MSEA’s president, vice president, and treasurer are Maryland public educators elected by their fellow MSEA members to lead the association. Each officer may be elected to two consecutive three-year terms.


Cheryl Bost

(443) 433-3677

Vice President

Doug Prouty

(443) 433-3673


Joseph Coughlin

(410) 627-9155

Executive Director

Sean Johnson

(443) 433-3632

Executive Assistant

Maura Taylor

(443) 433-3675

Center for Affiliates and Advocacy

The Center for Affiliates and Advocacy coordinates the work of MSEA’s field staff or UniServ Directors, who assist local affiliates in contract negotiations and enforcement and local organizing efforts. The Center’s staff also conducts trainings for members through the Center for Professional Learning, produce research, and develop organizing efforts for education support professional and aspiring educator members.

Managing Director

Josh Ardison

(443) 433-3650

Organizational Specialist, Center for Professional Learning

Geraldine Duval

(443) 433-3641


Daniel Gottheimer

(443) 433-3660

Assistant, Center for Affiliates and Advocacy

Mary Lancaster

Assistant, Center for Affiliates and Advocacy

Amanda Menas

Assistant Executive Director

Cathy Perry

(443) 433-3649

Organizational Specialist

Beth Ramey

(443) 433-3658

Assistant, Center for Professional Learning

Yusuan Smithson

(443) 433-3636

Managing Director

Paula Voelker

Center for Public Affairs

The Center for Public Affairs is composed of the Government Relations Department and the Communications Department. Government Relations staff help implement MSEA’s legislative program in Annapolis and also coordinate MSEA’s political work, including campaign development, PAC fundraising, and political organizing. Communications staff develop and coordinate internal and external communications efforts to inform, educate, and advocate on behalf of Maryland educators, students, and public schools.

Organizer, Political and Legislative Affairs

Dan Chambers

(443) 433-3646

Organizer, Political and Legislative Affairs

Joia Clevinger

(443) 433-3642

Organizational Specialist, Campaigns and Elections

Meighan Davis

(443) 433-3640

Organizational Specialist, Lobbyist

Tina Dove

(443) 433-3637

Assistant, Communications

Rhea Frye

(443) 433-3643

Electronic Communications Specialist

Gabrielle Givens

(443) 433-3635

Assistant Executive Director, Communications and Member Engagement

Adam Mendelson

(443) 433-3630

Press Secretary and Policy Research Specialist

Patti Mullins

(443) 433-3684

Organizational Specialist, Publications

Casey Newton

(443) 433-3631

Assistant, Government Relations

Delese Spriggs

(443) 433-3634

Organizational Specialist, Lobbyist

Samantha Zwerling

(443) 433-3671

Center for Legal Affairs

MSEA attorneys provide legal services and advice to members, to MSEA governing bodies, and to local associations on the full range of individual employment related matters as well as collective bargaining, business operations, and internal elections.

General Counsel

Kristy Anderson

(443) 433-3665

Associate Counsel

Damon Felton

(443) 433-3670

Executive Assistant

Jana Rossetto-Kennedy

(443) 433-3668

Assistant Counsel

Jamie Sapia

(443) 433-3664

Center for Business, Policy, and Operations

The Center for Business Policy and Operations includes the areas of accounting, payroll, membership services, property management, and information technology.


Jacqueline Blue

(443) 433-3679

Membership Assistant

Kristy Colvin

(443) 433-3627

Accounting Clerk

Braden Dauer

(443) 433-3612

Membership Assistant

Mary Kay Foley

(433) 433-3655

IT Help Desk

Lauren Hughes

(443) 433-3616

Managing Director, Human Resources

Bernadette Joe Maddox

(443) 433-3685

Benefits Administrator

Patrick Marshall

(443) 433-3678

Membership Specialist

Carole Masciarelli

(443) 433-3611

Information Technology/Network Specialist

Clayton Rutkauskas

(443) 433-3614

Membership Assistant

Erin Sakalas

(443) 433-3654


Laura Staudenmaier

(443) 433-3688

Chief Financial Officer

Sarah Wilkerson

(443) 433-3672