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EMU Board of Trustees

Trustees

Manuel Nunez

Manuel Nuñez ’94 (Devon, Pennsylvania)

Manuel (Manny) A. Nuñez is the EMU Board of Trustees chairperson. As the Associate Dean of Graduate Programs at the Villanova School of Business, Manny oversees the MBA and specialty masters programs, as well as enrollment and career strategy services. He also serves as Professor of Practice in the Management & Operations department, and Faculty Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Prior to academia, Manny spent sixteen years in the private sector with Merck & Co. and six years in the public sector with the Inter-American Foundation, a federal agency. He received an MBA from the Villanova School of Business and completed his post-bac at the University of Pennsylvania. Manny and his wife Kristie have two young children and attend Frazer Mennonite Church.

Diann Bailey

Diann Bailey (Granby, Connecticut)

The Reverend Diann Bailey serves as associate minister at First Church of Christ (United Church of Christ) in Suffield, Connecticut. Before entering ministry, Diann was a nurse specializing in pediatric oncology and bone marrow transplantation, and 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. Their two sons, Benjamin and Nathaniel, are both graduates of EMU.

Evon Bergey

Evon Bergey ’79 (Lancaster, Pennsylvania)

Evon Bergey is passionate about Mennonite education and about EMU specifically. An alumna also of Gwynedd-Mercy College and the University of Philadelphia, she holds degrees in business, psychology, sociology and social work. Since 2011 Evon has worked at Magellan Health as the vice president of public markets. She is a member of Blooming Glen Mennonite Church, and she and her husband Phil have three adult sons, Brandon, Bryce and Benjamin.

Herman Bontrager

Herman Bontrager ’72 (Ephrata, Pennsylvania)

Herman Bontrager 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. An alumnus also of the University of Florida, Herman's backgrounds are in sociology and Biblical studies. He was the president and CEO of Goodville Mutual Casualty Company for nearly 26 years, and before that worked for Mennonite Central Committee for 14 years. Herman is a member of Akron Mennonite Church. He and his wife Jeanette have two children, Elizabeth and Nathan.

Randall Bowman

Randall (Randy) Bowman ’78 (Richmond, Virginia)

Dr. Randall Bowman is a physician with Parkview Physicians Group in Ohio. An alumnus also of the Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center, Randy started a free clinic in Fulton County in 2007 to serve the medically underserved. He and his wife Barbara have four adult daughters, three of whom have attended EMU. 

Gloria Diener, trustee

Gloria Diener ’76 (Harrisonburg, Virginia)

Gloria Y. Diener has been an English teacher at Eastern Mennonite School in Harrisonburg, Va., and Country Day School in Escazú, Costa Rica. She holds a BA in English education from EMU, a MA in English from James Madison University and a Certificate in Spiritual Direction from Eastern Mennonite Seminary.  She and husband V. Eugene Diener ‘68 have two adult children. They are members of Park View Mennonite Church, where Gloria has been a worship leader, chair of the elders, Sunday School teacher for children and adults, and a mentor. She has been a member of the Faith & Life Commission of the Virginia Mennonite Conference.

Hans Harman

Hans Harman ’02 (McGaheysville, Virginia)  

Hans Harman is the president of Harrisonburg-based Momentum Earthworks, which does $8 million in business annually and employs 50 people. In 2017 Hans was honored as the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce Entrepreneur of the Year. A Harrisonburg native, Harman earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration at EMU. Before opening Momentum Earthworks in 2011, he worked in real estate development as a principal with Velocity Property Group and managed projects for Harman Construction, his father’s company.

Liza Heavener

Liza Heavener ’07 (Montclair, New Jersey)  

Liza Heavener has wide-ranging experience working nearly ten years in federal politics, grassroots and campaign strategy and with the United States Congress. Liza currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer at NEXUS Global. She works to unite young investors and social entrepreneurs to catalyze new leadership to accelerate global solutions. She was also a founding member of an organization dedicated to stopping deforestation in Borneo, Indonesia and assisted in building an orangutan rehabilitation center in the rainforests of Borneo.

Louise Otto Hostetter

Louise Otto Hostetter ’79 (Harrisonburg, Virginia)

Louise Otto Hostetter was employed at Eastern Mennonite School as an intensive individualized instructor until 2012. She is a court-appointed special advocate for abused and neglected children, and currently serves on the RMH Foundation board, James Madison University College of Visual and Performing Arts executive advisory council and the Arts Council of the Valley board of directors. Louise has served as president of the EMU Alumni Council and as chairperson of the EMU Centennial steering committee. She and her husband Alden have three adult sons who graduated from EMU, John (married to Nicole Barbano), Jason (married to Brenna Beck) and Andrew. Louise is a member of Community Mennonite Church, and satisfies her curiosity about our world through travel, hiking, books and engaging with the broader Harrisonburg community.

Beny Krisbianto, trustee

Beny Krisbianto, MDiv ’15 (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)  

Beny Krisbianto is lead pastor of Nations Worship Center in South Philadelphia. He has co-chaired the Indonesian Diaspora Network for the past eight years. He is a member of the Constituency Leadership Council of Mennonite Church USA, on the board of directors for Mosaic Mennonite Conference, and on the board of trustees for Dock Mennonite Academy.

 Stephen Kriss '94, board of trustees

Stephen Kriss ’94 (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

Stephen Kriss is executive minister of Mosaic Mennonite Conference where he’s worked since 2005. He has pastored congregations in Somerset County, Pa., and Staten Island, N.Y. and taught in numerous academic institutions in areas of communication, ethics and practical theology. He attends Philadelphia Praise Center, a multiethnic Mennonite congregation. He holds an MDiv from Drew University and an MA and PhD from Duquesne University in rhetoric and communication. 

Chad Lacher

Chad Lacher ’98 (Souderton, Pennsylvania)  

Chad Lacher has been a partner with Lacher & Associates since 2003. At EMU he majored in business administration, and he has also worked with the Mennonite Mission Network and Univest National Bank. Chad and his wife Jen have three children. He is a member of Souderton Mennonite Church in Pennsylvania. 

Kevin Longenecker 

Kevin Longenecker ’91 (Harrisonburg, Virginia)  

Kevin Longenecker is the CFO of InterChange Group. He has also worked for EMU, Rocco Turkeys and S B Hoover & Company CPAs. He and his wife Shelby, also an EMU alum, have three children: Collin attends EMU and Taylor attends Hesston College. Kevin is a member of Ridgeway Mennonite Church, where he serves as treasurer. He is also the treasurer on the board of Rockingham Educational Foundation. 

 JB Miller, '70 board of trustees

JB Miller ’70 (Sarasota, Florida)

JB Miller retired in 2014 after a successful 43-year career as a financial services executive. His final position was vice president of investment services at Everence in Goshen, Indiana, where he led the development of the Praxis Mutual Funds and served as the first president of the funds. He serves on the investment committee of Mennonite Education Agency and on the board of advisors for the Lake Institute on Faith and Giving. Now residing in Sarasota, Fla., Miller includes among his retirement activities teaching classes offered by Sarasota Public Schools about the Mennonites and Amish and the Plain community of Pinecraft. Miller holds an MBA from Wake Forest University. He is a member of Covenant Mennonite Fellowship.

Cedric Moore

Cedric Moore ’97 (Midlothian, Virginia)

Cedric Moore Jr. is the CEO and president of Spectrum Transformation Group. He has served as the president of EMU’s Alumni Council and on the Virginia Governor Advisory Board. An alumnus also of Strayer University and Regent University, he attends St. Edward the Confessor Catholic Church and is very involved in his community, sponsoring the Central Virginia Autism Society 5K, Shenandoah Autism Society 5K and the Chesterfield FOP. He and his wife Melinda have two children.  

Glenna Ramer

Glenna Ramer ’77 (Graysville, Tennessee)

Glenna Ramer is a family law attorney with more than 30 years of experience. An alumna also of Indiana University School of Law, she received the Harry Weill Zealous Practice of Law Award in 2019. She was also the recipient of the processional award from the local Inns of Court, and served on the Alternative Dispute Resolution Commission. She is a member of Rivermont Presbyterian Church, where she chairs the children’s Christian education committee. Her interests include reading, politics, gardening, sewing and hosting family gatherings.

Shawn Ramer

Shawn Ramer ’83 (Conestoga, Pennsylvania)   

Dr. Shawn Ramer currently consults for the health and wellness industry. Shawn retired from Bristol-Myers Squibb in 2016 where he was senior vice president of IT. Prior to BMS, he held global scientific  and technology leadership positions at Hoffmann La-Roche. He has  extensive experience in partnering with biotech, technology, and IT service companies. 

Shawn chaired several pharmaceutical industry forums for information management, served on the board of the eHealth Initiative, and has been involved as board member, former owner, and advisor of Shalom Mountain, a non-profit personal growth center in the Catskill mountains. 

Shawn is a third-generation EMU graduate, where he earned a BA in chemistry. He also holds a PhD in organic chemistry from the University of Alberta, and was a postdoctoral research fellow at Harvard Medical School. 

He is married to Victoria Myer ‘83; they have two adult daughters. Shawn and Victoria reside in Conestoga, Pennsylvania, and Escondido, California, and attend Community  Mennonite Church of Lancaster.


Mayor Deanna Reed

Deanna Reed (Harrisonburg, Virginia)

Mayor Deanna Reed was sworn into office for Harrisonburg City Council on January 3, 2017. Mayor Reed is a native of the city. She currently serves as the program director for On the Road Collaborative, a non-profit youth empowerment organization that serves more than 300 middle school and high school youth annually at Harrisonburg City Schools. She is a member of Word Ministries Christian Outreach Church.

Eloy Rodriguez

Eloy Rodriguez ’03 (New Providence, Pennsylvania)

Eloy Rodriguez serves as the Assistant Principal at Park Elementary in the Columbia Borough School District in Columbia, PA. He has spent 15 years in the education field, and recently earned a master's degree in school leadership from Millersville University. Eloy and his wife Becky have three children, Addie, Joel and Sarah, and are members of East Chestnut Street Mennonite Church

Jim Rosenberger

James Rosenberger ’68 (State College, Pennsylvania)

Dr. James L. Rosenberger is professor of statistics at Penn State University. An alumnus also of 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.

Rajarshi Roy, trustee

Rajarshi Roy (Takoma Park, Maryland)

Rajarshi Roy is a professor of physics at the University of Maryland, College Park. He has been a Benedict Distinguished Visiting Professor of Physics at Carleton College, director of the Institute for Physical Science and Technology at University of Maryland, and chair of the School of Physics at the Georgia Institute of Technology. His research specialty is the nonlinear dynamics of optical systems and networks. He is active at St. Luke Lutheran Church in Silver Spring, Maryland. He and his wife, Katherine, have deep appreciation for Anabaptist values. Their son, Partha, is a current EMU student.

Pam Tieszen

Pam Tieszen (Lancaster, Pennsylvania)

Dr. Pam Tieszen serves as superintendent of Lancaster Mennonite Schools, where she has the opportunity to share values of peace, service, love and restorative justice on a daily basis. She is an alumna of Freeman Junior College, Jamestown College, University of Sioux Falls and the University of St. Thomas, where she earned a doctoral degree in educational leadership. Pam has served in a variety of leadership roles within the church and higher education, including as vice president for advancement at Bethel College. A member of Witmer Heights Mennonite Church, she is on the executive council of the Mennonite Schools Council and active in the Paradise Rotary. A mother, grandmother and school leader, Pam believes the world is a better place when we teach, reflect and transform.

Vaughn Troyer

Vaughn Troyer ’93 (Millersburg, Ohio)

Vaughn Troyer is president of the Hummel Group, an insurance and financial services firm with offices in numerous Ohio and Indiana communities. He is a past president of the Westfield Insurance Company Agents Association and past president and board member of the Amish and Mennonite Heritage Center in Berlin. Vaughn and his family attend Berlin Mennonite Church, where he has served in a variety of lay leadership roles. He is married to Inga Hummel Troyer '93, and they have two daughters and a son.

Anne Kaufman Weaver

Anne Kaufman Weaver ’88, MDiv ’16 (Brownstown, Pennsylvania)

Anne Kaufman Weaver is a chaplain at Landis Homes Retirement Community in Lititz. She has also been a social worker, a youth pastor and a leadership coach and consultant. One of Anne’s greatest joys in life is navigating change and growth in individuals, families and organizations. She is an alumna also of Marywood University, and has received advanced coach training from Coach U. 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: Thomas Stuckey
www.mennoniteeducation.org

 

Meetings

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November 12-13, 2021
March 18-19, 2022
June 17-18, 2022

November 11-12, 2022
March 17-18, 2023
June 16-17, 2023

 
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