International

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

President
president@lwms.org

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

President-elect
presidentelect@lwms.org

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.
 

Sheila Frey

Vice President
vicepresident@lwms.org

Zion, Mobridge, South Dakota
Central Dakota Circuit

Donna Kuehl

Secretary
secretary@lwms.org

Mountain of the Lord, Wausau, Wisconsin
Wisconsin River Valley Circuit

Donna is retired after a long career in the computer software industry and she is never bored!
Donna serves as LWMS Reporter and VBS Coordinator.
She is active in her congregation's women’s group and outreach committee
She enjoys planning and attending circuit rallies and has served multiple terms as both circuit president and secretary.
Donna has attended several LWMS Conventions and finds each more amazing and inspiring than the last.
She enjoy quilting, theater, Badger sports, volunteering and a good mystery.

Rebecca Jungwirth

Treasurer
treasurer@lwms.org

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
bam@lwms.org

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.”

 

Trish Babler

Communications Coordinator
cc@lwms.org

I live in Van Dyne, Wisconsin and  am  a member of St. Paul’s, North Fond du Lac in the Winnebago Circuit.   I’m  also a proud alumna of Winnebago Lutheran Academy (Class of 1982) 

I’ve have been married to David, since July of 1984.  Together we’ve raised two pretty fantastic children, Tyler and Caroline.
 
My professional career has spanned over 30 years,  most of which have been spent as an administrative assistant or some other variation of that job title.  Currently, I work at Silver Star Brands in Oshkosh, WI as an executive assistant.  

Aside from attending our Circuit Rallies over the years, my LWMS experience began in earnest when I attended the 44th Annual Convention in Detroit with my mom.  Little did I know, a few years later, when I turned in that time and talents sheet, how much that one little sheet of paper would change my life!  I was asked to serve on the Communications Committee in 2012 and just about at the end of my second term on that committee, I agreed to be on the ballot for Communications Coordinator and was blessed to be elected.  

My favorite past-time is spending time with my family.  I love to travel any chance I get (anything Disney, please!)  I’m a fan of all of our Wisconsin sports teams.  I also love to read, to spend time at the cottage in the north woods and doing anything creative, especially with my daughter.  
 

Jonathan Zietlow

Pastoral Advisor
pastor1@lwms.org

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
pastor2@lwms.org

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

Grace, Columbia, Missouri, Missouri Valley 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.
Trish Babler

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
Patricia Hirthe

St. John, Kaukauna, Wisconsin, Paperland Circuit
Joan Meier

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

St.Paul, Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, Wisconsin River Valley Circuit

 

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, WI, 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

Endowment Fund Coordinator

Appointed by the board for a three year-term.

Karen Fischer
Good Shepherd, West Bend, Wisconsin, Dodge-Washingto Circuit



 

Historian

Appointed by the board for a three year-term.


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