The Doane Stuart Parents Association

Next Meeting of the Parents Association
Tuesday, November 13, 2018, 8:00 – 9:00 AM 
Mission Statement

The Parents Association works collaboratively with other members of the Doane Stuart community to foster community and school spirit, enhance the educational process through a variety of activities and events, and support the growth of Doane Stuart facilities and programs.


What is the Parents Association?

The Association builds and encourages a strong and supportive parent community and provides a network of communication between parents, faculty, and administration, to keep administrators and parents informed, and to give parents a voice in the life of the school. The Association fosters volunteerism and supports the School’s fundraising efforts.


To contact or get involved in the Parents Association, please contact Executive Team Members Michelle Snavely (Lower School) at, Jen Hess (Middle School) at, or Pam Hadad-Hurst (Upper School) at


Parents Association Committees

Education: Stay abreast of education issues and provide feedback and suggestions on the academic experience (committee chairs:  Jennifer Regan at and Tricia Asaro at

Community Life: Support programming to engage students and parents and foster school spirit  (committee chair:  Kristi Plunkett at

Community Relations: Facilitate two-way communication between administration and the parent/guardian community  (committee chairs: Deirdre Nakushian at and Steven Kroll at

Fundraising: Foster philanthropy to support academics, program enrichment, and the overall school experience (committee chair: Pam Hadad-Hurst at

Recruitment: Support recruitment of new students by bringing parents into the admissions recruitment process and outreach to newly enrolled families  (committee chair:  Marjorie Gorelik at



Commitment: We foster children’s academic success, creativity, health, and well-being through strong parent, family, and community involvement.

Inclusivity: All parents and guardians are members of the Association. We value and seek input from as wide a spectrum of viewpoints and experiences as possible. We are mindful of keeping the Parent Association accessible and offering all interested parents the opportunity for meaningful participation.

Respect: We value all members of our Doane Stuart community: administrators, faculty, staff, and trustees; parents; students; and all those who live and work in Rensselaer and our home communities. We listen and speak carefully so all are heard. We model respect in our interactions with others.

Collaboration: We work in partnership with members of our Doane Stuart community and a wide array of individuals and organizations to accomplish our agreed-upon goals.

Integrity: We value decision-making and actions guided by the principles of personal integrity, empathy, responsibility, and respect for self and others. We maintain confidentiality, where appropriate. We act consistently with our beliefs. When we err, we acknowledge the mistake and seek to make amends.

Accountability: We acknowledge our obligations. We deliver on our promises.

Parents Association Five Pillars of Engagement One-Pager

Class Representatives (17-18)

Early Childhood: open

Kindergarten: Cheryl Strevell (

1st Grade: Michelle Snavely (

2nd Grade: Laurie Harbeck (

3rd Grade: Nanda O’Leary (

4th Grade: Lauren Lougher (

5th Grade: Jennifer Hess (

6th Grade: Tammy Schillinger (

7th Grade: Melissa Miller (

8th Grade: Carolyn Hapeman (

9th Grade: Pam Hadad-Hurst (

10th Grade: Marjorie Gorelik (

11th Grade: Kristi Plunkett (

12th Grade: Kristi Plunkett (


Upcoming Events

Doane Stuart Timeline

  • 1852

    The Kenwood Academy was founded in 1852.

  • 1870

    The St. Agnes School was founded in 1870. 

  • 1975

    The Doane Stuart School was founded from the merger of Kenwood Academy and St. Agnes School.

  • 2009

    Doane Stuart moved to its current location at 199 Washington Avenue in Rensselaer. 

  • 2014

    Construction is completed of the $1.3 million 22,000 square foot vegetative green roof. 

Party on the Green Roof

Want to rent our Green Roof?

The Green Roof will be made available for small gatherings for up to [50] people.  Please contact Darlene Gallagher at or at (518) 465-5222, ext.. 203.