Jon Millerhagen
MESPA Executive Director

Prior to leading MESPA, Jon Millerhagen was a principal for 19 years and a teacher for 13 years, with experience in both rural and metro settings. He served as MESPA president from 2009-2011. Millerhagen's education honors and recognition include leading Washburn Elementary through Minnesota School of Excellence validation twice, receiving MESPA Division Leadership Achievement award in 2005, and becoming MN National Distinguished Principal in 2012. He has often testified at the state Legislature and on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C on his experience in creating early childhood education that effectively increases student achievement. He holds a Master's degree and an Education Specialist degree from the University of St. Thomas.

Roger Aronson 
Legal and Legislative Counsel

Roger has practiced in the area of school law since 1981. A highly regarded school law expert, he co-chairs the Minnesota State Bar Association School Law Conference, is on the executive committee of BELL (the education lobbyist group), and frequently speaks and lectures on school law topics. In addition to representing MESPA members, Aronson is Special Projects Counsel for the Minnesota State High School League and represents  MASSP (Minnesota Association of Secondary School Principals). Aronson is a member of the Minnesota, as well as the National Council on School Attorneys. He is a graduate of St. John's University and the University of Minnesota School of Law. For more information on MESPA legal services, members can visit the Resources page here.

Bonnie Waldie
Membership Manager

Bonnie joined the MESPA team in August of 2022. She is honored to have the opportunity to assist Minnesota educators.  Bonnie is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and spent several years working with special education students and at-risk youth.  In her free time she enjoys hiking, paddleboarding, yoga, and spending time with her rescue French Bulldog, ChloĆ©.  Bonnie is excited to support the members of MESPA!

Christine Johnson
Program Manager

Christine joined the MESPA team in November of 2022 as our Program & Events Manager. Before that, Christine held event related positions in Los Angeles and most recently the Twin Cities area. She attended school at the University of Colorado at Denver. 

When not working, Christine enjoys gardening, biking, and spending time at the lake. She feels very fortunate to assist and support Minnesota's elementary and middle-level principals.  

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