Leadership Team

As a grassroots community of volunteers, our leadership team consists of educators, psychologists, parents, and other child advocates who contribute to and support our mission. We are grateful to our National Advisory Board members, Board of Directors, bloggers, and the many parents, teachers, trainers, and consultants who work to lead positive change efforts in local school communities.

National Advisory Board

   Leonard D. Goodstein, Ph.D. is former Executive Vice President and CEO of the American Psychological Association, has served on the faculty of several major universities and is currently a consulting psychologist in Washington D.C.  Committed to helping schools and organizations succeed, Dr. Goodstein has  authored fifteen books and over 200 articles on strategic planning and building positive organizational cultures.  He and wife, Jeanette Goodstein, Ph.D. were instrumental in the early stages of creating ParentNet.
  Anne T. Henderson is a Senior Consultant with the Annenberg Institute for School Reform in Washington D.C.  As a leading author about the relationship between families and schools, Anne has written many articles and books including Beyond the Bake Sale: The Essentail Guide to Family/School Partnerships and A New Wave of Evidence: The Impact of School, Family, and Community Connections on Student Achievement (2002) Her work helped inspire the creation of ParentNet and continues to impact its development.
  Paula J. Hillmann, Ph.D. is President of Advanced Learning Resources, Ltd. in the Milwaukee, Wisconsin metro area. She specializes in giftedness, talent development and creativity and provides counseling support and programs to children, families, and schools along with comprehensive academic and behavioral assessment services. She is on the faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the Department of Educational Psychology and is affiliated with the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) and Supporting Emotional Needs of Gifted (SENG). 
  Jay Inslee, Member of Congress, represents the First Congressional District of Washington State where ParentNet began. A long-time advocate for education, Congressman Inslee has introduced legislation to improve the teaching profession and reduce class size. He has brought together parents, educators, community-based organizations, law enforcement, church groups, and young people to talk about ways to improve life for children and prevent youth violence.
Kate Mattos
Kate Mattos is Communication Counsel for the National Education Association (NEA ) .  A strong advocate for family involvement in education, she has served as the NEA's Communication's Director, President of  the Board for Connect for Kids, a Washington D.C. non-profit advocacy organization, and as Director of Public Affairs for the American Federation of Teacher s.  She has worked on Capitol Hill, been an Adjunct Professor at American University's School of Communications, and currently serves as PTA vice president at Kenmore Middle School, Arlington, VA. 
 Jane Nelsen Jane Nelsen, Ed.D. is a licensed Marriage, Family and Child counselor in South Jordan, UT and San Clemente, CA.  She is author and/or co-author of the  Positive Discipline series of books, teaching young people to become responsible, respectful and resourceful members of their communities. Dr. Nelsen has appeared on Oprah and Sally Jessy Raphael, and is a popular keynote speaker, parent coach, and workshop leader throughout the country.
 Mary Pipher Mary Pipher, Ph.D. is a reknown clinical psychologist in Lincoln, Nebraska.  Best-selling author of Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls and The Shelter of Each Other: Rebuilding Our Families, she received the American Psychological Association Presidential Citation in 1998.   Author of numerous books and publications, she has appeared on the Today Show, 20/20, and The Charlie Rose Show.  She travels worldwide, sharing her groundbreaking ideas with schools and community groups.

Board of Directors 2010-2012

Marilyn Price-Mitchell, President
Bainbridge Island, WA

Marilyn Price-Mitchell is an organization development specialist, trainer, speaker, and writer who co-founded ParentNet and led the development of www.ParentInvolvementMatters.Org. (See Profile)

Mary Lou Johnson, Ed.S., LMHC, Vice President
Tampa, Florida

Mary Lou Johnson is a licensed family therapist, national speaker, and community leader who spearheaded the development of ParentNet in Florida schools from 2000-2005.

Susan Grijalva, Secretary
Redmond, WA

Susan Grijalva is an educator, trainer, and manager who co-founded ParentNet and served as its Program Director from 1998-2006. (See Profile)

Tim Johnstone, Treasurer
Woodinville, WA

Tim Johnstone is President of Johnstone Advantage Consulting Group, business specialists in marketing planning, mergers and acquistions, and information technology.

Barbara Edmondson, Marketing Chair
Mukilteo, WA

Barbara Edmondson is a marketing specialist, freelance writer and publicist focusing her work in education.


"Parents working together can multiply significantly the benefits to their children and their schools.  Founded by parents, ParentNet provides parents with the opportunity to learn from each other and work together to build mutually supportive relationships in their own school communities."

Len Goodstein, Former CEO
American Psychological Association
Washington D.C.


"The depth and quality of parents' engagement in children's learning is greatly affected by support and encouragement from other parents. As our country becomes increasingly diverse, we can respond by reaching out across the lines of race, class and culture, as ParentNet enables families to do. Bringing parents together will strengthen our communities, as well as support higher student achievement."

Anne T. Henderson
Education Policy Consultant
New York University


"I applaud the efforts of the National ParentNet Association for encouraging parental involvement. By actively engaging parents in the learning process, student achievement, s elf-esteem, attendance and positive behavior are significantly improved."

U.S. Rep. Jay Inslee
First Congressional District
Washington State




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