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As a non-profit ministry of the ELCA, Portico Benefit Services is guided by an elected Board of Trustees and a team of executive leaders with a deep commitment to serving those who serve.

Board of Trustees

A board of 17 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.

Portico Leadership

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

Stacy A. Kruse

Interim President & CEO

David J. Quello

Chief Investment Officer

Sales and Client Support Team

Our dedicated team supports prospective and current clients. We’ll work with you to create a benefits solution that works for your organization. See how we can help enhance the well-being of your staff.

Ross Eichelberger

Vice President of Business Development

Christina Womack

Relationship Manager

Portico Regional Representatives for ELCA Synods and Churches

Portico regional representatives serve as the front-line contacts for ELCA synod offices and are available as resources for events and benefit information. Each serves a different region; find your location and representative on this map.

The Rev. Shelley Cunningham


Andrea L. Arey

Regional Representative

The Rev. Tara Lynn

Regional Representative

Jennifer L. Prinz

Regional Representative

The Rev. Tim Schroeder

Regional Representative

The Rev. Cathy Schibler

Regional Representative

Church Benefits Association Involvement

The Church Benefits Association (CBA) is a voluntary membership association representing nearly 200,000 local faith communities. The CBA is composed of church pension boards, religious orders, and denominational benefit programs for clergy and church professionals.  

The CBA’s mission is dedicated to promoting excellence and preserving the traditions of church benefit boards and church benefit plans through nonpartisan education, collaboration, and fellowship.

Portico plays an active role in the CBA and has considerable visibility as one of the larger groups affiliated with the association. Current CBA leadership positions held by Portico leaders include: 

  • Board Secretary and Board Liaison for Legal Committee: Lori Brown, Vice President and General Counsel of Portico 
  • Board Member and Past Co-Chair of the CFO Committee: Stacy Kruse, Interim President and CEO at Portico 
  • Chair of Human Resources Committee: Wendy Mortimer, Senior Director of Human Resources at Portico
  • Planning Committee Member and Co-Chair of Communications, Marketing, and Education Committee: Kristin Vlasak, Senior Director of Brand and Customer Engagement at Portico