Resource Team


The Values-based Leadership Program is resourced by a team of insightful individuals whose well-developed Anabaptist perspective on leadership is supported by rich experience in many different contexts. These leaders also provide mentorship and feedback throughout the program’s five-month inter-term and within cohort team meetings during the on-site trainings.

2017-2018 Cohort Leaders 

Andrew Bodden

Andrew Bodden is originally from EL Progreso, Yoro Honduras, married for 20 years to Raquel Bodden and father of Joseph (17), Andrea (14), and Jeremy (10), he is an ordained minister for southeast Mennonite Conference (SMC), associate pastor for Iglesia Menonita Encuentro Renovación in Miami, FL., South Florida district minister for SMC, board member for Mennonite Mission Network. He has been working with Mennonite Central Committee East Coast in South Florida for 16 year and currently working in the position of Program Director where he provide leadership to the programs in New York, Philadelphia Puerto Rico and Florida, he also connects with Anabaptist pastors and churches throughout the East Coast and Puerto Rico.  In addition, he leads the MCC Immigration program in South Florida.

Andrew has worked for the Evangelical Center for Pastoral Studies in Central America (CEDEPCA) as a Honduras national coordinator in an ecumenical setting with pastors and leaders in Central America. Founder and general manager for Coemsa (Human resources consulting company in Honduras). Has experience working in multicultural setting in South and Central America, Dominican Republic, Mexico and in the US.

Andrew has served with Medical Mission International (MMI) in Honduras, Shoulder to Shoulder project with the University of Cincinnati in Honduras, Board member for the Honduran Theological Faculty, board member for Habitat for Humanity Honduras, former president of Christian Center for Humanitarian Services, and Mennonite Central Committee.

Andrew has a bachelor’s degree in Counseling, National University of Honduras (UNAH); bachelor’s degree (license) In Pedagogy, National University of Honduras (UNAH); masters in Human Resource Administration, Technological University of Central America (UNITEC); Training in Pastoral Ministries, Latin-American Biblical Seminary (SBL); and Socio-Theological Studies, Ecumenical Department of Investigation (DEI, San Jose, Costa Rica). Immigration training, Immigrant Legal resource Center (ILRC), Values – Based Leadership Program (VBLP 2015), other trainings in leadership, and pastoral care, among others.

Madalyn Metzger

Madalyn Metzger is the Vice President of Marketing for Everence Financial, a faith-based comprehensive financial services company based in Goshen, Indiana. In her role, Madalyn serves as the chief marketing officer for Everence, and is responsible for the strategic and operational vision of the organization’s marketing efforts across the U.S. She leads a national team responsible for creative marketing, branding, digital, media relations and communications.

Madalyn joined Everence in 2005 and has held a number of marketing-related positions, most recently as the organization’s Marketing Director. Prior to joining Everence, she worked in fundraising communication for Church World Service, an international humanitarian aid organization providing sustainable self-help, development, disaster relief and refugee assistance around the world.

In addition to her executive career, Madalyn is a member of the Manchester University (North Manchester, Indiana) Board of Trustees. Previously, she sat on the board of directors for

On Earth Peace from 2007 to 2015, serving as their board chair from 2008 to 2013; and the advisory board for New Community Project, an environmental and social justice organization, from 2006 to 2009. She is also a member of the American Marketing Association and Anabaptist Communicators.

Madalyn holds a Bachelor’s degree in interpersonal and organizational communications from Manchester University, which honored her in 2017 with a Young Alumni Outstanding Achievement Award. In 2014, she received the Everence Commitment to Excellence award. And, in 2008, Madalyn was recognized as one of the 40 young professionals under the age of 40 in northern Indiana and southern Michigan for her contribution and accomplishments in both the workplace and community.

Madalyn and her husband, Kris Brownlee, live in Bristol, Indiana, and attend the Goshen City Church of the Brethren. She is a 2016 graduate of the Values Based Leadership Program.

Garry Janzen

I grew up on a dairy farm at Rosthern, Saskatchewan, Canada and attended the Rosthern Mennonite Church.  In my young adult years I had the strong impulse to be evangelical, which led me to attending Winnipeg Bible College (WBC) for the years of 1982-85.  I had been observing students from Canadian Mennonite Bible College coming home in the summer time “reflecting” and students coming home from WBC “on fire.”  I wanted to be “on fire.”  While I was kind of running from the Mennonite Church, I ran right back into it.  The first church we attended while at WBC was Niverville Mennonite Church – they welcomed us, and we stayed.

We felt the call to overseas mission, and responded by going with Africa Inter-Mennonite Mission to Botswana for the years of 1985-88.  Living next door to apartheid in South Africa, I realised that the only way that apartheid could be dismantled without a major blood bath would be through nonviolent change.  The Mennonite Church believes in nonviolence, so this is where we staked our claim – a commitment to the Mennonite Church as the place to be and a place to serve.  Upon returning to Canada, I served on the board of the Commission on Overseas Mission for twelve years.

After serving as mission workers, I pastored two congregations: Zoar Mennonite Church in Langham, Saskatchewan from 1989-98, and Sherbrooke Mennonite Church in Vancouver, BC from 1998-2007.  I have been serving as the Mennonite Church British Columbia (MCBC) Executive Minister ever since (2007-persent).  My move to this current role was out of the desire to develop and encourage leaders, and to exercise my gifts in leadership more strongly.

I have built strong and rich relationships with leaders in the Mennonite Church for more than 30 years.  Mennonite Church Canada is currently going through a major change in how it exists, and I am privileged to be one of the executive ministers helping to give leadership to this journey.

Diane and I have been married for 39 years.  We have three adult children and they are all married.  We have three grandsons who are all coming up to their second birthday.  We live in Delta, BC.

Andrea Schrock Wenger

Andrea Schrock Wenger is a 2012 alum of VBLP from Harrisonburg, Va., though she grew up in Scottdale, Pa., near Laurelville. She earned a BA in English from Eastern Mennonite University and MA in community psychology from Penn State. Andrea has worked in administration and communications with Mennonite Central Committee in Akron, Pa., and Whitesburg, Kentucky; new business development with a community hospital; and ad director of marketing and communications for EMU since 2006. Recently she completed life coach training and will launch a coaching practice (andreawengercoaching.com) in early January 2018.

Andrea has been married to Delbert for 32 years and is the proud mama of Eli, who is in a chemistry master’s/PhD program at Penn State, and Leah, a sophomore psychology and music major at EMU.

 

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2017-2018 Additional Resource Team Members 

Carlos Romero, MBA

Carlos has worked with youth and young adults since 1985, when he began his career as business manager and administrator at Academia Menonita, a Mennonite school in Puerto Rico. From 1990 to 1999 he worked for Mennonite Board of Congregational Ministries as the denomination’s minister of youth. He served as vice president for student life and dean of students at Goshen College from 1999 to 2002 and, with his wife Celina, led the college’s first group of students to study abroad in the Study-Service Term program in Cuba.

Carlos earned an undergraduate degree in international relations from Bradley University in 1984 and an MBA in church management from Graduate Theological Foundation in 1997.

Carlos and his wife Celina have two children. They live in the Goshen area and attend Clinton Frame Mennonite Church.

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Lee Schmucker

Lee is the founder and partner of Schmucker Training & Consulting since 1993.  She works with organizations and professionals who want to attract and keep the best people.  Lee is passionate about helping organizations and leaders achieve their potential and goals.  Workplace research and self-assessment tools are used to customize solutions and strategies to clients’ unique needs and opportunities.

Lee consults with profits and nonprofits across the country including a number of church-related organizations; she is a consulting associate with MHS Alliance working with health and human service ministries, retirement communities, and congregations.  A frequent presenter at national and state conferences, she also works with boards to expand the governance capacity of not-for-profit organizations.  Lee regularly teaches for the Center of Management Development at Wichita State University (KS).  Lee is a member of the Values-based Leadership Program Steering Committee and was part of the original brainstorming group that gave birth to this program in 2000.  She identifies this program as one of her highlights each year.

Lee graduated from Hesston College (KS) and completed bachelor’s and MBA degrees at Wichita State University.  Before forming the Schmucker Training & Consulting firm in 1993, Lee served in executive and leadership positions.  The author of training manuals published nationally and internationally, Schmucker is an authorized distributor of Inscape Publishing self-assessment tools and Profile International’s employment selection testing materials. Schmucker serves on four boards of church-affiliated organizations and agencies.

After 25 years at Hesston College, Lee’s husband Marvin joined Schmucker Training & Consulting as a partner.  They managed logistics for four churchwide assemblies as well as other conferences such as Mennonite Health Assembly.  Together they have participated in ten international short-term projects at the Paris Mennonite Centre and with cooperatives in Kenya, South Africa, Swaziland, Malawi, Cameroon, and Zimbabwe.  After 20 years in Hesston, Lee and Marvin moved to Wichita.  They are active with Hope Mennonite Church (Wichita).  Lee loves to walk, travel, read, and solve crossword puzzles and other mind puzzles.

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Mim Shirk, VBLP Steering Committee Chair

Mim Shirk serves as Vice President of Mennonite Health Services (MHS) Alliance. Her role encompasses oversight and management of many aspects of the organization, which provides affiliation and consultation services to numerous Mennonite affiliated and other not-for-profit health care organizations in the United States.

Mim’s responsibilities include working with boards, committees and task forces to administer programs such as Mennonite Health Assembly, Values-based Leadership Program and Executive Circles. She also oversees marketing communication and member services.

Before joining MHS Alliance in 1997, Mim served in administrative and clinical roles in nursing homes in Harrisonburg, Virginia and Philadelphia, Pa. and with Head Start in Indiana. She advocated for clients and connected them with resources as well as supporting and teaching social work staff and students.

Mim holds Bachelors degrees in Social Work and Psychology from Eastern Mennonite University and a Masters in Social Work from Western Michigan University.

Mim is married to Ron Byler, who works for MCC USA. They have a son and live in Goshen, Indiana.

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Rick Stiffney, PhD

VBLP - Rick Stiffney, PhDRick Stiffney serves as President/CEO of Mennonite Health Services Alliance (MHS Alliance), which represents 71 Anabaptist faith-based health and human service providers, including retirement communities, inpatient and outpatient mental and behavioral health services providers, acute care hospitals and ministries serving troubled families and individuals with disabilities. The current membership serves more than 75,000 people of all ages across the United States.

Prior to joining MHS Alliance, Rick served in leadership positions including Greencroft Retirement Community and Mennonite Board of Missions. Rick holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Goshen College, a Master of Science in Administration from Notre Dame, and a Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership from Andrews University.

Rick has worked for over 25 years in various health and human service leadership capacities. During the last 10 years, his work as CEO of MHS Alliance has required strategic leadership of MHS Alliance but also engaged him as consultant and coach to numerous health and human service organizations within and well beyond the MHS Alliance membership. His current consulting work focuses on executive development, strategic planning, alliance formation, values integration, and not-for-profit board training/development.

He is a frequent presenter at state and national professional meetings. Rick has served on various not-for-profit boards and currently chairs the board of Goshen College.

Rick and wife Kathy live in Goshen and have two adult children. Rick has many interests, but his favorite is grandparenting.

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