Amy Arness

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Amy Arness
Fargo, ND
Flickertail PTA, Fargo, North Dakota

Personal and Professional Information

  • Married—Richard 34 years, Daughter—Jacky 26 yrs, Son—Derek 24 yrs
  • University of Minnesota, Minneapolis—BA—Communications
  • Macy’s Department store—Retail Management—managed department sales of $1.8 million/annual  & sales staff
  • Walt Disney World—Guest Relations & Retail
  • Youth for Understanding—Exchange student to Japan & Host family to Exchange student from Belgium

PTA Involvement

Current service includes:


  • National PTA—Board of Directors, Member Representative 2017-19
    • National Representative—MT/State Volunteer—CA, IN, MN, TN
    • Finance Committee
    • Executive Director Review Task Force
    • PTA Connected Grant Review Team—Google Be Internet Awesome—Digital Safety
    • Non-profit Day at the ND Capitol
  • North Dakota PTA—Past President
  • Fargo Council PTA—Past President
  • North Dakota Department of Public Instruction—Every Student Succeeds Task Force
    • School Climate Committee
    • Dashboard Implementation Committee

Previous service includes:

  • National PTA—Board of Directors, Member Representative/Nat Rep—HI, UT/State Volunteer—LA, MN, NV
    • NPTA Convention—Workshop Presenter—Finance
      • 1st Timer Friend & Tour Guide
      • General Session—microphone monitor
      • Voting delegate at 11 conventions
    • National Council of States—PTA Relevance, informed 2020 Strategic Vision
    • Legislative Conference 2012-19
    • Midwest Multi-State Conference—ND Rep—Leadership/Membership/Diversity, Minneapolis
  • North Dakota PTA—Board of Directors—2002-17   15 years
    • President—2 terms, President-Elect, Immediate Past President—serve on Exec Cmte in Advisory role
    • Legislative Chair/FLC, Fargo Council President, Health & Welfare Chair
    • Committees:  Strategic Planning, By-Laws, Nominating—Chair, Budget,
    • Reflections Celebration, Social Media, Convention Planning
    • Non-profit Day at the Capitol  2011-17
  • Fargo Council PTA—President, VP, Past President
    • District Superintendent & High School Principal—Interview panels, Calendar committee
  • Eagles Kindergarten Center/Centennial Elementary/Discovery Middle/Fargo South High PTSA/Davies High PTSA
  • 1998-2013—PTA service to include PTA President at all school ‘local unit’ levels
  • Chair positions:  Nominating, Hospitality, Jr. Great Books, After-school Theater program, City rep, Room parent
  • North Dakota Department of Instruction—Superintendent appointment to Task Force for ESSA Implementation
    • ESSA-Continuous Improvement Committee
    • Dashboard Implementation Committee
    • Governor’s Inaugural Innovative Education Summit—Panelist
    • “Most Likely to Succeed” Education documentary 
    • Tour across North Dakota—Panelist

Community Involvement

Current service includes:

  • Mission Jamaica
  • Miss North Dakota—Business management assistance
    • Prep Day—Mock interviews
    • Seek opportunities/Schedule—Miss ND’s to present their platforms

Previous service includes:

  • Miss North Dakota 2014 (2014-15) served as Business manager & Travel companion to Miss North Dakota
    Highlights:  she spoke to 25,000 students and the State Legislature
  • Mission Jamaica—6 years
  • Youth for Understanding—Senate Scholar Selection committee—6 years
  • Sanford Health/Trollwood Performing Arts School/FutureBuilders—Bluestem Center for the Arts
    Lake Agassiz Girls Choir/Fargo-Moorhead Community Theater/Gooseberry Park Players
    Distinguished Young Women of North Dakota
    Numerous years of Board President, Board work, Silent Auction Chair, Hands-on service
  • Hope Lutheran Church—Small group chair/Sunday School & Bible School teacher/Greeter/Offering counter/Reader/Flute

Honors and Awards 

  • 2018 Governor’s Service Award—North Dakota
  • National PTA Lifetime Achievement Award
    • President’s Distinguished Service Award
    • State Membership Increase Award
    • School of Excellence—1st in North Dakota
  • North Dakota PTA Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Fargo-Moorhead Salute to Moms honoree
  • Macy’s Department stores—Employee of the month