Delegates represent Missouri at the NEA Convention in Washington, D.C. July 4-7, 2016

The nation’s largest democratic body will meet in Washington, D.C., July 4-7, for the 2016 NEA Representative Assembly. Missouri NEA will be represented by the following categories of delegates.

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State delegates

State delegates are elected in two categories. Category I delegates are teachers, education support professionals and other members not serving as administrators. Category II delegates are administrators and others serving in supervisory positions that include evaluation of employees. Missouri qualifies for 24 Category I delegates and one Category II delegate. The president, vice president and NEA directors are automatically ex officio delegates. Following are the results of the state delegate election that took place Feb. 1-Mar. 1:

Ex Officio Delegates —who serve by virtue of the office to which they've been elected are— President Charles E. Smith, Vice President Brent Fullington, NEA Director Phil Murray and NEA Director Lisa Kickbusch

Category I state delegates
Listed in alphabetic order.

Matt Agee, Meramec Valley
Melissa Albright, Springfield
Dana Alvarez, North Kansas City
Lisa Baldwin, North Kansas City
Lonzo Boles, North Kansas City
Maria Bradshaw, Park Hill
Neil Daniels, II, Parkway
James Dye, North Kansas City
George Ferris, North Kansas City
Liz Henderson, Park Hill
Carmen Hill, St. Louis
Lacey Hochenauer, St. Joseph
Alicia Kleoppel, North Kansas City
Rebeka McIntosh, Grandview
Joeann Mack, Normandy
Monica Miller, Columbia
Stacey Mitchem, Independence
Treena Murray, Poplar Bluff
Don Schulte, Pattonville
Michelle Shepard, Columbia
Eric Simmons, St. Joseph
Christopher Smith, Springfield
Jason Steliga, Center
Jane Ann Sykes, St. Louis

Category II state delegate (administrator)
Patrick Layden, Independence


Local Delegates

Local delegates are elected by the members of a local affiliate, with one delegate per 150 members. Members should contact their local presidents to learn the procedures, timelines and reimbursement procedures for local delegates. 

Cluster delegates

Cluster delegates are elected by members of several locals who have networked to attain the minimum 76 members required for delegate eligibility. Members interested in being elected as cluster delegates should contact Jeanna Machon at (800) 392–0236. Cluster delegate elections are conducted during March and April.

MNEA-Retired delegates

MNEA-Retired members elect delegates from their membership to represent them at the NEA R.A. Only MNEA-R members may nominate, vote for and serve as retired delegates. Election of the MNEA-R delegates will be held at the MNEA-R annual meeting on April 8 at Lodge of Four Seasons. Contact Karen Sholes for more information.

MNEA-Student delegates

The number of delegates allocated for MNEA-Student group will be determined based on the number of student members in the state. Only student members may nominate, vote for and serve as student delegates. Contact Stephanie Price if you are a MNEA-Student member and interested in becoming a delegate.

Posted Date: 3/29/2016
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