About

Board of Directors

2017-2019

Strong leadership is essential for any association, and our board members ensure California State PTA is delivering on our mission to positively impact the lives of children and families.

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Dianna MacDonald

President

Dianna MacDonald

President

Dianna MacDonald is currently the president for California State PTA. She has served PTA at the local, regional, and state levels in various roles including serving as the family engagement advocate, vice president for education, and leadership mentor. Her work has focused on early-childhood education, supporting military families, special education, and closing the achievement gap. She is a National PTA presenter, a National Issue Forum Moderator and has received extensive training in building inclusive and equitable communities as well as completed the Masters in Governance program through the California School Boards Association. Additionally, MacDonald is certified in the new Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) and has a deep understanding of school finance, the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) process, school policy, and local implementation. She recently served as a school board trustee as well as a member of the California School Boards Association Delegate Assembly. As a strong believer in early-childhood education and family engagement, MacDonald is looking forward to working with all stakeholders and members of the Education Coalition in addition to streamlining processes and procedures to support local PTA leaders and strengthening outreach to the youngest Californians and their families. She and her husband Mike have three sons, and she credits PTA with teaching her how to advocate for all children across California.

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Celia Jaffe

President-elect

Celia Jaffe

President-elect

Celia Jaffe has been a PTA leader for 20 years, most recently as statewide vice president for education. She is a past president of Fourth District PTA, which serves the PTAs in Orange County. Celia has served on the Legislation Action Committee, the Resolutions Committee and many others. As a trustee of the Huntington Beach City School District 2004-2014, Celia served on the Delegate Assembly of the California School Boards Association. Celia holds a master’s degree in education and taught high school English for five years. Celia, her husband, and their two grown children love trivia and board games.

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Tom Horn

Vice President for Leadership Services

Tom Horn

Vice President for Leadership Services

Tom Horn started his involvement with schools, education, and PTA when he took the time to get on a school campus and began to see the difference and importance that can be made with a small investment of his time. His PTA involvement has spanned over two decades with service and encouragement to other parents, especially to other fathers, to take the time to get involved and make a difference in the lives of children and families.

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Carol Green

Vice President for Membership Services

Carol Green

Vice President for Membership Services

Carol Green began volunteering with PTA when her daughter started kindergarten and has volunteered at various levels since, including president for Ninth District PTA serving San Diego and Imperial Counties. She works in community/media relations for community coalitions focused on preventing drug use among youth. Green spent more than 20 years in radio and television news. She is an active community volunteer including past president for San Diego Junior Theatre. She has a bachelor’s degree in communications and journalism from San Diego State University. Green and her husband have three children.

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Brad Waller

Vice President for Communications

Brad Waller

Vice President for Communications

Brad Waller is a serial volunteer, Internet entrepreneur, and high-technology business owner. Trained in physics (MIT), Brad has worked in engineering and marketing for the last 28 years. Education is a passion, as Brad has served numerous positions at the unit, council, district, and state levels for the PTA, and he currently serves as a member of two school boards. Brad started his career in the aerospace industry doing things he can’t talk about, working in advanced infrared technology, project management, and marketing. Brad lives in Redondo Beach with his wife and daughter.

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Julie Redmond

Vice President for Special Events

Julie Redmond

Vice President for Special Events

Julie Redmond has been involved in PTA for over 19 years. She has served as the vice president for convention at the state level as well as a member of the convention committee and chair of various committees. At the local, council, and district levels, she has served in a variety of positions including president, treasurer, and parliamentarian and as a committee chair. Julie holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in accounting. Julie feels that time spent involved in the improvement of the lives of children in California is essential. Julie has been married for 37 years to Michael and has one son, Jonathon.

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Shereen Walter

Vice President for Health & Community Concerns

Shereen Walter

Vice President for Health & Community Concerns

Shereen Walter is a member of the Superintendent of Public Instruction’s Safe Schools and Community Advisory Committee. She has completed the Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) Train-the-Trainer Program to provide training for site-based planning teams in the creation, revision, or enhancement of school Emergency Operations Plans. Shereen has served on the Asset Management and Boundary Realignment Committees in the Huntington Beach City School District. She earned her bachelor’s degree in geophysical engineering from the Colorado School of Mines, and her master’s degree in business administration from the University of California, Irvine. She and her husband, Steve, have been married 32 years and have three grown children: Stephanie, Lindsey, and Dylan.

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Mary Perry

Vice President for Education

Mary Perry

Vice President for Education

Mary Perry is an independent education consultant. From 1993 to 2011 she was deputy director of EdSource and in that role explained complex education policy, data, and research to a wide range of education stakeholders. Mary served on the governing board of the Campbell Union School District from 1990-99. She began her involvement in public schools as a local PTA president and remained active in PTA throughout the time her three children were in school. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Oregon and a master’s degree in liberal arts from Stanford University.

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Lynn Miyamoto

Vice President for Family Engagement

Lynn Miyamoto

Vice President for Family Engagement

Lynn Miyamoto graduated from UC Davis with a bachelor’s degree in international relations and a law degree. She is a partner of Miyamoto & Florey, LLP, a practice focused on immigration. She serves on various non-profit boards including serving as the immediate past president of the Glendale Educational Foundation and California State PTA as the chair of the School Smarts Committee. She also serves on Jericho Road Pasadena, a non-profit serving seniors in the Japanese American community. She lives in La Crescenta with her husband, Kevin. She has two beautiful daughters: Corrina and Saralyn.

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Deborah Johnson

Secretary

Deborah Johnson

Secretary

Deborah Johnson has worked in all levels of PTA for 33 years. She started when her oldest of three children was 6 months old in a preschool PTA. Deborah has served in multiple positions, from being a chair person to serving on the California State PTA. She is a kindergarten teacher and has been in a classroom for over 18 years.

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Kathy Corzine

Treasurer

Kathy Corzine

Treasurer

Kathy Corzine started in PTA when her son entered kindergarten. Her first elected position was President of Redondo Union High School PTSA. She has served in various unit, council, and district board positions. Kathy has served on the California State PTA board on the Leadership Commission and the Programs and Member Services Commission. Kathy lives near Mission Viejo with her son, daughter-in-law, her new granddaughter, and the family’s two dogs. Prior to having her son, Kathy taught second grade. Kathy works for a real estate development and property management firm in Santa Monica as the accounting manager and controller.

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Maggie Steele

Parliamentarian

Maggie Steele

Parliamentarian

Maggie Steele previously served California State PTA as the vice president for family engagement and the vice president for programs and member services. In addition, she held numerous positions at the unit, council, and district levels including the office of president of Peralta District PTA. As a parent volunteer, she has been engaged in community and school organizations such as Girl Scouts, Odyssey of the Mind, and band boosters. She also served as a parent representative on school site councils, school district, and WASC accreditation committees. Professionally, Maggie holds a Ph.D. degree and recently retired as a college professor. She and her husband reside in Pleasanton and have two daughters.

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Lea Darrah

Director of Legislation

Lea Darrah

Director of Legislation

Lea Darrah has been a PTA member and volunteer since her oldest child, who is now a college graduate, started kindergarten. Over the years she has been active as a leader at PTA units in her community as well as serving on Site Councils and a wide range of district committees. She is a passionate advocate for family engagement and has worked on a statewide task force to teach community members how to advocate for their children. She is also an active community volunteer, including serving as the registrar for the local soccer club. Lea and her husband Matt have four children.

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Martha Deutsch

Chair of the District Presidents

Martha Deutsch

Chair of the District Presidents

Torrance resident Martha Deutsch has served as a clerk for the Torrance Unified School District Board of Education and has served in many roles with PTA, including parliamentarian, executive vice president, and president for multiple units. She also served as the vice president for the Thirty-Third District PTA and has volunteered thousands of hours to education. Deutsch earned a degree from California State University, Los Angeles. She and her husband, Barry, have a son and a daughter.

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Sherry Skelly Griffith

Executive Director

Sherry Skelly Griffith

Executive Director

Sherry Skelly Griffith has worked in education policy for 30 years in the State Capitol and in Washington, D.C. For the past 13 years, she has worked on behalf of the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA), including representing ACSA before the U.S. Department of Education, Congress, the California Legislature, the governor and the California Board of Education. Most recently, she worked as the director of governmental relations at ACSA, where she served as part of the statewide Education Coalition.

Prior to ACSA, Griffith spent five years as the executive director of the California Curriculum Commission and as an education administrator and division director overseeing 32 staff at the California Department of Education. She also served under the chief deputy superintendent as chief consultant and legislative representative on behalf of State Superintendent of Public Instruction Delaine Eastin.

Her wide range of experience also includes four years working for a member of the Assembly Education Committee, and serving as the legislative director for the California Children’s Lobby as well the California State Student Association representing California State University students in Sacramento and Washington, D.C.

Starting out as a preschool teacher and the first college graduate in her family, she has combined her passion for education and public policy these last three decades. She and her husband Joel have three children: two in California public universities and a senior in public high school.