What is the PTA? BAM PTA is you:  the parents and guardians, teachers and staff of Berkeley Arts Magnet.

It is connecting with other parents to advocate for our kids, and partnering with the principal, teachers, and staff to make BAM the safe, welcoming, and fun hub of learning it is. Each year, the PTA raises ~$200k to support our kids and school.

All you have to do to be a member of the BAM PTA is participate. The PTA doesn’t have any membership dues, but we do need your help! You can find volunteer opportunities here, learn more about our events, or donate to our annual fund here. And stay connected by signing up for BAM Announcements at the top right of this page.

Have great ideas or feedback for the PTA Exec Board? We want to hear it! Please use this BAM PTA Feedback Form. You can also contact .


  • President: Mandisa Leachman
  • President Elect: Cora Stryker, Debbie Tuttle
  • Secretary: Hilda Wang and Abbe Vacek
  • Event Coordinator: VOLUNTEER NEEDED
  • Treasurer: Danielle Beasley
  • Treasurer Elect: VOLUNTEER NEEDED
  • Parliamentarian: Jeannette MacMillan
  • VP Classroom and Teacher Support: Genia Gilbert
  • VP Communication and Outreach: Kaveh Aghevli
  • VP Welcoming FamiliesVOLUNTEER NEEDED
  • VP Justice, Equity and Inclusion: Katie Nnadi, Heather Mills, Jen Bloomer
  • VP Health and Wellness: Milani Pelley
  • PTA Council Liaison: Rita Smith
  • Teacher Representatives: Adam Weis, Andrea Cruchett, Ruby Palmer Ghose
  • Principal: Rene Molina


  • Rainbow Families: Diana DiGennaro, Rebecca Mitchell
  • African-American Affairs: Kenya Salmond
  • Asian Affairs: Janice Tanemura, Grace Wang, Lauren Dietz, Susan Lau
  • Latino Affairs: Gisele Fernandes
  • Special Education Family Support: Judit Pap
  • Safety/Emergency Preparedness: Tamara Jacobson, VOLUNTEER NEEDED
  • Greening Team:  Matthew Green
  • Giving Campaign: Cindy Cesca Yoshiyama
  • BAM JAM Carnival:  Danielle Rugo
  • Starry Night Auction: Maya Geurtsen
  • BAM Runathon: Genia Gilbert
  • BAM Readathon: Genia Gilbert
  • Food Drive Coordinator: Heather Mills
    PTA After School Enrichment Classes: Anusha Gupta and Kassie Pimentel
  • Rolling Drop Off Coordinator: Laurie Gerritz
  • BAM Directory: Castle Sinicrope
  • Thursday News: Lidia Gaitan (Lead Editor)
  • BAM Merchandise Coordinator: Hilda Wang
  • Technology Support:  Alexander Bailey, Matthew Green
  • Golden Sneaker/Walk and Roll to School:  Karmit Jacobson


The Berkeley Arts Magnet PTA bylaws revised in June of 2012.
The Berkeley Arts Magnet PTA bylaws revised in June of 2008.


The School Governance Council is another important (non-PTA) committee at BAM. This group of teachers, staff, and elected parents work to raise the academic performance of students and improve the school’s overall educational program. Members are elected in the fall.