ELECTION OF THE 2015-2017 CALIFORNIA STATE PTA OFFICERS The California State PTA bylaws (Article VIII, Section 2) state that, except for the office of president, the officers shall be elected biennially in odd-numbered years, and the president-elect shall succeed automatically to the office of president. 2013-2015 President-elect Justine Fischer will succeed to the presidency for the 2015-2017 term. Elections will be held at the First General Meeting, Thursday, April 30. President Justine Fischer (Twelfth District) Justine Fischer is currently the president-elect for the California State PTA. She has held numerous leadership positions in local PTAs as well as at the state level including: convention, education, writing resolutions, legislation and advocacy, resource development, student involvement and diversity and inclusion. During the past four years, she has been deeply involved in providing training and outreach to parents to help them understand and engage in their schools. She is passionate about PTA and her vision for the future includes opportunities to meet the varying needs of PTA leaders and members through social media, technology and customized programming. Professionally, she has worked for many years serving the needs of migrant families and communities in Southern California. Justine is the mother of two; her son is an airman in the U.S. Navy and her daughter recently graduated college. Justine lives in Ventura County with her husband. Nominees for office The California State PTA nominating committee asked the following individuals to serve in the Board of Directors elected positions. The nominating committee report will be presented during the First General Meeting of convention on Thursday, April 30, at which time, if notice has been filed in accordance with the California State PTA bylaws, nomination by petition will be announced (Article XII, Section 2) or nominations may be made from the floor (Article XII, Section 3). In the event of a nomination by petition or nomination from the floor, each nominee for a contested position will be granted five (5) minutes to address the delegate body. If a ballot vote is necessary, the location and times for voting will be announced. When there is but one candidate for an office, the ballot for that office may be dispensed with and the election held by voice vote at the close of nominations. President-elect Dianna MacDonald (Fourteenth District) Dianna MacDonald has served PTA at the local, regional and state levels in various roles including serving on the California State PTA Legislation Team as well as on the Education and Leadership Commissions. Dianna is a National PTA presenter and national Issue Forum Moderator. She has served as a school board trustee since 2008. Dianna and her husband Mike have three sons: Denton and Cole are both in college and Tanner is a senior at Cloverdale High. Vice President for Leadership Services Mary Galuska (Fourth District) For 25 years, Mary Galuska has worked at all levels of PTA and is currently serving as the vice-chair of the California State PTA Leadership Services Commission. Her previous roles have included serving as the vice president for programs & member services, secretary, Reflections coordinator, Arts Committee chair and chair of the District Presidents. Mary is currently the coordinator of the Orange USD Arts Education Alliance and president of Friends of the Orange Public Library. Professionally, she holds an MBA from Northwestern University, has worked as an account executive in the telecommunications industry and in real estate. Mary and her husband of 32 years, Aleck, live in Orange. Vice President for Programs and Member Services Kathy Steinberg (Thirty-First District) Kathy Steinberg is a past president of Thirty-First District PTA, and currently serves as California State PTA vice president for Community Concerns. Previously, Kathy served as the vice president for Education and as the federal legislation advocate. Professionally, Kathy specializes in conflict management/mediation and is experienced in the operations of nonprofit corporations. She is a graduate of USC and holds an advanced certificate from Cambridge University. Kathy and her husband, Bob, both graduates of Duke Law, have two sons and reside in Los Angeles. Vice President for Communications Carol Green (Ninth District) Carol Green became a PTA member in 1997 when her oldest daughter started kindergarten and has volunteered at various levels of PTA since then, most recently serving as the president of Ninth District PTA. Carol is the community/media relations director for the Safety Wellness Community Coalition in San Diego and has been the summer camp director for TASIS, The American School in England. Carol spent more than 20 years in radio and television news as a producer, reporter, writer and anchor. She has been active locally as a Girl Scout leader and as a past president of the San Diego Junior Theatre Board of Trustees. She has a BA in communications and journalism from San Diego State University. Carol and her husband Jonathan have three children. ELECTION OF THE 2015-2017 CALIFORNIA STATE PTA OFFICERS Vice President for Convention Barbara Harris (Twenty-Fourth District) Barbara Harris has been involved with PTA for 13 years and is currently serving a third term on both the California State PTA Convention Commission and the Resolutions Committee. Barbara holds a BS in business and management and is retired from PG & E where she had a career in nuclear security. A native Californian, Barbara resides in Paso Robles with her husband Mark. They have one daughter, Kiana, who is now a freshman at a private college in Pennsylvania studying paleontology. Vice President for Community Concerns Deborah Kemper (Seventeenth District) Deborah Kemper has volunteered for PTA for more than 25 years and currently serves as the California State PTA secretary. Previously, Deborah served as president for Seventeenth District PTA and as the first chairman for the Diversity and Inclusion Committee for which she received a Golden Oak Service Award. Deborah holds an MBA, with an emphasis in international business and is the associate executive director for the San Mateo County Bar Association. Deborah lives in San Carlos with her husband Cliff. They have five children: Marc, Brittany, their adoptee Milo and two foster children, Nowa and Capri. Vice President for Education Celia Jaffe (Fourth District) Celia Jaffe has been a PTA leader in Orange County for 20 years. She is past president of Fourth District PTA and currently serves on the California State PTA Board of Managers as vice chairman of the Education Commission and vice chairman of the Resolutions Committee. An elected trustee of the Huntington Beach City School District for 10 years, Celia also served on the Delegate Assembly of the California School Boards Association. She holds a master’s degree in education and taught high school English for five years. Vice President for Health Scott Folsom (Tenth District) Scott Folsom currently serves on the California State PTA Health Commission. In addition to his PTA service, Scott has served on many LAUSD committees, task forces and work groups including the Bond Oversight Committee. He promoted Full Day Kindergarten, wrote district seismic upgrade policy and promoted establishment of School Based Community Wellness Centers throughout LAUSD. He also took part in LA’s fierce advocacy for children’s oral, vision and mental health through his membership on the board of the LA Trust for Children’s Health. Vice President for Family Engagement Colette Rudd (Seventeenth District) Colette Rudd, from San Mateo, has been a PTA volunteer since 1989 and a member of the California State PTA Board of Managers since 2009, currently serving as the chairman of the School Smarts Committee and a member of the Family Engagement Commission. Professionally, Colette managed drug research and development projects, most recently as associate director of toxicology at XenoPort, Inc. She received a BA in biology from the University of California, San Diego and a PhD in molecular biology from the University of California, Los Angeles. Vice President for Membership Brian Bonner (Ninth District) Brian Bonner is the California State PTA federal advocate and vice chair of the National PTA Legislative Committee. He has served on the California State PTA Board of Managers since 2005 and on the Board of Directors as a vice president and chairman of District Presidents. Brian was president of Ninth District PTA and San Diego Unified Council of PTAs. Brian worked for 21 years as a legislative analyst for San Diego County, after serving as a probation officer for 11 years. Brian has been married for 31 years. Secretary Sue King (Ninth District) Sue King has more than 35 years of experience in PTA, first serving as the ice cream chairman when her daughter was in first grade. Sue currently serves as the mentor for three PTA districts and has previously served as the vice president for Leadership Services, Communications and Member Services. She is also a past California State PTA parliamentarian and California State PTA membership chairman. Sue has been active in band boosters and youth soccer. Her family includes her husband Michael, two adult children, Stephanie and Andy (Brenda), and six granddaughters ages 20 to 5 years old. Treasurer Sherry Elkington (Twenty-First District) Sherry Elkington has been active in PTA since 2000 having served on the Convention, Finance, Leadership Commissions as well as serving on the Audit Committee as the chair. Sherry has coached junior high girls’ volleyball for six years. She has been married for 30 years and has two sons. Appointments: Parliamentarian Kathy Stevenson (Thirty-Fourth District) Kathy Stevenson has served as convention exhibits chairman, vice chair for the Convention Commission and as a member of the Convention Steering Committee, Convention Management Committee, Bylaws Committee and Resource Development Committee. She has previously served on the Convention and Finance Commissions, and on the Bylaws and Resource Development Committees. Kathy has been actively involved with PTA since 1993 and has served as an officer at the unit, council and district levels. Kathy is a registered nurse and works as a hospital emergency preparedness manager. She resides in Santa Clarita with her husband, Craig, and her two sons, Casey and Connor. Director of Legislation Shayne Silva (Thirty-Second District) Shayne Silva has been a proud member of PTA for 25 years and has received PTA Honorary, Continuing Service and Golden Oak Service Awards. Shayne has served as an advocate for the California State PTA for seven years. Prior to that time, she served six years as an education commissioner after serving as the Thirty-Second District PTA President. She is married with two adult children and works full time as a psychiatric technician.
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