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About the Whittier PTA


Whittier PTA mission is to partner with and advocate for students, families and teachers to provide a safe and inclusive environment, equitable resources, and engaging opportunities to enable all of our children to reach their full, unique potential.

What We Do

Through fundraising and the help of parent volunteers, the PTA provides outreach, organizes special events and activities, hosts parent education events, plans and coordinates teacher appreciation activities, and supports enrichment opportunities for all students. The Whittier PTA is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit (Federal ID #91-1479413).

Your contributions fund many programs and services THIS YEAR:

  • Essential Staff Positions & Support (60%)
    • More time with Key Support Staff and Specialists
    • Professional Development
    • Staff Appreciation
  • Enrichment (23%)
    • Grade-Level Curriculum Enrichment
    • Library Books and Supplies
    • Guest Artists and Authors
    • Funding Proposals
    • Reflections Art Contest
    • Global Reading Challenge
  • Family Events and Resources (13%)
    • Community Engagement
    • Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion Committee
    • Scholarships
    • Family Communications Platform
    • Family Support Services
    • Safety
  • Operations Costs (4%)
    • Insurance
    • Bank and Licensing Fees
    • General Supplies and Printing
    • Accounting Software

Meet the Board

The Whittier PTA is powered by dozens of parents and staff members who do everything from helping to organize and run events, raising funds, planning parent education events, shaping our school’s EDI efforts, and coordinating community outreach. Leading their efforts are the members of the Whittier PTA board, who each oversee a different facet of the PTA’s work. We’re such a fun bunch, you might just be tempted to join us next year. (You’ve been warned. Just kidding, but only kind of. We’re always on the hunt for more parents who want to help make Whittier even better for everyone.) And if you see us at school or around the neighborhood, come say hi! We love getting to know the families in our community.

PTA Board

Renee Hartnett & Courtney Sievers

Vice President
Jess Templeton

Emily Robertson & Melissa Ivancevich

Michelle Nemeth

Assistant Treasurer
Stacy Rose

Communications Chair
Mandy Nelson

Fundraising Co-Chairs
Ashley Schiavone & Glenda Elley

Family and Community Engagement Co-Chairs
Kathleen Donahoe and Courtney Sievers

Family and Community Engagement Chair – Events
Meg Pietz

Family and Community Engagement – Outreach Chair
Emily Schweiger

Programs Chairs
Jared Cortese & Jen Foreman

Legislative Reps
Jon Overman & Molly Firth

Membership & Volunteer Chairs
Leah Lansberry Austin & Anjean Vanden Bosch

Hospitality Co-Chairs
Kathleen Donahoe & Emily Grosse

Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) Committee Chair
Kiana Swearingen

Members at Large
Nicole Kaczmarek & Joa Pope

PTA Non-board Positions

Website Editor
Kate Scher

WildChat Editor
Kate Scher

Student Directory
Laura Zingg

Room Parent Coordinator
Sara Lukas

Spring Fling Chairs
Seeking Volunteers!

David Peabody

Seeking Volunteer!

Spirit Gear
Mendy Minjarez

Tech Support
John Shaw

Fall Festival Chairs
Jess Twarzik, Melissa Ivancevich & Laura Zingg

What do all these people do? See our Board Position Descriptions for a detailed description of job duties.