Elections & Nominations


MSEA's Leadership Candidate Guide:

Choose the candidates who'll lead MSEA's Educator's Agenda

This year, MSEA members will elect the MSEA Treasurer, four members to MSEA’s Board of Directors, and two members to the National Education Association’s Board of Directors (these leaders will also serve on MSEA’s Board of Directors). MSEA’s board meets eight times each school year; NEA’s board meets three times a year and during the NEA Representative Assembly. The more than 40 regional and state Delegates to the NEA RepresentativAssembly—this year held June 30–July 5 in Boston—are elected by each of MSEA’s 39 local associations. They’ll debate issues that impact public education and set the association agenda as well as policy and activities for the year ahead.

3 Easy Steps to Voting in MSEA's 2017 Election

1. Enter your member ID and the last four digits of your Social Security number. Don’t have your member ID? Check your MSEA ID card or the mailing label of this edition of ActionLine. Still stumped? Ask your Building Rep!

2. Follow the prompts to vote for Treasurer, four MSEA Director positions, two NEA Director positions, and At-Large and Regional Delegates to the NEA Representative Assembly. You will be casting a ballot in three separate races.

3. Start voting! Be sure to click the “VOTE” button to cast each ballot. Follow the prompt to your next ballot. Remember, you will cast three ballots. See details on positions and terms below and on the following pages.

Voting will be open from January 30 - February 24.

Click here to vote!

Position Descriptions

MSEA Treasurer
Three-year term
The MSEA Treasurer receives and keeps an accurate account of all funds belonging to the Association; signs checks necessary to pay such expenses as have been approved by the president and the executive director or designated representatives; and prepares and presents a financial statement at the annual representative assembly of the Association.

MSEA Director
Three-year term
MSEA’s Board of Directors is comprised of three officers, eight MSEA directors, and four NEA directors. The board is responsible for the fiscal affairs and general management of the association, the interpretation/implementation of policies, the preparation of the proposed two-year budget, and much more.

NEA Director
Three-year term
NEA’s Board of Directors consists of at least one director from each state affiliate plus an additional one for every 20,000 active members. With 72,000 members, MSEA has four NEA directors. NEA directors are also members of MSEA’s Board of Directors.

MSEA Delegate to the NEA Representative Assembly and Convention
Every year, MSEA members elect nearly 70 of their colleagues to represent MSEA as delegates to the annual NEA Representative Assembly (RA). These state delegates, plus delegates elected by each of MSEA’s 39 local associations, comprise the MSEA delegation to the RA. Over the course of the RA, they debate the vital issues that impact American public education and set association policy and activities for the year ahead.

The following candidates are running for MSEA Treasurer, MSEA Board of Directors, or NEA Board of Directors seats:

MSEA Treasurer
Term: September 1, 2017 – August 31, 2020

Gary Brennan, Frederick County

Joe Coughlin, Baltimore County


MSEA Board of Directors
Term: August 1, 2017 – July 31, 2020

Michelle Alexander, Montgomery County

Robin Beers, Anne Arundel County

Leigh Bondrole, Harford County

Donna Christy, Prince George’s County

Linda Firman, Howard County

Shane Hynson, Caroline County

Linda McLaughlin, Charles County

David Nicholson, Montgomery County

Bill Reamy, Charles County

Meddo Swaby, St. Mary’s County

Robin Szymanski, Carroll County

Nathaniel Wallace, Prince George’s County


NEA Director
Term: September 1, 2017 – August 31, 2020

Erika Strauss-Chavarria, Howard County

Doug Lea, Howard County


NEA Director (vacancy)
Term: March 1, 2017 – August 31, 2019

Brian Donoughe, Howard County

Theresa Dudley, Prince George’s County

Rowena Shurn, Prince George’s County

All nomination forms were due by November 18, 2016 by 5 p.m. Voting begins on January 30. Candidate information will appear on the official 2017 Election website on January 30, 2017, in alphabetical order per position sought. 

Candidate Profiles

Click on the links below to learn more about the 2017 MSEA Election Candidates. 

2017 Treasurer

2017 NEA Director Full-Term

2017 NEA Director Part-Term

MSEA Board

MSEA-Retired Advisory Council

Region 1 

Region 2

Region 3

Region 4

Region 5

Region 6

Retired to NEA

Review At-Large


Candidate Videos

Take a moment to watch the videos below to meet some of our 2017 MSEA Election Candidates.*
*This is not representative of all of the candidates that are running for a seat. Please see your ballot for a full list.

Candidates for MSEA Board of Directors

Candidates for MSEA Treasurer

Candidates for NEA Director


2016 Election Calendar

November 18, 2016
All forms due at MSEA headquarters by 5:00 p.m.

January 30, 2017
Voting begins at 9:00 a.m. at marylandeducators.org.

February 24, 2017
Voting closes at 5:00 p.m.

March 1, 2017
Election results validated and released.



MSEA-Retired Lobby Day

March 7, 2017 - 10:00am