MEA Staff 

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Carlos Romero
Elaine A. Moyer
Evon Castro
Ken Gingerich
Krista Allen


Violeta Ajquejay
Associate director for Hispanic Pastoral Leadership Education      

E-mail: VioletaA@MennoniteEducation.org
Newton, Kansas, office 
    316-281-4342 - phone 
    316-283-0454 - fax 
    718 North Main Street
    Newton, KS 67114-1819
 
Violeta Ajquejay has served the church since 1988 when she began work as an intern with the Commission on Home   Ministries of the former General Conference Mennonite Church while completing her studies at Bethel College, North Newton, Kan.
 
She has an associate’s degree in secretarial studies and a bachelor’s degree in international studies from Bethel College and is a graduate of the Hesston (Kan.) College Pastoral Ministries Program.
 
Violeta attends Tabor Mennonite Church in Newton, Kan.
 
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Rafael Barahona
Director for Hispanic Pastoral Leadership Education
E-mail: RafaelB@MennoniteEducation.org
Elkhart office
 
Rafael Barahona received a bachelor’s degree in Hispanic ministries with a minor in inter-cultural studies from Goshen (Ind.) College, and a master of arts degree in theological studies, Christian education from Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Elkhart, Ind.
 
He has served as a pastor, youth pastor, interim and resource pastor and church planter in Goshen, Calgary and Edmonton, Alta., and Winnipeg, Man. He also was office manager for the Hispanic Mennonite Convention of the former Mennonite Church, director of the Hispanic Education in Theology and Leadership program at Goshen College and director of Leadership Programs and Pastoral Connections at AMBS.  
   
Rafael and his wife Pilar live in Goshen, have two grown children and two grandchildren, and attend Iglesia El Buen Pastor in Goshen.
 
 





 

Evon Castro
Administrative assistant (.20 FTE)
E-mail: EvonC@MennoniteEducation.org
Elkhart office

Evon works with the Hispanic Pastoral and Leadership Education office and general office duties.
 
Evon grew up in Oregon and graduated from Western Mennonite School. She has over 40 years of experience working for the Mennonite Church. Evon was a secretary for Mennonite General Conference in Scottdale, Pa., and then joined the staff of the newly formed Mennonite Board of Congregational Ministries in Goshen, Ind., in 1972. Most recently, she worked for Mennonite Church USA Executive Leadership.
 
Evon lives in Elkhart and has two adult sons. She is an active member of True Vine Tabernacle in Elkhart.
 
  




 
 

   






Ken Gingerich
Development associate (.25 FTE)
E-mail: KenG@MennoniteEducation.org
From Albuquerque, Arizona, office

Ken Gingerich began working part-time as development associate for MEA on September 1, 2012. Ken has also been involved in ministry and various development functions throughout his career.
 
He is also the art director for Mennonite Church USA Executive Board where his primary responsibility is to coordinate and manage visual identity for Executive Board and to be a resource to agencies, area conferences and congregations as needed. He has served in a churchwide role for 17 years. Also, Ken and his wife Leona served with Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) in the 1970s.

Ken graduated from Hesston College, attended Goshen College and graduated from Bethel College. In the late 1990s, he took courses at AMBS. He and Leona are members of Albuquerque Mennonite Church.
 



 


     







Lisa Heinz
Senior director for operations and chief financial officer (.80 FTE) 
E-mail: LisaH@MennoniteEducation.org
Elkhart office

Lisa Heinz brings significant experience with financial operations for church, educational and business organizations. 

Lisa first began working with Mennonite Board of Education, a predecessor to MEA, in 1986. In 1998, she began serving as director of finance with MBE; she chaired the college/seminary business managers group and served with the Investment Committee. In 2001 Lisa also started work as an administrator/accountant for the Mennonite Church USA Executive Board. Previous employers include Oaklawn, Lue Manufacturing and MMA. She received a bachelor’s degree from Goshen College.

She and her husband Bryan live in Goshen, have two grown children and three grandchildren, and attend Yellow Creek Mennonite Church.
 
 




 
 

  




Rex Hooley
Volunteer Youth Census Staff
Elkhart Office
 
Rex enters youth census and roster data, assists with youth census mailings and other miscellaneous tasks.






  




Elaine A. Moyer
Senior director
E-mail: ElaineM@MennoniteEducation.org
Harleysville, Pennsylvania, office
        574-343-1317 or 215-256-8536 
        567 Meetinghouse Rd
        Harleysville, PA 19438 
 
Elaine Moyer serves as the primary contact person for the member schools of Mennonite Schools Council (MSC) and is responsible for the data collection, analysis, and research function of MEA. She is also the MEA liaison for several higher education institutions and for the higher education affinity groups (i.e. academic deans).

Elaine has over 30 years of experience in the arena of Mennonite and public education. She has worked as principal, assistant principal, assistant professor, department chair, athletic director, coach, graduate assistant, and teacher. She served many years on the MSC Executive Committee and the former MSEC Executive Committee, and helped with the creation of Anabaptist Learning Institute and the Mennonite edition of Validating the Vision accreditation tool. Elaine has a Superintendents Letter from Lehigh University and a Principals’ Certification from Temple University. She also earned a master’s degree from Marshall University.

She and her husband David are members of Salford Mennonite Church and have two married sons and one grandchild.

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Kathryn Rodgers
Executive Assistant (.50 FTE) 
E-mail:  KathrynR@MennoniteEducation.org
Elkhart office


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Carlos Romero
Executive director
E-mail: CarlosR@MennoniteEducation.org
Elkhart office
 
Carlos Romero has worked with youth and young adults since 1985, when he began his career as business manager and administrator at Academia Menonita, a Mennonite school in Puerto Rico. From 1990 to 1999 he worked for Mennonite Board of Congregational Ministries as the denomination’s minister of youth. He served as vice president for student life and dean of students at Goshen College from 1999 to 2002 and, with his wife Celina, led the college’s first group of students to study abroad in the Study-Service Term program in Cuba.

Carlos earned an undergraduate degree in international relations from Bradley University in 1984 and an MBA in church management from Graduate Theological Foundation in 1997.

Carlos and his wife Celina have two children. They live in the Goshen area and attend Clinton Frame Mennonite Church.

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Ruth Schrock
Bookkeeper/ Youth Census Coordinator (.80 FTE)
E-mail: RuthS@MennoniteEducation.org
Elkhart office

Ruth Schrock served as bookkeeper for Mennonite Board of Education from 1996 to 2002; her work with that office began when she worked in data entry there from 1992-95.

A graduate of Goshen College, Schrock earned an MS in secondary education from Indiana University. Previous, she worked as an assistant in the Archives of the Mennonite Church USA. She was the minister of education from 1988 to 1995 at Yellow Creek Mennonite Church where she and her husband Tom are members. They have two grown children and two grandchildren.
  




 
 

 




Marc Yoder
Volunteer director of the Faculty Calling Project
E-mail: calling@MennoniteEducation.org
From his home in Cotopaxi, Colorado

Marc, an alumnus of Bethel College and Hesston College, began teaching in the Iowa City Community School District. After receiving a master’s degree in elementary education, he became a professor at the University of Northern Iowa in the undergraduate program and later graduate program. While at the University of Northern Iowa, he was responsible for the coordination of its Elementary Education Program. During this time, he also earned a doctorate in education from the University of Iowa. 
 
Marc became executive vice president for academic affairs at Hesston College in 1998. His work as a presenter, writer and educational consultant continued after retiring from Hesston College in 2006. Most recently, he served as a leadership consultant for Mennonite Disaster Service. Marc began volunteering as the director of the Faculty Calling Project in 2008.

 





 

 







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