2019 - 2020 Commerce Elementary School PTA Board
Meet the Board!
Meghan Smith President
Meghan Smith has served on the PTA board for the past two years as VP of Membership and is excited to be the President for the next two years! Meghan and her husband both went to Lakeland High School, so Commerce has been close to their hearts for a long time! Meghan has been involved with Commerce Elementary since her oldest was in Kindergarten. She loves giving her time to the school and helping out wherever she can.
Meghan has four children, Mason (4th grade), Maxwell (2nd grade), Emerson who is five years old and goes to the Apollo Center in Highland, and Ariana who is three years old. In her spare time, she loves to do anything outdoors! She finds peace in running and yoga and loves being active. Meghan is a Personal Trainer and also teaches fitness classes at Body Language in Commerce.
Meghan is thrilled to take on this new journey as PTA President and is excited for the new school year! !
Mary Locke VP of Events
Meet Mary Locke! This is Mary's second year on the PTA board. Mary and her husband, Thomas, have been married for 13 years and have two wonderful children. Their daughter, Grace, is in the 7th grade at Clifford Smart and their son, James, is in the 5th grade. Mary works in the district as an ESL teacher at Walled Lake Elementary. Mary's favorite way to spend her time is hanging out with her family. She enjoys fishing, biking, boating, and exploring this beautiful state of ours. She likes to garden (check out our amazing school garden) and taught herself how to crochet by watching YouTube videos. Mary is so thankful to be part of this school and looks forward to a wonderful year!
Jen MacQuarrie VP of Events
One of our co-Vice Presidents of Events is Jennifer MacQuarrie! This is Jennifer's first year on the Commerce PTA board and she is very excited to get more involved. A little over a year ago, Jennifer and her family moved to Commerce from Texas. She is married and has two daughters, Kennedy (4th) and Alexana (1st). They are all super excited to be part of the Commerce family! Jennifer works in the legal department for Oakland County. She enjoys spending time with her family, being outdoors, and refinishing furniture. She looks forward to a great year!
Jillian Moutafis VP of Fundraising
Jillian Moutafis, VP of Fundraising, returns to the PTA board this year for her 8th consecutive year. She has two daughters at Commerce, Sophie (3rd grade) and Lexi (5th grade). She also has a 8th grader, Chloe, at Clifford Smart Middle School. Jillian works as a local real estate agent, while devoting a great deal of time to our school community. She is also the President of the PTA at Clifford Smart! She is honored to be a part of the PTA board because of the special students, staff and parents at Commerce Elementary.
Stacey Connell VP of Membership
Pam Rochester Secretary
Pam is excited to begin her second year on the PTA board as Secretary. She works as a registered nurse in the operating room at a trauma hospital and as a dance teacher. Pam and her husband have been married for 10 years and have three children. Claire is in 2nd grade, Kate is in 1st grade, and Robert is in preschool. Pam enjoys volunteering at Commerce and is looking forward to another amazing year.
Andi Parel VP of Communication
This is Andi's fourth year on the PTA board. Andi has 1 daughter that attends Commerce; Elana (5th grade) and one that is in the 6th grade at Clifford Smart. Andi adores our school and community and loves being involved with our school! Prior to joining the board, Andi became involved by chairing the Fall Fair 6 years ago.
Andi works for Valassis (a print and digital company) as a Digital Marketing Manager. Andi and her husband Brian, like to travel, attend Michigan State sporting events and volunteer for the Angels of Hope organization.
Andi shared that she feels so lucky to have her kids at Commerce and is so grateful for the incredible staff and Teachers. She is very sad that this is her last year at Commerce.
Crystal Darling Treasurer
Meet Crystal Darling. She and her husband Josh are high school sweethearts and just celebrated 20 years together! They have 4 wonderful children; Brycen is a 6th grader at Clifford Smart, Grayson is in 4th grade, Makenna is in 3rd grade and Emery just started Kindergarten this Fall. Their absolute favorite thing to do is camp! They camp all over the State of Michigan throughout the summer months. They also spend a lot of time at their cabin on the Saginaw Bay. This will be Crystals second year serving on the PTA board. Last year she served as VP of Events and got to help with our amazing Commerce events. This year she will be serving the board as Treasurer and is looking forward to transitioning to a more challenging role. Crystal has chaired Staff appreciation week and the Color run in the past. She will be chairing the Color run again this year too! Crystal loves being a part of our school community and helping make our school even more amazing then it already is.