Board of Directors
The Board of Directors of MB Foundation may have between 8 and 15 members. Nominations to serve are made by current Board of Directors and must be approved by the U.S. Conference of MB Churches. The U.S. Conference Treasurer is automatically a member of the Board. Two face-to-face meetings are scheduled each year and various meetings happen as needed via telephone or e-mail.
Daniel Ray, Chairman
Mr. Ray received a B.S. degree from California State University Fresno. He is a Certified Financial Planner, and is the President and shareholder of Regency Investment Advisors, Inc., a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Registered Investment Advisory firm in Fresno, California. He brings to our board 20 years of professional investment experience. His history of volunteer service includes: Ten years serving as a citizen advisory member on the investment committee of the City of Fresno Retirement Systems; Past President of the Fresno Estate Planning Council; Board member and Chairman, Central California Mennonite Residential Services; and Past President, Exceptional Parents Unlimited Board of Directors. Dan currently serves on the Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary Committee. Mr. Ray has served on the MB Foundation board since July 2000. Following the expiration of his elected term in July 2018, Dan was appointed by the board to continue serving.
Randy C. Hamm, Vice Chairman
Mr. Hamm graduated from Tabor College in Hillsboro, Kansas. Mr. Hamm was born and raised in Enid, Oklahoma, where he still resides. Since 1984, Mr. Hamm has owned and managed his own auto dealership in Enid, Stuart Nissan. He is active in the Enid community, and has served on the Board of Directors for the Enid United Way. Mr. Hamm has served on the MB Foundation board since 2004. His current term expires in 2020.
Gaven Banik, Secretary
Mr. Banik is the Fixed Operations Manager at Luxury Auto Mall of Sioux Falls in Sioux Falls, SD. He has been with the company for over 25 years. He currently attends Lincoln Hills Bible Church in Sioux Falls and serves on the elder board. His leadership board service has included Sunshine Bible Academy (Miller, SD) and the Central District Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches Board of Trustees. His current term expires in 2022.
Tharen D. Spahr, Assistant Secretary
Mr. Spahr earned his B.A. degree in business administration from Doane College. Later he earned his B.S. degree in accounting from Wichita State University. He is the Vice President – Finance at HOC Industries, Inc., a contract packager of liquid products, in Wichita, Kansas. From 1991 to 2001, Mr. Spahr was the Chief Financial Officer at StraightLine Manufacturing, Inc. in Newton, Kansas. He was a staff accountant with Allen, Gibbs & Houlik, CPA’s in Wichita, Kansas from 1989 to 1991. He attends First Mennonite Brethren Church in Wichita, Kansas and served on the MB Foundation board as an elected member from 2010-2018. Mr. Spahr now serves as the U.S. Conference Treasurer and therefore remains a member of the MB Foundation board of directors.
Mr. Bernardoni received a B.S. degree from California State University Fresno. He currently serves as President of a medical supply company in Fresno that specializes in meeting the needs of patients residing in Skilled Nursing Facilities. Mr. Bernardoni currently serves on the Board of Trustees at Reedley Mennonite Brethren Church where his wife and three children have been attending for 15 years. His current term expires in 2022.
Mr. Erickson has worked in the technology industry in numerous capacities, including sales, business development, marketing, and social media. He has also provided computer software training and business research for Christian radio stations in many parts of the world. A graduate in Global Studies from the University of Northwestern - St. Paul, Mr. Erickson is currently pursuing a Masters of Biblical and Theological Studies from Dallas Theological Seminary. He is a member of South Mountain Community Church in Utah. His current term expires in 2020.
Mr. Goertzen is a faculty member within the Department of Leadership Studies at Fort Hays State University (FHSU) since 2003. He earned his doctoral degree in Community and Human Resources with a specialization in Leadership from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln in 2003. Mr. Goertzen has facilitated numerous leadership workshops, seminars and retreats for organizations such as the FHSU Alumni Board, Northwest Kansas Mayors' Association, Kansas Environmental Leadership Program, Small Business Development Center, Garrison Workforce at Fort Riley, and his local church. He and his family are members of North Oak Community Church in Hays, Kansas where he serves on the elder board. His term expires in 2022.
Mr. Lemma is a licensed architect, and is employed at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Kansas City District. He was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He received his bachelor's degree from the University of Kansas in 2005 and has worked for private companies on various commercial projects. Mr. Lemma and his family attend Ethiopian Christian Fellowship Church in Olathe, KS where he serves on the building committee board and in music ministry. His current terms expires in 2022.
Ken Neufeld is a real estate broker who has been involved in the real estate industry since 1980. He earned his B.A. degree from Sir Wilfred Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario and a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Mr. Neufeld is a current member of the National, California, and Fresno Association of Realtors. He has served two terms as President of the Fresno association and also served as treasurer for the association’s Budget & Finance Committee. He has been a member of the Property & Finance Committee of Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary for seven years, including three years as its chair. Mr. Neufeld served on the U.S. Conference Board of Trustees from 1994 to 2002, including several terms as chair. He has served on the MB Foundation board since 1994, and as chairman from 2002 to 2007. His current term expires in 2020.
Lynn V. Schneider
Mr. Schneider holds a B.S. degree in Business Administration from Huron University in Huron, South Dakota, and attended the American Bankers Association and Graduate School of Banking at the University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware. He was a loan officer and branch manager for the Farm Credit System Production Credit Association for ten years and was president of the Marquette Bank of Huron, South Dakota for 15 years. He is currently President & CEO of American Bank & Trust in Huron where he has been employed since January 2002. He is also Vice-President and a director of Leackco Bank Holding Company, Inc., and Secretary of American Trust Insurance, LLC. Mr. Schneider has been a director and board chairman of the Greater Huron Development Corporation, the Huron Regional Medical Center Hospital, the James Valley Christian School and the Griffith Foundation. He has also served as a director for the South Dakota State University Foundation and a director and president of the South Dakota Bankers Association. He has served as director of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines. Mr. Schneider has served on MB Foundation’s Board since July 2000. Following the expiration of his elected term in July 2018, Lynn was appointed by the board to continue serving.
Mr. Wall is a Certified Financial Planner and owns an independent financial planning business. He has been active in the local FPA chapter since 1995. He currently attends Stony Brook Church in Omaha, Nebraska and has served as an elder for 8 years. Mr. Wall has been involved with church planting and building projects in churches since 1990. He has served several terms with the Central District Conference on Board of Trustees, Faith & Life and presently Church Planting Board. His current term expires in 2020.
Greg Quiring, Special Consultant
Mr. Quiring attended Reedley College and California State University Fresno where he studied Business and Real Estate. He is a Principal and Vice President of Quiring Corporation, a statewide commercial construction and development company based in Fresno, California. The company specializes in healthcare, office and retail projects. Mr. Quiring is the Board Chair of the Bach Children’s Choir based in the Fresno area serving second grade through High School students in choral music. Mr. Quiring currently serves on the Construction Management Advisory Board at California State University in Fresno, CA. He previously served as the Treasurer of the U.S. Conference Leadership Board and served on the MB Foundation board from 2005 to 2016. Greg now serves at the request of the board as Special Consultant.
Reg Boothe, Director Emeritus
Mr. Boothe has been an entrepreneur since 1968, building, owning, operating and selling a variety of businesses. He lives in Wichita, KS with his wife, Nancy, and is a long-time member of First MB Church. Mr. Boothe served on the Board of Trustees of the U.S. Conference for eight years prior to joining the MB Foundation Board of Directors. He has been involved with MB Foundation’s board or its predecessor, since 1980. In the spring of 2010, the board voted to bestow Director Emeritus status to Mr. Boothe in recognition of 30 years of faithful service and leadership.
Donald L. Martens, Director Emeritus
Mr. Martens, a life long resident of Fairview, OK, was involved in farming and manufacturing for many years. In 1980, when President of Waldon, Inc., he received a very special honor as Oklahoma Small Business Person of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration. He and his wife, Joyce, are active members of Fairview MB Church. In 1977, Mr. Martens was elected to the General Conference of MB Churches Board of Trustees and remained on that board until transitioning to the MB Foundation Board of Directors at its inception in 1991. He was named the first Chair of MB Foundation and served in that capacity for ten years. He retired from the Board at the end of 2002, having served MB Foundation and its predecessor for 25 years. Mr. Martens was recognized by the board for his outstanding service and excellent leadership, by being granted the status of Director Emeritus.