Welcoming New Board Members

 

 

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Janet Lynn Kroeker (left), MW USA board west coast representative; Teresa Boshart Yoder (right), MW USA east coast representative

Mennonite Women USA would like to extend a warm welcome to our two newest board members: Janet Lynn Kroeker and Teresa Boshart Yoder.

Kroeker, who represents the west coast, began her four-year term in 2016. She lives in San Francisco where she is a member of First Mennonite Church. The now-retired Kroeker studied voice at the Music Academy of the West and theology at Fuller Theological Seminary, although she spent most of her career working as a graphic designer and art director.

Of her appointment to the MW USA board of directors, Kroeker says, “I would be honored to serve in any way as part of the wondrous women in leadership in our church. I so seek to figure out how best we can empower the church through our gifts.”

Boshart Yoder, who replaces Twila Yoder as the east coast representative, will begin her four-year term in 2017. She lives in Harrisonburg, Virginia with her husband Lonnie. She is a member of Community Mennonite Church.

Boshart Yoder currently works as a stewardship consultant at Everence, before which she served for 35 years as a registered nurse in women’s health care. She is the board chair for the Collins Center, a local child advocacy center and she also serves on the advisory board for Eastern Mennonite University Biomedicine program.

 

 

 

 

 

Carol Roth on New Beginnings

 

by Carol Roth. Carol lives in Clinton, Mississippi, and is a member of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians. She works as staff leader for Native Mennonite Ministries. She and her husband, Mark, serve at Nanih Waiya Indian Mennonite Church in Preston, Mississippi, where Mark is pastor. Carol is the Mennonite Women USA board representative from Native Mennonite Ministries. 

This month is new beginnings for our family. We have a High School graduate, a college graduate and a graduate school graduate. High School diploma, bachelor’s degree and master’s degree. Each graduate set their own goal and accomplished it.

In life we each have a goal we set (whether it is a formal goal or an informal goal) that we want to accomplish. To some it may seem like an easy goal and to others it may be a long journey with many ups and downs. Continue reading

Hyacinth Stevens :: African American Mennonite Association

Hyacinth Stevens co-pastors King of Glory Tabernacle with her husband, Benjamin Stevens. They have four children. Hyacinth is the executive director of Project Charisma After-school Center, which serves the children and families in the North West Bronx neighborhood where her congregation is located. Hyacinth has a strong passion for the empowerment of children and women in the community she serves.

Beth Martin Birky :: Editorial Advisory Council

Beth Martin Birky is a professor of English and women’s and gender studies at Goshen College, where she has taught for for more than two decades. She loves working with young women and men around issues of gender and identity and wants to support their development of leadership skills in the church. Beth helped host the first Sister Care workshop for college-aged women and is excited to see that program grow. Beth and her husband, David Birky, are members of the College Mennonite Church in Goshen. They are parents to young adult children: Maddie and Hugh.

 

Marie Harnish :: Board Secretary

Marie Harnish, Indianapolis, Indiana, attends First Mennonite Church where she is active on the fellowship, mentor-mentee, Jr. Mennonite Youth Fellowship and allergy awareness committees. She makes pottery in her home studio and considers her garden to be an art project. Marie and her husband, Ned Geiser, have three children.

 

Peggy Martin :: Board Vice Chair

Peggy Martin, Cheraw, Colorado, is a member of East Holbrook Mennonite church. She serves in Christian education and as a worship leader. She works as a registered nurse at Arkansas Valley Regional Medical Center in La Junta, Colorado where her fluency in Spanish is very helpful. She has been a Bible study fellowship group leader for 23 years.