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

V.P. of Program Services

Connie McElyea

South Suburban Cook Region Director

Darvel Stinson

District 20 Director

Mary Cooper


Lisa Garbaty


Angelica Parra

Convention Coordinator

Peg Staehlin

V.P. of Field Operations

Carolyn McCarty

Northern Region Director

Chase Thomas

District 19 Director

Camille O’Quin

Cultural Arts

Laura Murphy

Leadership Development

Brenda Diehl

Federal Legislation

Barb Quinn

President Elect

Kristin Kramer


Lillian Ball

Northwest Cook Region Director

Jennifer Ratkovich

District 23 Director

Catherine Jones


Wendy Powers

Immediate Past President

Matthew John Rodriguez

Executive Director

Jolene Stark



Chicago Region Director

Vanessa Richardson

Southern Region Director

Greg Hobbs

District 24 Director

Ruth Johnston

Membership Marketing

Julie Holdeman

State Legislation

Gretchen McDowell