Tina Zubeck, former secretary-treasurer of National PTA, passed away on August 4, 2014 surrounded by her family after a courageous battle with Myelodysplasic syndrome. It is with a sad heart that the PTA family says farewell to an exceptional woman.
Those who were fortunate enough to work alongside Tina knew her as one of the most passionate and dedicated advocates for education and the health and welfare of every child across the nation.
Tina felt strongly about the unique role of PTA when it comes to providing support to schools; promoting responsible leadership; and encouraging parents, teachers and the entire community to get involved in the work of nurturing and educating the next generation.
We will always remember Tina for her steadfast leadership and unending commitment to take action and make a difference for the lives and futures of our nation’s children. Tina’s passion for education and the wellbeing of every child was remarkable, and she touched so many lives personally and professionally.
Tina was elected and installed as National PTA secretary-treasurer at the June 2013 Convention. Prior to her election, she served as the Field Service Committee chair on the National PTA Board of Directors as well as a member of the Membership and Strategic Planning Committees.
Tina also served as president, treasurer and legislative vice president of Missouri PTA and was a member of the Platte County High School PTSA and the Show Me PTA. Additionally, she worked for 22 years for the Platte County R-3 School District, most recently serving as a school-community relations and communications coordinator.
Tina received, among other honors, an Excellence in Education Service to Education Award, the Missouri PTA Distinguished Service Award and the National PTA Life Achievement Award.
National PTA is truly honored to have had Tina as a leader. The PTA family is deeply saddened to lose such a passionate and committed advocate and a friend. Tina leaves a lasting legacy.
The PTA family extends our deepest sympathies to Tina’s husband, Bob Zubeck, and her children, Bobby, Ashley and Ellen. Our thoughts, prayers and hearts go out to her loved ones, friends and colleagues.
Otha Thornton is president of National PTA.