More than 20 individuals have applied for eight positions open January 1 on MREA’s Board of Directors. All of MREA’s four membership zones will have vacancies.

Ballots have already been mailed to voting-eligible members. Administrator, school board, and teacher groups in full-member districts each have one ballot to cast a vote for each open position in their respective zones. Ballots must be postmarked or emailed to by December 31.

These candidates will be introduced at MREA’s 2021 Annual Member Meeting on December 1:

Vacancies and Candidates

NORTH ZONE (3 vacancies)

Administrator (4-Year Term 2022-2025)

  • Kristi Berlin, St. Louis County/Mountain Iron-Buhl
  • Jeffrey Lund, Marshall County Central
  • Chris Mills, Stephen-Argyle Central

School Board (2-Year Term 2022-2023)

  • Mary Kay Jacobson, Greenway
  • Carol L. Johnson, Bemidji
  • Ryan Walseth, Thief River Falls

Teacher (4-Year Term 2022-2025)

  • Sonia Wadena, Bemidji

View North Zone candidate interest statements.


School Board (4-Year Term 2022-2025)

  • Lisa Braun, Sauk Rapids-Rice
  • Mark Gerbi, Little Falls
  • Judith (Judy) Moeller, Parkers Prairie
  • Gary Stennes, Nevis

View North Central Zone candidate interest statements.

SOUTH CENTRAL ZONE (2 vacancies)

Administrator (3-Year Term 2022-2024)

  • Karla Beck, Redwood Area
  • Susan Knutson, West Central Area
  • Charles Rick, Perpich Center for Arts Education
  • Mike Rowe, Maple Lake
  • Steven Sterud, Lac qui Parle Valley

Teacher (4-Year Term 2022-2025)

  • Tammy Roth, Morris
  • Natalie Schoenbauer, West Central Area

View South Central Zone candidate interest statements.

SOUTH ZONE (2 vacancies)

At-Large (4-Year Term 2022-2025)

  • Jenna Fromm, Windom
  • Michael Meihak, New Richland
  • Matt Schultz, Lanesboro
  • Mark Westerburg, Lake Crystal

 Teacher (2-Year Term 2022-2023)

  • Craig Brenden, Waseca

View South Zone candidate interest statements.