Who we are

The Illinois PTA was founded on May 30, 1900, and has since worked diligently to support public schools and to ensure that all children and youth have equal opportunities and access to a quality education.

We are a state-wide volunteer organization dedicated solely to the welfare of children and youth in the home, school, and community.

The Illinois PTA is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and is guided by an approved set of bylaws.

PTA and the Community

State Board of Directors


Brian Minsker


Lillian Ball

President Elect

Kristin Kramer


Rhonda Jenkins

V.P. Field Operations

Carolyn McCarty

Executive Director

Jolene Stark

V.P. of Programs

Connie McElyea


Lisa Garbaty



Chicago Region Director

Vanessa Richardson

Southern Region Director

Gregg Hobbs

South Suburban Cook Director

Darvel Stinson

Northern Region Director


East Central Region Director

Missy Brown

Northwest Cook Region Director

Jennifer Ratkovich

District 10 Director

Michelle Lassak

District 19 Director

Camile O’Quin

District 25 Director

Lawrence Baldwin

District 20 Director

Carmen Holiday


Wendy Powers

District 23 Director

Catherine Jones

Scholarship Director


Immediate Past President

Matthew Rodriguez

District 24 Director

Ruth Johnston

Cultural Arts Director

Laura Murphy

Environmental Concerns

Lisa Brennan