TCSRA Elected Officers, 2023-2024
Left to right, top row: Sue Shannon, Patty Gee, and Lorene Rang.
Second row: Will Gentz, ZiNita Carrell and Pat Slosson.
Sue Shannon, President: A member of TCSRA for many years, Sue is now in her second term as TCSRA president. She was president-elect in 2021–2022. She has served on the elementary mini-grant committee, as a member of the nominating committee, and as chair of the finance committee. She also was the TCSRA nominee for the Stan McNaughton Outreach Award in 2017 in recognition of her community volunteer work. Sue has a bachelor’s degree, two master’s degrees, and a doctorate. She worked 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. She was one of the founders of the North Thurston Education Foundation and served as volunteer executive director from 1989 to 2016. 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.
Patty Gee, President-elect: After being the TCSRA secretary for one year, Patty has been elected to serve as president-elect for 2023-2024. After 20 years with North Thurston Public Schools, Patty went on sabbatical to earn her master’s degree at Central Washington University (CWU). Meanwhile, her husband was called to Tokyo, Japan, as a Christian missionary. Patty followed and was able to do research comparing Japan’s early childhood programs to ours for her master’s degree thesis. After three years in Japan as ministers of a Christian Mission Church, they returned, and Patty finished her Master’s in School Administration at CWU and then worked in several districts—Toppenish, Shelton, Steilacoom, and Griffin—as a speech language pathologist. At this point, she retired and realized a life goal by opening her “Open Door Autism Clinic” in Olympia. She directly provided the therapy for autism communication and social skills, and her husband, Jerome, was the Executive Director. As a volunteer, Patty has been President/Executive Director of the Autism Society of Washington, secretary for the North Thurston Education Association, secretary for several church boards and councils, and secretary/board member of the Regional Women of the Lutheran Church of America.
Lorene Rang, Secretary: Beginning her first term as TCSRA secretary, Lorene previously served as the membership chair for two years and was instrumental in recruiting over 100 new members for our organization. A graduate of Fife High School, Lorene earned her AA at Tacoma Community College and her bachelor’s degree from Central Washington State University. Lorene subsequently taught junior high, middle school, and high school health and physical education in Tacoma Public Schools for 20 years. She also coached volleyball and softball at all the levels. Lorene then earned her master’s degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Puget Sound and began her 15-year administrative career as Yelm Middle School Principal. Upon retirement from Yelm, Lorene worked for Pacific Lutheran University as an instructor in Educational Leadership, overseeing school administrators as they earned their Administrative Pro-Certification. Lorene loves to travel in their motorhome, aspiring to visit all of our National Parks. She enjoys spending time with her family, including her four grandchildren. She loves the outdoors—walking, hiking, golfing, and tennis.
Will Gentz, Fiscal Treasurer: Will is now serving his fourth 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 twelfth year as membership treasurer, is our education co-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.
Pat Slosson, Immediate Past President: Currently in her second year as editor of Bits & Pieces, Pat has been co-editor of the directory for several years. She is also chair of the program committee this year. She served three terms as TCSRA president, one year as our vice president/president-elect, and three years as our secretary. She has also been chair of the membership committee. 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.