Who are ISTA-Retired Members? 

ISTA-Retired members remain connected to the education profession and colleagues following retirement. Retired members continue to support public education through the activities and programs of ISTA.

ISTA-Retired Elections 

ISTA-Retired is holding elections for delegates to the 2022 and 2023 ISTA and NEA Representative Assemblies (RA). Election materials will be published in the fall Advocate and available online October 1, 2021. Retired nomination periods for both the ISTA and NEA RA are open until November 10, 2021, and elections will be held January 15 - February 25, 2022.

ISTA-Retired NEA RA Candidates 

Find more information on the retired NEA RA delegate election here

ISTA-Retired ISTA RA Candidates 

Find more information about the ISTA RA here

Retired Election Guidelines   Nomination Form 

As nomination forms are received, the candidate names and Association activities will be listed here.

Join ISTA-Retired 

Joining ISTA-Retired is an opportunity for continuous membership in the Association. ISTA and NEA member benefits continue into retired membership. In addition, competitive rates for high-quality, long-term care insurance, Medicare supplemental insurance, retired dental and vision plans and liability insurance for substitute teaching become available to retired members.

Retired membership can be paid annually or by a lifetime membership, which locks-in the membership rate. Fill out an application to begin Retired membership. 

Online payment is by credit card only. If you prefer to pay by electronic funds transfer (EFT) or by personal check, please complete the membership form or contact the Member Resource Center. 

Questions? Contact the Member Resource Center at 844-ASK-ISTA (275-4782).

ISTA-Retired Membership Form 2021 - 22



Pre-Retired Subscription

Active educators can secure lifetime membership in ISTA-Retired by purchasing a pre-retired subscription. This membership category allows active members to pay for a lifetime membership in ISTA-Retired at any point in their career. Dues for both active membership and pre-retired lifetime membership can be deducted through EasyPay or payroll deduction, making the process simple. 

Those who choose to purchase a pre-retired subscription must maintain ISTA membership until retirement. 

Pre-Retired Subscription Application



While advocating on behalf of public schools, educators and kids, ISTA-Retired also dedicates advocacy to key issues important to retired educators, such as securing a Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA), establishing state funding for retired education employee health insurance premiums, maintaining social security and ensuring pension solvency.

Member Involvement

ISTA-Retired provides an opportunity to remain connected to the profession to which they dedicated their careers. A membership in ISTA-Retired is a membership in ISTA and the National Education Association (NEA). ISTA-Retired members have the option to then join a local chapter to remain connected in their local community. The knowledge and experience of ISTA-Retired members are integral to the continued success of ISTA, with an ISTA-Retired member serving on the ISTA board of directors, four Retired member appointments to the ISTA Standing Committees and representation on Indiana Political Action Committee for Education (I-PACE).


ISTA-Retired raises funds for the ISTA Foundation District Scholarship. High school seniors who are who are children or grandchildren of current ISTA members are eligible. Learn more about the ISTA Foundation Retired Scholarship.

ISTA-Retired Leadership

ISTA-Retired is organized into regional zones with local chapters for members to engage. 


Executive Committee

Rod Ellcessor, Chair
Ginger Calhoun, Vice-Chair
James Clauser, Secretary
Al Wolting, Member-at-Large
Ginger Calhoun, ISTA Board of Directors, Retired Representative
Gerald Ervin, Zone 1 Coordinator

Jan Hayes, Zone 2 Coordinator
Kathy Parks, Zone 3 Coordinator
Rosemary Moore, Zone 4 Coordinator
Roger Sharp, Zone 5 Coordinator
Karen Warble, Zone 6 Coordinator

District Council

The ISTA-Retired Statewide District Council is composed of an elected ISTA-Retired Board of Directors member, Retired representatives to the four ISTA Standing Committees, Retired I-PACE representative, one Retired member from each chapter, zone coordinators, NEA elected Retired members and ISTA president or designee (ex-officio).


ISTA-Retired has a number of statewide subcommittees on which retired members can serve, including Legislative, Membership, Newsletter, Communications, Scholarship and Golden Touch Award.

Latest News

ISTA-Retired produces a newsletter, The Chalkboard, delivering ISTA-Retired news to retired members.

Read the Latest Issue


ISTA-Retired staff liaison is Corey Kern.

Frequently asked questions

I have questions about retirement counseling, retirement pension direct deposit or retirement pension payments. Who can answer my questions?

The Teacher Retirement Fund (TRF) is a division of the Indiana Public Retirement System (INPRS). You can talk to an INPRS representative by calling 844-GO-INPRS (844-464-6777). To reach a representative, an automated voicemail service will prompt you to enter your pension ID and passcode. If you don’t have both readily available, stay on the line following the prompt. When the request goes unanswered following the second prompt, the phone system will automatically transfer you to a representative.

I’m now a member of ISTA-Retired. Can I choose to continue in an ISTA leadership position?

Yes, there are many opportunities available for Retired members to be active in the Association. Retired members have seats on the Board of Directors and governance and issue committees and can serve at the ISTA and NEA Representative Assemblies. Additionally, each ISTA-Retired chapter elects local officers.

Why should I choose ISTA-Retired over another professional retirement organization?

ISTA-Retired is the only organization that maintains your membership in the Association that has supported you throughout your career. Continue to receive NEA member benefits and discounts and enjoy the connection to colleagues. As an ISTA-Retired member, you can remain a vital instrument in supporting public education in Indiana.