About MinnSPRA

Welcome to the Minnesota School Public Relations Association (MinnSPRA) and a connection to more than 160 public relations professionals. We are committed to serving as a professional network and resource for our members and others interested in providing the highest level of communications support to help school districts achieve their goals. In 2012, MinnSPRA was recognized as an Exemplary Chapter by the National School Public Relations Association.

Our members are school district communication directors, superintendents, community education professionals, school board members, superintendent secretaries and more. We work together in many ways, including:

  • Giving support to each other on any number of public relations topics through our directory and knowledge network of members;
  • Furthering professional development through conferences, workshops and teleseminars;
  • Keeping members up to date on hot issues through electronic communication;
  • Honoring exceptional work in public relations through a statewide awards program;
  • Having fun and meeting new people though MinnSPRA social events;
  • Opportunities to get involved at just about any level – from one-time volunteer tasks to monthly Board involvement.

Our Mission

MinnSPRA advocates for public education through public relations leadership.


MinnSPRA honors public relations leadership through an annual awards program.

2023-24 Board Members

Dirk Tedmon, President
Eden Prairie Schools

Shawn Hogendorf, President-Elect
SoWashCo Schools

Toya Stewart Downey, Past President
Robbinsdale Area Schools

Renae Reedy, Secretary
Forest Lake Area Schools

Celi Haga, Treasurer
Eastern Carver County Schools

Jenna Mead, Membership

Liz Anderson, Director
CESO Communications

Donnie Belcher, Director
Minneapolis Public Schools

Ryan Mayers, Director 
Austin Public Schools

Tia Quirk, Director
White Bear Lake Area Public Schools

Ashley Sukhu, Director
Saint Louis Park Schools

Katie Pekel, President’s Appointee
University of Minnesota

Board Planning

The 2022-23 MinnSPRA board recently completed work on a new strategic plan

For more information about MinnSPRA call (651) 489-1321 or email info@minnspra.org.

Current MinnSPRA Bylaws


2022 MinnSPRA Annual Meeting

Good Trouble PR Statement

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