Have you seen the movie Caddyshack? Remember the scholarship Danny Noonan was competing for? Well, Jake actually won a Caddie Scholarship and attended the University of Minnesota as an Evans Scholar. The long hours on the links taught him how to connect with a variety of personalities. That experience also instilled in him a customer service mindset that he has brought to every interaction since joining Thrivent in 2015. As a senior recruiter, Jake supports roles in the organization's investment, financial and marketing areas, as well as Thrivent Federal Credit Union.
In his free time, Jake can often be found at a bowling alley, on a softball field, playing cribbage with his colleagues or exploring new breweries in his Thrivent Live Generously T-shirt. (Oh, and ask him about his Sci-Fi watch list.)
Jake's journey to be wise with money
Living generously is an important part of Jake's life. As a scholarship recipient, he is passionate about helping pay it forward. Jake focuses his efforts around his expertise – getting people jobs! Jake goes above and beyond to help people on their career journeys, often reviewing resumes and giving career and networking advice. Jake is also involved in Junior Achievement, teaching 3rd and 4th graders basic money concepts.
Michelle joined Thrivent's Information Technology area as a senior recruiter in 2018. A natural “connector,” Michelle loves meeting new people and helping them find, and do, something they're truly passionate about – their “why.” She also enjoys the challenges the IT environment brings and is excited by the positive impact it can have on the world.
Michelle was raised in La Crosse, WI, and attended the University of Minnesota. A self-identified hippie (or maybe more of a wannabe), she enjoys spending time with her family and friends. If she isn't at work, she may be walking her dog on Thrivent's trails or playing with him while enjoying the outdoors. Michelle also loves to cook and will happily pass the clean-up off to anyone willing to take it!
Michelle's journey to be wise with money
Michelle feels fortunate to have parents who raised her with a “wise with money” mindset. From early on, Michelle learned to equate the cost of an item with the number of chores she had to do before she could buy it. A family practice of giving back through service, such as Meals on Wheels and ringing bells for The Salvation Army, also inspired Michelle when she was growing up. She saw that being wise with money would allow her to live generously – and that is what she continues to do today.
Deb joined Thrivent in 1998, working directly with members and financial professionals in Claims & Life new business. She shifted gears in 2007, moving into HR where she found her passion for sharing Thrivent's mission. (Don't blink – 20 years goes faster than you think!) Deb share's Thrivent's story with candidates all over the U.S. who may be a good fit in one of the organization's many field roles. While she works out of Appleton, WI, Deb is the lead recruiter in the San Antonio area. She plays an important role in helping Thrivent reach out to more Latino Christians who want to be wise with money and live generously.
Outside of work you'll find Deb enjoying music, golfing, reading, gardening and spending time with family and friends. And if you have a keen eye, you just might spot her with her family at a Milwaukee Brewer game.
Deb's journey to be wise with money
Deb experienced a major “wise with money moment” when it was time to prepare her kids (financially) for college. They talked about setting goals, borrowing smart and paying debt off quickly. Tools offered by Thrivent helped her family make informed decisions – lessons they can apply now and in the future.
Senior Program Coordinator
Stacy joined Thrivent as a recruiting coordinator in 2016. Prior to that, she worked as a Human Resources system analyst for one of Wisconsin's largest healthcare organizations. Stacy excels at finding better ways to do things. Give her a process to execute and she will improve it. Thanks to her impeccable coordination skills, she helped Thrivent redesign its entire field organization. She is now leading a pilot program focused on simplifying the recruiting process at the regional level.
When Stacy's not at work, you may find her with a saw or hammer in her hand. She enjoys spending time with her husband Brad, and two children at the cabin they are building. She also likes to surround herself with relatives and friends.
Stacy's journey to be wise with money
When she was growing up, Stacy was good at spending money – but not so good at the “saving” part. When she met her husband, all of that changed. Knowing that money is one of the topics couples argue about, they put a plan in place to create the future they wanted. It's worked so far – and they are passing the same values on to their kids.
Maggie joined Thrivent in 2015 as a Talent Acquisition Coordinator supporting Thrivent's corporate and field efforts. When the corporate internship program was being developed, she transitioned into a Sr. University Relations Coordinator role to help build out a meaningful program to attract the best and brightest to Thrivent. Her passion for recruitment shines through in all interactions, particularly in the care she puts into summer intern events. (And trying to estimate how much an intern class will eat at any given event is no small task!) Maggie transitioned into a Campus Recruiter role on the University Relations team in October 2018. She excels at providing top notch customer service to our candidates, and hiring leaders. You can find Maggie traveling to career fairs around the country in an effort to build Thrivent's presence on college campuses. She actively searches for top intern and entry level talent. Maggie is all about the details and crafting meaningful internship experiences for all involved.
Born and raised in Wisconsin, Maggie is a hardcore Packer fan. She ventured across the state line to complete her undergraduate studies at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities where she pursued a double major in Human Resources and Psychology. She also competed on the D1 Women's Country and Track & Field teams as a Golden Gopher. Maggie's interests include spending time with her Golden Retriever, exploring the outdoors, running marathons, yoga, and trying new restaurants.
Maggie's journey to be wise with money
Helping others is one of Maggie's core values. She helped launch the Thrivent Young Professionals Network and served on the leadership team for two years. Maggie also reaches shares her time and talents mentoring student-athletes through the Women Invested in Leadership & Learning (W.I.L.L.) student organization at the University of Minnesota.
Senior Program Coordinator
Ashley joined Thrivent Financial in 2016 and has loved being a part of the organization. Her role has allowed her to meet a variety of people with different backgrounds and interests, and through her role she has expanded her knowledge and passion for recruiting. Outside of recruiting, she's been involved in many initiatives to support the broader organization, including running New Employee Orientation, and becoming an active committee member in Thrivent's Young Professional Network.
Ashley was born and raised in Minnesota but went to college at University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire and now currently completing her MBA at Hamline University. When she's not at work, she loves snuggling with her cat Oliver, cooking, reading, and traveling. When football season comes around, you can catch her in front of the TV most Sundays -SKOL VIKINGS! She loves meeting new people and trying new things.
Wise with Money Moment:
Ashley's Journey to be wise with money is constantly changing, but more recently has evolved in a big way since getting married. Her husband grew up with limited resources and through his experiences has taught her valuable lessons of saving money and learning the difference between a "need" and a "want". Mostly importantly, how to be content of what they "have". Just like the Vikings, teamwork, commitment and a good defense (aka saving money) helps them live a more content, confident and generous life.
Molly joined Thrivent in 2016 as our first Talent Acquisition Intern. After an outstanding summer and support throughout her senior year, she joined our team full-time as a Program Coordinator upon graduation. Molly later became Appleton's first Campus Recruiter on the University Relations team in October 2018. She excels at providing top notch customer service to our candidates, and hiring leaders. You can find Molly traveling to career fairs around the United States in an effort to build Thrivent's presence on campus. She actively searches for top intern and entry level talent. Molly is all about the details and crafting meaningful internship experiences for all involved.
Born and raised in WI, Molly went to the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh and majored in Human Resource Management. When she's not at work you'll find her at her family cottage on Lake Poygan, going to concerts, or cheering on the Green Bay Packers – Go Pack Go!
How Molly Lives Generously
As a member of Thrivent's Young Professional Network, Molly helps plan and execute volunteer events in the Fox Valley. A few of the ways she engages young professionals in the community include putting care packages together for our soldiers, volunteering at the Boys & Girls club, and helping out with local Habitat for Humanity builds.