Listed below are the 2021-2023 Officer Nominees for President, President-Elect, and Secretary. Delegates will vote on the nominees at the 2021 NCPTA Virtual Annual Convention during the General Session on Saturday, July 31.
President-Elect: Dr. Shaneeka Moore-Lawrence
My name is Shaneeka Moore-Lawrence and I am honored to be slated as NCPTA President-Elect. NCPTA promotes four things that I hold dearly—students, families, educators, and community. Born in Wilson and raised in Durham, I have been involved with PTA since I was a kindergartener–attending PTA meetings with my mom who was also a teacher at the elementary school where I attended. Fast forward many decades and I am proud to say that I have enhanced my work, dedication, and commitment to PTA in many ways. I have been a parent member of my son’s schools’ local PTAs since he was in kindergarten and he is now a senior in high school; I even served on the PTA Board at my son’s elementary school. In addition, for the last 21 years, I have been a teacher or administrator member of every school PTA in which I have worked. I am passionate about collaborating with and empowering students, families, educators, community members, and community organizations to further the mission of NCPTA to make every child’s potential a reality.
I have wholeheartedly served on the NCPTA Board of Directors for four years and during this time I have been honored to work in several capacities including Convention Committee Chair, Events Committee Chair, Strategic Planning and Human Resource Committee Chair, member of the Executive Committee, member of the Nominating Committee, and member of the NCPTA Internet Access and Device Grant Review Team, and member of the NCPTA COVID Relief Grant Review Team. During the pandemic, I have been blessed to be able to aid NCPTA in reaching its members by spearheading the planning and hosting of the virtual events that we have offered since March 2020 including NCPTA Convention 2020, NCPTA Virtual Learning Summer Symposium, NCPTA & North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services School Reopening Town Hall, NCPTA Gates Town Hall meetings, NCPTA Winter Symposium, NCPTA Youth Symposiums, NCPTA Special Education Inclusion Town Hall.
When not “PTAing”, I am a twenty-one year educator with many years as a teacher and now a principal; I am also active in my home, church, and community. My son’s schedule keeps me busy with daily athletic practice and weekly games; those coupled with my duties as Team Mom and Booster Club President. At my church, I am a faithful member serving as President of the Music Department, Chair of Life Line Academy Youth Programming, Member of the Education Committee, usher, choir director, and choir member. My community activism includes volunteering, mentoring youth and other educators, and more.
One of my favorite quotes comes from Danny Thomas, “Success has nothing to do with what you gain in life or accomplish for yourself. It’s what you do for others.” My life is sweeter because of the joy I get from helping others. I look forward to helping increase NCPTA’s role in enhancing outcomes for all children.
In Addition, the Following People Have Submitted Required Materials Indicating Intent to Run from the Floor
President: Francelia Burwell
Francelia Burwell has been involved and served in leadership roles with PTAs in Fairfax County, VA (secretary, historian) and Durham County, NC (president, vice president, communications committee chair, 8th grade Avid parent liaison,
principal selection committees, site based decision making committees, school improvement teams, DPS Budget Advisory Committee, DPS Branding Committee, DPS Strategic Planning Committee, DPS Advanced Academics Team, DPS Growing Together Committee, and a member of numerous district & state led parental focus groups) for nearly 30 years. She has served (2) two-year terms as President, VP, VP of Community Engagement, and Board Consultant of the Durham Public Schools Council of PTAs.
She brings passion and enthusiasm as she embarks upon this new role as President of North Carolina PTA. She has also served as NCPTA President Elect, NCPTA Board of Directors Member, Diversity & Inclusion Committee Chair, Membership Committee Co-Chair, and GATES Team Partnership Lead, as well as a member of the Events, Founder’s Day, Convention, Information Systems, and Strategic Planning & HR Committees.
Francelia focuses on engaging and inspiring families to become involved in their children’s education through the PTA. She has worked with many teachers, principals, and superintendents to identify potential leaders among families and to nurture their efforts to build PTAs. She utilizes her experience to help cultivate partnerships between schools and families as a means of supporting and empowering underserved and underrepresented students and their families, thus helping each child to perform to his/her full potential.
She has a proven reputation throughout the community while actively building and strengthening relationships with PTA and the larger community through grant opportunities and partnerships. Under her leadership, Durham Council of PTAs has successfully secured several National PTA and foundation grants as well as provided technical assistance and support to local units to secure grants.
Francelia, a native of Virginia, is a loving wife to Tony Burwell, Sr of 29 years and a proud mom of two sons and a daughter (graduates of Durham Public Schools). She is the membership co-chair of the Parent & Family Advisory Council for UNC Greensboro, where her daughter is currently a senior.
President: Renee Dow
My name is Renee Dow. I received my Associate in Science Degree from Davidson County Community College, my bachelor’s degree in Human Relations with a concentration in Social Work from High Point University, my master’s degree in Business Administration with a focus on Global Business from Argosy University and I am currently pursuing my Doctorate in Business Administration and Global Business from Keiser University with an expected completion in April 2021.
I am married to Raymond Dow Jr., of 21 years, a mother of seven beautiful children and two beautiful granddaughters. I also serve as the President of Thomasville Middle School Parent Teacher Association. I enjoy traveling, writing, reading and spending time with my family.
Building and maintaining community relationships through developing and implementing strategic processes that ensure long term, successful outcomes, is my priority. I have worked in the “For Profit” and “Not for Profit” Sector for over 20 years, both locally and abroad. I specialize in identifying solutions to business problems and effectively implementing solution-oriented business philosophic approaches that are unique to each business.
My personal and professional experiences have afforded me the opportunity to work with many community leaders, allowing me the opportunity to deliver innovative business solutions with organizations. I believe in quality and not quantity when delivering customer service and to maintaining business profits through tangible as well as intangible benefits.
President: Sonya Harriott
I, (Sonya Harriott) am a mother of five and grandmother of two who has led by example in the way of education, empowerment, and encouragement to and for others in various communities. I am a military born and former military spouse who has seen and overcome many things. which has led me to serve as a PTA Leader, coach, and Girl Scout Leader for 24 years and counting.
I have an A.A. in Early Childhood honors, B.S. in Criminal Justice/Corrections with a minor is Sociology, and a Master’s in Education with a concentration in English for Language Learners. I have served as an Educator for over 20+ years in various capacities from the elementary to college levels of teaching.
My current community service includes: Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., PTA Board of Directors member on the NC State, Cumberland County District PTA Council, and local PTA levels, plus I direct/coach at risk youth through sports and my non-profit organization.
My purpose/passion has always been to serve youth, their families, and the community. I believe that leaders should not only lead by example, but treat people by following “The Golden Rule.” I also stand by the mission of P.T.A. and the strong principles of “Every Child, One Voice.” Children follow what we do, not what we say, and it is important to get back to the business of raising our children and guiding families and community through diversity and inclusion to maintain a solid foundation.
“Teamwork does make dreams work”
Secretary: Bernice Sanders Johnson
Bernice S. Johnson is a native of Winston-Salem, NC. Johnson moved to Wilmington in 1998, shortly after graduating from North Carolina A&T State University in 1997 with a Bachelor’s in Industrial Engineering. She later graduated from the Keller Graduate School of Management, where she received a Master’s in Project Management and an MBA with a concentration in Project Management.
Mrs. Johnson currently works at Cape Fear Public Utility Authority where she serves as Senior Project Manager in the Development Services Division.
She was inducted into the Zeta Pi Sigma Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. on March 9, 2013. She has served as Public Relations Chair, chapter’s historian, and is currently serving as the Regional Chapter Nomination Chair. In addition, she has served on several regional and national committees.
Bernice has also served as the president, treasurer, and secretary of the Mary C. Williams PTA, vice president of NHC Council of PTAs, and volunteers with several community organizations. She is currently the treasurer of the Myrtle Grove PTSA, Member-At-Large on the Mary C. Williams PTA, and President of the NHC Council of PTAs.
In addition, she is a member of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. where she currently serves as the Financial Secretary.
She is married to Atiba D. Johnson and has two beautiful children, Amir and Atiya.