PTO Administration

2017-2018 Niskayuna High School PTO Committees and Volunteers

 Co-Presidents – Kristin Kennedy           Co-President: OPEN 

PTO co-presidents’ responsibilities include running PTO meetings and offering support and assistance to PTO volunteers and committee leaders.  They also represent the NHS PTO on the PTO Council and on several school committees such as the selection committee for the Hall of Fame.

Vice Presidents – Anne Skrebutenas

The co-vice presidents organize a team of parents who accept PTO dues at Back To School Night and help with sign ups for as well as volunteer opportunities.  They also represent the NHS PTO at the 8th grade orientation evenings.

Co-Secretaries – Nita Chicatelli                

The co-secretaries record the minutes at each meeting.  They assist the webmasters in communicating information to the NHS parent body.

Treasurer –Tammy Bernard

The PTO treasurer maintains our financial records, pays bills and accepts payments, helps with creating the yearly budget and presents a financial report at each PTO meeting.

Parent Liaison - Teri Shanahan

 This person serves as a parent ambassador to parents of the Niskayuna High School. They try and provide answers to questions or assist parents in finding answers about the PTO or the Niskayuna High School. They also convey ideas and concerns of parents to the PTO as appropriate. In addition, they are responsible for soliciting volunteers for filling open PTO positions as quickly as possible. Solicit through social media, attending middle school PTO meetings, email, and during BTS night.

Webmaster & Emails -  Cindy Strevell    Send PTO Committee Email Blast requests To:         

Our webmasters maintain the high school section of, posting minutes, agendas, newsletters and other documents.  They also send out meeting reminders on behalf of the co-presidents, as well as other helpful information, to parents who have subscribed to  Along with the co-secretaries and co-presidents they form the PTO’s Communications Team.  If you are a committee chair and need an email sent, please email our PTO at

PTO Directory – Cindy Strevell

Using data provided by the school district(possible future changes), the PTO directory person formats high school families’, school and PTO contact information into a directory and works with the district print shop(possible future changes) to have it ready for Back To School Night.

Crossroads Chronicles Editor – Anne Skrebutenas              

The Crossroads Chronicle is emailed to high school families every other month.  The editor receives articles written by PTO volunteers and high school staff members and compiles them into a newsletter format.  

2017 Craft Fair Chairperson –  Paulette Doudoukjian
This community event is the PTO's only fundraiser and is held on the 4th Saturday of October each year. 
Chairperson  is main contact person, assists Contract chair in determining layout of fair,  forms and communications, solicits crafters and vendors, coordinates with other chairs, and leads the taping and set of the booths on the night before the fair. 
2017 Contracts for vendors and crafters:
This person is the main contact between crafters and vendors. Receives contracts and determines layout of fair, prepares forms and communications, and supports crafters and vendors.

2017 Craft Fair/Bake Sale: Ellen Wolfe

Bake Sale chairs solicit bake sale donations, staff sales table

2017 Craft Fair/Raffle: OPEN

Raffle chair solicits donations from crafters, staffs raffle table, conducts raffle, disburses raffle items

2017 Craft Fair/Food Concession: OPEN

Food Concession chair purchases and/or prepares food, drink, and all necessary supplies to be sold at the concession and oversees its operation.

2017 Newcomers Dinner –  Caroline Thompson

Held in the fall, this dinner welcomes families of freshman and those new to the high school.  The chairpersons coordinate food, dessert donations and work with the high school administration on contacting potential attendees.

2017 Back to School Night - Teri Shanahan

Held in the fall, Back to School night provides information about the PTO. Tables are set up in Crossroads and a PTO representative needs to be present along with a few volunteers to answer questions regarding the PTO, collect dues if needed and provide refreshments. 

 2019 Junior Class After Prom Chairperson and Committee - Maria Dean

This event, a party for juniors, regardless if they attend the prom, offers a safe environment for the Junior Class to gather for a fun late night of activities and food.  This committee plans the event, solicits donations and recruits volunteers.

2018 Senior Gala Committee –  Denise Murphy McGraw/Tracy Cazer

This is a semi-formal end of the year event for our seniors.  The committee plans activities that take place at the venue and solicits donations from parents and the community.

2018 Senior BBQ Committee - Denise Murphy McGraw/Tracy Cazer

The Senior BBQ is held at the high school after seniors return from the graduation rehearsal.  Parents prepare and serve food organized and obtained by the committee.

2018 Staff Appreciation Luncheon – Becky Stansbury

The end of year luncheon expresses our appreciation for our children's teachers.  Donations are solicited from parents to provide and supplement a catered meal.

Shared Decision Making Team Parent Reps – Vacant

Parent reps on the SDM Team meet once a month after school with the principal and faculty and staff representatives to discuss and address issues that impact instruction at the high school.

 NCAP Representative - Vacant

Parent rep who attends the NCAP monthly meetings and provides information back to the PTO during PTO monthly meetings.