Marie Merkel, President


     Marie Merkel


    Marie Merkel, PA PTA President lives in Scranton and is the mother of three adult children, Joe, a video photographer at CNN in Washington, D.C.; Katy, a Direct Service Provider for St. Joseph’s Center in Scranton and BHT for Step by Step ; and Tim Jr., a police officer in the City of Scranton.  As a retired special education teacher of 35 years within the North Pocono School District and five years as an adjunct professor, in the Academic Development Department of Lackawanna College, and Behavior Specialist and Mobile Therapist with Youth Advocate Programs, Marie’s experience in PTA spans for over 20 years from local level experience through and including previous Board of Managers experience.

    Marie’s PTA experience began at Charles Sumner Elementary School when her oldest son entered PreK. She began as Secretary, then moved onto President at Sumner Elementary. In addition, she was Membership Chair and Field Day Chair at John Marshall Elementary. Moving onto West Scranton Intermediate School, Marie began as Secretary and Membership Chair, then moved into the role of President. During this time, she became President of Scranton Area Council PTA, and started to get involved in Pennsylvania PTA State Board of Managers. At West Scranton High School, Marie held positions of Treasurer, Membership Chair, and President. Most recently, she is the Treasurer and Membership Chair at North Pocono Middle School where she is a teacher.  Marie’s experience on the State Board of Managers includes the following: Bylaws Chair, Secretary (previous term), Treasurer, Secretary (current), Region 16 Director, State Convention Chair 2018, and has served on several Board of Managers’ committees, including: awards, convention, health and safety, legislation and advocacy, bylaws, and reflections.  As region director, Marie organized several leadership training workshops for Regions 16 and 14 to provide local leaders with leadership tools they need.  She has attended National PTA Legislation Conference in 2015 in Washington, D.C. and three National PTA Conventions in San Diego, CA; San Jose, CA; and New Orleans, LA as a delegate for Pennsylvania PTA.  Marie enjoys being part of the State Board of Managers and working with local units whenever they call for advice.


    Beth Dale, President-elect


     Beth Dale


    Beth Dale lives in Altoona. She has been married to husband Todd for almost 19 years. She is a Momma to daughter Olivia and son Mason. Before becoming a Momma, Beth worked as an operator at Bell Atlantic/Verizon. When Olivia was born she took an early retirement/buyout and became a stay at home parent. Her  children became her whole world!

    Beth brings with her 16 years of experience, ranging from pre-school to high school. Beth’s passion, love, and willingness to volunteer put her in various roles on committees and offices. After Beth became the District-wide PTO President, she saw the benefits of PTA and soon started one in her son’s school.

    While serving on the Pennsylvania PTA Board of Managers, she has been Regions 6 and 7 Director, Treasurer, and has served on many State Committees including Membership, Executive, Arts in Education, Convention, and  Nominations. She was appointed to the special committee on finance. 

    Beth’s hard work has been recognized by her school district and the community. Beth was only the second person in her school to receive the “Service To Education” award.

    Beth is a true believer in the PTA’s mission, embraces change, is technologically savvy. She is very proud and excited to have received the slated nomination to the office of President-Elect.




    Kelly Atkinson, Secretary

     Kelly Atkinson


    Kelly Atkinson is a working, single mother to daughter, Nilaya, who will be going into 6th grade in the fall. She has been involved in the PTA for almost seven years. She is the      President of the Penn Kidder PTA and the Region 15 Director for the Pennsylvania PTA. Kelly is dedicated to the PTA because she believes that you can never be too busy to be     involved in your child’s school. She believes in the importance of parents and guardians taking an active role in the education of their children.

    Kelly is also involved with the youth sports program and is the head coach for the Jim Thorpe Olympian Booster Club’s cheerleading program.

    Her strengths are: building and maintaining personal and professional relationships, time management, and team leadership.



    Debbie Munson, Treasurer




    Debbie held several positions in Tracy Elementary PTA, including Treasurer and President, and was awarded the Pennsylvania PTA life Membership. She has attended several Narional and State Conventions and Conferences, as well as several summer schools of information given by the district and state. As District 12 Director, she set up and conducted several Summer Schools of Information.  While serving as Region Vice President, Debbie held a Summer School of Information.  She developed the workshops that were presented.  She earned the passport to leadership advanced level pin. Debbie presented a PIRC workshop on NCLB. As Treasurer, she developed and presented the Treasurer’s Workshop at Summer Leadership Training.  Debbie developed The President-Treasurer Connection Workshop with the State President. As Strategic Plan Chairman, Debbie coordinated the phone calls with the NPTA service rep and the committee, incorporated ideas from all into the plan and kept the board apprised of the plan. As part of the Bylaws and Policies Committee, she wrote the investment policy for committee and board approval; helped with bylaws and policy implementations and changes.  Debbie then was elected as the Bylaws and Policies Chairman, and has approved local and council unit bylaws, and helped the units to fix errors so the bylaws can be approved.  She has compiled the new Diversity and Inclusion Policy that has been adopted by the State Board. As President-elect she helped where needed and set up summer leadership training events. Debbie helped with a complete bylaws revision, state standing rules revision, as well as local and council bylaws model revisions while serving as the state President. She was able to get all of the units that had their 501(c)(3) status revoked, reinstated.  After leaving the state board, she served as a consultant to the President, the Bylaws & Policies and the Convention committees. Debbie, being totally committed to PTA, decided to come back on the state board and served as the Region 6 Director. At Convention 2019, she was elected as the Secretary.