Amazon Donates to Orion Academy PTO

What if Orion Academy could receive around 5 cents for every dollar you spend on  And what if it only took two clicks for you to make that happen?

1: Click this link to go to via Orion Academy’s donation plan. It will look just like Amazon always looks in your browser, and your account information and cart will not change.

2: Once the page appears, bookmark it in your browser. Use the bookmark every time you purchase on Amazon, even if you’ve filled your cart beforehand.

That’s it—Amazon will donate 4-7% of your purchases (based on volume) to the Orion Academy PTO!


Parent/Teacher Organization

Anne Friedman – President

Anne is in her 4th year as an Orion Parent. Her son Cal is a senior. She also served as President in 2017-18, and in previous years as Vice-President and Member-at-Large. Over the years, she has worked as a librarian, travel agent, and marketing product manager, but she finds helping on the PTO Board at Orion much more fun and rewarding! She lives in Alamo with her husband Mark, son Cal, and dogs Mira and Zoe.

Arlene Zuckerberg – Vice President

Arlene is in her second year as an Orion parent and her daughter, Mira, is a junior. Last year Arlene enjoyed working on Orion’s auction with a lively group of parents and looks forward to being more active with the PTO this year. She lives with her husband, Alan, daughter Mira, and dog Sparky in Oakland. Her son, Aron, is a junior at DePaul University in Chicago.

Marie Gelin – Secretary 

Marie is entering her second year as an Orion parent. Her son Hugo is a sophomore. Marie has been engaged in Hugo’s life from the beginning. She was both accountant and president of the local Santa Clarita Chapter of the MOMS Club (Moms Offering Moms Support). Hugo spent 2nd through 6th grade in an Independent Home Study class with Marie as his teacher. During this time, Marie organized park days and holiday class parties for the class. The first year as an Orion parent, Marie joined the  Orion fundraising committee for the 2018 Silent Auction. Marie enjoys making jewelry and is a prolific crafter. She lives in Walnut Creek with her husband Jan and son Hugo.

Tanyung Barnes – Co-Treasurer

Tanyung is entering her third year as a member of the Orion community. Her son Nathan is a junior. Tanyung is a software engineer and spends some of her time volunteering at her children’s schools. Tanyung enjoys reading and knitting during her spare time. She lives in Berkeley with her husband Steve, son Nathan, and daughter Meredith.

Karen Brant – Co-Treasurer

Karen is entering her fifth year as an Orion parent, with two children at Orion. With one graduating now from Orion and one entering his Junior year, she wants to dive in more and help this wonderful school in whatever way she can be useful. Before being a mom, Karen worked as a financial planning manager for high technology companies.  She attended Stanford University and UC Davis. Karen lives in Lafayette with her husband Michael and her two sons, Christopher and Miles. Karen enjoys hanging out with her family and their dog, Teddy and cat, Chloe, family outings to Echo Lake, the beach, gardening or any excuse to get outside.