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Annette Schmidt
Executive Assistant to the President and Vice President for Seminary Relations
651-641-3215
President's Office
Northwestern Hall, 210 B-D
Luther Seminary
2481 Como Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55108
651-641-3456

Board of Directors
and Foundation Board of Trustees 
 

Board of Directors

The Luther Seminary Board of Directors is the governing body of the seminary. Pastors and lay leaders from across the country provide leadership in establishing policies and priorities.

Members on the board of directors are elected by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) Church Council as well as by the seminary's supporting synods in ELCA regions 1 and 3.

 *denotes Executive Committee Member

Officers

Chair: Gus Blanchard*
Vice Chair: Jim Harrison*
Secretary: Beth Lewis*
Treasurer: Ann Christ*

 

Committee Chairs

David Larson*, Academic Affairs Committee
Jon Anderson*, Student Affairs Committee
Don Bottemiller*, Finance & Administration
                            Committee
Joyce Thompsen*, Seminary Relations Committee
Tom Holtz*, Renovation Advisory Committee
Mark Gelle*, Investment Committee 

Representing ELCA Region 1

Representing ELCA Region 3

Synod
Name
Synod
Name
  Region 1
Bishops

The Rev. Jessica Crist
Bishop

  Region 3
Bishops
The Rev. Jon Anderson
Bishop
1B

Northwest Washington

Debra Lisser
Marketer & Fundraiser

3A Western
North Dakota 
Murray Sagsveen, Esq.
Synod Attorney
1C

Southwest 
Washington

The Rev. Alison Shane
Parish Pastor

3C South Dakota Marge Hegge, Ph.D.
Retired Professor of Nursing
South Dakota State University
1D Eastern Washington-
Idaho

The Rev. Ladd Bjorneby
Church Relations Pastor
Lutheran Community Services 

3D Northwest Minnesota 

Donald Bottemiller
Retired CEO Homecrest Industries

1E Oregon

The Rev. Chris Kramer
Pastor/ Director Youth Ministry

3E Northeast Minnesota  Paul Jacobson
Musician/ Composer
1F Montana Ann Christ
Businesswoman
3F Southwest Minnesota

David Anfinson, CPA
Partner, Anfinson, Riley & Thompson

      3G Minneapolis
Area

Roger Eggen
Founder, Analytical Instruments, LLC

1A  Alaska Vacant 3H St. Paul
Area

Claire Chang
Senior Program Officer
Blue Cross Blue Shield of MN Foundation

 3B Eastern North Dakota Vacant 3I Southeast Minnesota

David Larson, MD
Retired Physician
Mayo Clinic

Representatives Appointed by the ELCA Church Council

Location

Name

  Location Name

Mahtomedi, MN

Gus Blanchard
Retired CEO
Deluxe Corporation

 

Minneapolis, MN

Beth Lewis
President & CEO
1517 Media

Cannon Falls, MN

Kathleen Brekken
Retired President & CEO
Midwest of Cannon Falls

 

Galveston, TX

Carlos Peña
President
Kleen Supply, Co.
Eden Prairie, MN

James Harrison
Consulting Partner
The Harrison Group

  Little Rock, AR David Rutlen, MD
Professor of Medicine & Director of Cardiovascular Medicine
University of Arkansas
Half Moon Bay, CA David Hayes, Esq.
Attorney
Fenwick and West, LLP
  St. Paul, MN The Rev. Robin Steinke, Ph.D.
President
Luther Seminary
St. Paul, MN
Hudson, WI John Haugo
Retired CEO/ Chairman
SearchAmerica, Inc.
  Altadena, CA Joyce Thompsen, Ph.D.
Principal
Thompsen Consulting
Minneapolis, MN Tom Holtz
Executive Vice President
CB Richard Ellis
     

 

Foundation Board of Trustees

The Luther Seminary Board of Trustees provides key leadership in developing the financial support necessary to fulfill the seminary's mission.

 *denotes Executive Committee Member

Officers

Chair: Joyce Thompsen*
Vice Chair: Roger Eggen*
Secretary: David Rutlen*
Treasurer: Michael Morrow

Administration

Heidi Droegemueller
Vice President for Seminary Relations
Executive Director of the Luther Seminary Foundation