MESPA Staff



Jon Millerhagen
MESPA Executive Director
952.297.8673
jhm@mespa.net

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
952.297.8670
rogeraronsonlaw@gmail.com

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.


Rachel Dillon
Program & Operations Manager
952.297.8675
Rachel@mespa.net

Rachel joins MESPA with an extensive background in public and higher education as well as a passion for event management. Rachel has worked and volunteered in public schools from Maple Grove to Minneapolis to St. Paul, and she truly admires the strength and enthusiasm that school administrators contribute to the education field. She is proud to support these educators in her role as Program Manager. In her spare time, Rachel enjoys biking, reading, and spending time with her husband and 2 rescue pups.


Karoline Nauss
Membership Manager
952.297.8674
Karoline@mespa.net

Karoline has spent the last decade focused on marketing, design, and general business operations for individuals and nonprofits in the arts and cultural sectors. With an educational thread carrying throughout her career, and as the mother of two young children, Karoline loves exploring and is a proponent of lifelong learning. Karoline has an MA in Arts and Cultural Management from Saint Mary's University of Minnesota. Having recently returned to Minnesota after a few years in Seattle, she is excited to be working for MESPA and rediscovering the area with her family.


Amy Thompson
Communications Manager
952.297.8672
Amy@mespa.net

Amy has worked in the association industry for the entirety of her communications career. Her career has taken her to Washington, DC, Des Moines, IA, and most recently Bloomington, MN. She graduated from Iowa State University and is excited to use her creativity to try new and innovative things for MESPA while getting to know all the wonderful members across the state. In her free time you can find her writing, sewing, traveling or reading a book for book club.


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