We are an experienced group of women who each voluntarily take on a facet of the organization. Through the combined efforts of our individual leadership, we accomplish the work needed to make engaging events and funds available to help so many students.

The Board
OF Directors
for the CWLC


Angela Ebeling

Angela Ebeling

Angela serves on the CWLC board as the WLC faculty representative. Born in Bluffton, OH to dairy farmers, she graduated with a B.S. in chemistry from Wisconsin Lutheran College and an M.S. and Ph.D. in soil science from UW Madison. Currently, Angela is an associate professor of biology at Wisconsin Lutheran College. She enjoys doing research with students on soils and biosolids to gather data that farmers can use to better help them manage nutrients and protect water quality. “I first heard about the CWLC when as a faculty member I learned of their faculty/staff partnership grants and applied to receive funding to be able to pay students to do research with me. I serve on the CWLC board because I believe that what they do has a very positive impact on the women at WLC. It is also part of what I do for service as a faculty member at WLC. By serving on this board, I have seen how God can use people with varying interests and talents to serve His kingdom.” Angela added, “If you are looking for a way to serve young, Christian females and to have a positive impact on their lives – by giving of your time, talents, or treasures (or all of the above) – this organization gives you ample opportunity to do that.” Angela is married to Dan Ebeling (also an alum and current professor at WLC); together they are raising their four children – Alyssa, Silas, Amos, and Reina. They love to camp and explore National Parks to enjoy and wonder about God’s amazing creation.


Amy Helmrick

Amy Helmrick

Born in Appleton, Amy graduated from WLC in 1999 and went on to work for Thrivent. She’s been with Thrivent for the past 20 years and has spent the majority of her career in various HR roles. Recently, she has been serving as “Scrum Master” on her team, which entails encouraging others to communicate effectively while helping people grow professionally—all while delivering business results. Her passion at work and in life is helping others achieve success by diffusing drama and focusing on what can be done to make an impact. She’s even exploring the possibility of building upon the talks she’s already been giving at work by starting her own business, GiveGrace Consulting. Amy married her husband, Mike, three weeks after graduating from WLC. They’ve been married for 20 years and live in Seymour, WI with their 3 kids (Alyssa 16, Jared 14, and Adam 12) and two black labs (Claire & Skittles). She is an active volunteer in her church and has recently started to organize meals for families who are dealing with cancer or other sickness. She has also led numerous Thrivent Action team projects to support domestic abuse shelters, families who can’t afford basic essentials, and school supplies for teacher’s classrooms. Her hobbies include summers at the lake in the family’s fifth wheel camper and running setlines on Lake Poygan with her husband. Amy has attended multiple Butterfly Brunches over the years and decided this past March to be a part of the group—despite the fact that she lives two hours away! She is looking forward to the opportunity to give back to her alma mater, apply what she’s learned about being a servant leader in the workforce, and learn from other Christian women. Amy believes that just as God gave us the miraculous gift of undeserved, unconditional love, we need to extend the same gift of grace to ourselves and others when we face challenges. Ephesians 2:8 says, “For it is by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.”


Maureen Hurd

Maureen Hurd

Maureen is the founder and CEO of Core Business Solutions, a Milwaukee-based executive search firm that exclusively recruits high-potential professional talent and executives for businesses. In 2012, Maureen became the first Chapter President in Wisconsin for Truth@Work, a marketplace ministry offering a powerful Christian Roundtable program that has served hundreds of Christian business leaders since 1998. Maureen is also an emerging author and speaker with bold and authentic messages. Her mission is to inspire hope by sharing her adoption story, life challenges, and faith journey. Maureen received her BBA from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. A native of Janesville, WI, Maureen now lives in Hartford with her husband, James, and their three-year old twin boys. Maureen loves connecting through her passions in faith, family, business, exercise, and the outdoors. Maureen first heard about CWLC 6 years ago and has since enjoyed attending every Butterfly Brunch that followed. Impressed with the guest speakers and the connection with other Christian women, she gladly accepted the invitation to join the CWLC in August of 2018. Maureen truly appreciates CWLC’s mission and hopes her time, treasure, and talents will bless the organization. Calling on her skills and talents, Maureen will serve on the Nominating and Leadership Initiatives Committees. Maureen’s go-to Scripture is Romans 8:28, which says, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to His purpose.”


Jana Johnson

Jana Johnson

Born in Sioux City, Iowa, Jana attended Martin Luther Prep School in Prairie du Chien, WI. and graduated from Dr. Martin Luther College with a degree in elementary education. Her marriage to Dan Johnson after graduation began her travels around the United States, as they served at Christ the Lord Lutheran School in Clearwater, Florida, Shoreland Lutheran High School in Somers, WI, and then on to Arizona Lutheran Academy in Phoenix, Arizona. When Dan accepted the role as President of Wisconsin Lutheran College in 2008, they returned to Wisconsin where they are raising three children. Connor and Cassidy are attending WLC, and Caitlin is at Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School. Jana previously served as an elementary school teacher and is now the Executive Assistant to Bill Meier at Kingdom Workers in Milwaukee. Jana spends much of her spare time on bleachers as all three children play a lot of sports! An avid reader, Jana also belongs to a monthly book club, yet still finds time for volunteer work, including serving on the CWLC board of directors and on the Leadership Initiatives Committee. “I am very passionate about WLC and our amazing students! Serving on the CWLC board has been a good way to learn more about what is happening in classes and on campus. I’ve served with some wonderful women as we strive to mentor the young women on campus, helping them to discover their leadership potential.” Commenting on the Leadership Initiatives Committee, Jana noted, “This is an exciting committee. We have the privilege of vetting the grant requests from the WLC students requesting funding for their various leadership projects. It is truly inspiring to see their passion and zeal to help others as well as to improve the college and its students in the process. I encourage women to consider serving on a CWLC committee. It really isn’t a huge time commitment, and you get so much in return.”


Sara Junio

Sara Junio

Sara grew up on a farm, just north of Watertown, WI, with five younger siblings. She attended Lakeside Lutheran High School in Lake Mills, WI, before obtaining her B.S. in Business Management with Cardinal Stritch University. She then went on to receive her MBA through the Executive program at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee (UWM). She spent most of her career (28 years) at U.S Bank as part of a division focused on addressing the financial needs of the Fortune 1000 companies. Most recently, she started her own consulting business, primarily helping organizations implement their strategic and operational initiatives. She is also a co-author of the book, The Identity Effect (scheduled for release Fall 2019), which is a collection of stories by women whose lives, hearts and minds have been transformed by discovering their true identity in Christ. She is a motivational speaker and group facilitator on the topic of “Connecting Your Spiritual Gifts With Your Strengths To Discover Your Leadership Style”. Sara is also currently involved with Professional Dimensions, a network of diverse Milwaukee area professional women that inspires its members to reach their career and personal goals. Her hobbies include playing piano; participating in the church praise team as a singer and keyboardist; and ringing handbells with the Madison Area Concert Handbells, where she has even served as the group’s president for the last two years. As an avid motorcycle enthusiast, Sara loves to spend time traveling the back country roads of the Midwest with other women riders on her Harley-Davidson Softail. She first heard of CWLC in 2010 when her friend was asked to provide the inspiration keynote message at the Butterfly Brunch. She quickly became hooked on the purpose of the organization and was invited by Maureen Hurd to join the board. Sara, who is passionate about empowering women, says, “Women are the greatest influencers in the world. We were designed that way by God. I believe Satan knew that well and took advantage of that in the garden of Eden during his conversation with Eve. But, through our identity in Jesus Christ, women today are empowered to Influence on a much greater level and, as a result, accomplish many great things. I thrive on helping women see their potential and how they can be a strong influence, no matter which development stage they are at in their life.”


Lori Lorig

Lori Lorig

Introduced to the Christian Women’s Leadership Circle by then-President Pat Freer who invited her to serve on the Leadership Initiatives Committee, Lori joined the Board and currently serves as Vice President. Lori was drawn to the CWLC because she was serving as a leader in her church and was looking for support, encouragement, and a network of female leaders within the WELS. “I believe in investing in others and helping them to grow in their leadership skills academically, spiritually, emotionally, and relationally. WLC and the CWLC provide hands-on experiences that develop amazing servant leaders.” Lori continued, “Wisconsin Lutheran College and the CWLC have been a blessing to me and to so many other women! If you are looking for a network of amazing women leaders and are interested in investing in tomorrow’s women leaders, you need to get involved with the CWLC. Join us in investing in Christian leaders for a better tomorrow!” A life-long resident of Crete, Illinois, and member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Crete Lori and her husband, Alan, have three grown children (of which two are WLC alums) and two grandchildren. Lori served on the staff of Trinity Lutheran Church as the Coordinator of Member Ministry where she developed a sustainable member ministry system. In 2017 she launched Faith Unleashed Consulting which seeks to assist other congregations in developing their own member ministry system to engage, equip and empower more members for personal ministry. Lori most recently served on the Women’s Ministry Leadership Team, as a Travel Team Coordinator for Adventures for the Almighty and on the Illinois Lutheran School’s Wellness Committee. She is also a Bible Study Facilitator and hosts God’s Girls Growing in Grace on Facebook posting daily devotions. Lori’s hobbies include reading, traveling and playing with her grandbabies whenever possible!


Kristi Sebald

Kristi Sebald

Kristi was born in Hortonville, Wisconsin and has since lived in states all across the US—in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan, Florida, Ohio, Washington, and Arizona. After graduating from DMLC, Krsiti started her career as a one-room school teacher in 1989 and then taught in parochial, private, and public schools for a total of 11 years. She was a Mary Kay consultant from 1991-1999 and then returned to her passion for serving children as the Director of Children’s Ministry at CrossWalk Church in Phoenix. Kristi is currently the North American Program Manager for Kingdom Workers. She married her husband, John, 27 years ago, and they have three grown children who have attended WLC. Two are alumni, and the youngest is a junior. Kristi has never stopped learning and is currently working on a Master’s degree in Transformational Leadership from Bethel University in St Paul. Kristi loves to read and crochet, and her family loves to hike and explore together. They have traveled around most of the US, but still have lots of places on their bucket list! Kristi learned about the CWLC through her friends Jana and Lori, two current board members. After moving to Milwaukee two years ago, Kristi learned more about the board’s mission and purpose and ultimately accepted a position in August of 2018. She loves making connections and planning, so Kristi is excited to be serving on the committee that is planning a women’s leadership conference for October 2019. She believes it is essential for women to take an active role in encouraging younger women to use their gifts to God’s glory! Kristi shares, “Lead where you are. Whether you are a stay at home mom or an executive at a large company, God has given you a position of influence. Colossians 3:23 says, ‘Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.’ NLT.”


Nell Speerschneider

Nell Speerschneider

A Bethany Lutheran College Alumna, Nell has the heart for Christian education, mentoring and peer fellowship at such a formative age. Nell made the big leap from her small town in northern Minnesota to the east side of Milwaukee many years ago. After marrying her college sweetheart and getting settled in the big city, Nell advanced to a Senior Project Manager position at an interior design/build firm where she leveraged her creativity and attention to detail. In 2013, Nell accepted her current position as Executive Assistant for St. Marcus Lutheran Church (home congregation and daughter’s school). Interested in all things visually creative, Nell still enjoys using her floral design and event planning skills to create memorable events that help fuel the next generation of female leaders. It was through design work that Nell connected with Marlene Schumacher and has since assumed Marlene’s place as a member of the CWLC Board of Directors. Nell also chairs the CWLC Marketing Committee. Nell supports the CWLC not only because of the high value young female students at Wisconsin Lutheran College find but also because she is honing skills and gaining experience through participation in the Christian Women’s Leadership Circle and attendance at their events.


Vickie Walther

Vickie Walther

Vickie is the Director of Development Services for Wisconsin Lutheran College and is the current WLC liaison to the CWLC Board. She has been at WLC for 10 years supporting a variety of fundraising and special event activities, including the Butterfly Brunch. Vickie lives in Brookfield WI with her husband Daryl and is an active member of Christ the Lord Lutheran Church in Brookfield. She has two adult children, Chris, a 2016 WLC grad, and Katie. She is passionate about Christian education and providing opportunities for students to develop their skills as our future Christian servant leaders.