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New faces on the WA board

by Betsy Carlson, editor

May 3, 2007

The WordAlone Network annual convention elected six new individuals and re-elected one incumbent to the WordAlone board of directors on May 1.

Normally the convention elects four persons to the board each year, but due to one death and two resignations there were seven positions open this year.

The following were elected to three-year terms: incumbent Fred Baltz, pastor, Galena, Ill.; Doug Dillner, U.S. Naval Academy instructor, Riva, Md.; Rodger Johnson, manager of corporate computer systems and human resources, New Braunfels, Tex. and Carolyn Nestingen, attorney, St. Paul, Minn.

Elected to serve the remaining two years of Jen Mason's term, who died of cancer this year, was Chuck Hesse, medical doctor, Iowa City, Iowa.

Carl Fynboe, educational consultant, Lakewood, Wash., and Phillip Wold, medical doctor, Mankato, Minn., were elected to serve the remaining year of the two other vacant positions. Dennis Bielfeldt and Mary Jane Haemig resigned from the board on April 29. Bielfeldt resigned to devote time to the WordAlone Institute and Haemig left to focus her energies to her teaching, research and writing.

John Beem, Gracia Grindal went off the board because their terms ended. Incumbent Stephanie Olson, who served one term, was not re-elected.

At the directors annual meeting immediately after the convention, the board elected Bill Drew as chair, Fred Baltz as vice chair, Phil Wold as secretary and Irv Aal as treasurer. The board also re-elected Jaynan Clark Egland as president of the WordAlone Network.

In other action, the convention received, with thanks, theological fundamentals prepared by Bielfeldt two years ago. These statements were referred to the faculty of the WordAlone theological institute as information in the development of curriculum and courses.