MFPE Field Services

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

Working out of four field offices across the state, our field consultants directly assist MFPE’s nearly 400 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.

Local Training

Our field consultants offer training to local affiliates on more than 40 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.

North Central Field Office

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

Amy Legg
Administrative Assistant
[email protected]

NC 1 Service Area:

Consultant: Shelli Lavinder-Schwalk
Local affiliates: NC1

Belt Federation of Teachers
Browning Fed of Classified Empl.
Browning Federation of Teachers
Cascade County Deputy Attornies
Centerville Education Association
Chester-Joplin-Inverness EA
Choteau Education Association
Conrad Education Association
Cut Bank Education Association
Dutton-Brady Education Assoc.
East Glacier Education Assoc.
Fort Benton Classified Empl. Assc.
Fort Benton Education Association
Great Falls Education Association
Great Falls Head Start
Great Falls Technology Assoc.
Heart Butte Education Association
MT School for Deaf & Blind
Marias Medical Center
Shelby Education Association
Shelby School District Bus Drivers
Shelby School District Custodians
Sun River Valley Teachers Assoc.
Sunburst Teachers Org.
Valier Fed of Teachers

NC 2 Service Area:

Consultant: Carol Haverlandt
NC2 Field Consultant
[email protected]
Local affiliates: NC2

Big Flat (Turner) Education Association
Big Sandy Teachers Association
Box Elder Classified
Box Elder Education Association
Chinook Education Association
Denton Education Association
Dodson Education Association
Glasgow Education Association
Harlem Classified Employees Association
Harlem Education Association
Harlowton Education Association
Havre Education Association
Havre Paraprofessionals
Malta Education Association
Malta Classified Employees
Hobson Teachers Association
Judith Gap Education Association
Lewistown Education Association
Little Rocky Mountain Classified
Employees (Hays)
Little Rocky Montana Education
Association (Hays)
Moore Education Unit
Rocky Boy Classified Employees
Rocky Boy Education Association
Ulm Education Association

East Service Area:

Consultant: Maggie Copeland
East Field Consultant
[email protected]
Local affiliates: East

Baker Education Association
Brockton Education Association
Circle Education Association
Culbertson Education Association
Dawson Community College
Ekalaka Education Association
Fairview Education Association
Frazer Education Association
Frontier 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 Classified Employees Association
Poplar Education Association
Rau Education Association
Savage Education Association
Scobey Education Association
Sidney Education Association
Terry Education Association
Wibaux Education Association
Wolf Point Classified Employee Association
Wolf Point Education Association

Northwest Field Office

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

Kate Treib
Administrative Assistant 
[email protected]

NW 1 Service Area:

Consultant: Heather Diehl
NW1 Field Consultant
[email protected]
Local affiliates: NW1

Arlee Federation of Teachers
Charlo Classified Employee Association
Eureka Public Schools Classified
Flathead City/County Health Department
Fortine Teachers Association
Hot Springs Education Association
Libby Paraeducators Association
Libby Education Association
Libby Office Education Personnel
Lower Flathead (Charlo) Education
Missoula County Employees
Noxon Education Association
Plains Classified Employee Association
Plains Teachers Organization
Polson Classified Employee Association
Polson Education Association
Ronan-Pablo Education Association
St. Regis Education Association
Superior Classified Staff
Superior Education Association
Thompson Falls Classified Employees
Thompson Falls Education Association
Tobacco Valley Unified Education
Trout Creek Teachers Association
Troy Education Association

NW 2 Service Area:

Consultant: Tom Burgess
NW2 Field Consultant
[email protected]
Local affiliates: NW2

Cayuse Prairie Teachers Association
Columbia Falls Classified Education
Columbia Falls Teacher Union
Creston Education Association
Deer Park Education Association
Evergreen Education Association
Fair-Mont-Egan Teachers Association
Flathead Valley Community College
Classified Employee Union
Flathead Valley Community College
Education Association
Flathead Valley Community College
Adjunct Faculty
Helena Flats Education Association
Kalispell Fed Classified Employees
Kalispell Education Association
Kalispell Maintenance
Kalispell Title I Tutors
Marion Education Organization
Montana Veteran's Home
Smith Valley Teachers Association
Somers Classified Employees Association
Somers Education Association
West Glacier Education Association
West Valley Teachers Association
Whitefish Classified
Whitefish Education Association

NW 3 Service Area:

Consultant: Melanie Charlson
Local affiliates: NW3

Alberton Education Association
Bigfork Unified Classified Employees
Bigfork Area Education Association
Bitteroot Co-op Employee
Bargaining Unit
Bonner Education Association
Corvallis Federation of Teachers
Corvallis Classified
Darby Federation of Support Staff
Darby Federation of Teachers
Florence-Carlton Classified
Florence-Carlton Education Association
Frenchtown Classified Employees
Frenchtown Education Association
Hamilton Classified
Hamilton Unified Teachers
Hellgate Elementary Education
Lolo Classified Association
Lolo School Education Association
Missoula Education Association
Merged Missoula Classified Employee
Missoula Area Special Education Co-op
Potomac Association Classified
Potomac Education Association
Victor Federation of Teachers

NW 4 Service Area:

Consultant: Jeff Howe
Local affiliates: NW3

Columbia Falls Police Officers
De Smet Education Association
Dixon Teachers Association
Kila Education Association
Lone Rock Unit – Education Association
Lone Rock School District - Classified
Missoula Head Start
Missoula Municipal Inspectors
Missoula City Wastewater Operators
Missoula City Wastewater Chemists
Missoula City Development Services
Missoula Public Library
Missoula Parks and Recreation
Missoula Airport Authority - Building and
Missoula Airport Authority Public Safety
Missoula County Health Department
Missoula County Health Department
Ravalli County Deputy Attorneys
St. Ignatius Education Association
Stevensville Support Staff
Stevensville Teachers
Target Range Education Association
Target Range Classified
Whitefish Police Department

South Central Field Office

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

Shauna Reichelt
Administrative Assistant
[email protected]

SC 1 Service Area:

Consultant: Scott T. McCulloch
SC1 Field Consultant [email protected]
Local affiliates: SC1

Absarokee Education Association
Belfry Education Association
Billings Education Association
Blue Creek Education Association
Canyon Creek Education Association
Columbus Classified Employee Association
Columbus Education Association
Elder Grove Education Association
Huntley Project School Employees
Huntley Project Education Association
Independent Education Association
Joliet Education Association
Laurel Unified Education Association
Laurel Classified – Laurel Unified Education 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: Jeff Greenfield

SC 2 Field Consultant
[email protected]

Local affiliates: SC2

Ashland Education Association
Big Horn (Hardin) Education Association
Billings Classified Employee Association
Billings School Custodians and Maintenance
Bridger Education Association
Broadus Education Association
Broadview Education Association
Colstrip Classified Association
Colstrip MEA-MFT Unit
Forsyth Education Association
Fromberg Education Association
Hardin Classified Employees
Lame Deer Education Association
Lodge Grass Classified Employees Association
Lodge Grass Teacher Association
Pryor Education Association - Classified Unit
Pryor Education Association - Teachers' Unit
Rosebud Teachers Association
Roundup Education Association
Roundup School Employee Association
Treasure County Education Association (Hysham)
Wyola Classified Employees Association
Wyola Education Association

SC 3 Service Area

Consultant: Joe Dompier

SC 3 Field Consultant
[email protected]

Local affiliates: SC3

Big Horn County Road and Bridge
Billings City Police Officers
Billings City Police Officers
Colstrip City Police Officers
Colstrip City Employees
Custer County Custodians
Department of Justice – Montana Highway Patrol
Department of Justice - Criminal Investigators
Havre City Police
Havre City Dispatch
Hill County Sheriffs
Huntley Project Irrigation District
Livingston City Police
Montana Federation of Women's Prison
Montana Department of Transportation -  Motor Carriers
Miles City Education Association
Miles Community College Faculty
Park County Sheriff's Office
Pine Hills Care and Custody
Pine Hills Nurses and Social Workers
Pine Hills Teachers
Yellowstone County Courthouse
Yellowstone County Sheriff's Deputies

Southwest Field Office

1232 East Sixth Avenue
Helena, MT 59601
406.442.2123 or 800.423.2803
Fax: 406.442.8355

Cindy DeTienne
Administrative Assistant for Larry Nielsen, Megan Casey, and Tammy Pilcher
[email protected]
406-442-2123 or 1-800-423-2803

Southwest Field Office

2711 Airport Rd
Helena, MT 59601
406-442-4600 or 1-800-221-3468

Mary Riitano
Administrative Assistant for Brian Ehli and Jeff Cowee
[email protected]
406-442-4600 or 1-800-221-3468

SW 1 Service Area:

Consultant: Brian Ehli
SW1 Field Consultant
[email protected]
Local affiliates: SW1

Belgrade Classified
Belgrade Education Association
Boulder Association of Classified
Boulder Association of Teachers
Bozeman Education Association
Department of Health and Human
Gallatin Rural - Anderson
Gallatin Rural - Monforton
Gallatin Rural - Big Sky
Gallatin Rural - Gallatin Gateway
Jefferson County
Manhattan Education Association
Prickly Pear Coop
Riverside Youth Correction Facility
Shields Valley (Clyde Park) Education
Three Forks Teachers Association
Townsend Classified Association
Townsend Education Association
West Yellowstone Education Association
White Sulphur Springs Education
Willow Creek Federation of Teachers

SW 2 Service Area:

Consultant: Vacant
SW2 Field Consultant
[email protected]
Local affiliates: SW2

Butte Silver Bow LPNs
Butte Silver Bow Public Employees
Butte Silver Bow Librarians
Butte Civic Center Cashiers
Clancy Education Association
Department of Transportation
East Helena Education Association
Lewis and Clark County Road/Bridge
Lewistown City Employees
Montana Mental Health Center
East Helena Support Association
Butte Mining City Head Start
Montana Public Employee Retirement
Administration Staff
Stanford Education Association
Warm Springs Craft Council
Warm Springs Independent Union
Warm Springs Professionals
Department of Health and Human
Services - CFSD
Department of Health and Human
Services - CFSD; FGDM
Department of Health and Human
Services - HRD, PHSD, and QAD
Department of Health and Human
Services - OPA

SW 3 Service Area:

Consultant: Tammy Harris
SW3 Field Consultant
[email protected]
Local affiliates: SW3

Associated Faculty of Montana State University
Butte Secretaries & Clerical
Butte Teachers Union
Grad Employee Organization of MSU
Helena Teachers Union
Missoula College of UM
Montana Tech Faculty Association
Montana Youth Challenge Program
Montana Two Year College Faculty
Ramsay Federation of Teachers
Tri-County Head Start (Helena)
University Faculty Association
University System Classifieds

SW 4 Service Area

Consultant: Larry Nielsen
SW4 Field Consultant
[email protected]
Local affiliates: SW4

Beaverhead (Dillon) Education Association
Beaverhead Classified Employees
Beaverhead Federation of Teachers
Deer Lodge (Elementary) Education
Dillon Elementary Custodial Association
Drummond Teachers Organization
Helena Education & Para's Association
Harrison Education Association
Lima Teachers Association
Montana City Classified
Montana City Education Association
Montana Federation of Healthcare
Montana Federation of Historical Society
Montana State Prison Employees
Phillipsburg United Teach Association
Powell County High School Teachers
Probation and Parole
Seeley Lake Organization of Teachers
Whitehall Federation of Teachers

SW 5 Service Area

Consultant: Megan Casey
Local affiliates: SW4

Belgrade School District
Bozeman City Employees
Bozeman School District
Department of Agriculture
Department of Livestock
Department of Environmental Quality
Department of Labor and Industry
Department of Revenue
Department of Revenue Liquor
Gardiner Teachers Group
Great Falls City Employees
Helena City Dispatch
Livingston Classified Employee
Livingston Education Association
Montana Developmental Center PIF
Montana Association Fish & Wildlife
Office of Public Instruction
West Yellowstone Police
West Yellowstone Town and Dispatch
Montana State Fund

SW 6 Service Area

Consultant: Jeff Cowee
Local affiliates: SW4

Anaconda TU
Cascade City/County Health
Cascade Unit of MFPE
Clinton Unit of MFPE
City of Dillon Employees
Dillon Police Department
Department of Justice - Communications
Department of Justice MHP District Admin
Department of Justice - Title and Reg
Department of Justice- Driver
Great Falls School District
Helena School District
Lewis and Clark County Health
Lincoln Education Assoc.
Madison Valley Unit (Ennis)
Missoula Parking Commission
Montana Lottery
Sheridan Federation of Teachers
Twin Bridges Federation of Teachers
Vaughan Education Association
Vaughan Paraprofessionals


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