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Vice Presidents

Alicia Bata is the ND United Vice President of Education. She teaches on interactive television from Cavalier and Park River to four other high schools in northeastern N.D. Gary Feist is the Vice President of Public Employees. He has been a tax auditor for the Office of State Tax Commissioner for the last 30 years.
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Alicia Bata, ND United Vice President of Education

Alicia was elected and served as the National Education Association (NEA) Director for North Dakota for two terms. She was appointed by NEA’s president to serve on the Human and Civil Rights Committee in Washington, DC, also for two terms. She was selected to participate in the Magna Carta Human Rights Project by NEA, in conjunction with the National Union of Teachers (NUT) in England. She was voted by her peers on the NEA Board to be a delegate representing the U.S. at the World Congress of Education in South Africa. Bata is a National Trainer on the ELL Cadre and on the NEA Cultural Competence team. She is also an N.D. presenter of the “I Can Do It” classroom management workshop.

Bata was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and received her Bachelor of Arts degree, teaching certificate, ESL/Bilingual endorsement, and Master of Science degree in Education with a cognate in Bilingual Education from the University of North Dakota. She is married to a N.D. farmer, Bill, and has four children and three grandchildren.

Contact: [email protected]

Gary Feist, Vice President of Public Employees

Gary has been a tax auditor for the Office of State Tax Commissioner for the last 30 years, and currently works in the corporate income tax section. He served as president of the North Dakota Public Employees Association for 12 years and is the current president of the North Dakota Public Employees statewide local. He has held the office of NDU Vice President for Public Employees since 2013, and also serves as Vice Chair of AFT Public Employee Program and Policy Council. He is married, with three daughters, and lives in Bismarck.

Contact: [email protected]


Keeping the Promise of Quality Public Education & Public Services

With more than 11,500 members across the state, NDU supports equal opportunities for success for ALL North Dakota students, and respect and support for all educators. NDU members are teachers, community college professors, speech pathologists, bus drivers, secretaries, retired educators and student teachers.