Everence Board of Directors Ballot

As Everence actively reaches toward new horizons, it’s an exciting time to be on the Everence Board of Directors – and an opportune time for you to participate in our board appointments! 

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About the slate ballot

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.

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Cast your vote

All eligible Everence Association members are invited to ratify the slate by Dec. 6, 2019. Be sure to have your unique election code (which was mailed to you in November 2019) ready in order to authenticate your vote.

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Meet the candidates

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.

Paris Ball-Miller, Everence Board of Directors (2017)

Paris Ball-Miller (Incumbent)

Orlando, Florida

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.

Sylvia Bribiesca Penner, Everence Board of Directors

Sylvia Bribiesca Penner

Wichita, Kansas

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.

Nicole Francisco Bailey, Everence Board of Directors (2017)

Nicole Francisco Bailey (Incumbent)

Hampton, Virginia

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.

Lauren Good, Everence Board of Directors (2019)

Lauren Good

Seattle, Washington

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.

Katelyn Leichty, CPA, Everence Board of Directors (2019)

Katelyn Leichty, CPA (Incumbent)

Goshen, Indiana

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.

Emerson Lesher, Everence Board of Directors (2017)

Emerson Lesher (Incumbent)

Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania

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.

Kirby Miller, CPA, Everence Board of Directors (2017)

Kirby Miller, CPA (Incumbent)

Irwin, Ohio

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.
Ken Hochstetler, President and CEO Kenneth D. Hochstetler
Everence President and Chief Executive Officer

Nomination process

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.

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Who is eligible to vote?

Voting is open to anyone who owns a product or service – such as our senior health plans and annuities – through Everence Association Inc., our fraternal benefits affiliate.

Have a question? Contact one of our representatives, or get in touch with us at (800) 361-7278 or info@everence.com.


Be part of something bigger

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. 

Even if you don't own an Everence Association product or service, you can still be part of the Everence community. See how you can become an Everence member and give back through unique community investing, grant-making and charitable giving programs.

About Everence

We're a financial services company based on the idea that it's possible to incorporate your faith and values with your decisions about money. Learn more about the difference it makes when your financial services company is rooted in something more than making a profit.

Sonido de Alabanza Associate Pastor Sergio Nava, Treasurer Gina Ramirez and Senior Pastor Esdras Ferreras

Making an impact

Every day, Everence members support each other in reaching toward new horizons. Our financial information and stewardship stories can tell you more about how we're making a positive impact.

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Stewardship at work

Everence helps people, organizations, businesses and churches integrate their faith and values into their financial decisions to accomplish their stewardship goals.

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Serving members

Everence serves more than 77,000 members and more than 30 church denominations. Our products and services are comprehensive and open to anyone interested in practicing stewardship based on the principle that all we are and all we have are from God (Psalm 24). 

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Vision and values

Everence employs more than 375 staff and consultants around the country. Guiding their work is our Everence Senior Leadership Team, Everence Board of Directors and Affiliate Boards.

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