Welcome and Thanks to Our Newly Elected Board Members and Officers!

I’m very excited to share this great news: We’ve elected four new board members and re-elected two current members!

We’re honored to have four new directors with great expertise join the LIRS board: Betsy Biern, Rev. J. Bart Day, Melissa Graves, and Esther López. You can learn more about each one by reading our press release, here.

These leaders will bring a wealth of knowledge and relationships to LIRS, and we are very grateful for  their commitment.

The new directors were elected on October 26, and will begin serving three-year terms on January 1, 2013. Current board members Rev. Dr. Kristine Suna-Koro and Rev. Dr. Yohannes Mengsteab were re-elected to the board. We welcome their re-election and thank them for the leadership they have provided.

The four new directors succeed Ms. Ruth Henrichs, Rev. Carlos Hernandez, Rev. Jotham Johann, and Ms. Mahta Ostovari. We’re so grateful for these leaders’ time, effort, and deep commitment!

The newly elected board officers are Mr. Mark Stutrud (Chairperson); State Senator Betty Boyd (Vice Chairperson); Mr. William Swanson (Secretary); and Ms. Lori Fedyk (Treasurer).

We’re excited to have such a strong team of new officers. It’s no small thing for these four talented people, who already hold positions of such responsibility, to agree to lead the board.

As we approach the New Year, I’m deeply grateful to all of our leadership, past, present, and future. I look forward to working with our new board members and officers!

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