2018-2019 PTSA Board and Committees

Executive Board:

President: Debby Orsak

Vice President:  Stacey Alpert

Secretary:  Howie Phillips

Treasurer: Doug Mader  

MCCPTA Delegate: Sharon Gross ; Molly Carr




Audit: Performs the yearly audit of the PTSA financial books. The position usually involves working with two other parents to go through the PTSA checks for the past year to make sure that checks have proper documentation and signatures.  (Positions chosen in June).

Awards: Coordinates the applications and selection process for PTSA awards and grants. This requires some work in the fall when teacher mini-grants are issued and in the spring when various annual awards are made to students, teachers and parents.   Chair:   Maureen Heim


The Big Train Newsletter:  Coordinates the preparation of The Big Train, the PTSA newsletter, which is published three times a year.  Ensures that The Big Train is properly formatted to be posted to the WJ home page and emailed to the PTSA listserv.  Chair:  Deb Posner 


Cluster Representative: Serves as liaison between the Walter Johnson PTSA and the rest of the WJ Cluster. Duties include attending monthly Cluster meetings to discuss issues affecting the cluster, planning strategy for cluster testimony to the Board of Education on issues concerning our schools, writing testimony, and reporting back to the WJ community during the monthly PTSA meetings.  Chair: Debby Orsak


Counseling Advisory Committee (CAC): Works with the WJ Counseling Department and the school administration to improve school communication, helps with educational parenting and college planning meetings and runs practice SAT and ACT tests.  Chairs: Lisa Moss, Kim Hefferman


Health & Wellness Summit:  Serves as a resource to educate the community on issues related to the health and wellness of WJ students.  Chair: OPEN


Hospitality & Staff Appreciation:  Coordinates activities relating to the annual PTSA fall breakfast (August), spring luncheon (April) and Appreciation Week (May) for WJ faculty and staff and provides refreshments for various PTSA meetings and events.  Chairs:  Veronica WalgamotteSona KammulaAmy BarryMelanie Mouyard


Learning Differences and Special Needs:  Gathers and disseminates information on programs and resources for students with special needs and their parents.  Chair:  Julie Reiley


The Lineup Student Directory: Coordinates the creation of the print and electronic WJ Student Directory called "The Lineup." ChairVeronica Walgamotte        


MCCPTA Delegates:  Attend monthly MCCPTA meetings and represent WJ's interests in the voting, and report back to the PTSA.   Chairs: Jen Cope, Molly Carr     


 Membership:  Coordinates the annual PTSA membership drive: Prepares and distributes flyers encouraging families to join the PTSA; Collects dues and maintains a roster of PTSA members; distributes directories to PTSA members and students.  Chair:  Howie Philips


Minority Parent Council: Previously known as the NAACP Parent Council.  The purpose of the Minority Parent Council is to provide a forum where interested community members may offer assistance, guidance, and support to parents and students of color at WJ to pursue the highest quality education possible through encouragement, information sharing, critical evaluation, and advocacy.  Chair:  Taiwo Oluwu


Prom Breakfast:  Coordinates after-prom breakfast in partnership with the county Project Prom committee.  Chair: Amy Walker


Website: Designs and maintains the PTSA website.  Chair: Melissa Brady












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