About us

Discover what makes our Thrivent Member Network possible. Learn about our local and national leadership, and how we're making a difference as a holistic financial services organization.

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Regional leadership

The Thrivent Member Network regional board is made up of Thrivent clients with membership. The board provides leadership and strategic insights to help carry out Thrivent's mission on a local level. Clients with membership can have a voice by voting in the elections for the Thrivent Member Network board.
Michelle Birschbach
Michelle Birschbach
Board Chair
Hometown: Cleveland, Wisconsin
Congregation: St. John-St. Peter Evangelical Lutheran Church
A Thrivent member since 2010, Birschbach hopes that in her role on the board, she can help strengthen her community and the region. An attorney at Steimle Birschbach, LLC, in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, Birschbach says the Thrivent Way resonates with her. “The more people can live balanced and generous lives, the more our overall community thrives.”
Greg Curry
Greg Curry
Hometown: Sherwood, Wisconsin
Congregation: First Congregational UCC
The managing partner at McCarty Law LLP, Appleton, Wisconsin, looks forward to continuously learn more about Thrivent and helping the organization grow locally. He has board experience at several regional nonprofit organizations. “Thrivent is such a force in our community and I would hope to be part of continuing the great work that already is a vital part of our region.”
Damian LaCroix
Hometown: Suamico, WI
Congregation: Green Bay Community Church, Green Bay, WI
LaCroix is the Superintendent of Schools, Howard-Suamico School District. He is looking forward to contributing to the mission of Thrivent and learn from other thought leaders.
Thomas Skrenes
Hometown: Ishpeming, Michigan
Congregation: Immanuel Lutheran Church - Negaunee
Skrenes is the former bishop of the Northern Great Lakes Synod of the ELCA, located in Marquette, Michigan. A Thrivent member since 1971, Skrenes hopes to help Thrivent impact more lives with the message of generosity. He believes we can grow stewardship and generosity through stronger values for our members. “I want to serve God’s people in the East Wisconsin and Upper Michigan Region, sharing my passion for generosity.”
Thomas J. Wiltzius
Hometown: Appleton, WI
Congregation: St. Joseph Parish
Dr. Wiltzius spearheads his own practice Wiltzius Associates, LLC. A Thrivent member since 2015, he hopes to provide guidance to the regional Thrivent leadership and promote the mission of Thrivent in area communities. “As a long-term consultant to and supporter of Thrivent, I recently was able to become an ‘all-in’ member, and look forward to leveraging my relationships and experience.”
Our leaders work in the best interest of our membership––not third-party shareholders, like publicly traded companies. Clients with a benefit membership can vote in the annual election for the Thrivent Board of Directors. As the organization’s supreme governing body, the board focuses on serving the interests of the membership, both now and into the future. The board establishes and promotes Thrivent’s purpose and oversees major business decisions, and works with leadership to assess and manage risk. Get to know the people who serve on the Thrivent Board of Directors and the executive leadership team.

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Get in touch with the East WI Upper MI Region.

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2000 E Milestone Dr Ste 4
Appleton, WI 54913
800-847-4836
EastWIandUpperMITMN@thrivent.com