2016-17 Parent Community Advisory Board Members

  • Name


    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 Advisory Board member 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. Her youngest daughter recently graduated from her alma mater, Western High School, and will soon be off to further her education at the University of MD College Park.

    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).


    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 the active Chairperson of SECAC and is a longtime advocate for children and adults with special needs and intellectual disabilities.

     Sheila was appointed to by the 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). 

    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.



    Carolyn Combs

    Carolyn is a proud parent of two Baltimore City students at Woodhome Elementary Middle School. She has been a Baltimore resident for over 16 years and works in finance for a local university. She serves in the capacity of Treasurer for WEMS and is a member of the School Family Council. When not with family, volunteers in various other non-profit organizations. Carolyn has a passion for education and advocacy for students with special needs and the roles their parents play in the IEP process.

    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.



    Shantay Jackson-Guy

    Shantay Jackson-Guy is a lifelong Baltimorean, parent of a Baltimore City Public School student, and Executive Director of a 20+ year old non-profit organization that works closely with the school system, community members, organizations and the Baltimore City Police Department. She has made state and national presentations for many professional groups, including the Maryland Judiciary on strategies for data evaluation when serving the community. Shantay Jackson-Guy, serves on a number of boards including, Mervo's Alumni Association Board, and partners with community organizations such as the No Boundaries Coalition and the Park Heights Community Health Alliance.

    Patricia Jones



    Julianne Kelly

    Julianne Kelly has consistently worked with and in the interest of Baltimore City Public School students. She has always attempted to ensure the scholar's success in multiple ways. Julianne Kelly has worked at the Annie E. Casey Foundation which provides funding to organizations that support public education. After working at the Casey Foundation, she started working for Maryland Legal Aid. She is now a family and children's law attorney, and she also performs expungements within the city of Baltimore. Julianne Kelly volunteers with Reginald F. Lewis students and Higher Achievement and tutors middle school scholars in Math and English. Julianne Kelly has experience in law, policy, education, working with children and families in Baltimore City.

    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.


    Virgilio Victoriano

    Virgilio Victoriano is a verteran sales executive with more than 20 years of business development, operations, and sales management and training experience. He holds a B.A. in Economics from Colgate University in Hamilton, NY. He currently serves the Board of Directors for the Associated Builders and Contractors Baltimore Metro Chapter, where he helped to found Project JumpStart, one of the most successful job training programs in Baltimore City, in 2006. Virgilio Victoriano also sits on the Parent Advisory Board and School Family Council for Hampstead Hill Academy.