Join Next Year's PTA Board

Our PTA is led by a volunteer board of directors who are happy to serve the Franklin community. Please reach out to any of us with your questions, concerns and queries. We're here to help you!

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2021 - 2022 Franklin PTA Board Members

President: Emily Sorensen,

This is Emily's fourth year on the PTA board, and second as President. Emily has two kids at Franklin, a 3rd grader and a 5th grader. As an Australian expat, she is passionate about building a strong, supportive community for our Franklin families from all over the world, and as a former teacher, she's keen to support our school staff in any way possible. 


Co-Treasurer: Diana Wu,

This is my 3rd year on the PTA board, and I am grateful for how the PTA has helped provide opportunities to serve our students and staff, as well as connect with the Franklin community. This year my children are in 5th and 2nd, and pre-K. I look forward to meeting you! 

Co-Treasurer: Lakshmi Kuduganti,

I am Lakshmi Kuduganti and this is my first time on the Ben Franklin PTSA board. Excited to be a part of the largest child advocacy organization in the community and looking to see how I can make a difference. I have two boys (Zubin- 8) and Zian (4.5) who would love to be active in the Franklin community as much as we do:).

VP Communications: Sinan Ussakli,

Sinan has 2 children Batu (K) and Duru (3rd). When he has time left from his busy engineering job, he always tries to find some new ways to give back to community. He believes communication is a key aspect of improving relations between communities, so he uses this as an excuse to spam people's inboxes. He has no idea what he is doing, but trying his best.

Secretary: Susan Weston,

I'm happy to be back for a third year on the board, after two years as treasurer. Franklin is such a great school. The principal, teachers, and staff are outstanding, and our parents care. It's been so fun and encouraging to see so many new faces on the PTA this year -- thanks for supporting our kids!!  (And I have two kiddos: a daughter in 4th and a son in 7th at Kamiakin (Quest)).

VP Fundraising: Heather Vandenberg,

This is Heather's 5th year at Ben Franklin and my 3rd year being on our PTA board. Heather enjoyed being the VP of School Support the last two years and is currently the VP of Fundraising. She has two children at Franklin this year, one in 4th grade and the other in 1st. She has always enjoyed volunteering at our school doing a range of things from room parent, to art docent to organizing staff appreciation events. She is passionate about supporting our teachers and students and bringing our community together.

VP Education: Sheila Van Bergen,

I am excited to join the Ben Franklin community this year.  I have two kids, Brinkley (5th grade) and Evelyn (3rd grade). We are new to the Kirkland area and recently moved from the East Coast.  We love hiking, exploring new areas, and watching sporting events (especially our Clemson Tigers)! I look forward to supporting our teachers, students, and parents. 

VP After-School Enrichment:  Alyssa Goodrich,

Alyssa is new to the Ben Franklin community this year. She has sons in fourth grade and first grade plus a three year old daughter. She is excited to be joining the PTA board and can't wait for in-person enrichment activities to come back to school. Alyssa and her family have been in the PNW since moving from the East Coast in 2008. We love exploring our new Kirkland neighborhood and meeting our new neighbors.

VP Special Events: Marie Paulsen,

Marie has two kids at Franklin this year in 3rd grade and Kindergarten. She’s super grateful for the the amazing staff and community at Franklin. This is Marie’s first year on the PTA board and wonders what she got herself into.

VP Health & Wellness: Claire Du Parc,

I am a French mom with 2 kids at Ben Franklin (Kindergarten and 2nd grade). We have been living in Kirkland since 2019 and enjoy hiking and exploring this beautiful place.

Co-VP School Support: Aimee Kong, 

Aimee is new to both Franklin and the PTA, and keeps busy being a working mom and having 3 young kids: first grade, Pre-K, and baby. She is a pediatric dentist, loves being around kids, and believes in building community. She is looking forward to serving the teachers and student body this year in the School Support role.

Co-VP School Support: Astrid Staneff, 

This is Astrid's first year on the Board. She has one Eagle, Savannah (1st grade), and a future Eagle, Kaleigh (pre-K). She looks forward to getting to know and working with the Franklin families and staff.

Join the Board

Appointed Positions

Membership: Sameer Tejani,

Learning Center Liaison: Farhat Remtula-Tejani,

Reflections: Amber Wood,

Sustainability: Laura Wegener,

Emergency Preparation: OPEN POSITION

Family and Community Engagement: OPEN POSITION


Would you like to join the PTA board this year? If you're interested in learning more, contact Emily Sorensen at We look forward to talking with you!