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Regional Leadership

The Thrivent Member Network Regional Leadership Board is made up of Thrivent Members throughout the Ohio Valley Region.


The board provides leadership and strategic insights to help carry out Thrivent's mission on a local level. If you’re a member, you can have a voice in making a meaningful choice by voting in the elections for the Thrivent Member Network board. We’re pleased to introduce the Thrivent Members who will serve you as part of the Thrivent Member Network - Ohio Valley Regional Board.

Carl Young
Board Chair
Hometown: Canton, Ohio
Congregation: Holy Cross Lutheran
As Co-Founder and Chief Financial Officer for the Kenan Advantage Group, North America's largest tank truck hauler and logistics provider, Young hopes his financial savvy and 35-year membership with Thrivent will be an asset to the board. "I like what Thrivent stands for. I think I bring a perspective that will be helpful in getting them active in many more congregations."

Judge Brown
Hometown: Ravenna, Ohio
Congregation: Faith Family Church
As the Vice President of Network Distribution for the TCT Network, I have firsthand experience in the challenges and joys of fulfilling the Great Commission. I believe the mission of helping people to live generously is vital to impacting the world for God! I hope to promote and expand Thrivent’s mission of generosity and grow member engagement through my expertise in multi-denominational ministry.
Michael Fiffik
Hometown: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Congregation: Ascension Lutheran Church
Mike is the principal at the law firm Fiffik Law Group, P.C. in Pittsburgh and has been selected to the Pennsylvania SuperLawyers list for business and corporate law since 2013. The 20-year Thrivent member is an Elder at Ascension Lutheran Church. “I strongly support Thrivent’s mission of bringing faith and finances together to help as many people as possible to give generously. To the extent that I can bring my own experiences to bear, I hope to help Thrivent think strategically in order to grow and expand its mission and connection to the greater regional community."
Wayne Hassay
Hometown: Hillard, Ohio
Congregation: St. Andrew Parish
Hassay is the managing partner of Maguire Schneider Hassay, LLP, a law firm in the Columbus, Ohio. Hassay joined MSH in 1998, and became a partner in 2004. He began private practice in 1991 as a civil litigator. His firm prides itself as a leader in affordable access to high quality legal care, an important access to justice mission to help our communities. "The combination of personal financial well being and concern for your larger community in one organization is a spectacular concept." Hassay look forward to applying his 22 years of knowledge as a Managing Partner to help expand Thrivent's Mission.
Doug McNelis
Hometown: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Congregation: Orchard Hill Church
Cathy Ponitz
Hometown: Dayton, Ohio
Congregation: Ginghamsburg United Methodist
Ponitz has served two terms on the Thrivent Board. With almost 25 years in corporate foundation and community relations leadership, she brings extensive knowledge of community building, social innovation and diversity/equity/inclusion to the team. “It has been challenging, professional fun to work with this outstanding region. Participating in the growth and innovation of company who cares fiercely for its members is incredibly rewarding.”

Carolyn Streitel
Hometown: Brecksville, Ohio
Congregation: Community of Hope Church
Streitel is excited to learn about the needs of members in the region and to be a part of strategic planning for membership growth and development. The retired new product development manager from Nestlé has been a Thrivent member for over a decade and brings a wealth of experience and knowledge.
Brian Upton
Hometown: Lakewood, Ohio
Congregation: St. Agnes Our Lady of Fatima Church
Upton serves as the Executive Director of Building Hope in the City, a faith-based organization that partners with local congregations, people and communities to see the city restored to God. He has also been a Thrivent member for a number of years. Upton sees his role as a board member as an opportunity to meaningfully support the expansion of Thrivent's business and philanthropic model.
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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20445 Emerald Pkwy Ste 150 Cleveland, OH 44135
216-898-2262
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