PSCO Executive Board
Co-President — Erica Mongelli
Erica has enjoyed being involved with the West community the past four years, helping organize the Election Day Bake Sale and Teacher Appreciation Week, advocating for crossing guards, serving as a room parent and on the Local School Advisory Team (LSAT), and contributing to various school activities as needed. She is the proud parent of Ruth, Second Grade; Elyse, Kindergarten; and Max, a future West Tiger. Erica is particularly interested in helping foster community at West and strengthening family engagement. She has lived in Petworth for nine years and loves walking to her neighborhood school.
Co-President — Nailah Williams
Nailah is the proud parent of Nia, who is a 4th grader, and a third-generation West Tiger. Nailah has served the West community in several roles, including as a room parent, Early Childhood play-date coordinator and event volunteer. Nailah also has coordinated several successful events and activities: the spring treasure hunt, book-swap party, college-awareness activities, financial-literacy activities and our Read-a-Thon. Nailah currently serves as a director of financial aid at a local university. She is passionate about family, higher education and her community. As vice president, Nailah will wholeheartedly support the needs of our scholars, parents, teachers and administration.
Co-Vice President — Amanda Damweber
Amanda is the proud parent of Emmett (1st grade). This is our family’s 4th year at West and we have enjoyed all the community events the school has to offer and helping out with the garden. She is an environmental engineer by day, working on regulations and compliance strategies for reducing air pollution. Amanda enjoys spending most weekends outside exploring. She looks forward to working with several other West parents to making this another great year for fun-filled events and building community.
Treasurer — 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.
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.
Secretary — Max Toth
Max is the father of Benjamin, a PreK 4 West Tiger, and Naomi, a prospective West Tiger. Max has worked in technology and data for social justice organizations for two decades and currently works on opening the clean energy economy to all, including supporting the transition to electric school buses. He also serves on the board of DC Jobs with Justice. Max is honored to support the PSCO as a fairly recent addition to the West community. Max has lived in DC resident for over 16 years, starting as a Petworth resident, and returning to Petworth five years ago after some time in Columbia Heights.
Community Representative — Alana Lerner
Alana is a new resident to the 16th Street Heights neighborhood and a passionate advocate of public education and community engagement. Alana’s eagerness to serve as our Community Representative stems from her background in education as a former Teach For America Corps member and in her current position as the director of Academic Programs at the National Urban Squash and Education Association. As a TFA Corps member, Alana spent two years in the classroom as a high school biology teacher in a Title I school in Phoenix, Arizona. In her current role, she manages the academic initiatives, school partnerships and alumni outreach for a network of 19 after-school programs in underserved communities across the country. These experiences have opened her eyes to the inner workings of public schools and the importance of building an inclusive relationship between the administration, students, families and the external community. Alana is excited by the responsibilities of the Community Representative in fostering meaningful activities and communication between West and the wider neighborhood.