OHIO PTA president makes history

Staff report


Lisa Mack, the 52nd president of the Ohio PTA, made history when her term began July 1.

Mack is the organization’s first black president.

“I am humbled,” said Mack, an 18-year volunteer with PTA. “When I joined the Ohio PTA board of directors, I never had aspirations to become president. It never was even on my radar. I do understand the added weight of responsibility of my presidency due to its historical nature.”

Honoring Ohio PTA tradition, Mack has chosen a theme for her term, “Our PTA Symphony: Bringing Harmony to Every Child’s Life.”

“I love music, and it’s a big part of my life,” she said. “When thinking of a theme for my term, it just had to be musical, not just because of my love for music, but because of what music represents. Music transcends all barriers. It’s a universal language.”

Symphony can be defined as “agreement of sound – one voice.”

“The PTA tagline is ‘Every Child. One Voice,’ so I thought ‘symphony’ to be the perfect word,” Mack said.

Symphonies typically have four movements, and Mack has four priorities for her tenure as president.

She will focus on family engagement, training, advocacy and relevancy.

Each movement or goal could stand alone independently, but to make the PTA Symphony complete, all movements, or goals, need to be connected or in harmony.

“Striving to reach these goals is what will help bring harmony to every child’s life,” Mack said.

Mack lives in South Euclid with her husband of 29 years. They have three daughters.

The Ohio PTA, a 112-year-old branch of the National PTA, is made up of nearly 72,000 members in more than 500 units.

The Ohio PTA was organized in May 1901.

For information about Ohio PTA, visit www.ohiopta.org.

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