MREA is the only advocate exclusively for Greater Minnesota education. Under the leadership of school board members, administrators, teachers and community members, MREA focuses on what puts first the education, growth and development of learners to bring about our best possible future.

Who makes up MREA?

MREA brings together teachers, administrators and school board members from across Greater Minnesota and partners with education cooperatives, higher education, nonprofits, businesses and community members.

How did MREA get started?

A grassroots organization, MREA was founded in 1985 by a group of school board members and administrators who believed that non-metro school districts needed a clearer voice in St. Paul and every student deserved a voice.

HOW DOES MREA SERVE SCHOOLS?

MREA serves school districts by advocating for the issues that matter to them, communicating changes and the impact they’ll have and providing high-quality professional development and networking.

Meet Our Team

Dr. Fred Nolan

Dr. Fred Nolan

Executive Director

Diane Vosen

Diane Vosen

Administrative Assistant

Sam Walseth

Sam Walseth

Legislative Affairs Director

Joe Gould

Joe Gould

Legislative Affairs Specialist

Dawn Zimmerman

Dawn Zimmerman

Communications Director

Board of Directors

The MREA Board of Directors is comprised of 21 persons – 16 representative directors elected by the membership (4 per zone) and 5 statewide directors  (higher education, agencies, and education districts) appointed by the Board.

Member-Elected Positions

Brandon Borich

Teacher (Princeton)
Term expires 2018

Lance Bagstad

At-Large (Park Rapids)
Term expires 2020

Gerald “Jerry” Ness

Administrator (Fergus Falls)
Term expires 2019

Patty Stangl

Board Secretary-Treasurer

School Board (Pierz)
Term expires 2017

Lee Carlson

Teacher (St. James)
Term expires 2019

Eric (Rick) Frederickson

Board President

At-Large (Windom)
Term expires 2017

Todd Holthaus

Board President-Elect

Administrator (Hills-Beaver Creek)
Term expires 2019

Micheal Hamilton

School Board (Plainview-Elgin-Millville)
Term expires 2020

Kelly Berg

Teacher (East Grand Forks)
Term expires 2017

Scott Vedbraaten

At-Large (Newfolden)
Term expires 2018

John Engelking

Administrator (Proctor)
Term expires 2017

Mike Vasek

School Board (Fisher)
Term expires 2019

Monica Stueck

Teacher (Montevideo)
Term expires 2017

Dennis Laumeyer

At-Large (Benson)
Term expires 2019

Luther Heller

Administrator (Montevideo)
Term expires 2020

Dion Caron

School Board
Term expires 2017

2017 Board Meetings

The Board meets 6 times in 2017, including the Annual Conference. Meetings are held in St. Paul during the legislative session and in Greater Minnesota outside of session:

  • January 30-31, St. Paul
  • March 6-7, St. Paul
  • April 19-20, St. Paul
  • July 25-26, Detroit Lakes
  • October 23-24, Alexandria
  • November 12-14, Brainerd

Board-Appointed Positions

North, Agency

Mark Schmitz

Resource Training & Solutions, St. Cloud

Term expires 2020

North, Higher Ed

Chris Mills

Minnesota State University, Moorhead
Term expires 2020

South, Agency

Doug Deragisch

Southwest-West Central Service Cooperative, Marshall
Term expires 2017

South, Higher Ed

Tarrell Portman

Winona State University, Winona
Term expires 2019

Minnesota Education District Association

Karen Jacobson

MN River Valley Ed District, Montevideo
Term expires 2018

Ex-Officio

Jeremy Kovash

Board Past-President

Lakes Country Service Cooperative, Fergus Falls

Our Values

Putting Learners First

MREA supports legislation developed with students in mind and focused on helping them reach their potential.

Achieving Equity

MREA supports legislation that achieves equity of educational opportunity and funding for all.

Increasing Accountability

MREA supports legislation that increases student achievement and invests public money efficiently and effectively.

Encouraging Collaboration

MREA supports legislation that strengthens cooperation and flexibility to best meet the needs of learners and communities.

Keys To Our Continued Effectiveness

Advocating

Together with members, MREA identifies key issues impacting schools and works with legislative leaders to bring about positive change for students.

Communicating

MREA works to keep leaders informed on legislative changes, show the impact and how they can use their voice to make a difference.

Collaborating

MREA partners with a variety of organizations and individuals to address issues and provide better opportunities for students.

You can help.

Talk to your legislators, and invite them to your schools and facilities.  Tell your story. Contact us today to learn more about how you get involved in MREA’s efforts.