TCSRA Elected Officers, 2021-2022
Left to right, top row: Pat Slosson, Sue Shannon, and Pat McLachlan.
Second row: Will Gentz, ZiNita Carrell, and Ron Crawford.
Pat Slosson, President: Now in her third term as TCSRA president, Pat also served one year as our vice president/president-elect and three years as our secretary. 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.
Sue Shannon, Vice President/President-elect: Sue served a total of 44 years in Washington public school districts, including her last years at the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. After teaching in Longview and in Ellensburg, she came to North Thurston Public Schools (NTPS), where she began as an English teacher and assistant principal at Timberline High School. Her next positions were as an assistant superintendent for planning and construction at NTPS, as an assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction at ESD 113, and as a director of learning and education policy at WEA. Sue has a bachelor’s degree, two master’s degrees, and a doctorate. She was one of the founders of the North Thurston Education Foundation and served as volunteer executive director from 1989 to 2016. A member of TCSRA for many years, Sue served one year as chair of the Finance Committee, was the TCSRA nominee for the Stan McNaughton Outreach Award in 2017 in recognition of her community volunteer work, and recently served on the nominating committee. Sue’s late husband, Jim, was also a teacher and coach in North Thurston Public Schools. She has one son. Sue enjoys traveling, reading, music, and spending time with family and friends.
Pat McLachlan, Secretary: This will be Pat’s fourth 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 is now serving his second term as TCSRA fiscal treasurer. He 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 tenth 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 pre-retirement planning committee for nine years and was on the Nominating Committee for four. 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.