Governance

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 Ken G Kabira Chicago, Ill.

Ken G KabiraBoard 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

Education:

  • 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 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.”

Vice chair Luke Roth-Mullet, Harrisonburg, Va.

Luke Roth-MulletBoard Term: 2012-16, 2016-20

Luke has business and operations management and human resources experience in industry. He 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.

Education:

  • A.A., Hesston College, 1999
  • B.S., Eastern Mennonite University (Harrisonburg, Va.), 2001
  • J.D., University of Notre Dame (Ind.), 2006
  • M.B.O.E., Ohio State University, 2013

Luke and Sarah Roth-Mullet have two daughters.

“As an alumnus, 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.”

Secretary Annette (Steider) Brown, Frisco, Texas

Annette BrownBoard 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 1,200 initiatives in 2016 enabling more than $1.5 billion in growth.

Member of Preston Trail Community Church, Frisco, Texas

Education:

  • 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

Steve RoppBoard 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

Education:

  • A.A., Hesston College, 1980
  • B.S., agricultural business, Iowa State University, Ames, 1986

Steve and Kathy (Stutzman) Ropp have three married adult children and one grandchild.

“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.”

Dwight Gingerich, Kalona, Iowa

Dwight GingerichBoard Term: 2017-21

Athletic Director, Counselor, Assistant Administrator and Boys Basketball Coach, Iowa Mennonite School

Member of First Mennonite Church, Iowa City

Education:

  • B.S., Eastern Mennonite University (Harrisonburg, Va.), 1981
  • M.A., counselor education, University of Iowa (Iowa City), 1986

Dwight and Mo Rhodes (Hesston class of 1983) Gingerich are the parents of two college students and one in high school.

“I have heard so many good things about Hesston from Mo, as she had a terrific experience there. In my role as counselor, I’ve had a number of opportunities to be on campus, and have seen many of our students go there. It is very rare to find someone who hasn’t felt really blessed by their time at Hesston. Hesston strikes me as a nurturing environment, a place highly committed to infusing Christian faith with learning. I am excited to serve in this way!”

Dorothy Gathungu-McPherson, Wichita, Kan.

Dorothy Gathungu McPhersonBoard Term: 2017-21

President and CEO, Progressive Home Health and Hospice

In addition to running her business, Dorothy is a John Maxwell Leadership teacher, trainer and coach and a member of the National Nurses in Business Association. She is a leadership coach for Global Youth Initiative and treasurer for Wichita Kenyan Women’s Association. She also serves on the advisory board for the Hesston College Nursing Program.

Member of New Spring Church, Wichita, Kan., small group leader

Education:

  • A.A., Hesston College, 1989
  • B.S., Tabor College, 2002

Dorothy and her spouse, Shawn, have three adult children.

Barth Hague, Newton, Kan.

Barth HagueBoard Term: 2017-21

President and CEO, Mirror, Inc.

Barth leads Mirror, a behavioral health company serving the State of Kansas and headquartered in Newton. Previously, he was chief marketing officer at Wichita State University and prior to that, vice president of marketing services for Everence. In addition, Barth serves on the boards of Bluestem Communities and The Mennonite, Inc. He also holds elected office, serving on the Newton City Commission.

Member of Shalom Mennonite Church, Newton, Kan.

Education:

  • A.A., Hesston College, 1976
  • B.A., Goshen (Ind.) College, 1979
  • M.A., communication, University of Texas (Austin), 1988

Barth and his spouse, Betty (Hesston College, 1976) have two grown sons.

“Hesston College has been dear to my heart ever since I first stepped onto the campus in 1974. I was immediately embraced by a community-oriented, Christ-centered perspective that has continued to develop and grow throughout my adult life. I’m humbled that now, many years later, I have the opportunity to return something of value that can help the college develop and grow.”

Jessica Schrock-Ringenberg, Archbold, Ohio

Jessica Schrock-RingenbergBoard Term: 2011-15, 2015-19

Pastor, Zion Mennonite Church, Archbold, Ohio

Serves on the Collaborative Ministry Team at Zion Mennonite Church. She also serves as a Missional Consultant for Ohio Conference of Mennonite Church USA.

Member of Zion Mennonite Church, Archbold, Ohio

Education:

  • A.A., Bible, Hesston College, 2002
  • B.A., Bible, Goshen (Ind.) College, 2004
  • M.Div., Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary (Elkhart, Ind.), 2012

Jessica and her husband, Shem, have three children.

“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.”

Anita Stalter, Goshen, Ind.

Board Term: 2018-22

retired Vice President of Academic Affairs and Academic Dean, Goshen College

Member of College Mennonite Church, Goshen, Ind.

Education:

  • A.A., Sauk Valley Community College (Sterling, Ill.), 1967
  • B.S., Eastern Mennonite College (Harrisonburg, Va.), 1979
  • M.Ed., early childhood education, James Madison University (Harrisonburg, Va.), 1984
  • Ph.d., teaching, curriculum and educational policy, Michigan State University (East Lansing), 1997

Anita has two grown children.

“I was education department chair at Goshen College for 13 years and an administrator there for 14 years. During those years I had the opportunity of seeing Hesston transfers who came to Goshen College with a solid academic background and a commitment to the core values and mission of GC. I also served on the recent Hesston College presidential search committee and through that process learned the value of a Hesston College education.”

Grace Tijerina, Brownsville, Texas

Board Term: 2018-22

Retired Church Planter

Gracie volunteers with the Los Fresnos Chamber of Commerce and serves on the Mennonite Women USA Board as representative of the Conferencia Femenil Hispana Menonita.

Member and co-pastor of Hope for the Broken, a Mennonite Church where she preaches one Sunday each month and leads worship the other three and is involved in the congregation’s visitation and community programs. Also assists with summer vacation Bible school with UCIM churches in South Central Conference of Mennonite Church USA.

Education:

  • A.A., Hesston College, 2016

Gracie has three adult children and eleven grandchildren.

“I attended Hesston College and it was such a blessing experience that made me want to serve. I love Hesston.”

Jeff Wright, Los Angeles, Calif.

Board Term: 2018-22

Pastor, Madison Street Church, and Principal Consultant, Urban Expression

Jeff pastors Madison Street Church, a small, Anabaptist urban church connected to the Brethren in Christ (BIC). He also serves as a consultant to church and non-profit organizations on missional strategy, leadership development, church planting and financial self-sufficiency. He is a Leadership Minister in Franconia Mennonite Conference. In addition, he is a member of the Riverside City Board of Ethics Board of Directors; Pacific Conference BIC Church; New Threads Theatre Company Chair; and the Board of Evangelism and Church Planting, Pacific Conference BIC Church.

Member of Pasadena (Calif.) Mennonite Church (inactive) and Madison Street Church. Active ordination as mission and service worker in Eastern District Conference, Mennonite Church USA. Provisional License for Pastoral Ministry, BIC US.

Education:

  • B.A., Tabor College (Hillsboro, Kan.), 1981
  • M.Div., Fresno (Calif.) Pacific Biblical Seminary, 1986
  • M.B.A., church management, Graduate Theological Seminary (South Bend, Ind.), 1995
  • Post-graduate Diploma, applied theology, Spurgeon’s College (London, U.K.), 2008

Jeff and his spouse, Debbie, have two adult children and five grandchildren.

“I have had a long-term admiration for Hesston College and its mission along with a respect for the nation-wide and international reach of the college. My daughter and son-in law are alumni and met at Hesston College. I am particularly excited about the emerging trends possible in Christian higher education for a two-year school as it prepares to reach for higher goals.”

Roger Yoder, Goshen, Ind.

Roger YoderBoard 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.

Education:

  • A.A., Hesston College, 1973

Roger and Rhonda have two adult children, a daughter-in-law and two granddaughters.

“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 granddaughters 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.”