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."

Retired Employees Association board
The 2015-16 board includes, front row from left: Debbie Ramirez (membership), Paula Slifer (secretary), Mary Cochran (care and concern), Texanna Ollenberger (social), Melinda Kearney (at-large), David Brewer (at-large), Doug Cox (volunteer). Back row, left to right, John Kieffer (treasurer), Diane Gossage (community organizations), Judy Rapp (membership), Tom Kearney (president), Stephanie Royer (scholarship), Raleen Cox (scholarship), Ron Gardner (legislative), and Terri Jarboe (past president). Not pictured: Betty Wike and Wendy Scholten (at-large), Marsha Stoker (fundraising and foundation rep), Ernie Claudel (legislative), and, Heather Schoonover (Olathe District Schools liaison).


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 2015-16 officers:

  • President — Tom Kearney
  • President-elect — Debbie Ramirez
  • Secretary — Paula Slifer
  • Treasurer — John Kieffer
  • Past president — Terri Jarboe
  • Members-at-large — Betty Wike, David Brewer, Wendy Scholten, Melinda Kearney

REA Committees:

  • Community Organizations — Diane Gossage
  • Community Organizations Breakfast — Tom Kearney and volunteers
  • District Liaison — Heather Schoonover
  • Fundraising — Marsha Stoker and Terri Jarboe
    • 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 — Ron Gardner and Ernie Claudel
    • 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
  • Media Specialist (Facebook/photographer) — John Kieffer
  • Membership — Judy Rapp and Debbie Ramirez
    • Organize annual membership drives
  • Olathe Public Schools Foundation — Marsha Stoker and Melinda Kearney
  • Publicity/Communications — Diane Gossage
    • Develop newsletters and other publications
  • Scholarships — Raleen Cox and Stephanie Royer
    • 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 — Doug Cox
    • Notify members of ways they can volunteer in schools and community; collect and report volunteer hours to appropriate agencies