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 junior in the APA theater program, my daughter, Zoe; a 8th grader at Park Middle School, and my four-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.


Heather Lessing

APA-PTSO President


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APA-PTSO President




Vice President 


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.

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Corresponding Secretary
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..


Recording Secretary


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.

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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.