Board of Directors
Washington State PTA members elect a representative board of directors every two years at the spring annual meeting during the WSPTA Convention to manage the business of the association. 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.
Nancy has been a PTA volunteer for 17 years as president, treasurer, and advocacy chair at elementary, secondary, and council levels.
She has served on the WSPTA Board of Directors since 2017 as advocacy director and finance officer, and on numerous committees, giving her a broad and deep understanding of how WSPTA operates and what it needs to do to remain relevant and sustainable:
- Continue to listen to local PTA and Council leaders and remove barriers to participation.
- Expand our diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts so our membership and leadership more closely reflect the families we serve.
- Leverage technology to increase our service and training to local PTAs and councils to strengthen our leadership pipeline.
- Extend our strong advocacy program through diversification of the voices so that we can truly represent every child with one voice.
Angela feels honored to be elected to the office of Vice President and for the opportunity to continue her service with WSPTA, supporting the important work we do. For the last 17 years, Angela has been fortunate to have worked with amazing volunteers and find inspiration in our shared mission and vision. In her most recent role as Area E Vice President, she has worked with leaders around the state, listening to their needs and supporting their efforts as they worked tirelessly to connect and engage families, students, and educators during distance-learning. The importance of PTA has never been more evident! Angela is committed to our efforts to improve the lives of all children and families in Washington and is excited for the work we will accomplish together.
Kim currently completed her term as WSPTA Membership Director which was her first term as part of the WSPTA Board of Directors. While that position had its challenges, she did learn a lot about the work of the WSPTA board and has a better understanding of how things get done. She plans to use that experience and knowledge by serving another term on the WSPTA board, this time in the role of secretary.
Candy feels honored to be elected to the position of WSPTA Finance Officer. She got involved in PTA when her family transferred here in 2013 and she enjoys being a part of a fantastic organization. Candy believes our number one priority is to be a voice for children but to also let the children have a voice. As the finance officer, she will work with the WSPTA board of directors and PTA members to be a relevant resource as well as making sure the financial reports are accurate and completed in a timely manner. She is excited about this opportunity and is looking forward to serving our members and children.
Per the WSPTA Uniform Bylaws, Article 7, Section 5A, Jay Pulacode, Leadership Director, was elected on June 6, 2021, by the board of directors to serve a one-year term as the 5th Executive Committee member.
For more information on Jay, see her details in the Leadership Director section below.
Lizzy is appreciative of the opportunity to serve as the Washington State PTA Advocacy Director. She appreciates the vote of confidence made by her fellow members in believing her to be the best person for the job. Advocacy is Lizzy’s passion. She started out doing advocacy from the beginning of her PTA journey when she walked out of her first meeting as a newly minted legislative chair. Since then, she has served as the Advocacy Chair for Everett PTSA Council and as Region 7 Advocacy Chair. She has enjoyed working with many PTAs, educating them on what advocacy is, and offering opportunities for them to build relationships with our decision-makers and other stakeholders. Lizzy has also been a part of the advocacy committee and resolutions committee where she has learned a lot from other passionate advocates. She plans to build on the work that has been started and to continue WSPTA’s legacy of advocacy.
Shelby is excited to start her journey as the WSPTA Family and Community Engagement Director. She shares, “Friends and partners in PTA, we have hard work to do!” Shelby believes that WSPTA has taken a few recent steps to increase our ability to reach our communities that have traditionally been underrepresented. And that together, we can strive to deepen our inclusive practices, diversify our membership, and empower the next generation of PTA leaders. Shelby is energized to head up this endeavor and support others in bringing their talents to the important work of supporting families across the state. Her background in education and technology management will be a solid foundation for this effort as PTA enters a new era in family and community engagement – one that relies on virtual platforms and relationships to build community. Let’s do this!
Jay looks forward to continuing her service to this association as your WSPTA Leadership Director. In more than 13 years as a PTA volunteer, she has served in many capacities, ranging from local PTA committees as the PTA president, Lake Washington PTSA council, WSPTA board of directors, Area B Vice President, and several statewide committees. Talking to leaders around the state and learning the needs and issues that are on the minds of PTAs has prepared her to be part of our next steps forward as an association. Jay also brings professional experience in organizational leadership, servant leadership, nonprofit fund development, and grant writing to her board service. She is committed to responsible governance for WSPTA to build a relevant and supportive state organization for all members, leaders, and ultimately, for our children. Jay looks forward to interacting with the amazing leadership group in our organization and working together for the betterment of the student, parent, and teacher communities in our state.
Amanda is very honored to have been elected to serve in the role of Washington State PTA Membership Director. she has served in many leadership roles in her seven years of being involved with PTA. But she believes the most rewarding by far is membership. To Amanda, “Membership means opportunity. For every member we have, we are one voice stronger for the children.” This past year she served on the Power Users Group for memberplanet. This has given her the tools and knowledge to help multiple PTAs set up and utilize their online join packets. Amanda looks forward to serving on the WSPTA board, as well as supporting local PTAs in growing their membership numbers. Let’s break records Washington!!
Laura is excited to serve as WSPTA Program Director. She has been helping with various program committees for years at state and local levels. She has served in multiple PTSA leadership roles since 2008 not just at her daughters’ schools but also with her local council and region. The time has finally come for her to take the next step in her PTA career by becoming a member of the WSPTA Board of Directors.
Laura loves that our programs provide an opportunity for students to shine in areas other than sports, especially those with special needs, and that we also recognize all the great work that our volunteer leaders are providing for our schools. She looks forward to sharing all that she has learned and working with you to incorporate your ideas into our programs.
Area Vice Presidents
Liz is enthusiatic to serve as the WSPTA Area A Vice President. She has spent the last six years building her leadership skills while serving in a variety of PTA roles, including three years on the Region 6 Service Delivery Team. She approaches each position with dedication and determination to continue the work and the vision of the PTA. One of her favorite parts of working with so many PTAs has been helping to grow so many new leaders. As Area A VP, Liz hopes to continue this by working with the WSPTA board to support the local, council, and region leaders. She will continue the work of the current Area VPs by being a strong resource for our Region Directors as they navigate the complexities of their local and council PTAs.
Why PTA now? Melissa believes the work that is being done, especially at the local PTA level, is some of our most important contributions to date. Connecting our communities and being a relevant resource, matters to our families and students right now. As a passionate child and education advocate, she is proud to be part of these efforts at the local, council, and region levels. Melissa is honored to be elected as Area B VP representing regions 2 and 5. In this role, she plans to reach out to listen and learn, partner, and serve to the best of her ability. She believes we are walking in the footsteps of strong and influential leaders of this over 100-year-old organization. There is still work to be done and she is excited at the prospect of working alongside our members to amplify our voice. everychild.onevoice.
Jennifer joined the PTA in 2007 when her daughter entered kindergarten in Kent, where she promptly volunteered to run the Sunrise Elementary craft fair. In 2008 she became the school legislative chair and has attended many WSPTA Legislative Assembly events in some capacity ever since. In addition, she has served as cashier, multicultural night chair, spirit wear and senior scholarship chair, president of both Meridian Middle School and Kentwood Community PTSA, and, of course, craft fair chair.
At the council level, she has been president and secondary strand vice president. She has served the last four years as a region service delivery team specialist and at the state level, she has served on the advocacy, growth and development, and resolution committees.
Jennifer has a passion for assisting PTA leaders in reaching both their PTA and personal goals.
Teri is excited to serve as the WSPTA Area D Vice President for 2021-23. Her 14 years serving in a variety of roles at local, council, region, and state level have prepared her for this challenge. After six years on the WSPTA Board of Directors, as Region Director, Membership Director, and Vice President, she took a year off for her daughter’s senior year. This past year she served as Region 3 Director and Acting Region 4 Director.
Teri believes that one upside to enduring a pandemic — new virtual technology has made it possible to connect with leaders across the state. Her goal is to continue to impact leaders across Regions 3, 4, 11, and 12 by supporting and mentoring region directors. She believes ‘PTA’ is a verb and there are many right ways to do it. Teri wants to ensure leaders are informed, empowered, and fulfilled in their PTA service.
Serving as Region 7 Director and being part of the Region 7 Service Delivery Team, has given been a great preparation for Tori to step into the position of WSPTA Area E Vice President. She has the opportunity to visit various PTAs throughout Area E. She assisted the previous WSPTA Area E Vice President as they provided region training and were to help several new PTAs begin their own nonprofits by affiliating with WSPTA. She has also worked with other PTAs to revitalize their existing organizations and deal with the challenges of COVID. Tori is a quick learner with experience in teaching, customer service, and written and oral communication. Her goal as Area E Vice President is to continue to empower and educate leaders in PTA and provide opportunities for growth. This not only helps the sustainability of our organization but most importantly, it benefits our children around the state. Tori looks forward to continuing to be a support for the Washington State PTA and our local leaders.
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.