National Network Staff
Stephanie Knauss, Systems Coordinator, has a background in project management, fundraising, administration and reporting. She has a BA in Journalism and English from CSU Fullerton. Stephanie is raising four school-aged children, and has recently returned to the workplace after a 17 year hiatus.
Lysette Lemay, Sacramento Area Coordinator, runs the project in Sacramento, and trains nationally from the teacher perspective. She taught in elementary and middle schools for 15 years in Sacramento, where she became an enthusiastic advocate for home visits. She has a son and a daughter.
Gina Martinez-Keddy, Executive Director, worked for PICO National Network for 18 years in various capacities including Community Organizer, Executive Director, Director of Professional Development, and Statewide Consultant. She earned her BS from Cal Poly Pomona, her MBA from UCLA, and her MA in Social and Cultural Studies in Education from UC Berkeley.
Yesenia Ramirez, Training Coordinator, is a founding parent of PTHV, and directs training for the national network. A longtime community advocate, she is on the board of Sacramento Area Congregations Together. She has 6 daughters and 9 grandchildren.
Elaine Smith, Marketing Communications Coordinator, has a background in social marketing, communications, business consulting and nonprofit management. She studied movements for social change at Colgate University, and has an M.S. from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo in Agribusiness. She has two children.
Roberta Hantgan, Massachusetts, is a 20 year veteran of the National Education Association, where she worked closely with Parent Teacher Home Visits to help ensure its presence in many underserved communities around the country. In collaboration with the NEA Foundation, she also created and directed a multi-year teacher training service-learning project with funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service. Roberta left Washington, DC four years ago for Massachusetts to accept a one-year fellowship leading to a Masters Degree in Education with a focus on community engagement. She now works as a graduate advisor in education at Merrimack College in North Andover.
Patsy Roybal, Colorado, began her career working as a Family Resource School Coordinator in Denver Public Schools for eleven years, and then became the Deputy Director for the Colorado Statewide Parent Coalition, a non-profit organization that focuses primarily on closing the achievement gap and creating effective home-school partnerships. In 2009, she returned to Denver Public Schools as Director of Training and Leadership Development for the Office of Family and Community Engagement and worked in that position for over six years. Patsy has also been a national trainer delivering presentations on positive youth development and family engagement.
Miesha Sanders, Minnesota, joined PTHV as a parent trainer for the Saint Paul, MN team in 2011, and has been instrumental in helping to grow the project there. She is also a part of the national training team. Prior to the PTHV HUB, she worked as a Teaching Assistant for Saint Paul Public Schools. Miesha is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana, but moved around quite a bit as her father was in the military. She graduated from Saint Paul Public Schools, and went on to continue her education at Augsburg College. She has two daughters who both attend Saint Paul Public Schools.
April Ybarra, California: “My hometown is Sacramento. I’m a mother of 2 girls and after receiving a home visit I was forever changed! I have since become involved in Oak Ridge Elementary and SCUSD advocating for English Learners and low income students, and have served with Site Council, ELAC & DELAC, as well as being involved in the LCAP process and part of the LCAP PAC &EL LCAP PAC. I serve in my Church as the Nazarene Missions International President & outreach coordinator, and I was also nominated and elected to serve on the Sacramento Nazarene District Missions council.”