Meet the APA PTSO Board
Welcome to the Academy for Performing Arts!
My name is Heather Lessing and I am new to the role as the APA-PTSO President. I'm very excited to be a part of this amazing group of parents and APA staff to make our school year successful.
I was born and raised in Union County and reside in Scotch Plains with my husband, Brian, my daughter, Alina; a rising sophomore in the APA theater program, my daughter, Zoe; a 7th grader at Park Middle School, and my three-year-old son, Sawyer. We also made room in our family for two rescued dogs; Maya and Olivia, and three cats; Mittens, Buddha, and Tiny. Currently, I work as the Kids' Programming Assistant Manager at Life Time Athletic in Berkeley Heights.
Christine is a first-time Vice President for our APA-PTSO. She works at Overlook Medical Center as the Rehab Manager. Christine has four children Her daughter, Catherine, is a senior Theater Major, and her son, William, is a freshman Theater Major. William's twin attends Seton Hall Prep, and her daughter, Caroline, is a 6th grader.
Jennie is thrilled to be returning to the APA-PTSO Board and is looking forward to the upcoming school year. Jennie has four children. Her older daughter graduated APA, Class of 2017, and her daughter, Bridget, is a sophomore Theather Major.
Kathleen lives in Mountainside with her husband and six children. Her oldest daughter, Molly, graduated from APA in 2018. Noreen is a junior Dance Major and her brother, Keegan, is a freshman at Allied Health..
Celeste and her family live in Roselle. Her daughter, Morgan, is a Junior Tech Theater Major. Morgan's twin brother is a Junior at AIT.
Board of Ed Liaison
Julia is looking forward to her first year on the PTSO Board. Her daughter, Kaitlyn, is a junior dance major at APA. Her other daughter, Lia, is in 7th grade.