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Meet Your ATPE Board Members: Jayne Serna (Region 13)

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Date Posted: 1/27/2016

ATPE is proud to bring you this series of posts from your board members. The ATPE Board of Directors is made up of 20 regional members, who are elected by their constituents; four state officers, who are elected annually by the entire House of Delegates at the ATPE Summit; and the most recent state past president. Board members were sent questions via email, and their responses will be posted to the ATPE Blog in the order they were received. Today’s post is from Region 13 director Jayne Serna.

How and why did you get involved in a leadership role at ATPE?

I began my leadership experience in ATPE as the local unit president. The current president noticed that I had checked that I was willing to volunteer, so she emailed me to tell me that all I would have to do is hand out applications at the beginning of the year and mail them in. Needless to say, I discovered that there were other possibilities!

What is your favorite part of serving on the ATPE board?

It has been great fun to get to know leaders from other region and the state office better and see how the work of volunteers and staff at the local, region, and state levels work together as a team to help the organization grow!

How has being on the board helped your region?

Being on the board has helped me keep the region informed and focused on growth. I think we are also getting to know each other better and finding new ways to support each other professionally and personally!

What advice would you give to others who might be interested in serving on the board?

Know that your decisions help shape the future of the organization, so stay informed, ask questions, and think of the whole group while you consider how to best represent your region.

Can you share something fun about yourself that our members might not know?

I am an amateur musician and run a soccer league that my husband and I started. It started with 36 players the first season and currently serves more than 300 players.