Ruth Lapp Guengerich, co-director of Mennonite Women USA, announced her retirement, scheduled for the spring of 2015. Guengerich joined Mennonite Women USA in this role in June, 2011, serving with Rhoda Keener in directing the organization’s ministry of empowering women and women’s groups. Board chair, Rhoda Charles, says “Ruth’s strong, dedicated leadership was greatly appreciated at this time of rapid growth for MW USA with many Sister Care seminars, both in Mennonite Church USA conferences and internationally.”
Guengerich provided leadership for the oversight of Timbrel, MW USA’s quarterly magazine and the annual women’s Bible study guide. She served as liaison to the board of directors and editorial advisory council; provided staff supervision, budget preparation and oversight; leadership training for area conference women; International Women’s Fund coordination; represented MW USA to the broader church including biennial conventions and with the Women in Leadership Project.
Rhoda Keener will continue with MW USA as Sister Care Director.
Charles announced that the personnel committee plans to hire a full-time executive director for Mennonite Women USA in 2015. Kathy Bilderback, MW USA chair-elect is leading the search process. The job posting will be available soon. Anyone interested in the executive director position may email Kathy Bilderback.