Jenny Mario & Sharon Murphy
Vice President Brookside: Lori Verbel
Vice President Hillside: Jamie Noe
Secretary: Nikita Singhani
Treasurer: Audrey Hayek
Jenny Mario- Co-President
I’m Jenny Mario and I’m really looking forward to being Co-President of the PTO of the wonderful Allendale school system. My kids are in 8th (Clair), 5th (Declan) and 2nd (Ian) grades. My husband and I, both not from this area, were lucky enough to settle on a house in Allendale when we were looking to move out of NYC and start a family. I practiced corporate tax law for nearly 20 years prior to leaving in 2020 to spend more time with my kids and in the community. Being on the PTO board and working as a part-time substitute teacher in the district allows me to do just that. I’m excited to work alongside our wonderful teachers & staff and with fellow parents to serve our children and the school community.
Sharon Murphy- Co-President
My name is Sharon Murphy and I am excited to work with all of you as a PTO Co-President this year. I have three children, Thomas (9), Luke (7) and Bennett (3). I have lived in Allendale for 5 years and love the strong sense of community this town has. As a former teacher, I value education and know the importance of making a strong connection between parents and school. I look forward to working with the parents and educators of the Allendale schools to make this a great year for all the students.
Nikita Singhani- Secretary
Hi, my name is Nikita Singhani and I have lived in Allendale since 2017. My daughter Anaya is entering 2nd grade and my son Krish is entering PreK at Archer. I am a veterinarian practicing locally and I am also one of the leaders of the second grade Girl Scouts troop. I am excited to take on the role of PTO secretary this year! I look forward to working with our educators and families to enrich the experiences of our students and make this a very memorable year!
Audrey Hayek- Treasurer
Hi! I am Audrey Hayek and this is my first year as Treasurer of the PTO. My husband, Matt, and I moved to Allendale in 2015 and have 3 kids - Ben (3rd grade), Max (1st grade) and Jack (1 yr old). I worked at Express Scripts for 16 years prior to leaving last year after having our youngest. When my oldest started Kindergarten, I remember feeling overwhelmed and had no clue what was going on. Thankfully, the ladies on the PTO and some awesome veteran mom & dad friends in town showed us the ropes. I hope to pay it forward to any parents needing help and make the school year fun for the kids!
Lori Verbel- Brookside VP
Hi! My name is Lori Verbel. My daughter Jada is entering 5th grade and my twins, Maya and Hudson, are in 2nd grade this year! Prior to having my children, I worked in the financial world within management planning. In addition to PTO, I’ve volunteered for other organizations in Allendale, such as AFEE and Girl Scouts. I look forward to continuing to work on the Board and hopefully with many other parents as well! I am proud to be a part of this amazing school system.
Jamie Noe- Hillside VP
Hi! I’m Jamie Noe. I moved to Allendale in 2010 knowing about the amazing school system. My kids (now 10, 7, and a baby) will all have the benefit of going through the Allendale schools which I’m so thankful for. I’m a former special education teacher with degrees also in regular education and as a reading specialist and I taught in a self-contained classroom for 9 years before having kids. Since I’m not currently teaching, I am so happy to be able to support our schools in any way I can. I’m also a leader of both Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts groups in town. I am very involved with volunteering and love to help those in need. I am thrilled to be on the board of our PTO to give back to our schools, teachers, and administrators that have given us so much. I look forward to meeting you all!
Kim Bargiel- VP
My name is Kim Bargiel and I 'm excited to join the PTO this year! One of the main reasons we moved to Allendale, before my children were even school-age, was because of the amazing reputation of our school system. When my son, Sean, finally joined Hillside, I quickly realized what a huge part of that is due to the PTO and the broader parent community. This year my son is going into 2nd grade and my daughter, Leah, is excited to finally join him at Hillside as a Kindergartener. I now work as a Project Manager but am also a former teacher, so I'm looking forward to helping the PTO on various projects, from both the lens of a parent as well as a teacher.
Jen Higgins- VP
My name is Jen Higgins and I have lived in Allendale for the past 9 years. My daughter, Madeleine, is entering 3rd grade and my son, Maclan, is entering Kindergarten this year. My background is in finance & accounting. So, I am excited to take on the role of PTO treasurer this year. I look forward to working with the Hillside & Brookside parents and educators towards a great year!
Jess Mays- VP
My name is Jess Mays. I have 2 kids, Thomas in 4th grade and Avery in 2nd. We've lived in Allendale for 7 years, and I’ve worked in recruiting at Google the last 13 years. I look forward to meeting you at all of the fun activities the PTO has in
store for this school year.
Shaziya Shaikh- VP
Hi, my name is Shaziya Shaikh. Our family moved to Allendale from NYC in 2014, and we have loved being a part of this community ever since. I have two children, Ayaan (5th grade) and Anam (2nd grade). I’m a practicing physician and specialize in Pediatric Hospital Medicine. I also love photography, cooking, and Indian dance. I have enjoyed helping out with school and community activities for the past several years and am excited to be officially joining the PTO board this year. I look forward to working with our school community to help make this another great year for our children!
Lori Shekari- VP
My name is Lori Shekari and I have lived in Allendale for five years. I have a daughter at Brookside, a son at Hillside, and my youngest is eagerly waiting his turn. I have worked in global tax, business transformation, and internal organization roles for the past 17 years. I love being able to apply my skills to working with the parents, students, teachers, and administrators in everything that makes our school community so special!
The Allendale Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) is an all-volunteer, parent-run, non-profit organization that works cooperatively with school administration and educators to provide opportunities for our students and families to communicate, socialize and build our community. By encouraging volunteerism and parental involvement, we seek to enhance the school curriculum, build school and community pride, and celebrate successes and milestones.
We strive to do this by:
The Allendale PTO is a volunteer based organization. We are always looking for volunteers to help us make our children experience at Hillside and Brookside schools even better.