Jefferson Elementary
600 Harkness Lane
Redondo Beach, CA 90278
Tax ID#95-6204301
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Your PTA

Click here for a listing of the positions available and
here for a description of the jobs listed.

If you would like to volunteer to chair a position,
please email the PTA President, Dean Benett at

Thank you for volunteering! Your hard work is the reason our programs are so strong!

Jefferson Elementary PTA Mission Statement

We are committed to providing an environment where each child is given the opportunity to reach his or her academic potential by providing enrichment programs in the areas of art, music, science, and health.  

Through the PTA, teachers and students are provided with additional resources to support and enhance the school curriculum.  The following enrichment programs are entirely funded by the PTA:

  • Art – Hands On Art education taught to all students throughout the year.
  • Assemblies – Various speakers and performers are brought to the school.
  • Reflections – A national PTA arts recognition program.  All students are invited to participate.
  • Field Trips – Students have the opportunity to attend 1-2 field trips during the school year.  PTA pays for buses and entry fees.

In addition, the PTA provides teacher grants to reimburse our teachers for out-of-pocket classroom expenses and curriculum based teaching materials, as well as one large grant for a project proposed by Jefferson Elementary School teachers.

We also sponsor family social activities, such as Back to School Ice Cream Social, Fall Family Night, Spring Family Event, Mother/Son Laser Tag, Father/Daughter Dance, Parents Night Out, and Moms Night Out. There are many events scheduled throughout the year.  View our calendar here.

Jefferson Elementary PTA Board 2017-2018

Please reach them by emailing


Dean Bennett

Executive Vice President
Laura Grabher

VP, Outreach
Alyssa Chia

VP, Ways and Means (Fundraising)
Dayna Bubenicek

VP, Programs
Danny Schwarz

VP, Communications

Evelyn Huang

VP, Health and Safety
Angela Kanouse


Josh Clyne

Financial Secretary
Mercedes Van Pelt

Recording Secretary

Caasi Copp


Tiffany Clyne



Position Name Phone Email Address
President Dean Bennett 310-600-5142
Executive Vice President Laura Grabher 310-489-7270
Vice President, Ways and Means (Fundraising) Dayna Bubenicek 310-486-7846
Vice President, Outreach Alyssa Chia 310-994-7188
Vice President, Programs Danny Schwarz 310-848-8100
Vice President, Communications Evelyn Huang 310-617-6949
Vice President, Health and Safety Angela Kanouse 818-631-5608
Treasurer Josh Clyne 310-292-2622
Financial Secretary Mercedes Van Pelt 310-600-1223
Secretary Caasi Copp 310-531-6649
Historian Tiffany Clyne 310-920-7112
Parlimentarian OPEN    
Art Education (Hands on Art) Caasi Copp 310-531-6649
Back to School Luau Dayna Bubenicek 310-486-7846
Battle of the Books - 3rd Grade Sophia Barbarie 310-490-7102
Battle of the Books - 4th/5th Grade Sophia Barbarie 310-490-7102
Battle of the Books - 4th/5th Grade Nayoon Steinberg 213-841-9950
Beach Cities Health District Bryn Zbyszewski 310-795-2130
Book Fair Samantha Schwarz 310-387-3388
Box Tops Kristie Boitano 323-397-9046
Dining with Dolphins Grace Coopman
Emergency Kits Evelyn Huang 310-617-6949
Emergency Kits Alyssa Chia 310-994-7188
Fall Family Night Laura Grabher 310-489-7270
Family Math Night Laura Wallof 323-421-8060  
Family Reading Night Alana Garrigues 310-465-5126
Family Science Night Dede Hignight 310-351-2218
Family Science Night Holly Staasi 310-650-4066
Father-Daughter Dance Mercedes Van Pelt 310-600-1223
Father-Daughter Dance Jaime Olinger 310-766-9528
Father-Son Picnic Kelly Hendrickson 310-227-6736
Field Trips and Assemblies Megan Gossling 310-809-7733
Fifth Grade Representative Caasi Copp 310-531-6649
First Day of School Packet Coordinator Saloni Mahindra 312-925-3989
Grants Roz Mooney 310-351-2508
Green Committee Catherine Wieman 310-569-3278
Holiday Fundraisers - Boutique Angela Kanouse 818-631-5608
Holiday Fundraisers - Pancake Breakfast Michelle Runnels 310-210-6542
Holiday Fundraisers - Trees and Wreaths Dayna Bubenicek 310-486-7846
Hospitality Angela Kanouse 818-631-5608
Ice Cream Social Coordinator Angela Kanouse 818-631-5608
Ice Skating Fundraiser Christy Dobbie 310-480-2313
Jog-a-thon Rebecca Nelson 310-699-5888
Jog-a-thon Sabrina Kiilsgaard 310-386-4870
Jog-a-thon Cindy Moon 818-621-7927
Jog-a-thon Traci Sako 310-940-3084
Kindergarten Representative Yovita Sidharta 805-588-7076
Kindergarten Representative Ashley Nation 310-353-1529
Legislation Chair Grace Coopman
Membership Cindy Hazard 310-874-8365
Membership Norine Hartman 310-488-6174
Mother-Daughter Tea Laura Grabher 310-489-7270
Mother-Son Laser Tag Leann Rupprecht 323-899-5236
Mother-Son Laser Tag Caasi Copp 310-531-6649
Mother-Son Laser Tag Wendy Jay 714-269-1526
Newsletter Alyssa Chia 310-994-7188
Parent's Night Out - Auction OPEN    
Parent's Night Out - Auction OPEN    
Parent's Night Out - Event Planning Danny Schwarz 310-848-8100
Parent's Night Out - Event Planning Laura Wallof 323-421-8060  
Produce Boxes Alison Maden 310-570-3495
Project Unified Holiday Gift Program Dede Hignight 310-351-2218
RBEF Laura Grabher 310-489-7270
RBEF Charles Rondeau
Red Ribbon Week Shital Pandya 310-344-9089
Red Ribbon Week Swati Panchal 310-418-1253
Reflections Jessica Burnett 310-651-4097
Room Parent Coordinator Bryn Zbyszewski 310-795-2130
Running Club Micki Otey 310-947-1427
Running Club Party OPEN    
Scholarship Committee Grace Coopman
Scholastic News Micki Otey 310-947-1427
School Supplies Lisa Espinoza 310-717-5919
Spirit Wear Evelyn Huang 310-617-6949
Sponsorship OPEN    
Spring Family Event Laura Grabher 310-489-7270
Staff Appreciation Michelle Kelly 310-980-4812
Staff Appreciation Gretchen Bizub 310-713-4493
Talent Show Jessica Burnett 310-651-4097
Talent Show OPEN    
Volunteer Coordinator Bryn Zbyszewski 310-795-2130
Walking School Bus OPEN    
Webmaster Katie Christensen 310-872-8847
Wine Drop Jen Schwarz 646-765-4114
Yearbook Caasi Copp 310-531-6649
Yearbook Evelyn Huang 310-617-6949
Yearbook Yoshi Morimoto 310-623-2492
HSA-VSP Committee Bryn Zbyszewski 310-795-2130