Texas Parent PAC Leadership
Carolyn Boyle, Chair
Carolyn Boyle of Austin is a long-time advocate for children and neighborhood schools. She was a PTA leader in the Austin Independent School District for 13 years, including serving as President of the Doss Elementary PTA and member of the Executive Committees of the Murchison Middle School PTSA, Anderson High School PTSA, and McCallum High School PTSA. Carolyn also represented parents on Campus Advisory Councils at three schools. During 1997-2005 she was Coordinator of the Coalition for Public Schools, which is comprised of 40 organizations that oppose using public money for private school tuition vouchers. She earned bachelor and master of arts degrees in journalism from The University of Texas at Austin. Earlier in her career, Carolyn held communications and marketing positions with the Texas Education Agency, state and national education organizations, Brackenridge Hospital, and Children’s Hospital of Austin. She is a volunteer with Foundation for the Homeless Interfaith Hospitality Network/Family Promise, member of Alpha Delta Pi alumnae and United Methodist Women, and Sunday school teacher and former Lay Leader at Saint John’s United Methodist Church. In addition, she was a Girl Scout leader for 13 years. Carolyn and her husband, Jim, have one daughter.
Dinah Miller, Vice-Chair
Dinah Miller of Dallas serves on the Richardson ISD Council of PTAs as Citizenship and Legislation Chair. Past PTA positions include chairing Richardson High School's Project Graduation Overnight Party, twice serving as Prestonwood Elementary 2nd Vice President, School Carnival Chair, 4th Vice President Programs, Legislative Action Chair, twice Parkhill Junior High Council Delegate, and Hospitality Chair. Dinah began participating in legislative advocacy on behalf of parents in 2003, and in 2005 she testified before the Texas House Committee on Public Education. Dinah holds a bachelor of arts degree from Texas Tech University. In her career preceding motherhood, she worked in newspaper advertising sales and later was director of advertising for what was the largest specialty home fitness equipment retailer in the nation at the time. She was a member of the Junior League of Richardson and a Girl Scout assistant leader. Dinah is a longtime member of the Dallas Women’s Investment Network and a member of Leadership Texas 2008 class. One of her favorite annual volunteer activities is being a walking scorer at the Byron Nelson PGA tournament, the largest charity tournament on the tour. Dinah and her husband, Scott, have a son and daughter who was Richardson High School's Class of 2011 salutatorian. They are members of First United Methodist Church of Richardson.
Ellen Jones, Treasurer
Ellen Jones of Euless has served on the Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD Board of Trustees since 2001. She has been a PTA leader for 15 years, including positions as President of the HEB Council of PTAs, Legislative Chair for Area 11, and President of the PTAs at Central Junior High and Wilshire Elementary School. Over the last 15 years Ellen has volunteered with the United Way and Tarrant County Youth Collaboration. Through the United Way, Ellen helped establish a teen leadership program called Teens Networking for Tomorrow. She has made hundreds of presentations throughout the state on the “40 Developmental Assets Philosophy” about raising children to be healthy, responsible, and caring citizens. After completing a bachelor of arts in chemistry from The University of Texas at Austin, Ellen taught junior high school in Austin for two years. She then completed a master of business administration at Texas Tech University and became a real estate banker. She is currently a math teacher at MacArthur High School in Irving. An active member of St. Michael Catholic Church, Ellen has served as youth minister and Sunday school teacher. She and her husband, Brad, have two daughters.
Pam Meyercord, Secretary
Pam Meyercord of Dallas is one of the state’s most well-known child advocates, a PTA
leader, and committed civic volunteer. Her two-year term as statewide President of
the Texas PTA concluded in 2006, and she continues to serve with the National PTA.
Pam’s PTA leadership began in Dallas ISD schools, where she was PTA president at
John J. Pershing Elementary and Benjamin Franklin Middle School, and later served as
Dallas ISD PTA Council President for two terms. In addition, she served on the 2002
Dallas ISD School Bond Election Steering Committee. She holds a bachelor of science
in special education from the University of Oklahoma. Pam is a member of Highland
Park Presbyterian Church, where she has served as a deacon. She has held leadership
positions in Friends of the Dallas Public Library; Northwood Woman's Club; Mental
Health America of Greater Dallas; Big Thought; Children’s Arts in Education Fund,
Inc.; League of Women Voters of Dallas; Partnership for Arts, Culture and Education;
Women’s Council of Dallas County, Texas, Inc. and Booker T. Washington High
School for the Performing and Visual Arts Advisory Board. Her memberships include
Kappa Kappa Gamma alumnae, Junior League of Dallas, Northwood Republican
Women's Club, and League of Women Voters, and she is a Professional Registered
Parliamentarian. Pam and her husband, David, have three daughters.
As the parent of three children who attended Austin public schools, Staley Gray held a variety of volunteer positions through the years. A few of the commitments include O. Henry Middle School PTA President, Co-Chair of Mustang Round-Up, multi-year chair of Mustang Field Day, regular Bookstore and Book Fair volunteer. Other PTA positions held include Book Fair Co-Chair at Casis Elementary, Campus Advisory Council member at Casis and O. Henry, Casis Track and Field Chair, Casis Book Fair Co-Chair, and Casis and O. Henry Hospitality Chair. Additionally, she volunteered numerous years at Casis as a Spanish teacher and participated in Second Step instruction and pizza sales for the cafeteria. Staley graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a bachelor of business administration degree and spent her early career working for a large mortgage company. Her interest and commitment to public schools earned her an appointment to the Austin ISD Community Bond Oversight Committee for the $519 million bond package passed in 2004. Staley is a sustaining member of the Junior League of Austin, Junior Helping Hand member, and a Sunday school teacher at Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd. She is married to Jack and they have three children.
Darci Hubbard of Houston enjoys serving her community and advocating for public schools. She actively volunteered and chaired activities at her daughter’s Spring Branch ISD elementary, middle, and high schools, most recently serving as vice president on the PTA Executive Board at Memorial High School. She is a recipient of the PTA Life Membership Award. Darci is a member of the Houston Junior Woman’s Club and has served on its Board of Directors, Board of Trustees, and Fundraising Board. She is a current member of the Houston Museum of Fine Art’s Bayou Bend Committee and past president of the Whispering Oaks Women’s Club. Professionally, Darci is a master’s level state licensed professional counselor and licensed marriage and family therapist. She is a clinical member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. As a clinician, consultant, supervisor, and private practitioner, Darci has worked with organizations, children, groups, families and couples throughout the Houston area. Darci and her husband, Mark, have one daughter