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Our PTA is made up of hard-working parents & teachers who pool their talents to provide practical support for our school.

Those listed below volunteered to provide leadership this year.

Get to know their names and faces, and feel free to ask them if you have questions. 


Interested in open board positions? Contact us!



Tera Ritter - President


Hi! I’m Tera Ritter and I’m excited to be your Cornell PTA President since 2018-2019 school year. My son is a 4th grader and the love of my life! We have a feisty little dog called Lucy who keeps us busy. I pride myself in finding new ways to connect with my community on a personal level and I hope to take that to a whole new level in this new role. I believe staying connected to my son’s school helps me to be the best Mother I can possibly be. I work hard at my job as a pediatric trauma nurse specialist and when I have some free time I love going to the beach, hiking in the mountains, remodeling my little caravan and enjoy being creative. I look forward to getting to know you all as we build a strong community for our children together.



Marissa Mallare - Secretary


I was born and raised in the South Bay and now call Albany home. What I love about Albany is that it’s at once a small town because of its tight knit community and yet it’s also like a vibrant little city with lots to offer. I have two children attending Cornell and since my oldest was in Kindergarten, I have been an active parent, often helping out in the classroom and with school events. This year I decided to increase my involvement by joining the PTA as Secretary. When I am not driving my kids’ to swim class or soccer lessons, I substitute at a local preschool, practice my guitar and knit.



Whitney Birge - Treasurer



Ruchika Bhatia - VP of Communications


Hello, I’m happy to be back serving the Cornell community, as VP communications for 2019-2020.

I worked as the Staff appreciation coordinator last year, organizing events throughout the year and thoroughly enjoyed my time. In this new role, I look forward to keeping everyone updated with the latest and greatest at Cornell. Excited to be working with Cornell community - an amazing group of people who keep the momentum going!



Bo Yu & Jasen Vargo VP of Volunteers Coordinators





Open position, Teacher representative



Berrin Yavuzer - Website Manager


Hello, I love helping our PTA web site.

I have a bachelor degree of Art and Cinema-TV. I am also a masters and age group coach. My kids are year around competitor swimmers. My younger son is in 4th grade at Cornell. And I working at AUSD. We love our cat Kora. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to help.



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