Staff

The work of Women of the ELCA is carried out by the women who participate in the organization in congregations and synods across the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

In the churchwide office in Chicago, nine women serve as staff, providing support and resources to you. To contact a staff member by email, please use our contact form and add the staff person’s name to the subject line. Thank you.

Congregational unit support »

Eva Yeo, director for membership, supports the more than 4,500 congregational, intercongregational, and special units of our organization and relates to congregations that currently do not have a unit of Women of the ELCA.

Eva Yeo
800-638-3522, ext. 2450

Gather magazine »

Elizabeth Hunter is the editor. Sarah Carson is the managing editor. They share responsibilities for publishing, planning, editing, and managing the magazine, its advertising, and its website, www.gathermagazine.org.

For questions about the magazine’s content and Bible study, contact:

Elizabeth Hunter
800-638-3522, ext. 2537
[email protected]

Sarah Carson
800-638-3522, ext. 2766
 [email protected]

Gather Subscription Services:
PO Box 336
Congers, NY  10920-0336
844-409-0576 (toll-free)
or 845-267-3074

Subscribe to Gather

Café editor and director for intergenerational programs »

Our monthly online publication for and with young adult women is produced by Elizabeth McBride. Find it at boldcafe.org. Beth also connects with young adult women across the church, especially on college and seminary campuses, and plays a lead role in Women of the ELCA’s presence at the ELCA Youth Gathering and networking events involving young adults. She conducts monthly online dinner events (B.Y.O.D) to bring different generations together with a Cafe author.

Elizabeth McBride
800-638-3522, ext. 2745

Communication

As director for communication, Terri Lackey handles news, including the monthly e-newsletter, Bold Connections; social media, including blogs, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest; and general questions about communications work.

Terri Lackey
800-638-3522, ext. 2732

Discipleship »

As director for discipleship, Valora Starr develops and coordinates programs, events, and conversations that involve discerning God’s call, understanding God’s gifts, and responding to God’s presence in our lives. Valora also serves as coordinator of Women of the ELCA’s global education network and administers the scholarship program, which offers annual scholarships for post-secondary education and graduate studies.

Valora Starr
800-638-3522, ext. 2741

Justice »

The director for justice position is open after Jennifer DeLeon moved into a new position with the ELCA.

Stewardship »

Audrey Novak Riley, director for stewardship, coordinates stewardship resources and conversations about how women can contribute to the financial sustainability of Women of the ELCA.

Audrey Novak Riley
800-638-3522, ext. 2736

Administrative Assistant

Deana Velandra, administrative assistant, provides administrative support to the executive director and staff, assisting in planning, coordinating, and implementing services, projects, and events. She supports the executive director’s work related to the governance of the organization and assists with clerical work.

Deana Velandra
800-638-3522, ext. 2899

Executive director

Linda Post Bushkofsky, executive director of Women of the ELCA, is responsible for the overall management and direction of the churchwide staff and seeing that the policies and plans of the organization are met. She works closely with each staff member and communicates regularly with participants, synodical officers and boards, ecumenical partners, and other offices and expressions of the ELCA.

Linda Post Bushkofsky
800-638-3522, ext. 2740