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Small business owner , vocational school educator

Irene Joann Usitalo, Vocational school educator, small business owner. Certified vocational teacher, Washington. Recipient Special Director's award Puyallup School District, 1984.


Usitalo, Irene Joann was born on June 6, 1921 in Seattle, Washington, United States. Daughter of Edwin A. and Vivien I. (Rice) Walton.


Graduate, Metropolitan Business College, Seattle, 1940. Student, Western Washington University, 1959. Student, Tacoma Community College, 1983.

Associate of Arts in Humanities, Highline College, Midway, Washington, 1976.


Teacher, Clover Park Vocational College, Tacoma, since 1984; executive secretary, Puyallup (Washington) School District, 1972-1986; administrative secretary, Auburn (Washington) School District, 1965-1972; executive secretary, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, 1964-1965; administrative secretary, Seattle School District, 1961-1964; bookkeeper, McBeath Glass Company, Bellingham, 1960-1962; bookkeeper, Bellingham Flying Svc., 1959-1960; bookkeeper, Silverdale (Washington) Fuel and Transfer, 1947-1949; administrative assistant to dietitian, Western Washington U., Bellingham, 1950-1953; administrative secretary, office manager, Bellingham (Washington) High School, 1953-1958. Instructor Highline Community College, 1976-1984, South Sound Community College, Yelm, Washington, 1987. Owner, manager, presenter professional workshops IJ Usitalo & Associations, Federal Way, Washington, since 1985.

Advisor committee for office occupation Tacoma Community, Pierce Community, Highline Community Colls., Federal Way High School, 1975-1988.


  • Certified vocational teacher, Washington.


  • Other Work

    • Contributor articles to newsletters and magazines.


Member Washington Women United, since 1984, Women for Choice, since 1989. Member National Association of Female Executives (networking committee 1986), National Association Educational Office Personnel (life, certified educational office employee award of distinction 1981, advisor professional standards program 1985-1991, chairman vocational-adult education council 1989-1991, editor/public/contributor National Educational Secretary magazine and Crossroads newsletter), American Business Womens Association (chapter president 1986), Northwest Adult Education Association, American Management Association, Washington Association Educational Office Personnel (life, past president, Employee of Year award 1982, editor/public/contributor newsletter), Washington Association Maintenance and Operations Administrators (editor/public/contributor newsletter), Past President Association (treas, president), Order Eastern Star (life).


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: raising roses, golf, reading, professional writing.


Married Richard R. Usitalo, January 15, 1940. Children: Richard E., Carol Usitalo Donaldson, Clinton D.

Edwin A. Walton

Vivien I. (Rice) Walton

Richard R. Usitalo

Clinton D. Usitalo

Richard E. Usitalo

Carol Usitalo Donaldson Usitalo