TCSRA Elected Officers, 2017-2018

Left to right:
Ed Gonion, Miki Moench, Pat Slosson, Ann Chenhall, ZiNita Carell and Karen Keller

Ed Gonion, President: Many of us know Ed as the former Executive Director for the Washington State School Retirees’ Association (WSSRA), a position he held for nearly 12 years. Now retired, Ed continues to maintain his membership in WSSRA and in TCSRA. Early in his career, Ed was an elementary teacher, a K-12 principal, and a superintendent in Idaho. He then spent 23 years as a school superintendent in Alaska, retiring in 1997 with a commendation from the Alaska State Legislature. Later that year he was hired as the Executive Director of the non-profit corporation, “Citizens for the Educational Advancement of Alaska’s Children.” He led the successful effort to fund, prosecute, and WIN a lawsuit against the State of Alaska in 1999. That resulted in nearly one billion dollars for school districts to construct much needed new schools in rural Alaska. Ed and his wife, Diane, have been keeping busy since full retirement by traveling, spending time with family, and fishing for bass and trout at their cabin in eastern Washington.

Dolores (Miki) Moench, Vice President: Miki is in her second term as TCSRA vice president/program chair. She graduated from the University of Washington in 1978 with a BA in English and a minor in natural science, and she earned her teaching certificate in 1979 from U of W. After substituting for three years in the North Thurston, Olympia, Tumwater, and Yelm school districts, she taught for 28 years in North Thurston Public Schools. Her subjects were English, math, science, and Pacific Northwest history. She says she was "versatile." Miki LOVED teaching. She enjoyed watching the lights go on for those kids who struggled and the excitement on the faces of those who already had known some success. After trying her hand at being a telephone operator, a hotel desk clerk, and then a bookkeeper, teaching was THE most gratifying profession she ever "practiced."

Pat Slosson, Secretary: This is Pat’s third term as TCSRA secretary. She has been membership chair and is currently the chair of the secondary mini-grant committee. As an "Army Brat," Pat attended seven schools before graduating from high school in Dallas, Texas. She graduated from Pacific Lutheran University in 1973 with a BA in Education and earned an MA from Lesley University in 1991. After working for Phoenix newspapers, she returned to Washington and taught for North Thurston Public Schools for 30 years. Pat taught English as well as acting as Dean of Students for 12 years. Pat enjoys reading, traveling with her husband, and spending time with her children and grandchildren.

Ann Chenhall, Fiscal Treasurer: Ann is serving her second term as fiscal treasurer. She was raised in Corvallis, OR, and graduated from Corvallis High and Oregon State University. In 1972, she earned her MA in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Arizona. She then worked in the areas of title insurance and mortgage banking for six years. When her children began school, Ann enrolled at Eastern Washington University to earn her teaching certificate. She was a regular substitute for Cheney, Spokane, ESD 113, and North Thurston Public Schools. Ann taught art and then fourth grade for North Thurston during her 21-year teaching career, first at Seven Oaks and then at Pleasant Glade. Her daughter is the fourth generation in a family of teachers. Ann enjoys her many retirement activities, including traveling, reading, and spending time with family.

ZiNita Carrell, Membership Treasurer: ZiNita, now in her seventh year as membership treasurer, is our education chair and is also in charge of luncheon notifications. ZiNita was born in Yakima, WA, and lived in Wapato for most of her childhood. Her father, Lorence Heikell, was principal of Wapato Intermediate School, and her mother taught in various elementary schools around the lower Yakima Valley. ZiNita graduated from East Valley High School in Moxee and later received her BA and MA from Central Washington University. She taught Title 1 and Chapter 1 reading and math for nearly all of her career in Eastern and Western Washington. She retired from Tacoma Public Schools in 2008 and enjoys traveling with her husband, being a member of TCSRA, and writing education articles for Bits & Pieces.

Karen Keller, Immediate Past President: Born and raised in Tacoma, Karen is a graduate of Wilson High School and of Central Washington University. She enjoyed 28 years with the Yakima School District teaching elementary grades K-4. Nearing retirement, she returned to Western Washington and spent the last three years of her career in the Clover Park School District. Karen was then hired as an office assistant at the WSSRA office and worked there for 12 years, the last several as the Membership Coordinator. A member of TCSRA since 1998, Karen is currently our membership chair. She served for two years as president and for two years as vice president/program chair. She has also been our secretary and retirement planning chair, and she is a past member of the WSSRA legislative committee. In addition to serving as a substitute teacher, Karen quilts and plays bridge, and she is passionate about preserving steam railroading. She volunteers regularly for the Oregon Rail Heritage Foundation and at the local AMTRAK station, and she served for two years as president of All Aboard Washington, a state-wide passenger rail advocacy organization.









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