Officers


THURSTON COUNTY SCHOOL RETIREES ASSOCIATION

          TCSRA Elected Officers, 2018-2019


Left to right:Ron Crawford, Pat Slosson, Pat McLachlan, ZiNita Carrell, Ann Chenhall, and Karen Keller.
 

Ronald Crawford, President:
Returning for another term, Ron served as TCSRA president from 2012-2015 and as vice president for the two years before that. He has been chair of the Retirement Planning Committee for six years and was on the Nominating Committee for two. Ron taught vocational agriculture at Toledo High School for eight years and served as high school principal for two. He moved to the state department of education, working as a program supervisor in Agricultural Education for 27 years. During that time Ron was State FFA Executive Secretary and State FFA Advisor, and he’s also done some consultative work with schools on school reform. Upon retirement from OSPI in 2000, he became licensed as a registered representative with Shelgren Financial Group, Inc. and Lincoln Investment Planning, Inc. Ron retired in November 2009.
 
Pat Slosson, President Elect/Vice President:
After having been our secretary for three years, Pat is now our TCSRA president elect/vice president, the first to hold that position under our new bylaws. She has been Membership chair and is currently the chair of the Secondary Mini-Grant Committee and co-editor of the directory. 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.
 
Pat McLachlan, Secretary:
This will be Pat's first term as TCSRA secretary. She has been chair of the Finance Committee, guiding the development of the TCSRA budget each year. Pat earned a BA in English, an MA in American Literature, and her K-12 Standard General Teaching Certificate from WSU. She taught for 18 years at North Thurston High School, specializing in 14 elective classes that she developed, and she also spent a year teaching in Nova Scotia, Canada, on a Fulbright Teacher Exchange. Pat later studied at TESC for an MPA in Public Administration and Public Policy. She spent the next 28 years of her public service working as a research analyst for the Washington State Senate Education Committee; as a health administrator for the Department of Health; and finally, at the Department of Community, Trade, and Economic Development. Pat also owned a small photography business for many years. She loves to travel, garden, volunteer for the South Sound Farm Trust, visit with her son, Peter, and other family and friends, and hike with her two young dogs.

ZiNita Carrell, Membership Treasurer:
ZiNita, now in her eighth 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.

Ann Chenhall, Fiscal Treasurer:
Ann is serving her third 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.

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 and our historian. 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. Currently the WSSRA Executive Board historian, 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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