Our Leadership

Board of Trustees

 

A board of 16 trustees governs Portico Benefit Services and the administration of its assets. As stewards to the ELCA, trustees share their financial and managerial expertise, professional integrity, and dedication to God and this church. Trustees are elected to serve a three-year term, with up to two consecutive re-elections, at the ELCA’s triennial Churchwide Assembly – this church’s highest legislative authority.

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Trustees
  • The Rev. Hans E. Becklin
    Pastor, Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church of Kissel Hill
    Lititz, PA
    Term 2022 – 2025
  • Angela M. Dejene (Secretary)
    President
    Dejene Communications
    Corcoran, MN
    Term 2019 – 2025
  • Krista Marie Harris
    Chief Financial Officer
    Bethany College
    Lindsborg, KS
    Term 2022 – 2025
  • Lori A. Lewis (Chair)
    Management Consultant
    Kirkland-Jones
    Colfax, WI
    Term 2017 – 2025
  • Jennifer L. McGinnis
    Chief Actuary
    Farmers New World Life
    Bellevue, WA
    Term 2017 – 2025
  • The Rev. Kathie Bender Schwich
    Chief Spiritual Officer
    Advocate Aurora Health
    Downers Grove, IL
    Term 2019 – 2025
  • Vincent P. Brown (Vice Chair)
    Retired Deputy Treasurer
    Office of the California State Treasurer
    Sacramento, CA
    Term 2019 – 2025
  • Marjorie B. Ellis
    Life & Health Chief
    Ohio Department of Insurance
    Columbus, OH
    Term 2022 – 2025
  • John R. Hoffman
    SVP of National Advisory Group
    VisionPoint Advisory Group
    Minnetonka, MN
    Term 2015 – 2025
  • Todd J. Maloy
    Chief Investment Officer
    Edward Jones Trust Company
    St. Louis, MO
    Term 2021 – 2025
  • Frank A. Roth
    General Counsel & Secretary,
    Board of Trustees, Lehigh University
    Bethlehem, PA
    Term 2016 – 2025
  • The Rev. Elizabeth-Ann (Becky) Swanson
    Pastor
    Garrison, MN
    Term 2016 – 2025
  • Catharine C. Burkett
    Vice President, Director of Private Investments
    LCG Associates
    Atlanta, GA
    Term 2019 – 2025
  • Ted W. Goins
    President/CEO
    Lutheran Services Carolinas
    Salisbury, NC
    Term 2022 – 2025
  • Brett A. Kraemer
    Director, Global Health Care Compliance
    3M Company
    San Antonio, TX
    Term 2022 – 2025
  • Félix D. Mercado De Jesús
    Special Advisor to the Executive Director
    The Puerto Rico Fiscal Agency and Financial Advisory Authority
    San Juan, PR
    Term 2022 – 2025
  • The Rev. Dr. Thomas P. Schlotterback
    Vice President of Mission Advancement
    St. John’s United
    Billings, MT
    Term 2019 – 2025
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Trustees
The Rev. Hans E. Becklin
Pastor, Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church of Kissel Hill
Lititz, PA
Term 2022 – 2025

Vincent P. Brown (Vice Chair)
Retired Deputy Treasurer
Office of the California State Treasurer
Sacramento, CA
Term 2019 – 2025

Catharine C. Burkett
Vice President, Director of Private Investments
LCG Associates
Atlanta, GA
Term 2019 – 2025

Angela M. Dejene (Secretary)
President
Dejene Communications
Corcoran, MN
Term 2019 – 2025

Marjorie B. Ellis
Life & Health Chief
Ohio Department of Insurance
Columbus, OH
Term 2022 – 2025

Ted W. Goins
President/CEO
Lutheran Services Carolinas
Salisbury, NC
Term 2022 – 2025

Krista Marie Harris
Chief Financial Officer
Bethany College
Lindsborg, KS
Term 2022 – 2025

John R. Hoffman
SVP of National Advisory Group
VisionPoint Advisory Group
Minnetonka, MN
Term 2015 – 2025

Brett A. Kraemer
Director, Global Health Care Compliance
3M Company
San Antonio, TX
Term 2022 – 2025

Lori A. Lewis (Chair)
Management Consultant
Kirkland-Jones
Colfax, WI
Term 2017 – 2025

Todd J. Maloy
Chief Investment Officer
Edward Jones Trust Company
St. Louis, MO
Term 2021 – 2025

Jennifer L. McGinnis
Chief Actuary
Farmers New World Life
Bellevue, WA
Term 2017 – 2025

Félix D. Mercado De Jesús
Special Advisor to the Executive Director
The Puerto Rico Fiscal Agency and Financial Advisory Authority
San Juan, PR
Term 2022 – 2025

Frank A. Roth
General Counsel & Secretary,
Board of Trustees, Lehigh University
Bethlehem, PA
Term 2016 – 2025

The Rev. Dr. Thomas P. Schlotterback
Vice President of Mission Advancement
St. John’s United
Billings, MT
Term 2019 – 2025

The Rev. Kathie Bender Schwich
Chief Spiritual Officer
Advocate Aurora Health
Downers Grove, IL
Term 2019 – 2025

The Rev. Elizabeth-Ann (Becky) Swanson
Pastor
Garrison, MN
Term 2016 – 2025

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Meeting Schedule

2023 – 2025 Board of Trustees Meeting Schedule

Our Board of Trustees meets three times each year.

2023
February 23 – 24 Online
August 3 – 4 Minneapolis
November 2 – 3 Minneapolis
2024
February 22 – 23 Chicago – Lutheran Center
August 1 – 2 Minneapolis
November 7 – 8 Minneapolis
2025
March 6 – 7 Online
July 24 – 25 Minneapolis
November 6 – 7 Minneapolis

Executive Team

 

Our executive leaders guide Portico’s business strategy and goals with a strong commitment to serving members with integrity, excellence, and respect.

Jeff Thieman

The Rev. Jeffrey D. Thiemann

President and Chief Executive Officer

Stacy Kruse

Stacy A. Kruse

Chief Operating and Financial Officer

Portico Chief Investment Officer David Quello

David Quello

Chief Investment Officer

Key Staff

 

Our employees dedicate themselves to the Portico Benefit Services mission. Here’s information on key staff members.

Ross Eichelberger Portico

Ross Eichelberger

Vice President of Business Development

Portico Business Development Manager Will Stensrud

Will Stensrud

Business Development Manager

Christine Vitelli

Christine Vitelli

Business Development Manager

Christina Womack

Christina Womack

Relationship Manager

Andrew Feller

Andrew Feller

Benefit Specialist

Regional Reps

 

Portico regional representatives serve as the front-line contacts for ELCA regions, synods, and new or potential employers. Regional representatives are available as resources for events and benefit information. Learn more about ELCA regions and synods on the ELCA website

Portico Regional Rep Shelley Cunningham

The Rev. Shelley Cunningham

MANAGER
Portico Regional Rep Andrea Arey

Andrea L. Arey

REGIONS:
  

Portico Regional Rep Rev Cathy Schibler

The Rev. Cathy Schibler

REGIONS:
     

Rev. Tim Schroeder

Rev. Tim Schroeder

REGIONS:
  

Portico Regional Rep Jennifer Prinz

Jennifer L. Prinz

REGIONS:
  

Portico Regional Rep Barbara Debski

Barbara L. Debski

REGIONS:
        

Regions 4, 7, and 9 are connected with regional representatives as follows

Region 4

Rev. Tim Schroeder
Nebraska Synod
Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast Synod
Southwest Texas Synod
Northern Texas-Northern Louisiana Synod

Jennifer Prinz
Central States Synod

Barbara Debski
Arkansas-Oklahoma Synod

Region 7

The Rev. Cathy Schibler
Upstate New York Synod
Metropolitan New York Synod
Slovak Zion Synod
New England Synod

Barbara Debski
Northeastern Pennsylvania Synod
Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod
New Jersey Synod

Region 9

The Rev. Cathy Schibler
North Carolina Synod
South Carolina Synod
Florida-Bahamas Synod

Barbara Debski
Virginia Synod
Southeastern Synod
Caribbean Synod

Strive Team

Our company-supported STRIVE employee team (Stewards That Respect Inclusion and Value Equity) leads initiatives to help us uphold and build workplace culture.