2017 WLI National Conference Speakers

Linda Arnold

2017 WLI National Conference Topic: Volunteers: Cared For and Connected

Volunteering is a way of life for Linda. She has used her leadership skills in LWML on several levels, most recently as the VP for Communication. Linda is currently serving as the Chairman of the LWML BOD Structure Task Force. She sees a tremendous opportunity in communication technology to share the love of Jesus in ways that would have been unimaginable to our grandparents...


Deb Burma

2017 WLI National Conference Topic:  Gifted with Gratitude!

Deb Burma’s passion is to share Christ’s love with women in a fun, creative, and engaging style, while speaking to their hearts and touching them in their everyday lives!  Deb is a frequent guest speaker and retreat leader for women’s ministries...

Heather Choate Davis

2017 WLI National Conference Topic: Dear God, Am I on the Right Track?

Heather Choate Davis is an author, speaker, theologian, liturgist, creator of The Renaissance ServiceTM, creative director for LINC L.A., and co-founder of icktank...



Connie Denninger

2017 WLI National Conference Topic:  Living As A Deployed Digital Missionary

Connie Denninger is a family life educator, blogger, gardener, Kingdom Impact Pinner and Visual Faith Coach.  Connie loves beauty in the sacred space of home and is learning to live life as prayer...


Dr. Tammy Ferry

2017 WLI National Conference Topic:  Identity Theft: Putting on Christ, an Identity the World Can't Steal!

Dr. Tamara Ferry has invested her career in higher education.  She is a “lifelong Lutheran learner” and is passionate about the value of a faith inspired university experience. After working for over 15 years as the Director of Institutional Research and Assessment at Concordia University Wisconsin, Dr. Ferry sums up her main responsibility as “measuring the mission.” ...

Sharla Fritz

2017 WLI National Conference Topics: Bible Journeys: Teaching Scripture Like a Tour Guide and 7 Things I Wish I Had Known When I Started Speaking

Sharla Fritz has been described as an amazing eye-opening speaker and author. Her books Soul Spa, Divine Design, and Bless These Lips have given thousands of women the tools to dig into Scripture and experience a transformation of their attitudes and heart...

Janelle Fuhrmann

2017 WLI National Conference Topic:  Finding Spiritual Peace in Christian Leadership

Janelle is the Managing Partner for Northeast Wisconsin and Upper Peninsula of Michigan Region for Thrivent Financial. She has been with Thrivent for 30 years. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In addition, Janelle has achieved the distinguished Certified Financial Planner (CFP tm) designation as well as the Chartered Financial Consultant (CHFC) designation...


Sarah Guldalian

2017 WLI National Conference Topics:  Confidence to Share Christ in the Workplace
and Negotiating from a Christian Perspective

Sarah Guldalian is the CEO of Rhino Hyde Productions, LLC. She brings more than 15 years of experience in media and marketing, having worked for ABC, WB, NPR, LHM, and Emmis Communications. Sarah is a 2003 graduate of Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communications...


Sarah Holtan

2017 WLI National Conference Topic:  Speaking 101 – Delivery that Delivers

Sarah Holtan is an Associate Professor of Communication at CUW. She holds a Ph.D. in Journalism Education from Marquette University, a M.S. in Education from Concordia University Wisconsin, and a B.A. in Mass Communication and Political Science from Augsburg College...


Gretchen Jameson

2017 WLI National Conference Bible Study Teacher

Gretchen Jameson has invested her career leading nonprofit organizations, with a passion to help those who “do good” sustain mission and persist toward inspired vision. With extensive leadership experiences at the national level of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) and through her work with high-profile nonprofit clients at her start-up consultancy, purePR...

Rebekah Karolus

2017 WLI National Conference Topic: Workplace Connections: The Challenges and Blessings of Being a Millennial and Working with One

Rebekah Karolus is a graduate of Concordia University Wisconsin with a degree in both Theology and Lay Ministry. She currently serves as the Director of the Sr. High Youth Ministry, College Ministry, Young-Adult Ministry, and Women’s Ministry at St. John’s Lutheran Church in West Bend, Wisconsin...


Ruth Koch

2017 WLI National Conference Topic: Neither Passive nor Aggressive:  The Assertive Christian Woman

An author, speaker and consultant, Ruth is the author of Prepare to Serve! a video study series on various mental health issues and leadership. She designed the family conflict workshop, booklet, and tapes, Now You’re Talking! and Taking Control: Saying Yes! to Healthy Personal Boundaries for Lutheran Hour Ministries...


Peggy Kuethe

2017 WLI National Conference Topic: Christian Writing for Publication

Peggy Kuethe is the Senior Editor of Women’s Resources and Children’s Books at Concordia Publishing House.  she has worked as a newspaper reporter, periodicals editor and writer, marketing copywriter, and book editor.  She has served at Stephen Ministries and, for the last twenty years, at CPH....


Pat Maier

2017 WLI National Conference Topic: Visual Faith: Prayer and Bible Journaling

Pat Maier has a passion for using creative communication to bring about joy and connection. A pastor’s wife and former Lutheran educator, she enjoys writing, drawing, and “imagining” to inspire others in their walk with Jesus...



Linda Maris

2017 WLI National Conference Topic:  A Confident L.I.F.E of Generosity – What’s in it for you?

Linda Maris is the President at National Christian Foundation Wisconsin. NCF Wisconsin is one of 30 affiliates of the National Christian Foundation located in Atlanta – the 9th largest charity in the U.S. and the largest facilitator of donor advised funds for Christians. Linda practiced law for 25 years in Milwaukee before joining NCF Wisconsin in 2009...


Susan Marshall

2017 WLI National Conference Topic:Developing Confidence in MY Ability to Influence

Susan A. Marshall is Founder of Backbone Institute, LLC, whose mission is to create a stronger, more confident future one person or team at a time. Her work spans three decades and serves a global clientele. Susan is the author of three books and hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles...


Rachel Morton

2017 WLI National Conference Topic: Workplace Connections: The Challenges and Blessings of Being a Millennial and Working with One

Rachel’s passion in ministry lies in her desire to help people see themselves as part of the “big picture” in the church; within the specific realm of worship ministry, she tells her leaders and musicians that they have the unique privilege of helping the pastors proclaim God’s Word from the other side of the pulpit through their music and their acts of service...

Donna Schumell

Donna Schumell has elevated the wealth and the leadership capabilities of women and men in industries within the corporate world, small businesses and entrepreneurial enterprises. She works with individuals, teams, organizations and boards on improving performance by leveraging leadership development.  She speaks frequently on leadership, wealth, money and values in keynotes and workshops, and serves as an executive coach.


Dr. Nancy Stoehr
2017 WLI National Conference Topic: When to Say, YES! Dr. Nancy Stoehr earned her PharmD from the University of Wisconsin Madison School of Pharmacy in 2006 and is currently enrolled in the Master of Education – Teaching and Learning program at Concordia University Wisconsin. Nancy has been carrying out her vocation as an Assistant Professor at Concordia University Wisconsin School of Pharmacy since 2012 where her teaching focus centers on pharmaceutical dosage forms and pharmaceutical compounding for the community patient... READ MORE