Every two years, the Everence® Board of Directors holds a slate election to fill its open seats. The 12-member Board provides mission oversight to Everence and our fraternal benefits affiliate, Everence Association Inc.
Following a robust discernment process, the Everence Board of Directors is pleased to present a slate ballot of individuals with deep expertise, broad experience, and committed faith – characteristics that will help Everence continue to fulfill its mission of helping people integrate their faith and values with their financial decisions.
Occupation: Chief Executive Officer, Troyer Foods
Church: Union Center Church of the Brethren (Goshen, Indiana)
Other roles: Former board member, Goshen Hospital and Manchester University; previously involved in several other Goshen community organizations
Having served for six years on the Everence Board of Directors, I very much believe in the value of an organization like Everence. I see it as a vital extension of the work of the church to help our members integrate their faith and values with their financial decisions. I am honored to serve on this Board as a member of the Church of the Brethren. I would like to see continued inter-church activities between our various denominations, as I believe we are stronger working together than alone.
Occupation: Attorney, Fleeson, Gooing, Coulson & Kitch, LLC
Church: First Mennonite Brethren Church (Wichita, Kansas)
Other roles: Board member of The Salvation Army, Kansas Health Foundation and Child Start
I am honored by the invitation to join the Everence Board of Directors and look forward to applying my skills to help advance its objectives. Being part of an organization that is guided by faith in helping persons and communities with their finances and health is both humbling and exciting.
Occupation: Executive Director, C3–Calvary Community Church
Church: C3–Calvary Community Church (Hampton, Virginia)
Other roles: Board member, Ivy Foundation of Hampton Inc.; Vice President, Gamma Upsilon Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.
Everence is an impactful organization that aligns with both my personal and professional values. It is my hope to share my insight on faith, finance, leadership, diversity and community to further strengthen the programs and services of Everence offered to the church and community at large.
Occupation: Senior Program Officer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Church: Seattle (Washington) Mennonite Church
As a former business owner and now in the nonprofit field, I appreciate all that Everence offers, promoting stewardship through education, financial products and service offerings that are consistent with our Anabaptist values. I consider it a privilege to serve this organization and contribute to the work of the Board of Directors.
Occupation: CPA Senior Manager, Crowe
Church: Eighth Street Mennonite Church (Goshen, Indiana)
As a Certified Public Accounting (CPA) and committed member to the Anabaptist faith, I believe in the importance of the work that Everence does by supporting members in integrating their resources with their values.
Occupation: President, Lesher Consulting and Associate, MHS Consulting
Church: Harrisburg (Pennsylvania) Brethren in Christ Church
Other roles: Board member, Messiah College, Heeding God's Call to End Gun Violence, Brethren in Christ Historical Society, and other nonprofit organizations; former Chief Executive Officer, Messiah Lifeways; and former Senior Psychologist, Philhaven Behavioral Health
Everence provides unique and needed services to the wider Anabaptist community and beyond. I am honored to be invited to serve on this Board. Helping persons with little and with much be faithful stewards is an important mission. There are not many places where Christians can consider the financial components of life as well as receive services to achieve financial goals. I admire how Everence works at providing these resources and trust that my service as a Board member can help advance its mission.
Occupation: Federal Government Accounting Advisor, Frontier Inc.
Church: Shiloh Mennonite Church (London, Ohio)
Other roles: Member, Shiloh Mennonite Church finance team; former member, London Christian Fellowship finance committee; and more than 20 years of accounting experience in manufacturing, insurance and service industries
I look forward to representing the Conservative Mennonite Conference on the Everence Board of Directors and learning more about the various products and services offered by Everence.
By taking part in this important slate election, you are guiding our Board's governance on your behalf. Your input is extremely valuable, and we appreciate the many ways you participate with Everence.
Everence President and Chief Executive Officer
Nominations for the Everence Board of Directors come from our related denominations, church networks and Everence members. In selecting the nominees for member affirmation, the Board considers factors including personal faith orientation, professional experience, membership representation and association participation.
Everence is the common name for our entities and affiliates that share the same mission – including Everence Association Inc. As nonprofit, 501(c)(8) fraternal benefit organization, Everence Association uses its earnings to fund community programs and service – enabling members to carry out charitable, educational, social and other volunteer initiatives.
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