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 is on sabbatical until Sept. 4, 2019.)

Eva Yeo
800-638-3522, ext. 2450

Gather magazine »

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

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

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Café editor and director for intergenerational programs »

Our monthly on-line publication for and with young adult women is produced by Elizabeth McBride. Find it at 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 specializes in conducting workshops about communication among different generations through social media.

Elizabeth McBride
800-638-3522, ext. 2745


As director for communication, Terri Lackey handles news, including Interchange and 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 scholarships program, which offers annual scholarships for post-secondary education and graduate studies.

Valora Starr
800-638-3522, ext. 2741

Justice »

As director for justice, Jennifer DeLeon assists the organization in advocating for the oppressed and voiceless, urging change in systems and structures that exclude and alienate and working for peace and justice. The director for justice designs, develops, implements and evaluates resources and learning opportunities in justice areas that assist participants in living out the purpose and mission of Women of the ELCA. These have included in the past racial justice, human trafficking, care of creation, domestic violence and disability issues, to name a few.

Jen DeLeon
800-638-3522, ext. 2455.

Stewardship »

Audrey Novak Riley, director for stewardship and development, 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