Executive Board Introductions

The 2023-2024 Executive Officers would like to introduce themselves to you!

Erin Gamet, President

Erin Gamet (she/her)

I am a white, queer, solo mama, of a biracial & bicultural 8th grader at JAMS. Anti-oppression & inclusion work has been the cornerstone of my community involvement thus far & I’m excited to be here to help advocate for ALL students to ensure that our school building & culture is safe for ALL students- especially populations that have been marginalized throughout history. I look forward to bringing social justice issues, mental health awareness, community resources & collaboration to the forefront as we navigate the challenging yet expansive preteen/teenage years together. My hope is that this PTSA will feel accessible to many families so that we will have robust involvement from our families & community members. I believe that PTSA is most effective when we have many members of our diverse community working together, please join our growing community!

Some little known facts about me: I speak Spanish fluently, I run my own business working with placentas, I am 3 years into apprenticing with a Q’echua medicine woman in Peru.

Lanetria Luevano, Vice President

Hello, my name is Lanetria Luevano.  I was born and raised in Seattle. I have two children, a 9th grader at Nathan Hale and a 6th grader at JAMS. I joined the JAMS PTSA because I love working with people whose goal is to create a safe and welcoming space for all children by focusing on equity, diversity, and inclusion. I hope as the PTSA we can get more parent involvement and build more of a community with families.  Some of my favorite things to do outside of Pinehurst are spending time with my family and friends, trying out new restaurants, reading books (mostly thrillers), and watching movies.

Richard Newman, Secretary

Richard Newman (he/him)

I am Richard Newman, the parent of a 7th grader at Jane Addams Middle School. I have a professional background in public health and clinical research, along with a strong interest in environmental issues and urban horticulture. After serving on the PTA Board at my child’s elementary school for the past several years as the volunteer coordinator and co-secretary, I am excited to help out at JAMS for the next several years. As the parent of a student with special needs, and as an LGBTQ+ parent, I will forever strive to support and advocate for students & families navigating related issues.

Jane Tunks Demel, Treasurer

Jane Tunks Demel (she/her)

I am Jane Tunks Demel and I have a 7th grader at JAMS and a 4th grader at Sacajawea. We moved to Seattle in the early days of the pandemic to be near our extended family. Now we have three generations living in Maple Leaf and Victory Heights. I believe that time and effort spent building community is everything, so I wanted to join the PTSA Board to help do that important work. I am looking forward to collaborating with everyone to make JAMS a supporting and welcoming environment for all of our families.