For 20 years, I have been an active PTA member
06.09.2014 by Felisa Hilbert
Felisa Hilbert was born and raised in Veracruz, Mexico. During her missions in the remote villages of Mexico, Felisa participated in many vaccine campaigns in rural areas where she saw firsthand the pain and sorrow that children suffer from due to a lack of vaccinations and medical care. It was there where her love for global health increased. After graduating from college with a RN degree, Felisa volunteered at a psychiatry hospital for one year without pay to serve the mental patients while at the same time keeping with her psychiatry studies. Felisa moved to the U.S. nearly 29 years ago after marrying her husband Dan in Veracruz, and became a passionate volunteer and advocate for education, committed to teaching families how to better their lives, how to support children in their educational goals and teaching the values and richness of cultural diversity in local schools and communities.
Hilbert has worked very hard to organize a community PTA that reflects the faces of her community in which everyone can feel welcomed and accepted. In August 2008, International Cultures for Education PTA (ICE PTA) was created with only 15 members representing five continents. Hilbert was an Oklahoma PTA board of Directors from 2006- 2013. In 2011, Felisa was named Oklahoma’s Mom Congress Delegate by Parenting Magazine and in April 2011 a White House Champion of Change for Education Honoree. She is also the founder of the Multicultural Diversity Festival.
In 2015, Felisa became a United Nations Foundations Social Good Fellow, has been a Shot@Life Champion Leader since 2014, and a Shot@Life Champion for global vaccines since the beginning of the campaign in January 2012. Felisa traveled to the rural areas of Uganda with the Shot@Life team to see UNICEF’s successful Family Health Days campaign. Miss Hilbert is a humanitarian with a heart to help people, especially children in developing countries and has volunteer and travel to Mexico and Central America educating and teaching local leaders how to keep children healthy and to give them a shot at a healthy life. Felisa leads Oklahoma, Kansas, and Texas.