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Gina Lotzer
Executive Assistant to the President and Board of Directors
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: Joyce Thompsen*
Vice Chair: Murray Sagsveen*
Secretary: Ladd Bjornby*
Treasurer: Carlos Peña*

 

Committee Chairs

Academic Affairs: Marge Hegge*
Student Affairs: Jon Anderson*
Finance & Administration: Carlos Peña*
Seminary Relations: Kathy Brekken*
Investment Committee: Mark Gelle*

Representing ELCA Region 1

Representing ELCA Region 3

Synod
Name
Synod
Name
  Region 1
Bishops

The Rev. Kristen Kuempel
Bishop

  Region 3
Bishops
The Rev. Jon Anderson
Bishop
1A Alaska Vacant 3A Western
North Dakota 
Murray Sagsveen
Synod Attorney
1B

Northwest Washington

Vacant

3B Eastern North Dakota Vacant
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

Terry Hepola
Allegro Marketing

1E Oregon

The Rev. Chris Kramer
Parish Pastor

3E Northeast Minnesota Paul Jacobson
Musician / Composer
1F Montana The Rev. Jennifer Quanbeck
Parish Pastor
3F Southwest Minnesota

Vacant

      3G Minneapolis
Area

Roger Eggen
Founder, Analytical Instruments, LLC

      3H St. Paul
Area

Gail Olson
Retired
MN State Colleges and Universities 

      3I Southeast Minnesota

Vacant

Representatives Appointed by the ELCA Church Council

Location

Name

  Location Name

Naples, FL

Brad Anderson
Retired CEO & Vice Chairman
Best Buy

 

St. Paul, MN

Cristina Lien
Senior Manager
General Mills

Cannon Falls, MN

Kathleen Brekken
Retired President & CEO
Midwest of Cannon Falls

  Rochester, MN Robert Nesse, MD
CEO
Mayo Health Clinic
Deerfield Beach, FL

The Rev. Dr. Sean Forde
Pastor
First Lutheran Church

  Galveston, TX Carlos Peña
President
Kleen Supply, Co.
Brooklyn Park, MN

Tracey Gibson
Statewide Director
State of MN

  Little Rock, AR David Rutlen, MD
Professor of Medicine & Director of Cardiovascular Medicine
University of Arkansas
Greenville, WI

Dean Gruner, MD
Retired CEO/Chairman
Thedacare

  Minneapolis, MN
Don Samuels
CEO
Microgrants
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.

Officers of the Foundation

Foundation Administration

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

Robin Steinke, President
Heidi Droegemueller, Vice President of Seminary Relations / Executive Director of the Luther Seminary Foundation
Michael Morrow, Vice President for Finance and Administration / Treasurer of the Luther Seminary Foundation

 Updated June 11, 2019