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Once upon a time, Tina entered the strange and wondrous world of LAB School. As she became enchanted with all the magical fairies and wizards surrounding her children, she discovered that she had been cursed (or blessed) by an ancient monster whose name was only whispered in the halls of Blaine. The ancient goddess, Bizaarnival, demanded her time and devotion and soon volunteered Tina’s energy to her fellow Event Guardians. Tina could be seen volunteering for the Lower School Council, Bookswap, tour guides, room parents, and service day projects. To this day, the curse has not been broken. Tina continues to wander through the halls in search of projects and volunteers.
Audris has two girls at Lab in 3rd and 5th grade and has been a Lab parent for seven years now. Their family lives on the Northside near Wrigley Field, which means she has spent half those seven years looking for parking around the school. She started volunteering to get to know other parents, and later became more involved as she learned how much the PA does to create a community and memorable school experiences; in other words, she is hugely motivated by social awkwardness and guilt. She has served on the Lower School Council, as Picture Day Co-Chair, tour guide, and room parent. Professionally she works as a strategy consultant and business writer, specializing in healthcare and technology; hobby-wise, she dabbles in drawing and fiction writing and extreme coffee drinking. Most days she can be found in the Booth atrium, hunched over her laptop and silently mouthing “what the —?“ at her email.
Amanda has three children at Lab: a daughter in 6th grade, a daughter in 3rd grade, and a son in N4. Amanda served on the N/K Council in 2009-11, and enjoyed the opportunity to meet other parents, and learn more about the school. Amanda and her family live in Hyde Park, where she works for the University of Chicago Urban Labs. Her hobbies are cooking, running on the lake, and anything else that gets her outside.
Kim is originally from outside Detroit, Michigan and her husband Dan is originally from Rochester, New York. They met at Northwestern’s Kellogg School where they earned their MBAs many years ago. They have two daughters, Elizabeth, grade 12; Katie, grade 10, and a dog named Gryffin, short for Gryffindor. They live in Old Town, on the near north side, and both girls are lifers at Lab. This is their 15th terrific year here. Through the years, Kim has been a room parent numerous times, was co-chair of Middle School Picture Day for three years, and is now pleased to be serving on the High School Council of the PA. When not volunteering at school, Kim is usually volunteering for AFS, the cultural exchange program, volunteering at St. Joseph’s Church, or running KidSnips, the children’s hair salons and toys stores that she started with her friend and business partner 18 years ago.
Saima is from all over the world. She was born in Pakistan, but grew up in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. It was then off to the University of Toronto before arriving in the United States in 2003. She has taught math at both the Winsor School and Walnut Hill in Boston, Massachusetts, and she has continued math education through tutoring Lab students and volunteering in Ms. Rochester’s first grade class. She is the proud mother of three Lab children (N3, 1st grade, and 4th grade).
Frank lives in the Bucktown area of Chicago with his wife Kelly Dworniczek and daughter Nola, who is starting first grade this year. He is originally from New Jersey and moved to Chicago 9 years ago where he is still lamenting the loss of real pizza. He enjoys seeing and sharing all that Chicago has to offer both culturally and culinary-wise with his family and friends. He is an Engagement Director with digital agency, Isobar where he oversees the creation of web and mobile applications for clients in the financial services, healthcare and food/beverages industries.
Patty was born and raised in Panama, where she grew up bilingual and bicultural, playing along the banks of the Panama Canal. Patty has three children at Lab: a daughter in eighth grade, a daughter in third grade, and a son in N4. They have been a Lab family since 2007. Patty has been a room parent, tour guide, helped with Connections, and is a founding member of LASO (Latin American Spanish Organization), as well as a member of the Parents Multilingual working group. This is her fourth year serving on the PA Board. Patty is a co-chair for the Mad Hatters, a children’s improv storytelling troupe that performs throughout Chicago, promoting reading and children’s literacy. She and her husband Andrew also serve as Resident Masters for Burton-Judson Courts, a dorm for undergraduates at the University of Chicago–this is their 15th year presiding over dorms and houses at the university. Patty enjoys yoga, Zumba, running marathons, and fantasizing about throwing caution to the wind and running off to East Africa to finish the field work in anthropology she started many years ago. In the meantime, she is content to help maintain the PA website, and harass the other board members for e-news items, mini-bios, and photos.
High School Council
Nicole and her husband, Cornelious, were new to Lab in 2014. Their son Christian Brookens is a junior at U-High.
They also have a daughter, Cailyn Brookens who is in the process of applying for U-High in the fall. Their family has lived in Homewood-Flossmoor since 1996 and this marks Nicole’s 20th year of volunteering in District 153 school district. Currently, she is the co-building chair for her daughters school and a member of the HSC Parent Association Board at Lab. In District 153, Nicole has volunteered for everything from the school’s Foundation Board (3yrs.), picture day, bookmobile, Learning Lab and was a room mom every year for both kids from kindergarten through 6th grade. At Lab, Nicole has volunteered for Challenge Success, PA Diversity, Athletics/Concession stand, and the HSC. She runs a 501(c)3 non-profit called PLAN4Success founded earlier this year that creates educational, social and cultural experiences for our youth…www.PLAN4Success2day.org
. In her spare time she likes to read and socialize with friends and family.
This is Ann’s seventh year as a Lab parent. Her two oldest started at the public school in their neighborhood, Lincoln Park, before they made the switch. Anne and her husband, Doug, have four children: John (10th), Peter (8th), Jacob (5th) and Kate (3rd). This is Ann’s first year as part of the Parents Association Board, but she has helped in other areas like Connections, Picture Day and the ESH yearbook. Ann stays at home with the kids, runs for exercise, and (when she can find the time) reads or knits for fun.
Mariana and her husband, Paul, have three boys at Lab. Mariana has been an avid volunteer at Lab for many years in various capacities. She has been a room parent, a volunteer at Rites of May and other festivals, a Connections Co-chair, as well as a founding member of the parents group LASO (Latin American Spanish Organization). Mariana is also a trustee board member of High Jump, an organization working to expand the accessibility of our academic enrichment program to talented and motivated middle school students with limited family income. In her free time, Mariana enjoys playing tennis, and gardening.
Middle School Council
Lena Jessen is serving her second year as a member of the Lower School Council and has three kids at Lab – N4, 2nd grade and 5th grade. Lena grew up in Carlsbad, NM, moved to Dallas for college (after a brief stint in Connecticut), came to Chicago for graduate school and never left. Despite preferring sun and warmth to grey and cold, she and her family are happy to make Chicago and Hyde Park home. During the week, she and her family can been spotted shuttling between school, ballet at Hyde Park Dance, tennis at XS tennis, karate at Enso Studio, and piano on the North side. Weekends are full of museum visits and backyard time. Please stop in if you hear us playing outside. We would love to have you.
Claudia is a native German who moved to the US in 2000. After 5 years in Philadelphia Claudia and her husband Christian moved to Chicago. Their family lives in Lincoln Park on the Northside. Claudia has two children at Lab, a son in 7th grade and a daughter in 5th grade. They have joined the Lab community in 2009. Claudia has been a room parent, tour guide, a volunteer at various Lab events as well as a member of the Lower School council. Claudia and her family enjoy travelling, as well as visiting family and friends in Germany. In fact, they like the latter so much that the family has spent two sabbaticals in Germany. In her free time, Claudia enjoys playing tennis, yoga, and skiing.
Karen has been a Lab parent for 13 years and has four children at Lab: 12th, 11th, 9th and 6th grade. Her Lab volunteer positions have includedMS Council of PA, HS Principal Search Committee, room parent, parent advisory coordinator, new family mentor, leadership roles for Connections and six years on the Parent Philantropy Committee. Outside of Lab, she is a member of the University of Chicago Cancer Research Foundation Women’s Board. MBA ‘91 U of C Graduate School of Business. Karen and her family live in Lincoln Park. In her free time Karen enjoys paddle tennis, golf and tennis.
Lower School Council
Cathy has a third grade daughter, Karis and a kindergarten son, Carson. Her husband, Mike, works for the Orthopedic Department at the University of Chicago. Cathy and her family relocated from Seattle and joined Lab in 2014. After meeting new friends and volunteering for many school events, she decided to become actively involved in the Parent Association by serving on the Lower School Council. Cathy grew up in California’s bay area and have lived in Los Angeles, Sacramento, Cleveland and Seattle before moving the Chicago’s South Loop neighborhood. She and her family love living in the Prairie District where they have easy access to the museums, parks, soldier field and the lakeside.
Andee has a daughter, Sierra, in 4 th grade. Sierra has attended Lab since N3, so Andee has volunteered in
multiple capacities at Lab including room parent, ESH council and Co-chair of silent auction and Co-chair of event planning for Connections. Andee grew up in San Antonio and went to school in St. Louis. After college, she moved to Chicago with her now husband where she was only supposed to live for 4 years. 20 + years later she resides with her family in the South Loop.
They enjoy traveling, riding bikes to the beach, sledding by Soldier Field and exploring nature. She is an occupational therapist and works at 2 local hospitals on an as needed basis.
Earl Shapiro Hall Council
Entering her 4th year as a Lab Parent of Layla (1st grade) and Malia (N4), Tiffany is excited serve as an ESH Council Member and Room Parent Coordinator. She enjoys participating as an admissions tour guide, picture day volunteer, room parent and Connections committee member. After 16 years of coaching, it was only natural for her to be an active in the Lab Community. Tiffany is also the Marketing Coordinator at South Loop Dental Specialists and Dental Specialists of Northshore when she is not active with her girls. She and her family live in South Loop and truly enjoy the neighborhood, spending time outdoors, playing with their puppy Jett, traveling and visiting extended family and friends.
Leny has been a Lab parent for two years. She has two children at Lab, a 4th grader and a Kindergartner. Leny and her family moved to Chicago eight years ago from Vancouver, Canada. They live in Hyde Park.
Sieglinde Lim-Seiwert is honored and excited to be serving her first year as a member of the ESH Council.
She has three children: first-grade twins Armand and Tristan, and Cassian, who is in N4. She’s been an active room parent for each of her sons since preschool, and a Connections gala volunteer. Sieglinde is a native of Glencoe, Illinois who circuitously returned to Chicago after a decade-plus stint finishing her Ph.D., working in the financial circles of New York and London, and then shifting careers to study fine-metal arts in Munich. The family resides in the historic Douglas neighborhood and divides their time between their dwellings in New York and Munich. They delight in bicycling, building projects in the garage, and discovering curious creatures in the garden. For over two decades, Sieglinde has enjoyed pro bono involvement in policy-making for Oxfam’s global citizenship initiatives. She is also a strong advocate of multilingual child-raising.
Amy Liszt has two kids at Lab–Noah who is in N4 and Juliet who is in 1st grade. This is
their second year at Lab and are thrilled to be a part of this wonderful school and community! Amy and her family live in Roscoe Village and enjoy their daily commute down to Hyde Park to drop off her kids and attend work at University of Chicago Urban Education Institute. Amy is originally from the Chicago area, lived on the East Coast for 14 years (NYC and Boston), and returned to Chicago three years ago. Her hobbies include planning fun outings with the kids, travel with her family, photography, and running/biking and swimming. Amy’s favorite thing to do in Chicago is to try new activities–like kayaking down the river to watch the fireworks!
Shipra has a 7 year old son and a 4 year old daughter, and they have been at Lab for one year. She and her family live in the South Shore neighborhood, and love to support their tight knit community there! Shipra is a clinical social worker, and splits her work life between child therapy, teaching graduate students, and doing community work. Shipra is from Chicago originally, and likes to find ways to be outdoors as much as possible in the urban jungle – she has discovered some great bike paths and hiking trails that the kids can do too. Most weekends you will find them playing music and dancing as much as possible, cooking, or picnicking on the lake. Shipra’s current favorite thing is exposing their kids to music we loved growing up, as well as learning new songs through them. She looks forward to making more connections with wonderful families here as the school year continues, and creating meaningful projects and dialogue through the PA, to further issues of cultural recognition, service, and social justice.