LWMS Board of Directors

Members of the LWMS board are elected to a two or four-year term by the membership. For more information on nominating yourself or someone to serve on the LWMS board, please contact the president-elect.

Cynthia Natsis


Cynthia is a member of Trinity in Saline, Michigan, in the Alpha Circuit.  
She’s married to Rev. William Natsis II, with whom she has four adult children, Matthew, Claire, Erica, and Jared.  
She’s a WELS elementary school teacher and the former Alpha Circuit president.  
Cynthia chaired the Worship Committee for the 44th Annual LWMS Convention in Detroit in 2007.  
She has attended  many conventions and enjoys singing in the choir.  
She is very thankful for her family’s involvement in mission work.

Patsy Kramer


Patsy is an LWMS reporter. She assisted with the 2004 convention in Sioux Falls, and she served on the LWMS Awareness Committee (LAC). She and her LAC members presented the new Ignite initiative at the 2018 convention. She served as spiritual growth woman for the Minnekota Circuit from 2014 to 2018.

She serves on the Care Committee for Called Workers and the Flower Committee and is a choir member. She organizes activities such as a ladies’ coffee hour, bowling, bike rides, and is currently organizing a ladies’ spa day using the LWMS RRR Bible studies. She has attended the School of Outreach with the Bethel team and served as outreach co-coordinator.  She was part of the Bethel and Good Shepherd team, which researched outreach possibilities within Sioux Falls, leading to approval of BHM funds in 2018 for a new start in Brandon, South Dakota.

Patsy works for Sanford Health Human Resources and has been an HR advisor since 2016, serving as a resource to 150+ leaders. She assists leaders with business strategies related to Human Resources.

Kris Olson

Vice President

Lincoln Heights, Des Moines, Iowa
Wild Rose Circuit

LWMS: Kris has served as president and vice president for LWMS circuits in Iowa and in Ohio. In 2019, she was a co-chair for the Annual Convention in Des Moines, Iowa.

Church: Kris has served as president, treasurer, and secretary of church women’s groups. While living in Ohio, she was the church secretary at Immanuel Lutheran in Findlay. She has taught Sunday school for many years and is an organist at Lincoln Heights Lutheran in Des Moines. She also helps with the children’s Sunday school  music. She is presently serving as secretary on the stateside committee for the WELS Central Africa Medical Mission. This past summer, Kris and her husband visited Malawi as part of a CAMM public relations tour and subsequently gave a presentation about the trip at her circuit’s fall rally.

Other: Kris lives in Ames, Iowa, with her husband of 49 years, Dale. They have two sons, Chad and Cory. Both sons are married with families, making them grandparents of seven. She worked for Edward Jones as an on-call office assistant before retiring at the end of 2014. She has also worked as an administrative assistant for a printing company, a financial secretary for a church, and a bank teller.


Mary Jo Barnes


Zion, Torrance, California
Golden West Circuit

LWMS: Mary Jo has attended all but two LWMS conventions since1995. She has served almost constantly as the circuit trainer, publicity coordinator, and secretary for the Golden West circuit since that time. She co-chaired the 2002 Annual Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Church: She has held many positions in the church and currently serves as a greeter, choir member, Evangelism Committee member, Mary-Martha vice president, and teen Bible class leader. She received her evangelism certificate from Martin Luther College in 2018. She is the administrator and designer for a daily Bible verse of the day picture that is posted on social media on six different sites, such as the Only the Word page, the WELS Women’s Ministry page, Hearts for Saving Souls on Facebook, the Tell Network, Reddit, and Instagram.

Other:  Mary Jo has been working full time in a hospital since 1974 (until last year when she switched to part-time) as an imaging specialist. She is one of few specialists in the United States that is registered in nearly all forms of ultrasound and is highly respected for her expertise. Mary Jo loves to read mystery books, does various sewing projects, crafts, handiwork, and doing crossword puzzles, especially the New York Times crossword puzzle. 


Rebecca Jungwirth


Paperland Circuit; St. Matthew, Appleton, Wisconsin
Rebecca was a circuit treasurer; she was the treasurer and a member of the registration and worship committees for the 2018 convention. She has attended eight conventions and is a regular attendee at circuit rallies; she has also assisted with hosting circuit rallies.

She prepares weekly worship slides and is the treasurer of the Dorcas Society (LWMS group). She is a member of the choir and the Altar Care Committee and assists with Advent by Candlelight, Christmas for Kids, and other outreach activities. She has served as the head librarian and a school volunteer.

Rebecca is a CPA who has been employed in public accounting for 14 years; she has good computer skills in Microsoft Office programs and QuickBooks. She has public speaking experience and is an active member of a community service organization, having held board positions including president and treasurer. She has assisted with online education for a son with autism. Rebecca has been married for 36 years and has two children; she welcomes the opportunity to use her skills to support missions.


Sophie Korte

Spiritual Growth-Mission Awareness BAM Coordinator

Golden West Circuit; Zion, Torrance, California
Sophie has served nine times as a Golden West Circuit officer, four of which were as spiritual growth woman (SGW). As SGW, she took TV game shows and redesigned them into mission/Bible-based games for circuit rallies. She created an LWMS Passport in 2008 for the Golden West Circuit.

She has served as church altar guild president five of the last seven years.

Until her retirement Sophie worked for an automobile manufacturer, where she designed an inventory management system for damaged vehicles, resulting in a significant savings of time and money. She gave weekly and monthly presentations to groups of up to 300. She has many years of experience using Excel and PowerPoint. She traveled extensively for business and continues to travel for pleasure. According to Sophie, she is “blessed with an incredible husband who recognizes the importance of mission work and supports LWMS activities.”


Patty Hirthe

Communications Coordinator

St. John, Kaukauna, Wisconsin
Paperland Circuit

LWMS: Patty currently serves on the Communications Committee, producing and distributing the LWMS monthly e-newsletter Notes. She is a reporter and former circuit secretary; she was co-chair of the publicity committee for the 2018 convention in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

Church: She is a member of the altar guild and Sonshine Committee and a former Sunday school teacher. She also served on the 150th Anniversary Committee for St. John.

Other: Patty works as an executive administrative assistant for Guardian Life Insurance, utilizing her extensive computer skills every day. She has been married to Christian for 16 years and has two children: Merrick, a sophomore at Fox Valley Lutheran High School, and Aiden, an 8th grader at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran School.


Jonathan Zietlow

Pastoral Advisor

Lake Superior Circuit; Grace, Crivitz, Wisconsin
Pastor Zietlow has served as the pastoral advisor for the Lake Superior Circuit. 

He served as a tutor at Luther Preparatory School. His mission experience includes exploratory work in Lexington, Kentucky, resulting in Victory Lutheran Church.

Pastor Zietlow was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska. He graduated from Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in 1998. He and his wife Rachel have three children.


Paul Schulz

Pastoral Advisor

Grace, Safford, Arizona, Grand Canyon -East Circuit  
Married to Ella
Served as missionary on the Apache reservation for 12 years; cared for by circuits assigned as their BAM missionary 
Served as Arizona/California District Nominating Committee; speaker in Milwaukee, southern Michigan, and in Martinez, Georgia, about mission work on the Apache reservation 
President of local Rotary Club; docent/tour guide for the Mt. Graham International Observatories (MGIO) in Safford; president of our local Desert Skygazers, local astronomy club

Board Meeting Highlights - see on the News page

Bylaws - download from Circuits page

Financial Support - information on funds and giving

Mission Projects - Current and past

Newsletters - see on the News page

President's Message see on the News page

Resource Catalog - download from Circuits page


Bylaws Committee

Members to the Bylaws Committee are appointed by the board to serve a three-year term.
Jill Doering, Chair

St. Paul, Lake Mills, Wisconsin, Capitol Circuit

  Karin Loftin

Beautiful Savior, College Station, Texas, Gulf Coast Circuit

  Carol Peeper

Zion, Columbus, Wisconsin, Beaver Dam Circuit

Communications Committee Members

Members to the Communications Committee are appointed by the board to serve a three-year term.
Patty Hirthe

Communications Coordinator LWMS Board of Directors
Ramona Czer

St. Paul, New Ulm, Minnesota, Minnesota Valley Circuit
Cindy Hanisch

St. John, Lomira, Wisconsin, Dodge-Washington Circuit
Joan Meier

Pilgrim, Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, Milwauke Metro-North Circuit
Kristie Schroeder

St.Paul, Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, Wisconsin River Valley Circuit
Sallie Draper
Social Media Coordinator

Christ the Lord, Brookfield, Wisconsin
Milwaukee Metro-North


LWMS Awareness Committee Members (LAC) 

Members of the LAC are appointed by the board for a three-year term.
Karen Goetzinger, chair

St. Paul, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, Freedom Circuit
Jennifer Vik

St. Paul’s, Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin, Rock River Circuit
Leigh McGrath

St. Paul, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, Freedom Circuit
Patsy Kramer, president-elect is also a member of this committee.

Other Appointed Positions


Appointed by the board for a three year-term.

Linda Klein
David's Star, Jackson, Wisconsin, Milwaukee Metro-North Circuit