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.

Emily Kom


Bethel, Menasha, WI, Paperland Circuit
Speech Language Pathologist for the Oshkosh Area School District
Enjoys road biking, traveling, baking, and socializing with family and friends

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.

Sheila Frey

Vice President

Zion, Mobridge, South Dakota
Central Dakota Circuit

Donna Kuehl


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.

Robin Christopher


Christ Alone, Dardenne Prairie, Missouri, Missouri Valley Circuit
Married to Tom since 1992
We enjoy being able to travel and work several weeks a year from our RV.
Have held several offices in the Missouri Valley Circuit including President, Treasurer, Spiritual Growth Woman
Have attended every LWMS Annual Convention since the 41st in 2004

Ruth Schmitzer

Spiritual Growth-Mission Awareness BAM Coordinator

Trinity, Jenera, Ohio - Ohio Circuit
Maiden name - Cordes, grew up near Bend, Oregon
Husband - Pastor Alois Schmitzer III, aka "Brownie"
Six children: Grant, Silas, Faith, Jordan, Preston, Lana
Twelve grandchildren, including one due by Christmas 2017
LWMS involvement - former congregation reporter; at the circuit level - spiritual growth woman, secretary, and president
Church involvement - VBS, Christmas for Kids, choir, Ladies Aid, volunteer, former substitute teacher and teacher's aid    
Interests: family, friends, piecing/quilting, garden/nutrition, canning/freezing, reading
Part time employment: professional house cleaner, book keeper, Mary Kay Cosmetics

Trish Babler

Communications Coordinator

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.  

James Douglas

Pastoral Advisor

Grace, Charlotte, North Carolina, Heritage Circuit
Married to Sarah 
Former pastoral advisor of the Wisconsin River Valley Circuit
Has served in both mission and large congregations; currently began mission efforts in nearby city
Has experience with developing and maintaining websites for world mission sites
Loves traveling with and spending time with his family

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

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
Patsy Kramer

Bethel, Sioux Falls, SD, Minnekota Circuit
Leigh McGrath

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