Amy Arness was thrilled to be elected and installed as a Member Representative to the National PTA® Board of Directors at the 2017 National Convention. Subsequently she received a Presidential appointment to the Finance Committee & the Executive Director Review Task Force. She was also her state’s delegate to the concluding meeting of National Council of States on the topic of PTA Relevance, which informed the 2020 Strategic Vision. In addition, Amy was invited to the Governor’s Inaugural Innovative Education Summit as a Panelist and the Superintendant of the ND Department of Public Instruction appointed Amy to the ESSA Task Force and several related work groups. She believes her diverse hands-on experiences have made her a good listener, a willing learner, and a committed Board member, organized and prepared for the work to accomplish our association’s goals.
The beginning of Amy’s PTA story is like so many of our members. She joined PTA to learn what was going on at her child’s Kindergarten Center. 21 years later she has served at the Local, Council and State levels of PTA, to include a 2 term State Presidency, President-Elect, Health & Welfare Chair, State & Federal Legislative Chair for North Dakota PTA, Fargo Council President, PTA President at Eagles Kindergarten Center, Centennial Elementary, Discovery Middle School and Fargo South High PTSA, and assorted Committee and Chair positions to include—Strategic Planning, By-Laws, Nominating, Budget, Convention Planning, Reflections Celebration, Social Media, City rep, Hospitality, Jr. Great Books, After-School Theater, and Room Parents.
Amy has been married for 33 years to Richard, a physician with Sanford Medical. They have a daughter Jacky, an L1 Student at University of Minnesota Law School, and a son Derek, presently a Sales rep with Trilliant, a surgical hardware company. Amy received a BA from the University of Minnesota—Minneapolis in Communications. She was a Manager for Dayton’s (now Macy’s) department store, but made the decision to be a ‘full time’ Mom when they started their family. Along with PTA commitments, Amy’s favored ways to spend time have been 27 years of philanthropic endeavors to include Performing Arts Boards & Mission Jamaica, Business management duties & travel companion for her daughter’s year as Miss North Dakota, traveling to all 50 states (46 down, 4 to go!) and pursuing a healthy lifestyle.
Honors and Awards
National PTA Lifetime Achievement Award/President’s Distinguished Service Award
NPTA State Membership Increase Award
School of Excellence Award—1st for ND
North Dakota PTA Lifetime Achievement Award
Governor’s Service Award—2018
Fargo-Moorhead Salute to Moms honoree