Affiliated with Mennonite Church USA, Hesston College is governed by the Hesston College Board of Directors. Mennonite Education Agency and Hesston College appoint board members collaboratively.
Hesston College Board of Directors
Chair Kelvin Friesen, Archbold, Ohio
Board Term: 2006-10, 2010-14, 2014-18
Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Sauder Manufacturing Co., Archbold, Ohio
Kel is involved in the marketing of seating products to worship, education, and health care facilities. Previously he spent 17 years with specialty food retailer Hickory Farms, Inc. Kel held positions ranging from store manager to vice president of seasonal retail operations.
Member of Zion Mennonite Church, Archbold
Serves with ASSETS Toledo, a non-profit organization serving small business owners with self-employment training and support.
- Attended Hesston College, 1971-72
- B.A., religion, Goshen (Ind.) College, 1977
Kel and Jane (deceased 2012) have a daughter, Kimberly (HC ’08), and son-in-law, Micah Kulp, and daughter, Kate, and son-in-law, Scott Kempf.
“Four generations of my family have enjoyed and benefited from the experiences and relationships offered by Hesston College. I look forward to interacting with the board of this wonderful institution.”
Vice Chair Ken G Kabira Chicago, Ill.
Board Term: 2014-18
Chief Strategy Officer at Edlong Dairy Technologies
Ken (goes by “Kenji” but spells it “Ken G”) has been in executive leadership roles for the past 15 years. He has served as a chief marketing officer in all three sectors of the economy – private (McDonald’s Japan), public (Chicago Transit Authority) and nonprofit (National-Louis University and Lions Clubs International). He also serves on the board of directors of Japan America Society of Chicago.
Member of Lombard (Ill.) Mennonite Church
- A.A., liberal arts, Hesston College, 1981
- B.A., behavioral science, The University of Chicago, 1985
- M.B.A., marketing, The University of Chicago, 1992
Ken G has two children, Joe (b. 1996) and Alice (b. 1999) and is an avid cyclist and a passionate fan of Arsenal Football Club.
“As an alumnus of Hesston College, I have benefited enormously from the intellectual, social and spiritual formation I experienced at the college more than thirty years ago. It was only for two years, but Hesston was a time and place that gave me a significant growth experience. It may be a small place, but Hesston can give a big experience to young people who are making a critical transition in their lives. I want to help the college continue to thrive as an institution that can provide such a positive experience to future generations.”
Secretary Annette (Steider) Brown, Frisco, Texas
Board Term: 2007-11, 2011-15, 2015-19
Senior Director of Marketing Services, Frito-Lay HQ, Plano, Texas
Since joining Frito-Lay in 1991, she has held nine positions ranging from marketing brand administrative assistant to her current title, including 15 years in Operations Product Supply. Annette helps ensure Frito-Lay Marketing has alignment with 10 cross-functional departments to plan the field execution of new products, as well as enhancements or promotions with existing products. Her team led the execution of 1,350 initiatives in 2011 enabling more than $1 billion in growth.
Member of Preston Trail Community Church, Frisco, Texas
Parent volunteer – Texas Spirit Girls Select soccer Team
- A.A., Hesston College, 1983
- B.S., business administration, Wichita State University, 1986
Annette and Greg have a daughter and a son.
“Day-to-day my focus is on salty snacks with a life of 56 days. Working on the Hesston College Board of Directors allows me an opportunity to impact lives in the name of Jesus Christ.”
Treasurer Steve Ropp, Iowa City, Iowa
Board Term: 2011-15, 2015-19
Senior Vice President, Director of Commercial Banking, Hills Bank and Trust Company, Hills, Iowa
Member of First Mennonite Church, Iowa City, Iowa
- A.A., Hesston College, 1980
- B.S., agricultural business, Iowa State University, Ames, 1986
Steve and Kathy (Stutzman) Ropp have three adult children and a daughter in law.
Hesston College has had a major impact on my life and the life of our family. It is an honor to serve and give back to a place that supported, challenged and encouraged us.
Anna Gomez, Brownsville, Texas
Board Term: 2011-13, 2013-17, 2017-19
Psychotherapist and Mediator, Ebony Center, Brownsville, Texas
Member of Iglesias Menonita Buenas Nuevas in San Juan, Texas
Youth sponsor and worship leader at Iglesias Menonita Buenas Nuevas, volunteer at Mennonite Central Committee relief sales, former member of Mennonite Church USA Youth Convention Planning Committee, youth worship leader at Columbus (Ohio) 2009 Mennonite Youth Convention.
- B.A., psychology and sociology, Texas A&M University (Kingsville)
- M.S., counseling, University of Houston-Clear Lake (Texas)
Anna and Alberto have a high-school age daughter and a son in elementary school.
“I see Hesston College as a place where our students can develop their skills, build long-lasting relationships and gain a deeper knowledge of God’s mission in the world. It is also a place where students develop critical thinking skills, where they work together to solve problems and where they can be challenged by gifted faculty and staff.”
Luke Roth-Mullet, Rockingham, Va.
Board Term: 2012-16, 2016-20
Director of Human Resources, Excel Industries, Hesston
Previously served as an international service worker with Mennonite Central Committee in Mexico, associate attorney at Wharton, Aldhizer, and Weaver in Harrisonburg, Va., and research and policy associate at the Center for Public Policy Studies.
Member of New Creation Fellowship, Newton, Kan.
- A.A., Hesston College, 1999
- B.S., Eastern Mennonite University (Harrisonburg, Va.), 2001
- J.D., University of Notre Dame (Ind.), 2006
Luke and Sarah Roth-Mullet have two daughters.
“As an alumnus and local resident, I have benefitted from the many relationships and enrichment opportunities that Hesston College affords both its students and the surrounding community. I am honored to now serve as a board member.”
Jessica Schrock-Ringenberg, Bryan, Ohio
Board Term: 2011-15, 2015-19
Pastor, Zion Mennonite Church, Archbold, Ohio
Served as pastor of youth, young adults and Christian education at Zion Mennonite Church, Archbold, Ohio, for six years.
Member of Zion Mennonite Church, Archbold, Ohio
- A.A., Bible, Hesston College, 2002
- B.A., Bible, Goshen (Ind.) College, 2004
- M.Div., Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary (Elkhart, Ind.), 2012
Jessica and Shem have a daughter and a son.
“Hesston College changed my life and set me in a trajectory I could never have accomplished by myself. I am passionate about the mission of Hesston College and I am honored to participate in its future.”
Roger Yoder, Goshen, Ind.
Board Term: 2013-17, 2017-21
Captain, American Airlines, and co-owner, New Horizons Aviation, Goshen, Ind.
Member of East Goshen (Ind.) Mennonite Church
Has worked with East Goshen’s youth and young adult groups and served as an elder, fellowship commission chair, as well as various other positions in the church. Currently he serves on the Pastoral Care Commission.
- A.A., Hesston College, 1973
Roger and Rhonda have two adult children, a daughter-in-law and a granddaughter.
“Hesston College gave me wings many years ago as well as life long friends, a career that I love, and a wife that I love even more. Our children both attended Hesston College and I would like my granddaughter to attend some day. It is my desire to see Hesston College further the work of the kingdom and I am happy to do my small part in making that happen.”