Wisconsin PTA 2021 Nominee Biographies

Wisconsin PTA Positions 

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President-Elect

Vice President

2021-2023 Nominees:

Matthew John “MJ” Rodriguez

My name is Matthew John Rodriguez. I am passionate about advocating with the highest intensity to achieve the PTA mission of creating a space for every child’s potential to become a reality. To foster a more collaborative, diverse, inclusive environment by looking at various options to help our members is one space I work in. I started as a local volunteer in many roles, and as VP at Mead Jr. High it was the first time, I realized there were more layers to the PTA. I met and sat next to Chuck Saylors the National PTA President Elect, at the Illinois State Convention, and he told me PTA is more than just a mom’s fundraising club. It was at that point that I realized I wanted to be a part of PTA’s true mission of advocating for all kids.

 As I discovered my passion working with various organizations the National PTA sent out the Univision television station to televise my PTA story. I have been a guest speaker on various Spanish radio shows and an expert speaker on Juvenile Protection and Safety issues on the cable television show “Everyday Matters.” I had the tremendous honor to work with MANY greats like General Colin Powell, Tony Dungy, White House Fatherhood Initiative, Illinois Fatherhood Initiative, National PTA Urban Family Engagement Initiative (UFEI), Mexican-American Legal Defense Education Fund (MALDEF), Illinois School Board of Education (ISBE), Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health (ICAH) , Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s office, Mujeres Latinas en Acción, League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), and the Anti-Bullying Task Force by request of ISBE. I worked with the Illinois Attorney General’s Office to define and create language for bullying and cyber-bullying in my role as Juvenile Protection and Safety Director. I am a certified Train the Trainer for both PTA and MALDEF Curriculum. I teach financial literacy classes in English and Spanish.

My current roles include: Wisconsin PTA Federal Legislation Chair, President of a statewide local unit, Treasurer of an Early Learning Center, National PTA Board Member, Parent Leader at National Association for Family, School, and Community Engagement (NAFSCE), Chair of the Family and Community Engagement for the Illinois Governor’s Office, and many other roles. Current projects I am heading forward is the Safe Return To School Project, State support for 3 different states, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Project, and Leadership Development Team.

I have been blessed to have taken a variety of professional training such as the suite of Franklin Covey, Les Brown, John Maxwell Speaking and Training, as well as many others. I LOVE to uplift and empower others with the necessary tools to carry forward their vision. Among my best skills are connecting, listening, troubleshooting, and executing the plan. Among all of my awards and accolades I have received, I am most honored to be the 2016 Illinois Father of the Year, receive the Illinois Latino Legislative Caucus Foundation’s Community Service Award for my dedication to the community over these 20 years, and was the first Hispanic Male State President in 2015.

I appreciate your time and dedication to this exceptional association and look forward to meeting you all!

Here to serve,

Matthew John Rodriguez

Secretary

2021-2023 Nominees:

Stacy Marszalkowski

My name is Stacy Marszalkowski. I’m seeking the position of Secretary for Wisconsin PTA. For the last 2 years I have been on the Board of Directors as the Region F Advisor. I am a single mom to my 12-year-old daughter who is active in competitive swim. I’ve been a Radiologic Technologist (fancy term for Xray Tech) for the last 18 years. I have my boards in Xray, CT and MRI. I currently work full time at a Veterinary Hospital and take MRI call at a local human hospital. I have previously held the position of Vice President at Irving Elementary in West Allis and I’m also up for nomination as Secretary of Frank Lloyd Wright Intermediate School in West Allis. I have participated in PTA for the last 8 years and am looking to further my involvement with PTA in helping people realize that PTA is there to support our kids and their schools. It’s not the PTA of the past where all moms did was bake cookies and spend time in schools. PTA is for everyone, not just the moms. It’s what you as a parent or caregiver can put into PTA, when you can, that helps support our mission of advocating for our kids and schools.

Treasurer

 2021-2023 Nominees:

  Heather Birk

Heather has served as treasurer at the local level, a VP at the council level, and is the current interim treasurer of the WI PTA. She has a BA in accounting and works in the accounting field, while taking care of her 3 kids and striving for equity in education.

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Heidi Bucholz-Nicolazzo

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Maggie Budde

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MJ Rodriguez

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Region F Advisor

Stacy Marszalkowski

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