Executive Committee

Sandra West - President

Sandra West is a mother of three and has been part of PTA since her oldest entered Kindergarten, 25 years ago.  She has held office in a PTA every year since. She has served in all positions at the local unit.  She worked for 30 years in the field of medical research at Vanderbilt, Duke and University of Miami, and is currently a Biology teacher at Hialeah Miami Lakes Senior High School.

 

Sandra has proven her ability to work full time and maintain her extensive commitment to PTA. Sandra has been part of Miami Dade County Council since 2007, having previously served on Wake County Council in North Carolina.

Maria Norton – 1st Vice President Advocacy & Legislation

Maria Norton from Miami is a former Military wife married to Tim Norton from St. Petersburg, FL. She is a mother of two boys, Speech Pathologist, and PTA volunteer. Maria has been a PTA volunteer for the last 21 years in the following positions; President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary at her children's schools.

She has also held the position of Secretary, South Region Coordinator and Feeder Pattern Representative at the County Council Level in Miami- Dade and a current committee member of FL PTA Exceptional Child Commission. She is very passionate and dedicated, always advocating for all children and specially our most vulnerable children, those with diverse needs.

Maria attended Florida State University and Nova Southeastern University and currently works for Miami-Dade County Public Schools as a Speech Language Pathologist. Maria is proud to say that her husband, kids and herself all are products of Public Education.

Nickeisha “Nikki” Roberts – 2nd Vice President of Regions & Locals Units

Nickeisha "Nikki" Roberts is distinguished by her ability to identify, leverage, and develop talent. Throughout her career, she has helped clients, peers, and subordinates recognize their unique capabilities and position themselves as "A" players by addressing career strategy, leadership development, professional positioning, and visibility. She has a contagious enthusiasm and passionate belief in people that inspires them to become prouder, stronger, and more valuable contributors to their organizations.

Nickeisha currently sits on the board of directors for The Business Institute for Early Learning as the Chief Marketing Officer and she has volunteered for several years with The Women of Tomorrow Foundation as a mentor for at risk high school students. Her focus on community collaboration has led her to several volunteer opportunities and community leadership roles.

In addition, Nickeisha is a Brand and Marketing Strategist who partners with CEOs, executives and solopreneurs to grow their personal and professional brands, human-to-human. Besides her PR and marketing experience, Nikki is a trained business coach. She holds a BFA in Visual Communications from the Institute of Art and Design in Atlanta Georgia. She is a business owner and a mommy to two wonderful boys.

Pamela Neumann – 3rd Vice President of Education

Pam Neumann grew up in Long Island, New York and attended Beloit College and University of Wisconsin studying art and art education. She is currently retired from teaching and as Admission Coordinator for New World School of the Arts College and is pursuing a career as a ceramicist. She is on the board of the Ceramic League of Miami and Advocates PTA. She has been on the Miami-Dade County Council Board as Cultural Arts Chair for ten years.

Fatima Chaiken – 4th Vice President of Organization

Fatima is a polished bilingual marketing and sales leader with management and fund-raising experience across several industries. Her skills include project management and department coordination, budget creation and tracking, quarterly forecasting, process documentation tracking, marketing and five-star client level service.

Fatima has extensive PTA experience, including:

  • Coconut Grove Elementary (Coconut Grove, FL) - Membership
  • Ponce de Leon Middle (Coral Gables, FL) - Recording Secretary
  • Townline Elementary (Vernon Hills, IL) - Vice-President
  • Evanston Township High School (Evanston, IL) - Treasurer
  • Vernon Hills High School (Vernon Hills, IL) - Vice-President of Fundraising
  • Coral Reef Elementary (Palmetto Bay, FL) – Vice-President of Programs
  • Southwood Middle School (Palmetto Bay, FL) Vice-President of Programs
  • Southwood Middle School (Palmetto Bay, FL) President
  • Palmetto Senior High school (Pinecrest, FL) - 1st Vice-President
  • TERRA Environmental Research Institute (Kendall, FL) - President
  • MDCC PTA/PTSA Gala Chair 

Fatima helped create, initiate and implement PTA/PTSA programs and set and achieve fundraising goals by building community relationships and loyalty through membership-driven programs, a small sample of which includes: 

  • Parents and Students Human Trafficking Symposium at a State of the village program unifying all Local PTA and PTSA, from the Villages of Pinecrest, Palmetto Bay and Cutler Bay. 
  • Achieved Membership Growth of 300% 
  • Achieved Fundraising goals in excess of $250,000.

Jorge Montes – Treasurer

Jorge has been a PTA volunteer for over a decade; a commitment shared with his wife and children and volunteering has become an activity they enjoy together as a family.

He served as the Credentials Chair for the Miami Dade County Council PTA/PTSA in 2017-2018 and also served on the Executive Board as Central Region Coordinator for the 2018-2020 term. Jorge also serves in Coral Way K-8 PTA as Recording Secretary.

Chrisanne Fordik – Recording Secretary

Chrisanne Fordik has served on the Miami-Dade County Council for the past ten years in the following capacities: North Region Coordinator, South Region Coordinator, Corresponding Secretary, Recording Secretary, and Treasurer.

Additionally, She has served for a number of years on the Boards of Air Base K-8 Center PTSA, Laura Saunders Elementary PTA, and Colonial Drive Elementary PTA in the following capacities: Recording Secretary, Membership Chair, and Treasurer. Additionally, She has been employed by MDCPS as a School Psychologist since 2003.

Normy Azcuy – Corresponding Secretary

Normy is a mother of two children and has been a member and supporter of PTA since her oldest started in Kindergarten. She started off as a volunteer during school events for the first few years. She then served as Recording Secretary for her local unit PTSA for three years. She started with Miami Dade County Council PTA/PTSA as Recording Secretary in August 2017 and served in that position until May, 2020.

She was also chosen to serve on the Florida PTA Hispanic, Latino Outreach Committee this past year. That experience was an honor and yet another learning milestone in this organization. During her time with PTA she has advocated, helped and supported plans and programs for every child.

Normy is dedicated to making sure that every child in Miami Dade County has the same opportunities, quality of education, and representation throughout. Public education gave her many opportunities as she grew up and is now affording those same opportunities to her children who are also proud MDCPS students.

Janet Johnson – North Region Coordinator

Janet L Johnson, born and raised in New York City, is a mature woman with forty years of experience in the workforce; she is retired but has worked in social services in addiction counseling and HIV/AIDS counseling and testing. She has been active in the community working with youth in sports, civics education, health education and economic empowerment.

She is a certified HIV/AIDS Counselor and Tester, Substance Abuse Counselor and Dietary Therapist. Some of her other past and present affiliations include:

  • Pop Warner Assistant Cheerleading Commissioner and Head Cheerleading Coach
  • State Representative Yolly Roberson’s Advisory Board Miami-Dade HIV/AIDS Partnership
  • Chair of the Housing Committee
  • Community Jail Linkage Coalition Vice President
  • Dade County Re-Entry Taskforce, Capacity Building, Education and Job Development Sub-Committees
  • Head Start Parentals Counsel Chair Policy Committee-Parliamentarian
  • Head Start Representative to Legal Services
  • Policy Committee Representative to Budgeting and Finance
  • Community Action Board Member By Laws Committee
  • Legal Services of Greater Miami Board Member
  • Finance and Auditing Committee Member
  • Carrie P Meek/ Westview Elementary PTA President
  • Open Bible Community Church of North Miami Member

Sonia Cohen – South Region Coordinator

Sonia Cohen is an accomplished and compassionate community volunteer with a solid history of achievements in uniting and organizing others. She has served our schools and community since 2002. As a motivated leader with strong organizational abilities her areas of expertise include to solve conflicts, organize and execute volunteer activities while including others.

Sonia has served on the PTA boards of William Lehman Elementary, Herbert Ammons Middle and Coral Reef Sr High School. Her wide variety of local unit positions make her uniquely qualified to help other local units with any issues. Additionally, Sonia has served the county council as Chair of both the Awards and Recognition Committee and the Vendor Fair for the annual county wide training event, BLT which takes place every September

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Sonia has two sons, the oldest son has graduated from UCF and the other is currently a high school freshman. Her husband is a CBP officer and she enjoys the arts, football and comics in her leisure time!

Marie Theodore-Pharel – Central Region Coordinator

Marie Ketsia Theodore-Pharel (prefers to be called Ketsia) was born in Port-au-Prince Haiti, currently lives in Homestead, Florida with her two youngest children and husband. She is a member of the Redland’s Elementary PTA. In 2019-2020, she served on the PTA board at Frank C. Martin Elementary. She is the central regions coordinator for Miami-Dade County Council PTA/PTSA.

Marie earned a Bachelors from Tufts University and a Masters in English from University of Massachusetts, Boston. She is an adjunct professor in the Humanities Department at Miami Dade College. Previously, she was a tenured professor of English at Broward College. Marie held several 6-12 positions within Miami Dade County public schools. She has worked as a recruiter and community developer for Miami Dade College and Girl Scouts of Tropical Florida. She is also a recipient of the 2017 and 2019 State of Florida Folklife apprenticeship award for storytelling.