Former D9 employee heads OEA

Former District 9 employee, Gail Rasmussen, was elected president of the Oregon Education Association at the OEA Representative Assembly held Apr. 25.
    
Rasmussen is completing her second term as OEA vice president, a position she has held since 2005. She will assume the presidency July 1.

The election of Rasmussen marks several firsts: the first time a
classified employee has been elected president of OEA; the first time
an African-American has been selected to serve as OEA president and the
first time someone from School District 9 was elected.
   
Rasmussen
started as a receptionist at Eagle Point High School and began a career
that spanned 18 years in District 9. During that time, she moved into
the position of attendance coordinator, then became administrative
assistant to the athletic director, and then coordinator of the school
district’s Occupational Internship Program, in joint partnership with
the Veterans Administration Southern Oregon Rehabilitation Center and
Clinics (VA Dom).
   
While an employee of the District,
Rasmussen became a regional vice president. In 1999, she received a
very high honor as she was  named "National Education Support
Professional of the Year," by the National Education Association.
   
Rasmussen
was born in Bowling Green, Kentucky where she spent her childhood. She
is married to Paul David (David), a retired recreational therapist with
the Veteran’s Administration. They have two sons, Kent and Tavis, and
three grandchildren.
By Nancy Leonard
Of the Independent   

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