Meet Your Board!

Melissa Rodriguez, President

president@harvardelementarypta.org

Hi! My name is Melissa Rodriguez and I am so excited to serve as President of Harvard PTA. This is my 6th year on the board. My first volunteer opportunity at Harvard was with the Fundraising Committee. I served as  Logistics Chair for 3 years.  I also served as VP Education and VP Membership. As a stay at home mom for several years, I easily transitioned into my job as a preschool teacher. My husband and I are native Houstonians and enjoy living near our family. This is our 8th year at Harvard. Marco is in 3rd grade and Rico is in 6th grade at Hogg. As a family, we enjoy all sports, beach adventures and outdoor fun! Harvard has such a supportive community and I love being a part of it!

 

 


Barrett Donahue-Mink, VP Education

education@harvardelementarypta.org

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.


Jesse Dickerman, VP Community Building

community@harvardelementarypta.org


Noe Ramirez, VP Fundraising

fundraising@harvardelementarypta.org

Hi, I am Noé Ramirez and I will be the VP of Fundraising for the Harvard PTA this coming school year.  This will be my first time serving on the PTA board but have been a long time Harvard parent and supporter.  Married to Gaby, 18 years and counting, we have three kids – Pablo (High School), Felipe (6th Grader at Hogg) and Elena (3rd Grader at Harvard). I have been an active member in the community for many years by volunteering at the YMCA and the Boyscouts.  In my professional career, I am an Architect with focus on healthcare facilities.

 

 

 


Nikou McCarra, VP Communications

communication@harvardelementarypta.org

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 second grade, and little brother, Zayn, will start kinder at Harvard this 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. :)


Anar Abasov, Secretary

secretary@harvardelementarypta.org

Hi! My name is Anar Abasov and I am excited to serve as the Secretary for the Harvard PTA. My wife, Sarah, and I love the Heights community and are excited to further contribute to its growth. Thanks to the Energy industry, my family immigrated from Azerbaijan to Houston during my childhood. I have called Houston my home ever since then. I hold a Chemical Engineering degree from the University of Texas at Austin and an MBA from the University of St. Thomas in Houston. Sarah (an Aggie ) and I have three wonderful sons. Our oldest son will be attending Harvard Elementary School as a Kindergartener. We are excited about this new chapter in our life!

 


Vanessa McKeown, Treasurer

treasurer@harvardelementarypta.org

Hi!  I am Vanessa McKeown, your Treasurer on the Harvard PTA.  I have over 25 years experience in accounting/financial reporting/and auditing experience that I am thrilled to be able utilize in the PTA.  My husband and daughter (Blythe 9)  moved to the Heights in the summer of 2020.  This will be Blythe’s first year at Harvard and we are looking forward to meeting lots of new people and becoming involved with the school.  In my spare time I try to be a gardener and I try to sew!  Our two dogs, Abacus and Star, complete our little family!


Kathi Peters, Parliamentarian

parliamentarian@harvardelementarypta.org

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 (8th grade), Felix (7th grade), Tom (3rd grade) and Lukas (kinder). 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, Volunteer Coordinator

I have two boys at Harvard, Micah (4th grade) and Jonah (2nd grade).  Both boys have been an Eagle since their Pre-K years.  I enjoy being a room parent and last year I was the 3rd grade parent representative on the PTA board.  My professional career has been in education since 2004, most recently teaching 9th grade social studies at Duchesne Academy.  I have a degree in music and still enjoy singing in and directing choirs.  My husband Ben is an ER physician and enjoys building treehouses in his spare time.

Quynhthy Bui, Parent Representative, PK/K Grade

kinderrep@harvardelementarypta.org

Hi! I am Quynhthy Bui Marosi (pronounced queen-thee), your PreK/Kinder Representative for the Harvard PTA.  This is my first year on the board and I am so excited to be involved.  I recently helped with the Spring 2021 Fundraiser and developed a deep appreciation for how hard Harvard parents work to keep supporting our teachers and staffs at Harvard.  We have two incoming Kindergarteners, Lucas and Mathis.  My husband, Peter, and I are both first generation immigrants.  Peter came here for work after college from Hungary.  I came here during high school from Vietnam then stayed for college then grad school and decided to never leave.  We are both engineers in the oil and gas industry.  We have lived in the Heights for over 10 years and absolutely love our neighborhood.  We love to travel, camping, biking and hiking as a family.  I recently take up jogging so you may see me on the Heights bike and hike trail sometimes in the morning.  Our family is looking forward to being a part of the Harvard Community.


Maggie Dunham, Parent Representative, 1st Grade

grade1rep@haravardelemtarypta.org

I am so excited to serve as the 1st Grade Representative on the Harvard Elementary PTA. This is my first year on the board and I am looking forward to the experience.  I was very impressed with my introduction to Harvard Elementary with my daughter, Olivia, experiencing a wonderful kindergarten year and I cannot wait for her sister, Eva, to join the team in the 2022-2023 school year. My goal as grade representative is to create a strong and active community between teachers, parents and students, and to continually stay updated and involved. I cannot wait to meet all of you!

As a bit of background, I attended Duchesne Academy, LSU for undergraduate, and Albany Law School where I obtained my juris doctorate. I worked as an attorney in New York for 8 years, prior to moving back to Houston to start a family. We landed in the Heights in 2016 and I cannot think of a better community in which to live. My husband, Charles, is also an attorney. He is new to Houston and has settled in well.


Amy Seeburger, Parent Representative, 2nd Grade

grade2rep@haravardelemtarypta.org

Hello!  My name is Amy Seeburger and this is my second time to serve on the PTA board as a grade representative.  I have a 4th grader and 2nd grader at Harvard as well as a 3 year old at Zion Lutheran Preschool.  My husband, Dave, and I have lived in the Heights since 2009 and enjoy being active members of the community.  Before I had children, I was an 8th grade teacher and a high school counselor in Humble ISD.  I love walking to local spots in our hood, quick hill country weekend trips, and being involved in my childrens’ educational experiences. I am looking forward to a wonderful year at Harvard!

 

 


Lisa Riley, Parent Representative, 3rd Grade

grade3rep@harvardelementarypta.org

Hi! My name is Lisa Riley and I am the 3rd Grade Rep. It’s my third year on the PTA 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 (3rd grade), Allison (4), 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!


Richard Burgess, Parent Representative, 4th Grade

grade4rep@harvardelementarypta.org

Hi! I’m Richard Burgess, and I’m pleased to be your 4th grade rep for the 2021-2022 school year. I helped out with the nomination committee last year, and wanted to get more involved this year. Anh and I are originally from Vietnam and the UK respectively, and we have lived in Texas for many years. Our daughter Hailey is Houston born and bred, and she is entering 4th grade this coming year. Family and travel keep us busy when we are not working, and we love all aspects of being at Harvard!


Kelly Collins, Parent Representative, 5th Grade

grade5rep@harvardelementarypta.org

Hello there!  My name is Kelly Collins and I will be your 5th grade representative this year.  This is my first year serving on the board and I am excited to work with such a wonderful group of people.  I grew up in Iowa City, IA and attended the University of Iowa.  I moved to Denver, CO after college, met my husband Brent, and lived there for 15 years.  I worked in public accounting and the energy industry in various accounting and finance roles during my professional career.  I ‘retired’ and became CEO of the Collins Household when we moved to Houston in 2015 for my husband’s job.  We have three kids at Harvard. My oldest son Elliott will be in the 5th grade, my middle son Noah will be in 3rd grade, and my youngest daughter Sutton will be in 1st grade.  We love living in the Heights and being part of the Harvard family.