State Committees

Missouri NEA has four standing committees, four advisory committees, and four 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, 2021, 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, Mary Reed, Jason Steliga, Dennis Tabb

Credentials Committee

(meets at the MNEA spring and fall R.A.)

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: Marcia Petrus
Board Liaison: Carrie Begemann
Staff Liaison: 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, Donna Rudroff, 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., Women’s History Month, Black History Month, etc. The Committee shall provide training in women’s leadership skills and address other concerns regarding women in the workforce. 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 women, 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, Joaquin Cuni-Carreno, Anyisa Evans, Thomas Greene, Francine Hill, Margaret Karleskint, Andrea King, Jane Sykes, Debbie Wade-Wilson

Legislative and Resolutions 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.

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

Women's Issues 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.

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


Communications and Media Advisory Committee

This committee works to establish effective public relations committees in local affiliates. The committee also assists locals in networking public relations ideas and enhancing the image of the Association and education employees.

Chair: Beverly Schroeder
Board Liaisons: David Hope
Staff Liaison: Mark Jones
Committee Members: Cheryl Landrum

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

Membership Advisory Committee

This committee's charges include exploring and recommending effective membership strategies for all categories of membership and ways to assist in building capacity for MNEA and its local affiliates.

Chair: Jane McPartland
Board Liaisons: Patrick McPartland
Staff Liaison: Chastity Young
Committee Members: Irvin Chuck Howard, Victoria Joyce, Jenny Stogsdill

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: Ann Jarrett
Committee Members: Denaé Bush, Shalyn Copas, Cheryl Cunningham, Karen Held, Lisa Kickbusch, Jessica Ratliff-Gordon, Lieda Shadwick, Janice Tompkins, 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 RA delegates at the pre-RA in June. 

Chair: Michelle Shepard
Board Liaison: Thomas Greene
Staff Liaison: Pam Koetting
Committee Members: TBD

Program, Audit and Budget Committee

(meets Dec. 12)

This committee consists of two members elected by the Board of Directors, and two members elected by the Representative Assembly. The Vice President is 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. This committee meets twice per year, dates to be determined by the vice president.

MNEA Vice President/Chair: Rebeka McIntosh
Staff Liaisons: DeeAnn Aull, Karen Struemph
Committee Members: Laura Baker, James Dye, Francine Hill, Kirby Newport

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-Higher Education - Emily Neal
MNEA-Retired - Shelley Hoffman, Dorothy Walk
MNEA Aspiring Educators - Vacant