The Iowa PTA is led by a group of volunteers from across the state. They share their time and efforts to promote the health, education, and well-being of children and youth; to assist parents in developing parenting skills; and to encourage parent and public involvement in public schools. They attend state and local PTA unit meetings, lead workshops, provide information to members and units, follow legislative issues concerning children, serve on committees for related organizations, and advocate for children everywhere. In support of the volunteer organization, Iowa PTA retains the services of an Executive Director to administer and assist the Iowa PTA leadership team.
2015-2017 Elected Officers
President - Shellie Pike
President-Elect - Lisa Dlouhy
VP Leadership - Claire Leondard
VP Legislation - Johanna Bobenhouse
VP Membership - Hoang Bui
Secretary/Treasurer - Janel McGovern
Immediate Past President - Elizabeth Mink
The Iowa PTA is always looking for new people to join our team. Take a look at the Officer Eligibility Form for more information. If you are interested in a position on our board as an officer or committee chair or member, please fill out a Nomination Form. Nomination forms for elected positions are completed and returned to the Executive Director at
for consideration by the Nominating Committee.
There are four requirements to join the State Leadership team:
- be a resident of the state of Iowa
- be a current member of a PTA unit in good standing
- be able to attend regularly scheduled meetings, and
- possess a willingness to do assigned tasks.
There are two governing groups for the Iowa PTA; the Executive Committee and the Board of Managers. The individuals serving on each of these groups is specified in the Iowa PTA’s Policies and Procedures Manual.
The Iowa PTA Executive Committee consists of the elected officers and two committee chairs. The immediate past president serves as an advisor and is a non-voting member of the Committee. The Executive Committee transacts the business of the organization between regularly scheduled Board meetings and oversees all activities of the Iowa PTA.
Board of Managers
The Iowa PTA Board of Managers is the governing body of the Iowa PTA. It is made up of the elected officers, immediate past president, council presidents, and committee chairs. These individuals, both elected and appointed, come together several times a year to review and approve all transactions and activities of the Iowa PTA and to govern and lead the Iowa PTA membership.
The Iowa PTA state leadership team is composed of four different types of positions. Each serves an important function and is necessary for the smooth running of the organization.
Officers are elected by the state PTA membership at the Iowa PTA Convention on odd-numbered years and serve two-year terms. All officers, except the President, can serve more than one consecutive term in an office. The President can serve only one term.
Elected Officer Positions
Committee Chairs are appointed by the elected officers at the first Executive Committee meeting after the Iowa PTA Convention. They serve two-year terms in their appointed area and report to the President, President-Elect, or a Vice-President. Committee Chairs serve as the chairmen of their respective committees and work closely with the elected officers throughout their term.
2015-2017 Committee Chairs
Legislative Chair - Thatcher Williams
Membership Chair -Vacant
Family Engagement Chair - Vacant
Bylaws Chair - Vacant
Convention Chair - Vacant
Reflections Chair - Liz Mink
Council Presidents are elected by the PTA Council membership in their respective cities. They serve according to their local bylaws and act as an intermediate leadership level between state officers and local units in the larger metropolitan areas. Council Presidents bring issues and concerns from councils to the attention of the Board of Managers and take back information to local units.
2016-2017 Council Presidents
Cedar Rapids Council President - Janel McGovern
Clinton Council President - Jennifer Austin
Newton Council President - Chelsea Swarts
Supporting Positions are appointed by the Iowa PTA Board of Managers and serve a two-year term. They serve as consultants or as coordinators of various programs and report to the President, President-Elect or a Vice-President.