Board of Directors

As a non-profit, Holden Village is governed by a 20-member board of directors whose role has been vital yet evolving over the Village’s history of more than 50 years. The board’s self-management policies require board members to “emphasize outward vision rather than internal preoccupation.” Board responsibilities include selecting executive directors, approving an annual budget, establishing policy and electing members to fill board vacancies. Board members serve four-year terms and are limited to three consecutive terms, or 12 years, of service.

The board meets four times a year for varying lengths of time in different configurations of remote and in-person gatherings. Board meetings are held in the Village once per year (in the summer) and via regional gathering once per year (in the autumn) to reduce costs and environmental impacts from travel. Additionally, there are several committees which meet separately between these all-member board meetings.

Join the Holden Village Board

The Holden Village Board of Directors welcomes nominations for new members of the board, to begin service on the board in Autumn 2022. The board is especially interested in expanding the diversity of our gifts and backgrounds, particularly in areas of race, ethnicity, and gender. Self-nominations are very much welcome. Board members serve four-year terms and are limited to three consecutive terms, or 12 years, of service.

The nomination process is simple. Please send a current CV/resume along with a short statement (250 words or less) describing how the nominee would contribute to the diversity and gifts of the Holden Board of Directors and to the mission, vision, and values of Holden Village. Please send questions and nominations to by April 1, 2022. More information about the Holden Village Board of Directors, including a current roster, can be found below. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Responsibilities and Benefits Position Description

Current Board Members

Joshua Post, Seattle WA: President

James Nagel, Seattle, WA: Vice President
James Nagel loves a good conversation over a morning cup of coffee atop a Cascadian peak. He works in renewable energy and sees that industry as a vehicle for environmental stewardship. Speaking of vehicles, James used to be on staff as a mechanic at Holden before serving on the Board. Three words that describe James: Curious, Outdoorsy, Fun.
Pamela R. Fickenscher, Northfield, MN: Secretary
Pam has been in congregational ministry since the late 1990s and currently serves as Senior Pastor of St. John's Lutheran Church in Northfield, Minnesota. She is the mother of two and organizer of her local youth cross-country ski league.  She is passionate about the outdoors, music, dogs, reading, and youth mental health. Three words that describe Pam: Pastor, Writer, Skier.

Chris Hughes, Arden Hills, MN: Treasurer
Chris volunteered in the Holden kitchen in1983/84 where he met his wife, Chris, the Village nurse. After Holden, he eventually became an accountant/finance person, retiring in 2016.  He believes all his years working in Finance were merely a lead-up to serving as Holden Board Treasurer!  He still really enjoys cooking and baking. Three words that describe Chris: Family, Hiking, Numbers.
Sandra Anderson, Minneapolis, MN
Sandie is a wife, mom, grandma, cook, reader, singer, volunteer, and retired financial professional.  She keeps herself busy with two Lutheran congregations, choirs, volunteering at a local clinic, and serving on five non-profit boards.  In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, reading, and time with friends. Say hi to her! Three words that describe Sandra: Generous, Loyal, Blest.

Rick Brown, Petaluma, CA
Rick joined the Holden Village Board in 2020 after having facilitated a Board led strategic planning process in 2019. Rick currently serves on the Board Finance Committee and Hydro Task Force. He and his family have visited the Village as guests since 1990. Three words that describe Rick: Adventurous, Playful, Inquisitive.

Jason DeRose, Santa Monica, CA
person smilingJason DeRose began visiting Holden in 2011, has served as teaching faculty, and joined the Board in 2020. He’s Western Bureau Chief for NPR News and a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Santa Monica. He’s a graduate of the University of Chicago Divinity School and St. Olaf College. Three words that describe Jason: Journalist, Husband, Dog Dad.
Peter Hernes, Davis, CA
Peter is an environmental scientist who ponders religion and spirituality but puts more value in his own empirical experiences of navigating the world and relationships than in theological rules. He has been shaped by traumatizing family experiences and falls back on obsessive hiking and in-person socializing to cope. Three words that describe Peter: Cerebral, Empathetic, Hiker.

Linda Kingery, Puposky, MN
Linda brings experience in sustainability, as a professional and practitioner.  She has lived and worked in the Red River Basin in Minnesota and North Dakota for many years.  She and Brad share a life of gardening and climate advocacy and enjoy the roles of parents and grandparents. Three words that describe Linda: Practical, Listener, Learner.
Eric Lansverk, Seattle, WA
Eric Lansverk has been active at Holden Village since 1966 and enjoys hiking throughout the Cascades with his wife Susan. Eric is a litigator with Hillis Clark Martin & Peterson in Seattle, where he also assists non-profit Boards and is a member of Faith Lutheran Church.
Asa Lee, Arlington, VA
Rev. Dr. Asa Lee is a socially conscious religious educator and pastoral leader. He is the new President of the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in Pennsylvania. He is a sought-after lecturer exploring faith in the 21st century; religious difference; and empowering effective church leadership. Having served as a pastor, professor, and nonprofit leader, he is an experienced administrator and communicator that works to educate and promote a more nuanced view of the world through education. He is a married father of four daughters and resides in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Samantha Lyon, Baudette, MN
Sam lives in a one-room schoolhouse in Northern Minnesota with her dog, Gary, and works in Community Youth Development with local organizations.  Like a true Minnesotan, she drives a Zamboni. Sam joined the Holden Staff in 2010 as a long-term Lead Cook, sight unseen, and considers it the best leap she’s ever taken. Three words that describe Sam: Compassionate, Optimistic, Introvert.
Sara Pitcher, Chicago, IL
Sara Pitcher first arrived at Holden Village with her husband, Al, in the summer of 1972. Al was invited to be on the teaching faculty. Returning often to teach, volunteer, and live in the community with our son Paul (aka Pablo) for 2 years (1989-90), Sara brings not only a long history but also the experience of participating in the daily life of the Village to the Board. What a gift to be a part of this surprising Place. Three words that describe Sara: Short, Spunky, Supportive.
Lois Rimbo, Blythewood, SC
Lois (and her six siblings!) all grew up in western New York State and attended Concordia College in Seward, Nebraska. Lois taught elementary school in Illinois, Michigan, and New York City; she and her husband, Bob, have two adult children and two extraordinary (!) grandchildren. She and her partner Bob have made numerous visits to Tanzania, East Africa to nourish educational and theological Development within partnership churches. They enjoy retirement in Columbia, South Carolina, and love mild weather, musical concerts, and plenty of time to explore local historical sights!
Jaleh Sadravi, Tukwila, WA
Jaleh is a photographer and painter currently based in Seattle, Washington, Jaleh is the daughter of an African American Lutheran Pastor and a Persian Shiite Muslim. As a multiracial woman in America, Jaleh strives to find a way to highlight and empower the voice and experience of those often ignored. Jaleh is a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Seattle. She serves as a Board member for Holden Village. She also serves on the Arts Commission for the City of Tukwila, Washington

Mark Schwehn, Valparaiso, IN
Mark Schwehn retired after serving for over fifty years in higher education. He is working on a book about his erstwhile colleague Norman Maclean, the author of  A River Runs Through It,  since he can never be far from his third love, fly fishing.  He has three lovely children and six adorable grandchildren all of whom live near or in Minneapolis.
Claire Smith, Acme, WA
Claire Smith (she/they) grew up in Acme, WA, and loves calling the Pacific Northwest home. She has earned degrees in Hispanic Studies, English Literature, and Social Work. She works in non-profit direct service and community facilitation, currently supporting young adults who have experienced foster care at Treehouse in Seattle. Three words that describe Claire: Community, Learning, Tea.
Ben Stewart, Western Springs, IL
Benjamin Stewart is a pastor and professor, especially interested in how ritual shapes our relationship to the natural world. A former village pastor, Ben is Gordon A. Braatz Associate Professor of Worship and Director of the Zygon Center for Religion and Science at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. Three words that describe Ben: Sacramental, Backcountry, Liturgist.
Anthony J. Titus, Eagan, MN
Anthony Titus earned his Bachelor’s from North Carolina School of the Arts and his Master’s from San Diego State University studying under the Los Romero’s guitar quartet. Among the recitals and concertos, Titus has performed throughout the United States and Sweden, highlights include a performance for Miguel de la Madrid Hurtado (former President of Mexico), and for Patricio Silva Echenique (Chilean Ambassador to the United States). Presently, Titus is retired faculty at Inver Hills Community College, Metro State University, Concordia St. Paul. Anthony has recently released a solo recording.