Friends of Pulaski is an independent, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) comprised of parent and community volunteers charged with volunteering and raising money to support high-quality educational programming for all the students at Pulaski. A copy of our Form 990 is available upon request.
Meet the Board
Jamie Ayers, President
Jamie and her husband Dustin have been residents of Bucktown since 2008. After living in just about every other neighborhood in Chicago, they both agree that Bucktown is the best! Jamie has two children at Pulaski. Her daughter Sasha is in 4th grade, and her son Logan is in 2nd grade. Jamie is extremely excited to be a board member of FOP and to give back to the school which has provided a wonderful education and overall experience for both children. Jamie has a B.A from Washington University in St. Louis, and an M.A in Anthropology from the University of Chicago. She puts none of those degrees to use, and since 2003 has been in the business world as the Regional Manager of an architectural stone company, supplying commercial and residential projects all over the City and beyond. One fun fact is that Jamie and her Husband Dustin have worked together for over ten years. They are very proud to be a part of the Pulaski community!
Leanne Sardiga, Treasurer
Leanne and her husband Chris moved to Bucktown 6 years ago. They have enjoyed being part of the neighborhood every since, and are excited and proud to send their daughter to Pulaski. Both Leanne and Chris attended public schools while growing up and believe in the importance of a quality education, grounded in diversity and community involvement. Leanne graduated from University of Illinois with a degree in Accounting also also holds CPA and CFA designations. She is a partner at PwC, specializing in M&A, and the Innovation and Technology leader for their Deals practice. Their family can frequently be seen exploring the neighborhood parks and also enjoy raising vegetables in their background garden to Lauren’s summer farmstand and chocolate zucchini brownie business. Lauren would like to tell you that she likes Pulaski and her teacher is the best ever.
Michelle Maher, Secretary
Michelle has lived in Bucktown for more than 10 years. She came to the area when she married her husband, David, who has been in Bucktown for close to 30 years. Their twins, DJ and Monica, are in second grade at Pulaski. With a BA in Communications Studies from CSU Chico, she worked in Marketing for 25 years, and in 2013 reorganized her career to spend more time with her family and community. Since then, she has served as an officer of the advisory committee at Holstein Park. The Mahers love working on park and school projects, and they can also be found at area road courses where they enjoy sports car racing.
Jen Arnquist, Communications
Jen and her husband, Eric, have been Bucktown residents since 2007. Their daughter, Ellie, is in 6th grade and their son, Nick, is in 1st grade. Both kids started at Pulaski in PreK. The whole family has loved being a part of the change and growth at our school over the last 7 years through the incredible efforts of our Pulaski families, leadership, teachers, and staff. Jen has a BS in psychology and an MBA, both from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. For the last 16 years, Jen has worked for Accenture primarily in the area of demand management.
Lisa Herrera, Fundraising
Lisa and her husband Josh have lived in the Logan Square community since 2003. She is a lifelong resident of Chicago originally from the far south side. She has two children at Pulaski with her oldest, Noah, in 2nd grade and her daughter, Avery, in kindergarten. Both are students in Pulaski’s Gifted Bilingual program and have been enrolled at Pulaski since pre-K. Lisa graduated from Northern Illinois University with a B.S. in International Business and an M.B.A. in Finance and International Marketing from DePaul University. She is a Senior Vice President specializing in Community Development Lending at MB Financial Bank. She is a Board of Director with Chicago Community Loan Fund and Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives. Lastly, she is the new family coordinator for The Family School, an interfaith religious school. She is excited to be a board member with Friends of Pulaski which combines her passion for giving back to the community with giving back to the school which has already given her family so much.
Box Fox, Volunteers
Bob and his wife Natalie moved to Bucktown in 2010 with the intent of sending their children to Pulaski and immediately became involved with the FOP. Bob is a proud Chicago native. He has two boys who attend Pulaski. Bob has a BA from Johns Hopkins University where he studied Writing with a concentration in Film Studies. After graduation he returned to Chicago and worked in the Film and Video business for the next 20 plus years most recently as a producer in Advertising. Recently, however, Bob took on a new role of stay-at-home-dad. You can usually find him hanging out with his wife and kids somewhere in Bucktown, coaching soccer at Holstein Park, or riding his Harley. Bob is excited to be continuing on as the FOP Volunteer Chair and working with other groups in the school.
Sarah Harris, Teacher Liaison
Sarah is a Pulaski parent, teacher and neighbor. She and her husband Peter are parents to boys in 6th and 4th grade (both of whom began their Pulaski careers in Pre-k). Sarah attended undergrad at Duke University and received her MAT in Elementary Education at Manhattanville College. She spent many years in independent schools teaching kindergarten and first grade. After a hiatus from teaching to stay at home with the aforementioned boys, Sarah returned to the classroom and currently teaches Kindergarten at Pulaski. She loves seeing everyone at Pulaski during the week, around the neighborhood during the weekends, and at the Cortland Block Party on Halloween.
Scott Suckow, Projects and Procurement
Scott and his wife Melissa established their roots in Bucktown in 2005. He has three daughters, with the oldest now in her 8th year at Pulaski (7th grade), the middle in 3rd grade, and the youngest in 1st. Scott also is on the Local School Counsel (LSC) and served as the FOP President for three years. He has a BS from the University of Illinois and an M.Eng. from M.I.T., both in Structural Engineering. Still looking for a little more student loan debt, he obtained an MBA from Babson College. To varying levels, he now applies those degrees to the restaurant industry, where he is president of a restaurant management company in the Chicago area.