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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.
Rich Branham
Hometown: Brooklyn Park, Minnesota
Congregation: Grace Fellowship Brooklyn Park, MN
Rich has spent the majority of his career bringing people together for a purpose. He is currently the Director of Community Partners at KTIS where he works out his passion of connecting people both with the radio station and in the community. He knows his community well and volunteers in several organizations including CROSS Services, the Brooklyn Park Police Department, and Hope for Youth. He is excited to join the Twin Cities Regional Board and do what he can to help Thrivent, the Board, and our community continue to grow.
John Ehlen
Hometown: Plymouth, Minnesota
Congregation: St. Philip the Deacon Lutheran Church
After serving on Thrivent's Rocky Mountain Region Managing Partner Advisory Board for the past 12 years, Ehlen looks forward to helping Thrivent make a bigger impact closer to home. Ehlen will tap into his experience in business and personnel development to provide strategic direction and support to the regional board.

Jessica Jackson
Hometown: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Congregation: IMPACT LIVING Christian Center (ILCC)
Pastor Jessica Jackson is eager to share her perspective and experiences to help Thrivent refine and achieve its goals and create sustainable outcomes relevant to financial literacy and economic dignity, especially in the Black community. As Lead Pastor of IMPACT Living Christian Center, Jackson has worked with Thrivent in many ways over the last several years and is excited about this next chapter.
Crystal Knotek
Hometown: River Falls, Wisconsin
Congregation: Ezekial Lutheran Church
With a passion for Christ-centered work and a desire to empower women, Knotek looks for opportunities to serve others both personally and professionally. Following a 24-year career with Northwest Airlines, Knotek retired as senior vice president. She and her husband then founded KLASS Skin Care & Cosmetics and the KLASS ACT Foundation and opened River Reflections Suites in Hudson and River Falls, WI.
Hector Martinez
Hometown: Savage, Minnesota
Congregation: Cedar Valley Church
Martinez has worked to support the minority business community throughout his career, as a small business loan officer, a business consultant, and currently in his role as the Vice President of Supplier Diversity for U.S. Bank. He's excited to join the regional board and offer perspectives that will help Thrivent work with ethnic communities in the Twin Cities.
Jeb Myers
Board Chair
Hometown: St. Louis Park, Minnesota
Congregation: The Church of St. Margaret Mary
Throughout his nearly 25-year career in education, including his current role as Interim-President of Cristo Rey Tampa Salesian High School, Myers has worked to develop and maximize the talents of his students and peers to create a strong school community. He sees many parallels of this work with Thrivent's efforts to help people live generously.
Lee Rainey
Hometown: Plymouth, Minnesota
Congregation: Park Avenue United Methodist
As part of the regional board, Rainey will tap into the expertise gained from a diverse professional career, including leading his own consulting firm, working as an executive coach, serving as a Human Resources executive, and in post-secondary education. He currently volunteers as the Twin Cities District lay leader for the United Methodist Church Conference and a lay leader at Park Avenue United Methodist Church.
Clive Rugara
Hometown: Woodbury, Minnesota
Congregation: IMPACT LIVING Christian Center (ILCC)
As Senior Director, Windows at Andersen Corporation, Rugara joins the region with a wealth of business and marketing experience. He is excited to combine his skills, knowledge, and perspective to build on the meaningful and productive work that Thrivent already does and is eager to help that work grow into new areas of our community.
Kathi Tunheim
Hometown: Orono, Minnesota
Congregation: Trinity Lutheran
In joining the regional board, Dr. Kathi Tunheim, Vice President of Mission, Strategy & Innovation at Gustavus Adolphus College, hopes to serve as an advocate for Thrivent in her church, community, and college. "I love Thrivent's mission to help members be wise with money, live generously, and strengthen communities. This is a powerful & inspiring purpose that can help individuals, families, and organizations serve our neighbors all over the world."
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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