MFPE Field Services

Supporting your local union and building a statewide movement: MFPE's staff is here to help!

MFPE's staff are located in our Helena headquarters and in our four field offices across Montana. Our team guides and supports local MFPE elected union leaders and members to bargain better wages, benefits, and working conditions. We connect local unions to one another by sharing best practices, spreading the news of our wins, and banding together in the face of tough fights.

Staff, our president and statewide governance, local leaders, and members everywhere work hand in hand to grow our collective voice in our workplaces and protect our union freedoms. With experience and backgrounds as diverse as MFPE's membership, staff is here to help get the job done. This team has your back. Connect with us below.

Headquarters Staff: Supporting our movement

Field Consultants: Here to help you and your local succeed

MFPE’s field consultants provide frontline assistance and training for MFPE members, leaders, and local affiliates across Montana.

Our field consultants directly assist MFPE’s hundreds of local affiliates. Their expert advice and hands-on assistance are just a phone call or e-mail away. MFPE field consultants help locals with issues related to bargaining, salary schedules, mediation, fact-finding, grievance arbitrations, local organizing, and contract enforcement.

Our field consultants offer training to local affiliates on dozens of different topics, including:

  • membership recruitment and retention
  • organizing a bargaining team
  • writing proposals and counterproposals
  • identifying a bargaining strategy
  • contract enforcement
  • grievance processing
  • organizing a local mill levy or electoral campaign

Who is My Field Consultant?

Here is a list of our field staff, where they are located, which MFPE local affiliates they serve, and how to reach them. For a list of local affiliates in each service area, please click "+" to obtain a list. Click on the locals in blue to view their collectively bargained agreement (CBA).

NORTH CENTRAL/EAST FIELD OFFICE

511 13th Ave. So.
Great Falls, MT 59405-5001
406.727.5040 or 800.398.0839
Fax: 406.727.5052

Admin. Assistant - Amy Legg

  • Shelli Lavinder-Schwalk
  • Christine Sundly

EAST OFFICE – Glendive

406.365.4015 or 800.398.0829

  • Maggie Copeland

NC 1 Service Area:

Consultant: Shelli Lavinder-Schwalk
Shelli Lavinder-Schwalk is a third-generation educator with 25 years of experience in the classroom. With her Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education and a Master of Education, Shelli taught high school science including biology, chemistry and a course in forensic science that she developed. During the summer, Shelli would often be found teaching summer school and classroom management. After her time in the classroom, she served members as the full-time release president of the Great Falls Education Association. While working with the GFEA prior to being elected president, Shelli served as a Building Representative, High School Executive Board Representative, Member at Large, Second Vice-President and member of the bargaining team and members’ rights. When Shelli isn’t working, she enjoys time with her family, time in the beauty of the Montana wilderness and time working in her yard. Shelli is excited to continue working with members; focused on you, so you can focus on your job. Email: [email protected]
Local affiliates: NC1

Belt Federation of Teachers
Browning Fed of Classified Employees
Browning Federation of Teachers

Cascade Unit of the MEA
Centerville Education Association
Chester-Joplin-Inverness Education Association
Choteau Education Association
Conrad Education Association
Cut Bank Education Association

Deputy Cascade County Attorneys Association
East Glacier Education Association

Federation of Heart Butte Classified Employees
Fort Benton Classified Employee Association
Fort Benton Education Association

Great Falls Association of Education Office Personnal
Great Falls Education Association
Great Falls Child Development Federation
Great Falls Technology Association

Heart Butte Education Association
MT School for the Deaf & Blind Federation - #4027

Pondera County Deputy Association
Shelby Education Association
Shelby School District Bus Drivers
Shelby School District Custodians
Sun River Valley Teachers Association
Sunburst Teachers Organization
Valier Federation of Teachers

NC 2 Service Area:

Consultant: Christine Sundly
Local affiliates: NC2

Big Flat (Turner) Education Association
Big Sandy Teachers Association
Box Elder Classified Employees Association
Box Elder Education Association
Chinook Unit of the MFPE
Denton Education Association
Dodson Education Association
Harlem Classified Employees Association
Harlem Education Association
Harlowton Education Association
Havre Education Association
Havre Paraprofessionals Education Association
Hobson Teachers Association
Judith Gap Education Association
Lewistown Education Association
Little Rocky Mountain Classified Employee Association (Hays)
Little Rocky Montana Education Association (Hays)

Malta Education Association
Malta Classified Employees Association
Moore Education Unit
Rocky Boy Classified Employees Association
Rocky Boy Education Association

Stanford Education Association
Ulm Education Association

Vaughn Education Association

Vaughn Paras

White Sulphur  Springs Education Association

East Service Area:

Consultant: Maggie Copeland
East Field Consultant
Maggie was hired in 1989 by MEA and she's dedicated the last 30 years to working with union members and leaders in Eastern Montana. [email protected]
Local affiliates: East

Baker Education Association
Brockton Education Association
Circle Teachers Association
Culbertson Education Association
Dawson Community College Unified
Ekalaka Teachers Association
Fairview Education Association
Frazer Education Association
Frontier Education Association

Glasgow Education Association
Glendive Education Association
Glendive Federation of Teachers 
Jordan Education Association
Lambert Education Association
Medicine Lake Education Association
Nashua Unit of the MFPE
Plentywood Teacher's Association
Plevna Teacher's Association
Poplar Educational Support Staff Organization
Poplar Education Association
Savage Education Association
Scobey Education Association
Sidney Education Association
Terry Teachers Association
Wibaux Education Association
Wolf Point Educational Support Staff Association
Wolf Point Education Association

NC Field Office Administrative Assistant

NORTHWEST FIELD OFFICE

1001 S.W. Higgins, Suite 101
Missoula, MT 59803-1340
406.721.2928 or 800.398.0836
Fax: 406.721.2947

Admin. Assistant - Kate Treib

  • Alex Bulmahn
  • Melanie Charlson
  • Tom Burgess

NW 1 Service Area:

Consultant: Alex Bulmahn
Local affiliates: NW1

Arlee Federation of Teachers
Eureka Public Schools Classified Employees Association

Evergreen Classified Association

Evergreen Education Association
Flathead City/County Health Employees - Local #7794
Fortine Teachers Association

Frenchtown Classified Employees Association

Frenchtown Education Association
Hot Springs Education Association
Libby Education Association
Libby Classified Association
Lower Flathead (Charlo) Education Association
Noxon Unit of MEA
Plains Classified Employee Association
Plains Teachers Organization
Polson Classified Employees Association
Polson Education Association
Ronan-Pablo Education Association

Seely Lake Organization of Teachers

St. Regis Education Association
Superior Classified Staff
Superior Education Association
Thompson Falls Classified Employees Association
Thompson Falls Education Association
Tobacco Valley Unified Education Association
Trout Creek Teachers Association
Troy Education Association

NW 2 Service Area:

Consultant: Tom Burgess
Local affiliates: NW2

Bigfork Area Education Association

Bigfork Unified Classified Employees

Cayuse Prairie Teachers Association
Columbia Falls Classified Education Association
Columbia Falls Teacher Union
Creston Education Association

Dayton Education Association
Deer Park Education Association
DeSmet Education Association
Fair-Mont-Egan Teachers Association
Flathead Valley Community College  Classified Employee Union - Local #4446
Flathead Valley Community College Education Association - Local #7566
Flathead Valley Community College Adjunct Faculty - Local #4728

Florence-Carlton Classified Personnel Association

Florence-Carlton Education Association

Greater Missoula Federation of Early Childhood Educators & Related Personnel

Hamilton Classified Employee Union

Hamilton Unified Teachers

Helena Flats Education Association
Kila Education Association

Marion Education Organization

Smith Valley Teachers Association
Somers Classified Employees Association
Somers Education Association
West Glacier Education Association
West Valley Teachers Association
Whitefish Classified Employees Association

Whitefish Education Association

NW 3 Service Area:

Consultant: Melanie Charlson
Local affiliates: NW3

Alberton Education Association
Bitteroot Co-op Employee Bargaining Unit
Bonner Education Association

Corvallis Faculty Group
Corvallis Classified Education Association
Darby Federation of Support Staff
Darby Federation of Teachers
Hellgate Elementary Education Association

Kalispell Education Association

Kalispell Federation of Classified Personnel

Maintenance Engineers Association
Lolo Classified Association
Lolo School Education Association
Missoula Education Association
Merged Missoula Classified Employees Organization
Missoula Area Special Education Co-op
Potomac Association of Classified Employees

Potomac Education Association

Target Range Education Association

Target Range Classified Employees

The Clinton Education Association

Victor Federation of Teachers

NW Field Office Administrative Assistant

Kate Treib

SOUTH CENTRAL FIELD OFFICE

510 No. 29th St.
Billings, MT 59101-1190
406.248.9820 or 800.398.0829
Fax: 406.248.2946

Admin. Assistant - Shauna Reichelt

  • Jeff Greenfield
  • Rachel Schillreff
  • Joe Dompier

SC 1 Service Area:

Consultant: Jeff Greenfield

Jeff is based out of MFPE’s Billings office, working as a field consultant with members in Southeastern Montana. Before becoming a field consultant in 2013, Jeff worked as a science teacher and local union officer for 27 years. He began his career in the Shepherd Public Schools, where he taught, coached football and track, and served as president of his local union. Jeff later taught at Billings Senior High, where he served through his local union ranks and eventually became president of the Billings Education Association. Jeff also served on the MEA-MFT board of directors and was later elected MEA-MFT secretary-treasurer and vice president.

[email protected]

Local affiliates: SC1

Belfry Education Association

Billings Classified Employees Association
Billings School District Custodians and Maintenance

Blue Creek Education Association
Canyon Creek Education Association
Columbus Classified Employee Association
Columbus Education Association
Elder Grove Education Association

Gardner Teachers Group

Huntley Project School District Classified Staff
Huntley Project Education Association
Independent Education Association
Joliet Education Association
Laurel Unified Education Association

Laurel Classified – Laurel Unified Education Association

Livingston Education Association

Livingston Classified Association
Lockwood Montana Education Association
Lockwood Paraprofessionals Association
Park City Affiliated Staff
Pioneer Education Association
Red Lodge Education Association
Shepherd Education Association
Special Services Education Association
Sweet Grass County High School Education Association
Yellowstone Education Association
Yellowstone Paras – Yellowstone Education Association

SC 2 Service Area:

Consultant: Rachel Schillreff
Local affiliates: SC2

Ashland Education Association
Big Horn (Hardin) Education Association
Billings Education Association
Bridger Education Association
Broadus Education Association
Broadview Education Association

Colstrip City Employees - Local #7776
Colstrip Classified Association
Colstrip Faculty Association
Forsyth Education Association
Fromberg Education Association
Hardin Classified Employees Assocation
Lame Deer Education Association
Lodge Grass Classified Employees Association
Lodge Grass Teacher Association
Pryor Classified Employees Association
Pryor Education Association
Rosebud Teachers Association
Roundup Education Association
Roundup School Employee Association
Treasure County Education Association (Hysham)
Wyola Classified Employees Association
Wyola Education Association

SC Field Office Administrative Assistant

Shauna Reichelt

SOUTHWEST FIELD OFFICE

1232 East Sixth Avenue
Helena, MT 59601
406.442.2123 or 800.423.2803

Admin. Assistant - Jenny Fuller

  • Tammy Harris
  • Larry Nielsen
  • Megan Casey

Admin. Assistant - Mary Riitano

  • Jeff Cowee
  • Jenny Weigand
  • Jeff Howe

SW 2 Service Area:

Consultant: Tammy Harris
Tammy works as a field consultant out of the MFPE Southwest field office in Helena. She serves all our higher education locals, a few K-12 locals, and one state agency -- Montana Youth Challenge -- along with Tri County Head Start. Tammy previously taught grades K-5 in Helena for 17 years, then served as full-time release president of the Helena Education Association. She served as MEA-MFT vice president in 2011-2014 before joining the staff. Tammy has three children and a black lab puppy named Angus. She loves to golf and mountain bike. Email: [email protected] [email protected]
Local affiliates: SW2

Anaconda Teachers Union

Associated Faculty of Montana State University
Butte Secretaries & Clerical
Butte Teachers Union

Clancy Education Association

Federation of Classified University Staff - FOCUS - Bozeman, Great Falls, Helena College, MSU Billings, MT Tech, U of M, UM Western

Graduate Employee Organization of MSU
Helena Teachers Union
Missoula College Faculty Association of UM
Montana Tech Faculty Association
MSU-Billings Faculty Association
MSU-Northern Federation of Teachers
Montana Two Year College Faculty Association - Highland College, City College, Great Falls
Ramsay Federation of Teachers
University Faculty Association
University of Montana -Western Faculty Association

SW 3 Service Area

Consultant: Larry Nielsen
Larry serves Southwest Montana members as an MFPE field consultant in the Helena office. Larry’s locals include the Montana Department of Corrections, Historical Society, Acadia and several k-12 school districts. Before joining MFPE, Larry taught music and served as president of his local union, the Helena Education Association. He also served on the MEA-MFT board. [email protected]
Local affiliates: SW3

 

Boulder Association of Classified Employees
Boulder Association of Teachers
Deer Lodge (Elementary) Education Association

Dept. of Labor & Industry Employees - Local #7781
Drummond Teachers Organization

Federation of Montana State Prison Employees - Local #4700

Harrison Education Association
Helena Education & Para's Association

Helena School Secretaries

Lincoln Education Association

Montana City Classified Association
Montana City Education Association
Montana Federation of Historical Society Workers - Local #4367

Montana Federation of Probation and Parole - Local #4464

Montana Master Agreement

Powell County High School Teachers Association

Prickly Pear Specialists Association

The Federation of Auditor's Office Employees - Local #7509

United Teachers Association of Philipsburg
Whitehall Federation of Teachers

SW 5 Service Area

Consultant: Jeff Cowee
Jeff works with MFPE’s North Central Montana members. He previously taught middle school for over 20 years and served as president of the Helena Education Association. His hobbies include golfing, skiing, and wood working.  His favorite quote stems from an Ethiopian proverb: “When spiders unite, they can tie down a lion.” Email: [email protected]
Local affiliates: SW5

Association of Belgrade Classified

Beaverhead Classified Employees Association

Beaverhead Education Association

Beaverhead Federation of Teachers
Belgrade Education Association

Belgrade School District Custodians

Bozeman Education Association

Bozeman School District Classified Employees

City of Dillon Employees - Local #7774
Dillon City Police Officers - Local #7785

Dillon Elementary Custodians

Gallatin County Rural EA - Anderson
Gallatin County Rural EA - Monforton
Gallatin County Rural EA - Big Sky
Gallatin County Rural EA - Gallatin Gateway

Lima Teachers Association

Madison Valley Unit (Ennis) of the MEA

Manhattan Education Association

Montana Youth Challenge Academy Employees Union - Local #7722
Sheridan Federation of Teachers

Shields Valley Teachers Organization (Clyde Park)

Three Forks Teachers Organization
Twin Bridges Federation of Teachers

West Yellowstone Education Association

Willow Creek Federation of Teachers

SW Field Office Administrative Assistant

Jenny Fuller
Mary Riitano

Abbreviations

CA = Classified Association
CEA = Classified Employees Association
CL = Classified
EA = Education Association
EO = Employee Organization
FCE = Federation of Classified Employees
FT = Federation of Teachers
TA = Teachers Association
TO = Teachers Organization
TU = Teachers Union