Jan Harp Domene of Anaheim, California, is the PTA national president for 2007 to 2009.
As president, she plans to raise the level of parent involvement nationwide by increasing PTA
membership and strengthening outreach to diverse communities; focus on ensuring the inclusion
of PTA’s recommendations for the reauthorization of the act known as No Child Left Behind;
continue to build PTA’s parent involvement programs and partnerships; and to connect parents
and engage families by providing them with the knowledge they need to be advocates for their
She has been a member of the PTA for 31 years. During her years with PTA, Domene has facilitated collaborative
partnerships with many education, health, safety, and child advocacy groups to benefit children and provide
valuable resources to PTA members. As a mother and grandmother, Domene champions meaningful parent and
family involvement as the most effective way to help all children be successful and healthy students.
She has served PTA in numerous leadership positions including PTA national President-Elect, Secretary-
Treasurer, national chair of the Strategic Planning Committee, and California State PTA president.
Outside of PTA, Domene owns and operates Domene's Consulting, an event and party planning company. She has
also held volunteer positions for the Red Cross, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Susan G.
Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, Special Olympics Committee and is a past advisory board member for the
Prevention of Youth Violence Task Force. Domene was named 2009 Americana Woman of the Year by Orange
County’s Cypress College.
She is married to Greg Domene. They have three married children and five grandchildren.
Gary Henderson, CEO of Communities In Schools of North Texas (CISNT) joined CISNT and
the non-profit sector in 2003 after a 17 year business career as a Management Consultant at Price
Waterhouse and Senior Vice President at Bank of America. Gary led Bank of America’s Private
Bank Technology and Operations division including more than 400 associates across the U.S. and
Grand Cayman offshore Private Bank. Gary’s team was responsible for an annual operating and
project budget in excess of $20 million. Gary has a bias for growth, a passion for helping at-risk
children succeed and a deep desire to leverage the skills & experiences to increase CISNT’s impact
in the community. He has a strong business background in strategic planning, operational
management, annual financial planning, balanced business scorecard reporting, leadership
development and succession planning, and business continuity planning. In addition to leading CISNT, Gary serves
on the board of directors for the Texas Association of Partners in Education (TAPE), the Lewisville Chamber of
Commerce Governmental Affairs Committee, Lewisville ISD Adult and Community Education Advisory Council and
the Texas Education Agency 21 Century Community Learning Centers Task Force. email@example.com
Michelle Humphreys began her PTA career over twenty years ago as a Kindergarten mom. In
that time, she has held numerous offices including Local, Council and Area President, Texas PTA
Treasurer and Texas PTA President. She currently serves as President of Star Spangled PTA and
serves on the National PTA Membership Committee. Her PTA knowledge and enthusiasm have
helped her in presenting numerous workshops to PTA leaders.
Michelle and her husband Vernon have one daughter, Amanda. In her “spare” time, Michelle works
as a corporate manager, and enjoys a variety of hobbies.
Cheryl Roseborough, Founder of NFMI dba Self Esteem Elevated has been teaching and
training women for the past four years on how to overcome issues of low self-esteem.
Her inner healing techniques have helped her to uplift, encourage and elevate women across the
globe that are experiencing some of the life shattering experiences she has been delivered from.
She is a gifted motivational speaker and a sound teacher in the area of self-esteem. Her wisdom
compels you and her faith inspires you. Her energy and enthusiasm comes across in her
Her topics include: “Right/Real Relationships, The Power To Lead from Within, The Process of Deliverance by
Faith and the Chains that Bind.” She is highly sought after for speaking engagements, conferences and workshop
seminars across the globe.
Now the Founder/CEO of a successful advertising/promotional agency for cross-cultural markets, she began with
only $25 dollars and a Big God and the Founder/CEO of Now Faith Ministries International, A board member for the
National Association for Self Esteem and PTA President in the CFBISD school district. She has received such
awards as Great Woman of the 21 Century and was the 2007 recipient of the Great Woman of Achievement
award. She is a single mother of three and resides in Irving, Texas.
Kris Vaughn is in her second year as President for the Lewisville ISD Council of PTAs. She has
been a member of PTA for nine years and held various board positions. Kris’ PTA passion is parent
education and training leaders. Her leadership includes a council board of 32 members and
supporting the efforts of 64 local PTAs. Kris is a trainer for both National PTA and Texas PTA and
loves any chance to be in front of an audience, especially with a microphone.
She has a Management Degree from Central College in Pella, Iowa and has been the Chairperson
for their Alumni Advisory Council since 2002. Kris is very active at her church and is a board
member for Communities In Schools of North Texas (CISNT). She and husband Trent moved to
Flower Mound in 2000. They have two children.
Jan Wilkerson is a long-time PTA advocate. For over 25 years she has worked on all levels
of PTA. She has served as a local president. first vice-president (programs), second vice-
president (projects), membership chairman, newsletter editor, health concerns chairman, and the
person who dusted the trophies in the trophy case!
At the district level (now called Area), Jan served two terms as a president. She also served as
programs chairman, membership chairman, parliamentarian, and as an AFR.
Moving to the state level of PTA she has served on the board as a district president, regional vice-president, health
concerns chairman, secretary, second vice-president, first vice-president and is the current President of Texas
PTA. She has served on numerous state committees.
In “real life”, Jan is a registered nurse and a certified parent educator. She teaches for the local courts, CPS, and
private attorneys. She is the Director of Women’s Ministry for her local church, Eastview Pentecostal in Lufkin. Jan
serves on numerous regional and state committees. She owns her own business.
She is married to Burlon, a career educator. Their children include Trey and Michele, who are the parents to their
grand daughter, Annabeth; and daughters Krista and Melanie.
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Tamela D. Bowie
Business Owner, Entrepreneur, Community Leader,
Tamela D. Bowie is a long-time resident of Lewisville, Texas where she resides with her husband,
Lee J. Bowie, and two children, son, Ryan Bowie and daughter, McKenzie Bowie. She is a
successful business owner of Bowie Insurance located in Lewisville, Texas and active in LISD and
the Lewisville community. She currently serves her civic and community duties as the Vice-Chair
of the Community Development Block Grant Committee (CDBG) for the City of Lewisville. In
addition, her insurance agency is a member of the Keep Lewisville Beautiful Organization.
During her eight years as an active member in LISD PTAs, she was a Room Mom and served 2 terms as the Chair
of the Inclusiveness Committee at Valley Ridge Elementary. In addition she served as the Chair of Arts in
Education and was a member of the Building Leadership Team at Huffines Middle School. Currently, she serves
as the Council Delegate for the Lewisville High School PTSA while actively involved in the Basketball Booster Club
at Lewisville High School.
Dianne Costa, Mayor - Highland Village, TX
Dianne Costa was elected Mayor of Highland Village in May 2006 and re-elected again in 2008.
Ms. Costa has served on the City Council since 2002, and during her tenure she served as Deputy
Mayor Pro Tem and Mayor Pro Tem.
Ms. Costa is co-owner of Sharp Focus Centers for counseling, education and mediation (conflict
resolution, civil and advanced family cases). Ms. Costa has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Family Studies, with a
minor in Government, from Texas Woman's University.
Ms. Costa has served on the Parks and Recreation Strategic Planning Committee, Community Center Blue Ribbon
Committee, Denton County Child Protective Services Board and Highland Village Women's Club as the Outreach
Ms. Costa is currently a member on the following: Texas Association of Mediators (TAM), National Council on
Family Relations (NCFR), Rockpointe Church - Pastoral Care and Finance Chair, and is a Charter Member of the
Highland Village Police Auxiliary. Ms. Costa was appointed to serve as a member on the Texas Municipal League
Resolutions Committee and the Committee on General Government.
Ms. Costa was the recipient of the 2000 Highland Village Police Department Community Service Award. She has
lived in Highland Village with her husband, Dennis, and their sons since 1994.
Thomas Jacob, 3rd VP – LISD Council of PTAs & Senior Principal - SAP
Thomas currently works for SAP, the world’s number one company in business application
software and a fortune 100 company. As Senior Principal of value engineering at SAP,
Thomas is responsible for helping SAP customers understand the value of SAP’s software
solutions. In this capacity Thomas has worked with C-level executives of many multinational
companies and helped generate more than $100M of revenue for SAP.
Thomas’ previous professional experience includes multiple roles at many other leading companies, such as i2
Technologies, Intel Corporation and Digital Equipment Corporation. Thomas holds 3 masters degrees including a
MBA from MIT’s Sloan School of Business and an MS in Mechanical Engineering from MIT’s School of
Thomas is an Immigrant from India, who has traveled the world including countries such as Israel, Dubai, Australia,
UK, France, The Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, Italy, Austria, Finland, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Canada and
Poland. Thomas now resides with his wife and 3 children in Flower Mound.
He is serving as 3 VP – Budget & Finance for the LISD Council of PTAs. In his extra time, Thomas has developed
an educational web site to help American Children compete better in Math. You can visit his site at
Sounjalynne Mata, Legislative Chair - Area 16 PTA
Sounjalynne has been active in PTA since 2002, starting her service in the Carrollton-Farmers
Branch Independent School District. She has held many positions in the PTA, including
legislative chair, environmental chair, parliamentarian, nursery co-chair, and council delegate.
Her desire to serve on PTA came out of her need to improve and and build relationships with
her children's teachers and administrators. In the same vein, she is working toward improving
active representation of minority parents in the PTA.
Sounjalynne is also currently mentoring the PTA board at Furneaux Elementary and serving as parliamentarian for
the Lewisville Special Education PTSA as well as legislative chair for both Area 16 and Carrollton-Farmers Branch
Council of PTAs. When not busy raising her six children and praying for her stepdaughter serving in Iraq, she likes
to relax by listening to classical music.
Raúl Peña, Principal - Central Elementary School
Originally from El Paso, Texas, Raúl Peña has been in the education field for eleven years.
During his tenure in education, he has served as a bilingual classroom teacher, middle school
assistant principal and campus principal. Currently, Mr. Peña is the Principal of Central
Elementary in Lewisville ISD.
Under Mr. Peña’s leadership, great progress has been made in student academic performance.
A 30% increase in fifth grade student performance on the Science TAKS test was realized during
the first year of his administration at Central. A focused effort toward increasing student
achievement and parental involvement are the benchmarks of his second year administration. Leading the district
in innovative approaches for educating second language learners, Mr. Peña has instituted the first dual language
program in LISD. As a native Spanish speaker, Mr. Peña’s passion for learning in two languages has increased the
value of the educational programs and student performance for LISD.
Raúl Peña is an active community member. He is a member of the Lewisville Morning Rotary Club, a newly
elected, board member for Communities In Schools of North Texas and an active member of multiple LISD steering
committees. He has presented both at the district and national level on various educational topics. He is a
member of the University of Texas Alumni Association and is an avid supporter of Longhorn football.