Our Parents Leadership Council chairs for 2013–2014 are Tom Ong, P'11 and P'14, for the West Coast and Mike and Bonnie Haley, P'14, for the East Coast.
Tom and Debbie Ong with their children, Bonnie '14, and Evan '11.
Tom Ong, West Coast Co-Chair
Tom Ong, originally from Phoenix, Arizona, currently lives in Pasadena, California with his wife Debbie. Their son Evan graduated from Emerson in 2011 with a B.A. in studio television production. Evan currently works at DreamWorks Animation in Los Angeles. Their daughter Bonnie is currently a junior at Emerson, majoring in communication disorders. Both Evan and Bonnie enjoyed semesters abroad at Kasteel Well in the Netherlands.
Tom has worked at CBS and Studio City in Los Angeles for the last 35 years in various areas of broadcasting and production. He enjoys restoring his 1967 Plymouth Barracuda, fishing, sports (including Quidditch) and grilling with his Big Green Egg. In addition to co-chairing for the PLC, Tom is involved in various activities promoting electric vehicles. Debbie enjoys reading, the theater, and cooking with Tom. She works at SCAN Health plan as a senior project manager.
The Parents Leadership Council helped Tom and Debbie adjust to having a student 3000 miles away and gave them a conduit to stay in touch with Emerson’s administration, faculty, and other parents. For them, the PLC is an opportunity to live vicariously through their daughter without hovering. Tom and Debbie have almost seven years of experience with the PLC.
As co-chair, Tom's goal is to increase the number of families in the program and engage them in functions and activities in support of Emerson College on campus and wherever they live, near or far.
Mike and Bonnie Haley with their children, Kyle and Matt.
Bonnie And Mike Haley, East Coast Co-Chairs
Bonnie and Mike Haley both grew up in Massachusetts. They currently live in Westford, Massachusetts and have twin sons. Kyle is a Visual Media Arts major in his senior year at Emerson College. His twin Matthew is majoring in Food Science at Framingham State University.
Since Kyle’s freshman year at Emerson College, Bonnie and Mike have been involved in Emerson’s Parent’s Leadership Council (PLC). As far back as pre-school, they have been involved and connected with their sons’ education. They see the PLC as a unique college experience for Emerson families. It has allowed them to meet and connect with other Emerson families, to share and to give back to Emerson College in multiple ways. Through social media and direct interaction with Emerson’s PLC staff, parents connect and support one another during a time that may be overwhelming for them—when their child leaves for college.
Mike has spent his career innovating plastics in the aerospace and manufacturing industries, holding a B.S. in plastics engineering and an MBA. He holds patent authorships for his original ideas and work, and has published articles. In his spare time, he enjoys flying a Cessna airplane, working towards his pilot’s license, and traveling whenever possible.
Bonnie is an Advanced Level Orton-Gillingham certified practitioner who provides remediation prescribed for children and young adults who have dyslexia. She holds an MBA and has an established group practice located in Andover, Massachusetts. She is an avid genealogist having traced her roots to many New England first families, and holds active memberships in the DAR and Bloodlines of Salem.
The Haley’s initiative as PLC East Coast Co-Chairs is to establish scholarships specifically for Emerson College Students who have dyslexia and reading differences.