PSCO Executive Board
Co-President — Tia Lassiter
Tia and James are the proud parents of rising 5th grader Malia and rising 3rd grader at Jaden at West and has been involved in community organizing since her freshman year at HU more than 14 years ago. In the last year, Tia has helped with West in various capacities and activities. This is the Lassi’s fourth year being a part of the West Tigers community. Tia graduated from Howard University with a degree studying Psychology and Econ. Additionally, she holds an MBA in Finance and Master of Accountancy from AIU. She has experience leading and directing staff by building cross-functional relationships to remove silos and analyzing and identify organizational needs. She hopes to transfer some of that experience to the benefit of the West community and help scholars achieve another wonderful school year despite our day to day challenges. “My vision aligns with West’s goals to increase inclusion, create and excellent learning environment for students and families, and to increase our use of technology to support long term emergency and other event planning.”
Co-President — Megan King
Megan is the mother of 5th grader Eva and a proud supporter of West Tigers students, teachers and staff. She has served the community as a room parent, as part of the Advocacy Committee during the push for renovation, gardening and has volunteered at many events including Harvest Festival and school plays. She lives directly across the street from West's permanent building. Megan is an artist and communications professional. It is important to Megan to build a warm, vibrant neighborhood school where all students can thrive.
Co-Vice President — David Schwartz
David is the proud parent of Lincoln, a rising West Tiger kindergartner, and Judah, a prospective West Tiger. He has lived in Petworth since 2016 and has been inspired by West PCSO from the first meet and greet he attended. David knows that one of the reasons West is so special is the unique culture it maintains, which is supported by the dedicated PCSO and the larger West community. As co-Vice President, David will follow in the footsteps of our amazing past leadership and look to build new connections as our West community prepares for our transition to our new school building in Fall 2021. David is a lawyer by day and, when Lincoln and Judah allow him some free time, is an avid cyclist, board gamer player, and reader.
Co-Vice President — Kate O'Connor
Katie O’Connor is a West parent to Delia (K) and Desmond (rising PK-3) Springer. I fell in love with West the first week of Delia's PK3 when everyone knew our names within days and we met so many amazing families, teachers and staff. And then there was the school play. Having already raised my 23 year old daughter in Chicago and navigated every type of school, I knew this was a special place, a strong community and one we wanted to be a part of. As a parent in the West community I feel it is important to listen, ask questions and speak up for our children and the staff. Our family has lived in Petworth/16th St Heights for 3.5 years. My day job is the director of communication for the USDA Forest Service. I previously worked for the U.S. Peace Corps for 8 years. My husband Clint works in the audio visual and production industry and has also been a behind the scenes parent volunteer since we joined West. I grew up on the south side Chicago, playing basketball and running wild in the neighborhood with my siblings. When we are not running ourselves ragged with work and school responsibilities, we enjoy convening friends to hang out or get outside in nature.
Co-Treasurer — Janet Japa
I am Janet, proud mom to two wonderful rising 2nd graders, Mason and Maya. I have lived in the neighborhood for thirteen years and admire the deep-rooted ties West has to the local community. I would like to support the PSCO, it's mission and all the programming provided to our school. As room parent the past three years, I've really enjoyed staying close to the classrooms and getting to know the school staff. Prior to West, I led the Steering Committee at a local preschool and bring a strong professional background working in both charitable organizations and philanthropy.
Co-Treasurer and Community Representative — Lisa Jackson
Lisa is the proud parent of two former West School students and also is a West alumna. As the Chief Administrative Officer of a nonprofit, Lisa knows all about juggling a variety of tasks to get the job done in a quick, efficient manner. At West, Lisa has been involved heavily for years, including being a co-founder of the PSCO, serving as president and treasurer, and serving as chair of a variety of annual events. Lisa founded our weekly newsletter, The W, designed the school website, and helps maintain our social media presence. She has served as one of West’s Pom-Pom Spirit Squad and Cheer Team coaches and has taught a weekly Creative Writing PAC class to Middle Grade students. In her spare time, she also is a writer under the pen name L.D. Parker.
At-Large Member — Jamila Felton
Jamila Zahra Felton is the mother of Malcolm, a rising West kindergartner. She is an artist, writer, and educator who graduated from Spelman College with a B.A. in English and holds an Ed.M. from Harvard University and an M.L.I.S. from The Catholic University of America. A former Boston and DC public school teacher, Jamila works as a school librarian and has over eighteen years of experience educating youth and adults.
Staff Representative — Tekiah Brabham
Tekiah originally is from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She moved to the DC area in 2014. She is a 2005 graduate of Kutztown University with a dual certificate in elementary and early childhood education. In 2009, she graduated from Cheyney University of Pennsylvania with a master’s degree in education administration. Prior to coming to West, she spent nine years with Philadelphia Public Schools as a Kindergarten, First Grade and Second Grade teacher. We are pleased to have her as our staff representative to the PSCO.