The MREA Board of Directors is comprised of 21 persons — 16 directors elected by the membership and 5 statewide directors appointed by the Board.

Members in each zone elect 1 administrator, 1 teacher, 1 school board member, and 1 at-large director. The Board of Directors appoints 2 representatives of higher education, 2 representatives from statewide agencies (educational service cooperative), and 1 representative from an education district.

The Board makes every effort to appoint 1 agency representative from the southern 2 zones and 1 from the northern 2 zones as well as 1 higher ed representative from the southern 2 zones and 1 from the northern 2 zones. The education district representative may come from any rural area of the state.

There may be a 22nd seat on the Board, to be used only in the case of seating the individual who holds the office of “Past-President.”

Read about 2016 MREA Board President Jeremy Kovash.

Read about Board Members elected for 2016.

2017 Board Meetings

  • 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 (Special Meeting prior to Annual Conference November 12-14)

2016 MREA Board of Directors

Member-Elected Positions

North Zone
North Central Zone
South Central Zone
South Zone
Kelly Berg
Teacher, East Grand Forks 
Term expires 2017
Brandon Borich
Teacher, Princeton
Term expires 2018
Monica Stueck
Teacher, Montevideo
Term expires 2017
Lee Carlson
Teacher, St. James
Term expires 2019
Scott Vedbraaten
At-Large (Marshall County Central)
Term expires 2018
Darren Glynn
At-Large (Perham-Dent)
Term expires 2016
Dennis Laumeyer
At-Large (Benson)
Term expires 2019
Eric (Rick) Frederickson, President-Elect
At-Large (Windom)
Term expires 2017
John Engelking
Administrator, Proctor
Term expires 2017
Gerald “Jerry” Ness
Administrator, Fergus Falls
Term expires 2019
Dr. Luther Heller
Administrator, Montevideo
Term expires 2016
Todd Holthaus
Administrator, Hills-Beaver Creek
Term expires 2019
Mike Vasek
School Board, Fisher
Term expires 2019
Patty Stangl
School Board, Pierz
Term expires 2017
Heather McLagan, Secretary-Treasurer
School Board, Renville County West
Term expires 2018
Micheal Hamilton
School Board, Plainview-Elgin-Millville
Term expires 2016

 Board-Appointed Positions

North, Agency
North, Higher Ed
South, Agency
South, Higher Ed
Minnesota Education District Association
Jeremy Kovash, President
Lakes Country Service Cooperative,
Fergus Falls
Term expires 2016
Chris Mills, Past President
Minnesota State University,
Term expires 2016
Doug Deragisch
SW-WC Service Cooperative,
Term expires 2017
Tarrell Portman
Winona State University,
Term expires 2019
Karen Jacobson
MN River Valley Ed District,
Term expires 2018