Thrivent Member Network - Greater Iowa Region

Our Leadership Team

Leading Thrivent. Serving Our Membership.

Thrivent is a membership-owned organization of Christians. 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. Thrivent's membership can have a voice in making a meaningful choice by voting in the elections for the Thrivent Member Network board. 

Kristine Toyne - Executive Chair

Hometown: Clear Lake, Iowa
Congregation: Agape Christian Family Church

Toyne is a retired licensed and ordained minister who served alongside her husband on the senior pastoral staff of Agape Christian Family Church (a nondenominational congregation) for 35 years. She currently serves on the church’s board of directors and has traveled extensively throughout the world teaching leaders how to build healthier life relationships. Kris has volunteered in many areas in her community and has helped with several Habitat For Humanity projects including 2 international builds. 

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Steven Frank

Hometown: Storm Lake, Iowa
Congregation: Grace Lutheran

A long-time Thrivent member, Frank wants to give back to Thrivent for what the organization has given his community. The recently retired employee to owner of Nelsons Premix & Veterinary Supply has served his congregation as elder, Sunday school teacher, and in the areas of stewardship, missions and outreach. He’s also served in several positions on a Thrivent chapter board. “I want to get the name out of who Thrivent is,” Frank says.

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Jill Sandberg 

Hometown: West Des Moines, Iowa
Congregation: Lutheran Church of Hope

As the Director of HCM Deployment Services for Intecrowd, LLC, Sandberg says she'd like to see membership growth at Thrivent as well as education for members on how to serve their communities. She has a passion for solving food insecurity and is a volunteer at the Homeless Shelter Meal Service. 

Toyne Board Member Photo

David Carlson

Hometown: Decorah, Iowa
Congregation: First Lutheran

The retired president of Fred Carlson Company hopes to learn more and be helpful to Thrivent members in his service on the board. Carlson, a 16-year Thrivent member, has served several organizations, including the Luther College Board of Regents, the National Asphalt Association, his congregation and its food pantry, the Winneshieck County Habitat for Habitat and the Decorah Community Foundation.

Toyne Board Member Photo