2017-2019 Parent Board Representative Candidates & Ballot

Read about the candidates running for your 2017-2019 Parent Representative to the Board of Trustees, and place your vote now!

Voting closes on Friday, May 26 at noon. The winner will be announced Friday evening.


Sharon Berney

Parent of students in 3rd & 4th grade Spanish Immersion

I am a Senior Specialist for Bain & Company, a leading management consulting firm, where my team and I help schools, nonprofits, and global businesses build best practices in fostering stakeholder commitment. I also manage the curriculum and shape content for quarterly meetings with these clients. Prior to joining Bain & Company, I was a Director at Wharton Executive Education at the University of Pennsylvania, where I designed innovative customized programs with blended learning methodologies. I’ve spent my 25-year career helping nonprofit and for-profit organizations grow by focusing on improving client and customer relationships. I graduated from Harvard University with an honors degree in psychology and earned a Master of Business Administration in Finance and Marketing from NYU Stern School of Business.

I serve on the Board of my son’s preschool at Beth Zion Beth Israel (BZBI) and its upper school committee and PTA. At BZBI, I bring parents’ concerns to the governing body of the organization and problem-solve to meet parent and student needs, while remaining fiscally responsible.

I’m interested in serving on the Board of ICS to help parents’ voices continue to be heard at the executive level and to use my years of professional experiences to foster parent and other stakeholder engagement in ICS. I am passionate about applying my skills in curriculum development to support ICS’s rigorous programming. I believe in global citizenship and in engaging our students to be community members and global thought-leaders.

My husband Dave and I have two children at ICS (third and fourth grade) and have another child starting kindergarten this fall. I am passionate about our school and am grateful for the opportunity to be part of the ICS community. I’d be honored to serve and represent you as part of our esteemed Board of Trustees. When it comes down to it, I’m a parent, like you, who wants the best for our children. I am devoted and would appreciate the opportunity to support you and our kids.


Irina N. Ciobanescu–Husanu

Parent of student in 4th grade Spanish Immersion

Dr. Irina N. Ciobanescu–Husanu is Assistant Clinical Professor in Department of Engineering Technology at College of Engineering, Drexel University. She received her PhD degree in mechanical engineering from Drexel University and her BS/MS in Aeronautical Engineering from Aerospace Engineering College at Polytechnic University of Bucharest, Romania. Dr. Husanu’s educational background is in propulsion systems and combustion, with emphasis on energy conversion, alternative, and biofuels. While her research interest encompasses thermo-fluid sciences with applications in fuel cells and micro-combined heat and power systems, recently, her research also included educational research in renewable energy systems and energy conversion.

Dr. Husanu has more than a decade of industrial experience in aerospace engineering that encompasses extensive experimental investigations related to energy projects such as the development of a novel method of shale natural gas extraction using repurposed aircraft engines powered on natural gas. She also has extended experience in curriculum development in her area of expertise, developing several undergraduate and graduate courses and a Minor program in Green Energy and Sustainability. She is the Senior Design Capstone project Coordinator for the ET department and a member of the Drexel University Faculty Senate. Her extensive integrated industrial and educational experience may be of use in improving the ICS science and math curriculum in order to better integrate our school with STEM curriculum, helping to develop and implement activities for both teachers and students in STEM fields.


Joanne Tiongson-Perez

Parent of student in 3rd grade Spanish Enhanced

As an advocate of education and community impact, I’m reaching out to be considered as a parent board representative at ICS. My professional experience in corporate and cultural sectors plus personal commitment to social change could add value towards serving the interests of ICS and its families.

With an MA in Integrated Marketing Communications from the University of Asia and the Pacific (Manila, Philippines), I hold a 12-year track record in launching marketing campaigns for global brands and more recently, the Barnes Foundation where I am currently Director of Marketing and Social Media. In this role, I lead strategy, implementation, and analytics of the institution’s integrated marketing communications plan which includes advertising, e-mail automation, searchmarketing, and social media efforts.

Under my leadership, overall market awareness for the Barnes gained the highest growth among Philadelphia cultural attractions, jumping from 55% in 2015 to 64% in 2016. I also established and currently chair the foundation’s social media committee whose efforts led to 40%+ growth on Facebook; 25%+ on Twitter; and 185%+ on Instagram from 2015 to 2016.

I am also personally drawn to initiatives that drive community impact. In 2011, I co-founded a socially responsible baby clothing line called Punypixel, which supported causes such as Cradles to Crayons, Little Kids Rock, and Room to Read. In 2014, I initiated ICS’ participation in the Barnes’ K-8 art education program.

In 2015, I served as an NBC10/Telemundo62 21st Century Community Review Panelist to award $100,000 to three non-profit organizations making an innovative impact in the Philadelphia region. As a parent whose daughter has thrived at ICS, my interest in serving as a parent representative is a way to give back and ensure that many more families gain from the strengths of the ICS community.


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