2014 - 2015 PTA Board



Bernadette Iturriria


Bernadette shocked the PTA when she announced as a Kindergarten mom that she would chair the Spring Luau (aka the school's largest event and biggest fundraiser) without ever having attended. Two short years later, she shocks us again when as a student working toward her teaching credential and the mother of three busy girls who are in 2nd grade, 1st grade and preschool, she said she would be PTA President (aka a very busy volunteer job). 

Staci Torgeson

1st VP Communications Chair

This is Staci's 7th year as a Spreckels Parent and 1st year on the Executive Board. Previous volunteer work for the PTA includes grant writing, room parent and silent auction coordinator. When Staci isn't keeping the Spreckels community informed about PTA events and activities, she works as a publicist promoting a wide variety of consumer goods. She has daughters in 6th grade (at Standley) and 2nd grade and a four-legged beagle "son" as well. Her husband, Brent, owns a kayak and SUP retail business so the family naturally likes to enjoy spending time on the water together. Staci also volunteers with the LUNGevity Foundation helping to coordinate their annual Breathe Deep San Diego 5K.

Laura Georgalas

2nd VP Ways and Means Chair

Life story coming soon.

Mara Bernd

3rd VP Programs Chair

This is Mara’s 6th year as a Spreckels parent and first year on the Executive Board. Previous volunteer work for the PTA includes volunteering on many, many field trips and for school-wide events, such as the Jog-a-Thon, Spring Luau, Book Fair, and Field Day. Her day job is working for the San Diego Unified School District as an Educational Research Specialist. She has a son in the 5th grade and a daughter in the 2nd grade. She and her husband like to play floor hockey (where they met 17 years ago) in their (very little) free time.

Sarah Graham

4th VP Membership Chair

Sarah became a Spreckels parent when they choiced into the school in 2005. A long time PTA member, this is her first time on the board. She is the proud parent of two boys. Her oldest is a freshman at UCHS and her youngest son is a 2nd grader. Sarah also works part-time at a national home good store. She enjoys long walks at the Mall and Toffee Nut Lattes. Sarah likes to say “Shopping is my cardio,” and is still upset that Ms. Sharman’s popularity among the voters cost her the first ever parent dance contest at the 2014 Valentine’s Dance.

Maria Cook

5th VP 5th Grade Promotion Chair

This is Maria's 10th (and last year) as a Spreckels parent with two girls in 5th and 9th grade.  She is co-chairing this year with Stephanie Sack as the 5th grade VP of promotions.  Maria and her husband Matt have coordinated Field Day and the games at Spreckels Luau for the last couple of years.  Maria works for the school district and her husband Matt is a Physical Therapist.  Maria has been involved in Girl Scouts for 9 years and she is the UC Service Unit Delegate.  She enjoys bodysurfing, rollerblading, biking, traveling and planning fun recreational activities!


Melissa Kwapich

6th VP Hospitality Chair

Melissa is a busy mother to 4 girls, ages 14(a freshman at UCHS), 7(2nd grade), 5(Kinder) and a 2 year old. As a former teacher she has taught grades K, 1st and 2nd grade before staying home to take care of all those girls! She has also agreed to take on Spring Luau, with much support from Bernadette I am sure!  Melissa spends her days shuttling kids, cleaning up messes and enjoying life with her husband and family! We have been in the UC area for 2 years now and have loved the small community feel and lazy days at the beach!!

Bonnie Tyler


Life story coming soon.

Stephanie Wills


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Jamie Apodaca


Jamie has been part of the Spreckels community for 3 years, with an active daughter in 2nd grade. New to the executive board, she’s not new to the PTA, volunteering as the jog-a-thon chair, room parent for 2 years and counting & any other event that needs a helping hand. When she’s not at school, she’s busy working as a producer in the advertising field & more importantly, spending as much quality time with her family as possible. Oh, and a little secret.. she’s quietly learning to play the Ukelele & finds it quite a relaxing way to wind down in the evenings.

Melissa Fredrickson


This is Melissa's 3rd year on the Spreckels Executive Board. She served for 2 years as Auditor which gave her the knowledge and background to take on the Treasurer position this year. She has also volunteered in the classroom and has been involved with Girl Scouts for the past 4 years. Melissa has a daughter in the 4th grade and a son in TK. During the day, she works as a Speech Pathologist helping adults and her husband is a local Real Estate Agent. In her (very little) free time, she enjoys reading, yoga, and the outdoors with her family. 

Cecilia Fernandez


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Kimberly Sharman

Teacher Liaison

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