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108th WSPTA Convention Voting and Election Information


Voting Delegate Credentials Process for Convention

Each year local PTAs and councils have a chance to send representatives to cast their votes at the annual meeting. Items that will be voted on this year include amendments to the WSPTA Uniform Bylaws and the election of the 2021-2023 WSPTA Board of Directors.

Local PTA and council presidents should watch their inboxes for an email regarding voting delegates, with a link to the survey used to identify their delegates. If your PTA has more than one president please coordinate and submit one survey per PTA. The deadline to submit delegates was 6:59 am, Monday, May 3.

Bylaw proposal information sessions took place online on May 5 and 6 from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm (see details below). Delegates will vote electronically during the annual WSPTA business meeting which will be a virtual meeting on Saturday, May 22. See the schedule webpage for times.


Business of the Member Delegation

Standing Rules
Delegates will consider the special rules of order for the 2021 WSPTA Annual Convention.

WSPTA Uniform Bylaws
Per the WSPTA Uniform Bylaws, Article 12, these bylaws may be amended by a two-thirds vote at the WSPTA convention, provided the amendments have been approved by the WSPTA board of directors. The four proposed amendments being brought forward to the delegation for debate and voting can be accessed in the Proposed Amendments to WSPTA Uniform Bylaws 2021 document.

Delegates may wish to review the following resources to help you better understand the process:

Any questions regarding the business of the member delegation may be directed to support@wastatepta.org.

Bylaws Amendment Information and Caucusing Sessions

These sessions allow delegates to learn and ask questions about the proposed bylaws amendments that will be considered at convention. These information sessions will help voting delegates understand all proposals, so they can fully participate in the voting process. A delegate wishing to pre-file an amending motion or be included on the speaker’s list must have submitted the Motion and Speaker Form by 8:59 am on May 10.

Amendments 1 and 4

May 5 - Bylaws Information Session

Meeting links will be available closer to the date of these sessions.

Amendment #1

7 – 7:55 pm

  • Article 5, Section 8 Information and Q&A

7:30 – 7:55 pm

  • Pro Caucus (separate link)

7:30 – 7:55 pm

  • Con Caucus (separate link)

Amendment #4

8 – 8:55 pm

  • Article 4, Section 2 (all parts) Information and Q&A

8:30 – 8:55 pm

  • Pro Caucus (separate participation link)

8:30 – 8:55 pm

  • Con Caucus (separate participation link)
Amendments 2 and 3

May 6 - Bylaws Information Session

Meeting links will be available closer to the date of these sessions.

Amendment #2

7 – 7:55 pm

  • Article 4, Section 1 Information and Q&A

7:30 – 7:55 pm

  • Pro Caucus (separate link)

7:30 – 7:55 pm

  • Con Caucus (separate link)

Amendment #3

8 – 8:55 pm

  • Article 4, Section 4 Information and Q&A

8:30 – 8:55 pm

  • Pro Caucus (separate participation link)

8:30 – 8:55 pm

  • Con Caucus (separate participation link)


Election of WSPTA Board of Directors

The WSPTA nominating committee provided the slate of candidates to the membership. Candidate information for the WSPTA Board of Directors:

Candidate for President

Nancy Chamberlain

Nancy Chamberlain

View Nancy’s candidate speech here.

Candidate Short Statement:

I would be honored to serve the members of the Washington State PTA as President.

I’ve been a PTA volunteer for 17 years as President, Treasurer and Advocacy Chair at elementary, secondary and council levels.

I have served on the WSPTA Board of Directors since 2017 as Advocacy Director and Finance Officer, and on numerous committees, giving me 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.
Candidate for Vice President

Angela Steck

Angela Steck

View Angela’s candidate speech here.

Candidate Short Statement:

I am honored to be nominated for the office of Vice President and for the opportunity to continue my service with WSPTA, supporting the important work we do. For the last 17 years, I have been fortunate to have worked with amazing volunteers and find inspiration in our shared mission and vision. In my most recent role as Area E VP, I have 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! If elected as Vice President, I am committed to our efforts to improve the lives of all children and families in Washington and am excited for the work we will accomplish together. Thank you for considering me for this role.

Candidate for Secretary

Kim Kuhne

Candidate Short Statement

Kim Kuhne

I am Kim Kuhne, your current WSPTA Membership Director. This has been my first term as part of the WSPTA Board of Directors. While this term has had its challenges, I did learn a lot about the work of the WSPTA Board and have a better understanding of how things get done. I would like to use that experience and knowledge by serving another term on the WSPTA Board, this time in the roll of Secretary.

To be fully open, I have not served as Secretary at any level of PTA in the past. I have been “acting Secretary” at both the local and Council levels when the Secretary has been unable to attend a Board or General Membership meeting. Additionally, I have been a member of the Minutes committee at both the WSPTA Convention and at the WSPTA Legislative Assembly.

Thank you for your consideration.

Candidate for Finance Officer

Candy Walters

Candy Walters

Candidate Short Statement

It is an honor to be selected by the WSPTA nominating committee for the position of Finance Officer. I got involved in PTA when my family transferred here in 2013 and I enjoy being a part of a fantastic organization. Our number one priority is to be a voice for children, but to also let the children have a voice. As the Finance Officer I will work with the BOD and PTA members to be a relevant resource as well as making sure the financial reports are accurate and completed in a timely manner. I am excited for this opportunity and looking forward to serving our members and children.

Candidate for Advocacy Director

Lizzy Sebring

Lizzy Sebring

Candidate Short Statement

Thank you for nominating me for the role of State Advocacy Director.  I appreciate the vote in confidence by my fellow members that I would be up to the job.  Advocacy is my passion.  I started out doing advocacy from the beginning of my PTA journey when I walked out of my first meeting as a newly minted legislative chair.  Since then, I have served as the Advocacy Chair for Everett PTSA Council and as Region 7 Advocacy Chair.  I have 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.  I have also been a part of the advocacy committee and resolutions committee where I have learned a lot from other passionate advocates.  I hope to build on the work that has been started and to continue WSPTA’s legacy of advocacy.

Candidate for FACE Director

Shelby Reynolds

Shelby Reynolds

Candidate Short Statement

Friends and partners in PTA, we have hard work to do!  WSPTA has taken a few recent steps to increase our ability to reach our communities that have traditionally been underrepresented. Together, let’s strive to deepen our inclusive practices, diversify our membership, and empower the next generation of PTA leaders.  I’m energized to head up this endeavor and support others in bringing their talents to the important work of supporting families across the state.  My background in education and technology management will be a solid foundation for this effort as we enter a new era in Family and Community Engagement – one that relies on virtual platforms and relationships to build community.   Let’s do this!

Candidate for Leadership Director

Jay Pulacode

Jay Pulacode

Candidate Short Statement

It would be a privilege to continue my service to this association as your WSPTA Leadership Director. In more than 13 years as a PTA volunteer, I have served in many capacities, ranging from local PTA committees as the PTA President, LWPTSA council, WSPTA board of directors, Area B VP 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 me to be part of our next steps forward as an association. I also bring professional experience in organizational leadership, servant leadership, nonprofit fund development, and grant writing to my board service. I am committed to responsible governance for WSPTA to build a relevant and supportive state organization for all members, leaders, and ultimately, for our children. I look forward to interacting with the amazing leadership group in our organization and work together for the betterment of the student, parent and teacher communities in our state.

Candidate for Membership Director

Amanda Cabana

Amanda Cabana

Candidate Short Statement

I am very honored to have been nominated for the role of State Membership Director. I have served in many leadership roles in my 7 years of being involved with PTA. But the most rewarding by far is Membership. To me, “Membership means opportunity. For every member we have, we are one voice stronger for the children.” This past year I served on the Power Users Group for Memberplanet. This has given me the tools and knowledge to help multiple PTA’s set up and utilize their online join packets. I look forward to serving on the WSPTA Board, as well as supporting local PTA’s in growing their membership numbers. Let’s break records Washington!!

Candidate for Program Director

Laura Peterson

Laura Peterson

Candidate Short Statement

Hello, I am, Laura Peterson, and I would love to be your WSPTA Programs Director. I have been helping with various program committees for years at state and local levels. I have served in multiple PTSA leadership roles since 2008 not just at my daughters’ schools but also with our local council and region. The time has finally come for me to
take the next step in my PTA career by becoming a member the WSPTA Board of Directors.

I love 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. I look forward to sharing all that I have learned and working with you to incorporate your ideas in our programs.

Candidate for Area A Vice President

Liz Nord

Liz Nord

Candidate Short Statement

My name is Liz Nord and I am hoping to be your next Area A Vice President. I have spent the last 6 years building my leadership skills while serving in a variety of PTA roles, including 3 years on the Region 6 Service Delivery Team. I approach each position with dedication and determination to continue the work and the vision of the PTA. One of my favorite parts of working with so many PTAs has been helping to grow so many new leaders. As Area A VP, I hope to continue this by working with the State board to support the Local, Council, and Region leaders. I 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. I look forward to being your next Area A VP.

Candidate for Area B Vice President

Melissa Stone

Melissa Stone

Candidate Short Statement

Why PTA now? The work that is being done, especially at the local PTA level, are 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, I am proud to be part of these efforts at the local, council and regional levels. I am honored to be nominated as Area B VP representing Regions 2 and 5. In this role, I would reach out to listen and learn, partner, and serve to the best of my ability. We walk in the footsteps of strong and influential leaders of this over 100-year-old organization. There is still work to be done and I am excited at the prospect of working alongside our members to amplify our voice. Every Child. One Voice.

Candidate for Area C Vice President

Jennifer Ritchie

Jennifer Ritchie

Candidate Short Statement

I joined the PTA in 2007 when my daughter entered kindergarten in Kent, where I promptly volunteered to run the Sunrise Elementary craft fair. In 2008 I became the school legislative chair and have attended many Legislative Assemblies in some capacity ever since. In addition, I have 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 I have been president and secondary strand VP. I have served the last four years as a region service delivery team specialist and at the state level I have served on the advocacy, growth and development and resolution committees.

I have a passion for assisting PTA leaders in reaching both their PTA and personal goals.

I would be proud to be your Area C VP!

Candidate for Area D Vice President

Teri Davis

Teri Davis

Candidate Short Statement

I’m Teri Davis, and I’m asking for your vote for Area D Vice President for 2021-23.  My 14 years serving in a variety of roles at local, council, region and state level have prepared me for this challenge. After 6 years on the WSPTA Board of Directors, as Region Director, Membership Director and Vice President, I took a year off for my daughter’s senior year. This year I’m back, serving as Region 3 and Acting Region 4 Director.

One upside to enduring a pandemic, new virtual technology has made it possible to connect with leaders across the state.  My goal is to continue to impact leaders across Regions 3, 4, 11, and 12 by supporting and mentoring Region Directors.  I believe ‘PTA’ is a verb and there are many right ways to do it, and I want to ensure leaders are informed, empowered, and fulfilled in their PTA service.

Candidate for Area E Vice President

Tori Emerson

Tori Emerson

Candidate Short Statement

Serving as Region 7 Director and being part of the Region 7 Service Delivery Team, have been great preparations for the position of Area E Vice President. I’ve had the opportunity to visit various PTAs throughout Area E. Assisting our current VP, we provided regional trainings and have been able to help several new PTAs begin their own non-profits. We’ve also worked with other PTAs to revitalize their existing organizations and deal with the challenges of Covid. I’m a quick learner with experience in teaching, customer service, written and oral communication. My 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. I look forward to continuing to be a support for the Washington State PTA and our local leaders.



Campaign Regulations

Campaign regulations are found in the WSPTA Policy Manual section 7.4.4.


Elections Oversight Committee (EOC)

The EOC oversees the election process. The committee reviews all materials, including web page content, and all brochures, prior to publication and distribution, for compliance with specifications in the WSPTA Policy Manual. All concerns raised during the election period shall be directed to the EOC chair. The EOC has final authority in enforcing compliance with election policies and procedures.

To contact the EOC chair, email electionsoversight@wastatepta.org.