Executive Board Bios | 2023-2024

Liz Fillmore, President

Hey There,

I am Liz Fillmore Garrett and I will be PTA President for the rest of the 23/24 school year. I was previously on the Executive Board working to recruit and support parent volunteers and last year I was a room rep. I want to be of service in my community however I can and am grateful for this opportunity.                       


My partner Jonathan Garrett and I have lived in Mount Washington since August of 2006. He works as a video games programmer and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. We adopted Erin right after she was born in 2017. Erin is currently in the first grade and is enjoying learning new skills and spending time with her friends. I look forward to collaborating with my fellow board members, the parents and the teachers to build a learning community for all of us! 

Go Wolves! 




Angela Vawter, 1st VP-Communications

Hi, all!  I've been an MWE parent since 2017. My daughter Josephine is a 2nd grader this year. She's loving her 2/3 combo class with Mrs. Paz and making friends with a whole new group of classmates. My husband Sean makes movies and TV and our older son Henry will be graduating the 6th grade at the Eagle Rock Elementary Magnet Center in June. Days are busy with lots of activities between both kids. We all love the ocean and enjoy finding unique adventures in this amazing city of angels. I'll do my best to find ways to reach everyone in the community and keep you all in the know with what’s happening at our amazing little school. I'm super excited to serve in this role for the remainder of the year. Thanks for having me!


Laurel Dickow, 2nd VP-Programs 


Hello Mt. Washington! My family and I are happy members of the MWE community with kiddos Lucy (2nd) and Miles (Kinder). We’re a big Museum loving and theater making family. I’m the Associate VP of Programs & Community Engagement at the Natural History Museum and look forward to supporting and coordinating the after school programs as the PTA Programs Chair. 



Sara Simmonds, 3rd VP-Fundraising

Howdy Mount Washington Wolves! My name is Sara Simmonds and I am mom

to Hazel Judd who is in 2nd grade this year. For the last two years I’ve been cheering on the PTA from the sidelines and I jumped at the chance to be involved this year. In my role as Fundraising Chair, I hope to create some great events for our school and community and bring in some funds. I have a background in production and events and a love for cooking, entertaining and being with family and friends. Let’s party!


Christina Hochleitner, 4th VP-Volunteers

Hello Wolves, 


I am representing our PTA by encouraging volunteers for our school and ensuring parents are apprised of the school goings-on via communication through our room representatives. I am in awe at the level of engagement, support and creativity our community has shown during our past few years at Mt. Washington Elementary. 


My husband Josef and I have lived in Mt. Washington for 20 years. We have a third grader, Elise, who loves the school and loves to read. Chances are, if you drive up San Rafael, you have seen Elise and I walking to school. Our family enjoys reading, traveling, nature, camping and the great outdoors, in general. 


I look forward to helping you find the unique way in which you can put your skills to work as a volunteer for Mt. Washington students - it takes a village! 


With gratitude, 

Christina Hochleitner

Alex Riguero, Treasurer

Hi everyone! I am mom to two lovely little girls, Mei (a first grader) and Saoirse. Our family moved to Mount Washington in 2021 and we love the community, the hiking, and spying the occasional coyote chilling on a driveway. In my spare time, I'm a television production executive.  


Jen Keefe, Membership Chair

I’m excited to be leading the efforts to engage our MWE community in PTA events this year as the Membership Chair! I am the mom to Henry, who is a second grader this year, and have been part of the Mt. Washington Elementary community since 2016 when my older son, Charlie, started Kindergarten. Our family loves nature, travel, and good food! We love our community on the hill and our amazing school. I want to personally invite this awesome community to join the PTA, become involved in any way that makes sense for you and your family, and engage in our goals of supporting students, teachers, and administrators!








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