Board of Directors
Washington State PTA members elect a representative board of directors to manage the business of the association every two years at the spring annual meeting during the WSPTA Convention. The board of directors is charged, on behalf of all WSPTA members, with the fiduciary duty and oversight of the largest child advocacy organization in the state of Washington. In addition to the volunteer board positions, WSPTA is managed with the help of a small and efficient staff.
Janice volunteered on the board of her co-op preschool, so getting involved with the PTA was a natural transition. The PTA board seemed to have fun and did a lot for the school. “Once asked to serve, I was hooked!” she says.
As president of the WSPTA Board of Directors, Janice hopes to work with others to help energize and encourage the next generation of leadership. Guiding the association towards increased membership and continued long-term sustainability are additional priorities.
Janice has more than 16 years of local PTA leadership including volunteering at an elementary, middle and high school in Kenmore and serving as treasurer, legislative vice president, vice president, and president of the Northshore Council PTSA. Her WSPTA leadership positions include finance officer, Region 6 director, and ten years serving on and chairing various committees.
Julie got involved in PTA in 2002 when her oldest child was in kindergarten. She wanted to be an active part of her kids’ education and the school community.
As vice president, Julie hopes to help the organization “achieve a higher level of service to local PTA leaders, educate and engage families, community leaders, and child advocates, and increase our relevance and engagement in communities statewide.”
Julie is a longtime PTSA volunteer in Redmond. Several schools there have benefited from her involvement and leadership, as has the Lake Washington PTSA Council. Her many PTA roles included PTSA vice president and president at Audubon Elementary, treasurer at Redmond High School, and secretary, treasurer, and executive vice president at the council. She has held too many committee chair positions to count.
Her state-level experience dates back to 2013. She served on the Region 2 service delivery team as a service specialist and as family and community engagement chair. She has served on the WSPTA leadership and strategic planning committees, as secretary, and most recently as leadership director.
Having just moved to the Covington area in 2002, Tania’s first interest in PTA was as an opportunity to meet other parents in the community. She attended her first PTA meeting and walked out as the silent auction chairperson. “I soon realized that there was so much more to being a part of PTA than just meeting new people, although that was a plus. So many children can be impacted by the work we do as a PTA,” she says.
As a WSPTA board member, Tania hopes to provide support and guidance to local and council PTA leaders “to help them be successful as leaders and to have PTAs that are truly a benefit to the school communities of which they are a part.”
Tania has three daughters and has been involved in PTAs in both Covington and Kent for nearly 20 years. She served in leadership positions including president for the Cedar Valley Elementary PTA, the Kentlake High School Community PTSA, and the Kent Area PTSA Council. At the state level, she has served on various committees, as the Region 9 director and most recently as the Area C vice president.
Nancy was a new PTA member in 2005 when her PTA president gave an update on WSPTA advocacy work for simple majority for school levies, which would put millions more dollars into public schools. “I realized then that PTA has a powerful role speaking for all kids,” she says.
Since then, Nancy has over 15 years of experience volunteering and serving in leadership roles with PTA. Nancy has been president and treasurer of PTAs at two elementary schools, two junior highs, and Northshore Council PTSA. She has also served as a legislative or advocacy chair at all five of the schools her two children have attended, and the Northshore Council PTSA. Most recently she served as the WSPTA Advocacy Director from 2017-19.
As finance officer, Nancy looks forward to continuing her service on the WSPTA Board of Directors, working to ensure the current and future sustainability of the association while expanding its capacity for advocacy, family engagement, and leadership development of its members.
Per the WSPTA Uniform Bylaws, Article 7, Section 5A, Kimberli Swenson, Family and Community Engagement Director, was elected on February 1, 2020 by the board of directors to serve the remainder of a one year term as the 5th Executive Committee member.
For more information on Kimberli, see her details in the State Directors section below.
Sherry began her PTA journey when she volunteered in her child’s class as the art docent. She appreciated that PTA events gathered friends and neighbors in kid-centered activities that changed as her children grew into teens – making that consistent community a vital part of her family.
Sherry hopes to “make a difference in the lives of Washington families and children by contributing as one of the many thought leaders on the WSPTA Board of Directors.” She wants to continue the rich PTA legacy while encouraging local leaders all over the state that anyone anywhere can advocate for children.
She gained valuable insights about supporting the school community at the local level as emergency preparedness chair and president of Inglemoor High School PTSA. Sherry also served on the Northshore Council PTSA as area vice president and president. And, at the state level, on the Region 6 service delivery team and then as the Region 6 director. Most recently she has served on the WSPTA Growth & Development Committee and as WSPTA Resolutions Chair.
Kimberli wanted to be involved in her children’s (one daughter and two sons) school which led to her involvement with PTA. “I saw the need to bridge the gap between parents and the school administration, as well as the lack of support and funding for our teachers and schools,” she says.
She hopes that her service on the WSPTA Board of Directors will help to continue and grow the advocacy that the association provides to every child in Washington state. She wants to continue to provide help and support to local PTA leaders and members so that the organization can grow and foster their PTA and community relationships.
Kimberli has been an active parent volunteer and member of five local PTAs in the state. She served as vice president of her PTA in Battle Ground, and legislative Chair, vice president and president of Pleasant Valley PTA in Vancouver. She has also been programs chair for Region 3. At the state level, she has served as Region 3 director and most recently as WSPTA Program Director.
Shelby first got involved in PTA when she was asked to be the “reader board updater” when her oldest child was a 2nd grader at Martha Lake Elementary in Lynnwood. That experience propelled her to serve as president in 2015 and she served two years in that role. Additional roles include secretary and communications chair for Martha Lake. Shelby shares, “Coincidentally, Martha Lake’s first big fundraising effort during my presidency was for a digital reader board, eliminating the plastic letters and weekly stints in the rain.”
Along the way, as Shelby’s two daughters have moved through the Edmonds School District, she has also served as Alderwood Middle School’s PTA President, Edmonds PTA Council President, and a member of the Region 7 service delivery team. These activities, in addition to being a member of the state’s leadership committee for several years, has prepared Shelby for her role as WSPTA Leadership Director.
Shelby delights in the work of facilitating growth for other leaders. Teaching classes, working one on one with leaders, and leading small and large groups to successful outcomes is at the heart of Shelby’s work, both in WSPTA and in her career as an instructional technology leader.
Kim began her PTA experience for the simple reason that she had time and she wanted to be more involved with the school. She has a passion for volunteering sharing her time over the years with other worthwhile organizations such as the Girl Scouts and Susan G. Komen 3 Day Walk.
Over the years Kim has served in a variety of positions at the schools her two children have attended including yearbook co-chair, vice president of fundraising, membership chair, advocacy chair and president. At the council level, she has served as advocacy chair and vice president of membership. And, her state-level experience includes three years on the region service delivery team and on the WSPTA Membership Committee. Kim shares that she is, “excited to bring my passion for membership to the WSPTA Board of Directors and to share the importance of membership across the state.”
Area Vice Presidents
Carrie grew up in a school with a strong PTA, it never occurred to her not to be a PTA member as an adult. It wasn’t until Carrie attended her first WSPTA Legislative Assembly and was mesmerized by the platform creation process that she also became an active leader alongside her husband.
As a member of the WSPTA Board of Directors, Carrie believes that “the programs and voice at our local PTAs and councils create a strong pulse in the heartbeat of a community. My goal is to inspire, share knowledge and provide a foundation for our local PTA and council leaders to build communities that support the health, safety, and education of our children.”
Carrie has served in many roles at the local level including president, secretary, advocacy chair, newsletter chair, fundraising chair, awards chair, and nominating committee. At the council level, she has served as president, advocacy vice president, area vice president, events vice president, and nominating committee. From there she stepped up to state-level leadership roles as the region legislative chair, and a variety of committees including scholarship, leadership and advocacy
In 2008, Jay began participating in PTA because she wanted to be a part of her only daughter’s experience at school. Consequently, she was very inspired by the amount of impact that volunteering had and has since served in multiple capacities. As a member of the WSPTA Board of Directors, she shares that she “hopes to support the growth of present and future PTA leaders and to be an advocate for the health, diversity, education, and welfare of children in our community.”
Jay has served in leadership positions in community PTAs in both Redmond and Sammamish. She has served in various positions at Samantha Smith Elementary, Inglewood Middle School, Eastlake High School and Tesla STEM High School, including president, vice president, board member and chairs for a number of committees over the years. She has also served as the executive vice president and vice president of the Lake Washington PTSA Council. At the state level, she has been serving as the Region 2 director for the past year.
Kandy originally joined PTA because PTA’s philosophy of aiding and servicing the whole child resonated with her. In addition, she wanted to be a part of making her kids’ school the “best place on earth” outside of Disneyland.
Kandy has been a part of PTA for 19 years. She started out as PTA secretary at her two daughters’ elementary school and continued her leadership roles as PTA president at their elementary, middle and high school PTAs as well as at the council level. She has served for the past two years as the Region 9 director. She believes that PTA is first and foremost about the students. However, with all the training available through council, region, and state PTA, adults have the opportunity to gain tremendous friendships, leadership and technical skills, nonprofit know-how, and so much more.
As a member of the WSPTA Board of Directors, Kandy hopes to help guide change as PTA leaders and members share areas that can be improved upon. She will provide information to the board by “listening to our PTA community and bringing their recommendations back to the board, effectively becoming a voice for the many.”
Connie first got involved in PTA because of her love for the mission and the vision of the PTA, including the work done on behalf of children. After raising five children, she feels there is still more she can contribute, especially since the birth of her grandson. She is excited to return to the WSPTA Board of Directors in this new position and says that she “hopes to represent the regions in my area and make sure that our voices get heard.”
Connie has been involved in PTA for over 28 years and has held a variety of PTA positions at the local PTA and council level. At the region level, she as served over six years on the service delivery team including holding the Region 12 director position twice. At the state level, she has served on a number of state committees including most recently the growth and development committee.
Angela got involved in PTA 15 years ago when her daughter began kindergarten. She attended her first PTA meeting at Penny Creek Elementary to learn more about what the school was like and help ease the nervousness of being a kindergarten parent for the first time. When she looks back at the first meeting, she realizes that it “was the beginning of my passion for volunteering and advocating for my community. We all have the goal of wanting to make a difference in our world and with PTA we can achieve that daily.”
From her first leadership role as staff appreciation chair to today, she has appreciated the opportunities and experiences she has had volunteering through PTA. It has helped her feel a connection to her child’s school, erasing her anxiety and uncertainty because she had become an active player in the school experience.
As a member of the WSPTA Board of Directors, Angela hopes her efforts will allow her to develop leaders. To help them achieve their personal goals and the goals they set for their team. She believes that strong leaders help build strong PTAs which have an incredible and positive impact on a community.
WSPTA Board of Director Meetings
The WSPTA board of directors meets four to five times per year. Members are welcome to request a courtesy seat to the WSPTA president at least one week prior to a meeting or may provide items of interest, concerns, or acknowledgement to the board’s attention by attending the PTA Member Forum which occurs at the beginning of each meeting.
Information about the board meetings can be found on the Events Calendar. Check out the WSPTA Policy Manual, Section 5.1.5 Guest Protocols for WSPTA Board of Directors Meetings for additional details.