James Johnson, President
James relocated to St. Petersburg with his family when he was ten from New York. Having attended the local schools, including Lynch Elementary, he is proud to call St. Petersburg his home. James has studied at St. Petersburg College and was a graduate of ITT Technical Institute with an A.A.S. in Electronic Engineering and works for PSCU, a financial services company. He has been married 10 years to his wife Nakry and and has two children (daughter, 7 and son, 3) both of which are part of the Meadowlawn community. In his free time, he enjoys time with family, reading and riding his motorcycle.
Jennifer Bell, Vice-President
Jennifer has been very involved with Lynch Elementary for the past 2 years between volunteer work, assisting with school field trips and being the secretary for SAC. She is originally from Maine and moved to Florida after she graduated from college with a degree in hospitality. She had her sights on working for Disney in Orlando but soon fell in love with Saint Pete Beach and decided to relocate. She now works at Sirata Beach Resort as the Director of Banquets. She also enjoys selling Lipsense by SeneGence who provides long lasting makeup and anti-aging skin care. In the summer of 2016 she moved to Meadowlawn with her husband, Mike and 2 children. Garrett, who is 12 is going into 6th grade at Meadowlawn and Gwen who is 10 is attending Lynch as a 5th grader. They also have a dog and 2 cats.
Ruth Brunson, Treasurer
Ruth was raised in New York and relocated to Florida in 2002. She has been involved in education since 2005 as an educator. Her experience in education and advocacy has increased significantly over the last six years with the experience she gained as a parent of a child with special needs. The reason why she became involved in the PTA was to learn more about her neighborhood school and how to help students and teachers. Ruth is married to Pierce and has two children; expecting her third in January. When not working or caring for her own children, Ruth is helping her husband with his business Modern Photography Group/Firefly Event Photography and writing for her blog Ruthfulness.
Jennifer Steinbach, Secretary
Jennifer was born in Florida and lived in Alaska as a teenager. She has worked in the financial industry as a transition manager for over 17 years which is also how she met her husband Jeremy, who is in the same industry. In addition, Jennifer became a local Girl Scout leader in 2017 to work with girls as their mentor, cheerleader and to coach them into becoming leaders in life. Her daughter Layla attends Lynch Elementary and her son Colton will soon follow in another year. Jennifer became involved with the PTA in 2018 to stay engaged with the school, community and to help make a difference. When she has free time, she loves going to the beach, cooking and party planning.
Tricia Kastner, Spirit Chair
Tricia has a daughter in 5th grade this year, Victoria. She works in downtown St. Pete and enjoys pending time with her family and traveling across the state with her daughter who is a competitive gymnast. She previously served on Lynch Elementary’s PTO board as the president during the 2014-2015 school year. She has continued to work closely with the board over the years by helping with spirit events.