Our first member spotlight is a very special one, in that we have the pleasure of introducing our WASBO Board Member, Assistant Fiscal Director at North Central ESD (Wenatchee) and recent ASBO Emerging School Business Leaders Scholarship recipient, Trisha Schock.
Trisha is an inspiring leader with a proclivity for learning, mentoring, strategic planning and internal control development. Through this focus, she led the creation of a major compliance program, completed a multimillion dollar public renovation project, implemented new software systems and served as an internal auditor of a major public works light rail construction project in Seattle. All of this before she even began her school district experience!
While still in college, Trisha began to work as an intern in the Washington State Auditor’s Office (SAO). Years later, she was approached by a mentor who encouraged her to bring her fiscal leadership knowledge and skill to the ever changing and exciting world of school district business. Since 2014, Trisha has continued to expand upon her role at North Central ESD and has helped to provide guidance not only to contracted districts for business manager services but to all of the districts within the ESD.
Trisha credits her mentors and teachers as contributors to her success and enjoys helping others accomplish their career goals.
We value our members and consider it an honor to celebrate their accomplishments. Keep up the great work, Trisha!
What is your role at North Central ESD 171?
I am currently serving in the role of the Assistant Fiscal Director.
What brought you into school district business?
I was actually recruited by Rick Bonner, he was my manager at SAO and reached out to me to see if I might be interested in coming and working with him. Little did I know what school finance was all about! But I am so grateful that he reached out to me!
What has helped you most in your career development?
Having great mentors. I have been very fortunate to have people along the way to help guide me and help me think out of the box.
What do you enjoy most about your position?
Mentoring new business managers. It is really exciting to help people succeed in their new role. It is wonderful to see them achieve their career goals, and extremely gratifying to know that I helped in their goal accomplishment.
What has been your proudest moment in your career?
Oh, this is a hard one! I think successfully changing the financial outlook of a district from a $345,000 cash balance to over $2.2 million in a little over two years.
How has your involvement as a WASBO member and now WASBO board member helped you most?
The connections that I have made across the state. The networking opportunities have been tremendous and invaluable. In addition, knowing what resources are available through WASBO and how to leverage my membership for my continued professional development. Through those resources and connections I have learned so much about school finance. But most importantly, I know who to call when I am stumped!
How do you balance work and family life?
HA! That is funny! People that know me will tell you anything I answer here is a lie! In reality, it is something that I honestly have to work on. My natural tendency is to just keep working. In the past couple of years, I have worked really hard at prioritizing my health and fitness. I figured that is a good place to start. So now the goal is to include more time with friends & family!
What do you find to be the most challenging part of your job?
The ever-changing scope of school finance. I feel like there is always something new to learn and a huge array of topics.
What has been your favorite project?
Can an entire district be a project? I have worked closely with a district the past three years. The district’s financial position, internal controls, and staff training processes have dramatically changed during my time there.
I also had a lot of fun launching Strengths Finders within our team here at the ESD. The philosophy around Strengths Finders is to identify your individual strengths and aligning staff projects with their individual strengths. Also, utilizing strengths of other team members to fill the gaps of my own or other team member weaknesses. It was a lot of fun, something to start refocusing on!
Do you have a favorite personal motto/mantra or philosophy?
Every Morning starts a new page in your story. Make it a great one today.
What is something people would be surprised to learn about you?
Someday I would love to learn to blow glass and open a studio
What are your favorite things to do when you aren’t working?
Well first and foremost time with my friends and family is precious to me. But when we talk about activities, skiing, I love to ski. If I wasn’t so type A, I imagine a life as a ski bum. If I am looking for something more low key, I can totally get lost in a good book for days.