2016-17 Parent Community Advisory Board Members



Trish Garcia Pilla- Chair

Trish is a proud parent of two middle schoolers at Roland Park Elementary/ Middle School and a high school student that previously attended RPEMS. When not with the family, she manages a law office in Baltimore City. She is a graduate of Fordham University College at Lincoln Center and loved her time in Manhattan, but returned to her hometown upon graduation and has remained in the city ever since. After serving on the RPEMS PTA board as Corresponding Secretary and President for four years, she is very excited to have the opportunity to serve all the scholars in Baltimore City as the PCAB Chair.

Trish was appointed by the Parent Teacher Association Council of Baltimore City (PTACBC).

Aimee Ayers- Vice Chair

Aimee is a proud graduate of Western High School, Class of 1989, where the motto is “Lucem accepimus, lucem demus” (“We have received light, let us give light”). She is currently giving back to her alma mater by serving in the capacity of President of the Western High School Alumnae Association, Inc. and being actively involved with the school’s parent organization. She is an active volunteer of the Girl Scouts of Central Maryland and Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Mid- Atlantic. Aimee is also the proud mother of two daughters, the youngest who is continuing the legacy as a current senior at Western High School.

Aimee was appointed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).


Candace Baxter - Secretary

Candace is a graduate of Patterson High School. She comes to PCAB with a wealth of knowledge about the school system. Candace is the Administrative Coordinator at Humanim where she provides excellent assistance to the Director of Administrative Services. She is an advocate for supporting students’ needs and education. Candace represents Mergenthaler Vocational Technical High School in which her son attends and Brehms Lane Public Charter School in which her daughter attends.

Candace was appointed by the Chief Executive Officer (CEO).


Robin Boston- Treasurer

Robin is a proud graduate of Northwestern High School, Class of 1976. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from the University of Dayton and was employed at Lord Baltimore Capital Corporation for 32 years as an accountant. She currently works at the University of Maryland Foundation as a disbursement accountant. Robin volunteered at Mt. Royal Elementary/Middle School from 1991 to 2012, served as PTA president, treasurer and assisted with Math Night and Mt. Royal Day. All three of her children are graduates of Baltimore City Public Schools. She also served on the board of the Reservoir Hill Improvement Council and has helped with National Nights Out for the last 15 years. Robin is currently Vice Chair of the No Boundaries Coalition.

Robin was appointed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). 

Sheila Billips Sheila Billips

Sheila is a retired nurse in her 2nd year of her first term on PCAB. She graduated from Edmondson Senior High School Class Of 1972 and is a longtime resident of Baltimore City. She is also a Parent Liaison Volunteer at Claremont Middle/High School and the Vice President of the PTO there.

Sheila is a voting member of SECAC and is a longtime advocate for children and adults with special needs and intellectual disabilities.

 Sheila was appointed to by the CEO.

Theodore “T.J.” Casser - Policy Committee Chair

T.J. is a software development manager with a well-known e-commerce company, and a graduate of the University of Baltimore. He is the father of two children, one of whom has Autism and is a student in the Baltimore City Public Schools. As the son and grandson of educators, he is well aware of the important role parental involvement in the schools plays in shaping not only one's own children, but in shaping the lives of all of the children in our school system.

T.J. was appointed by Disability Rights Maryland.

  Lisa First-Willis

Lisa is a 15-year Baltimore City resident and is extremely passionate about community engagement and parent involvement in schools. Lisa and her husband, Steve Willis, have been actively involved in their five children’s schools, including Hampstead Hill Academy and Baltimore Polytechnic Institute (Poly) and most recently Towson University. As a volunteer, Lisa has served on school parent groups and councils. She has also organized fundraising activities and participated in outreach efforts through her work with community organizing groups to support school improvement.

Lisa is the President and Founder of First Choice, LLC a Human Resources consulting firm. She is a recognized professional in HR strategy development and labor relations with 25+ years of experience working with Fortune 500 companies in the airline, gaming, hospitality, healthcare and technology industries. Lisa holds her SPHR. She received a B.A. in International Relations from the College of Wooster in Ohio and studied at Johns Hopkins University and the University Stendhal in Grenoble, France.

Lisa was appointed by the CEO.

Paulette Gettis

I believe that building a strong community starts with unity and strength. If a child does not learn the way you teach, then teach the way the he learns. 

Paulette worked for a Federal Agency, as a Management Analyst and enjoyed many years of public service. In addition, to her work life, she volunteers as a parent advocate for special needs kids. Her assignments took her all over Baltimore City and she focused on the child’s everyday development, and educational advancement. 

Paulette was appointed by the Disability Rights Maryland (formerly MDLC)

In March of 2016 Paulette received, the Volunteer Service Award from her Federal Agency’s Commissioner.

 Kedri Metzger - Teaching and Learning Chair

Kedri is an immigration attorney and provides training to non-profits interested in starting immigration legal programs. She and her husband have lived in the Waverly community in Baltimore City for 15 years and have four children. Kedri and her family are deeply committed to supporting access to quality education and schools that provide positive social/emotional climates for all children. Her children attend Waverly Elementary Middle and Medfield Heights Elementary.

Kedri was appointed by the CEO.

Mandy Miller

Mandy has lived in Baltimore city since 1998 and currently resides in Locust Point with her 2 Children, Joshua (8) and Vivian (5) and her husband Fred. Her children attend Thomas Johnson #84, a Baltimore City Public school. Her son, Josh, is mildly autistic and has a strong IEP to support him in a typical classroom there. Mandy is passionate about children with different abilities and wants to see Baltimore City Schools embrace more programs to integrate children with special needs in both the academic realm well as out of school time programs.

Mandy is a Senior Sales Executive at KOHLER Company, the number one plumbing manufacturer in the United States. Mandy is also an active member of the American Institute of Architects, Urban Land Institute and Association of Interior Designers.

Mandy was appointed by Disability Rights Maryland.

Tracy Turner, Emeritus Chair (Advisory Member Only)