Our PTO is made up of parents & teachers who pool their talents to provide practical support for our school. No dues are collected!  You are automatically a member of the PTO as a parent or teacher at 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 serving in a future board position?

Contact us: info@hauserpto.org


2023-2024 PTO board members



The President will preside at all meeting of the PTO and the Executive Board, serve as the office representative of the PTO, be a member ex officio of all committees except the Nominating and Audit Committees, and perform such other duties applicable to the office as prescribed by the Standing Rules. Signing authority of all legal documents, including by not limited to contracts, is limited to the President or the President’s designee.


2023-24 President - Debbie Kummer

I am a lifetime local resident and have been a part of District 96 as both a parent and a student for a collective 22 years! I have two boys, an 8th grader and a Senior at RB. This is my second year as President of the Hauser PTO. Prior to getting involved with the Hauser PTO, I was a VP on the PTA board at Ames School. I am also a Parentwise Volunteer for Lurie Children’s Hospital for families of children with hearing loss and an active member of the Riverside Lion’s Club. I volunteer with the PTO because I want my children to see that their school experience is a priority for me. I also hope to instill the joy of volunteering and giving back to their community. Last year, we got to return to normal after COVID and I am incredibly proud of the work the PTO did. We brought back old traditions while updating and growing. Since I have an 8th grader this year, this will be my last year as President. It is going to be hard to say goodbye to working with this incredible team but I am excited to welcome in whoever is going to be my replacement. 



First VP - Communications

The VP of Communications is responsible for producing a weekly newsletter and/or distributing email communications to the general parent and teacher population. They oversee social media accounts and the hauserpto.org website content including the student directory. The person in this board position also monitors email communications and inquiries received from parents or other interested parties. 


 2023-24 VP of Communications - Beth Brouwer

I currently have 2 children that are students in District 96.  My family and I have been Riverside residents for 12 years.  I previously served as a VP on the Central PTO board, and I continue to work as a PTO volunteer at Central as Spirit Wear and Teacher Appreciation Luncheon chair.  I also volunteer in the community as a Cub Scout Den leader for 4th grade girls.  I am happy to be a part of the Hauser PTO board again this year.  I learned a lot about Hauser as a board member last year, and I believe the PTO plays an important role in enriching the school experience for our students.


Second VP - Volunteers

This position involves recruiting parents to volunteer at Hauser events.  This is typically done via the Hauser PTO emails but may require actively reaching out to parents when volunteer commitment is low.  Learning and using the Membership Toolkit software is required as all Signups are created through this program.   

2023-24 VP of Volunteers - Jill Crist

I have two children in district 96.  A 7th grader at Hauser and a 4th grader at Blythe Park.  My husband and I are both Illinois transplants and have lived in Riverside for almost 14 years!  This is my second year on the board at Hauser.  Last year I worked with another Hauser parent to bring in a Social Theatre Program.  This program is for the 6th grade class and teaches social skills through improve comedy.   This year I am on the Food Drive committee and am excited to bring volunteer opportunities to both students and parents at Hauser.  I continue to volunteer at Blythe Park and chair the yearbook and annual tie dye event.  I also co-lead the 4th grade Girl Scout Troop at Blythe. 


Third VP - Fundraising

The VP of Fundraising is responsible for producing an annual plan to meet the PTO's budgeted fundraising goals.  They shall oversee any scheduled fundraiser and closely communicate with each fundraising chair. The person in this board position also works closely with the treasurer to ensure all funds raised are accounted for in the general ledger.


2023-24 VP of Fundraising - Karla Highland

This is my 3rd year serving as the VP of Fundraising.  My son Henry is an 8th grader this year.




The Secretary will record and distribute minutes of all Executive Board meetings and all general PTO meetings, prepare agendas for official PTO meetings, maintain a copy of the PTO Standing Rules, and perform such other duties applicable to the office as prescribed by the Standing Rules. 

2023-24 Secretary - Kim Cimino

I’m excited to be serving my second term as the Hauser PTO Secretary.  I have two children, a 7th grader at Hauser and a Sophomore at Riverside Brookfield High School.  Since moving here 10 years ago, I have had the opportunity to serve the Riverside community in various capacities.  I have served in leadership positions with the Central Elementary PTO and Troop 24 Cub Scouts and am currently involved with the Booster Club at RBHS.  I am a Licensed Marital and Family therapist and have a private practice in Oak Park and LaGrange.  In my spare time, I love playing tennis and spending time with family and friends.




The Treasurer plays a crucial role in managing the financial aspects of our organization, ensuring accurate record-keeping, and maintaining transparency in all monetary transactions. This position requires a commitment of 2-3 hours per month, with increased activity during budget establishment at the beginning of the year and year-end preparations for reimbursements and audits.


 2023-24 Treasurer - Kris Tokarz

I have lived in Riverside for 9 years and have two children in the district.   My son is in 7th grade and my daughter is a 4th grader at Ames.  This is my second year as Treasurer for Hauser.  I enjoy working with the classrooms and our community.  I have led a girl scout troop at Ames for the past 5 years and volunteered for Riverside Parks & Rec as a parent soccer coach.  I am excited for my second year as PTO Treasurer.




The Parliamentarian will provide parliamentary advice to the board and PTO as requested, by referencing the most current copy of the organization's bylaws, which they will be responsible for maintaining and making changes to as described in the PTO Standing Rules.


  2023-24 Parliamentarian - Legia Mondesir

I've been the parliamentarian since last year and my involvement in the PTO stems from the desire to support the kids and staff at Hauser in having meaningful experiences both in and out of the classroom. As a former Blythe Park parent, I know how much my boys appreciated those events and the disruption from Covid made it even more important to get back to those fun and social activities. I also chair the Bookfair committee because I enjoy reading and would love to pass that on to our students.



















Volunteer of the Month

 January 2024

Thank you to the Willhites! 

Christy and Joe are amazing PTO volunteers!!

Their 2024 contributions have included organizing supplies and preparation for last week's Pasta Dinner AND Joe managing the kitchen during the event! Christy has also been integral in the planning of the current Hauser Fights Hunger fundraiser. 

Your efforts are so appreciated!



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