Meet the 2013-14 Georgia PTA Legislative Team
by Tyler Barr on 10/10/2013


Meet the Georgia PTA 2013- 2014 Legislative Leadership Team

Chinita Allen, Georgia PTA Legislation Chair, has been an advocate for children for more than 15 years. She has worked with PTA in various capacities to include: legislation, family engagement, diversity, and board nominations. Mrs. Allen’s advocacy efforts encompass interning with the United States Department of Education-Office of Civil Right in Washington, DC as a legal intern, developing school wide strategic plans with teachers and administrators, teaching general education, special education and ESOL students in various grade levels. Mrs. Allen holds a B.A. Pan-African Studies from Barnard College, Columbia University, and M.Ed. Educational Leadership from Kennesaw State University and is completing her Ed.S. Teaching and Learning at Georgia Southern University.

Tyler Barr is Legislative Policy Specialist and Lobbyist for Georgia PTA. He is responsible for strategic guidance of the public affairs, external affairs, strategic communications, policy reform, and advocacy efforts of the organization. He has more than 20 years of state and federal experience in public policy, government relations, philanthropy and corporate development for public and private sector clients. With a professional background in corporate law, government, business administration, and finance, he came to Georgia PTA to devote his leadership to serve our children. In addition to Georgia PTA, he serves as board member for the United Way of Greater Atlanta, Boys Scouts of America, and other civic and charitable organizations. Also, he served as co-chair of the Douglas County Citizens for Excellence in Education and led campaign efforts to pass the $122 million ESPLOST legislation for Douglas County School Systems.

Dr. Detrius Jones is Co-Federal Legislative Specialist of Georgia PTA and South Fulton Council PTA Second Vice President. Dr. Detrius Jones has served as a PTA president and parliamentarian. She has also served on Local School Advisory Councils as Academic Chair. Dr. Jones acknowledges that every successful organization must have a vision that should be fueled by a mission and cultured by a strategic plan. As a decision maker, Dr. Jones has a proven track record in analyzing problems, calculating risk and implementing a plan that includes timelines to produce high quality outcomes to meet organizational goals with a spirit of excellence. Dr. Jones has over 23 years of experience in business, coupled with great communications skills as a minister and motivational speaker and advocates for youth and education.

Joyce Walden is Co-Federal Legislative Specialist of Georgia PTA and president of Integrity Financial Solutions, a financial services company based in Georgia. A dedicated volunteer, she is a graduate of the United Way “VIP” program for board training, Chair, Economic Security Program, AKA Sorority. Co-Chair, for the state PTA event “PTA Day at the Capitol”, Georgia State PTA-Legislative Committee, Advocate, Rockdale County School Superintendent Parent Advisory Council, United Way shoe box project, Manatee Junior College, Instructor, Academy of Image and Etiquette, Instructor, National Association of Business Women Organization (NAWBO) – Board Member; Chair of community Relations, Olympic Volunteer Committee in Atlanta-1996, Habitat for Humanity Dekalb Chapter Board Member. Joyce is the proud mother of a daughter and resides in Conyers, Georgia.