked for ExxonMobil in IT as a Systems Analyst for 9 years.  I have been married to my husband Gus for 18 years and we have lived in the Heights for 14 years.  He is a Petroleum Engineer and works in downtown.  We did not think children were in our future but now we have two boys, Luke (4th grade) and Liam (3rd grade).  What a blessing these two little guys have been!!  We are a very active family and enjoy riding bikes, swimming, baseball, soccer, bowling, playing board games and watching movies with a big bowl of popcorn!
This is my second year on the board and I am so excited to be serving as VP of Volunteers.  This year I am also serving as Library Coordinator and will continue to organize Teacher Appreciation activities with another Harvard mom, Amy Seeburger.  I personally enjoy running, cooking and reading a good book.  I am hopeful that this will be another great year!

Shannon Hunter, Parent Representative, PK/K Grade

Hi, I am Shannon Davis Hunter, and I am excited to serve on the Harvard PTA board as the PK/Kinder representative.

My spouse, Ernest II, and I are both Aggies (Whoop!) and our kids are soccer enthusiasts.  Thus, in the fall you can find out us either on the sidelines at TSA, cheering on the Aggies, or possibly both simultaneously! We have a son, Ernest III, who was in Ms. Vargas’ PK class year and is now thriving (virtually) with Ms. Lesniak in Kindergarten.  We also have a daughter, Shelby, who is a fourth grader at another Heights-area school.

I am a native Houstonian and a product of HISD – I know firsthand that with parent partnership, our district provides a first-class, college preparatory education to its students. Harvard is an excellent example of an engaged, forward-thinking, and vibrant learning community.  I am excited to do my small part through the PTA to help sustain it!

Heather Whitfield, Parent Representative, 1st Grade

HI! My name is Heather Whitfield and I am excited to be your First Grade Representative for the Harvard PTA.  This is my second year on the board, with a year gap last year where I worked on the school fundraiser.   I am so thankful for our PTA and our supportive community.  I grew up in Houston, in all different parts of the city.  After graduating from the University of Houston Law Center in 2007, I met my husband and we settled down in Houston, where I worked as an attorney for 13 years. I recently became a stay at home mom to Kate (first grade) and Evan (2).  I love running around our neighborhood, hanging out with friends, starting crafts I never finish, and sailing out on Galveston Bay.

Kathi Peters, Parent Representative, 2nd Grade

We, the Peters family have lived in Houston for 13 year. Originally I am from Austria and my husband is German. We have 4 kids – Mathilda (7th grade), Felix (6th grade), Tom (2nd grade) and Lukas (4 years old). We love living in the Heights and enjoy being active outdoors, camping, hiking, rock climbing, surfing and much more. A long time ago – almost feels like in a different life – I used to be a TV and movie producer in Germany and Spain. Now I keep busy a staying at home and volunteering at various schools!



Ali Cooper, Parent Representative, 3rd Grade

Ali Cooper and her boys Micah (3rd grade) and Jonah (1st grade) have been a part of the Harvard community since 2016.  She is married to Ben and loves living in the Heights.  Ali was a K-8 music teacher for 10 years and still enjoys singing in and directing choirs at their church.



Peri Patel, Parent Representative, 4th Grade

Peri and her husband Anuj live in the Heights with their 2 boys, Akhil (4th grade), Keval (2nd grade) and their dog Rocco.  By day Peri is a professional organizer and by night she’s an independent wine consultant with Scout & Cellar.  The Patels have lived in the Heights for 7 years and LOVE this hood!





Geetika Moore, Parent Representative, 5th Grade

Hi my name is Geetika a Moore. This is my first year on the board and I am so excited to be your 5th grade rep! I have been involved in the PTA in various roles such as on the fundraising committee, as well as teacher appreciation volunteer for 2 years. My husband, Davy, and I absolutely love the Heights community and love being a part of Harvard. I have a younger daughter, Ani, who is in 3rd grade and a 5th grader, Adi. I love going to see live music, cooking, and hanging out with friends and family.