PTO Officer Elections

Please review the information submitted by candidates for PTO officer positions: 


Dawn Roniger

I love volunteering.  I love planning. I love to organize chaotic, team-building family fun! I am an energetic, detail-oriented mom to an amazing 4th grader, Braiden Church. We live in Mooresville with our 3 turtles, 2 dogs and 1 spoiled cat. For the last 20 years, I have worked in the dental industry and found the most enjoyment working with people. I strive to achieve a good work life balance by utilizing time management skills. Volunteering at PLP has been a priority for me because I’m so grateful to be in such a top-notch school and I want to be active in Braiden’s lower school experience. Over the last 5 years, I've been a weekly Lunch Duty volunteer and I have also served as Room Parent in 1st Grade. In 2019, I co-chaired the wildly successful Father/Daughter dance and I don't even have a daughter!

My willingness to serve as a future PTO officer stems from wanting to lead other parents to get involved and fully embrace the community we have here at PLP. Join me in leaving the negativity of social media behind and let’s unite to move PLP forward into a positive future and become role models for our children. Together we can work alongside teachers, staff and school clubs to build a stronger, inclusive school community. My goal as a PTO officer is to create a stronger sense of community while establishing clear and open communication for all PLP families. Thank you for reading this and I hope to get the opportunity to work with you next year!



Shelby Dench

Shelby and her husband, Kyle, moved to Mooresville nine years ago from New Jersey. Their children, Tyler (4th grade), Erica (2nd grade), & Colin (kindergarten) love Pine Lake! Shelby loves being involved with school events and has been a room parent for the past five years. She has previously helped with PTO events throughout the years. Shelby owns a local business in town and has run fundraisers for Pine Lake through her business.

Shelby is excited about the opportunity to be more involved with our school community and the planning of our excellent programs and activities.



Denise Somers

I would like to introduce myself as a candidate for PTO Treasurer.  My name is Denise Somers and we have been a Pine Lake family for the last 4 years.  Our son is currently in 4th grade and our other son (who spent 5 years on the waitlist) will be entering the 6th grade next year.  2 boys in different schools, on different calendars, with different learning platforms, separate car lines every morning – yikes!  I would not trade it for anything though – well maybe the carline processes!  From volunteering at the used uniform sale, to being a lunch mom, selling spirit wear at football games, to working the book fair I have done it and loved it.   

A bit about me, I am a Controller for a company in Mooresville and also serve as the Treasurer on their Foundation’s board.  This year I have also served as a volunteer on the PLP Finance committee which has given me a much better understanding about Pine Lake’s finances. I love numbers but I also love people.  A tool that we have integrated into our company is MBS training.  There are 4 colors that everyone falls into and I am a Yellow.  Yellows are quality oriented, careful and accurate.  We persuade people to follow the rules and want time to adjust to change.  I am a fact gatherer who is talkative, friendly and has a non-threatening manner.  I firmly believe in timing and that people’s feelings are just as important in reaching decisions as the facts.  Finally, I am loyal!  People and relationships are very important to me, the numbers are the easy part - it balances or it doesn’t.  While I will be making sure that all of the funds are recorded properly for all of our events, I also want to help bridge the divide that is in our school.  Pine Lake is worth fighting for, our kids are worth fighting for but we all have to row the boat in the same direction.  Right now, we are going in circles and getting nowhere.  We all hit the lottery (literally) when our children got a seat here and I hope to be part of the post-COVID PTO that focuses on our similarities and builds a strong foundation for our kids so that they can enjoy their school years as much as I enjoyed mine – yes, it’s possible.  We have the tools and we have the families we just need to get to work.  Let’s have some fun!