Stephen Rudy

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Stephen Rudy
Nampa, Idaho
Skyview Band Boosters PTA, Nampa, Idaho

Personal and Professional Information

I have been married to my wonderful wife Wendy for twenty-five years. We have been blessed with 7 adopted children (Jacob 21, Alexis 20, Shelby 18, Erik 15, Maddilynn 5, Dorothy 5, and Kayleeanna 5). I have been employed by Lumen for the last 24 years.

I was born into a blue-collar family in Ypsilanti, Michigan, where I attended Willow Run Community Schools. Here I served as a student board director for The Corner Health Center. After high school I attended Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

 While in college, I was active in student leadership and a member and treasurer of Pi Kappa Phi fraternity. It was during this time that I had the opportunity to volunteer in the homeless area with a service group. Here the need of the children was immense. Their experiences were very similar to my own childhood. I began my passion in working with children there. I found myself spending my free time helping with a food recycle program for children and families in this area and was later recognized by my university for my work there.

After College I had an opportunity to serve two years as a full-time volunteer with the AIM program with the RCA of Iowa. The program first took me to New York City where I spent a year working with the youth programs and temporary housing for patients getting cancer treatment at Sloan Kettering Hospital. The next year, they had me serve in the Appalachian area of Kentucky. Here, I worked with families with basic needs, and I also had the opportunity to help the school with a literacy program.

After completing the program, I returned to working with homeless families and took a job working at the Pike County Outreach program in Ohio. Here I helped with the renovation and fundraising for houses to be converted into homeless shelters for families being displaced by fire. A year later I moved to Idaho and worked for the Boise Family YMCA. In January 2019 I took part in a memory mission trip to the Dominican Republic

PTA Involvement

Current service includes:

Idaho State PTA president (21-23), Disaster Relief Committee.

Previous service includes:

President-elect (19-21), Memory Mission trip 2019, Vice President of Membership (17-19) Region 9 Director (15-17), Lake Ridge PTA president (13) 

Community Involvement

Current service includes:

Idaho Relatives as Parents board (20- Present), WICAP Head start parent committee chair(21-Present), Hillside Manor HOA president (22-Present)

Previous service includes:

Nampa KID Soccer secretary (13-17), Nampa KID Soccer Member at large (10-12), Nampa KID Soccer KID Cup chair (06-09), Nampa KID Soccer scholarship chair (05)

Stephen Rudy

Candidate Narrative

Stephen Rudy

Whitney Houston’s song “Greatest Love of All" says it the best. “I believe children are our future. Teach them well and let them lead the way. Show them all the beauty they possess inside. Give them a sense of pride to make it easier. Let the children's laughter remind us how we used to be.”  

In high school, my role model, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., taught me that I could dream. Through his teaching I learned to think intensively and critically. By doing this I could overcome and become whatever I wanted to be. 

If we look at our founders, Alice Birney and Phoebe Hearst, Alice was not a suffragette, remaining conservative in her views on the role of women. While Phoebe was a philanthropist, feminist and suffragist. These two women’s views were opposite, but they came together to form a group whose focus was the kindergarten movement to form the foundation of our organization. Selena Bulter learned at a young age what resources she had to work. She used this thinking to form a statewide black Parent-Teacher Association. Then went on to help form the National Congress of Colored Parents and Teachers. 

Our founders and Dr. King were forward thinkers. I believe children are our biggest and best investment. I want to help make a difference in the lives of our children. We now must come together and be forward thinkers as we enter the 4th Industrial Revolution with the 21st century convergence onto digital technologies.  

I grew up not knowing PTA. Now that I know, I want to share it every place I go with every person I meet. I am a PTA dad and I want to help make every child's potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children.