Concordia Lutheran Ministries Elects Six New Board Members for 2018

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Concordia Lutheran Ministries Elects Six New Board Members for 2018

West Deer Twp., PA – Keith E. Frndak, President and CEO, Concordia Lutheran Ministries announced the election of six new board members  yesterday at the annual delegate meeting. Eighteen board members comprise the governing body and represent 32 Lutheran Churches Missouri Synod in the western Pennsylvania area.

Installed by Rev. Jack Hartman, director of chaplaincy services, the newly elected members follow. Each will serve a three-year term.

Mary Ann Bornemann of Plum Borough
Mary Ann has been married for 42 years to Douglas and they have two daughters and two grandchildren. Retired for nine years as the administrative assistant to the principal at Redeemer Lutheran School, she enjoys floral arranging, gardening, shopping, and her volunteer work at Grace Lutheran Church in Penn Hills where she has served as Recording Secretary, Altar Guild Chair. In addition, Maryann works on Redeemer Lutheran School’s Annual Fund Campaign and played a leadership role in the LCMS Planting Gospel Seeds While Serving Human Needs outreach.  This will be her second consecutive term as a director. She was Chair of the Home Care Committee and served on the Quality Assurance and Compliance Committee.   

Peter Humphrey of Cranberry Township
A 1991 graduate of Penn State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Architectural Engineering, Peter was appointed President of SYNTHEON, North America in December 2012 after serving as the Director of Design and Engineering since joining SYNTHEON under NOVA Chemicals in 2010. A member of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Freedom, he currently serves as Head Elder. He is married to wife, Terri and has two children. This is Peter’s second consecutive year as a director. He was elected Vice Chairman for the Board last year and was a member of the Executive and Strategic planning Committees.  

Rev. Barry J. Keurulainen of Cabot
Shepherd at St Luke, Cabot since 1982, Rev. Keurulainen served on the Concordia Board for 15 years previously.  He also held leadership roles in the Eastern District, LCMS Board of Evangelism Services and its Board of Directors for the Lutheran Family Association and has written many devotions and Bible studies for Concordia Publishing House. He is married to Andie, and they have two grown daughters who live out of town and two grandchildren. He can be heard every Sunday on WORD-FM at 10:30 a.m. He served the previous three years as a director and this past year as Chairman of the Mission and Ministry Committee.

Paul Rehkopf of Murrysville
Retired after 38 years at UPMC as Director of Laser Surgery, Paul is a former member of the clinical faculty at Pitt’s School of Medicine and Chairman of the Medical Staff Laser Committee. Paul and his wife Laura have been members of Calvary for more than 30 years where he has served as an elder and a member of the chancel choir. He served seven previous terms on the Concordia parent board and sings with the Masterworks Concert Choral. Paul chaired the Quality Assurance and Compliance Committee this past year.

Bob Schmidt of McMurray
Bob is a graduate of Duquesne University with a master’s degree in business education and the University of Notre Dame’s Bayer custom MBA Program. Retired Vice President of Bayer Corporation in the area of global Healthcare Information Management, North America Information Technology and Operations an E-business & Technology, Bob also served as chairman, elder and chairman of the Board of Education for Zion in Bridgeville where he and his wife Diana have been members of 48 years. They have two children and six grandchildren. He served last year on both the finance and Audit and Strategic Planning Committees.

Aubrey Merkle of Wexford
Newly elected this year is Aubrey Merkle of Wexford, a newer member of First Trinity and a Pittsburgh resident for only three years. She graduated with a B.S. in Integrated Language Arts in Secondary Education from Defiance College and a M.Ed. in Student Affairs in Higher Education Administration from Wright State University both in Ohio. Her most recent employment was Academic Advising Coordinator and Instructor for Academic Affairs at Carlow University. She and her husband Thomas, married for eight years adopted three teenage sisters (two with special needs) six years ago. Aubrey serves on the Board of Directors for North Park Trail Runners, and has completed seven ultramarathons. She serves on the Disability Access Committee working to raise funds for renovating the church to be universally accessible.

Presented with a thank-you plaque was Jim Limbaugh, St.Luke Cabot and former Vice Chairman chairman of the Board, for 25 years of service.

Twenty churches were represented and a total of 50 delegates as well as management staff and guests were in attendance. Keith E. Frndak, President and CEO is both impressed and delighted with the caliber of the candidates and looks forward to robust expansion and strong support of our mission of faithful caring.