Thrivent Member Network - East WI Upper MI Region

Our Leadership Team

Leading Thrivent. Serving Our Membership.

Thrivent is a membership organization of Christians, and our members are our owners. This means our leaders work in the best interest of our membership – not third-party shareholders, like publicly traded companies. It also means that clients with a benefit membership can have a voice in determining who will lead the organization, by voting in the annual election for the Thrivent Financial Board of Directors. As the organization’s supreme governing body, the board focuses on serving the interests of the membership, both now and into the future. The board establishes and promotes Thrivent’s purpose and oversees major business decisions. It also works with leadership to assess and manage risk. Get to know the women and men who are proud to serve on the Thrivent Financial Board of Directors and the executive leadership team by visiting the Governance page on

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Your Thrivent Member Network Board

 The Thrivent Member Network regional board is made up of Thrivent clients.The board provides leadership and strategic insights to help carry out Thrivent's mission on a local level. If you’re a client, you can have a voice in making a meaningful choice by voting in the elections for the Thrivent Member Network board. 

Michelle Birschbach

Hometown: Cleveland, Wisconsin
Congregation: St. John-St. Peter Evangelical Lutheran Church

A Thrivent member since 2010, Birschbach hopes that in her role on the board, she can help strengthen her community and the region. An attorney at Steimle Birschbach, LLC, in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, Birschbach says the Thrivent Way resonates with her. “The more people can live balanced and generous lives, the more our overall community thrives.”

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Greg Curry

Hometown: Sherwood, Wisconsin
Congregation: First Congreational UCC

Curry is new to Thrivent. The managing partner at McCarty Law LLP, Appleton, Wisconsin, is looking forward to learning more about Thrivent and helping the organization grow locally. He has board experience at several regional nonprofit organizations. “Thrivent is such a force in our community and I would hope to be part of continuing the great work that already is a vital part of our region.”


Damian LaCroix

Hometown: Suamico, WI
Congregation: Green Bay Community Church, Green Bay, WI

LaCroix is the Superintendent of Schools, Howard-Suamico School District. After recently joining the Thrivent Member Network Board, he is looking forward to contributing to the mission of Thrivent and learn from other thought leaders.

Daniel LeMahieu

Hometown: Cascade, Wisconsin
Congregation: Bethel Presbyterian Church

LeMahieu wants to create a greater awareness of Thrivent in the community and help educate Thrivent members on the potential positive outcomes they can have by living Thrivent’s mission. A Thrivent member since 2015, he is the development director at Anchor of Hope Health Center in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. “Thrivent is an organization that shares my Christian beliefs and value system.”

Thomas Skrenes

Hometown: Ishpeming, Michigan
Congregation: Faith Lutheran Church

Skrenes serves as bishop of the Northern Great Lakes Synod of the ELCA, located in Marquette, Michigan. A Thrivent member since 1971, Skrenes hopes to help Thrivent impact more lives with the message of generosity. He believes we can grow stewardship and generosity through stronger values for our members. “I want to serve God’s people in the East Wisconsin and Upper Michigan Region, sharing my passion for generosity.”

Thomas J. Wiltzius

Hometown: Appleton, WI
Congregation: St. Joseph Parish

Dr. Wiltzius is a principal and senior consultant at enVision Performance Solutions, LLC, Appleton and Oshkosh, WI. A Thrivent member since 2015, he hopes to provide guidance to the regional Thrivent leadership and promote the mission of Thrivent in area communities. “As a long-term consultant to and supporter of Thrivent, I recently was able to become an ‘all-in’ member, and look forward to leveraging my relationships and experience.”