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Meet The Arizona PTA Team

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President
Sara Gagliardi

I am an Arizona native. I have 4 children and 4 grandchildren who I absolutely adore. I started PTA to become more involved with the education side while my youngest boys were struggling. I served as secretary and president of Mountain Shadows PTSA for a total of 5 years before coming to Arizona PTA. I am very proud to say our PTSA won many membership awards in the state for our group’s efforts.  I have served on the state level as Field Service Chair, acting region director as needed, Vice President of Membership, 1st Vice President, and now President. I look forward to continuing my journey with Arizona PTA in order to fulfill my passion of helping others be successful leaders and advocates for all children

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President Elect
VACANT

AZPTA is looking for dedicated volunteers who want to help make a difference in the lives of Arizona school children. Contact us for more information!

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Vice President
Danielle Padia

Danielle Padia is an Arizona Native who attended the same elementary & high school her children attended. She studied at GCC, ASU West, and earned her Master's degree at NAU.  She served as President, Vice President, Secretary & Treasurer for her local unit over 8 years. Danielle also served as North Central Maricopa Region Director for 3 years and is now honored to serve as the Vice President for AZ PTA.  She's been part of the AZ delegation at the National PTA Conference for the last 2 years.  Danielle is looking forward to supporting local units as well as the organization for the next 2 years.

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Vice President of Membership 
Amanda Reyes

Amanda Reyes is honored to serve as the Vice President of Membership. In the past has severed as the SWM Region Director. She has lived in Arizona for 15 years and has served in PTA for 9 years at a local unit and on State PTA. She lives in Tonopah with her husband and 4 children.

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Secretary 
Terrie Minnick

A Past President of AZPTA ('99-'01), Terrie is a proud Mom of 2 and Grandma of 3. She holds a certification in Non-Profit Management from ASU. She's a former National PTA Board of Directors member and Trainer. Terrie served as a Commissioner on the Governor's Commission on Service and Volunteerism for 10+ years.

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Treasurer
Jenny Chavez

My interest in PTA began when my daughter started Kindergarten at Orangewood Elementary School. 

I wanted to know EVERYTHING about the place that my child spent 8 hours a day, which included the PTA. 

I started from the bottom and worked my way to be President of the Orangewood PTA.  While as a President I learned about the Arizona State PTA and jumped at the chance to expand my PTA wings and share my skills.  Now I've been a part of the Arizona PTA for the past 10 years.  I love teaching and helping others and am proud to serve as the Treasurer.  For the Chavez Family PTA is a family affair.

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Southwest Maricopa Region Director 
Kristin Bumford

Kristin is an Arizona native and has been active in Arizona local units for 2 years. She has three children, two elementary aged and one sassy toddler! Kristin has worked in the education system for 16 years and counting. Advocating for student’s needs is something she is passionate about and is the main reason she volunteers for both a local and state PTA. In addition, she loves educating/teaching others as they work to reach their full potential in achieving their goals.

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Southern Region
Director 

Tiffany Rogers

I am new to Arizona, but not to PTA. I have worked with PTA for 17 years and love the community that it offers. I have a 23 year old that lives in Austin with 1 more year at University of TX and a 13 year old that is looking forward to attending Magee Middle School In TUSD. I fully believe in PTAs mission, to help every child's potential become a reality. I look forward to serving the Southern Region and helping Arizona further the PTA mission.

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North Central Maricopa Region Director
VACANT

This region is managed by the Arizona PTA Board of Managers. If you'd like to run for this position please email AZ PTA.

North Central Maricopa Region Director
VACANT

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Northwest Maricopa Region Director
VACANT

This region is managed by the Arizona PTA Board of Managers. If you'd like to run for this position please email AZ PTA.

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Northern Region
Director 

VACANT

This region is managed by the Arizona PTA Board of Managers. If you'd like to run for this position please email AZ PTA.

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Northeast Maricopa/Gila 
Region Director
VACANT

This region is managed by the Arizona PTA Board of Managers. If you'd like to run for this position please email AZ PTA.

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Field Service Chair
Nicole Martin

Nicole Martin is excited to serve as Field Services Chair for AZ PTA. She is a Paraprofessional in the Deer Valley Unified School District. Nicole is also a mother of 3 and has served on her local unit for 5 years, as Secretary. 

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Diversity Chair 
Angela McCallister

I am the mother to 4 awesome kids! I am so excited to be part of giving a voice to all kids. I have 2 exceptional students and have a passion for making sure their voice is heard! I am excited to ensure that all local PTA units understand the importance of diversity and inclusion when planning PTA events! 

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Health & Safety Chair 
Alejandra Gastelum

For the last 4 years, Alejandra has been working in the Behavioral Health Field as a Recovery Coach Specialist, a Sober Companion, a Certified Peer Support Specialist, a Case Manager and is currently the Community Liaison for Turning Point Healing Centers, an adolescent residential treatment facility. Through her long-term sobriety and recovery, Alejandra has not only found purpose in her life helping others on their unique journey in recovery, but is very passionate about helping others achieve long term sobriety. Being in the Behavioral Health field, Alejandra has developed a large network of resources and tools that enable her to be a great recovery support system for others in helping individuals navigate the challenges they may face day to day in recovery. Alejandra’s goal is to encourage and empower each individual she works with by promoting their self-efficacy and autonomy. She recognizes the recovery process is different for each individual and believes everyone can have the same outcome of long-term sobriety with the proper support and guidance. Alejandra believes that long term sobriety can be achieved by assisting a person in developing and identifying healthy habits and routines, identifying triggers and coping skills, as well as assisting in identifying fun and sober activities that are essential and critical to living a sober and purposeful life. Alejandra is currently enrolled at Rio Salado College and will be completing her second year of the two-year associates degree program for Substance Use and Addiction Counseling. Her dedication and tenacity have earned her Phi Theta Kappa status as an honor roll student. Because of all the trials Alejandra has faced through her life, she knows and practices the importance of patience and empathy with her clients which enable her to relate with people from all walks of life. Sobriety has given Alejandra a life that is fulfilling and purposeful--a life she thought she would never obtain. There is nothing that Alejandra is more passionate about than helping others in their recovery journey. It is not only an honor for her, but it is truly her calling in life.

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Southeast Maricopa/Pinal Region Director
VACANT

This region is managed by the Arizona PTA Board of Managers.  If you'd like to run for this position please email AZ PTA.

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Western Region Director
VACANT

This region is managed by the Arizona PTA Board of Managers. If you'd like to run for this position please email AZ PTA.

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Bylaws Chair
Sarah Davis

Sarah Davis is a Massachusetts native who has lived in Arizona for the last 11 years with her husband and two children. Sarah was briefly involved with the local PTA in Massachusetts before moving to Arizona.

She served as Treasurer, President, and many committee chairs for Verrado Elementary School SuperSTAR PTA while her children attended school there. Sarah served as Membership Chair and then Vice President of Membership for Arizona PTA during which time Arizona PTA received membership increase awards from National PTA. She then served as Vice President of Arizona PTA for a short while and was a member of the National PTA Membership Committee and taught classes at both Arizona PTA and National PTA conventions. After taking time off to deal with personal health issues, Sarah is happy to be back working with Arizona PTA as Bylaws Chair.  Sarah co-owns a business with her husband and in her spare time enjoys reading, volunteering, traveling, and spending time with her family.

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Advocacy Chair
Kirsten Morgan

Kirsten is proud to use her Administrative and Legislative background to help AZPTA and parents alike advocate and serve their communities while ensuring EVERY child in Arizona has a voice. 

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Marketing & PR/ Communications Chair
VACANT

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Contact office@azpta.org if you are interested in helping Arizona PTA with social media and marketing messaging. 

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Arts in Education Chair
Sharon Clark Frierson

Bio coming soon...

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Family & Community
Engagement Chair

Allen Little

Allen is a husband and a father of 6 children and 6 grandchildren.  He has a background in Information Technology, Real Estate, and Culinary Arts. He currently serves as Vice-president of the Kingswood PTSA. He has sat on numerous boards such as (CAP) Community Action Partnerships and various Illinois Realtor Association Advocacy Committees.  Allen, being a single father raising his 3 children before his remarriage understands firsthand the challenges of parenting, the importance of being involved in your child's education in school and out, the effects their surroundings, our society and social media have on our precious children. He also understands the importance of Family and Community as these are intricate and important pieces to a child's growth and development.  He looks forward to bringing his experience and knowledge to the Arizona PTA to enrich Family Engagement as well as Male Engagement throughout this Great State of Arizona.

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Leadership Development Chair
Chantelle Little

Chantelle decided to join her local PTA after relocating from Illinois.  She figured this was a good way to meet new parents.  Shortly after attending her first meeting, she was elected to her 1st Board seat.  After her first state Convention she realized that a spark had formed not only to advocate for the children in her area but for all children.  Together with her husband they share 6 children, 5 grandchildren and a very active Schipperke (Diamond).  Chantelle has a passion for helping others develop and advance in their career as well as in life.  She lives to learn something new daily.

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2024 Convention Chair
VACANT

AZPTA is looking for dedicated volunteers who want to help make a difference in the lives of Arizona school children. Contact us for more information!

Additional Committees & Members

*Committee Chairs

Interested in joining or need more information about committees?
Email: office@azpta.org

Advocacy Committee

Kirsten Morgan*

Angela McCallister

Allen Little

Arts in Education Committee

Sharon Clark Frierson*

Shana Wilson

Reflections Sub-Committee

Sharon Clark Frierson

Shana Wilson

Colette Campbell

Jenny Chavez* 

Amanda Reyes 

Kirsten Morgan

Danielle Padia

Budget & Finance Committee

Sarah Davis*

Terrie Minnick

Kirsten Morgan

Bylaws Committee

Diversity Committee

Angela McCallister*

Chantelle Little

Caitlin Dragun

Allen Little*

Family & Community Engagement Committee

Male Engagement Sub-Committee

Conor Martin*

Allen Little

Nicole Martin*

Angela McCallister

Chantelle Little

Monique Nieto

Danielle Padia

Field Service Committee

Health & Safety Committee

Alejandra Gastelum*

Heidi Carpenter

Chantelle Little*

Conor Martin

Leadership Development Committee

Amanda Reyes* 

Jessica Miranda

Membership Committee

State & Local Unit Relations (SLUR) Committee

Danielle Padia

Amanda Reyes 

Sarah Davis

Tiffany Rogers

Angela McCallister

Sharon Clark Frierson

Nathan Padia

Caitlyn Martin

Youth Committee

Office Management Team

Jenny Chavez 

Sara Gagliardi

Danielle Padia

Amanda Reyes 

Terrie Minnick

Elections Committee
(2 Elected Members)

To be determined 

Kirsten Morgan

Allen Little

Terrie Minnick

Marketing & Public Relations Committee

Newsletter - Marketing Sub-Committee

Terrie Minnick

Teacher of the Month - Marketing Sub-Committee

Monique Nieto*

Courtney Bowman-Cox

Kirsten Morgan

Caitlin Dragun

Nominating Committee
(7 BOM Members)

To be determined 

Convention Committee

ALL BOM Members

Tiffany Rogers

Kirsten Morgan

Nicole Martin

Angela McCallister

Monique Nieto

Shana Wilson

Stephanie Clor

Irene Dargan

Site Selection - Convention Sub-Committee

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Awards - Convention Sub-Committee

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Registration - Convention Sub-Committee

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Credentials - Convention Sub-Committee

Amanda Reyes

Workshop - Convention Sub-Committee

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Meal Functions - Convention Sub-Committee

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Hospitality - Convention Sub-Committee

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Rules - Convention Sub-Committee

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Decorations - Convention Sub-Committee

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Convention PR - Convention Sub-Committee

Vacant

Program - Convention Sub-Committee

Vacant

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