2020-2021 Officers and New Trustees
The TRTF Board of Trustees has elected the following members as officers for the 2020-2021 year:
Mary Nell Short, President
Ronnie Jung, Vice President
Lynn Granzin, Secretary/Treasurer
In addition, the Board has also added three new Trustees:
Bill Barnes, Trustee
Bill Barnes is a native Texan and a “proud Texas Public Schools retiree and member of the Texas Retired Teachers Association.” He received his B.S. degree in education from Lamar University with a major in History and Government and a M.Ed. from the University of North Texas in Elementary Education. His 37-year teaching career began in Irving ISD as a special education teacher. Afterwards, he was employed in the Hurst Euless Bedford ISD as an elementary level classroom teacher, assistant principal, curriculum coordinator and elementary principal.
Bill became a member of TRTA in 2002 when he retired. “My wife Janice was already an active member in the Hurst Euless Bedford RSE local unit. I knew that unit was a very active group and I wanted to be a part of it and still am.” Bill and Janice participate in the “Books for All” fundraiser for the Children’s Book Project, and he serves as a co-chair of the HEB legislative team making presentations to all of the HEB faculties.
Bill and Janice helped organize the Northwest Retired School Employees Association unit when they moved to Haslet and are still active in that unit as well. Bill says, “In the Northwest Retired School Employees Association, I am serving as the Legislative Chair. My favorite aspect of this position is keeping the members informed on our issues and hosting a forum with area legislators that represent us.”
Mr. Barnes has served in many positions for TRTA District 11, including first and second Vice-President, President, and Past President. Bill says, “It was my honor to represent District 11 as their representative to the TRTA State Legislative Committee. For the past 14 years, I served as the TRTA State Legislative Committee Chair, TRTA State Legislative Coordinator, and served on the TRTA Board of Directors. I represented retirees as a Board member of the TRS Retiree Advisory Committee for two terms.”
Regarding the Texas Retired Teachers Foundation, Bill states, “The Foundation is one of the best aspects of TRTA. Giving back is one of the most important gifts in life. As teachers, we always gave to making this world better. Working in the schools was a total commitment of time. Being retired now, gives me time to focus on helping others. This Foundation has certainly grown and developed avenues for helping retirees and bettering the future.” Bill’s favorite TRTF program is the “A Helping Hand” program. “This program allows so many retirees a way to get needed help with various concerns and needs.
Bill and Janice have one daughter named Kelli, and a son in law, Billy, as well as two grandsons, Trevor (22), and Rhett (20). Some of Bill’s hobbies include reading, traveling, and spectator sports, in addition to having a Santa Claus collection and coin collection over many years.
Mary Jane Hamilton, Trustee
Mary Jane Hamilton is from Denton, Texas, and currently resides in Allen. She received her B.S. Degree in Elementary Education from Texas Christian University and her M.Ed. degree in Guidance and Counseling from North Texas State University. In addition, she has received her mid-management certification. Mary Jane has 30 years of experience in education. She has taught first grade, been an elementary counselor, an Associate Psychologist, a Coordinator of Staff Development, and a Curriculum Consultant. She retired from Arlington ISD.
Mary Jane is a life member of TRTA and says past president Myrtice Larson motivated her to join the association. Mary Jane belongs to Allen REA, as well as Arlington RSEA. Currently, she is involved with TRTA at the state, district, and local level and some of her favorite TRTA activities are attending the state convention and rally day (Day at the Capitol) and participating in the local Book Project.
Regarding the Texas Retired Teachers Foundation, Mary Jane says, the “A Helping Hand” program is her favorite TRTF program because she “believes in helping others,” especially her fellow educators. Her goal as a first-year trustee is “to listen, learn, and become further educated regarding the Foundation’s programs and vision for the future. To be involved and contribute to the Foundation moving forward, serving the retired and active educators and to be an active participant where needed.”
Mary Jane enjoys traveling, reading, theatre, movies, volunteering, and being involved in various organizations.
Maridell Fryar, Trustee
Maridell Fryar was raised in Abilene, Texas, and has lived in Midland since 1962. She attended Hardin Simmons University where she double majored in English and Speech Communication with a minor in History. She received her master’s degree from Texas Tech University in Speech Communication as well. Maridell was an educator for 35 years, 30 of which were in the Midland Independent School District. She taught Speech and English at Robert E. Lee High School and directed the forensics program, coaching debate, and individual speaking events as well as Student Congress. After 22 years in the classroom, she became an administrator, retiring as Executive Director of Instruction, K-12 for MISD.
Maridell joined TRTA the day she retired in 1993. “I had always been a member of my professional organizations, both those related to the academic areas of English and Speech and those which advocated for educators, so I knew that, as a retiree, I would join the organization which had my interests as its mission.” She is a member of the Midland Association of Retired School Personnel and has served as its Secretary, Vice-President, and President. She has served as District 18 committee member and Secretary/Treasurer, First Vice-President, Second Vice-President, President, and Immediate Past President on the state level.
Regarding the Texas Retired Teachers Foundation, Maridell says, “TRTF is the charitable arm of TRTA and as such epitomizes the organization’s obligation to give back to active and retired educators and to their communities the talents and support of its members. Its mission is the heart of what we owe to others.” Her favorite TRTF program is the Classroom Assistance Grant program. “I believe it encourages teacher creativity by funding innovative classroom programs. It enables teachers to think outside the box and supports the resulting activity financially.” Maridell says, she “wants to become better acquainted with her fellow trustees and the methods of operation of TRTF so that [she] can make a positive contribution to its work.” She wants to be a contributing member as the Board examines challenges and looks for methods of increasing its efficiency and its effectiveness.
Maridell and her husband Jack have two children, Eric who is an attorney in Houston and Delanna who is an educator in Midland. She also has seven grandchildren. She loves to read and play Bridge.