Debbie Fox, President
Debbie Fox is our representative from Mishawaka. She currently serves on the State Board as the President Elect and the Reflections Chair. Debbie has held all offices at her local level and is currently the President of the Mishawaka Council. Deb, after 18 years of service, is a retired elementary school secretary. She has 2 children, 4 grandchildren and a wonderful husband. Deb has served on PTA for over 30 years beginning when her son started Kindergarten. Deb says “I wanted to get involved simply because I wanted to know the other children in my kids’ class and get to know the parents as well. My first job was popping popcorn. I was known by the students as the “Popcorn Lady”. I also wanted to know what was going on in the school system and I wanted to make a difference.” Deb also serves on the Mishawaka Education Foundation Board of Directors and the local Junior Achievement Board. Deb has received both State and National Lifetime Achievement Awards. Deb is available to answer any questions, help train your unit, or start a new PTA!
Expertise: Treasurer, Budget, Reflections, Membership, How to Run A PTA Meeting
Northwest Region, Northwest Council, Convention, Statewide
Cathy Coffman, Secretary/Treasurer
Cathy states she joined when my daughter was in 6th grade and I served as Secretary one year and treasurer and president. She then moved to High School to serve as secretary for two years, treasurer for one year and now president for two years. She has also served at both schools as reflections and citizenship chair. Cathy has received both the Indiana Life Achievement Award and National Achievement Award. Cathy has been married to her husband Gary for 21 years, they have one daughter, Stephenie and a dog named Mickey Mouse and a cat named Tigger.
Expertise: President, Secretary, Citizenship, Reflections, By-laws and Policies and Procedures, How to get your Principal Involved
Areas Available:Southern Region
Julie Klingenberger, President Elect
Carissa Dollar, Vice President
Carissa Dollar is from Indianapolis and is currently serving as Indiana PTA Vice President and chairman of the Indiana PTA Public Relations & Resources Committee. She has previously served as president, vice president, treasurer and secretary at the local and council levels. Like most of us, Carissa got involved because she wanted to know what was going on in her own children’s school and wanted to get to know the people working there. Since then, she’s stayed involved because she’s discovered the amazing difference that parental involvement in our schools can make for ALL of the children across Indiana. Carissa believes that the difference PTA advocacy can make for all children is what keeps PTA relevant today.
Expertise: Membership Campaigns, Parental Involvement, President’s Training, PR & Marketing and Resources
Areas available: Central Region, Convention.
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