Amy Arness was thrilled to be elected and installed as a Member Representative to the National PTA® Board of Directors for a second term at the 2019 National Convention. Subsequently she received a presidential appointment to the Convention & General Arrangements Committee. Last term she served on the Finance Committee, as well as 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 North Dakota, Arness’ PTA service record resulted in an invitation to the Governor’s Inaugural Innovative Education Summit as a Panelist. She was also appointed to the North Dakota ESSA Task Force and several related work groups by the Superintendent of the ND Department of Public Instruction. 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 Arness’ PTA story is like so many of our members. She joined PTA to learn what was going on at her child’s Kindergarten Center. 22 years later she has served at the local, council and state levels of PTA, including two terms as state president and a term as president-elect, as well as serving North Dakota PTA as Health & Welfare Chair and State & Federal Legislative Chair. She has been the Fargo Council President, as well as PTA President at Eagles Kindergarten Center, Centennial Elementary, Discovery Middle School and Fargo South High PTSA. Her assorted other Committee and Chair positions include Strategic Planning, Bylaws, 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 34 years to Richard, a physician with Sanford Medical. They have a daughter Jacky, a 2L Student at University of Minnesota Law School, and a son Derek, presently a sales rep with Trilliant, a surgical hardware company. Amy received a bachelor’s degree 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 28 years of philanthropic endeavors, including service on performing arts boards, time with Mission Jamaica, business management duties, and serving as a travel companion for her daughter’s year as Miss North Dakota. She looks forward to traveling to all 50 states (48 down, 2 to go!) and pursuing a healthy lifestyle.
Honors and Awards
- National PTA Lifetime Achievement Award/President’s Distinguished Service Award
- National PTA State Membership Increase Award
- School of Excellence Award—1st for ND
- Lifetime Achievement Award—North Dakota & Montana PTA
- Governor’s Service Award—2018
- Fargo-Moorhead Salute to Moms honoree