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!
Beth Lichty, Vice chair
Beth Lichty lives in Wichita, Kansas and is a member of Lorraine Avenue Mennonite Church. She is a former elementary school teacher, and is on the Board of Christian Education for Lorraine, assisting with all aspects of children and youth programming. She is a wife to Jonas and stay at home mom of three children that keep her very busy.
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.
Doris Unruh, Secretary
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.
Gordon Houser retired in September 2020 after 42 years working for The Mennonite in editorial positions. Cascadia published his book Present Tense: A Mennonite Spirituality in 2011. He’s written hundreds of book reviews for various publications and writes fiction (unpublished). He’s a member of New Creation Fellowship Church in Newton, Kansas.
A transplanted Kansan, Susan Janzen has lived in Iowa since 2004. She started taking seminary classes during her first career in church publishing. Following graduation from AMBS (MDiv), Susan spent 20 years in congregational ministry, first in Omaha, Neb., and then in Cedar Falls, Iowa. She has three daughters-of-the-heart and five delightful grandchildren, all of whom live in northeastern Iowa. Susan has served Central Plains Mennonite Conference as Conference Minister for Ministerial Leadership since August 2019. She lives in Tiffin and is a member at First Mennonite Church of Iowa City.
Kristin Kaufman lives near Moundridge, Kansas. She grew up attending Tabor Mennonite Church (Goessel) and now attends Eden Mennonite Church (Moundridge). After graduating from Bethel College, Kristin taught Kindergarten for six years. She currently works at Hesston College in the Student Success department. Kristin has worked with youth as a camp summer staffer and counselor, Wednesday evening helper, Sunday school teacher, and as a VBS coordinator, teacher, and song leader. In her free time, Kristin enjoys playing games, spending time with her husband Rene and dog Toby, and creating products for her craft business, The Crafty K.
Ron Moyo is married to Sue Moyo. Originally from Zimbabwe, they live in Hesston, Kansas and have two young adult children in college. Ron is a graduate of AMBS (MDiv) and works as Outreach Pastor for Whitestone Mennonite Church, and Sue runs a women’s clothing store in downtown Newton. Ron enjoys gardening and reading.
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.
Originally from northern Indiana, Mitch now lives in Hesston, Kansas. Mitch has an associate’s degree in music and theater performance and earned his bachelor’s degree in Special Education. He taught middle school special education before becoming a part of the residence life team at Hesston College. After answering a call to work in institutional advancement Mitch has followed a path that led him to his current role as Stewardship Consultant at Everence Financial. Through this work Mitch has nurtured a love of the church and spends his days preaching and teaching on generosity and stewardship. He is currently enrolled at Eastern Mennonite Seminary pursuing a Master of Arts in Christian Leadership. In his free time Mitch enjoys working on odd jobs around the house, singing, watching movies, and spending time outdoors with wife Jasmine and son Wilmer. They are members of Hesston Mennonite Church.
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!