MEET THE 2023- 2024 PTA EXECUTIVE BOARD
Ryan Garrity, President
Ryan was born and raised in the southwestern suburbs of Chicago. He attended Eastern Illinois University where he earned his BA in English. After college, he met his wife Lindsay. Shortly after they married, he returned to school to earn his MBA from Benedictine University. They moved to Downers Grove in 2015. Together they have 3 sons Keegan (4th), Patrick (3rd) and Theo (1st). After spending several years working in Financial Services, Ryan recently switched gears in his career and has found a home at Advocate Aurora Health. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with their boys, coaching, fishing, golf, craft beers and vacationing at their family cabin in Sister Lakes, MI. This is Ryan’s 4rd year on the PTA board and 2nd year as President.
Amy Houser, Vice President
Amy grew up in St. Louis, MO and attended Indiana University (go Hoosiers) where she met her husband, Andy. After graduating IU with a BA in Telecommunications she moved to Chicago where she worked in advertising which evolved into print and digital sales management and operations. In the fall of 2013 Amy, Andy and their young family moved to Downers Grove as their oldest was approaching school age. They have 3 kids Cole (8th), Morgan (7th) and Abigail (4th). This is Amy's 3rd year on the board and 2nd year as VP.
Sarah Wilhite, Vice President, Standing Committee
Sarah was born and raised on the Southside of Chicago and attended Loras College and Saint Xavier University. She has lived in Downers Grove for 10 years with her husband Dane, their daughter Madelyn (2nd) and dog Molly. Sarah is starting her 22nd year teaching 8th grade in Berwyn South School District 100. In her free time she enjoys time with family, and friends, and traveling. Sarah is looking forward to her new position on the PTA board.
Meggen McKenzie, Co-Vice President, Ways and Means
Meggen grew up in Schaumburg, IL. She attended Winona State University where she earned
her bachelor’s degree. Meggen began working in the marketing industry right out of college
spending time in field marketing, consumer promotions, and shopper marketing before
switching gears into the mobile app/digital industry where she is now employed with Fetch
Rewards. Meggen met her husband (Tim) in 2012 and in 2014 they got married and moved to
Downers Grove, IL. She has three daughters – Abby (7th ), Brynley (3rd ) and Cailey (1st). In her freetime, Meggen enjoys walking, vacationing at her lake house on Table Rock Lake, reading, and DIY house projects. This is Meggen’s first year serving on the PTA board and she’s excited to be a part with all three of her daughters at Kingsley this year.
Lindsay Garrity, Co-Vice President, Ways and Means
Lindsay was born and raised in Chicago and attended Western Illinois University. She moved to Downers Grove 8 years ago with her husband, Ryan and their son's Keegan (4th), Patrick (3rd) and Theo (1st). Lindsay has 15+ years of comprehensive experience in event management in and serving professional and trade associations. Lindsay currently serves as the Manager of Events for the Water Quality Association. In her free time she enjoys interior design, reading and lake adventures with friends and family. Lindsay is thrilled to be serving the PTA for her 2nd year with Meggen as co-chairs of Ways and Means.
Jeff Leesman, Vice President, Finance
Jeff and his wife Jennifer have been Kingsley parents since moving to Downers Grove in 2017. Jeff is a proud girl dad to daughters Jenna (7th) and Jeris (2nd). Jeff is a Principal with IMEG Consultants, a building design and engineering firm. He enjoys spending time with family and neighbors/friends in the Kingsley community. In his remaining spare time, he can be seen driving his kids around town to various activities.
Devon Hickmann, Membership
This is Devon's second year on the PTA. Profile coming soon!
Megan Tripodi, Secretary