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A relevant resource for families and communities; and

A strong advocate for the education and well-being of every child.


Your kid is awesome. Smartphones are awesome, but awkward conversations about online safety and privacy not so awesome. Until now. The Smart Talk gets parents and kids together to have a clear conversation about all the devices you use and how to be responsible.


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110th Annual Convention and Exhibition

APRIL 8 - 10, 2016
Double Tree Hotel, Columbus
Thank you to all the delegates.  We hope that you found yourself fulfilled with new knowledge.  

Pictures have been shared on the Ohio PTA Facebook page. 



Ohio PTA Achievement Award

Looking for a very special gift...for your Founders Day celebration...for an extraordinary volunteer...for an exceptional educator...for a splendid superintendent...or a posh principal???

How about an Ohio PTA Achievement Award?  The recipient will receive a certificate, pin, and a yearly subscription to our monthly newsletter.

Find out more about and to order an Achievement Award
Ohio PTA has partnered with the Ohio Educational Library Media Association, State Library of Ohio, and INFOhio to create resources for parents to help their children prepare for the Third Grade Reading Guarantee.

Check out these videos!  Informative Parent Guides and more information can be found at:


Ohio PTA

40 Northwoods Blvd. Ste A
Columbus, OH  43235
(614) 781-6344
(614) 781-6349 FAX

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Message from Sheila (our PTA President)


The theme for my term is “We Are Family.” Anyone who knows me is not surprised by my theme. My husband, Robert of 27 years, and I have worked together in our PTA community for 2 decades.  Our son, Robert Jr., is following in our footsteps.  I believe that PTA is a family affair.

Your Ohio PTA Board of Directors and staff are available to assist you throughout your term of office.

I hope that you and your PTA family have a productive year !!!!!!!!!

Sheila Ragland

2015-2017 Ohio PTA President



Your 2015-2017 Ohio PTA Board of Directors


Board of Directors Job Descriptions

Leadership Directors District Advisors
Sheila Ragland
Tandra Rutledge
District 1
Susan Hans
Bylaws and Standing Rules
Cindy Schanz
District 2
Vice President of Leadership-Interim
Venezuela Robinson
Venezuela Robinson
District 3
Lois Monroe

Vice President of Field Service
Lisa Weaver
Diversity & Inclusion
Jeanne Groetz-Shockling
District 4

Suzie Smith-Rios
Jackie Arendt
District 6
Immediate Past President
Lisa Mack  
Linda Read
District 7
Dana Paul
Sue Owen
Executive Director
Family-School Partnership
Pam Bonnett
District 8

Jeri Gookin
Adminstrative Director  
Health, Welfare & Safety
Lisa Catalano
District 9
Barb Bungard
Angela Revay
District 10
Terry Hickey
40 Northwoods Blvd.
Columbus, 43235
614-781-6349 FAX
  District 11
Debbie Tidwell
    District 12
Maria Lang
    District 13
Rebecca Gawsyszawski 
    District 17
Carol Beasley
    District 18
Shannon Weber
    District 19 
District 1: Williams, Fulton, Lucas, Defiance, Henry, Wood

District 2: Paulding, Putnam, Hancock, Van Wert, Allen, Hardin, Mercer, Auglaize

District 3: Darke, Shelby, Logan, Miami, Champaign, Union, Clark, Madison

District 4: Preble, Montgomery, Greene, Fayette, Clinton

District 6: Butler, Warren, Hamilton, Clermont, Brown

District 7: Sandusky, Seneca, Erie, Huron, Lorain

District 8: Wyandot, Crawford, Richland, Ashland, Marion, Morrow, Knox

District 9: Ross, Highland, Meigs, Pike, Jackson, Adams, Scioto, Lawrence, Galia

District 10: Delaware, Franklin, Licking, Fairfield, Perry, Hocking, Pickaway, Vinton

District 11: Inner portion of Cuyahoga County

District 12: Outer ring of Cuyahoga County

District 13: Medina, Summit, Portage, Wayne, Stark, Holmes, Coshocton, Tuscarawas, Carroll

District 17: Lake, Geauga, Ashtabula

District 18: Trumball, Mahoning, Columbiana

District 19: Jefferson, Harrison, Guernsey, Belmont, Noble, Monroe, Morgan, Washington, Athens

When you work with Ohio PTA, your company demonstrates its commitment to improving the life and education of every child.  As a sponsor of Ohio PTA your company aligns itself with a trusted organization.  Together Ohio PTA and your company can focus on content that brings resources to create meaningful partnership and alliance to further family engagement, improve student success, and share relevant resources.



Strategic alliances are formalized relationships between Ohio PTA and other non-profit organizations; whereas each organization receives reciprocal benefits, including negotiated opportunities to promote programs to each organizations members, content sharing and the development of co-branded resources.

Non-Profit alliances are informal relationships that share one of more public or program foci with Ohio PTA, characterized by a sharing of information, development of joint strategies to reach common goals, sharing resources such as publications, research, advocacy activities.  These alliances may be short term and/or informal relations that can function without a structure.  Each organization retains authority and keeps resources separate.


Take advantage of this opportunity to align with Ohio PTA to provide exclusive benefits (discounts) to our members statewide.  Companies must offer exclusive discounts or benefits to PTA members and PTA will receive a minimum guaranteed annual royalty.


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Companies may not choose to be part of the above but wish to advertise their programs and/or opportunities.   Non-dues revenue is any source of revenue not associated with member dues.  It is fundraising for charitable purposes.  Ohio PTA does not endorse any company. Please contact Sue Owen, or 614-781-6344 for information on advertising in our newsletter, mailings, website or at conferences.

  1. PTA’s strength is its national membership. When PTA speaks on behalf of children and youth, we are heard from the principal’s office to the president’s office. Membership in PTA makes you part of over 100 years of service to children and schools.

  2. PTA bylaws and procedures ensure that each PTA – from the local unit to the National PTA – operates democratically and protects the rights of each member.

  3. The effectiveness of any organization is determined by the caliber of its leadership. PTA is often the training ground for a community’s leaders because we provide printed materials and workshops on programming, budgeting, leadership skills, and parliamentary tips. 

  4. Ohio PTA leaders provide field service and counseling for problems which arise. As part of a state and national organization, local PTA units exchange ideas and gain new insights from others’ experience. 

  5. Ohio PTA and National PTA, through government and foundation grants, develop needed research and programming in vital areas such as parenting, drug and alcohol abuse, critical television viewing skills, comprehensive health education and the arts. 

  6. Ohio PTA distributes an Annual Resource Guide of valuable program suggestions, membership promotions and PTA information to each unit president. Each president also receives “Our Children” which includes “What’s Happening in Washington” from the National PTA and the Ohio PTA"The News”. These useful periodicals are available to all members at modest subscription rates. 

  7. National PTA promotes PTA activities and membership through news releases, public service announcements on radio and television, and a public service advertising campaign in magazines. 

  8. Ohio PTA provides blanket federal income tax exemption through the Internal Revenue Service for all PTA units and councils. Your local PTA unit is considered a 501C 3 because of its affiliation with the Ohio PTA. 

  9. Annual district conferences, state and national conventions, and workshops permit all PTA members to make their voices heard in the shaping of PTA policies. 

  10. Ohio PTA and National PTA speak out for children before the “Big Boards of Education” – the Ohio General Assembly and the United States Congress.

  11. Ohio PTA has no paid lobbyists and PTA volunteers monitor legislation, testify on bills, and keep PTA members informed on the latest educational legislative issues.


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