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PTSA Mission Statement

Create an inclusive, supportive community that cultivates a tradition of excellence for all students
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Ballard HS relies heavily on parent volunteers to help provide the best possible experience and opportunities for all students…even more so now!

Becoming a BHS PTSA member, advocate, or volunteer helps close that funding gap. Families you can help by advocating and voting for increased funding for schools at the National PTAState PTA and local Seattle SCPTSA level

Visit the Volunteer Opportunities page to see how you can help out at Ballard HS no matter how big or small and feel free to contact anyone currently on the PTSA for more information too. Read issues of the PTSA Weekly Newsletter to stay informed.

BHS PTSA Roles & Postions Open for 22-23

We have many roles and open position opportunities. Take a look at our PTSA pages and talk to our members to find the right fit for you!

What Does the PTSA Do?

We Need Your Voice on the BHS PTSA Board!

Consider may opportunities listed below and reach out to Michelle Renn at if you are interested in learning more. Transition training offered for each role. Grab a friend, have fun and help support your students, positions can also be shared with another volunteer.

Executive Committee

President: Open
Vice President
: Open

Executive Board

Volunteer Coordinator: Open
Legislative Liaison: Seeking Co-Chair
Family & Community Engagement (FACE): Open

Standing Committee

Social Media: Open
Direct Appeal Fundraising: Open
Reflections: Open

Nominate Your Favorite Ballard High School Teacher, Staff Member or Volunteer for an Award!

Do you know a BHS Teacher, Staff Member or Volunteer who goes out of their way to make an outstanding impact at Ballard?

Golden Acorn and Outstanding Educator Awards Logo

Every year, the BHS PTSA gives out recognition awards at our year-end June General Meeting.

Honorees receive a certificate and pin, and a contribution is made in their name to the WA State PTA Scholarship Program.

Email PTSA President Gloria Kruzner at your nominees, along with a few details why you’ve chosen them.

We’re accepting award nominations through Monday, May 23. Winners will be celebrated at our 7 p.m. June 9 General Meeting.

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Who We Are

The Ballard HS PTSA is run by volunteers that donate their time to help promote and support the social, emotional, and academic well-being of all students. 

The work we do raises funds to run programs that provide academic opportunities, teacher and staff support, and backing for student activities. You can make a difference! We need your voice!

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Join the PTSA

Anyone who supports Ballard High students, staff, and families is welcome to join the Ballard High PTSA and volunteer to support our endeavors. 

This includes everyone our name implies (Parents, Teachers, and Students), as well as alumni, grandparents, extended family members, community members, and more! 

View the PTSA Welcome with Membership Sign-Up to get started!

PTSA Virtual Meetings 2021-22

The BHS PTSA looks forward to sharing dynamic programs for our school wide General Meetings this school year! Make sure to put our General Meetings on your calendar, all at 7 p.m. via Microsoft Teams. Contact us at to learn more. Meetings include committee and principal updates, we’d love to have you join us and find out how you can get involved too!

  • Board Thursday, June 9, 5:30 p.m.
  • General Membership Thursday, June 9, 7 p.m.

Meet Some of the BHS PTSA Members

Sarah Visser
Volunteer Coordinator Sarah Visser

Hello, My name is Sarah Visser, parent of 2019 BHS alum and a junior! I’m the PTSA Volunteer Coordinator. I joined the PTSA because a good friend of mine was already on the board and I’m a firm believer in working with people you know and admire.

Since joining the group, I’ve expanded my network of Ballard HS parents and volunteers not to mention my knowledge of what is happening at the school and district. It’s great to see first- hand how everything works together. 

I’m a “connector” by trade so it made sense for me to join volunteers with requests from the faculty for help. As such, when there is a need to fill, I’m always reminded how great our community is at stepping up.

Thank you! If you are interested in learning more, we are always looking for volunteers! Email Sarah at

Hi, my name is Shelley Rousseau, a parent of two students at Ballard—a junior (Jack) and a sophomore (Emme). My husband and I moved from Chicago to Seattle in 2001, and we have lived in the neighborhood, just down the street from the high school, ever since.

I have been active as a volunteer in various roles supporting Ballard Performing Arts and now PTSA as Treasurer. Prior to having children I was a history teacher, and I previously worked in finance. My role with PTSA is a great way to stay engaged in the school community, and allows me to use my skills in ways that helps others. I really enjoy working with the other parents and the broader Ballard community.

It’s great to be back in school, and I’m looking forward to helping PTSA support our students and programs. Email Shelley at

Hello, I’m Gloria Kruzner, parent of a sophomore and a senior (and a BBHS 2017 alum, ahem!), PTSA President and PTSA Newsletter Editor. I joined the PTSA because I’ve enjoyed volunteering at my kids’ schools over the years, and although I usually purchased a PTSA membership, I never really attended a meeting.

Gloria Kruzner
President Gloria Kruzner

A chance posting that I did on the Friends of Ballard Facebook (go Botany Plant Sale!) led to me being asked to edit the newsletter. Which led to attending those dreaded meetings!

But, I’ve come to find out they are actually really fun (especially online – !) and it’s great to see all the focused work on behalf of our students and staff. I love learning more about our community and bringing information to you every week throughout the school year in the newsletter.

As one who was hesitant to sit at the table, let me know what I can do to make the PTSA more accessible for you! We want all our voices represented on our team. Reach out at bhs.ptsa.pres@gmail.comGo Beavers!

Hello! I’m Gena Mason Frank, parent of a Senior and a Sophomore at Ballard, as well as a 7th grader at Whitman.

Gena Mason Frank
Secretary Gena Mason Frank

While I’ve been involved with both Whittier and Whitman when my kids were younger, I noticed that as my kids got to High School I felt less connected to the school and to other parents.

I joined the PTSA to be a bigger part of the high school school experience for myself, but also for my kids. It’s my first year as PTSA Secretary, and I’m excited to be a part of a fun team of parents, but to also get to know administration and staff as well. I look forward to meeting new people and seeing your faces (virtually) at our next PTSA meeting! Gena’s email is

Hi there, I’m Michelle Renn, parent of twin juniors (go class of 2023!) I joined the PTSA when my kids were freshman and served as Secretary for the past two years. This year, I am honored to be supporting the PTSA as Vice President.

Michelle Renn
VP Michelle Renn

I have loved being involved with the schools my kids attended beginning way back in kindergarten. I was the Live Auction Chair at Coe Elementary for several years and enjoy getting to know the administration, staff and fellow parents.

I feel more connected to the BHS community, and in turn my kids, after our monthly meetings. We are always happy to welcome new members and look forward to seeing you (virtually for now) at an upcoming meeting. Michelle’s email is

Watch for more PTSA Member Introductions in the PTSA Weekly Newsletter!

PTSA Board 21-22

Executive Committee

President:  Gloria Kruzner,
Vice President
: Michelle Renn,
Treasurer:  Shelley Rousseau,
Secretary: Gena Mason Frank,

Executive Board

Executive Committee: Includes list above
Volunteer Coordinator: Sarah Visser,
Membership Chair: Lisa Vanderford,
Legislative Liaison: Brian Duncan,
Acting Principal: Dr. Joseph Williams,
Principal: Keven Wynkoop,
Building Leadership Team (BLT): Glory Frodesen,
Family & Community Engagement (FACE):
Brenda Savage,

Standing Committee

PTSA Newsletter: Gloria Kruzner,
Stand Alone News: Chuck Fuller,
Social Media: Carey Mialovich,
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI): Shelley Bolser and Naida Boyer,
Grants: Lori Wilbur,
Direct Appeal Fundraising:
Erika Goodmanson,
SPREE: Becky Moore, 
Staff Appreciation: Michelle Peters,
and Lisa Vanderford,
Auction/BASH Coordinators:
Deb Fitzpatrick and Carol Cheyne,
PTSA Website:  Chuck Fuller,
Ballard HS Communication Liaison/BHS Web Editor:
Diane Taylor,

Volunteer Opportunities

Parents/Guardians We Need You!

In addition to becoming a BHS PTSA Member, volunteering is a great way to support your student, volunteering doesn’t mean you have to be in the building or make a long term commitment it can also mean contributing to our Staff Appreciation call outs or when we might need snacks for students during testing days. Every contribution is appreciated!

Please visit the What Does the PTSA Do page to find all the many different ways to volunteer and show your support for the BHS PTSA and Ballard High School.

PTSA Legislative Corner

BHS Legislative Liaison Updates

Students, Apply for Role in Legislature By May 15

Applications for the WA Legislative Youth Advisory Council (LYAC) close May 15! This opportunity is for Washington students who are passionate about advocating for youth in our legislature. No prerequisites are required except a dedication to change. The Council consists of 22+ students ranging in age from 14 to 18, who serve as the official voice of WA youth to the State Legislature. LYAC students develop a deep understanding of public policy issues and legislative strategy by personally lobbying legislators, testifying before the Legislature, organizing civic engagement events for peers throughout the state, and more.

Each year, 11 or more new students are selected for a two-year commitment to serve on the Council, during which they dive into the legislative process with mentors who advise them on effectively advocating for meaningful policy changes.

The program is fully youth-led with oversight from the Office of the Lieutenant Governor. For an application and to learn more contact Ryan Jackson from the Office of the Lieutenant Governor at

View the more BHS Legislative updates on the What Does the PTSA Do page and email Brian Duncan at if you have any questions or would like to know how you can help and be better involved.

Seattle Council PTA (SCPTSA) Advocacy

Visit the Seattle Council PTSA website for current updates and information for families to stay up to date on issues.

Current Call to Action: Refer to the SCPTSA News posts often to stay up to date on current issues.

Washington State PTA (WSPTA) Advocacy

Any PTA member is encouraged to submit an issue, or a resolution, or learn more about the legislative principle that addresses concerns that affect children on a statewide level to the Washington State PTA (WSPTA). The WSPTA relies on its members to provide the priorities that we will advocate for at the state level and within our communities. 

View the WSPTA video page for more information.

Follow and Connect With Us!

Follow us on the school’s PTSA social media sites.

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Facebook icon BHSClassof2022

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The Ballard High School PTSA is a 501(c)(3) entity, Federal Tax ID #91-1303069