MESPA Committees


MESPA has eight statewide committees. Each committee has a chair appointed by the MESPA president and includes a representative selected by each MESPA division. The division representatives transfer the work and ideas from the division to the state level, and back again.

These committees include: Communications, Educational Advisory, EPAC, Legislation Resolutions, Membership, MN School of Excellence, Retirement, and Negotiations.

"MESPA is the glue that connects all of the elementary principals throughout the state and gives us the power and voice to share our thoughts and be heard."
 - Carolyn Hartwigsen, Westwood Elementary School

Membership Committee

This committee makes sure we know who our members are and ought to be. The committee carries out strategies for new member recruitment, former/current member retention, trend analysis, procedures, alternative membership categories, and exit interviews. If you have any questions regarding MESPA membership or benefits, contact this committee.

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Committee Chair
Michelle Krell
Kasson-Mantorville Elementary

Educational Advisory Committee
MESPA seeks to be the premiere resource in preparing today's principals for tomorrow. The Educational Advisory committee reviews principals' current and long-range education needs based upon the changing role of the principalship, recommends seminar topics/speakers, and helps facilitate Institute. If you have questions about or suggestions for MESPA seminars or Institute presentations, contact this committee.

Committee Chair
Jennifer Olson
Humphrey Elementary

Negotiations Committee

Principals need to be aware of current and emerging issues that affect both contracts and a principal's efforts to support staff members, engage the community, and ensure student success. This committee helps principals prepare, research, and gather data in order to enter the negotiations process confidently and competently. One of our annual projects is the MESPA Salary and Benefit survey. For negotiations support, contact this committee or visit the Negotiations Resources page here.

Committee Chair
Rolf Carlsen
Oxbow Creek Elementary

Retirement Committee

MESPA supports active and retired principals. This committee promotes stable retirement by: disseminating information on issues that impact retirement benefits; ensuring retirement benefits are included in salary and benefits negotiations; and monitoring and working cooperatively with other state employee groups, TRA, and the Legislature to improve benefits for active and retired MESPA members. If you have questions or concerns about retirement issues, contact this committee or visit the Retirement Resources page here.

Committee Chair
Derek Berg
Stonebridge Elementary

Communications Committee

MESPA communications, (Advocate, E-News, Web, Twitter) are customized to the needs of education leaders. This committee, comprised of the presidents-elect from each division, determines what information is of interest to MESPA members, authors best-practice articles, and expands the audience and content of MESPA electronic communications. The committee also serves as the Nominations Committee, putting forth a slate for statewide MESPA offices according to our bylaws. If you have recommendations for article/Web topics or MESPA candidates, contact this committee.

Committee Chair
Nancy Antoine
Bridgewater Elementary


EPAC Committee

The Elementary Principals Action Committee is the political action arm of MESPA. This committee is affiliated with MESPA, but is not a part of the association. EPAC promotes MESPA members' political involvement as one of your ongoing professional responsibilities.

Contributions to the EPAC fund support legislative advocacy for the MESPA legislative platform. You can make an online EPAC donation here.

For more information on legislative advocacy, visit the Legislation page here.

Committee Chair
Dr. Susan Risius
Royal Oaks Elementary

Legislative Resolutions Committee

MESPA is a strong leading voice for public education. This committee works with MESPA legislative counsel and the executive director to promote legislation favorable to education and the principalship, supports active connection between MESPA members and legislators, and works with other associations to develop joint legislative platforms. It annually drafts a legislative platform and resolution to be approved by general membership vote. If you have questions/suggestions regarding education-related legislation, contact this committee.

Fore more information on legislation advocacy, visit the Legislation page here.

Committee Chair
Dawn Brown
Jefferson Elementary

MN School of Excellence Committee

The Minnesota School of Excellence (SOE) Program promotes excellence through a rigorous evaluation process that showcases dynamic schools of the 21st century.

Grounded in national standards, the MN SOE leads schools toward excellence. This committee oversees the program, facilitates program revisions, serves as a resource to schools completing the SOE self-study and application process, reviews applications, guides schools through additional work required for validation, and advises endorsed schools on their celebration process. If you have any questions about the Minnesota School of Excellence program, contact this committee.

For more information on this process, visit the SOE page here.

Committee Chair
Sam Richardson
Glendale Elementary

Member Directory
For more information on MESPA's Committee Chairs and other MESPA members, please visit the Member Directory
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