Marlene Harder Bogard began as Executive Director of Mennonite Women USA in April, 2015. Previously, she served as Minister of Christian Formation and Resource Library Director for the Western District Conference of Mennonite Church USA for 25 years while living in Newton, Kansas.
Marlene cares deeply about Christian faith formation in all stages of life and is drawn to help folks develop ways of connecting with God in creative and meaningful ways. Her background includes serving on the Dove’s Nest board, Spiritual Director training, and teaching youth ministry at Bethel College in North Newton, Kansas.
Marlene is a certified trainer for the Prevention of Clergy Misconduct through FaithTrust and has trained hundreds in the prevention of sexual abuse in congregations through the development of the Safe Sanctuary program.
She and her husband, Michael, relocated to Salem, Oregon in order to be closer to their adult sons and family, who live in the scenic Northwest. Her favorite things to do are meet new people, read to her grandson, drink strong coffee with friends and hike in the woods.