2018-2019 Board of Directors

Chandra Hampson



Chandra weaves threads of social justice, economic and community development and banking into the tapestry that is her “work”. She’s an accidental Seattleite (UW MBA) but lifelong North-westerner (Pendleton High School) with roots in Nebraska and having left her heart in Italy (Le Grazie) and California (Stanford). She is descendant from the Broadface and Cloud families and Thunderbird clan of the Winnebago Tribe and is raising her third and fifth grade girls (Sand Point) to understand the importance of being brave for their ancestors, both HoChuck and Anishinaabe. Since succumbing to the bizarre allure of PTA mom, Chandra has served her school community as PTA President, Vice President, Community Engagement Chair and Garden Co-Chair.


Emijah Smith

co-vice president


Emijah is a Seattle native from the Central District. She holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the Evans School at the University of Washington. She works as the Community Engagement Manager at Children’s Alliance where she supports parents and advocates to become leaders in creating equitable public policies for Washington’s kids and families. In addition, Emijah invests her time working towards racial justice and eliminating many forms of oppression.


Manuela Slye

co-vice president


Manuela has extensive experience collaborating with PTSAs across the city. Positions she has held include Co President, Vice President, and Director of Latino Affairs. She has also served as BLT ELL family representative. In 2012, she was honored by Univision/Allstate with the Latino Community Award for her work promoting and supporting bilingual education. Currently, Manuela is a member of the Equity and Race Advisory Committee to the Superintendent of Seattle Public Schools and a community consultant for Antioch University School of Education.

Manuela is a community leader and organizer. She has spearheaded the efforts to build and grow the Denny/Sealth Mariachi Pathway and has successfully run community events such as La Fiesta Latina at John Stanford International School and La Posada at Denny International Middle School.


Katy Banahan



Katy is a member of the Washington State and King County Bar Association Family Law and Elder Law Sections, and has trained in mediation and collaborative law. Katy’s law practice emphasizes family law for traditional and non-traditional families, estate planning including Medicaid and disability planning, and guardianship. Once an enthusiastic world traveler, motherhood now limits Katy’s vacations to beaches, water parks, and beaches with water parks. She is a member of the Lowell Elementary PTA board, and of the viciously competitive pub trivia team, the Be-Hi Rollers.


Lindsay Yost



Lindsay has two sons in Seattle Public Schools and is a life-long advocate for arts in education. Holding an MAT w/ cert. in dance, she has taught in public schools in TX and Southern CA. Lindsay also spent time in the music/touring lighting industry and arena event management. In addition to her roles with SCPTSA, she currently serves as the Membership Chair for Alki Elementary PTA and as Reflections Chair for the WA State PTA.

Legislative Chair


Reflections chair

Lindsay Yost

Membership chair

Christina Ellis

communications and outreach chair

Liza Rankin

data and finance chair

Jay Gilvydis

East African Community Special Education Liaison

Hodan Mohammed

Northwest Area Director


NORtheast area directors

Rebecca Brito, Lhorna Murray

central area director

Andy Jensen

southwest area director

Rebecca Evans

southeast area director

O’Hara Jimenez

BSK Family Engagement and Equity Consultant/Immediate Past President

Sebrena Burr

We strive for a board that equitably represents the students of the district we serve, and encourage our Seattle PTAs to do the same.