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Preschool Board

Oversight of St. James Preschool is placed in the Preschool Board, comprised of parents, our Director, a teacher representative and representatives from our Church.  The Board oversees policy making and fund raising, and supports the Preschool Director in the overall administration of the Preschool. The Board reports to the Church Council of St. James UMC.

We need YOU! We need Preschool parents willing to serve on the St. James Preschool Board to represent the best interests of our children, families and preschool. Each year we welcome both self-nominations and peer-nominations.

If you are interested in nominating yourself or someone else, please download and complete the 2023 SJPS Nomination Form (if nominating someone else, please make sure the nominee is interested in serving prior to nomination) and then email the form to Keri Kanitz or Susan Viers. All nominations are due by Friday, February 10, 2023.

Parent-appointed Board positions include:

  • Treasurer
  • Secretary
  • Ways & Means Chair and Co-Chair
  • PR Coordinator
  • Marketing Coordinator
  • Parent Representative
  • Registration Coordinator
  • Member at Large (3)

Please note: All of these positions are not open on next year’s board, but please tell us any and all positions you may be interested in as there can be unanticipated openings or opportunities in the following year.

Should you have any questions, please contact Keri Kanitz via phone or email (859-492-4544, or reach out to other current Board members (list found directly below) to discuss specific questions you may have.

2022-2023 Elected Board Members

Keri Kanitz


Madison Langston

Ways and Means Chair

Andrea Creyer

Marketing Coordinator

Allison Solomon

Member at Large (Carnival Chair)

Karen Probst


VyVy Lee

Ways and Means Co-Chair

Natalie Moody

Parent Representative

Corinna Rogers

Member at Large (St. James Club Chair)

Lauren Middour

Special Advisory Member

Emily Mottern


Pamela Padak

PR Coordinator

Megan Filipovic

Registration Coordinator

Melissa Briley

Member at Large (Teacher/Staff Events Coordinator)

Trusted And Loved By Atlanta’s Parents

As a former elementary school assistant principal and teacher, it was important for me to find a preschool for my own child that had an enriching curriculum and a nurturing community. When we found St. James, we feel like we hit the jack pot! The school has a close-knit feel; the director knows the name of EVERY student. And for the academics, the research-based phonics and handwriting instruction ensures high levels of learning for all students.

Pam Padak

Our family has been at St James Preschool for many years, and it has been such an incredible experience for our children and for us as parents. We’ve watched our kids fall in love with learning and develop what will no doubt be lifelong friendships. Throughout their time at the preschool, our children have been surrounded by teachers and staff who put so much effort in getting to know and care for each child who walks through the doors. St James Preschool will forever hold a special place in our hearts!

Ryan & Melissa Briley

The moment we walked through St. James we knew that this was the school for our girls. Having just moved to the Atlanta, St. James gave us the sense of community that we needed. We are now going on year 4, and at the end of each year we are so happy to know that it was not yet our last. We love everything about St. James - the staff, the curriculum, the beautiful playground, the welcoming classrooms, and the families. St. James is truly wonderful! 

Danielle Nolte

St. James Preschool is more than just a school, it’s a community filled with love and compassion for growing our children! This is seen through the simple yet intentional acts of each teacher and staff, starting from knowing all kids’ names during carpool to genuinely investing in your family (even after they graduate from the school!) Each year as we progress into a different class, I think to myself this can’t top last year and then somehow it does. We truly feel blessed to have the teachers, staff, and other families at St. James as part of our extended family and know they are all having a positive impact on our children.

Keri Kanitz