Heather Gillette

Heather Gillette
North Bend, WA
RE Bennett PTA 2.3.22, Bellevue, WA

Personal and Professional Information

  • Co-founder; Lead-ology LLC – a high quality, results oriented, and customer focused firm. Our focus is to maximize effective strategies to assist in the development of communications, marketing, branding and business practices.
  • Graduate of the University of Washington; Bachelor of Arts in English
  • Married 33 years with two young adult children
  • I am a soccer fan, enjoy musical theater, being in the outdoors and reading books

PTA Involvement

Current service includes:

  • National PTA Membership Committee (2019-2021)
  • Washington State PTA Increase Perceived Value task force chair (2019-2020)
  • Washington State PTA presenter including “PTA and the Law” (2012-2020)

Previous service includes:

  • National PTA Board of Directors member representative (2017-2019)
  • National PTA Dues Increase Working Group (2018-2019)
  • National PTA Executive Director Evaluation Committee (2017-2019)
  • National PTA Field Service Committee (2015-2019)
  • Created and chaired a new Washington State PTA program (WSPTA//Game Development Competition) to promote STEM for secondary students and create renewed relevancy for secondary PTAs (2015-2016)
  • Washington State PTA President (2013-2015)
  • Washington State PTA Leadership Director (2012-2013)
  • Washington State PTA Region Director (2010-2012)
  • Washington State PTA committees including: Corporate Finance, Elections Oversight, Bylaws, Leadership
  • District/council level leadership including: president, vice president, and multiple committees (2001-2012)
  • Leadership positions at the elementary, middle and high school level including: president, vice president, membership, communications, secretary (1995-2011)

Community Involvement

Current service includes:

  • Treasurer, homeowner’s association

Previous service includes:

  • Soccer coach and soccer team manager

Honors and Awards

  • Washington State PTA Outstanding Service Award (2016)
  • Lifetime Membership Award; Skyline High School PTSA (2013)
  • Washington State PTA Leadership Academy – Crystal Level (2010)

Heather Gillette

Candidate Narrative

Heather Gillette
Candidate for Member Representative, Board of Directors

I am excited to serve as your member representative on the National PTA Board of Directors.

I believe that the value of PTA comes from within. It is the inherent belief that all children have worth and deserve cheerleaders and advocates speaking up for them, showing up for them, and standing up for them. The value is the legacy passed down over more than 120 years. I will work to protect that value and to make sure we are sustainable into the future with sound business decisions.

In today’s world, I believe a huge concern we all share is the pandemic and what our new normal will become moving through it. We will need to adjust our lens. Instead of looking at this situation as an endless series of problems, we could see it as an enormous opportunity for education in our country, among other things. But communication is key to help us all through this situation. Using National PTA’s strategic vision as a framework for decision making, I believe my leadership and business experience make me qualified to serve on the board working to fulfill our mission.

Teamwork is integral at all levels of what we do to be successful. That teamwork, many coming together to produce something greater than the individual, is the strength of a team and the strength of PTA. I know that communication is not just about talking but even more importantly about listening. Above all, I believe that it is the responsibility of those that represent our PTA members and students to represent them with honesty and integrity. I look forward to working with our exceptional leaders to further the vision and mission of our association.