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!

Mars Area Elementary PTO 2017-2018 board members are (back row, from left) Sally Arney, Susan Tirch, Kristen Ondecko-Ligda, Michele Krafjack, Jennifer Lyker, Heather Johnson, Tracey Smith, Tracy Ashbaugh, (center row) Lee Ann Riner, Jenna Falkner, Tanya Yoshioka, Katie Ray, Jen Chomicki, Alison Painley, Laci Yocum, Ivy Schlegel, (front row) Jennifer Lee, Jessica Black (treasurer), Amy Riggio (secretary), Rachel Steigerwald (president), Karen Goul (vice president), Lisa Johnson, and (not pictured) Sandy Becker, Amy Reinhart, Lorrie Southwell, Julie Walker and Nikki Williams.


Executive Board

Rachel Steigerwald – President – 412-848-3860

Karen Goul – Vice President – 724-816-1257

Jessica Black – Treasurer – 412-260-9293

Amy Riggio – Secretary – 724-553-5068


Mars Area Primary Center (PC) Building Chairs

Heather Johnson
Head Building Chair, Contact Parents – 724-584-0500

Jennifer Chomicki
Sarris Candy, Teacher Luncheon – 410-279-9353

Heather Garver
Decorating, Holiday Shop – 724-898-8099

Laci Yocum
Spirit Wear, Olympic Funday – 412-694-2444


Mars Area Elementary (MAE)- Building Chairs

Jenna Falkner
Head Building Chair, Fundraising, Contact Parents – 412-726-4447

Lee Ann Riner
Book Fair, World Record Days – 412-657-7539

Michele Krafjack
Premiums, Holiday Shop – 412-414-5994

Ivy Schlegel
Decorating, Teacher Luncheon – 412-877-3703


Mars Area Centennial (CENN)- Building Chairs

Katie Ray
Head Building Chair, Parties – 412-352-5391

Tanya Yoshioka
Fundraising, Field day – 414-807-6109

Alison Painley
Teacher Luncheon, Decorating – 215-622-4945

Jennifer Lee
Holiday Shop – 304-685-3170


Special Committees

Sally Arney – March for Mars – 724-591-8337

Tracy Ashbaugh – Field Trips – 412-337-4582

Sandy Becker – Spirit Wear – 724-814-7584

Lisa Johnson – Yearbook – 330-351-0367

Kim Kivlan – Yearbook – 412-217-9359

Kristin Ondecko Ligda – Science Fair – 814-243-1098

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

Amy Reinhart – Box Tops – 412-298-9339

Tracey Smith – Science Fair – 412-974-8660

Lorrie Southwell – Yearbook – 724-584-0096

Susan Tirch – March for Mars – 412-554-0171

Julie Walker – March for Mars – 412-418-1634