The Mars Elementary PTO is a School-Affiliated Organization (SAO) with separate bylaws, insurance, and annual budget.  We have strict financial controls in place.  Our 16-member board, along with our committee chairs, plans and funds programs for students in Kindergarten through Grade 6.

BE A PTO HERO! Your child’s school needs your help! There are so many ways to be involved and make the most of your child’s educational experience. From volunteering for school activities to making food for Staff Appreciation Luncheons, all help is wanted and appreciated. To find out how you can help the PTO, contact your building chair or a member of the Executive Board.

Come to a meeting!


Executive Board

Jenna FalknerPresident – 412-726-4447

Lee Ann Riner Vice President, MAE Book Fair – 412-657-7539

Heather Johnson Treasurer – 724-584-0500

Jessica BlackSecretary – 412-260-9293


Mars Area Primary Center (PC) Building Chairs

Julie Walker – Head Building Chair, March for Mars – 412-418-1634

Janelle Emanuele – Holiday Shop – 724-440-5899

Jennifer Logan Sarris Candy, Olympic Fun Day – 724-316-9169

Carly Bartle – Contact Parent, Teacher Luncheon


Mars Area Elementary (MAE)- Building Chairs

Jen Chomicki – Head Building Chair, Teacher Luncheon, 4th Grade Field Day – 410-279-9353

Katy Petrus-Chopyak – Contact Parent, 2nd Grade Field Day – 412-526-2058

Heather Garver – 3rd Grade Field Day, Holiday Shop

Kelly SearleHoliday Shop, Sarris Candy – 412-614-1058


Mars Area Centennial (CENN)- Building Chairs

Karen Goul – Head Building Chair, Parties, Sarris Candy – 724-816-1257

Rachel McMichaelMarch for Mars – 724-825-8486

Ivy Schlegel – Book Fair, Teacher Luncheon – 412-877-3703

Michele Krafjack – Holiday Shop, Field Day – 412-414-5994


Special Committees

Rebecca ArnoldYearbook PC and March for Mars – 412-760-3048

Tracy AshbaughField Trips – 412-337-4582

Cheri BanksYearbook Coordinator – 570-406-4604

Sandy BeckerSpirit Wear – 724-814-7584

Penelope FoxScience Fair (MAE) – 724-213-2405

Melissa GulnacMarch for Mars – 814-538-9497

Beth HuffmanCentennial Talent Show – 724-766-9569

Kim KivlanYearbook Assistant

Michele KrafjackBox Tops – 412-414-5994

Jen LaschField Trips Coordinator – 724-747-7832

Jennifer Lyker – Website & Communications – 724-612-9190

Jessica Randall March for Mars Coordinator – 724-766-4495

Amy Reinhart Box Tops & March for Mars – 412-298-9339

Tracey Smith Science Fair (Centennial) – 412-974-8660

Carlee ValiknacYearbook Centennial

Nikki WilliamsField Trips – 724-584-7032

Laci YocumSpiritwear – 412-694-2444