MESPA State Officers


Nancy Antoine
MESPA President

Bridgewater Elementary School
Principal


Eric Skanson
MESPA President-Elect

Cold Spring Elementary School
Principal


Jen Olson
MESPA Secretary/Treasurer

Humphrey & Winsted Elementary Schools
Principal


Tim Bell
MESPA NAESP State Representative

Five Hawks Elementary School
Principal

For more information on MESPA's State Officers please visit the member directory here.

2019 MESPA State Office Candidates

Read below to learn more about the open Executive Committee positions – and your colleagues who are running for those positions! Candidates will campaign through Institute 2019 (February 6-8, 2019), with elections following in February. You can read the full election process from the bylaws by clicking here. Please contact mespa@mespa.net or 651.999.7310 with any questions about election procedures.

MESPA State President-Elect (2019-2024)

Summary of Responsibilities:

  • Five-year commitment: two as president-elect, two as president, and one as past-president
  • Member of the MESPA Board of Directors
  • Member of the MESPA Executive Committee
  • Chair of the MN National Outstanding Assistant Principal Award selection committee
  • Chair of the state officer selection committee (committee comprised of division presidents and current state president-elect)
  • Represent MESPA at national events: NAESP Convention, National Leaders Conference, MESPA Institute
  • Click here to read the full President-Elect responsibility description

Bret Domstrand
Lake Marion Elementary, Principal
Lakeville Area Schools

Click here to view Bret's Candidate Statement

Jason Luksik
Lincoln Elementary, Principal
Bemidji Area Schools

Click here to view Jason's Candidate Statement

MESPA Secretary / Treasurer (2019-2021)

Summary of Responsibilities:

  • Two-year commitment
  • Can be re-elected one time, for a two-term maximum
  • Member of the MESPA Board of Directors and Executive Committee
  • Review MESPA financial statements and give an update at Board of Director and Annual meetings.
  • Take minutes of all MESPA Board of Directors, Executive committee, and Annual meetings
  • Represent MESPA at national events: NAESP Convention, National Leaders Conference, MESPA Institute
  • Chair the MESPA STEM Innovation Award selection committee
  • Click here to read the full Secretary / Treasurer responsibility description

Liann Hanson, PhD.
Oak Crest Elementary, Principal
Belle Plaine Public Schools

Click here to read Liann's Candidate Statement

Jennifer Olson
Humphrey & Winsted Elementary Schools, Principal
Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted Public Schools

Click here to read Jennifer's Candidate Statement

MESPA NAESP State Representative (2019-2022)

Summary of Responsibilities:

  • Three-year commitment
  • Can be re-elected one time, for a two-term maximum
  • Elected MESPA Officer
  • Member of the MESPA Board of Directors
  • Member of the MESPA Executive Committee
  • Chair of the MESPA National Distinguished Principal (NDP) selection committee (committee comprised of Division presidents and current NDP)
  • Ex-Officio member and officer liaison to the MESPA Membership committee
  • Liaison between NAESP and MESPA members
  • Represent MESPA at national events: NAESP Convention, National Leaders Conference, MESPA Institute
  • Click here to read the full MESPA NAESP State Representative responsibility description

Dawn Brown
Washington Learning Center, Principal
New Ulm Public Schools

Kip Lynk
Oak Ridge Elementary, Principal
Sartell-St. Stephen

Click here to read Kip's Candidate Statement

Officer Election Procedure

Elections

MESPA elections will occur in odd numbered years, as stipulated by Article V, Section 2  in our Bylaws, for President-Elect and Secretary/Treasurer no later than 15 calendar days after the MESPA Annual Meeting (February). Elections for the NAESP State Representative will be held in conjunction with MESPA officer elections.

The success of our association begins with the election of quality leadership. Exercise your membership right and vote for the MESPA candidates you believe will best represent your needs as an elementary or middle-level principal, and who will continue to assist in the development of strong association programs within the framework of our strategic goals.

Election procedure

Elections are conducted in accordance with our Bylaws (Article V, Section 2). This will be an electronic election process.

  • An electronic ballot will be e-mailed to all active MESPA members no later than 15 calendar days following the MESPA Annual Meeting. Voting will continue no longer than 30 calendar days following the MESPA Annual Meeting.
  • Votes will be tabulated electronically and verified by the MESPA Election Committee
  • Election results will be announced on the MESPA Web site and in the MESPA E-News.

Terms of Office

MESPA President-Elect: five-year commitment
  • Two years as MESPA President-Elect
  • Two years as MESPA President
  • One year as Past President
MESPA Secretary/Treasurer: two-year commitment
The officer can be re-elected one time, for a two-term maximum.

NAESP State Representative: three-year commitment The officer can be re-elected one time, for a two-term maximum.

Candidates

Learn about your candidates
Once candidates have been nominated (by September of election years), statements from each candidate will be posted on this site in early December.

Meet the candidates
During election years, you can meet the candidates at the MESPA Institute in February. Candidates will have an opportunity to speak during this conference.

For more information on leader responsibilities, visit the Leader Responsibilities Page.
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