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The MEDA Board of Directors

The MEDA Board of Directors is composed of volunteer members who bring together diverse skillsets in areas including entrepreneurship, finance, business operations, and investment. The board develops and guides organizational strategy, provides governance oversight, and proactively monitors risk (fiduciary, operational, reputational, etc.). Members serve a maximum of three 3-year terms. Four core committees operate within the board: executive, finance, audit, and nomination. For more information on the work of each committee, click on the links below.


Tim Penner

Chair / Kansas, USA

Jenny Shantz

Vice Chair and Nominating Committee member / Ontario, Canada

Zach Bishop

Treasurer and Finance Committee Chair / Colorado, USA

Gary Leis

Secretary / Ontario, Canada

Board of Directors

Abe Fehr

Audit Committee Chair / Ontario, Canada

Albert Friesen

Past Chair / Manitoba, Canada

Crystal Weaver

Nominating Committee member / Pennsylvania, USA

Dallas Steiner

Ohio, USA

Donovan Nickel

Colorado, USA

Gregory Gaeddert

Finance Committee member / Kansas, USA

Jeremy Showalter

Washington, USA

Jim Alvarez

Indiana, USA

Jim Miller

Finance, Audit and Nominating Committee member / Florida, USA

John Schroeder

British Columbia, Canada

Joyce Bontrager Lehman

New Hampshire, USA

Karin Krahn

Alberta, Canada

Marianne Unruh

Audit Committee member / California, USA

Myrl Nofziger

Audit Committee member / Indiana, USA

Pat Vendrely

Executive member and Nominating Committee Chair / Indiana, USA

Peter Dueck

Executive and Nominating Committee member / Manitoba, Canada

Rick Martin

Finance Committee member / Ontario, Canada

Verda Beachey

Florida, USA

Yvonne Sieber

Nominating Committee member / Kansas, USA