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Board of Trustees

Dates

November 12, 2018MondayCollege Place, Washington
March 11, 2019MondayPortland, Oregon
May 6, 2019MondayCollege Place, Washington
August 20, 2019 (moved from August 13)TuesdayRidgefield, Washington (Executive Committee)
November 11, 2019 (moved from November 18)MondayCollege Place, Washington
March 9, 2020MondayPortland, Oregon
May 4, 2020MondayCollege Place, Washington
August 25, 2020TuesdayRidgefield, Washington (Executive Committee)
November 16, 2020MondayCollege Place, Washington

Members

John Freedman

Vancouver, Washington

Chair

John Freedman has served the Seventh-day Adventist Church as a pastor and administrator since 1981. After graduating from Andrews University Theological Seminary, he and Malinda began their pastoral ministry in the New Jersey Conference before moving to the Rocky Mountain Conference in 1987 to pastor the Littleton, Colorado SDA Church. In 1993 John was called to the Northern California Conference to be senior pastor of the Roseville, California SDA Church. John began his administrative ministry in 1998 in the Washington Conference when he was called to be the Ministerial, Evangelism and Stewardship Director. In 2001 he was asked to serve as the Vice-President for Administration and in 2002, John was elected president of the Washington Conference, where he served for 14 years. He was elected in September 2016 to serve as president of the North Pacific Union. John is passionate about uplifting Jesus Christ and the eternal gospel before the world. He loves seeing a life changed by the power of the gospel and the work of the Holy Spirit.

John enjoys reading books and walking with his wife--especially along the ocean coast line. John and Malinda have three special sons, two awesome daughters-in-law, and three wonderful grandchildren--all boys.

Rhona Kwiram

Bellevue, Washington

Vice Chair

Rhona Kwiram joined the Walla Walla University Board of Trustees in 2011. Rhona graduated from Walla Walla University with a B.S. in business administration with emphasis in accounting. Today, Rhona is a partner at Clark Nuber, PS, a CPA firm specializing in not-for-profit organizations.  

She serves on numerous not-for-profit community boards and CPA industry committees. And in her spare time, Rhona enjoys music and traveling.

John McVay

College Place, Washington

Secretary

John McVay is President of Walla Walla University in College Place, Washington, USA.

He and his family came to the Northwest in August 2006 from Andrews University, Berrien Springs, Michigan where he served as Professor of New Testament and Associate Dean (1998-2000) and Dean (2000-2006) of the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary. Earlier, John taught at Pacific Union College in Angwin, California for thirteen years in the Religion Department and ministered, for a time, as Senior Pastor of the campus church. Prior to his ministry at PUC, he served as a pastor in the states of Iowa and Georgia.

John is a graduate of Georgia-Cumberland Academy (Calhoun, Georgia), Southern Adventist University (Collegedale, Tennessee), Andrews University, and England’s Sheffield University, which awarded him a Ph.D. in New Testament studies in 1995. His dissertation focused on the theme of the church in the Epistle to the Ephesians. A specialist in the later Pauline Epistles, he contributes regularly to professional publications.

Pam Aalborg McVay, John’s wife, is an obstetrics nurse and an event planner. They have two children, Marshall and Macy, both graduates of WWU who serve as pastors.


Daniel Bergeron

Fairbanks, Alaska

Daniel Bergeron joined the Walla Walla University Board of Trustees in 2014. He is a graduate of Loma Linda School of Dentistry. And currently has his own dental practice in Fairbanks, Alaska.

Daniel enjoys spending time with family, hiking, traveling, and ham radio.

He and his wife, Karen, have two girls and one boy.  Their oldest daughter is attending WWU as a freshman this year, their son is a local high school sophomore, and their youngest daughter is being homeschooled in the first grade.

Douglas Bing

Federal Way, Washington

Douglas L. Bing joined the Walla Walla University Board of Trustees December 13, 2016.

Bing is regarded as a visionary, relational, consensus building leader who enjoys working with teams and prayerfully seeking God's guidance. He is experienced in church growth, church planting, outreach, young adult mentoring, and education.

Bing began his pastoral ministry in Omaha, Neb., as a youth and young adult pastor. He went on to pastor an academy campus church and a large metro church in Kansas before coming in 2001 to Washington Conference as ministerial director. He was elected vice president for administration in 2002, and functioned as an active part of the administrative team.

Bing earned a Master of Divinity degree from Andrews University. He also earned a Bachelor of Arts in Theology and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Union College. As a student at Union College, he spent a year in Indonesia as a student missionary.

Bing is supported in ministry by his wife, Wilma, and their three young adult children.

Andrew Carrington

Renton, Washington

Andrew Carrington became a member of the Walla Walla University Board of Trustees in 2011.  He graduated from Oakwood University in 1987 with a degree in history, and then attended Howard University School of Law.

An attorney, Carrington is a member of the diversity committee, disciplinary board, and judicial selection committee board for the Washington Bar Association.  In 1990, he was the lead article editor for the Howard Law Review.  During that time, he published “Failure to State Relevant Information on Bar Admission Application: A Question of Moral Character” in the publication.

Born in Guyana, Carrington now lives in Renton, Wash. with his wife Mattie. They have three children, Alexandria, who is a graduate student at Loma Linda, Nia who is a sophomore at Oakwood University, and Andrew Jr., who attends Puget Sound Academy.


Bryan Clay

Kirkland, Washington

Bryan Clay joined the Walla Walla University Board in 2016. He graduated from Walla Walla College with an Associate of Business degree in 1982, then obtained his Bachelor of Business degree from Southwestern Adventist College in 1984. He began his career managing retirement, assisted living, and skilled nursing care facilities following graduation. In 1991 he established and worked as President of Evergreen Living Centers, a long term care and senior housing company. Having served on many church and school boards, he is currently serving on the north American Division Executive Committee, the North Pacific Union Board of Education, the Washington Conference Board of Education, and Puget Sound Academy Board.

He has been married to his wife Jill for thirty-five years and they have three children. Their two daughters both graduated from Walla Walla University and his son, a freshman at Puget Sound Adventist Academy, is looking forward to attending in just a few years. Bryan enjoys spending time on the water, motor boating in the Puget Sound and on Lake Washington, and traveling to warm, sunny places with his family.

Lowell Cooper

Kennewick, Washington

Lowell Cooper joined the Walla Walla University board in 2016. He holds a master of divinity degree from Andrews University and a master’s degree from Loma Linda University School of Public Health. He was awarded an honorary doctorate from Loma Linda University in 2011.

Lowell retired in 2015 from his position as general vice president of the Seventh-day Adventist world church, a position he held since 1998. Prior to his employment at Adventist world church headquarters, Cooper held pastoral and departmental leadership roles in Canada followed by more than 16 years of service in Pakistan and India.

He and his wife, Rae Lee, now reside in the Tri-Cities (WA). They have two adult children.

Larry Dodds

College Place, Washington

Larry Dodds joined the Walla Walla University Board of Trustees in November 2013. 

Dodds began his health care career in 1971 and worked for Adventist Health from 1973-2011. In addition to his time at AMC, Dodds served as associate administrator at WWGH. Prior to joining Adventist Health, he worked for a health care organization in Maryland. During his career, Dodds chaired the boards of the following Adventist hospitals: Adventist Medical Center (AMC) in Portland, Oregon; Castle Medical Center in Kailua, Hawaii; Sonora Regional Medical Center in Sonora California; and Tillamook County General Hospital (WWGH) in Walla Walla, Washington. 

Dodds holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Union College in Lincoln, Nebraska, as well as a master’s degree from Portland State University. He is active in many professional associations and is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Dodds and his wife, Jane, have two adult children, four grandchildren and, since his retirement, reside in College Place, Wash. 


Stephanie Gates

Wenatchee, Washington

Stephanie Gates joined the Walla Walla University Board in 2014. She is an alumni of Walla Walla College graduating in 1997 with a B.S. in Elementary Education and minors in both Health and Early Childhood Education. She completed her MAT in Leadership in 2005 at Walla Walla College as well.

Stephanie is the Principal of Cascade Christian Academy where she loves her job and the diversity of working with students age 1 through 12th grade.

She has had the wonderful pleasure of teaching a variety of grades. In Seattle she taught grades 1-3, K-2, 3-5, and finally 6th-8th. From Seattle, Stephanie and her family moved to Burlington where she taught 6th grade part time and was Vice-Principal of the K-12 school, Skagit Adventist School.  In the spring of 2009 she became principal of Palisades Christian Academy. And then in the summer of 2012, she continued on to becoming the principal of CCA, where she is today.

Stephanie and her husband, Tim, have four children.

Rena Holland

La Center, Washington

Rena Holland joined the Walla Walla University board in 2016. She is a 1983 nursing graduate of Pacific Union College.

Rena is a member of the Meadow Glade Church (Oregon Conf.). She is Co-Founder of HopeLift, a non-profit that helps homeless families with housing needs. She enjoys volunteering with the Boys and Girls Club of Southwest Washington and the Police Activities League.

Her hobbies include traveling and volunteering with animals and kids. And she speaks Greek.

Rena and her husband, Clyde, have two sons, Parker and Tyler, both attended Walla Walla University.

Yvonne Iwasa

Payette, Idaho

Yvonne Iwasa joined the Walla Walla University board in 2016. She earned a Bachelor of Social Work from Walla Walla University in 1988, and an MA in Sociology from California State University, Fullerton in 1992. She spent ten years of her professional career at Treasure Valley Community college where she was Social Science Department Chair and sociology instructor before leaving to be a full-time parent.

Yvonne currently enjoys volunteering in the community in various capacities and at the Adventist schools her children attend. She is a Pathfinder leader, local church elder, and teaches youth Sabbath School. She currently serves on the Idaho Conference Board of Directors, the NPUC Board of Education, and the NPUC Nominating Committee.

She is passionate about making Adventist education excellent, relevant, and accessible, in order to prepare young people for joyful lives and effective Christian service.

Yvonne is married to Dan Iwasa who also attended WWU and is an optometrist. They live in Payette, Idaho and have three children: Carly, a WWU student, Makoto, who attends Gem State Adventist Academy, and Chloe, a student at Treasure Valley Adventist School.


Monty E. Knittel

Paradise, California

Monty Knittel joined the Walla Walla University Board of Trustees in 2011. Monty has a Bachelor of Arts in theology from Pacific Union College, and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Montana.

Knittel has close ties to WWU.  He taught business administration for two years, before moving to Portland, Ore. to work as the vice president of business development and marketing at Adventist Medical Center. And, he was president and chief executive at Providence Medical Group from 2007-2016. 

Knittel is the president and chief executive of Feather River Hospital in Paradise, Calif., and is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE).  He has served on the boards of the Washington State Hospital Association, the Mt. Hood Jazz Festival, local church boards and multiple chambers of commerce.

He and Patty ('79) have two children, Jason, who graduated from WWU in 2010, and Ashley.

In his leisure time, he enjoys playing golf, traveling, and playing the banjo. He especially enjoys jazz, rock, classical, blues, and bluegrass music. 

Steve Kreitner

 Kalispell, Montana

Steve Kreitner joined the Walla Walla University board in 2016. He graduated in 1989 from Southern Adventist University with a B.A. in History as well as religion minor and secondary education teaching certificate. In 1992 he earned his J.D. from the University of Baltimore School of Law.

Steve is the Associate General Counsel for Kalispell Regional Healthcare System and Vice-Chair, State Bar of Montana Health Care Law Section. Prior to that, he was an independent contractor with Kalispell Regional Healthcare System, and legal counsel and director of member services at the Center for Internet Security.

Steve is a member of the Kalispell Church (Montana Conf.). He enjoys spending time with family, skiing, running marathons and spending time in Glacier National Park

Steve and his wife, Nancy, have three children, Elyse, Jonas and Olivia.

Minervino Labrador, Jr

Spokane, Washington

Minervino Labrador, Jr. joined the Walla Walla University Board of Trustees after his election as the president of the Upper Columbia Conference in April 2018. 

Labrador previously served as the vice president of ministries and director of ministerial stewardship and men's ministries in the Southwestern Union from 2011 to 2018. Prior, he served in the Carolina Conference as men's ministries director and senior pastor of the Sharon Church located in Charlotte, North Carolina, and before that he served in the Carolina Conference and the Florida Conference as men's ministries director and pastor of the Clearwater Church, the Belleview English and the Ocala Spanish Churches and in the city of Miami as a youth pastor.

He is a graduate of Southern Adventist University located in Collegedale, Tennessee, Andrews University located in Berrien Springs, Michigan and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary located in Boston, Massachusetts. He completed his doctoral studies with a specialty in redemptive leadership and healthy organizational structures.

Labrador and his wife, Evelyn, have two sons, Minner and Mario. In April 2015 the Labradors became the proud grandparents of Lucas Minervino Labrador,


Dan Linrud

Gladstone, Oregon

Dan Linrud joined the Walla Walla University Board of Trustees after his election as the president of the Oregon Conference of Seventh-day Adventists on December 19, 2016.

Linrud was born and raised in Northwest Washington State. He attended Canadian Union College (now Burman University) where he earned a Bachelor of Theology. During this time he met and married his college sweetheart, Verlaine Corkum. Upon completion of his Bachelor degree, Linrud was hired by the Manitoba-Saskatchewan Conference in Canada and sponsored to Seminary to earn his Master of Divinity at Andrews University. While at Seminary, Linrud transferred to the Washington Conference where he served as a pastor from 1988-1998 in the greater Seattle area. In 1998, Pastor Dan accepted a call to serve in the Ontario Conference in Canada, first as Lead Pastor of a large church, and then as founding pastor of a new church plant based on small groups, that God blessed with growth from 16 to nearly 200. In 2005 Linrud earned a Doctor of Ministry with an emphasis on discipleship in small group ministry. In 2009 Lindrud was called to serve as Executive Secretary (VP for Administration) for the Ontario Conference. And in 2013 Linrud accepted the invitation to return to the Northwest to serve as Assistant to the President in the Oregon Conference.

Family is dear to Linrud and he and Verlaine enjoy many activities with their two grown daughters. Favorite interests include outdoor activities, travel, reading, sports, good food and fellowship.

Linrud's personal mission statement is: "To engage in authentic relationship with God and others that I may know, love and serve Him and them, helping others reach their highest potential in Christ for His glory."

Bill McClendon

Ridgefield, Washington

Bill McClendon joined the Walla Walla University Board of Trustees after his election as vice president of administration for the North Pacific Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists in April 2018.

Bill and his wife, Shirlene, a teacher by trade and recently children's ministry pastor at Ellicott City, have one married daughter.

Kevin Miller

Anchorage, Alaska

Kevin Miller joined the Walla Walla University Board of Trustees after his election as the president of the Alaska Conference of Seventh-day Adventists in July 2016. He has a B.A. in Theology from Southern Adventist University and an M.Div. from Andrews University.

He served as a pastor of the Northside SDA Church in Anchorage, Alaska since 2007. In 2010 he became part-time pastor of Northside and assumed part-time duties as vice-president, ministerial for the Alaska Conference. He also serves as a captain with the Alaska National Guard Chaplain Corps. 

Kevin and his wife, Paula, have three children, Kara, AJ, and Joshua.


Joyce Newmyer

Portland, Oregon

Joyce Newmyer joined the Walla Walla University board in 2016. She has a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from California State University, Fresno and a Master’s in Health Services Administration from St. Francis University.

Joyce is the Senior Vice President for Adventist Health and President, Pacific Northwest Region. Previous to that, she served as president of Washington Adventist Hospital, chief operations officer of Shawnee Mission medical Center, and chief operations officer of Tennessee Christian Medical Center.

Her hobbies are painting, music, crocheting, and reading. She is also a worship leader.

Joyce and her husband, G.J., have four adult children and two grandchildren.

W. Todd Pascoe

Vancouver, Washington

W. Todd Pascoe joined the Walla Walla University board in 2016. He has a B.A. in History from Walla Walla University and a J.D. from Northwestern School of Law at Lewis & Clark.

Todd is an attorney and has his own law firm. He specializes in criminal and family law, living out a calling to offer respect to each individual he serves. From 1999-2005, he was an associate attorney at Boyd, Gaffney, McCray, Sowards & Treosti, and prior to that taught high school history in Idaho from 1992-1995.

He enjoys spending time with his family, being active in church, sports, and exploring the outdoors from the Gorge to the Pacific. Todd and his wife, Laura, have a daughter, Savannah, who currently is attending Meadow Glade Adventist Academy.

Dennis Plubell

Ridgefield, Washington

Dennis Plubell joined the Walla Walla University Board of Trustees after his election as the vice president for education at the North Pacific Union Conference in 2014.

Plubell returns to the NPUC, where he served as the associate for secondary education from 1997–2007. Since then he has worked as the director of secondary education and accreditation for the North American Division. Plubell holds a Master of Arts in teaching from Pacific Union College in Angwin, Calif., and also an additional professional degree in educational administration and leadership from La Sierra University in Riverside, Calif. His 14 years of experience in secondary teaching and administration along with two decades of conference, union and division leadership equips him well for his new NPUC role.

His wife, Barbara, is the principal of Portland Adventist Elementary School in Portland, Oregon.


David Prest, Jr.

Boise, Idaho

David Prest, Jr. became a member of Walla Walla University Board of Trustees after being elected conference president at the Idaho Conference in 2011.

David holds a B.A. degree in Theology, from Southern Missionary College.

David began his ministry in the Carolina Conference before heading to Alaska as pastor of the Hillside O’Malley Church for six years. For five of those years he was Pathfinder director. 

Before accepting his post at the Idaho conference, David was the ministerial at the Montana Conference.  Now, as President of the Idaho Conference he chairs many committees and participates in several more.

David and his wife, Ellen, have two sons: Jonathan, a student at Walla Walla University; and Michael, a junior in high school.

Elden Ramirez

Bozeman, Montana

Elden Ramirez joined the Walla Walla University Board of Trustees after his election as the president of the Montana Conference of Seventh-day Adventists in August 2017.

Ramirez began his full-time ministry for the Seventh-day Adventist Church in 1996, working for eight years in Iowa-Missouri Conference as academy chaplain, pastor, church planter, youth camp director, youth and family life director, among other responsibilities. He spent eight more years as youth director and executive camp director with the Central California Conference prior to taking on his most recent role at the NAD.

He is fluent in English, Portuguese and Spanish, a published author, has hosted and produced radio and television programs, and is a dedicated team builder for the mission of the church.

Before beginning his formal role with the church, Ramirez worked to stop violence among city gangs as a youth civic leader in San Francisco, Calif. He provided additional guidance for young drug addicts and was instrumental in multi-service educational and recreational programs for at-risk students. While there, he recognized that his efforts for good would be worthless unless he didn't help people ultimately meet Jesus. This led him to complete a degree in theology and accept the call to gospel ministry in 1996.

And now it leads him and his wife, Jenny, to, in his words, "graciously accept the honor to serve our brothers and sisters in Montana."

Elden and Jenny have two daughters, Elennie and Jasmine, ready to respectively tackle 11th and 8th grades. Jenny is a registered nurse.

Mark Remboldt

Ridgefield, Washington

Mark A. Remboldt was named to the Walla Walla University Board of Trustees in 2008 when he became the North Pacific Union Conference treasurer.

Remboldt has worked at the NPUC since January 2005 and has a background of domestic and international financial management experience. Before joining the NPUC, Remboldt worked with many church entities including the Mountainview, Northern California, and Washington conferences, Auburn Adventist Academy, and the former East Africa Division.

A 1981 graduate of WWU, Remboldt also holds a Master of Business Administration from Andrews University.

He and his wife, Janette, make their home in La Center, Washington, and have two children, Anthony and Amy, both students at WWU.


Paul Rhynard

Seattle, Washington

Paul Rhynard rejoined the Walla Walla University board in 2016. He previously served as a board member from 2006-2011. 

He graduated from Walla Walla College in 2004 with a BBA in Finance, and an MBA from the University of Virginia-Darden School of Business in 2012. He is also a former president of the Associated Students of Walla Walla College.

Paul currently lives and works in Seattle, where he works as the Chief of Staff to the CEO of Russell Investments. He is married to Deanne Rhynard ('04).

Jaime Rodriguez

New York, New York

Jaime Rodriguez joined the Walla Walla University board in 2016. He is a graduate of Milton-Stateline SDA School, Walla Walla Valley Academy, and Walla Walla University. He has an M.A. in Latin American Studies from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and a Ph.D. in Latin American History from Columbia University.

Jaime is an Associate Professor of Global History at St. John’s University in Queens, New York.

His wife, Linda Abdel-Malek (also a WWU alumnus) is a health care attorney. They have two young daughters and are members of the Church of the Advent Hope in Manhattan.

Terrance Taylor

Pasco, Washington

Terrance Taylor joined the Walla Walla University Board of Trustees in 2018. He graduated with a B.A. in theology from Walla Walla University and received his master of divinity degree from Andrews University.

He is currently a pastor working for the Upper Columbia Conference.


Rodney Wehtje

Meadow Vista, California

Rodney Wehtje joined the Walla Walla University Board of Trustees in 2011. He graduated from Pacific Union College with a B.S. in business administration and received his master of business administration from the University of Oregon. He is a certified public accountant.

Rodney is currently an executive at Kettering Health Network. Prior to that, he was vice president and treasurer at Adventist Health from 1983-2015, and an assistant professor of business at Walla Walla College from 1978-1983.

He and his wife, Nikki, have two adult daughters.

Ron Wilkinson

Walla Walla, Washington

Ron Wilkinson joined the Walla Walla University board in 2016. He has a B.A. in theology from Walla Walla College.

He is an entrepreneur and is a strong supporter of Christian Education. He has served on a number of community boards. His hobbies include photography, reading, hiking, and travel.

Ron and Janet have three children, all of whom are graduates of Walla Walla University.



Last update on May 29, 2019