Our Mission

To promote the advocacy and educational programs that bring closer the relationship between home and school so that parents and teachers may cooperate intelligently in the education of children through the united efforts that will secure the highest advantages in physical, mental, social, and spiritual education.

- Approved by State of Maryland, January 23rd, 2015.


These are the formal descriptions of the board positions; depending on the number of positions filled and the needs of the PTA, many responsibilities are shared.


The by-laws of the SCES PTA can be found here.


2020-21 PTA Board


President - Rick Bacon  |  president@scespta.org  

Vice President - Lisa Ferrugia Atkinson  |  vicepresident@scespta.org  

Secretary - Laura Lunardi  |  secretary@scespta.org

Treasurer - Laura Fruge  |  treasurer@scespta.org  

Co-VPs of Academics - Farah Nageer & Nina Vucenik  |  academics@scespta.org

VP Events & Fundraising - Jennifer Meyer  |  events@scespta.org  

VP Communications - Brenna Thibault  |  communications@scespta.org  


 Rick Bacon Family Portrait

President - Rick Bacon

Rick Bacon and his wife, Pavy, have two kids in the French Immersion program at SCES. Richard attended Howard University and works in the nonprofit sector. You may have seen him on the soccer field, as he’s
a Coach for two Takoma Soccer teams. Rick previously served as co-president for the East Silver Spring Spring Elementary School PTA, and is excited to apply lessons learned at SCES this year. His daughter, Maya, is in 1st grade, and his son, Benjamin, is in 4th grade. You should meet them, they’re pretty awesome!



Ferrugia Atkinson Family Portrait

Vice President - Lisa Ferrugia Atkinson

Lisa Ferrugia Atkinson shares life in Silver Spring with her husband James and daughters Josephine (4th) and Mabel (1st). She holds a BA in creative writing from Carnegie Mellon University and a
Master of Fine Arts in dance from The Ohio State University. She danced professionally and taught dance at Eastern Michigan University, Ohio State, and Maryland Youth Ballet. She spends her days now managing park playdates and trying to keep the weeds in the yard below waist level.



Secretary - Laura Lunardi

Laura has two students as Sligo Creek (Luke, 4th grade, and Eric, 1st grade). Laura is a former scientist who now works in science policy and strategic planning for the National Cancer Institute. Married to husband Jonathon, they enjoy outdoor and artistic hobbies. They are also animal lovers and currently have two (really cute!) pet fancy rats. 



Fruge Family Portrait

Treasurer - Laura Frugé

Laura Frugé, along with her husband Chris Hall, are parents to two Sligo Creek FI students, Amelia (3rd) and Elise (1st). By day, Laura is a non-profit development professional and recovering political hack. At this time when we’re less connected physically, Laura is happy to be of service to help keep our school community together, as an advocate for our students and teachers.


 Nageer-Kanthor Family Portrait

Co-VP of Academics - Farah Nageer-Kanthor

Farah has two children in the French Immersion program at SCES, Zamir in 5th and Sami in 2nd. She has a background in international development and has spent most of her career providing programmatic, staff, and organizational leadership to nonprofit organizations at the community, national, and international levels. She enjoys cooking/eating/sharing food, volunteering with her family, taking walks, and "planning stuff" (Farah's words). She graciously planned World Culture Day last year and assisted with the oversight of room parents. She and her family live in Wheaton.




Co-VP of Academics - Nina Vucenik

Nina has a 2nd grader, Clara, in the Academy and two sons who graduated from SCES and are now in middle and high school. Nina works in communications for an international development organization. You can usually see Nina and her husband Andy walking Clara to school, accompanied by their basset hound, Butters. 



Meyer Family Portrait

VP of Events and Fundraising - Jennifer Meyer

Jennifer Meyer and her husband, Chris Meyer, have two sons, Ethan (2nd) and Benjamin (K) at SCES. Jennifer has a BS in Microbiology and a MS in Biochemistry from the University of Florida (Go Gators!). She loves running, all things baking/cooking, and party/event planning. As a family, the Meyers love hiking, biking, and being outdoors together.



Thibault Family Portrait

VP of Communications - Brenna Thibault

Brenna shares a lovingly disheveled home in Silver Spring with her husband Bruce, wonder mutts Jack and Stellaluna, and three sons, Tatum (SCES alumnus now at SSIMS); Paxton (3rd); and Barrett (2nd). Brenna graduated from the University of Virginia and assists a variety of nonprofits with their communication needs.





Updated: September 15, 2020








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