New executive director to lead UEA


The Utah Education Association has appointed Lisa Nentl-Bloom as the Association’s executive director. She begins her new assignment Sept. 1.

Nentl-Bloom spent the past eight years as an organizational specialist for the National Education Association. In that role, she devoted a great deal of time to representing students and educators in Utah, including nine months assigned to work with the UEA on a special project in 2007. She began her career as a high school English teacher in Minnesota, where she taught for fifteen years.

“We are thrilled that Lisa has decided to join the UEA,” said UEA President Sharon Gallagher-Fishbaugh. “She was selected from a field of very qualified applicants and brings a wealth of experience in project management, strategic planning, training and community organizing. We look forward to working together on behalf of Utah educators, students and public education.”

Nentl-Bloom has worked with education associations in a number of states including Utah, Colorado, Kansas, Arizona, Michigan and Minnesota. She has a master’s degree in education and a bachelor’s degree in English and secondary education.

Nentl-Bloom replaces Mark Mickelsen who retired August 1. Mickelsen served as UEA executive director since April 2008.

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