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

Norm Robinson

Hometown: Jefferson City, Missouri
Congregation: Faith Lutheran Church

Robinson is retired from his role as executive director of the MoDOT and Highway Patrol Retirement System, but he's been actively involved in boards, including River City Habitat for Humanity and Central Missouri Lutheran Home Association. He brings his work and volunteer experience, plus 35 years as a Thrivent member, to the regional board where he "hopes to help spread the total Thrivent message to the Christian community."

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Lee D. Meyer

Hometown: Kearney, Missouri
Congregation: King of Kings Lutheran Church, Kansas City

Meyer works as an independent director and consultant for several firms across the U.S. His background gives him expertise in board operations and insight into effective governance. He's excited to put his background to use. "I believe it is appropriate to create an up-to-date governance structure and process, and I believe that I have background and experience that can be of value in developing such."

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Melanie Hepperly, CPA

Hometown: Fairway, Kansas
Congregation: First Lutheran Church, Mission Hills

Hepperly has been a member for nearly 10 years. In that time, she's noticed Thrivent's passionate volunteers. "It would be my goal to build upon the existing strength of current volunteers and staff as Thrivent grows in its mission to reach out to our communities," she says. The retired vice president and CFO of Sosland Companies, Inc., is also interested in reaching out to members of all ages.

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Martha 'Marty' Berggren

Hometown: Kearney, Missouri
Congregation: Hosanna! Evangelical Lutheran Church, Liberty

Berggren's work has taken her around the world. Now she's excited to support her community as a member of the regional board. "The Thrivent Way mission statement and the importance Thrivent places on giving back and serving the community are key," she says. "I want to bring my skills and abilities to Thrivent to support its continued mission and growth."

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Susayn Brandes

Hometown: Wichita, Kansas
Congregation: Reformation

Brandes serves as president and CEO of Great Plains Ventures, and she's also an active volunteer in her church and community. The longtime Thrivent member is excited about helping other members grow in generosity and get involved. "I've been impressed with the direction Thrivent is taking in helping members do service projects. The Thrivent Action Teams are wonderful; I think this is the start of bigger things," she says.

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David M. Haubein

Hometown: Lockwood, Missouri
Congregation: Immanuel Lutheran Church

Haubein, a Thrivent member for eight years, is retired from the food and beverage industry and currently manages a farm and ranch. He hopes to help promote Thrivent's mission, especially to help members live generously. "I've always lived in a rural community and understand the unique challenges faced by our rural members and congregations," says Haubein of the perspective he brings to the board.

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Vernon J. Henricks

Hometown: Manhattan, Kansas
Congregation: University Christian Church

Whether in his role as president and CEO of the Greater Manhattan Community Foundation or in one of his many volunteer capacities around Manhattan and in his congregation, Henricks wants to make a difference. It's a desire he hopes to share with members throughout the region. "I hope to assist with the development of an efficient and effective philanthropic system for Thrivent," he says.

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