Thrivent Member Network - Two Rivers 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

Before we introduce your Thrivent Member Network board, it might help to know how the members are elected and what’s expected of them. The first year, each Thrivent Member Network board is appointed by Thrivent's national board of directors. Board members are chosen based on their leadership skills and service. After that, Thrivent members elect the regional board annually. Each Thrivent Member Network elects regional board members during the same time and through the same process as Thrivent’s national board election. 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. Now … we’re pleased to introduce the Thrivent members who will serve you as part of the Thrivent Member Network regional board.

Dr. Roberta Olson, Executive Chair

Hometown: Brookings, SD

Congregation: Ascension Lutheran Church

Olson spent her career preparing the next generation of nurses. She retired as dean of nursing at South Dakota State University in 2013, returned as interim dean during a national search for a new dean in May of 2018 and has now retired again following the selection of the new dean in 2019. Her career spanned a number of educational institutions and organizations in South Dakota, Texas, Missouri, Illinois and Kansas. Roberta has been a Thrivent member since 1964.

Mitch Anthony

Hometown: Rochester, MN

Congregation: Christ Community Church

As founder and president of Advisor Insights, Inc., Anthony has provided training and relationship development coaching to financial advisors and financial services organizations across the country for nearly two decades. That focus on building strong relationships will guide his leadership on the Thrivent Member Network regional board.

Kerri Tietgen

Hometown: Sioux Falls, SD

Congregation: Spirit of Joy Lutheran Church

Kerri is passionate about helping people reach their full potential. She understands that at its core, a company is individuals working together toward a common goal. She is founder and President of KT Consulting, Inc. Tietgen has been a Thrivent member since 2014.


David Spencer

Hometown: Yankton, SD

Congregation: Trinity Lutheran

Spencer believes in working with others in the community to make a difference: from volunteering with local youth sports, serving as an advisory board member for Yankton’s Park and Recreation department, to volunteering with church and area chamber of commerce organizations. As a Thrivent member for nearly 25 years, David has participated in many Thrivent programs. He currently works as director of sales and marketing for Farmer's Pride.

Ann Beatty

Hometown: Rochester, MN

Congregation: Zumbro Lutheran Church

Ann is a community advocate and retired nonprofit administrator and music educator. Her community involvement includes Good Earth Village, Madonna Living Center, Rochester Catholic Schools and Choral Arts Ensemble of Rochester and board service includes Lutheran Social Service of MN (2009-present); and board member/board chair, YMCA of Greater Twin Cities (2012-present). She has been a Thrivent member for 60 years.