National PTA History

For more than 100 years, National Parent Teacher Association (National PTA®) has worked toward bettering the lives of every child in education, health and safety. Founded in 1897 as the National Congress of Mothers by Alice McLellan Birney and Phoebe Apperson Hearst, National PTA is a powerful voice for all children, a relevant resource for families and communities, and a strong advocate for public education.

Today’s PTA is a network of millions of families, students, teachers, administrators, and business and community leaders devoted to the educational success of children and the promotion of family engagement in schools.


Baltimore County PTA Council Presidents

Russell Gilbert (1950-53)

J. Howard Burns (1953-54)

L. Leroy Seward (1954-55)

James L. Llewellyn (1955-58)

Francis J. Fagan (1958-60)

Edward T. Little (1960-62)

Roy R. Lambert (1962-64)

Lee Wuerfel (1964-68)

Nona Lehr (1968)

Marge Capecci* (1969-72)

Margaret Bridgham (1972-76)

Ardis Bell* (1976-80)

Gwendolyn Tisdale (1980-84)

Bonnie Dyer (1984-88)

Carmela Veit* (1988-92)

Elizabeth Crosby* (1992-96)

Linda Olszewski (1996-2000)

Laura Nossel (2000-02)

Michael Franklin (2002-06)

Susan Katz (2006-08)

Nancy L. Ostrow (2008-12)

Jackie Brewster (2012-14)

Emory Young (2014-17)

Jayne Lee (2017-22)

*later served as Maryland PTA President