MEA President Paula J. Herbart
Paula Herbart


Paula Herbart took office as President of the 120,000-member Michigan Education Association on Sept. 1, 2017.  A K-12 music teacher in Macomb County’s Fraser Public Schools, Herbart served in numerous leadership roles within her local, including local president.  In 2012, she was elected president of MEA/NEA Local 1, serving 16 districts in Macomb and Wayne…

Chandra Madafferi

Vice President

Chandra Madafferi became Vice President of the Michigan Education Association on Sept. 1, 2017.  A high school health teacher in Oakland County’s Novi Community Schools, Madafferi began her involvement with her local association as co-chair of the Political Action Committee, later assuming other leadership roles including president, treasurer and negotiation spokesperson. She has been a…

Brett Smith


Brett Smith assumed the office of MEA Secretary-Treasurer on Sept. 1, 2017.  A 5th grade teacher from Linden Community Schools in Genesee County, Brett served as local president in Linden, as well as other local leadership roles. Brett has been an MEA member since 2000. Before becoming an educator, Brett gained business experience working for…

MEA Executive Director, Michael Shoudy
Michael Shoudy

Executive Director

Mike Shoudy has served as MEA’s General Counsel since 2014.  Prior to that, he spent 14 years as an attorney and shareholder at the White Schneider law firm, where he represented MEA and its members in a variety of legal matters. A strong believer in public education, Shoudy graduated from public schools in Fulton County,…