Retired Employees Association

Members of the Olathe Public Schools Retired Employees Association executive board say, "We're excited about this organization because it provides the opportunity to keep in touch with former colleagues, to make new friends through social activities, and to continue to serve the students of this district and the community of Olathe."

Officers, Committee Contacts

The mission of the Olathe Public Schools - Retired Employees Association is to enrich life by providing resources for our members and the educational community.

REA 2013-14 officers:

  • President — Phyllis Freeman
  • President-elect — Terri Jarboe
  • Secretary — Cheryl Wilcox
  • Treasurer — Bill Richardson
  • Past president — Pam Perrin
  • Members-at-large — Sandy Kellar and Doug Cox

REA Committees:

  • District Liaison — Heather Schoonover
  • Fundraising — Marsha Stoker
    • Develop plans for raising funds for the organization and for scholarships on behalf of ODS-REA
  • Hospitality/Care and Concern — Mary Cochran
    • Reach out to members during times of crisis and times of celebration
  • Legislative/Benefits — Ron Gardner, Ernie Caudel
    • Keep members informed about legislative and state retirement issues that impact retired school district employees and collaborate with school district administrators to keep members informed about benefits available to retirees
  • Membership — Ann Gardner, Judy Rapp
    • Organize annual membership drives
  • Olathe Public Schools Foundation — John Freeman
  • Photographer/Facebook — John Kieffer
  • Publicity/Communications — Diane Gossage
    • Develop newsletters and other publications
  • Scholarships — Raleen Cox
    • Get information to school counselors and Future Teacher Organizations about the REA scholarship; help judge applications and choose the winner from each school
  • Social — Texanna Ollenberger
    • Plan programs and activities of interest to retirees
  • Volunteerism — Debbie Ramirez
    • Notify members of ways they can volunteer in schools and community; collect and report volunteer hours to appropriate agencies