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Boards of Directors

The Boards of Directors (BOD) of the Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota Conferences of the United Church of Christ are independent governing bodies that function on behalf of the members of its conference between annual meetings. These entities are responsible for developing budgets and managing the financial affairs of the conference, establishing mission, and developing operational policies. The members of each BOD are elected by the annual meeting of the conference.

Per the  Tri-Conference Covenant Agreement, the Tri-Conference (TCM) Board creates employment policy, determines the annual staffing budget and provides supervision for the executive conference minister. The TCM Board is made up of three members representing each conference. Two members are current members of that conferences’ board of directors and one member is at-large.

Below is the list of BOD members elected at the 2019 conference annual meetings (*denotes a member of the TCM Board):

Iowa Conference Board of Directors

Kate West* – Chair 
Rich Jensen – Moderator
Jenny Davant – Assistant Moderator
Eileen Gebbie – Secretary
Jon Haack – Treasurer
Judy Bishop
Carla Cain
Forrest Cornelius*
Molly Dowell Baum
Marjorie Groves
Brice Hughes
Sue Johannsen
Terry Kadace
Kaity Kemp
Kathleen Murrin
Chad Savage
Melanie Van Weelden

Nebraska Conference Board of Directors

Scott Jones – Chair
Lisa Hadler – Vice Chair
Jayne Jensen – Secretary
Michelsen, Joan – Treasurer
Fay Ann Blaylock
Penny Greer
Barry Hemmerling*
Pat Lamberty
Steven Mitchell
Jessica Palys
Sue Shear*

South Dakota Conference Board of Directors

Dustin Bartlett* – Chair
Mike Kampa – Past Chair
Sharla Steever – Moderator
Enno Limvere- Assistant Moderator
Mary Kay Fausch- Secretary 
Louie Blue Coat – Asst. Secretary
Al Schaefer – Treasurer
Rosanne Dyce Anderson
Chuck Frieberg
Tim Fugman
Lorah Houser Jankord*
Ken James
Lisa Lynott-Carroll
Jean Morrow
Jim Oleson
Barb Paulson
Michelle Redman
Martell Spagnolo
Linda Sue Weidenbach
Melinda Williams

Tri-Conference Ministries Board

Forrest Cornelius
Kate West
Jim Judkins – at large

Barry Hemmerling
Sue Shear
Jerry Cassiday – at large

South Dakota
Dustin Bartlett
Lorah Houser Jankord
Mary Edelen – at large