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Bethesda elects new officers for executive committee

December 15, 2018

The Bethesda Lutheran Communities’ Board of Directors elected a new slate of officers to serve on its executive committee.

“Congratulations to our newly elected board of directors executive committee for 2019,” said Mike Thirtle, Ph.D., president and CEO of Bethesda. “We are truly grateful for their and our other board members’ leadership and service as we support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities across the nation.”

Virginia Miller, Ph.D., is from Rochester, Minnesota and was re-elected to a second term as chairwoman and has been a member of the board of directors since November 2010. She has served in leadership roles on the board, including as chairwoman of the Audit Committee and vice chairman of the board.

Dr. Miller is a professor of surgery and physiology, director of the Women’s Health Research Center and principal investigator for the training program Building Interdisciplinary Careers in Women’s Health at Mayo Clinic, Rochester. Her research focuses on how conditions specific to women affect aging and risk for chronic disease. She holds a masters of business administration degree from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota and a Ph.D. in physiology from the University of Missouri.

Rev. Jay DeBeir, vice chairman has been a member of the board since May 2018. He is from Eureka, Missouri and brings expertise as a pastor and a senior executive for both national health care organizations and global ministries.

He currently serves as executive vice president and chief operating officer at Lutheran Hour Ministries located in St. Louis, where he provides leadership for strategy and operations, finance, information technology, human resources, and marketing/creative services. He previously served as vice president of operations for Horizon Health Corp., where he oversaw multiple health care facilities across the United States.

Rev. DeBeir was ordained through Concordia Seminary St. Louis and previously earned his master of business administration degree from Benedictine University, his master of arts degree in clinical psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology in Chicago, and his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Aurora University.

Randall Odzer will be the treasurer and has been a member of the board since November 2017. Odzer offers extensive financial and governance expertise. He also is chair of the Business Committee and is Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Bethesda Foundation.

From Des Moines, Iowa, Odzer is the chief financial officer of the U.S. Insurance Solutions division of Principal Financial Group, a Fortune 500 global financial services company. Odzer has diverse health care and insurance experience as CFO of several organizations, including: OptumHealth Care Solutions, United Behavioral Health and Cigna Behavioral Health. Odzer holds a masters of business administration degree from Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Catherine Brondos of Haymarket, Virginia, is secretary. She has been a member of the board since November 2011 and served as vice chairwoman last year. A lifelong educator, she is currently a trainer/coach specializing in peer teaching. As a high school teacher and administrator in three states, Brondos initiated innovative programs for underachieving and special populations, and was instrumental in creating two alternative high schools. After completing her career in public education, she taught at a private university in Colorado where she helped establish its special education teacher certification program.

Brondos completed post graduate programs in special education and school administration at the University of Denver; and has a master of arts degree in botany (ecology) from the University of Kansas and a Bachelor of Science degree in education from Concordia University.

Other members continuing to serve on the board of directors include, Karen Carter, formerly with Riverfront, Inc., and president of the Bethesda Auxiliary, Whitehall (advisory director); Malcolm Conner, corporate council member of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Malvern, Pennsylvania; Dave Keil, The Lash Lounge, Ann Arbor, Michigan; Ardis Loeber, retired from Bethesda, Fort Myers, Florida; Deaconess Tiffany Manor, Human Care of the New England District of the LCMS, New Hartford, Connecticut; Christine Tricoli, H.W. Kaufman Group, Broomfield, Michigan; Ellen Trytek, WipFli, LLP, Elm Grove; J. Larry Tyler, Practical Governance Group, Sandy Springs, Georgia; Cesar Villalpando, retired from Kaiser Permanente, Burbank, California; and John Wiktor, Horwood Marcus & Berk Chartered, Valparaiso, Indiana.

The following former members of the board of directors have left after serving the maximum amount of time allowed by bylaws: Dr. Roger L. Burtner, retired senior research associate, Fullerton, California; Frederick D. Mundt, formerly with AZ Electronic Materials, Crossville, Tennessee; and David M. Kahle, Agency Advancement of Upbring, Austin, Texas.

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