Our Leadership for the 2019-2020 School Year
President: Geraldine Callahan
I am honored to be elected President for Mt Pleasant Elementary School PTA. I look forward to working with every parent, teacher and board member to help achieve the goals important to our school community.
I am the mother of Ashleen Callahan who is a second grader and Gerald Callahan who is in first grade. My family is very close; and you will surely see my mother-in-law Joan Callahan and my husband Brian Callahan volunteering and becoming part of the PTA family.
Professionally, I have worked as a Financial Advisor and have been the owner of a small business in East Hanover, NJ for over 7 years. I currently serve on the Board of Directors at the Children’s Corner Preschool in Roseland where my son attends Pre School. I have been A Board member of various other non-profit organizations. I am a quick learner, a leader; I do what I say I am going to do. I can promise you good ideas will come and I look forward to working with everyone if given the opportunity to serve. Thank you!
5th Grade Chair: Kwamia Rawls
For the last 20 years Kwamia Rawls has actively participated within the West Orange Community. Some of her involvement has included serving on several not-for profit boards, participation as a volunteer with our elementary, middle and high schools, work as a coach for Rec. sports, active member and chairperson in several sport booster clubs and founding member of the West Orange Wrestling Club (WOWC). Kwamia and her husband James have 3 children (Sebastian, Dorian and Paige). She has been an active parent and PTA member at Mt. Pleasant Elementary school for over 14 years. The last two years she served as President-Elect/President for the Mt. Pleasant PTA and she looks forward to continuing her involvement at Mt. Pleasant Elementary in 2019-20 as the 5th grade chair. Kwamia is enthusiastic and passionate about her involvement, and very proud of our students, staff and families that make up our West Orange school community. Next year will be her last year at Mt. Pleasant Elementary School as her youngest child, Paige, will be in 5th grade.
Communications Chair: Kamillah Knight
Kamillah has a passion and purpose to be a change super- hero, changing the way that people interact with their environment and with other people. Kamillah is currently a part of Unilever’s Diversity and Inclusion team focused on attracting, cultivating, and elevating diverse talent. She joined the company in June 2015 and has served in roles in Supply chain Procurement, Customer Development, and now Human Resources.
Prior to joining Unilever, Kamillah was a student at Cornell University where she received an MPA in 2015, a BA in Economics, a BA in Sociology and Spanish minor in 2013, also from Cornell University.
As the proud mother of a 7 year old and Unilever’s 2018 working mother of the year, Kamillah is dedicated to serving families and children in every aspect of her life. She leads the United Parents business resource group within Unilever. Outside of work she currently serves as the VP of Programming for the Cornell Black Alumni Association, the youngest board member of the Montclair Fund for Educational Excellence, and the Corresponding secretary on the PTA Board for Mt Pleasant Elementary school. Kamillah also heads several programs dedicated to improving the livelihoods of children in different communities throughout NJ.
Secretary: Anita Belle
Membership Chair: Enrico Cano
Meet our Upcoming Leadership for 2020-2021!
At our last PTA Meeting on 20 May 2019, our new President, Membership Chair and 5th Grade Chair were officially voted into their respective offices for the 2020-2021 school year.
President Elect: Margaret Sosa
Margaret Sosa is a life long West Orange-er. She grew up in West Orange and have lived there for 36 years. She grew up in this very neighborhood. Margaret is married to a Police Lieutenant having served 23 years. Margaret is a mother of 4 children all currently enrolled in Mt.Pleasant Elementary school. 5th grade daughter, Madison, graduating this school year, son Nicholas in 3rd grade, 2nd grade daughter Mackenzie and her youngest daughter, Michaella in kindergarten.
Margaret has been a part of the Mt.Pleasant family for 6 years, and plans to be at Mt. Pleasant for another 5 years. She has always been involved and helped out for as long as she can remember. Having served as membership chair for 2 years, and have chaired the book fair for the last two years. Has been class mom in her graduating 5th grade daughter’s six years at Mt. Pleasant. Also served as class mom for her other children’s classes for several years as well.
Along with two other moms, Margaret believed it would be great to have a girl scout troop. They broke ground by starting a girl scout troop five years ago at Mt.Pleasant where none had previously existed. She is currently a co-leader of the multi-level girl scout troop where the graduating girls will become Cadets in 6th grade.
Margaret is involved in the sports teams and extra curricular activities including swim team, travel soccer and cubs scouts. She has always believed that being involved as a parent, and having a great relationship with her children’s school and teachers, make for a wonderful learning environment and amazing school experience. That is exactly what she has experienced thus far at Mt. Pleasant Elementary and I looks forward to many more wonderful years to come. She is excited to be a part of the upcoming PTA board and looks forward to working with parents and teachers at Mt.Pleasant to enhance the school community.
Membership Chair Elect: Enrico Cano
Enrico Cano had lived in West Orange as far back as 1989 but had moved back in 2014 with his lovely wife Lorrie daughter Olivia. When Olivia, (nicknamed “Ocean”) started kindergarten, “Rico” immediately joined the PTA during last year’s Ice Cream Social. He works as a systems analyst for a major corporation and is a tech guru of sorts. When Rico was not able to access the PTA website http://mtpleasantpta.org he graciously volunteered as our webmaster and has been keeping our info up to date! As membership chair, he hopes to increase event participation as well as membership engagement through our web site.