Meet The PTO

Meet the PTO

The Richmond Elementary PTO is a group of parents, guardians, family members, teachers and staff working to help better the education of our children.  The PTO gives parents, guardians and family members the opportunity to stay informed of what is happening in the schools. The PTO is a great place to share ideas and a fun way to become active participants in their student’s education.  Working together, we can truly make a difference.

Please reach out if you have any questions.  Want to volunteer?  Check out the calendar for our next meeting or fill out a volunteer form. Engaged families make for great schools!

Meet the PTO Board

Robin Woodmansee


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Robin and her husband were both raised in Chariho and are very excited to raise their children here too!  They have two girls, one in second grade and one in fifth grade.  They also have four furbabies that are a huge part of the family.  When not participating in sports and activities, you can find the whole family in Orlando, Florida as they are huge Disney and Universal fans.

Robin’s favorite part of being in the PTO: She loves being part of the Richmond School PTO and, most importantly, the Chariho community. We have an amazing school system and being a part of the PTO allows her to give back.  She started coming to PTO meetings as soon as her oldest child entered kindergarten  and has really enjoyed being a part of the special events and the support the PTO provides.


Julie McGovern


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Julie is a Navy Brat and has lived all over the country.  After graduating from URI, Julie and her husband moved to Richmond in 2009.  They have a daughter in fourth grade at RES (and two cats and a dog!). When she is not working, Julie is happiest with her toes in the sand.  She also enjoys traveling, hiking, biking and kayaking.

Julie’s favorite part of being in the PTO: Magic happens when the staff, parents and students come together at RES!  She loves being part of making special memories for her daughter and the rest of the school community. 


Kristin Svenningsen-Haxton


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Kristin is happy to be back in the Chariho community and a part of the Richmond School PTO.  She grew up in Charlestown and graduated from CHS before moving away for many years, having recently returned to Richmond with her husband and two sons.  Kristin works full-time in North Kingstown and enjoys spending time with her family and meeting life’s challenges with equanimity whenever possible.

Kristin’s favorite part of being in the PTO:  She feels very fortunate to be part of the Richmond School PTO board, a position that affords such a great opportunity to meet other parents while being involved in her children’s school, education and community at large.


Melissa Silva


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Melissa is a working mom of two girls.  She enjoys doing family-fun activities with her family.  She also likes baking, crafting, being creative, gardening and the outdoors.

Melissa’s favorite part of being in the PTO: she loves being involved and connected to the students, families, teachers and staff at RES.  We have a terrific community here in Richmond and she is proud to be a part of that.


Karishma Atkisson

Fundraising Chair

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Karishma may have been born in India, but she and her husband were both raised in the Chariho area and both attended Richmond Elementary School as children.  They are both so delighted that their children (son in third grade and daughter in kindergarten) will have the opportunity to be part of the RES family. Though making time in between work, sports, and activities can be difficult; they enjoy spending every extra minute traveling and enjoying time with family and friends.

Karishma’s favorite part of being in the PTO: She loves being part of a community of parents that cares so much about their children’s school experience. Being a part of the PTO allows her to make a positive impact on her community and children’s school, along with making friendships and memories that will last long after her children are out of RES.


Jennifer Taylor

Communications Chair

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Jennifer and her husband moved to Richmond from Texas in 2016. Together, they have three children that all attend in the Chariho District. Her children are in first grade, third grade and seventh grade.  Jennifer is a stay at home mom, while running a small business from home. She loves being outside with her family enjoying the beautiful beaches and scenery Rhode Island has to offer.

Jennifer’s favorite part of being in the PTO:  She loves being a part of a community that wants to see their children’s school succeed. She is hoping to meet more parents and create lasting friendships. Jennifer is proud to be able to support her community and hopes to provide access to important information through several resources.

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