Damaris Allen is a lifelong education advocate and a mom of two Hillsborough County Public School students. Through her advocacy work at her child's elementary school she discovered the power parents have to create long term sustainable change. She won HCPS Volunteer of the Year for the work she did for her elementary school. Since then she has gone on to serve as Vice President of Areas and Regions for Hillsborough County PTA/PTSA as well as President of Hillsborough County PTA/PTSA. She currently serves on the Florida PTA Legislative Committee, is the Chair of the HCPS Board Citizens Advisory Committee, and is the PTSA President at her local neighborhood high school.
Brita has served in a variety of advocacy roles including VP of Advocacy for Hillsborough County Council PTA/PTSA and Advocacy Chair at Gaither High School where her youngest son is a junior. Brita is a member of the Florida PTA Legislative Committee, advocating for public schools and for policies that benefit all children at the state level. Brita is a grant writer and her primary client is OASIS Opportunities, a small nonprofit that provides clothing and essential items to students in need attending Hillsborough County Public Schools. She has a BS in Political Science from Florida State University and a Masters in Public Administration from George Washington University.
Ellen Lyons focuses her education advocacy on financial issues and school funding. She serves on the board of Hillsborough County PTA as Region Representative Coordinator, Special Events Coordinator and South Region Representative. She has previously served as Vice President of Operations and Secretary for the organization. She won the title Hillsborough PTA Volunteer of the Year in 2017. She advocates for full and equitable school funding through PTA, and as Vice Chair of the Hillsborough County School Board's Citizens Financial Advisory Committee.
Meaza Morrison is an educator and a mom of two students in Hillsborough County Public Schools. She is passionate about all things teaching and learning. For the past 15 years, her focus has been on secondary education, human resource development, instructional design, and process improvement. Meaza has taught in public and private schools and has also worked with organizations on improving existing processes to increase productivity and revenue. She has worked in secondary education, higher education, and corporate training and development. In education, Meaza has served in the classroom and in administration. In the corporate setting, she has managed training and quality assurance teams, and developed training programs for various companies, including fortune 500 companies. This vast experience in teaching and learning has produced a well-rounded approach to teaching and learning systems, from analysis to evaluation.
Meaza attended the University of South Florida where she received a bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education: English, an ESOL certification, a master’s degree in Adult Education: Human Resources Development, and a graduate certificate in Leadership in Developing Human Resources. While working as a Learning and Development Consultant, Meaza went on to Nova Southeastern University where she obtained her doctoral degree in Instructional Technology and Distance Education.
Currently, Meaza is the CEO of Integrated Security Consultants, a Tampa based small business that provides commercial security solutions. As a community volunteer she serves as Founder/Tutor with iMatter Education hosted at Tabernacle of Hope, Reflections Chair with her local PTA, Assistant Committee Chair with Junior League of Tampa, Community Council Member with Champions of Children, Assistant SWAT Leader with Ruth’s List Tampa, and Committee Member with USF’s Women in Leadership and Philanthropy.