Justin M. Raber

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2021 Secretary-Treasurer (2021-23 Term) Nominee

Justin M. Raber            
Vienna, WV
Lubeck Elementary PTA, Parkersburg, West Virginia

Personal and Professional Information
•    Attorney at Law, Raber Law Offices, PLLC
•    Board of Education Member, Wood County Board of Education; President
•    Certified John Maxwell Trainer/Speaker
•    Former Adjunct Professor, West Virginia University at Parkersburg
•    Former Staff Member, United States Senator, John D. Rockefeller IV
•    J.D., West Virginia University College of Law; B.A., West Virginia Wesleyan College

PTA Involvement

Current service includes:
•    Chair, National PTA Bylaws Committee

Previous service includes:
•    National PTA Board of Directors; Member Representative (2016-2020)
•    National PTA Committees: Virtual Meetings Subcommittee (2020); Finance Committee (2017-2019); Executive Director Review Taskforce (2016-2019; Chair: 2017-2019); DC Intervention and Support Taskforce (2017-2019); Resource Development Committee Member (2016-2017); Diversity Committee Member (2006-2009); National Council of States Member (2004-2006 and 2011-2012)
•    National PTA State President’s Club, Vice President (2017-2019)
•    West Virginia PTA: President (2013-2015); President Elect (2011-2013); Federal and State Legislative Chair (2011-2013); Membership Chair (2010-2011); Youth Member (2002-2005)
Committees: Strategic Planning, Chair; Awards, Chair; Membership, Chair; Bylaws; Convention; Nominating, Elections
•    Mountain State PTSA: President
•    Virginia PTA: Annual Conference Parliamentarian
•    Tennessee PTA: Annual Convention Workshop Presenter
•    Wood County Council PTA: Newsletter Chair, Executive Committee Member

Community Involvement

Current service includes:
•    West Virginia Wesleyan College, Trustee (Member of the Governance Committee)
•    Artsbridge, providing arts education to the community and schools, Treasurer
•    Wood County Society, serving children and adults with disabilities, President
•    Children’s Listening Place, child advocacy center, Board Member
•    National Association of Parliamentarians, Member
•    Stout Memorial United Methodist Church, Member

Previous service includes:
•    Appalachian Regional Comprehensive Center (ARCC) Advisory Board
•    West Virginia State Bar: Young Lawyers Section Executive Committee
•    Education Law Association
•    West Virginia Department of Education: Teacher and Service Personnel of the Year Selection Committees; Re-Imagining Instruction Time Committee
•    West Virginia University College of Law Entrepreneurship and Innovation Law Clinic
•    21st Century Community Learning Centers Advisory Board Member and Grant Reviewer
•    Generation MOV: Engaging young professionals to positively impact the community, Member

Honors and Awards

•    National PTA Life Achievement Award; National PTA State President Service Recognition
•    National PTA - Our Home, Our Legacy, Our Future, Advocates’ Circle donor
•    National PTA Shirley Igo Advocate of the Year
•    Wood County Society Celebration for Kids Award
•    West Virginia PTA, Indiana PTA, and Wisconsin PTA Honorary Life Membership Awards

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Candidate Narrative

Justin Raber

Candidate forSecretary-Treasurer

Building trust while maintaining accountability is key for the role of the National PTA Secretary-Treasurer. In order to maintain accountability, our association requires leaders to serve in positions that will ensure that every resource is secure our continued success.

As your secretary-treasurer, my goal is to provide leadership within our governance that will initiate movement and momentum for our association while maintaining a practical approach for financial stewardship. Throughout the past year, we have become more understanding of our valleys while we prepare for our next mountain to climb. The climb comes with some difficult conversations that must be at the forefront of every decision we make to build capacity within our PTA.

Over the past year, PTA had a very dramatic membership decline that is a direct result of a pandemic. Being stewards of our assets is crucial. Every dollar earned through dues and non-dues revenue must go even further. Radical change for our association is paramount when we look to maintain our current standing, while working towards growth. There are times that risk is necessary, but all risk must be calculated.

In serving as the National PTA Secretary-Treasurer, there are several questions that need to be asked regularly: Are we advancing our mission with the use of these funds/assets? How does this decision affect others within our association? What does our past tell us about our future? What resources do we have available?

Or decisions and goals are all based upon the combined leadership within our association. We are all facing unique challenges today and for the next several years. It all comes down to our commitment and determination.  I am determined to ensure that our association’s best days lie ahead of us and I am committed to ensuring that our association is vibrant for another 125 years.