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Voting Delegate Credentials Process for Convention

Each year local PTAs and councils have a chance to send representatives to cast their vote at convention. Items that will be voted on this year include amendments to the WSPTA Uniform Bylaws, and the election of the 2019-2021 WSPTA Board of Directors.

Local PTA and council presidents should watch their inboxes for an email regarding voting delegates and reply to that email identifying their delegates as requested.


Business of the Member Delegation

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. Click here for the proposed amendments that will be open to the delegation for debate and vote.

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


Election of Member Representatives to the 2019-2021 WSPTA Board of Directors

Candidate information for the member representatives to the WSPTA Board of Directors:

Candidate for President

Janice Kutzera

Candidate Short Statement

Janice Kutzera

I am honored to be nominated for the office of President. This position requires many things, but two of the most important are teamwork and leadership. My roles as WSPTA Finance Officer and Region Director gave me experience in leading groups and team problem solving. My career provides relevant parallels to my PTA work in both financial and HR management skills. I’ve been blessed to work with incredible volunteers and a terrific staff over my 16 years in this association, and look forward to building a great team over the next term.

I sincerely hope your PTA journey is filled with as much joy and personal growth as mine has been. I believe in the powerful voice of PTA, and by working and standing together, we can build even more for this wonderful association. I respectfully ask for your vote for the office of President.

Candidate for Vice President

Julie Haase

 

Candidate Short Statement

Julie Haase

It would be a privilege to continue my service to this association as your WSPTA Vice President. In more than 17 years as a PTA volunteer, I have served in many capacities, but none more rewarding than the three years I have spent as your WSPTA Leadership Director. 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 am excited for the future of this association and for the work that is to come – we can do amazing things together!

Candidate for Secretary

Tania Skinner

Candidate Short Statement

Tania Skinner

It is an honor to have my name put forward for the position of WSPTA Secretary by this year’s nominating committee.  I have had the opportunity to serve in a multitude of PTA positions at the local, council, region & state levels over the past 17 years which has given me the necessary experience to represent our members as a WSPTA board member.  It will be a privilege to be entrusted with the important task of accurately reflecting the actions of the board for the legal records of WSPTA.  As PTA leaders and members, you are what makes WSPTA great and it is my hope to be a resource to help you, as leaders, serve your communities.  I look forward to serving our association along with a board of other committed individuals for the benefit of all children in Washington and for the members of WSPTA.

Candidate for Finance Officer

Nancy Chamberlain

Candidate Short Statement

Nancy Chamberlain

My name is Nancy Chamberlain, and I would be honored to serve the members of the Washington State PTA as Finance Officer.

For 11+ years, I have proudly been a full-time PTA leader, serving in every officer position (except Secretary) on five local PTAs and Northshore Council. I have been Treasurer of local PTAs at the elementary, secondary and council levels.

Since 2017, it has been my honor to serve on the WSPTA Board of Directors as Advocacy Director, and on the Corporate Finance Committee.

As your Finance Officer, I would:

  • Ensure the WSPTA budget reflects the mission, vision and goals in the Strategic Plan 2020
  • Review and update all presentations and resources for treasurers and Board members
  • Take an active role in the planning process for Strategic Plan 2025

I appreciate your support and look forward to serving you as Finance Officer.

Candidate for Family & Community Engagement Director

Kimberli Swenson

Candidate Short Statement

Kimberli Swenson

My name is Kimberli Swenson and I have been nominated for the position of FACE Director for the 2019-2021 term for the Washington State PTA Board of Directors.

My 16 years of service as a local PTA member, leader, and WSPTA leader have shaped my life and allowed me to gain priceless experience that I have been able to apply to both my personal and professional life.  Serving on the WSPTA Board of Directors and providing help, support, and training to our local PTA leaders has opened my eyes to how critical FACE is to the success of WSPTA and our local PTAs.  I look forward to the opportunity to help cultivate thriving FACE programs at the state level and help the Local PTAs understand and implement programs, events, and policies that cultivate Family and Community Engagement across our state.

I am both humbled and honored by this nomination.

Candidate for Leadership Director

Shelby Reynolds

Candidate Short Statement

Shelby Reynolds

Friends and partners in PTA, we have great work to do!  Great leaders inspire others and can be catalysts for change and improvement.  WSPTA is in great shape – we have dedicated officers and staff, excellent programs, and stable membership.  Together, let’s strive to deepen our leadership skills, 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.  I’m eager to make new connections with members and other leaders and model great leadership for my peers and, especially, for my two daughters.  Let’s DO THIS!

Candidate for Membership Director

Kim Kuhne

Candidate Short Statement

Kim Kuhne

I took on my first PTA leadership role when my daughter moved to middle school. I have spent the last few years as a leader at Council and Region. This year I joined the WSPTA Membership Committee. I became “hooked” on the importance of Membership with my first class in 2013. I have experience at all levels in WA: 3 years at local level, 1 year at the council level, 3 years at the region level, and 1 year at state level. This year I worked with Megan Klein to track all the participants in the POWER Surge membership contest. I am excited to bring my passion for membership to the WSPTA Board of Directors!

Candidate for Programs Director

Sharon Pfeiffer

Candidate Short Statement

Sharon Pfeiffer

I feel honored that the nominating committee has put my name forward for the position of Program Director.  I have held many positions in my 20+ year PTA career including positions on the WA State PTA Board of Directors and I have the experience and knowledge needed to serve our membership in this position. If elected I look forward to working with BOD and our members to promote all programs that serve our children and our local PTA’s.  I will oversee those programs and help to shine a light on all the good work we do here in Washington State.  I look forward to serving our board, PTA communities and our students.

Candidate for Area B Vice President

Sherry Rudolph

Candidate Short Statement

Sherry Rudolph

People are the heart of our state-wide advocacy organization for children and families. Whether it’s a reading night that features parents reading children’s books in different languages, board games provided at lunchtime so all middle school kids can feel included, or high school students and parents advocating side by side in Olympia – WSPTA has the ability to nurture the soul of all our communities.

My goal as a board member is to speak truth while listening; and embrace change while maintaining our child focus. I’ll be there celebrating your most amazing family engagement night, but also show true empathy for serious conflict mediation. The health of our volunteer leaders are a reflection of the board’s priorities during decision making; so paying heed to their concerns and obstacles is paramount.

I look forward to contributing to the vision of WSPTA while serving leaders and ultimately ….Every Child with One Voice.

Candidate for Area C Vice President

Kandy Schendel

Candidate Short Statement

Kandy Schendel

Thank you WSPTA Nominating Committee for submitting my name for the position of Area C Vice President. My PTA leadership spans 19 years, starting as PTA secretary at my children’s elementary school. In that novice year, I learned we don’t have to know everything to begin making a difference! I have since served as president at both my daughters’ elementary, middle, and high schools and served as council president for two separate terms. As Region 9 Director these past two years, I have been able to use my Public Relations and crisis management corporate background in ways that have benefited local PTAs and councils when there are sensitive challenges to work through. Year after year, I am continually learning from and amazed by our PTA/PTSA leaders. To serve Regions 9 and 10 as Area VP would be my greatest honor. If the members want me, I’m all yours!

Candidate for Area D Vice President

Connie Andrews

Candidate Short Statement

Connie Andrews

It is an honor to be selected by the WSPTA nominating committee for the position of Area D Vice President.

I LOVE PTA. I’m very passionate about the work I do in PTA. I have held numerous leadership positions, have served on many WSPTA committees and the board of directors in the past and feel that I have the knowledge and ability to represent Area D regions as Vice President. I know I can provide them with the support and training needed to make their PTAs successful. I enjoy sharing my knowledge, and learning from other valuable PTA members. This position will enable me to meet and share my insights and passion with other PTA leaders from regions 3, 4, 11 and 12.

We can continue to provide outstanding mentors and volunteers that will improve the lives of all children in Washington state.

Thank you for your support.

Candidate for Area D Vice President

Andrea Plagens

Candidate Short Statement

Andrea Plagens

I am a mother of 2 grown kids, son and daughter. I have 9 grandchildren, 7 girls and 2 boys. I am raising one of my granddaughters since she was 3 weeks old now 13 years old.  Been part of PTA for 7 years. I got involved into PTA because I wanted to make a difference for my grandkids. I enjoy owning my own beauty salon. I love making people feel good about themselves. I am involved with Catholic family and children services, advocating for our children. I am also heavily involved in my church and part of Women’s Ministries and various other parts of church. I love to travel and spend time with my grandkids.

Candidate for Area E Vice President

Angela Steck

Candidate Short Statement

Angela Steck

PTA ignited my passion for volunteering and advocating for my community. Having been involved at an executive board level for most of my 15 year PTA career, I am very familiar with the challenges and successes that face our PTA leaders. I’ve developed my leadership skills through my service on Everett PTSA Council, Region 7 Service Delivery Team and as WSPTA Scholarship Committee Chair. I am confident working with new people, seek to find solutions to challenges and have strong collaboration and communication skills. I’m eager to share my skills and knowledge with other PTA leaders as an Area Vice President with the hopes that others will find the same fulfillment and enjoyment with their service.



Campaign Regulations

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


Open Positions

After the self-declare window closed there remains two open positions, Advocacy Director and Area A Vice President. Per the WSPTA Uniform Bylaws, Article 7 Section 3G, a vacancy shall be filled by a majority vote of the WSPTA board of directors until the next WSPTA convention.


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.