Executive Officers & Staff

Executive Officers:

Co-President: Rev. Ted Mosher, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

Rev. Ted Mosher currently serves as pastor of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.  After working in the corporate world for over 20 years in the medical malpractice insurance field, he felt called into ordained ministry.  He attended Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa and upon graduation and ordination, arrived in Lawrence in 2008 to serve Good Shepherd.  Pastor Ted and his church have been involved with Justice Matters since the beginning.  Pastor Ted has also been an active member of the mental health and childhood trauma research teams, and served as Co-President in 2016-17.  He is married and has two daughters.  Good Shepherd is located at 2211 Inverness Drive, just off Clinton Parkway.

Co-President: Rose Schmidt at First United Methodist Church

Rose is a native Kansan, growing up in Parsons, Kansas. and received both her undergraduate and MSW degrees from the University of Kansas.  Rose moved back to Lawrence from California in 2005 after retirement from the Veterans’ Administration.  That career at the VA included administrative as well as clinical positions—program director of a 60 bed inpatient psychiatric, case manager in the community Services Section, social worker at the Day Treatment Center, and clinical supervisor.  She has led the Justice Network at her church since Justice Matters’ inception, and has chaired the mental health research committee. Rose has been married to Gary for 38 years.  They have a daughter and a step-son/son. Rose attends the First United Methodist Church located downtown at 946 Vermont Street.

Co-Vice President: Rev. Eric Galbreath, Ninth Street Missionary Baptist Church

Rev. Eric Galbreath currently serves as the Senior Pastor of the Ninth Street Missionary Baptist Church. Eric and his family returned to Lawrence after residing in Alabama for 15 years. He has served in ministry for over 18 years. He served as a leader in the community of Montgomery, Alabama where he served as a pastor for 7 years and taught high school history for 15 years. He currently serves as a member of Family Promise, the Lawrence Memorial Hospital Patient Advisory Council, and the Lawrence Ecumenical Fellowship. This is Pastor Galbreath’s second year as Vice-President for Justice Matters. He continues to play an instrumental role on our Restorative Justice Committee. Eric holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas, a master’s in public administration from Troy University, and is currently in his final year of doctoral studies program at South University’s College of Theology. Eric and his wife Renita have been married for 18 years and have three children; Eric, Kayla, and Joshua. Ninth Street Baptist Church is on the corner of Ninth and Ohio Streets.

Co-Vice President: Rev. Randy Weinkauf, Immanuel Lutheran Church

Pr. Randy Weinkauf has served as Parish Pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church and University Student Center, Lawrence since 2009. Prior to serving at Immanuel, Pr. Randy served as pastor of Christ Lutheran Church, Hilo, Hawaii (2003-2009); The Lutheran Church of Guam, Hagåtña, Guam (1997-2002); Redeemer Lutheran Church, Rolla, Missouri (1987-1997); and St. Peter Lutheran Church, Westgate, Iowa (1981-1987).  He also served as mission coordinator/developer of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, Independence, Iowa (1985-1987) and the Lutheran/Episcopal mission on Saipan, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (2001-2002). From 1988-1997, Pr. Randy served as a chaplain in the United States Naval Reserve. He has been a member of various Rotary clubs for over 20 years. He has been involved with Justice Matters since its very beginnings, and has served as Treasurer for three years since its founding. Pr. Randy is married. He and his wife Nancy have four children and six grandchildren. Immanuel Lutheran Church is located at 2104 Bob Billings Parkway.

Treasurer: Brent Hoffman, Morning Star Church

Brent has lived in Lawrence since moving from Chicago, IL in 2010. Brent is an Investment Advisor Representative with Fifteen:22 Financial Partners. He advises individuals, families, and small businesses on how to best grow and protect their assets. Prior to moving to Lawrence, Brent worked as an analyst and advisor for nearly five years at the largest commodity firm in the world, MF Global. He and his partners, Doug Stephens and Malcom Ong now own and operate Fifteen:22 Financial Partners in Lawrence. He has served on the board of Family Promise of Lawrence since 2011 where he has helped with fund development and matters related to congregational care and recruitment. He has been a network member of Justice Matters since its inception. Brent is 43- years old and has been married to Marianne for 11 years. Brent is an active member and a Deacon at Morning Star Church in Lawrence, where he serves on the First Impressions Team and the Missions Committee. Brent is also an instrumental leader in the transformative experience known as Men’s Encounter.

Recording Secretary: Pat Lechtenberg, St John the Evangelist Catholic Church

A member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church since 1970 was born and raised in southcentral Kansas; moved during elementary school years to Wichita; undergraduate degree from Sacred Heart College (now Newman University); ASCP certified medical technologist for seven years in chemistry lab of St. Francis Hospital in Wichita (now Via Christi at St. Francis); married Michael and with first two children, Michelle and Drew, moved to Lawrence in 1970; various parish volunteer positions throughout life; state medical liaison of Kansas La Leche League for three years and LLL group leader for ten years; three more children, Grant, Susan and Matthew, born in Lawrence; first director of Birthright of Lawrence for two years; researcher for large area credit bureau for five years; masters in pastoral studies from Loyola of New Orleans; pastoral associate at St. John parish from 1986-2005; certified catechist in first two levels of Catechesis of the Good Shepherd; fostered two teens, Milivoje and Anja from Belgrad during the Yugoslavian wars; KSU extension master gardener since 1995; CASA volunteer for three years; 54 blessed years of marriage; 10 grandchildren; Barker neighborhood resident for 47 years. Served as Recording Secretary for Justice Matters for one year and member-at-large for one year.

Corresponding Secretary: Aileen Ball, First United Methodist Church

Aileen Ball is originally from Topeka and has lived in Lawrence since 2004. She holds master’s degrees in both Classical Studies and Library Science from Indiana University. She currently works for the Office of Academic Affairs within the Office of the Provost at the University of Kansas; prior to joining that office in 2014, she worked for the administration of KU Libraries.  Aileen is an active member of First United Methodist and currently provides lay leadership and support for Jubilee Café, and the United Methodist Women’s Clothing Ministry for women being released from the Topeka Correctional Facility. Aileen attends the First United Methodist Church located downtown at 946 Vermont Street.

Member-at-Large: Judy Lewis, Velocity Church

Judy Lewis has lived in Lawrence, KS all of her life and loves this city. For the last 20 year she has worked for John Hooge’s Law Office as an office manager, and also has her own business called Living Financial Solutions where she is a debt counselor and budget coach. Judy got involved with the Justice Matters through her church, Velocity, 3 years ago. She has been to several DART national trainings, leads the justice ministry at her church, and has served on the Board for two years. Judy has served on other boards and committees in the community and has a passion for helping people in need.

Staff:

Lead Organizer: Ben MacConnell, Trinity Lutheran

Ben grew up in Bay Village, Ohio. His father made a career as a fundraiser for the United Way and his mom, an elementary school teacher. He graduated from Indiana University Northwest in Gary, Indiana in 1995 with a bachelors degree in Criminal Justice. After college, Ben became a full time missionary with the Church of the Brethren initially serving at a homeless cafe in Chicago, and then later with Hnuti DUHA, an environmental group in the Czech Republic. In 1997, he was accepted into GreenCorps, an environmental advocacy training program based in Boston. During his training year, he worked to preserve clean water resources, to prevent global climate change, and to ensure the clean-up of toxic waste sites in low-income neighborhoods. In 1999, he went to work with Citizens of Louisville Organized and United Together (CLOUT) in Louisville, Kentucky. He assisted efforts to end gang violence among youth, to improve reading in low-performing public schools, and to remove neighborhood eyesores in the south end of Louisville. In 2001, Ben moved to the east side of Lawrence where he and his family now reside. He telecommuted and traveled extensively on staff with the Direct Action & Research Training (DART) Center for 13 years. He assisted DART's efforts to hire and train new organizers going into the field of justice ministry. In July 2014, he became the Lead Organizer of Justice Matters in Lawrence, Kansas. He is married to Sarah Rooney, who works as the Volunteer Coordinator for Visiting Nurses of Douglas County. They have a biological son, Micah, and several foster children. He was baptized with his son at his church, Trinity Lutheran, and seeks to follow Jesus.


Associate Organizer: Katie Sears, Velocity Church

Katie was born in Topeka and has lived in eastern Kansas for most of her life. She holds a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Kansas, as well as a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification. After 12 years working her way up the ranks of government outsourced call centers, Katie joined the Justice Matters family in 2016. She is a proud member of Velocity Church, where she committed her life to Christ in 2015. Katie is happily married to Jon Ruhlen, who loves bicycles and serves as a research attorney for the Kansas Supreme Court. They have two cats and two dogs.

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