November 2010 // Co-Directors Appointed for US Women’s Organization

The Mennonite, January 2011
Mennonite Weekly Review Nov. 29, 2010

By Mennonite Women USA
Ruth Lapp Guengerich and Rhoda Keener will begin serving as co-executive directors of Mennonite Women USA on May 1. MW USA is the national women’s organization of Mennonite Church USA

“Our hope is that sharing of tasks will enable Mennonite Women USA to experience long-term financial sustainability,” said Karen Lehman, board treasurer from Sandy Spring, Md.

The MW USA board approved the job-share arrangement Oct. 30.

Keener, the organization’s sole executive director for the past 10 years, will focus on financial development and MW USA’s Sister Care. Guengerich will focus on program and administration.

Guengerich has served as board president for MW USA since 2009. She will be succeeded by Rhoda Charles of Lancaster, Pa. Guengerich works as the international personnel counselor and recruiter with Mennonite Mission Network, where she will conclude her work March 24.

Guengerich brings a longtime interest in women’s issues and served on the board of the former Women’s Missionary and Service Commission of the Mennonite Church.

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