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2021-2022 PTA Board & Committee Members

2021 -2022 Unit Directory


Sunny Joo

PTA President

I'm new to being on the PTA board, but I've been a proud Hickory mom for many years! I've loved being a part of this school and I know you and your kids will love it too. Our hope and theme for this year is to connect our community and create a safe and fun campus for everybody!

"Sometimes it takes only one act of kindness and caring to change a person's life."  - Jackie Chan 

"Love the life you live. Live the life you love." - Bob Marley 

Sunny is also the Chair of Yearbook, Reflections, and Honorary Service Awards.


Christina Choi

1st VP - Programs

"Volunteering is at the very core of a human being. No one has made it through life without someone's else's help" - Heather French Henry


"Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart ♥." - Elizabeth Andrews


Christina is also chair of Sons/Daughters Dances and the Spring Family Event.


Mary Ishida

2nd VP - Fundraising

Being a new Hickory Mom, I can't wait to help build community and get everyone involved in their child's school life and activities. Hoping that we can create memorable moments this year!


"People do not decide to become extraordinary, they decide to accomplish extraordinary things." - Edmund Hillary


Vidya Yakkundi

3rd VP - Volunteers

I joined the PTA to be an integral part of my child's education and his wholesome development. I immensely enjoy volunteering my time and skills to enrich our students through community engagements and planning fun activities with other parents, teachers and administrators.


''The essence of life is to serve others and do good.'' - Aristotle

''At the end of the day the most overwhelming key to a child's success is the positive involvement of Parents.'' - Jane D. Hull

Vidya is also the Chair of the Healthy Ever After Program.


Sara Romero

4th VP - Communications

I'm excited to be a part of the PTA and help keep our Hickory families connected. Be sure to follow us on Facebook for loads of great information. I'm a mom of 3 (4th grade boy/girl twins and a Transitional Kindergartner), a full-time Senior Copywriter and was a virtual room mom last year.

"What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters compared to what lives with in us." - Henry David Thoreau


Shivani Kraus

Recording Secretary

Mahatma Gandhi once said that the best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others. I see no better way to find myself than to lose myself in the service of my children and their education.

Shivani is also the Chair of Red Ribbon Week and Emergency Kits.


Winnie Nguyen


I am so grateful to be able to be as involved as I am in our PTA. More than half of our board works full-time, but we continue to stay involved knowing that we are making a difference by providing valuable programs and events that would otherwise not happen for the school and our children.


Winnie is also the Chair of Sons/Daughters Dances and the Spring Family Event.


Liana Osborne

Financial Secretary

I am a new Hickory mom, and I am excited to get involved to help where I can with the PTA! I look forward to meeting families that make Hickory great!


“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” - Helen Keller


Christa Malsbury


The foundation of a child’s education is built on communication and the support of the community that they learn from. It is a belief of mine that we as parents can only strengthen the experience that our children have while in school, by being involved in this community, and working together with our teachers to ensure the most understanding.

“Communication and understanding go hand in hand.” - A. Einstein

Christa is also the Chair of Direct Donations


Keri Kaba-Dien


I joined the PTA because it’s so FUN to volunteer at Hickory alongside such wonderful people. I look forward to more fun times serving our kids, school and community together.

In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun. You find the fun and—snap!—the job’s a game!” – Mary Poppins


Liv Yuki



Amanda Kirsch

Chair - Adventures in Art Program

"Do what I do. Hold tight and pretend it's a plan!"

 - The Doctor


Nelly Nevarez

Chair - Membership

I’m super excited to join PTA this year. As a mother of 3 (6th grader, 3rd and Kindergartner), I’ve always loved being involved/supporting my kids in their education. I’ve been a room mom for the past 5 years and enjoyed it very much. Looking forward to working with this awesome team!!!

“The heart of a volunteer is not measured in size but the depth of their commitment to make a difference in the lives of others.”


Tricia Cole

Chair - Box Tops


Munnazah Lathief

Chair - Spirit Wear

I've been a Hickory mom for 5 years and a Hickory Hound since I went here for elementary school! My daughters are in Kindergarten and Fourth grade. I look forward to helping our school PTA this year and for years to come!

"I am only one, but still I am only one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something."  -Edward Everett


Xindy Velasquez

Chair - Library