Executive Board

The Women of the ELCA 15-member churchwide executive board is elected every three years or at the following convention.

The convention is made up of voting members from our 64 WELCA synodical women’s organizations plus the members of the churchwide executive board. The triennial convention is the highest legislative authority in our organization.

Because of the pandemic, the convention was unable to meet in July 2020, and the current board agreed to sit another year–until a virtual convention in August 2021.

Between conventions, the executive board functions as the board of directors for the organization and the interim legislative authority. The primary role of the board is to steer the organization in the right direction, helping it meet its mission. The board has an oversight role, monitoring the activities of the organization and ensuring that the organization is well-equipped to fulfill its mission. It establishes broad policies to guide and protect the organization. It monitors legal requirements. It receives regular reports from staff.

Clockwise from upper left, Joy Michalicek, Freddie Jordan, Raeann Purcell, Angela Bell

The board for the 2021-2023 triennium was elected at the Eleventh Triennial Convention held online, August 3-5, 2021.

Joy Michalicek of Duluth, Minn., is serving as churchwide president. Freddie Jordan of Columbus, Ohio, is vice president; Angela Bell of Palos Heights, Ill., is secretary; and Raeann Purcell of Deland, Fla., is treasurer.

Executive Board: 2021–2023

Board members may be contacted by sending a message to our office.


Joy Michalicek, president
Duluth, Minnesota
Northeastern Minnesota SWO (3E)

Freddie Jordan, vice president
Columbus, Ohio
Southern Ohio SWO (6F)

Angela Bell, secretary
Palos Heights, Illinois
Metro Chicago SWO (5A)

Raeann Purcell, treasurer
Deland, Florida
Florida-Bahamas SWO (9E)

Jennifer Armstrong-Schaefer
Latrobe, Pennsylvania
Southwestern Pennsylvania SWO (8B)

Elizabeth Burgess
Augusta, Maine
New England SWO (7B)

Lorie Garcia
Corpus Christi, Texas
Southwestern Texas SWO (4E)

Diane Henning
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Saint Paul Area SWO (3H)

Laura Krueger
Avondale, Arizona
Grand Canyon SWO (2D)

Yma Mulero
Carolina, Puerto Rico
Caribbean SWO (9F)

Jean Pishaw
Forest Grove, Oregon
Oregon SWO (1E)

Miranda Searcy
Lawton, Oklahoma
Arkansas-Oklahoma SWO (4C)

Lynette Todd
Baltimore, Maryland
Delaware/Maryland SWO (8F)

Dawn Wicklund
Superior, Wisconsin
Northwest Synod of Wisconsin SWO (5H)

Tracy Williams
Long Beach, California
Southwest California SWO (2B)