The MPSA is managed by a staff of association professionals, under the guidance of three senior directors and the Executive Director. Founded in 1939, the association is dedicated to the advancement of scholarship in all areas of political science. The association has a prolific history in the Midwest and the home office is still based in Bloomington, Indiana. Read more on the history of the MPSA here.

General Inquiries

Midwest Political Science Association
885 S. College Mall Rd., #382
Bloomington, IN 47401
Phone: (812) 558-0588
Fax: (812) 335-1510

Speak to the MPSA Meeting Ombuds or Report Harassment


Email Questions to the MPSA regarding:

Conferences & Exhibitors:
Membership & Communication:
Executive Management:


MPSA Staff

Executive Management: or (812) 558-0588 x 6
Meegan Isenhour, CAE, Executive Director:

Conferences: or (812) 558-0588 x 1
Tamara Speelmon, Conference Director:
Bonnie Van Deventer, Conference Administrator:
Robin Mendoza, Graduate Assistant:

Membership & Communications: or (812) 558-0588 x 10
Amy Dubach, CAE, Membership & Communications Director:
Lewis Hoss, Ph.D., Professional Development Manager:
Stephanie Carter, Membership Specialist:
Drew Cagle, Administrative Graduate Assistant:
Violette Bray, Membership and Customer Service Graduate Assistant:

Information Technology: or (812) 558-0588 x 11
Rachel Ankerholz, IT Director:
Kahee Kim, IT Systems Administrator:

Executive Management: or (812) 558-0588 x 6

Meegan Isenhour, CAE, Executive or (812) 558-0588 x 6

Meegan Isenhour, CAE joined MPSA in 2013 and has been serving in the role of Executive Director since 2022. She is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the MPSA including staff management and coordination, human resource management, policy and procedure development and implementation, project management, and governance committees.

A graduate of Indiana University, Meegan is a Certified Association Executive® with more than twenty years of non-profit association management experience.

In her spare time, Meegan enjoys reading, hiking, traveling, and spending time with her husband, daughter, and dogs.

Conferences: or (812) 558-0588 x 1

Tamara Speelmon, Conference or (812) 558-0588 x 4

Tamara has served as Conference Director at the MPSA for the last 20 years. She is responsible for all aspects of the conference. Tamara came to us two decades ago with an extensive career in business operations along with a lifelong interest in politics. Prior to her employment with MPSA, Tamara was Director of Operations in both publishing and manufacturing. She applies those same business principles and high standards to building events.

In her free time, Tamara enjoys international and domestic travel, camping, swimming, and is a voracious reader. She and her husband Lance, have two grown sons Drew and Clayton, daughter-in-law Natalie, and a very spoiled Yorkshire Terrier Paige.

Bonnie Van Deventer, Conference or (812) 558-0588 x 1

Bonnie Van Deventer serves as the Conference Administrator. Her responsibilities include conference customer service, overseeing onsite registration and assisting with the organization of the annual conference. Prior to joining MPSA in 2012, Bonnie’s experience included project management, contract administration and administrative services, in the private sector and University setting. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, as well as traveling.

Robin Mendoza, Graduate

Robin Mendoza is a Graduate Assistant at MPSA. She is responsible for working closely with the IT team to assist in managing the virtual conference platform. Her experience is in data entry and analysis, as well as quantitative and qualitative research.

Robin is currently completing her Ph.D. in Public Affairs at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She also has a Master’s in Public Administration and a Bachelor’s in Environmental Studies. In her free time, Robin likes to draw and go on walks with her small dog, Taggerton.

Membership & Communications: or (812) 558-0588 x 10

Amy Dubach, CAE, Membership and Communications or (812) 558-0588 x 3

Amy Dubach, CAE is the Membership and Communications Director for the MPSA, where she oversees membership, communications, marketing, graphic design, member engagement and other special projects.

Amy holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Washburn University and is a Certified Association Executive® with fourteen years of non-profit association experience. She is passionate about connecting with people through communications and creating a meaningful and positive member experience.

In her spare time, Amy enjoys spending time with her family camping, going for walks, and putting together a craft project with friends.

Lewis Hoss, Ph.D., Professional Development or (812) 558-0588 x 13

Lewis Hoss is the Professional Development Manager at MPSA where he works to create professional development opportunities, manages webinars and conference recordings, and engages members in online communities and interest groups.

Lewis received his Ph.D. in political science from Northern Illinois University and teaches at Rivier University in Nashua, NH. In his free time, Lewis enjoys spending time with his wife and son and rooting for the Chicago Bears.

Stephanie Carter, Membership or (812) 558-0588 x 10

Stephanie Carter is the Membership Specialist at the Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA), where she assists with all aspects of membership including onboarding and renewals, programs and services, member assistance, and special projects.

With a B.A. in Mass Communications and Journalism, Stephanie has been involved with associations for more than 13 years. She brings her expertise and upbeat personality to the table when working with and for association members. Whether it’s a membership project or troubleshooting an issue, her knowledge, passion and dedication to the field always comes first.

In her spare time, Stephanie enjoys camping and hiking (her biggest trail accomplishment is Half Dome in Yosemite!), reading endless amounts of books and spending quality time with her husband, Matt and their two children, Ava and Brayden.

Drew Cagle, Administrative Graduate or (812) 558-0588 x 16

Drew Cagle is a Graduate Assistant at the MPSA. He works with the Membership and Communications teams to assist overseeing membership services, professional development, and member engagement. He has experience in data analysis, quantitative methods, and mixed-methods research.

Drew is currently completing his Ph.D. in Political Science at the University of Alabama, where his dissertation focuses on the intersection of media, democratic norms, polarization, and political attitudes. In his free time, Drew likes to spend time with his fiancée Katie and watch live music with his friends.

Violette Bray, Membership and Customer Service Graduate or (812) 558-0588 x 12

Violette Bray is a membership and customer service graduate assistant at the Midwest Political Science Association. She is also a Library Aide at the Iowa City Public Library where she enjoys sharing her love of books with the community.

Violette recently graduated with her MA in International Studies from the University of Wyoming where she researched sustainable fashion. In her spare time, Violette likes to take fall walks with her partner and spend quality time with their cats.

Information Technology: or (812) 558-0588 x 11

Rachel Ankerholz, IT or (812) 558-0588 x 5

Rachel is the IT Director at MPSA. She is responsible for the overall organizational IT strategy, implementation and management of MPSA’s IT Systems. She provides leadership for the continued development of innovative, robust, and secure IT Systems.

Rachel has more than 16 years of experience in a technical role with the non-profit organizations, with the last 9 years in a leadership role. She has led multiple implementation projects and spearheaded new program development. She is a graduate from Mankato State University. Rachel enjoys spending time with her family, backpacking, and beekeeping.

Kahee Kim, IT Systems or (812) 558-0588 x 11 

Kahee Kim is the IT Systems Administrator at MPSA. She is responsible for the overall integrity, administration, and support of MPSA’s Association Management System (CRM/AMS). Prior to joining MPSA, Kahee has worked in the education field, developing her customer service and technical expertise.

Kahee was born and raised in South Korea and earned her bachelor’s degree from Korea University. In her spare time, Kahee enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter, reading books, and watching movies.