Board of Directors

Dorothy Nickel Friesen, Chair

Dorothy Nickel Friesen, chair, is a retired pastor and denominational conference minister for Mennonite Church USA.  Her memoir, The Pastor Wears a Skirt–Stories of Gender and Ministry, was published by Wipf and Stock in April, 2018.  She lives in Newton, is a member of Bethel College Mennonite Church, and is a former high school English teacher–who loves words, reading, writing, discussing faith issues, and napping!

Doris Unruh, Vice chair

Doris Unruh, vice-chair, lives near Peabody, Kansas, and is a member of Tabor Mennonite Church rural Goessel, KS, where she is the leader and teacher of children’s ministries.  She is a retired public school teacher with 32 years of experience. She enjoys gardening and taking the produce to local farmers’ markets. Doris is married to Harlin and they have three children.

Karen Unruh Ediger, Secretary

Karen Unruh Ediger, secretary, North Newton, Kansas, is a member of Bethel College Mennonite Church. She is married to Glen. She earned her M. Div. degree from Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary and previously worked as a secretary to the Director of the Jubilee Sunday School Curriculum. She is retired and volunteers at the Mennonite Library and Archives at Bethel College and serves as the Secretary on the Board of Springs Forth! Faith Formation.

Phyllis Regier, Treasurer

Phyllis Regier, treasurer, Walton, Kansas, is married to Myron Voth and they own and operate a wheat, soybean and corn farm. They have two adult daughters. Phyllis was on the staff of Western District Conference for 22 years–4 years as administrative assistant and 18 as business manager–until she retired in April 2018. Phyllis and Myron are members of Tabor Mennonite Church.

Lois Thieszen Preheim

Lois Thieszen Preheim is a member of Bethel College Mennonite Church, N. Newton, Kansas, where she belongs to Mission Quilters and is past chair of Witness Commission.  Lois has contributed to the wider church by serving on a variety of Mennonite related boards. She is a retired teacher/administrator and lives with her husband, Ron, in Newton, KS.  They have three adult sons.  Together they hosted 37 MCC IVEPers from 11 different countries at their farm near Henderson, Nebraska.  In retirement they have visited most of them. Lois has authored four historical fiction books.

June Thomsen

June Thomsen is a member of First Mennonite Church in Newton, Kansas.  She is a retired Mennonite minister, specialized in transitional ministry, and her first love in ministry was children’s ministries.  She and husband, Ib, are parents of two grown daughters, both teachers, and grandparents to two grandsons.

Cindy Snider

Cindy Snider, Wichita, Kansas, is a member of Mennonite Church of the Servant where she has been a youth Sunday School teacher, worship leader, and trustee. She is director of the Carriage Factory Art Gallery in Newton, Kansas, and a former director of communications for Mennonite Church USA. She is a published author and enjoys writing children’s fiction.

Frankie Huxman

Frankie Huxman, Newton, Kansas, has invested 46 years as a classroom teacher and para for student support.  She is retired and involved in supporting lots of individuals and family members. She has a special concern for helping children embrace diversity, non-violence, and compassion.


Carol Duerksen

Carol Duerksen shares a farm near Goessel, Kansas with her husband Maynard Knepp, exchange students, and an assortment of animals. She is a freelance writer/editor, and the state coordinator for Share, a high school exchange organization. She’s old enough now to be teaching the children of the youth she and Maynard had in youth group at Tabor Mennonite Church years ago, and that is a little bit scary but a whole lot rewarding!