Letter from the APT President

Cocopah APT 2023-2024

"If it doesn't challenge you, it doesn't change you." 

This quote applies to every student, parent and faculty member in middle school. Be ready to be challenged and changed every step of the way. The Cocopah Association of Parents and Teachers (APT) is here to support you, enrich and supplement the already incredible education that our students get at Cocopah, and also to help make Cocopah more than a place to learn but "a place to belong". 
Please come as you are and contribute in whatever way you can, time, energy, money, talents... 
Never hesitate to reach out anytime!
APT President, Cocopah Middle School

APT Board - Director & Chairman Positions 

                     ****All positions currently filled for the 2023-24 school year


President - Samantha Dollard


Secretary - Becky McGonigle


Treasurer - Stephanie Gujrathi


VP Communications - Social Media - Malena Colby


VP Communications - Website - 


VP Community - Katy Heffernan


Co-VPs Fundraising - Bethany Abbott & Jen Moser


VP Hospitality & Parent Involvement - Kelly Shepard


SUSD Parent Site Council - 


Teacher Liaison - Laynee Langner





Supports communication efforts between APT and community

  • APT e-Newsletter: 
  • Website: 
  • Social Media (FB + Instagram): Malena Colby
  • Tax Credit Chair + Marketing Chair: Katy Heffernan


Supports all general community driven efforts

  • Community Lead: Katy Heffernan
  • Staff Hospitality and Volunteers Lead: Kelly Shepard
  • Scottsdale Parent Council Rep: 
  • Staff Appreciation Chair: Kelly Shepard
  • Fall Festival Chair: Katy Heffernan
  • Celebrate Cocopah Chair: Katy Heffernan
  • 8th Grade Ceremony and Dance Chair: Katy Heffernan
  • Mom's Night Out Chair: Katy Heffernan
  • Phoenix Suns Event Chair: Samantha Dollard


Supports fundraising efforts

  • VP of Fundraising and Membership Drive: Jen Moser
  • VP of Passive Fundraising: Bethany Abbott
  • Spirit wear Chair: Kelly Shepard
  • Director of Sponsorship and Auction Chair: Jen Moser
  • Director of Vendor Outreach and Management Chair: Jen Moser


Supports community participation and involvement

  • Staff Appreciation Chair
  • New Family Chair
  • Parent Involvement Coordinator

       Parent Involvement Coordinator: Kelly Shepard

               Grade Level Representative 

                       6th grade: Rebecca Ryerson, Cassie Schmidt, Julie Schulze, Kami Galvani, Karen Uretzky

                       7th grade: Diana Kouhi, Stephanie Harding, Stephanie Coulston

                       8th grade: Margaret Tritch Buonocore, Holli Adsit, Kelly Shepherd, Bethany Abbott