Jennifer Fox, Field Service Representative

Deb 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
Areas Available:
​Northwest Region, Northwest Council, Convention, Statewide
Phone:(574) 255-5062

Terri Huffman, Field Service Rep

Terri feels that her primary PTA responsibilities are helping individual schools with any problems, questions, or ideas they might have within their particular school. She might also help any school in the NW Region start a PTA, if the school is/would be looking to do so. It could be anything from something minute to something so large that they need to seek help from others outside their school PTA.

Terri’s history with PTA started a long time ago. My mom was a PTA president, treasurer, and member for many years while I was in school. When my children were of school age and started school in the P-H-M district, their school was a very low profile functioning PTO. With knowing certain people who were in a PTA, we talked and she was helped with starting a PTA in our school. Because she was the person with the information and contacts, the group of women, the principal, and the school secretary thought it was a good idea for me to be president. After serving my two year term, she was again, president, this time being elected by my peers, serving another two year term and then passed the hat off to another very involved parent who kept the PTA active.

Terri became involved in PTA because she knew how the Association functions. She knew that if she needed help, PTA would be there. She personally likes what PTA has to offer: ideas, communications, workshops, conventions, all things to help spike the interest and involvement that can rejuvenate PTAs that feel like they are stagnant. After returning from conventions, Terri always felt “pumped up” and wanted to share all that she had learned. Due to the involvement at our school, we continually grew year after year. “Knowing that PTA is out there to help with any given situation, I believe that any school who wants to be involved, needs to be part of this vast growing association!”

Terri was awarded the Life Time Achievement Award by my PTA. It was not only a surprise, but quite an honor as well! She was also presented an afghan which celebrated PTA’s 80th Anniversary.

Terri and her husband, Mark, just celebrated 32 years of marriage. They have 3 grown children, Nicholas, 29, Tiffany, 25 and Bethannie, who is embarking on her freshman year at Ball State University, will soon be 19. She is pursuing a career in Journalism. She will start using her skills by interning for PTA, at the state level, to help with the “Good News” which appears as part of Indiana PTA’s website. We also have a little toy poodle, BJ, who loves to play ball and swim; we think he is going to miss her greatly!

Terri loves swimming, and spends as much time in my pool as time allows. When not in the pool, you may find her scrap booking, cross-stitching, reading mysteries, or spending time with my husband. Terri loves to travel and have had a vast variety of traveling. including going from coast-to-coast, as well going as far north as Canada to as far south as the Caribbean.

Terri attends church regularly at St. Pius 10th Catholic Church. She taught religion class for many years. Terri has been involved in their children’s schooling not only as a religion teacher or PTA president, but also as a room parent, book fair chair, fundraising chair, as well as attending college for (10) years to earn a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education K-6, and she went on to pursue an endorsement in my one of my favorite subjects, Social Studies.

Areas Available:Northwest Region, Northwest Council, Convention
Phone:(219) 229-0665

Pam Stalling, Field Service Representative 

Pamela Stalling is currently serving Indiana PTA as Vice President and Diversity Coordinator. Pam has served Indiana PTA as Northwest Field Service Rep, Diversity Chairperson and State Legislative Coordinator. She is a member of Bannaker, Westside Leadership Academy, Wirt-Emerson and Gary PTA Council.

As Field Service Representative her responsibilities include training local PTA units and help establishing new PTA units. As Diversity Chairperson she will be helping the State PTA identify minorities and underserved populations with representation across the State to serve as leaders within their PTA units. And as Legislative Coordinator she will help Legislative Chairpersons with the duties of contacting the State Legislators with concerns that effect our children’s education.
Pam states “Once my oldest child entered public school, I immediately became involved with the school’s PTA. I started with holding school office, then council office and now various positions with Indiana State PTA”.

Pam is involved with her church’s praise dance team, Women’s Day Committee, Bible Bowl Coach and South Shore Dance Alliance Parent Booster team.

Areas Available: Northwest Region, Northwest Council, Convention
Phone:(219) 677-7968

Donna Benirschke

Donna, from Hammond, is currently serves Harding ES as a mentor, as Hammond Council’s second vice-president, as State BOM Field Representative. She also serves on the State legislative committee, resolutions committee, reflections committee, and member services commission.

Donna says she feels like she has been in PTA her entire life. Her parents were very involved in PTA. In 1952 her mother and friends started a PTA at a small rural school in Pulaski, IN. Her mother was their first president. As an adult she joined the PTA in 1963 when her first child entered Kindergarten. I served as membership chair and ways and means. In 1984, under the guidance of a former State PTA President, she helped Riley ES in Hammond change from a PTO to a PTA. As an advocate for children, Donna has served at the unit level as hospitality chair, substance abuse chair, legislative committee chair, ways and means chair, secretary, vice-president, president. At council level she has chaired substance abuse, legislative, hospitality, and ad book. Currently she serves as the incoming second vice president. At state level Donna has been on the State BOM for two years as a Field Rep. serving on the legislative, resolution, and member services committee.
Donna has received State Life, National Life awards. She also received the Jerry Spitzer Volunteer of the Year award from Hammond Council PTA.

Areas Available:Northwest Region
Phone:(219) 844-2640

Northwest Region

Megan Lively, Student Consultant with Privledges

Becky Lively, Field Service Represenative​

​Rachal Phelps, Student Consultant with Privledges

My name is Rachal Phelps and I joined my school PTA in my Junior year of high-school. It first started off with writing a Citizenship essay for my school, and ever since then I wanted to stay attached. During my senior year I decided to be on the board as an At-Large for the Hammond Area Career Center University for the 2017-2018 school year. I am also on Indiana State Board as a student member. Even though I will be going to Calumet College of St. Joseph to become a teacher, I plan to continue with the IN PTA and the ACCU PTSA! P.S. Don't forget to get a membership card and join to fight for the children!

Tracy Coleman, Field Service Representative

​Michael Lively, Field Service Representative