After 30 years of public school service, I decided it was time to retire and try some new experiences. I retired as an elementary school principal, which was a very rewarding position. Additionally, I was on the state board for the principals’ association and ultimately served as state president. I feel this experience will assist me in the transition to our association’s board. At this time, retirees are experiencing a great deal of turmoil as they wonder how the negative economy will affect them. I see this as the main issue the board will need to address, and I feel I am ready to help the board with this task. I look forward to being the voice for the Retired School Employees in South Eastern Washington.


My birthplace was Tacoma, Washington and I currently live in Bellingham, Washington. After graduating from Wilson High School in Tacoma, I attended Western Washington University where I majored in Business Education, minored in Business Administration and Economics, and earned my Masters in School Administration. During my 35 year career at Lynden High School, I instructed high school students in business education curriculum with meaningful instruction for and about business. In addition I served as Department Chair, on the Tech Prep Consortium, Self-Study and Accreditation (STAR Team), Learning Improvement Team, Technology, Business Advisory Committee, Scheduling Committee, School-To-Work Committee, Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) Advisor, Senior Class Advisor, and Cheer Advisor. I also was a consistent provider of in-service training for staff. Additionally, I have been active in my professional organizations at the state, regional and national levels serving as President of both the Washington State Business Education Association and the Western Washington Business Education Association. Currently, I am serving as the National Representative (representing the Western Region of Business Educators) on the National Business Education Association Executive Board. Other activity includes working on the Business Communications Frameworks Committee through OSPI, Applied Communications Trainer, Microsoft Office Specialist Trainer, and several others. I look forward to serving the members of the Washington State School Retirees Association.


Jim became a member 10 years ago because his wife, Shirlee, was a member and her East-King unit suddenly needed a treasurer. Jim is a Certified Internal Auditor and retired in 2000 as an Assistant Vice President and Senior Auditor after working 34 years for Bank of America (Seafirst). The jobs included branch, corporate, international, trust and investment auditing. In addition to the East-King unit treasurer position, he does the unit’s newsletter and volunteered to serve a 5-year term on the WSSR Foundation. Jim served 4 years on the Peter Kirk Community Center Advisory Board, is now serving on the City of Kirkland Senior Council, works with Shirlee on the Eastside Audubon Education Committee, and is the Audit Committee Chairman for the Puget Sound Chapter of the Institute of Internal Auditors. He is a full-time stamp dealer and sells worldwide postage stamps at shows around the Northwest. Jim and Shirlee have been married 43 years, live in Kirkland (a mile from where Shirlee taught) and enjoy traveling to Hawaii and the Oregon Coast.

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