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PTSA Mission Statement

Create an inclusive, supportive community that cultivates a tradition of excellence for all students

Ballard HS relies heavily on parent volunteers to help provide the best possible experience and opportunities for all students…even more so now!

We Have Key PTSA Roles Open!

PTSA President, Vice President (can be shared). Learn more.

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.

Who We Are

Zoom Screen of PTSA Members and Award Winners Listed
BHS PTSA 2021-22

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 Membership Sign-Up to get started!

Meet Some of the 21-22 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

PTSA Board 21-22

Executive Committee

President:  Gloria Kruzner,
Vice President
: Michelle Renn,
Nominating Committee Rep Michelle Renn at
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,
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 (Class of 2022): Diane Taylor,
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

Time to Raise Our Voices | June 2022

The Ballard High School PTSA joins the National PTA in calling upon Congress and the Administration to immediately address the many factors that contribute to the rampant gun violence in the United States.
This includes:
✓ Funding research on the causes and effects of gun violence on youth and communities, as well as evidence-based strategies to reduce gun violence.
✓ Establishing education programs to teach students, parents and community members about gun safety and violence prevention.
✓ Requiring a waiting period and a comprehensive background check for all individuals prior to purchasing a firearm.
✓ Restricting internet gun sales, including kits that can be used to make and modify guns.
✓ Banning access to military-style semi-automatic assault weapons.
PTA offers an easy-to-use dashboard to take action on this issue.
In addition, the local nonprofit Alliance for Gun Responsibility has additional resources and Every town for Gun Safety has more sample letters as well. Thank you for joining us in action.

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.

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!

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