State Committees

Missouri NEA has six standing committees, three advisory committees, and two elected committees—each with specific functions to help develop and/or carry out Missouri NEA's programs. Except otherwise noted, committee members, committee chairs, and board liaisons are appointed by the MNEA President with the advice and consent of the Board of Directors. Most MNEA committees meet three or four times during the school year. Check the Committee Handbook for additional information about dates, times, locations, conference calls, etc.

Contact the Governance Executive Administrative Assistant Roxane Bly ( with questions regarding the MNEA committees, meetings or to receive a copy of the Committee Handbook.

Get Involved

To volunteer to serve on an MNEA committee for the following school year, notify MNEA Pres. Phil Murray by July 15, using the committee volunteer form, indicating on which committee or committees you are interested in working.

Appointments are made—and members will be notified of their appointment—during the summer.

MNEA Standing Committees

Constitution, Bylaws and Rules Committee

This committee introduces, interprets, presents and recommends amendments to the Bylaws and Standing Rules of the Association at the April session of the Representative Assembly. The Bylaws Committee may also interpret the Bylaws as needed.

MNEA Vice President: Rebeka McIntosh
Chair: Monica Miller
Board Liaisons: Kirby Newport and Doug Hurst 
Staff Liaison: DeeAnn Aull
Parliamentarian: Virginia Berberick
Committee Members: Amanda Bearden, Sonja Burks, Jason Steliga, Dennis Tabb

Credentials Committee

(meets at the MNEA spring and fall RAs at 5 p.m. Friday prior to the RA)

This committee is responsible for the verification and registration of the delegates to the Representative Assembly, the implementation of all voting procedures of the Representative Assembly and the certification of election results of the RA.

Chair: Donna Rudroff
Board Liaison: Carrie Begemann
MNEA Governance Secretary: Roxane Bly
Parliamentarian: Virginia Berberick
Committee Members: Tresina Alvested, Thomas Bamvakais, Jessica Crawford, Dee Elder, Carmen Hill, Cheryl Landrum, Diane Livingston, Jacqueline McGill, Treena Murray, Connie Steinmetz

Human Rights Committee

This committee is responsible for surveying, researching, and sharing information that will improve and protect the rights of school populations. The Committee shall promote history month celebrations, i.e., Hispanic Heritage Month, Black History Month, etc. The Committee shall coordinate the activities of the Association that are designed to attract and increase minority involvement. In addition, the Committee shall review current and proposed legislation which might have an impact on minorities or civil rights.

Chair: JoWanda Bozeman
Board Liaisons: Carmen Hill and Alexander Tai
Staff Liaison: Lisa Blaha
Committee Members: Lisa Brown, Grace Clifford, Jennifer Clossum, Renee Cook, Joaquin Cuni-Carreno, Anyisa Evans, Thomas Greene, Francine Hill, Andrea King, Jane Sykes, Debbie Wade-Wilson

Legislative and Resolutions Committee

(May meet on the Friday prior to the Saturday committee meeting.)

This committee researches, outlines, and presents a legislative program to the November Session of the Representative Assembly. The committee outlines a plan of action to implement the program with teacher involvement. The Committee presents continuing and annual Resolutions for the next fiscal year for adoption at the April Session of the Representative Assembly.

Chair: Christina Melly 
Board Liaisons: Andy Slaughter
Staff Liaison: DeeAnn AullOtto Fajen, and Patrick Layden 
Committee Members: Dana Asher, Andrea Cavanaugh, Janette Colquitt, Annette Doyle, Maggie Harr, Alyson Jacobson, Wendy Kline, Kate Kraybill, Amanda Minear, Tara Mueller, James Mueller, Emily Neal, E. Gail Rock, Dorothy Walk, Jeanne Weber, Lynnea Wootten

Women's Issues Committee

This committee analyzes emerging challenges facing women in the education workplace and recommends strategies for NEA to understand in addressing these challenges in partnership with labor allies. The committee shall promote trainings and workshops in gender equity and women’s leadership skills and the awareness of women in history. In addition, the committee is responsible for collecting and disseminating information in the areas of women’s health and well-being.

Chair: Joyce Bluett
Board Liaison: Jamie Buchner
Staff Liaison: Alice Floros
Committee Members: Joy Banks, Carrie Begemann, Vickie Haynes, Stacye Hendree, Linda Jackson, Jennifer McBride, Shenee McCoy, Moira McCracken, Cherae Parnell West, Kim Piel


Communication and Membership Committee

This works to establish effective public relations committees in local affiliates and explores and recommends effective membership strategies for all membership categories. The committee assists locals in networking public relations ideas and enhancing the image of the Association and education employees. It also assists in building membership capacity for MNEA and its local affiliates.

Chair: Beverly Schroeder and Jane McPartland
Board Liaisons: Patrick McPartland
Staff Liaison: Mark Jones and Chastity Young
Committee Members: Irvin (Chuck) Howard, Victoria Joyce 

Member Benefits Advisory Committee

This committee reviews and recommends for approval by the Board of Directors new special services products, reviews existing special services products, and has a grievance procedure for the purpose of processing complaints of products or services.

Chair: Matt Agee
Board Liaison: J. Eric Simmons
Staff Liaison: Pam Koetting
Committee Members: Rachelle Banhart, Krystal Dover, Wendy Nepean, Rebecca Portwood, Michael Selby, Heidi Shelton, Paul Vaillancourt

Teaching and Learning Advisory Committee

This committee researches, designs, and coordinates programs to address current instructional and professional development issues.

Chair: Tresina Alvested
Board Liaison: Lisa Baldwin
Staff Liaison: Samantha Hayes 
Committee Members: Denaé Bush, Shalyn Copas, Cheryl Cunningham, Leslie Goodwin, Lisa Kickbusch, Lieda Shadwick, Julie Weis

MNEA Elected Committees

NEA Convention Committee

(meets as needed)

This committee is responsible for compiling the delegate notebook and planning activities for Missouri NEA’s delegates to the NEA Representative Assembly. Members are elected to this committee by the NEA pre-RA delegates in June and will support the NEA RA. 

Staff Liaison: Pam Koetting
Committee Members: TBD

Program, Audit and Budget Committee

(meets Jan. 22)

This committee consists of two members elected by the Board of Directors, and two members elected by the Representative Assembly. Members elected by the Board of Directors serve one-year terms, and members elected by the RA serve two-year terms. The vice president is the chair of this committee. This committee recommends, prior to the April Session of the Representative Assembly, the annual program budget for review by the Board of Directors and adoption by the Representative Assembly.

MNEA Vice President/Chair: Rebeka McIntosh
Staff Liaisons: DeeAnn Aull, Karen Struemph
Committee Members: Tresina Alvested, Laura Baker, Francine Hill, Andrea Nichols, 

PAC Executive Council

(Check with the Government Relations Administrative Assistant for meeting dates.)

This committee reviews recommendations of local screening committees for state and federal elections and votes on endorsement recommendations. Endorsement of candidates for federal races must also be approved by the NEA Fund for Children and Public Education. Two members are elected from each Governance District by that district’s delegates to the Missouri NEA Representative Assembly. Members serve for staggered, four-year terms.

President: Phillip Murray
Vice President: Rebeka McIntosh
NEA Directors: Paul Guess and Andy Slaughter
Staff Liaison: DeeAnn AullOtto FajenElizabeth Zerr
Committee Members:
Gov. Dist. 1 - James Mueller, Rebecca Portwood
Gov. Dist. 2 - Joel Slingerland, David Swanter
Gov. Dist. 3 - Regina Newport, David Armstrong
Gov. Dist. 4 - Annette Doyle, Kate Kraybill
Gov. Dist. 5 - Amanda Bearden, Jill Owens
Gov. Dist. 6 - Alexander Tai, Monica Miller
Gov. Dist. 7 - Connie Steinmetz, Jane McPartland
Gov. Dist. 8 - Abbie-Marie Carr, Shenee McCoy
Gov. Dist. 9 - David Hope, Irvin Chuck Howard
Gov. Dist. 10 - Jamie Buchner, Anita Kuehner
Gov. Dist. 11 - Matt Agee, Patrick McPartland
Minority-at-Large - Jane Sykes
MNEA-ESP - Carmen Hill
MNEA-Higher Education - Emily Neal
MNEA-Retired - Shelley Hoffman, Nancy Copenhaver
MNEA Aspiring Educators - Vacant