Board of Directors

The MNEA Board of Directors sets policy.

Delegates of the MNEA Representative Assembly elect the executive officers. The MNEA President is Phil Murray (Poplar Bluff School District), and the MNEA Vice President is Rebeka McIntosh (Grandview C-4 School District). The president and vice president are on leave from their school districts and serve MNEA full-time. 

The NEA Directors are also elected by delegates at the MNEA Representative Assembly. The NEA Directors serve on the National Education Association Board of Directors. Currently, MNEA has two NEA Directors -- Andy Slaughter and DeNaé Bush.

The state is divided into 11 governance districts. Each district has one or more representatives elected by delegates in their district meetings at the spring MNEA Representative Assembly.

The Board also has representatives for at-large and special groups.

Manager of Enterprise Operations: Pam Koetting (, (573) 644-9601)
Executive Administrative Assistant: Roxane Bly (, (573) 644-9606)

MNEA Board of Directors

Expand the titles below to view the directors and the areas they serve. You may contact any of the MNEA Board of Directors below using the following email address:

Directors (Special Groups and At-Large)

Director-at-Large: Higher Education 

Todd Geringer, Metropolitan Community College NEA


Director-at-Large: Native People/People of Color

Alexander Tai, Columbia MNEA


Director-at-Large: Education Support Professionals

Emanuel Grimes (SEEA) 


MNEA-Retired Director 

Beth Ann Roland, Retired Educator


Aspiring Educators Director

Faron Haase, Missouri State University


Directors (Governance District 1)

Rebecca Portwood (Northwest EA) represents members in the following school districts/locals:

Advance (A)
Cape Girardeau (A)
Charleston (A)
Crystal City (A)
Cuba (Crawford County R-11)(A)
DeSoto (A)
Dunklin (A)
East Carter Co. R-II (A)
Farmington (A)
Festus (A)
Festus Secretarial Assn. (A)
Fox C-6 (A)
Grandview R-II
Hillsboro (A)
Hillsboro ESA
Iron Co./Viburnum
Jackson (A)
Jefferson R-VII (A)
Jefferson R-VII ESA
Kingston K-14 (A)
Lonedell (A)
Malden R-I
Naylor R-II
New Madrid Co. R-I
N. St. Francois Co. R-I
Northwest (A)
Northwest ESA (A)
Owensville (A) 
Portageville (A)
Poplar Bluff (A)
Potosi R-III (A)
Rolla (A)
Scott City R-I
Senath-Hornersville (A)
Sikeston (A)
Southern Reynolds (A)
St. Clair R-XIII
St. James (A)
Ste. Genevieve EA (A)
Ste. Genevieve ESP (A)
Steelville (A)
Sullivan (A)
Three Rivers Comm. College
Twin Rivers (A)
Valley R-VI
Van Buren (A)
Windsor (A)
Woodland (A)

(Western and Northern boundaries by counties inclusive: Ripley, Carter, Reynolds, Dent, Phelps, Crawford, Gasconade, Franklin Co. except Washington and Union, and Jefferson County) 

Directors (Governance District 2)

Amanda Perschall (Lebanon NEA) represents members in the following school districts/locals:

Alton (A)
Ash Grove R-IV
Ava R-I
Benton Co. R-IX (A)
Bolivar (A)
Branson (A)
Branson ESP
Buffalo (A)
Cabool R-IV
Camdenton R-III (A)
Clever R-V
Climax Springs (A)
College of the Ozarks
Couch (A)
Fair Grove (A)
Fair Play R-II
Fordland (A)
Forsyth R-III
Hermitage (A)
Hollister (A)
Houston (A)
Laclede Co. R-I/Conway
LaQuey R-V
Lebanon R-III
Logan-Rogersville (A)
Marion C. Early (A)
Marshfield (A)
Mountain Grove (A)
Mountainview/Birch Tree (A)
Nixa (A)
Norwood R-I
Ozark (A)
Pleasant Hope R-VI
Pulaski Co. R-II/Crocker
Reeds Spring (A)
Republic (A)
Richards R-V
Seymour (A)
Southwest Missouri St. Univ. (A)
Sparta R-III
Springfield (A)
Springfield ESP (A)
Strafford 9A)
Thayer (A)
Warsaw (A)
Waynesville (A)
Weaubleau (A)
West Plains (A)
Wheatland (A)
Willard (A)
Willow Springs (A)
Winona (A)

(Western, Northern and Eastern boundaries by counties inclusive: Stone, Christian, Greene, Polk, Hickory, Benton, Camden, Pulaski, Texas, Shannon, and Oregon) 

Directors (Governance District 3)

Erin Mareth (Nevada NEA) represents members in the following school districts/locals:

Appleton City
Bronaugh R-VII
Carl Junction (A)
Carthage (A)
Cassville (A)
Diamond (A)
East Newton Co. R-VI
El Dorado Springs (A) 
Jasper Co. R-V
Joplin (A)
Joplin ESP (A)
Lamar (A)
Liberal R-II
McDonald Co. (A)
Missouri Southern State (A)
Monett R-I (A)
Mount Vernon (A) 
Neosho (A)
Nevada (A)
Pierce City (A)
Purdy R-II (A)
Sarcoxie (A)
Seneca (A)
Verona R-VII
Webb City (A)

(Northern and Eastern boundaries by counties inclusive: Vernon, St. Clair, Cedar, Dade, Lawrence, and Barry). 

Directors (Governance District 4)

Carrie Begemann (Odessa MNEA) and Tresina Alvested (Odessa MNEA) represent members in the following school districts/locals:

Adrian (A)
Belton (A)
Belton ESP (A)
Blue Springs (A)
Butler R-V
Center (A)
Central MO St.Univ.
Central MO St.Univ. Student (A)
Chilhowee (A)
Clinton (A)
Concordia (A)
Fellowship of Mo Education
Wokers (A)
Fort Osage (A)
Grain Valley (A)
Grandview (A)
Harrisonville (A)
Hickman Mills (A)
Holden (A)
Independence (A)
Independence ESP (A)
Independence Trans. EA (A)
Johnson Co. (A)
Kansas City (A)
Kingsville (A)
Knob Noster R-VIII (A)
Lafayette Co. (A)
Lee’s Summit (A)
Leeton R-X
Odessa (A)
Pleasant Hill (A)
Raymore-Peculiar (A)
Raytown (A)
Rich Hill (A)
Sedalia (A)
Strasburg C-3
Warrensburg (A) 

(Northern, Eastern and Southern boundaries by counties inclusive: Jackson, (except Independence) Lafayette, Johnson, Henry, and Bates) 

Directors (Governance District 5)

Joaquin Cuni (North Kansas City NEA) and Trevor Kilpatrick (Park Hill NEA) represent members in the following school districts/locals:

Bosworth R-V
Carrollton R-VII
Chillicothe (A)
Excelsior Springs (A)
Excelsior Springs ESP
Grundy Co. R-9/Trenton
Kearney (A)
Laredo R-VII
Lathrop (A)
Liberty (A)
Maryville R-II
Norborne R-VIII
N. Harrison Co. R-III
N. Kansas City (A)
N. Kansas City Bus Drivers
North Platte
Orrick R-XI
Park College
Park Hill (A)
Platte Co. (A)
Richmond (A)
Savannah (A)
S. Harrison Co. (A)
St. Joseph (A)
St. Joseph ESP (A)
West Platte (A)

(Southern and Eastern boundaries by counties inclusive: Platte, Clay, Ray, Carroll, Livingston, Grundy, Mercer, and Independence in Jackson County) 

Directors (Governance District 6)

Scott Dean (Columbia MNEA) represents members in the following school districts/locals:

Adair Co. R-I
Boone Co. R-IV / Hallsville
Boonville (A)
Brookfield (A)
Bucklin R-II
Callaway Co. R-III / New Bloomfield
Cole Co. R-I/Russellville
Cole. Co. R-II/Blair Oaks
Cole Co. R-V/Eugene
Columbia (A)
Cooper Co. R-IV/Bunceton
Fulton (A)
Green Ridge R- VIII
Hannibal (A)
Howard Co. R-II / Glasgow
Iberia R-V
Jefferson City (A)
Kirksville (A)
Lewis Co. C-1
Louisiana (A)
Macon (A)
Madison C-3
Maries Co. R-II / Belle
Marshall (A)
Meadville R-IV
Mexico (A)
Missouri Valley College
Moberly (A)
Moniteau Co. R-VI / Tipton
Monroe City (A)
Montgomery Co. (A)
North Callaway / Kingdom City
Osage Co. R-II / Linn (A)
Osage Co. R-III / Westphalia
Palmyra R-1
Paris R-II
Pettis Co. R-12
School for the Deaf (A)
School of the Osage R-II
Schuyler (A)
Shelby Co. C-1 / Shelbyville
Shelby Co. R-IV
South Callaway (A)
Southern Boone R-I / Ashland
Truman State University (A)
Univ. of Missouri-Columbia (A)
Van Far (A)
Westran R-I

(Western, Southern and Eastern boundaries by counties: Putnam, Sullivan, Linn, Chariton, Saline, Pettis, Morgan, Miller, Maries, Osage, Callaway, Montgomery, and Lincoln)

Directors (Governance District 7)

Dennis Tabb (Ferguson Florissant NEA) represents members in the following school districts/locals:

Ferguson-Florissant (A)
Hazelwood (A)

Hazelwood ASP (A)
Hazelwood Assn. of Healthcare Professionals (A)

Jennings (A)
Riverview Gardens (A)

Directors (Governance District 8)

Christina Andrade Melly represents members in the following school districts/locals:

Brentwood (A)
Clayton (A)
Ladue (A)
Maplewood/Richmond Hts. (A)
Pattonville NEA (A) 
Pattonville ESP (A)
Normandy (A)
Ritenour (A)
St. Louis (A)
St. Louis JCD (A)
University City (A)
Univ. of Missouri-St. Louis
Wellston (A) 

Directors (Governance District 9)

David Hope (Special District NEA) and Tammy McGrellis (Special District NEA) represent members in the following school districts/locals:

Affton (A)
Bayless (A)
Hancock Place (A) 
Lindbergh (A)
Lindbergh AOP (A)
Mehlville (A)
Special District (A)
Special District EEA (A)
Special District ESPA (A) 

Directors (Governance District 10)

Jamie Buchner (Fort Zumwalt NEA) and Brendan Kearns (St. Charles EA) represent members in the following school districts/locals:

Fort Zumwalt (A)
Francis Howell (A)
Francis Howell ESP (A) 
St. Charles (A)
Troy NEA 
Warrenton (A)
Wentzville (A)
Winfield (A)
Wright City (A) 


Directors (Governance District 11)

Jenny Smith (Meramec Valley NEA) and Kathy Pennington (Parkway NEA) represent members in the following school districts/locals:

Kirkwood (A)
Meramec Valley (A)
Parkway (A)
Parkway AESP (A) 
Parkway Nurses (A)
Rockwood (A)
Rockwood Custodians (A)
Rockwood Nurses (A)
Union (A)
Valley Park (A)
Washington (A)
Webster Groves (A)