Executive Board Members

The 17-member Executive Board is made up of people of diverse ages, gender, geographical location, race and occupation.

There are preachers and church workers; professors, teachers and educational administrators; lawyers and retired people; people whose racial characteristics are Asian, African-American, Caucasian, Hispanic and Native American (with one-third of the members coming from other than Caucasian peoples); people who live in places ranging from Washington state to rural South Dakota to the most dense urban areas of New York City.

This group of people has been intentionally selected so that the Executive Board would contain a broad spiritual and experiential base and so that the Board would have a diversity of viewpoints. Board members understand that they need to consider and represent the church as a whole and the broad spectrum of people.

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Agency Boards

Mennonite Education Agency Mennonite Mission Network

 MennoMedia Mennonite Health Services Everence


Executive Committee

Patricia Shelly


Home: Newton, Kansas
Congregation: Bethel College Mennonite Church, North Newton, Kansas
Conference: Western District Conference
Occupation: Professor of Bible and Religion, Bethel College

David Boshart


Home: Wellman, Iowa
Congregation: Wellman (Iowa) Mennonite Church
Conference: Central Plains Mennonite Conference
Occupation: Executive conference minister, Central Plains Conference

Phil Rich


Home:  Archbold, Ohio
Congregation:  Zion Mennonite Church, Archbold, Ohio
Conference:  Ohio Conference of Mennonite Church USA
Occupation:  President, Rich Ford dealership

Joy Sutter


Home:  East Norriton, Pennsylvania
Congregation:  Salford Mennonite Church, Harleysville, Pennsylvania
Conference:  Franconia Mennonite Conference
Occupation:  Hospital administrator

Executive Board members

Tina Begay


Home: Bloomfield, New Mexico
Congregation: Light of Life Mennonite Church, Farmington, New Mexico
Conference: Mountain States Mennonite Conference
Occupation:Retired cashier supervisor

Jim Caskey


Home: Goshen, Indiana
Congregation: College Mennonite Church, Goshen, Indiana
Conference: Indiana-Michigan Conference
Occupation: Vice President for Institutional Advancement of Goshen College

Yvonne Diaz


Home:  Terlingua, Texas
Congregation:  Iglesia Menonita Communidad de Vida, San Antonio, Texas
Conference:  Western District Conference
Occupation:  Former executive director of Iglesia Menonita Hispana

Michelle Dula


Home: Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Congregation: Blossom Hill Mennonite Church, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Conference: Atlantic Coast Conference
Occupation: Lead pastor of Blossom Hill Mennonite Church

Leslie Francisco, III


Home: Hampton, Virginia
Congregation: Calvary Community Church, Hampton, Virginia
Conference: Virginia Conference
Occupation: Pastor of Calvary Community Church; president of the African-American Mennonite Association (AAMA)

Larry Hauder


Home: Boise, Idaho
Hyde Park Mennonite Church, Boise, Idaho
Pacific Northwest Mennonite Conference
Executive Director of Common Ground Conciliation Services, Inc.; leadership consultant to non-profit and faith-based organizations

Earl Kellogg


Home:  Urbana, Illinois
Congregation:  First Mennonite Church of Champaign-Urbana (Illinois)
Conference:  Central District and Illinois Mennonite conferences
Occupation:  Retired university professor

Joyce Kusuma


Home: Upland, California
Congregation: Upland Peace Church, Upland, California
Conference: Pacific Southwest Conference
Occupation: Nurse Practitioner; representative of the network of Asian Mennonite congregations

Zenobia Sowell-Bianchi


Home: Chicago, Illinois
Congregation: Bethel Mennonite Community Church, Chicago, Illinois
Conference: Illinois Conference
Occupation: Dentist; representative of the African-American Mennonite Association on the Constituency Leaders Council

Samuel Voth Schrag


110Home: Saint Louis, Missouri
Congregation: Saint Louis (Missouri) Mennonite Fellowship
Conference: Illinois Mennonite Conference
Occupation: Pastor

Nisha Subaiya Springer


Home: Plano, Texas
Congregation: Peace Mennonite Church, Dallas, Texas
Conference: Western District Conference
Occupation: stay-at-home-mom; Congregational Leadership Committee member

Diane Zaerr Brenneman


Home: Wellman, Iowa
Congregation: West Union Mennonite Church, Parnell, Iowa
Conference: Central Plains Conference
Occupation: Former moderator for Central Plains and pastor for several congregations; works at the University of Iowa Health Center as a family navigator, supporting families of children with special health care needs.