EMU Board of Trustees
Kathleen (Kay) Nussbaum (‘78), Chair
White Bear Lake, Minn.
Kay is Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) Board of Trustees’ Chairperson. She is an alumna of EMU, American University in Washington D.C., and a doctoral candidate at Eastern University in PA. Kay is affiliated with AlignOrg Solutions, a global consulting firm, and a partner with The MVP Group, Inc.. She and her husband Steve have two daughters, Kate (Benjamin Bergey) and Hanna (Calvin Ruth). She is a member of Emmanuel Mennonite Church in Minneapolis. Kay is committed to giving back to her community, and enjoys hiking, travel and reading.
Michelle Armster is an alumna of Sterling College and Lancaster Theological Seminary in Pennsylvania. Presently she resides in Wichita, Kansas. For many years she lived in Lancaster, Pennsylvania as co-pastor of two churches, St. Andrews United Church of Christ and Blossom Hill Mennonite Church. For the last four years Michelle has worked for MCC Central States and is presently the Transitional Executive Director.
The Reverend Diann Bailey serves as Associate Minister at The First Church of Christ, United Church of Christ (UCC) in Suffield, Connecticut. Before entering ministry, Diann was a nurse, specializing in Pediatric Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplantation and later in her career, as a Physician Liaison. She earned a Cooperative Master of Divinity degree from Hartford Seminary and Andover Newton Theological School. Diann is married to Todd, a marvelous cook and a partner in hiking and cycling. They have two sons, Benjamin and Nathaniel, both graduates of EMU.
Evon Bergey (’79)
Evon Bergey is “passionate about Mennonite education and about EMU specifically.” Evon is graduate of EMU, Gwynedd-Mercy College and University of Philadelphia. Her educational background includes degrees in Business, Psychology, Sociology and Social Work. Since 2011 Evon has worked at Magellan Health as the VP of Public Markets. She is a member of Blooming Glen Mennonite Church. She and her husband, Phil, have three adult sons: Brandon, Bryce and Benjamin.
Herman Bontrager (’72)
Herman Bontrager is an alumnus of EMU and the University of Florida, with background in Sociology and Biblical studies. He received EMU’s 2008 Alumni Service Award for sharing Christ’s love around the world in his everyday life, including 40 years of volunteer work supporting the Amish through the National Committee for Amish Religious Freedom. He was the president and CEO of Goodville Mutual Casualty Company for nearly 26 years. Prior to Goodville he worked for the MCC for 14 years. Herman is a member of Akron Mennonite Church. He and his wife, Jeanette, have two children: Elizabeth and Nathan.
Shana Peachey Boshart (‘85)
Shana Peachey Boshart has a passion for youth ministry and the Mennonite Church. She co-founded both the YODA and Step Up programs at Mennonite Church USA convention. She is an EMU graduate and has also attended Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart, Indiana. Since 1998 Shana has worked for the Central Plains Mennonite Conference as a Conference Minister for Christian Formation. Shana is a member of Wellman Mennonite Church in Iowa. She has three children with her husband, David.
Jonathan Bowman (’99)
Jonathan Bowman is currently Director of Technology at Lancaster Mennonite School. He has also served as pastor at Landisville Mennonite Church and worked for EMU in the past. He completed bachelor’s and M.Div degrees at EMU. Jonathan and his wife, Beth, have two children, Caleb and Naomi.
Randall (Randy) Bowman (‘78)
Randall Bowman is a physician with Parkview Physicians Group in Ohio. Randy is also an alum of EMU and MCV-VCU in Richmond, Virginia. He and his wife, Barbara, have four adult daughters. Three of them have attended EMU. In 2007, Randy started a Free Clinic in Fulton County to serve the medically underserved.
Janet Breneman (’72)
Janet Breneman is recently retired and resides in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Before retiring she worked for Eastern Mennonite Missions in Central America as professor and consultant with the Latin American Anabaptist Seminary (SEMILLA), as lead pastor at Laurel Street Mennonite Church, and for Mennonite World Conference before the 2015 Assembly in Pennsylvania. Janet is an alumna of EMU, Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary, and Lancaster Theological Seminary, and is a member of Witmer Heights Mennonite Church in Pennsylvania.
Charlotte Hunsberger (‘91)
Charlotte Hunsberger is a partner with the law firm of Landis, Hunsberger, Gingrich, and Weik, LLP. She is an alumna of EMU and Temple University School of Law. Charlotte and her husband, Steven, have three children and are members of Blooming Glen Mennonite Church in Pennsylvania.
Clyde Kratz (’86, MDiv ‘89)
Clyde Kratz is an alumnus of EMU, Eastern Mennonite Seminary (EMS) and Princeton Theological Seminary. Currently he works for the Virginia Mennonite Conference as an Executive Conference Minister. In the past, he has served in ministerial roles at four churches: Zion Mennonite Church, New Holland Mennonite Church, Weavers Mennonite Church and Franconia Mennonite Church. Clyde and his wife, Eunice, have three adult children and are members of Lindale Mennonite Church. Clyde enjoys volunteering with Mennonite Disaster Service, and woodworking.
Chad Lacher (’98)
Chad Lacher has been a partner with Lacher & Associates since 2003. Before Lacher & Associates, Chad worked with the Mennonite Mission Network and Univest National Bank. He is an EMU graduate, majoring in Business Administration. Chad and his wife, Jen, have three children. He is a member of Souderton Mennonite Church in Pennsylvania.
Kevin Longenecker (‘91)
Kevin Longenecker is the Chief Financial Officer of InterChange Group, Inc. Other work experience has included EMU, Rocco Turkeys and S B Hoover & Company CPAs. He and his wife, Shelby, are both graduates of EMU and together they have three children (Collin attends EMU and Taylor attends Hesston College). He is a member of Ridgeway Mennonite Church, where he serves as treasurer. Other community involvement includes volunteering as treasurer on the board of Rockingham Educational Foundation, Inc. (REFI).
Cedric Moore (’97)
Cedric Moore Jr. is the CEO and President of Spectrum Transformation Group, LLC. He is an alum of EMU, Strayer University and Regent University. He attends St. Edward the Confessor Catholic Church in Virginia. He and his wife, Melinda, have two children. He served as the president of EMU’s Alumni Council and is a former Governor Advisory Board member of the State of Virginia. Cedric is very involved in his community, sponsoring the Central VA Autism Society 5K, Shenandoah Autism Society 5K and the Chesterfield FOP.
E. Thomas Murphy, Jr.
E. Thomas Murphy, Jr. has been retired since June of 2002, however, he has been preaching in various churches and at VMRC, teaching in churches, and lecturing in Virginia and across the South. Currently he is the Intentional Interim Minister at New Hope United Methodist Church. He is an alum of Randolph-Macon College and Duke Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Dreanna, have three children. He is a member of Asbury United Methodist Church. He has also served as chaplain with the Harrisonburg Police Department.
Manuel Nunez (’94)
Manuel (Manny) A. Nuñez serves as visiting faculty in Management at Villanova University. Professionally, he has served in multiple positions, including associate director of Global Marketing at Merck and Managing Director at the Inter-American Foundation. After graduating from EMU, Manny earned an MBA from the Villanova School of Business and completed a post-baccalaureate at the University of Pennsylvania. Manny and his wife Kristie have two young children and recently returned to Pennsylvania from the Washington D.C. area where they attended Washington Community Fellowship.
Eloy Rodriguez (’03)
Eloy Rodriguez is principal at Lancaster Mennonite School – New Danville Campus in Pennsylvania. Eloy is an alumnus of EMU and has spent the last 15 years in the education field. He recently obtained a Masters in School Leadership from Millersville University. Eloy lives in Lancaster, Pennsylvania with is wife Becky and three children, Addie, Joel and Sarah and are members of East Chestnut Street Mennonite Church.
James Rosenberger (’68)
State College, Pa.
James L. Rosenberger is Professor of Statistics at Penn State University. He is an alumnus of EMU, Polytechnic University of New York, and Cornell University. His recent professional activities include teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in Statistics, research in design of experiments and genomics and providing overall leadership, development and oversight of the Penn State Department of Statistics online education programs. Jim and his wife Gloria are the parents of three adult children, and are members of University Mennonite Church.
Amy L. Rush (‘91)
Amy L. Rush is a CPA at Clark & Bradshaw, PC located in downtown Harrisonburg. She is an alumna of EMU and a member of Zion Mennonite Church. Amy is committed to Mennonite higher education and its financial sustainability. She feels that with her background, she can help to assist EMU and the church over the coming years
Judith Trumbo (’82)
Judith Trumbo is the President and CEO of VMRC in Harrisonburg. She is an alumna of EMU and JMU. She and her husband, Brent, have one son named Cody who is a student at EMU. She is a member of Harrisonburg Mennonite Church. A nurse by background, Judith has served on a number of local boards including Harrisonburg-Rockingham United Way, RMH Foundation, and Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce Board. She loves the outdoors, especially if hiking and biking are involved.
Anne Kaufman Weaver (’88)
Anne Kaufman Weaver is a Chaplain at Landis Homes Retirement Community in Lititz, Pennsylvania. She has also been a social worker, a youth pastor and a leadership coach/consultant. One of Anne’s greatest joys in life is navigating change and growth in individuals, families, and organizations. She is an alumna of EMU, Marywood University, Advanced Coach Training from Coach U, and Eastern Mennonite Seminary. Anne and her husband, Todd, have three adult children; Keri, Lara and Seth and are members of James Street Mennonite Church.
Mennonite Education Agency representative
Carlos Romero – Goshen, Ind.
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November 9, 2017 (New Member Orientation)
November 10 – 11, 2017
March 23-24, 2018
June 21, 2018 (New Member Orientation)
June 22-23, 2018
November 15, 2018
November 16-17, 2018