Welcome to the

Parent Organization


The Tempe Preparatory Academy Parent Organization is dedicated to enriching and supporting the education of our students by providing resources, communication and encouraging involvement in our schools and community.

The TPAPO is a stand-alone 501c3 non-profit that is run solely by TPA parents.

Areas of involvement for parents to get involved:


Used Uniform and Book Sales

Hot Lunch Cashiers and Helpers

Spirit Store

Snowstorm Staff Bonuses

Box Top Rewards

Scrip Cards

Snack Shack


Events & Hospitality

Tempe Prep Winter Market

Graduation Receptions

Faculty Birthdays

Faculty Luncheons


The TPA Parent Organization Board meets once a month in TPA’s Zelman Center beginning at 6 p.m. TPAPO Board meetings are open to the public. Please check the school calendar for posted meeting times.


TPAPO Board of Directors

Baron Smith, President

Mike Allen, Vice President

Susie Newsome, Treasurer

Deb Dendy, Secretary

Dale Ross, Fund Raising Director

Jude Wickelgren, Volunteer Director

Mick Richardson, Communication Director

Tess Hancock, Events Director


Key Volunteers

Sheila Woodroffe, Snack Shack Coordinator

Sonya Hernandez, Scrip Coordinator

Karry Camberg, Spirit Store Coordinator

Mika Maharaj, Copywriter/Editor

Vanessa Colinares (Yellowdotstudios), Graphic Designer

Majesty Pautzke, Box Tops Coordinator

Kim Ehmann, Used Uniform Coordinator


Contact Us: info@tpapo.org


Volunteer Opportunities for 2017-2018:

Volunteer Director

*Oversees the recruiting of volunteers for Parent Organization events. 

*Learn timelines, requirements, and logistics of various events and be able to apprise volunteers and supervise progress.  

*Attendance at a monthly Board meeting to provide updates/discuss issues of various events.

This job takes about 1 hour per week.

Lunch Volunteer Coordinator

* Monthly monitoring for vacant spots that need to be filled and sending out emails asking for help when needed

*Maintains volunteers contact list

*Communicates with other lunch program team members: Family liaison, Vendors liaison, Purchasing liaison, and Lunch Room Volunteers

*Prepares monthly Lunch Program report for monthly PO meeting

This job takes about 1-2 hours per week. This time is spent online composing and replying to emails, and rarely talking on the phone.  This position can be done from home and only requires being proficient with creating and managing calendars, which are currently setup through Sign-up Genius.

Vice President

*Works hand-in-hand with the Board President and, at the request of the President, or in case of the President’s absence, the Vice President shall perform the duties of the President.  

*Communicates with the rest of the Board to identify needs, schedule events, plan and execute various ongoing projects, and vote on actions and allocation of funds, with the ultimate goal of stepping into the role of TPAPO President in one year.

*This job takes about 1-2 hours per week.