Taconic Region PTA

Crossing Bridges for Children

Taconic Region

Who Are We?

Want to know exactly who is the Taconic Region PTA? Check out our Overview page to see who we are and what we do!


Want to know more about this Program? How do I get my Unit Registered?

The Taconic Region PTA is one of fifteen divisions of the New York State PTA. We are located in the center of the Hudson Valley region, encompassing Dutchess, Ulster, southern Columbia and western Putnam counties.

We serve 2 councils and 68 units, and have a membership of well over 13,500, which includes parents, teachers, students, school board members, administrators, and community members.

We are here to help your PTA unit or council. Please contact us if you have any questions.

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Our 2023-2024 Taconic Region PTA Board

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Region Director:

Duties and Responsibilities

The Region Director is the chief executive officer of the region and supervises the business and affairs of the region. The RD presides over all meetings of the region board and executive committee, assigns duties and areas of responsibility to the Associate Directors and coordinates the work of the officers as well as the chairmen of the standing and special committees.

In addition, the Director represents the region on the New York State PTA Governance Team, supervises the organization of new units and councils and assists in advancing the work of the region’s units and councils.

Email Niki (RegionDirector@taconicpta.org)

Associate Directors

Each of Taconic Region’s member units has been assigned to one of the three Associate Directors as your primary contact for any questions or concerns. Please contact the appropriate director below.


Jay Livermore (ad1@taconicpta.org)

LaToya Lewis (ad2@taconicpta.org)

Liz Vilato (ad3@taconicpta.org)

Bylaws Chair: Erin Hawks

Duties and Responsibilities

The region bylaws chair serves as your unit’s primary contact for any questions concerning your bylaws. He or she will assist you in getting your bylaws approved or amended.

Email Erin (bylaws@taconicpta.org)

Send your bylaws cover pages to:

Erin Hawks
Taconic Region PTA Bylaws
25 Partners Trace
Poughkeepsie, NY 12603

Treasurer: Martk Hurley

Duties and Responsibilities

The region treasurer maintains custody of all of the region’s funds and keeps permanent records of such. He or she is the chairperson of the annual budget committee which develops the proposed budget for the year and presents the budget for adoption. In accordance with the adopted budget, the treasurer validates all bills and vouchers submitted by region board members and disburses region funds as authorized by the board. He or she also prepares a financial statement for each board meeting or whenever requested by the board.

The treasurer is also responsible for ensuring that the annual audit committee (or professional auditor) receives all financial records at least two weeks before the annual meeting. At the annual meeting, he or she presents the annual report of the previous fiscal year. Finally, the treasurer files all forms as required by the IRS and the NYS Department of Taxation.

Email Mark (treasurer@taconicpta.org)

The Reflections program provides opportunities for recognition and
access to the arts which boost student confidence and success in the
arts and in life.

The 2022–2023 Reflections theme is Show Your Voice!
Students submit their completed works of art in one or all of the
available arts categories: Dance Choreography, Film Production,
Literature, Music Composition, Photography, and Visual Arts. 
Students participate in the appropriate division for their grade: Primary
(Pre-K - Grade 2), Intermediate (Grades 3-5), Middle School (Grades
6-8), High School (Grades 9-12), Special Artist (All grades
welcome). Students who identify as having a disability and may
receive services under IDEA or ADA: Section 504 may enter in the
Special Artist Division or grade division most closely aligned to their
functional abilities

For more information go to the New York State PTA website:
Reflections Website

Deadline for submissions is December 9, 2022
Any questions please send them to Reflections@taconicpta.org


NYS PTA offers numerous awards and recognitions. For detailed information and applications,
please check nyspta.org, then look under programs, then awards & recognitions for full list and
further links to each award & recognition listed below:

  • Advocate in Action Award
  • Community Service Award
  • Distinguished Service Award
  • Jami-Beth Knapp Family
  • Engagement Award
  • Founders Day Recognition
  • Gazzola Teacher Fellowship
  • Golden Oak and Diamond Awards
  • Honorary Life Membership
  • Innovative Teacher Grant
  • Jane Skrzypek Leadership
  • Jenkins Memorial Scholarship
  • Pick A Reading Partner Award
  • Reflections Theme Search
  • Celebration of the Arts
  • Susanne Smoller Advocacy Award
  • Youth Humanitarian Award

Taconic Region PTA Awards

The following awards are available during the current school year:

  • Taconic PTA Leadership Award

  • Leadership is a process of influence – the ability to direct the problem-solving process of others. To lead is to direct, encourage, inspire and coordinate. A good leader develops personal skills and encourages and trains new leaders who will follow.

    To download the Explanation page: Leadership Explanation - Word Format
    To download the Application: Leadership Application - Word Format

  • Taconic PTA Unsung Hero Award

  • This humanitarian award recognizes a student in grades six through eight who seeks to promote the welfare of others by showing kindness, integrity, tolerance, forgiveness, charity and volunteerism in his/her school, home, community and/or place of worship. The youth is an asset to the community and is self-motivated to help others without thought of recognition. He/She makes a difference in a quiet and untraditional manner. ***This award is not presented for academic achievement

    To download the Explanation page: Unsung Hero Explanation - Word Format
    To download the Application: Unsung Hero Application - Word Format

  • Taconic PTA Outstanding Unit Program Award

  • This award is given to promote and encourage the efforts of our PTA units. Good programs don’t just happen. They take time, effort, and a great deal of organization. They work when they meet the needs of students, staff and the community. Program planning with a purpose provides for good quality PTAs.

    To download the Explanation page: Outstanding Unit Explanation - Word Format
    To download the Application: Outstanding Unit Application - Word Format

  • Taconic PTA Teacher of the Year Award

  • The purpose of this award is to honor a teacher who displays a commitment to the welfare of children and youth, strives to obtain a better relationship between the home and school, and is committed to the purposes of the PTA. Taconic Region PTA encourages all units and councils to recognize outstanding teachers in their schools by recommending them for this award.

    To download the Explanation page: Teacher of the Year Explanation - Word Format
    To download the Application: Teacher of the Year Application - Word Format

Taconic Spring Conference 2019