2019-2020 Board of Directors


top row, left to right: B. Eshetu, R. Brito, E. Lin, V. Luthra, R. Evans, B. Duncan, F. Vang-Johnson; bottom row, left to right: S. Burr, E. Smith, M. Slye, K. Copeland, C. Hampson

top row, left to right: B. Eshetu, R. Brito, E. Lin, V. Luthra, R. Evans, B. Duncan, F. Vang-Johnson; bottom row, left to right: S. Burr, E. Smith, M. Slye, K. Copeland, C. Hampson

Manuela Slye

President

Manuela has extensive experience collaborating with PTSAs across the city, and served as SCPTSA co-VP last year. Other PTA 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.

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Friendly Vang-Johnson

co-vice president

Friendly is a huge proponent of public schools and universities, and knows the value and importance of an excellent, academically rigorous education, especially for historically underserved communities. She is a proud first generation American, daughter of Hmong refugees. She holds a Masters in public policy and has more than two decades of experience in community organizing and performance auditing. She is the mom of three: a 12 year old, 4 year old, and almost 2 year old in a multiracial family, brought together by both biology and the foster care system.

Her 12 year old has ADHD, which has given her tremendous insight into the inferior education he and other special education and students of color are receiving in the SPS district. She feels very strongly that the SPS district must do more to ensure and uphold equity—it must engage and work to serve families of all shapes, sizes, and colors to effectively close the educational opportunity gap and give our kids a fighting chance in life. As your vice president, she will be a strong and relentless advocate for equity and family engagement.

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Sebrena Burr

co-vice president
 

Sebrena is a native Seattleite and a long-time community and education advocate. She is a past president of the Seattle Council PTSA (2016-2018) and serves SCPTSA with our Best Starts for Kids (BSK) - Trauma-Informed Restorative Practices partnership with King County (BSK) and Seattle Public Schools focusing on Family Engagement, Equity, and Student Voice. This work is educating and empowering families in their role in their student’s education and elevating family and youth voice in policies and decisions.  She is a member of the Cleveland High School PTSA, has served as a state delegate for National PTA, and is an inaugural Wonder of Women International (WOW) "Community Crown Jewel.”

She is a past Parent Map Magazine "SuperHero" with her now high school daughter, Central Area Chamber of Commerce Phenomenal People Honoree, advocate, volunteer and awardee of Children’s Alliance and Wellspring Family Services, and travels frequently to Olympia to speak to elected officials to further initiatives on education, health, homelessness, and housing. A graduate of the Gracious Space Mastery class, Sebrena works to put Gracious Space at the center of our educational system.

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Rebecca Evans

treasurer

Rebecca has lived in WA for 20 years, a California transplant. She calls West Seattle home, has an 8-year-old son, a 20-year-old daughter, and a sweet puppy to chase around. She first developed an interest in equity work in schools when her daughter was in elementary school, and after changing schools from one to another she realized the vast variance between the education, enrichment, and supports students experienced in schools less than 3 miles apart.

Discovering that the same situation continued when her son entered school lit a fire for her to get more involved with others doing the work necessary to break the cycle. She previously served SCPTSA as an Area Director for West Seattle. When not busy volunteering in the community, Rebecca runs a health insurance brokerage and spends a great deal of time with her large extended family.

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Kristy Copeland

secretary

Kristy lives in North Seattle with her partner and their two children, a preschooler and a first grader in Seattle Public Schools, where their favorite family time is spent going to the beach, having a bbq, or walking around their neighborhood pond. Kristy's commitments to anti-racist community organizing include supporting local grassroots campaigns for prison abolition, migrant rights, and electoral candidates who center marginalized voices. She has also spear-headed building a children's anti-bias library and teaching a Social Justice in the City class at UW.

Kristy is a charter member of the Thornton Creek Elementary PTA where she has served as the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Chair and is the current Vice President. There she has organized young families to participate in Seattle's MLK March and co-created new school-based events such as the Families of Color Potluck. Her kids are very patient with attending her many many meetings - especially if they get to watch videos!

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Legislative co-Chairs

Edward Lin, William Washington

Reflections chair

OPEN

Membership chair

Christina Ellis

Family engagement chair

Emijah Smith

communications chair

OPEN

high school area director

Brian Duncan

Northwest Area Director

OPEN

NORtheast area director

OPEN

central area director

Andy Jensen

southwest area co-directors

Brandee Paisano, Vikas Luthra

southeast area director

Bilen Eshetu

Immediate Past President

Chandra Hampson

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