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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.
Weasel serves as the lead pastor at Dream City Church, Omaha, where he has previously served as the teaching and executive pastor. He also is involved as a coach in Elkhorn youth sports. As a Thrivent member, Weasel plans to use the gifts and talents God has given him to further accomplish the vision of Thrivent Financial. “I think that through cultural and generational diversity, we can reach a broader group of people,” he says.
Bachus is eager to share the vision, values, issues and goals for the Thrivent Member Network board and expand the network into a diverse population by educating the community on the need for Thrivent services. CEO of the Lehmin Center, Bachus is additionally involved in a number of ministries at her church, including the seniors' and women’s ministries.
Rathman's position as Director of Outreach & Missions at her church and her time spent providing pro bono services to multiple community groups has generated two decades of experience with community initiatives, services, and outreach programs. Because of her background in finance and in church work, Rathman is passionate about sound personal financial management, being generous with the gifts God provides us, and serving one's community. "I love Thrivent’s focus on generosity, and I’m hoping to be able to provide input into Thrivent’s generosity and community service initiatives," says Rathman.
Throughout his career, Schmidt has held roles that call on him to set & achieve strategic goals – from working as a teacher, coach & college athletic director to his current role as Vice President for Orphan Grain Train. He’s been a Thrivent member for more than 25 years & has always felt blessed to know his financial investments & insurance needs were being handled by a membership organization of Christians.
Wheeler brings more than 25 years of business experience to the Nebraska regional board including roles in strategic operations management, leadership consulting and higher education. He currently serves as a Senior Business Development Director for a subsidiary company of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). Wheeler has a passion for developing programs that impact the health and well-being of families and communities.
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.