Building Connections

Parent Guardian Association

A Highly Active and Engaged Community

Being a parent/guardian at our school is synonymous with being a member of the UCDS Parent Guardian Association. It’s an integral part of the UCDS community and works to support the children, faculty, parents/guardians, and programs of the school.


The Parent Guardian Association (PGA) was formed as an unincorporated organization in 1994, in response to a resolution by the UCDS Board of Trustees. The PGA is empowered by the Trustees and its operations are conducted in concert with the broad purposes and goals that the Board has established for UCDS.


The goals of the UCDS Parent Guardian Association are to:

  • Create a welcoming and supportive community for UCDS children and their families.
  • Support fundraising projects in conjunction with overall school development plans.
  • Coordinate volunteer support for UCDS events, activities and programs.

2023-2024 PGA Officers

Abby Maletis, President
Breanne Fortun, Vice President
Jo Schwabland, Treasurer
Erin Fahey Sainsbury, Secretary
Katie Chan, New Family Liaison & Community Engagement
Gloria Yang, New Family Liaison & Community Engagement
Ana Flávia Hedrick, Events
JingJing Li, Events
Sunny Zhou, Events
Shweta Arora, Events
Crystal Aspen, Faculty & Staff Appreciation
Jennifer Sullivan, Faculty & Staff Appreciation
Anu Vijay, UCDServes
Elspeth Payton Martin, UCDServes
Sarah Ringold, UCDServes
Heather Proudfoot, PGA Speaker Series
Natasha de Sousa, PGA Speaker Series

I was on the Parent Guardian Association for four years. It was such great way to learn about UCDS, but more importantly, it was a great way to meet other parents in the school community.
Nikki Lundin, Former PGA President

The UCDS Parent Guardian Association Creates Community

The PGA sponsors a number of community-building events throughout the school year. Parent/Guardian volunteers lend their time and expertise to each event. Parent/Guardian volunteers are coordinated by the PGA Officers.

Examples of events sponsored by the PGA:

  • UCDServes
  • Speaker Series
  • All-Family Events
  • Meet and Greets
  • New Family Receptions
  • Staff & Faculty Appreciation Events
  • Apparel Sales

In addition, the PGA supports Grandparents and Special Friends Day, Admission Visit Days, and the school’s annual Auction.