Francielle Daly


Francielle and her husband have three girls. They are 3, 4, and 11 years old. The oldest attends Congress Park. They moved to LaGrange in 2016 and absolutely love the community and all of the exciting things it has to offer. During the day she is juggling being a mom and running her non-profit, Mom Equipped. She also working on publishing her next book to contribute to others working through struggle and hope. Her family enjoys watching movies, gardening, and attending family-friendly events. She looks forward to being on the Congress Park PTO Board this year and being a part of such a dynamic and amazing community of parents and teachers. She looks forward to meeting you. 

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Kate Castro

Co-VP Events

Kate Castro lives in Brookfield with her husband Mark and their three children Ray (7 - 2nd Grade Dual Language Program), Myles (5 - 1st Grade Dual Language Program) and Blake (4 - Preschooler at Barnsdale). After her third child was born, Kate hung up her professional hat as a creative producer to become a stay-at-home-mompreneur. Kate loves spending time with her family, traveling, and being outdoors. She’s excited to be able to give back to the community in her role as Co-VP Events and looks forward to the collaboration.


Tam Chavez

Co-VP Events

I am mom to Olivia (4th grade) and Leila (2nd grade). Outside of being a leader and co-leader of my daughters' Girl Scout troops, I am a social worker and business owner. For the past 13 years I've been with the Illinois Guardianship & Advocacy Commission as a guardian for adults with disabilities, recently joining the Estate Unit. A few years ago, my husband and I decided to take on a new adventure and now we are owners of Charlie & Grace Children's Consignment Boutique. Some things I enjoy are foodie events, traveling, attending concerts, playing volleyball and socializing. I look forward to working with the rest of the Congress Park PTO Board to bring fun and excitement to Congress Park!

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Sentira Turner


My name is Sentira Turner and I have one son going into the first grade at Congress Park. Throughout the school year, our family is very active in sports and music, as well as fostering our love for math. I look forward to serving as your PTO treasurer!

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Desire Estrada

Fundraising Coordinator

Desiree Estrada is mom to Isadora in Kindergarten and 2-year-old daughter Adalina. She and her husband Sonny moved to Brookfield this year and are happy the girls love Brookfield. For fun, her family enjoys outdoor play, exploring museums and family fun events. Desiree was eager to join the PTO and can't wait to serve the Congress Park community. Go Dolphins! 

Maria De LaVega


Mother of two. We moved to Brookfield in August ‘17 and my kiddos love Brookfield! Eloy will be in 5th grade. Steven will be in his second year of college. Dedicated to these boys and will do whatever is within my reach to ensure that they get the best out of education.  

Kindy Velez

Volunteer Coordinator

Kindy is mom to Gabe, a 4th grader here at Congress Park and a 3 year old future Congress Parker.  Her family is a big sports family, and spends many nights on the ball field, Go Brookfield Little League! When she’s not cheering on her favorite little sluggers, she works at The University of Chicago as an audit analyst and physician educator. Kindy is very excited to serve our school and PTO Board. Her favorite part so far is getting the opportunity to work with all of our students and parents. Her motto is ‘Teamwork Makes the Dream Work’ and each year she’s more and more amazed and proud of what our school can do!

Laura Schmidt

VP Communications

The Schmidt Family has been a part of the Brookfield community since 2004, and has been a part of the Congress Park family since the 2016-2017 school year. Laura is excited to contribute her professional marketing and communications experience to this role on the Congress Park PTO board. She believes in the mission of Congress Park and the public school system, and is dedicated to making the school community always welcoming and better for the students, families and teachers of Congress Park. Go Congress Park! Congress Park Proud!