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WSPTA State Office

1304 South Fawcett Avenue | Suite 300
Tacoma, WA 98402
(253) 214-7410
support@wastatepta.org

Office hours: Monday through Friday, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm.
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Staff

Executive Director

Andrew Estep, CAE

Andrew began working with Washington State PTA in December 2018. He is excited to use his years of experience in association management to work on the continued success and sustainability of WSPTA.

He has a passion for supporting the staff and volunteers on the board. His ability to bring groups together to work collaboratively towards a shared vision was apparent in the recent work in helping the new 2019-2021 board of directors’ transition into their new positions.

Andrew’s vision is to see our membership begin to grow and for WSPTA to become a model for statewide PTAs throughout the country.

The WSPTA mission resonates with Andrew because of the diversity of his own educational experiences. He sees the patchwork quilt of differing styles, level and quality of his own experiences, reflected in our hopes for children across the state. He looks forward to “working with the Washington State PTA in an effort to ensure that all students have consistent, quality education in our state.”

If you have questions for our executive director, please email support@wastatepta.org.

Corporate Finance Officer

Denise Hines

Denise brings over 11 years of experience in working for Washington State PTA. Her historical knowledge and unique perspective are beneficial in helping to move the association forward. The task she is most proud of during her time with WSPTA has been the part she played in streamlining the association’s finances to ensure our solvency and to ensure we are well situated for the future.

As she looks to the future, her greatest hope is that PTA continues to be a relevant voice for our children. She believes that our children are our greatest gift. We have been given the awesome responsibility of caring for them. Denise is like many of our members. She shares that her “greatest joy in life was being able to stay at home with my children and caring for them when they were younger.” However, there came a time when she needed to go to work. She counts herself fortunate to be able to work for PTA, as it allowed her to continue to support their education and to make sure that they and their friends have every opportunity to succeed, thrive and grow in their educational endeavors.

If you have questions about invoices, statements, remitting payment or direct debit, email Denise.

Local PTA Support

Tatia Vasbinder

Tatia has worked for Washington State PTA for the past eight years. She excels in customer service following her philosophy that customer service is about assisting when and where it is most needed while assessing the bigger picture. This allows her an opportunity to give a more complete answer to the question being asked.

She has worked side by side with the WSPTA Growth and Development Committee in developing the process of chartering PTAs, helping to make the steps manageable and removing unnecessary barriers to affiliating with PTA. One of the greatest joys in her position is assisting new PTAs to become an established nonprofit organization.

As Tatia looks to the future, her hope for PTA is that our level of customer service and usage of technology allow us to stand out from other similar organizations. The PTA mission resonates the most with her when “we work together as one.”

If you have questions regarding IRS, Secretary of State, Department of Revenue, or how to keep your PTA running smoothly, email Tatia.
Events Coordinator/Executive Assistant

Amanda Starr-Smith

Amanda began working for Washington State PTA five years ago. During that time, she has been a continual learner, gaining opportunities to expand her areas of responsibility. Her proudest accomplishment so far has been working on the event planning for the association. But her greatest joy comes in working on the student celebration activities for our programs such as Reflections.

She believes the mark of great customer service involves treating your customers with the same level of respect and dignity that you want to be treated.

When Amanda looks into the future of PTA, she hopes that the community will continue to find as much value for PTA as it has in all the years since National PTA was founded in 1897 and Washington State PTA being founded in 1905. For her, she feels close to our mission because of her deep belief that “our children are our future, we should do all that we can to ensure their success.”

If you have questions about WSPTA events, membership database system, or membership, email Amanda.

Consultants

Communications and Marketing Consultant

Heather Gillette

Heather has worked, in partnership with Barbara Martin, for Washington State PTA as a communications consultant since April 2018. She brings over 25 years of PTA volunteer experience to the job including a term as WSPTA President from 2013-2015.

When asked, she will share that the accomplishment she is most proud of is the work that has been done to move the branding of WSPTA back to a more consistent and professional look and experience. One of the things she enjoys the most is developing the cohesive, integrated strategic vision for sharing information and resources that enable and enhance the success of members, leaders, and other stakeholders who share the PTA mission.

Heather connects with the PTA mission due to the experiences affecting her family while her children were growing up. It was advocating on perennial issues such as defining and funding basic education, bullying, and graduation requirements that helped her to see the power of PTA in its collective voice to raise the quality of life for all children.

If you have questions about WSPTA communications, email Heather.

Communications and Marketing Consultant

Barbara Martin

Barbara has worked for WSPTA as a communications contractor for over a year. Prior to that, she had been a PTA volunteer for the past 20 years, most recently as WSPTA President 2015-2017.

She is most proud of the significant momentum with regards to communications made to date and is excited to have the opportunity to help sustain these strides and to help propel WSPTA into new and improved levels of supporting and empowering their leaders and members through a comprehensive and cohesive plan of marketing and communications.

Her hope for the future of WSPTA would be the achievement of a membership increase such that the ratio of children to members is one to one — one voice for every child and the financial viability to increase relevant and caring programming.

The association’s whole child-centered mission and a platform that supports such was something that Barbara had to be a part of upon becoming a parent. Washington State PTA’s voice on behalf of every child is something of which she is very proud.

If you have questions about WSPTA communications, email Barbara.

Legislative Consultant

Marie Sullivan

Marie has been providing advocacy and strategic communications services to clients for more than 30 years. She has worked in the private and public sectors, and for a non-profit organization. She launched her own consulting firm in 2014 and has been representing the Washington State PTA since the fall of 2015.

The thing she enjoys most is helping WSPTA members feel successful, through training, testifying or advocating at a local or state level. She is most proud of ensuring that the WSPTA member voice is at the right tables to advance its legislative platform and mission. That includes being asked to share the WSPTA agenda at state-level events.

Marie holds to a high level of customer service by being responsive, engaging active listening skills, delivering high-quality products and advocacy at the right time and in the right place. In the future, she hopes that WSPTA is sought after as a leader and partner on K-12 education issues by legislators, executive agencies and partner associations.

If you have questions about WSPTA advocacy and legislative priorities, email Marie.



Questions?

If you are unsure who can best assist you, please email: support@wastatepta.org.

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