City PTSA Board
Angela has been a regular volunteer throughout GRPS but specifically with City and Zoo Schools since 2014. She served on the executive board as VP in 2018-2019. In the Fall of 2019, Angela was asked to assume the duties of president and was subsequently elected to the position. Angela is the proud parent of two City graduates (2020, 2021), as well as two more students both in the Class of 2024. In other words, she has one foot out the door! Reach out if you want to take over. Seriously. Angela almost always has a cup of coffee in her hand, speaks sarcasm as a second language, and is passionate about being an advocate and community builder.
Breanna joined the PTSA at the end of this past school year and has volunteered to do the bookkeeping her church, as well as her husband’s painting business. Previously she was the treasurer with another GRPS school PTA. Numbers are her thing. She has two students at City in the classes of 2026 and 2027. When Breanna is not volunteering her time, you can find her in her garden or on a walk through Riverside Park and the surrounding neighborhood.
Ruth Wilson has served the City PTSA for eight years, beginning her service as a Blandford parent representative with her first student (City Class of 2020). She continues her service as Secretary of the PTSA and Chair of the City Band Booster Parents committee. In her outside-of-City life, she works as a private music lessons teacher throughout west Michigan and is a professional bassoonist. During the summer, you might see her working the ticket booth at Millennium Park Beach. She also serves on the board of the Grand Rapids Symphonic Band and Scouts BSA troops 292B and 292G in Grandville. She has been married to her husband, Matt for 20 years despite her tendency to volunteer him to do things on a regular basis.
Gaelle joins the board this fall as one of our three vice presidents. She has volunteered in a variety of capacities at City and served as a PAL for the last two years. A native of France, Gaelle is an ardent supporter of GRPS athletics, enjoys playing soccer, and assists with Spanish interpretation/translation. She has one City graduate (Class of 2019) and two City students in the classes of 2022 and 2024.
Ardina joins the board this fall as one of our three vice presidents. In addition to the PTSA, she volunteers with middle school athletics at City. She enjoys calligraphy and spending time with her family. She has one City student in the class of 2025.
Elizabeth Topliffe (she/her): Elizabeth joined the PTSA Board in 2021, and she is looking forward to supporting students, faculty and administration at City. Elizabeth works in education, and she understands that great education requires community. As a result, she builds communities. Fully invested in Elsa Maxwell’s exhortation to “Laugh at yourself, before anyone else can,” Elizabeth’s super power is finding the humor and the hope in just about any awkward or difficult situation. In her free time, Elizabeth makes up reasons to gather friends for social events, spends time with her family, walks her dog, hikes, and reads. Elizabeth has one student at City in the class of 2024.