Parents Association

What is the Parents Association?

Who are we?

September 2023 |

Back to School Message

Dear Parents, Teachers, and Faculty of St. Stephen of Hungary School,


Welcome back!


We trust that you and your children had a fantastic summer, and we hope the new school year will be a great success! Before we gather for Back to School Night, we wanted to extend our warmest welcome and share some information about the role of The Parents Association (PA) at Saint Stephen of Hungary School (SSHS) and introduce you to our Executive Board. 


At SSHS, we believe that a strong partnership between parents, teachers, and the school community is vital for the success and well-being of our students. The PA strives to maintain this partnership and will continue to create connections with our new SSHS families. Our mission is to support and enhance the educational experience of our students and encourage a sense of community among parents, guardians, and faculty.


The PA is committed to providing our students, staff and faculty with the enriching activities we look forward to each year. We are here to answer any questions you may have and to support everyone in our community. With that, we would like to welcome all of our new families to SSHS. We are looking forward to meeting you and encourage you to attend our first PA Meeting, which will be held on Tuesday, October 3rd at 6:30pm in the School Auditorium.  


In order to stay up to date with all the information from the PA, we encourage you to subscribe to the PA Page on the school website and the PA Remind text system, as well as following our school on Facebook and Instagram.


We would like to give a special thank you to Casey Husveth, Katie Jacob, and Patricia Werner who served our school community for the past two years as members of the PA Executive Board. They are wonderful women and friends and we will miss having them on the Board!


Please join us in welcoming our new Board Members Isabel Cini, Jessica LaBarbera, and Delania Maalouf. Isabel will be our new Communications Chair, Jessica will be our Student Enrichment, Curriculum and Admin Support Chair and Delania will be our new Community Support Chair. We are delighted to have them as a part of the team.


At this point, all families should have received an email from their class representative(s). The class representative(s) are assigned to the entire grade and not to a particular class, as a result both classes will receive the same information. Please see below for a list of your 2023-2024 class representative(s).


Below, you will also find our bios along with our personal contact information. If you have any questions or suggestions please don't hesitate to reach out to any one of us at anytime!


We are looking forward to another amazing school year on East 82nd Street! 


Best,

The PA Executive Board

What is the St. Stephen of Hungary Parents Association?

The SSHS Parents Association (PA) is a non-profit volunteer organization which serves to support the students, teachers and staff at St. Stephen of Hungary School.


PA meetings are typically held the 1st Tuesday of the month. Everyone is welcome to come listen and take part in discussions at meetings. Every parent/guardian of a SSHS student is a member of the PA.  Attending meetings are a great way to get to know fellow parents, learn and talk about happenings at and around the school, and to hear updates from administrators and teachers. 


In addition to hosting monthly meetings, the PA provides support to families and staff experiencing significant life events, takes part in various community service projects and of course, plans many fun events for our students and staff throughout the school year. 

Click Here to Subscribe to the PA Email List
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Click Here to Subscribe to the PA Text Alerts

Who Are We?

Lisa D'Ambrosio / President

My husband, Brian, and I have lived on the Upper East Side for 18 years. This is our 11th year as members of the SSHS Community. We have three children, Andrew (7th grade), Anna (4th grade), and Alexander (2nd grade). I have served as a class rep, and have chaired the Annual Auction for the past four years. This is my fourth year on the PA Executive Board and my third year as PA President. 


Prior to having children I was an accountant at a public accounting firm and then at Saks Fifth Avenue. In addition to my role on the PA, I am the Director of Advancement at SSHS and assist with the Little Sprouts Program. I look forward to another year working with our incredible PA Board members, our terrific administration and all of the wonderful families that make our school so special.

Lauren Bernhard / Vice President

This is the start of our 9th year at St. Stephen. 

My husband, Kyle, and I have two daughters; Lillian is in sixth grade and Isla is in fourth grade. 


I was born and raised on the Upper Eastside of Manhattan. Prior to having children, I was a Special Education teacher. I was a class rep for two years, and for the past four years I have been on the PA Board. For two years I lead Enrichment events and this is the start of my third year as PA Vice President. This year I am also getting back into the classroom~ I will be the teacher of Little Sprouts. I am looking forward to this new adventure at SSHS as well as another great year on the PA board. 

Rosa Alaimo-Quinn / Finance Chair

My husband, Kevin, and I have twin sixth graders, Carolina and Kayleigh. This is our family's ninth year as part of the SSHS Community and my sixth year as a member of the PA Executive Board. I am also a Board Member of the St. Stephen of Hungary School Foundation (be sure to sign up for our outing on October 16th). We are native New Yorkers and UES residents for over 20 years.  


In addition to my PA duties, I am Chief of Staff for Integrity Square LLC, a boutique investment banking firm that focuses on the Health, Active Lifestyle and Outdoor ("HALO") sector.

Isabel Cini - Communications Chair

This is our family's sixth year at St. Stephen of Hungary. My husband, Joe and I have one son, Michael who is in 2nd Grade. I've lived on the UES for over fifteen years. My husband is a Yorkville native and a SSHS alumni.


Over the years I have volunteered for many school events and have also served as class rep. This is my first year on the PA Board and I am looking forward to another exciting school year.


In addition to my PA duties, I work at the United Nations as a Team Leader for the Material Management Team - Department of Operational Support.

parentsassociation@saintstephenschool.org / 347.241.1396

Jessica La Barbera - Student Enrichment, Curriculum & Admin Support Chair

This is my first year on the PA Board and my fourth year at St. Stephen of Hungary. I grew up in Middle Village, Queens and my husband Chris, is from Eastchester. We have two children, Christopher will be entering into Pre K4 and Ava Grace will be entering into 1st grade.


In addition to my PA role, I work for Morgan Stanley in Wealth Management. Over the past few years I have enjoyed volunteering for many PA events specifically being one of the chairs for our annual Halloween Carnival. For anyone that knows me, Halloween is my favorite holiday.

We are truly blessed to be part of the St. Stephen community

and I look forward to serving on the PA board this year. 

pa-enrichment@saintstephenschool.org / 917.584.7753

Delania Maalouf - Community Support Chair

My husband Danny and I have Giselle, in 2nd grade and Lucien, in PreK 4, as we begin our 4th year at Saint Stephen of Hungary. 


I have lived in Manhattan since college. Before having children, I worked in the Jewelry Department at Sotheby’s as a Private Client Liaise and Department Coordinator. 



After a wide array of volunteer roles at the school, I am very excited to take on the Community Support position.

I look forward to working with the Board and the School to help our children make a difference, and give back to the community.  

pa-service@saintstephenschool.org / 646.498.8137

Jacqueline Wong/ Events Chair

My husband, Tim, and I have three children, 

Gabriella (8th), Hannah (5th) and Matthew (3rd). This will be my second year serving on the PA Board and I will continue as the Events Chair. In past years, I have enjoyed being a class rep, chairing the Book Fair, and helping with Field Day.


I am originally from Chicago and have called the UES home for the past 18 years. In a previous life I was in the banking industry. In addition to my school responsibilities, I enjoy volunteering with non-profit organizations around New York City. My family is blessed to be a part of the SSHS community! 


pa-events@saintstephenschool.org / 646.660.5941

2023-2024 Class Representatives

8th Grade - Class of 2024

  • Brooke Sanchez - brooke.sanchez@alexbrown.com
  • Chesley Stetten - chesley.stetten@mlp.com

7th Grade - Class of 2025

  • Ann Morque - amorque@ps116.org
  • Marybeth O'Brien - marybeths@gmail.com

6th Grade - Class of 2026

5th Grade - Class of 2027

  • Melinda Agyekum - melindaagyekum@gmail.com
  • Agnes Castel - agnescastel@ymail.com

4th Grade - Class of 2028

  • Erica McDermott - laudanoe@gmail.com
  • Claudette Scheffold - claudettes@gmail.com

3rd Grade - Class of 2029

  • Christina Bracken - cfbracken@mac.com 
  • Sarah O'Shaughnessy - sarahcoshaughnessy@gmail.com

2nd Grade - Class of 2030

  • Erika Billick - ebillick@yahoo.com
  • Michelle Liamero - michubarsi@gmail.com

1st Grade - Class of 2031

  • Molly Hennessey - mem1116@gmail.com
  • Valentina Zilm - vsalkow@gmail.com

Kindergarten - Class of 2032

  • Dani Blevins - dani.barish@gmail.com
  • Allison Tucker - allisonjoytucker@yahoo.com

PreK4 - Class of 2033

PreK3 - Class of 2034

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