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Thrivent Member Network - Mid-America Region

Our Leadership Team

Leading Thrivent. Serving members.

Thrivent Financial 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 all Thrivent benefit members can have a voice in determining who will lead the organization. If you’re a benefit member, you can vote 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 its members, both now and into the future. The board establishes and promotes Thrivent’s mission and oversees major business decisions. It also works with leadership to assess and manage risk. Get to know the men and women who are proud to serve on the executive management team and the Thrivent Financial Board of Directors.

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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. 

Rev. Donovan Coley

Hometown: Fort Wayne, Indiana
Congregation: Fort Wayne Rescue Mission

Coley believes Christians should be the hands and feet of Jesus in a changing world. To that end, he took on the role of president/CEO of the Fort Wayne Rescue Mission in 2008. His passion is to help marginalized people find their voice, passion and purpose. As a member of the regional board, Coley wants to develop a strategic plan that will unite like-minded Christians in the region to create individual and community change.

Watch Coley share thoughts on living generously in his video.

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Eric Geary

Hometown: Lexington, Kentucky
Congregation: First Assembly of God Lexington

Eric serves as Chief Executive Officer for Lexington Leadership Foundation as well as the Leadership Foundations Global Youth Initiative Director. He is passionate about seeing cities transformed into places of Shalom and has over 20 years of city ministry experience. He hopes to help the board find ways to spread generosity and a Christian message throughout the region. 

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Nikki Lewallen

Hometown: Indianapolis, Indiana
Congregation: St. Luke Catholic Church

Lewallen is passionate about helping companies build employee-first organizations. That's why she is the head of partnerships for Emplify, the national chair of Engage Mentoring and the CEO of Rainmakers. She sees the membership resources and tools that Thrivent offers as a resource for the organizations where people work. She hopes to use her talent for connecting people to develop interest in Thrivent throughout the region.

Dr. Larry Lindsay

Hometown: Marion, Indiana
Congregation: College Wesleyan Church

Lindsay currently serves as chief academic and operations officer for the Ron Blue Institute for Financial Planning at Indiana Wesleyan University, a ministry that empowers Christian financial advisors who seek to integrate a Biblical world view into their advice and counsel. He brings more than 40 years of experience in education and leadership development to his role on the board. He hopes to contribute to Thrivent's success by building a strong regional board for the Thrivent Member Network.

Watch Lindsay share about living generously in his video.

Craig Loscalzo

Hometown: Lexington, Kentucky
Congregation: The Gathering

After serving as senior pastor for Immanuel Baptist Church for 14 years, Loscalzo joined Generis, an Atlanta-based consulting firm that uses Biblically-based principles to increase generosity and advance the missions of faith-based organizations. His desire to promote generosity and the desire of Thrivent to help people become more generous is a natural fit.

Scott Molander, Executive Chair

Hometown: Indianapolis, Indiana
Congregation: St. Luke Catholic Church

Molander is passionate about finding ways to support children, economic development and education. Professionally, that passion led him to co-found LIDS Sports Group (now part of BSN Sports) to provide athletic apparel and equipment to schools and youth sports programs. Personally, he’s supported those interests as a board member for the 500 Festival and as a member of the Knights of Columbus. Through the board, he's excited to spread the Thrivent mission throughout the Mid-America Region.

Watch Molander share about generosity in his video.

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Dave Palm

Hometown: Liberty Township, Ohio
Congregation: Royal Redeemer Lutheran Church

Palm has spent most of his career working to understand human behavior and then using that knowledge to bring out the best in people. He has developed training and education programs and led a Cleveland Clinic Center program to help women make more informed decisions about their health and well-being. He currently is a senior vice president of 84.51°, a consumer analytics firm. As a board member he hopes to guide the local mission of Thrivent to maximize its philanthropic reach.

Watch Palm share what living generously means to him in his video.

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Justin Steill

Hometown: Westfield, Indiana
Congregation: Grace Community Church

One of Steill’s passions is helping people be successful. It’s why he serves as chair of the board for Wisdom & Grace Ministries, a nonprofit organization that donates time and money to break the cycle of poverty in Guatemala. It’s also why Steill, a home developer and builder, is active in many business and networking groups. In joining the regional board, he’s excited about the opportunity to help people be successful with finances and generosity.

Watch Steill share about living generously in his video.

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Craig Smaagaard, President

Hometown: Westfield, Indiana
Congregation: Grace Community Church

Smaagaard serves Thrivent Financial as the regional vice president for the Great Lakes/Mid-America Region as well as the president of the Thrivent Member Network - Mid America Region. He is passionate about growing Thrivent, so its members can amplify their volunteerism making a positive impact on our communities.

Learn more about Smaagaard's take on generosity in his video.

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Allison (Clark) Blaylock, Vice President/Treasurer

Hometown: Indianapolis, Indiana

Blaylock serves Thrivent Financial as the manager of community engagement for the Great Lakes/Mid-America Region as well as the vice president/treasurer of the Thrivent Member Network - Mid America Region. She is passionate about engaging Thrivent members, their families and friends in acts of generosity to improve our community.

Learn about Thrivent's generosity programs in her video.

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Missy Johns, Secretary

Hometown: Stillwater, Minnesota
Congregation: Trinity Lutheran Church

Johns serves Thrivent Financial as a field operations manager for the Great Lakes/Mid-America Region as well as the secretary of the Thrivent Member Network - Mid America Region. She organizes and executes meetings for the board, so that it can stay focused on reaching its goals.

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