Parents, teachers, and business leaders are an important part of our community and invited to collaborate in ways that enhance the educational experience of our students.
The mission of the Parent Teachers Association (P.T.A.) of Saint John Paul II Regional School is to serve our community in a Christian spirit to grow and sustain our Catholic school. Mindful of the fact that parents are the primary educators of their children, this organization dedicates itself to offering encouragement to parents in their parenting roles. At the same time, this organization forms a mutual partnership with the administration and faculty of the school, striving to provide the support necessary for each and every child to be offered a quality Catholic education.
2022-2023 P.T.A. Executive Board
Maryellen Carrero, President
Maryellen Carrero joined the John Paull II family in 2019. Maryellen has two children in JPII, a 7th and 4th grader, has been room mom for the last two years and now happily serving as PTA President. Maryellen works for a national title insurance underwriter for 8 and half years and is currently a Product Manager with the organization. Her family is very active in the school as well as travel soccer for both of her children. Maryellen is married 13 years and has lived in the area for 15 years, originally from Northern New Jersey.
Nicole Maldonado, Vice President
Hello, my name is Nicole Maldonado; I am so excited to be part of the PTA for John Paul II. Growing up I attended Catholic grade school and high school, and value the education I received and want that for my children. Who are entering into 6th, 3rd and 1st grade this fall. This past February I completed my master in accounting at Rutgers University and work in the field of finance. I am currently the Business Manager of a special needs school within the Diocese of Camden. Our family loves to go camping and going to the beach. We love our down time but love running the kids back and forth to soccer, tumbling and football practices. They keep my husband and I very busy but we would not want it any other way.
Lisa Brzozowski, Room Parent Coordinator and Communications
My name is Lisa Brzozowski and I am excited to be a member of the 2021-2022 St. John Paul II PTA! My daughter, Mia, is in 4th grade. My husband, Tom, and I are extremely happy we chose St. John Paul II when Mia started Kindergarten. Over the last 4 years, I have been Co-chair of the Race for Education, a room parent, and have participated in committees for the annual carnival and our Designer Bag Bingo event. I have also worked as a volunteer for many school events. It is my desire that my 25 years experience as a Manager and Corporate Trainer for Liberty Mutual Insurance will allow me to be a valuable asset to the PTA and school community. I look forward to a successful year ahead!
Karyn Fitzsimmons, Recording Secretary
My name is Karyn Fitzsimmons. I have two daughters in JPII, Cora (5th Grade) and Cecilia (2nd Grade). We are so proud to be a part of the John Paul II community! I am honored to be the Recording Secretary for our PTA this year! I have served as a Parent Ambassador and Room Parent for the last 4 years. I also worked on several committees for school events and I have chaired the Way of Love Scholarship event since 2018. We are looking forward to an exciting year!! I can’t wait to work with all of you to make JPII the best place for our families, our teachers, and most importantly, our children.
Stephanie Hinkle, Hospitality
Hello, I am Stephanie Hinkle and this is my fourth year as a JP2 parent and also my first year on the PTA Board. My husband and I have lived in Somerdale for 8 years, and before that, we lived in Blackwood. I have two young girls: Juliana 7 years old ), who is in First grade and Sophia ( 3 years old), who will be starting PK3 in the fall of 2021. As a family, we enjoy reading, gymnastics/cheerleading, and the Jersey Shore. Professionally I have worked in the healthcare industry since 2001 as a Registered Nurse, in the Intensive Care Unit. There I am the Chair of our Shared Governance Committee of 70 nurses and unit staff members. We work on improving and implementing procedures and policies, ensuring best practice is used throughout the unit and hospital system, while improving teamwork and unit morale. I also Co-chair the Novice Nurse Program, Empowering nurses to use their clinical knowledge and expertise to develop, direct, and sustain their own professional practice while successfully navigating our everchanging healthcare system. I look forward to enhancing the ability of our parents to participate actively and effectively in their child’s education. Also, to develop a personal and community lifestyle grounded on Catholic teaching and Gospel values.
Mandee De Haven, Hospitality
My name is Mandee DeHaven and my husband Nick and I are proud parents to Carly (7 years old) and Kayleigh (20 months old). Carly has attended JPII since pk3 and is a soon-to-be second grader. We have lived in Stratford for three years and love our close proximity to our school. I work at the Virtua Child Development Center, where I have taught young toddlers for sixteen years.
2021-2022 P.T.A. and School Events and Activities
Bingo- Friday Evenings
Back to School Nights
Welcome Back Bash
Trunk or Treat
Scholastic Book Fairs
Race for Education
Breakfast with Santa with School Tours
Santa’s Secret Workshop
Catholic School’s Week Opening Masses