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, 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 two adult daughters and two sons-in-law.
“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 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 1,200 initiatives in 2016 enabling more than $1.5 billion in growth.
Member of Preston Trail Community Church, Frisco, Texas
- 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 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.”
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
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 college 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.”
Dwight Gingerich, Kalona, Iowa
Board Term: 2017-21
Athletic Director, Counselor, Assistant Administrator and Boys Basketball Coach, Iowa Mennonite School
Member of First Mennonite Church, Iowa City
- 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!”
Barth Hague, Newton, Kan.
Board 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.
- 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.”
Luke Roth-Mullet, Harrisonburg, Va.
Board 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.
- 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.”
Jessica Schrock-Ringenberg, Archbold, Ohio
Board 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
- 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.”
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.
- 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.”