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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.
Melanie Hepperly, CPA
Melanie Hepperly, CPA
Board Chair
Hometown: Fairway, Kansas
Congregation: First Lutheran Church, Mission Hills
Hepperly has been a member for nearly 10 years. In that time, she's noticed Thrivent's passionate volunteers. "It would be my goal to build upon the existing strength of current volunteers and staff as Thrivent grows in its mission to reach out to our communities," she says. The retired vice president and CFO of Sosland Companies, Inc., is also interested in reaching out to members of all ages.
Lee D. Meyer
Lee D. Meyer
Hometown: Kearney, Missouri
Congregation: King of Kings Lutheran Church, Kansas City
Meyer works as an independent director and consultant for several firms across the U.S. His background gives him expertise in board operations and insight into effective governance. He's excited to put his background to use. "I believe it is appropriate to create an up-to-date governance structure and process, and I believe that I have background and experience that can be of value in developing such."
Susayn Brandes
Susayn Brandes
Hometown: Wichita, Kansas
Congregation: Reformation
Brandes serves as president and CEO of Great Plains Ventures, and she's also an active volunteer in her church and community. The longtime Thrivent member is excited about helping other members grow in generosity and get involved. "I've been impressed with the direction Thrivent is taking in helping members do service projects. The Thrivent Action Teams are wonderful; I think this is the start of bigger things," she says.
Vernon J. Henricks
Vernon J. Henricks
Hometown: Manhattan, Kansas
Congregation: University Christian Church
Whether in his role as president and CEO of the Greater Manhattan Community Foundation or in one of his many volunteer capacities around Manhattan and in his congregation, Henricks wants to make a difference. It's a desire he hopes to share with members throughout the region. "I hope to assist with the development of an efficient and effective philanthropic system for Thrivent," he says.
Norm Robinson
Hometown: Jefferson City, Missouri
Congregation: Faith Lutheran Church
Robinson is retired from his role as executive director of the MoDOT and Highway Patrol Retirement System, but he's been actively involved in boards, including River City Habitat for Humanity and Central Missouri Lutheran Home Association. He brings his work and volunteer experience, plus 35 years as a Thrivent member, to the regional board where he "hopes to help spread the total Thrivent message to the Christian community."
Norm Robinson
Ray Jarrett
Hometown: Shawnee, Kansas
Congregation: Westside Family Church, Lenexa, KS
Ray is the owner of Impact Leadership Resources. He also serves as the Executive Director for Unite KC. In his role as Executive Director, Ray is responsible for spreading the vision of racial healing and reconciliation through education, conversation, and creating opportunities for the city to participate in Unite KC's domain-based structure and do "One Good Thing." Ray has also authored 10 books and is a successful Ghostwriter for several prominent leaders.
Jaimie Trussell
Hometown: Fair Grove, Missouri
Congregation: Springhill Baptist Church, Springfield, MO
Jaimie has served as CEO of the Council of Churches since 2020. Active at her church as a Ladies Field Trip Coordinator and serving on the Coffee Crew, she is also involved with the Springfield Rotary, Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Springfield Alumni, and The Net - Association of female executives.
"I just hope to be of service. I feel the Lord has blessed me with gifts that I can use to assist this faith-based company to help people achieve financial security."
Brian Haug
Hometown: Olathe, Kansas
Congregation: Westside Family Church, Lenexa, KS
Brian is an Account Executive with Nexstar Media Group Inc - WDAF/FOX4. In addition to his involvement with his church, he also passionately helps Habitat for Humanity, Folds of Honor, FOX4 Love Fund, Topeka Chamber of Commerce, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and the Topeka Youth Project. Brian is "thrilled to be a part of the Thrivent Member Network Board because the structure of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans provides such a unique opportunity to really build not only the company but the communities we serve!"
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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