Thursday, July 2, 2015



Kathryn Hobbs
Washington State PTA
(253) 214-7410

Board of directors to meet for strategic planning session.

Tacoma, WA (July 2, 2015): The Washington State PTA (WSPTA), the largest volunteer child advocate association in the state, announced the 2015-2016 board of directors. The board of directors will convene for the first time July 10 – 12, 2015 for a strategic planning session. The strategic planning session is designed to strengthen leadership and provide support to the newly installed officers, and ultimately, create the framework of the association for the next two years.

“Each day we, as WSPTA members, work with great passion advocating at every level on behalf of our kids. These inspiring actions move us towards fulfilling our vision, making every child's potential a reality,” states newly installed Washington State PTA President, Barbara Martin. “It must be realized in every decision we make as the state's premier child advocacy association.”

During the planning session, the WSPTA board of directors will commit to increasing effective family and community engagement, increase the number of PTA leaders, and ensure that the WSPTA continues the mission that PTA is a powerful voice for children, a relevant resource for families, schools and communities, and is an advocate for the well-being and education of all children.

“My passion is working for children, schools, and PTA,” said Mary Levesque, Region 7 Director. “When we work together to achieve common goals, we can help children reach their full potential.”

The 2015-2016 Washington State PTA Officers:

Barbara Martin, President*
Leanne Hawkins, Vice President*
Karen Albers, Finance Officer
Julie Haase, Secretary*
Brook Valentine, Legislative Director*
Jenny Forbes, Membership Director*
Monika Scotti, Region 1 Director *
Jane Dulski, Region 2 Director
Kimberli Swenson, Region 3 Director *
Esperanza Badillo- Di lorio, Region 4 Director *

Kristi Shafer, Region 5 Director *
Janice Kutzera, Region 6 Director
Mary Levesque, Region 7 Director *
Lily Salas, Region 8 Director *
Tania Skinner, Region 9 Director *
Marisa Peloquin, Region 10 Director
Amanda Shipman, Region 11 Director
Connie Andrews, Region 12 Director
Karen Albers, Region 15 Director (acting)

*Newly Installed

About Washington State PTA: The Washington State PTA was founded in 1905 by Abby Williams Hill of Tacoma, an artist who saw the need for an organization to support Washington's children. Thanks to her leadership and vision—and over 132,000 current members who have carried her vision forward—Washington State PTA has been a leading voice for children in Washington for more than 106 years. To learn more about the Washington State PTA, please visit

1304 S. Fawcett Avenue, Suite 300, Tacoma, WA 98402 (253) 214-7410


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