President’s Back to School Message

Dear PTA Leaders,

Welcome to the 2017-18 school year! The Minnesota PTA Board of Directors and office staff look forward to supporting you throughout the coming school year. This Back-to-School mailing is only one small way for us to do that. Please take the time to go through each document, as they all are important for a smooth beginning to your year.

Special attention should be given to the document titled “Units in Good Standing” as it lists the four requirements each PTA needs to complete to be a recognized under Minnesota and National PTA. Once you’ve completed those, go ahead
and add these other tasks to your ‘to-do’ list…

  • “Like” us on Facebook. Look for the Minnesota PTA logo shown above, and you have the right page. We will utilize Facebook a lot this year to stay in contact – you don’t want to miss anything! Encourage all of your members to do the same.
  • Presidents and Treasurers should request to join our Minnesota PTA closed groups on Facebook (Minnesota PTA Presidents Group & Minnesota PTA Treasurers Group) as a way to stay in contact with other leaders across the state – it’s a great place to ask questions and support each other.
  • Go to and create an account. It will give you access to the National Back-to-School Toolkit ( plus lots of other resources you can utilize throughout the year.
  • Mark your calendar with the important dates listed on the half-sheet enclosed, especially Saturday, April 14, 2018 – the date of our state convention.

In case you haven’t had the chance to meet us, below is the contact information for all of the board members and our
state office staff. Please do not hesitate to call or email if you have any questions – we are here to help!

Heather Starks, President:

Heather's bio coming soon!

Deborah Seelinger, North Star Unit President:

Deborah's bio coming soon!

Lisa Sellner, Secretary:

Lisa's bio coming soon!

Denise Foy, Bylaws:

Denise's bio coming soon!

Amber Hoffman, Communications:

Amber's bio coming soon!

Cathy Nathan, Advocacy:

Cathy's bio coming soon!

Lori Ortega, Reflections:

Lori's bio coming soon!

Sandra Smith, Outreach:

Sandra's bio coming soon!

Maria Sorenson, Diversity:

Maria's bio coming soon!

JC St. Onge-Holm, Resource Development:

JC's bio coming soon!

Michelle Utter, Office Manager:

Michelle's bio coming soon!

We are always looking for PTA leaders that are ready to join us at the state level – especially in our open positions
(Education Commissioner, Health and Wellness Chair, Convention Chair, Membership Chair, Scholarship Chair and
Strategic Chair). If a board position is not for you, we are also looking for committee members to help support board
members on the above chart. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you want more information.

While I have only been in this position since April, I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know PTA leaders across this
great state. Thank you for all you do for your schools, your students, and your families – you should all be proud of the
great work you do for Minnesota’s students! Have a great year!

Heather Starks

President, Minnesota PTA

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