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Locals installed as Indiana Retired Teachers Association officials

OFFICIALS: Left to right, Barry D Conrad, IRTA president; Paula Dyer, secretary/treasurer; and Tom Mellish, executive director pose duringthe 54th annual Representative Assembly on June 12, in Indianapolis.

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Barry D. Conrad and Paula M. Dyer were installed as president and secretary-treasurer of the Indiana Retired Teachers Association (IRTA) at the 54th annual Representative Assembly on Wednesday, June 12, in Indianapolis, according to a press release.

Conrad has served as Area 6 director, secretary/treasurer for two years, president-elect for two years and will now serve as state president for two years.

Conrad serves on the IRTA Board of Directors, IRTA Executive Committee, IRTA Strategic Planning Committee, IRTA ByLaws Committee and the Indiana Retired Teachers Foundation Board.

Conrad has served on the IRTA Legislative Committee and is a past-chairman of the IRTA Retirement Planning Committee.

Conrad is also a member of the Wabash County Retired Teachers Association and past president of the Wabash Local Association.

Conrad taught mathematics at Southwood Jr./Sr. High School for 26 years, and served 14 years as director of technology for the Metropolitan School District. While teaching, he was involved in the teacher’s association and served as chief negotiator for multiple contracts, as well as discussion spokesperson. He served as chairperson of the math department, chairperson for many NCA self-evaluation committees and served many times on NCA evaluation teams at other schools. In 2011, he retired after 40 years of service in education.

Conrad now volunteers his time and efforts as a State Health Insurance Assistance Program counselor in Wabash and with the State IRTA. Conrad is a member of Wabash Friends Church. He has been married to his wife, Paulette, for 49 years. They have two children, Darcy Conrad and Vindy (Conrad) Pace, who is an educator along with her husband Carl, at MSD of Wabash County, and five grandchildren.

Paula M. Dyer, of Wabash, has served as Area 6 director for IRTA, and served as the chairman of the IRTA membership committee for three years. Dyer is presently co-vice president of the Wabash County Retired Teachers. She on the IRTA Board of Directors, IRTA Executive Committee, IRTA Strategic Planning Committee, IRTA Membership Committee and the Indiana Retired Teachers Foundation Board.

Dyer is an active member of Zion Lutheran Church in Wabash and jas served as secretary of the congregation, president and vice president of Zion’s chapter of the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League and the Mission Board. In the community, Paula has volunteered the last 10 years as a designer of the Christmas decorating at the Wabash’s Honeywell Center and Wabash City Hall.

Dyer retired after 39 years as Wabash school psychologist and served as lead psychologist at the Wabash Miami Area Program for Exceptional Children. Dyer worked at Wabash City Schools, MSD and Peru schools until her 2014 retirement.

She and her husband, Steve, have been married 44 years, and have a son and two grandsons.

Conrad and Dyer began their State Positions on Monday, July 1. Paula J. Jones of Jasonville was elected as IRTA president-elect.

The executive director of IRTA is Tom Mellish, who taught for a few years at Southwood Elementary School.