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Michigan PTA State Committees
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State-Level General Committees

These are hybrid committees comprised of Board Members/Officers and volunteers appointed by the Board of Directors. Committees are appointed for one year terms unless otherwise specified.

Chair, Open
Creates, reviews, revises, and administers the state awards program. Involves researching other PTA award programs, monitoring National awards, sometimes asked to review awards from other states. Collaborates with Membership, Field Service, Convention, and other committees as needed.

Children's Advocacy                                             
Chair, V.P. Children's Advocacy, Samantha Phillips
Otherwise known as the Advocacy Committee, monitors legislation and activity state and nationwide. Coordinates and operates Advocacy Day events, outreach, alerts, and all communication related to Advocacy.

Communications and Public Relations          
Chair, Open
Coordinates social media, publications, presentations and interactions with the public. Also works with branding.

Convention Site Selection                                   
Chair, Kathy Carter
Researches and coordinates site selection for the Convention including negotiating contracts.

Convention Management                                   
Chair, Tonya Whitehead
Plans and oversees the Annual Convention. Coordinates with Awards, and other committees as necessary.

Diversity & Inclusion                                            
Chair, Open
Researches, develops, and administers diversity & inclusion programs, initiatives, etc.

Family Engagement                                              
Chair, Open
Develops Family Engagement programs, resources and plans FE events.

Field Service                                                             
Chair, VP for Outreach & Support, Jodi Tillander
Provides support to Units and Councils, including offering training, coaching on Standards of Affiliation, information on programs, services, and additional information from the state and National PTAs.

 Health & Wellness                                                 
Chair, Open
Researches and develops resources on the topics of health and wellness, including programs, services, etc.

Leadership Development                                   
Chair, Open
Researches, plans and executes the training program for the state membership and works to develop a leadership pipeline.

Local Bylaws Committee
Chair, Candi Drouillard
Reads, reviews, critiques, and approves minutes submitted by Units and Councils.

Chair, VP of Membership, Vacant
Researches, develops and administers membership challenges, recruitment programs, coordinates membership chair training

Michigan Men in PTA                                           
Chair, Anthony King
Develops, coordinates, and administers programs designed to increase male involvement.

Reflections Committee                                        
Chairs, Joyce Heideman; Teresa Marhofer
Researches, coordinates, publicizes state-level activity for the Reflections programs including informing local chairpersons on program changes, and developing the state recognition event.

Chair, Open
Researches, composes, and presents to the Board of Directors position statements that need to be memorialized by the Convention in the form of resolutions.

Ad Hoc Chair, Nicole Carlton
Develops, coordinates, and administers programs for the education, participation, encouragement of youth.


Board Committees

These are committees comprised solely of Board Members/Officers appointed by the Board of Directors. These committees typically function on the same cycle as officer terms but may be reviewed and reappointed at any time.

Budget and Finance                                              
Secretary/Treasurer, Liz Jarvis
Creates, oversees, reviews state budget including providing audit information to the Convention and regular updates to the Board of Directors.

Bylaws and Standing Rules (currently functioning as an ad hoc)                                 
hair, Secretary/Treasurer, Liz Jarvis
Reviews and corrects the bylaws for the association. Reviews, suggests, revises job descriptions, committee descriptions. Reviews and suggests changes to the state Standing Rules. Makes bylaw recommendations to the Board of Directors and presents the approved recommendations to the Convention body for ratification.

hair, President, Sibyl Collins Wilson
Typically the same committee as the Budget & Finance Committee. Oversees the management contract and/or the headquarters facility.

Specialized Committees

These are special committees comprised of specific volunteers appointed by the Board of Directors. These committees may be temporary, perpetual, or have unique term limits.

CCRI (College & Career Readiness)                 
Chair, Joyce Heideman
Ad hoc committee oversees the grants from National PTA related to the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and College & Career Readiness Initiative (CCRI).

Chair, Barb Blanchard
Ad hoc committee appointed to develop and oversee events related to Michigan PTA’s Centennial.

Nominating and Leadership Development  
Chair, Open
Committee elected by the Convention body (vacancies appointed by the Board of Directors) to vet appropriate candidates for Officer, Board, and Committee positions. 3-year term.

Chair, Barb Blanchard
Committee comprised of Past Presidents to review the applications for the Fran Anderson Scholarship.

If there is specific information you need, please contact our office at 734-975-9500.

To volunteer for Committees, please submit a Prospective State Volunteer Form.


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