UEA Executive Director Lisa Nentl-Bloom steps down
Lisa Nentl-Bloom served as the Association’s executive director from September 2014 to June 2018
The Utah Education Association has lost a dynamic, experienced leader. After four years as UEA executive director, Lisa Nentl-Bloom resigned in June to accept a position as Northeast Region zone director for the National Education Association.
“It has been such an honor and privilege to work with and for you these past four years,” said Nentl-Bloom as she addressed participants at the UEA House of Delegates in May. “The work we have accomplished and the wins we have achieved throughout the organization at all levels – state, UniServ and local – has been amazing. I am so glad to have been part of this journey.”
During her four years at the helm of Utah’s largest association of public education professionals, the UEA experienced significant increases in membership, with every UniServ experiencing net gains in 2017 and spending 18 months on the NEA’s top 10 list of highest net growth states.
Public school budgets also saw substantial growth over those four years with 4 percent, 3.5 percent, 4 percent and this year’s 7 percent increases, respectively, in overall funding. Due in large part to these increases and successful bargaining by locals, most Utah school districts now offer starting teachers as salary of $40,000 or better.
Under Nentl-Bloom’s leadership, the UEA orchestrated one of the largest gatherings ever to support public education. A crowd estimated at near 3,000 – including teachers, parents, students, school board members, superintendents, administrators, school support personnel and many others – packed the Utah State Capitol Rotunda the evening of March 9, 2016, calling on state legislators to support public education.
Nentl-Bloom served on the Utah Public Education Coalition (including a term as chair), the Our Schools Now Steering Committee and on the National Council of Urban Education Associations.
Prior to joining the UEA, Nentl-Bloom spent the previous 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.
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 replaced Mark Mickelsen who served as UEA executive director from April 2008 to August 2014. Interim Executive Director Renae Costa will fill the position until the end of September. Applications for the UEA executive director position are being accepted until Sept. 14. See details at myUEA.org/employment.