Board and Staff

KINDLE’s Board of Directors is made up of people committed to its mission and core values.

President: Mary Stafford-Nunez
Mary is a Director of Christian Education who serves as Director of Life in Jesus Development at Brookfield Lutheran Church in Brookfield, Wisconsin.

Vice President: Leah Anderson
Leah is a physician at Bozeman Creek Family Health in Bozeman, Montana.

Secretary: Bill Karpenko
Bill is the Founder of KINDLE and lives in Rosemount, Minnesota.

Other Board Members

Jim Bradshaw
Jim is a Director of Christian Education serving as Assistant to the President for Educational Services at the Kansas District of the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod in Topeka, Kansas.

Bob Fossum
Bob is retired and lives in Bend, Oregon.  He most recently served as Director of Family Ministry for the Northwest District of the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod.

Rick Herman
Rick is retired and lives in Asheville, North Carolina.  He was the former President of Wheat Ridge Ministries.

Dean Nadasdy
Dean is retired and lives in Woodbury, Minnesota.  He is President Emeritus of the Minnesota South District of The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod.

Sue von Fange
Sue is a retired Director of Christian Education who lives in Clinton Township, Michigan.


Executive Director: Michelle Pavasars
Besides her role as Executive Director, Michelle oversees KINDLE’s operational teams and works closely with KINDLE’s staff and the many valuable KINDLE volunteers.  Michelle is a Director of Christian Education and lives in Diamond Bar, California.

Operations Coordinator: Diane Schuessler
Diane coordinates KINDLE’s program initiatives and works with KINDLE’s operational teams.  She lives in Bloomington, Minnesota.

New Programming Coordinator: Emily Phoenix
Emily gathers and shapes ideas around new programming opportunities for KINDLE.  She lives in Baltimore, Maryland.


Treasurer: Diane Junge
Diane is a Certified Public Accountant who lives in Overland Park, Kansas.

Back row: Sue von Fange (Secretary), Bob Fossum
Middle row back: Rick Herman, Dean Nadasdy, Bill Karpenko (Founder), Jim Bradshaw
Middle row front:  Paul Schneider, Diane Schuessler (Operations Coordinator), Mary Stafford-Nunez (President)
Front row: Leah Anderson (Vice President), Michelle Pavasars (Executive Director)
Not pictured: Diane Junge (Treasurer), Emily Phoenix (New Programming Coordinator)