Actively pursue and create opportunities for students, parents, teachers and staff to work together to accomplish academic and community-oriented goals.



Primarily to help the PTA foster communication between parents and teachers regarding the activities and issues affecting Pioneer. Additionally, your PTA dues help offset the costs of event notices and the school directory; the cost of operating a non-profit organization such as insurance and bank charges; and payment of the parent PTA organization (Third District) PTA dues. Also, unless you are a member of the PTA, you cannot vote on PTA business matters at PTA meetings.

2020-21 Board Members

2020-21 Committee Chairs and Program Coordinators

Click on the position title for duty descriptions:

President - Doug Sulenta email

Executive VP - Amanda Stevens email

Secretary - Swapna Panigrahi email

Treasurer - Tiffany Yost email

Financial Secretary - Stephanie Rogers email

Auditor (& Historian) - Gary Lau

Fundraising VP - Kristy Riley email

Membership VP - Kellie Black-Holcroft

Communication VP - Isaac Stevens email

Enrichment VP - Lindsay Terry

Standing Committees Chair - Beth Knudsen email

Principal - Mr. Ron Thomas email

Teacher Reps -

Amanda Walsh and Len Fingerman 

Fundraising Programs

Auction Chair - Gregg Herrington

Book Fair Coordinators - Joanie Brisbin, Tiffany Yost, Eli Alston-Stepnitz


Box Tops - VACANT

Dog Dash Coordinators - Lisa Anderson and Lisa Herrington

Nugget eScrip/Amazon - Sheryl Yamamoto

Pioneer Pridewear - Tiffany Yost

Communication Programs

Marquee - ON HOLD

Pioneer e-News - Beth Knudsen 

Pioneer PTA Website - Tamie LeBar

Pioneer Times - VACANT

Student Directory - Catherine Cho

Teacher Classroom Communications Coordinator - Gretchen Tornabene

Classroom Reps

Year Book - Andrea Clark

Membership & Commmunity Programs

Fall Festival Coordinators - ON HOLD

Family Movie Night - ON HOLD

Hospitality - ON HOLD

Science Night - Karen Sulenta and Georgeann Sack

Collector's Spring Fling - Tiffany Yost


Hospitality/Teacher Luncheons, Teacher Appreciation Week - ON HOLD

Parent Education - VACANT

Enrichment Programs


Afterschool Enrichment - TBD 


Ambassador Coordinator - TBD

BRAVO Music - Sarah Almetus


Garden Outreach Coordinator - Kerri Hart

K-6 Fine Arts Teacher - ON HOLD


Library Assistance - Joanie Brisbin

Myth Busters!

Let’s also dispel three major myths about getting involved in PTA:


Myth #1: If I pay $15.00 to join the PTA, then I have to attend the meetings.

NO. You attend when you can (if you can); meetings are NOT mandatory. The PTA General meetings are a chance for you to keep abreast of the financial decisions being made about monies raised, as well as other happenings concerning the school and district. 


Myth #2: All membership dues go to the National PTA.

NO. A portion of your dues stays with Pioneer PTA. We encourage all parents to pay for a membership because the $15.00 gives us a head start on the school year and keeps you informed. In part, this means your teachers get to keep all of their paycheck and your children have all the supplies they need. For example, each teacher receives a classroom stipend from PTA funds raised, so that your child’s teacher can purchase much needed classroom items such as markers, paper materials, etc. for the school year.  


Myth #3: I work full-time, so I can’t possibly find time to volunteer at school.

NO. There are so many opportunities to help with PTA school events and programs that can be done on your own time. There is something for every schedule and interest level. For a full listing and volunteer descriptions, please pick up a form at the school office or visit the PTA website.

Important Fact: This school year, almost every one of your PTA Board members and the majority of  PTA Chairpersons are full-time working parents.