2020-2021 SES FSO BOARD
Left to Right - Colleen Thompson, Sara Powell, April Corey, Niki Robshaw, Leah Smith
April Corey - FSO President
My name is April Corey! I'm a professional photographer, wife of an amazingly tolerant husband, and mother of 4 amazing children ranging in age! I have a 20 year old son, Gavin, who is in college studying to be a Geologist. He was my practice child - the one I had to figure out how to parent when I had NO EXPERIENCE! (I'm happy to report we made it through it unscathed!) My daughter Sommer is a junior at Northern High School and is studying hard to fulfill her dream of becoming a veterinarian. She's always been my favorite daughter, and sometimes I'm convinced we share a brain when I see her gravitating to people, or throwing herself "all in" when it comes to helping others! My third child, 2nd grader Xander, is a people-pleaser who'll talk about animals and all things science all day long if you'd let him! He's tuned into making the world a better place and has found a deep love of reading, and the gift of gab that brings us endless "why" questions. Last but not least is Calvin. He is my sports, music, and life-loving Kindergartener, who was coined a "one-man walking party" by my late Grandmother. He's generally a charmer with an unusually deep love affair for all things cats. His kitten, Hobbes, is shown in the photo! Both of my younger children started at SES via the Pre-K3 program. Xander, a 29 week preemie was in the special education program as his lingering preemie delays were able to catch up, and Calvin (amazingly also a 29 week preemie), served as a typical peer. As you can imagine, there's never a dull moment around our house.
I'm a Calvert County local, who went to Beach Elementary and Northern Middle & High School! I've served as a volunteer soccer coach, a Girl Scout Troop Leader and Welcome Specialist for SU-11/7. In my spare time I can be found raising my hand to volunteer for things, gardening, creating art, DIY projects, cooking and of course pouring my energy into my photography business. One of my goals for the FSO is to get more families involved and continue to bring a greater sense of community to our school! I think we are well on our way, but hopefully we can continue to soar the Seahawk experience!
PS - I'm a self-proclaimed raging extrovert, so if you see me, say hi! I love meeting new people! ;)
Give me a call or text at 443-975-8197 or send an email to .
Hello, everyone! My name is Leah Smith. My husband and I are a blended family with 5 children, and we recently became first time grandparents! The oldest three are my 27-, 26- and 22-year old’s, next in line is my bonus son who is 10 and rounding out the group is our youngest at 7. He is a 2nd grader, and this school year begins our second as Sunderland Seahawks. I have been serving in the Army for over 11 years, spending the first 6 years on Active Duty and now as a Reservist. Whenever I get a free moment, I spend it hiking around the area, looking for new campsites, reading a new book or traveling as much as possible. I love to meet new people, experience different cultures and see as much of this lovely world as I can.
I grew up in a very small town in Georgia, and when I say very small, I mean it! My high school graduating class consisted of 41 students and we had one traffic light! Now it is a thriving metropolis with two lights! ;) As an adult who has moved around quite a bit, I realized how much I had missed those connections with being part of a community. So here I am, planting some new roots in Calvert County and ready to become a part of our wonderful school family. I am super excited to help build our FSO with all of you! Like our wonderful FSO President, I'm a huge extrovert, so please send me an email or better yet, say hello if you see me. I’d love to meet you! And I'll leave you with this, Go ARMY; BEAT Navy! Go Dawgs!
Feel free to shoot me an email at or text me at 865-228-7798.
Leah Smith - 1st Vice President
Colleen Thompson - 2nd Vice President
I'm Colleen Thompson. I am married and have two children. My son is currently a fourth grader at Sunderland and my daughter is a sixth grader at Northern Middle School. I have previously held the 2nd Vice President position on the FSO Board, so happy to be back! I'm looking forward to volunteering for our children, and our school! I am full-time employee of AT&T, serving as a Director in their Federal Regulatory group in Washington, D.C. working closely with the Federal Communications Commission.
In my free time, I love to travel to different places all over the world. The photo on the left is from our summer vacation, taken at the highest point in Germany! I also love to decorate, bake and do all things crafty. I live in Owings, Maryland with my family. I look forward to meeting our big amazing Sunderland family, either virtually, or (hopefully) in person this the year!
Niki Robshaw - Treasurer
Hi! My name is Niki Robshaw. I am a wife and mother of 3 beautiful children. Isabelle is 17, a senior at Northern High School, as well as a nursing student at CTA. My son Jackson is 11, a 6th grader at Northern Middle school. He loves to play sports, especially flag football as well as playing video games like Fortnite and Roblox. Scarlett is 4 and she is in the Pre-K program at Sunderland. I have been a Seahawk parent for the past 12 years and I have 7 more to go, phew!
I am a professional Firefighter with Prince Georges County Fire Department and my husband is a Calvert County Sheriff Deputy. I grew up in Charles County but I have lived in Calvert for the past 12 years. I have a passion for fitness and health, as well as all things covered in cheese!!!! I enjoy spending time with my friends and family, especially at the beach in the sand and sun. I also have a huge love for all things Disney.
I can't wait to meet all of you amazing Sunderland families!
Contact me at .
Sara Jo Powell - Secretary
My name is Sara Jo Powell, I’m a proud Iowan transplanted here in Calvert County. I am an Air Force spouse and mother of four children. The Powell children range in ages from one year to 12 years. Connor is 12, in 7th grade, attending Northern Middle School. Hailey is 10 and in 5th grade at Sunderland Elementary, Elliana is 3 and attends Little Lambs Preschool and William just turned one and loves hanging with his mama. As a stay at home mom of four, life is chaotic. Each day brings new rewards and challenges as I navigate being a chef, teacher, advocate for their education, and for our community. However, there's no better feeling than seeing them tucked in sleeping peacefully, knowing they are safe and cared for. Keeping up with my family is a full-time job, one that I'm so fortunate to have!
I addition to being an Air Force spouse, I'm also an Air Force Veteran; having served around the world for eight years. Following my active service I was a government services employee until 2017. I currently have my own “Norwex” business, and I enjoy helping others reduce the chemicals used in our homes to clean.
I will always consider Iowa as home-sweet-home, “Go Hawkeyes!” However, we love living in rural Maryland, which we now consider our forever home. My Iowan upbringing taught me hard work, respect, being resourceful, being kind and how to be a leader.
As a member of the Sunderland FSO, I will strive towards making the very best of any situation while supporting the mission of the organization.