TCSRA Elected Officers, 2020-2021
Left to right, top row: Pat Slosson, Ray Colombo, and Pat McLachlan.
Second row: Will Gentz, ZiNita Carrell, and Ron Crawford.
Pat Slosson, President: After having been our secretary for three years, Pat served one year as our TCSRA president elect/vice president, the first to hold that position under our new bylaws. This year is her second term as president. 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 with a BA in Education and later earned an MA from Lesley University. 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.
Ray Colombo, Vice President: Ray grew up attending North Thurston schools and graduated from North Thurston High School. After earning his degree from Central Washington University and then spending a year training and working for the Washington Army National Guard, Ray returned to Lacey and began his career with the North Thurston School District. He taught for 43 years. Ray taught language arts at Chinook Middle School for most of his career and was the school’s librarian for the last 17 years. He was Chinook’s union representative for ten years, and he also served on the District’s technology and curriculum committees. Ray enjoys writing and, in addition to two books, has published poems and short stories in magazines all over the country. His other interests include traveling, sports, and spending time with his four grandchildren.
Pat McLachlan, Secretary: This will be Pat’s third term as TCSRA secretary. Before that, she was chair of the Finance Committee for 6 years, guiding the development of the TCSRA’s yearly budgets. 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, as a housing programs manager 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 three dogs.
Will Gentz, Fiscal Treasurer: Will was born in and did his early years’ learning, playing, and working in Illinois. He attended Illinois State University after which he played in the dirt, doing landscaping and working union construction jobs. After nearly a year of traveling, he settled in Boulder, Colorado, cooking in restaurants for seven years. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado Boulder and spent two years substitute teaching and coaching in the high school where he had student taught. He then taught for seven years in Spokane, WA, teaching middle school physical education and coaching. He earned his master’s degree from Gonzaga University, and then moved to Olympia, teaching high school math for the next 23 years in North Thurston Public Schools. Will loves traveling with his wife, hiking, sports—mostly watching these days—and being outdoors.
ZiNita Carrell, Membership Treasurer: ZiNita, now in her ninth 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 and enjoys traveling with her husband, being a member of TCSRA, and writing education articles for Bits & Pieces.
Ronald Crawford, Immediate Past President: Ron served as TCSRA president from 2018-2019 and from 2012-2015 and as vice president for the two years before that. He has been chair of the Retirement Planning Committee for eight years and was on the Nominating Committee for three. 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.