All parents or legal guardians of East Point Academy students, teachers, board members and staff are eligible to become members of the East Point Academy PTO. PTO officer and committee chair nominations are accepted before the election period held in the spring before the school year of service. The Officer positions are president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, teacher representative, immediate past president, second past president.

2018 - 2019 PTO Officers

President – Chi-Chi Abando

Hi my name is Charito but you can call me Chi-Chi.  I am the Receptionist/Administrative Assistant at East Point Academy.  I will be the face you will see everyday when you enter the East Point Academy Elementary Campus.  I am a single parent to two wonderful children.  My son is in his senior year at the University of South Carolina studying computer science.  My daughter is a rising second grader at East Point Academy.  We’ve been part of the Panda family since Kindergarten.

I love all things crafty.  Family is the most important thing to me.  I love to travel and explore new places and cultures.  I love to cook and bake.  I have a servant heart and that is why I have chosen to lead this year’s PTO as president.  I am looking forward to an incredible year where we come together as a community of parents, students, teachers and staff working together for the greater good of our students and school.

 “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”  – Helen Keller

Vice President – Christina Phillips

I am a wife and the mother to two boys at East Point Academy who are in the 5th grade and in 5K.

I am a full-time commercial real estate manager who loves being involved and volunteering at her children’s schools. I am very organized and detail oriented. Planning and organizing are my absolute favorite things to do! I am someone who loves to help and give to others.

Secretary – Destra Capers

Hi, I’m Destra and I will serve as the Secretary for the PTO this year. I am married to Kenny and we have a 9 year old son. I currently work as a Transition Specialist for special education students; every day I can make a difference in someone’s life – is a good day! 

My hobbies include traveling, thrifting, and decorating. This year will be great and I hope to meet you at the PTO events.

Treasurer – Jenn Shirey

Hi, I’m Jenn and I will be serving as the PTO Treasurer.  My daughter will be entering 2nd Grade at East Point where she started in kindergarten. I also have a two year old son who will be a future Panda.
I am a Paralegal with the law firm of Adams and Reese, where I have been employed for the past ten years.  My husband, Chris, is an Apparatus Operator with the Lexington County Fire Service.
My daughter plays softball with the Lexington County Girls Softball league, where I also volunteer as a coach.

Our family enjoys being together outdoors, camping, swimming and cheering on the Gamecocks!  I am excited for this opportunity to be more involved in our amazing school and provide continuing assistance to our teachers, parents and students. Go Pandas!

Past President – Kimberly Shoulders

I am mom to twin boys who are in the 4th grade and wife of 26 years to SFC Frank Shoulders, who is a Military Technician stationed at Fort Jackson.

Prior to becoming a stay at home mom, I worked for Family Connection of SC for 5+ years as a NICU Parent Partner. I continue my work for them in a volunteer position. My family served as the ambassador family for the March of Dimes and I frequently speak with corporations and groups to raise awareness about the MOD.

I am a football enthusiast, (Go Pack Go!), a singer and crafter. Our family loves to travel, go camping and fishing whenever we can.

It’s going to be a great year at East Point Academy and I’m excited to be a part of the PTO. 

Committee Chairs

Box Tops and Passive Fundraisers Coordinator

Joi Gilliam

This year on the PTO I will be the Box Tops and Passive Fundraisers Coordinator. I have two children at East Point Academy, a kindergartner and first grader. I enjoy crafting and event planning.

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China Trip Co-Chair

Melanie Palomares

I teach Psychology at the University of South Carolina, specializing in Cognitive Development, with training from NYU and Johns Hopkins. My husband of 20 years and I have three kids, one of whom is an EPA 8th grader.  While not hanging out with my family, I am currently fixated on coffee, Zumba and gardening.

As China Trip subcommittee co-chair,

I hope to help EPA students gain a truly immersive and integrative cultural experience in China.  Please keep an eye out for opportunities to make this trip accessible for every student!


China Trip Co-Chair

Bobby Dimmick

I am a parent that has been in the East Point Academy family since the school's inception. Between consulting on the IT infrastructure at the school, volunteering in the classroom, and helping out at events, I am a father with an 8th grade son as well as a daughter entering 4K. I am a graduate of Clemson University, originally from Beaufort, who has lived in the Columbia area for the past 13 years. During my working hours, I serve as a Cloud Architect for a local startup with a product that touches millions of lives world-wide. My family and I enjoy traveling and camping. I look forward to making the East Point Academy capstone trip a reality for as many kids as possible.

Teachers - Staff - Administration

Panda Warrior and Family Sports Night Coordinator

Elease Anderson

Teacher Representative

Channing Anderson

School Liaison

Amy Roper