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The Pension Boards-United Church of Christ, Inc.
75 Remittance Dr., Suite 1637
Chicago, IL 60675-1637
Telephone: 1.800.642.6543 x2738
The United Church Board for Ministerial Assistance, Inc. (UCBMA) has been one of the sources that UCC clergy and lay employees have turned to for assistance since 1885.
The following Directors carry on that legacy by providing leadership and oversight to the ministries of the UCBMA.
Chair – Rev. Elena Larssen, Class of 2024
Vice Chair – Ms. Marguerite Boslaugh, Class of 2025
Recording Secretary – Rev. Dr. Geneva M. Butz, Class of 2026
Rev. Dr. Rodney Franklin, Class of 2023
Rev. Kenneth Makuakane, Class of 2023
Rev. Charmaine Penn Johnson, Class of 2024
Rev. Dr. Leslie Schenk, Class of 2024
Mr. John B. Kleiman, Class of 2026
Ex Officio Directors
United Church of Christ General Minister and President
Rev. Dr. Karen Georgia Thompson
Officers of the Pension Boards-United Church of Christ, Inc.
Mr. Brian R. Bodager
Mr. Robert J. Wild
Mr. Brian R. Bodager, President (Ex Officio)
Ms. Carolyn M. Weiss, Treasurer
Mr. Robert J. Wild, Secretary
Chair – Rev. Elena Larssen (Class of 2024) is the Chair of the Board of Directors of the United Church Board for Ministerial Assistance (UCBMA), an affiliated ministry of the United Church of Christ and an affiliate of the Pension Boards. Rev. Larssen is the Generosity Officer for the Mid-Atlantic Region on behalf of the National Ministries of the UCC. Before being appointed UCBMA Chair, she served as Vice Chair of UCBMA beginning in 2010. She is also a founding member of the Steering Committee for the Next Generation Leadership Initiative.
Rev. Larssen has served as Associate Conference Minister in the Minnesota Conference; Senior Minister, First Congregational Church Long Beach, CA; Associate Minister, First Congregational Church of LaGrange, IL and First Congregational Church of Palo Alto, CA; and Campus Minister and Adjunct Faculty of Memorial Chapel, United Campus Christian Ministry at Stanford University.
Rev. Larssen has served on several boards, including the Downtown Associated Youth Services and Urban Community Outreach, a church-based center for the unhoused (both in Long Beach, CA). She is a founding member of the UCC’s Antoinette Brown Society and Working Group. She has served on the Committee on Ministry Ethics Committees for the Northern California-Nevada and Southern California-Nevada Conferences. She was Founding Co-chair of the 2030 Clergy Network, a network to strengthen, sustain, and mobilize UCCordained ministers in their 20s and 30s.
Rev. Larssen is a doctoral candidate at the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA, where she holds a Master of Divinity. She is a graduate of the University of California in Santa Cruz, CA (BA in Literature).
Rev. Larssen is married to Rev. Mark Pettis, Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations Minister of the UCC. They have an elementary school-aged son and a basset hound.
Vice Chair – Ms. Marguerite Boslaugh, CFA, FSA (Class of 2025) has worked for Connecticut General Life Insurance Company/CIGNA for more than 40 years. As a member and then graduate of Cigna's Actuarial Executive Development program, she held various positions in Connecticut General/Cigna’s individual insurance, group pensions, corporate actuarial, and health and dental insurance operations between 1975 and 1994. In 1994, she moved to Cigna Investment Management, working in the Portfolio Management area. Thereafter, she was named Investment Managing Director for $16 billion in total assets. She retired in 2012; however, she continues to work in Cigna Investment Management through its Encore program.
Ms. Boslaugh received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Nebraska and is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries, a member of the American Academy of Actuaries and a Chartered Financial Analyst of the CFA Institute. Ms. Boslaugh is married to Dave Guadliana and lives in Simsbury, Connecticut. She is a member of the First Church of Christ UCC in Simsbury, where she is a member of several boards. Ms. Boslaugh is a member of the Pension Boards’ Investment Committee and is a Director of UCBMA.
Recording Secretary – Rev. Dr. Geneva M. Butz (Class of 2026) served as Pastor of Old First Reformed UCC in Philadelphia and Associate Conference Minister of the Pennsylvania Southeast Conference. Now retired, she tutors third-graders, mentors a high school student, and coaches pastors for the Center for Progressive Renewal. A Director of the United Church Board for Ministerial Assistance, she is involved in the Next Generation Leadership Initiative.
Rev. Dr. Rodney Franklin (Class of 2023) is an ordained United Church of Christ minister and staff chaplain at University of Alabama Birmingham (UAB) Hospital. He has served in many leadership capacities throughout the UCC. He has served churches in Savannah, Georgia; Cleveland, Ohio; and Birmingham, Alabama, and has also served the national Church on the Wider Church Ministries Board and Global Ministries Board. He is currently Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Pension Boards and a Director of the United Church Board for Ministerial Assistance.
Rev. Kenneth Makuakane (Class of 2023) is Senior Pastor of Kawaiaha’o Church and Associate Conference Minister of the Hawai’i Conference of the United Church of Christ.
Kahu Makuakāne has served the Hawai’i Conference since 2011. In 2014, he was named Acting Papa Makua (Elder, Leader) for the Association of Hawai’ian Evangelical Churches. He was called to Kawaiaha’o Church in May 2018. A historic congregation dating to the 1830s, Kawaiaha’o was the first Christian church established in Oahu and is recognized as the Mother Church of Hawai’i.
Kahu Makuakāne received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Hawai’i at Hilo in 1979. In 2006, he was inducted into the Kamehameha Schools Alumni Gallery Hall of Fame, which recognizes outstanding graduates who have been positive role models in both their professional and personal lives and contributed to the community and society in general.
He is recognized as a prolific songwriter and successful innovator in producing and recording Hawai’ian music. He has produced over 100 albums and his compositions have been recorded by numerous artists. He operates a private recording studio with clients ranging from top recording artists to advertising agencies. He has served on the Board of Governors of the Hawai’i Academy of Recording Arts since 2005, and was the 2015 recipient of the Academy’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
Rev. Charmaine Penn Johnson (Class of 2024) serves as Associate Minister of Spiritual Formation and Associate Minister of Servant Leadership at Kirkwood United Church of Christ in Atlanta, Georgia. Rev. Johnson received a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems from Loyola University in New Orleans; an M.B.A. from the William E. Simon Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Rochester; and a Master of Divinity from Candler School of Theology at Emory University.
As an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, she served as Associate Minister/Assistant Pastor of Victory United Church of Christ in Stone Mountain, Georgia from 2001-2016 prior to accepting the call to Kirkwood UCC. She had served in various lay leadership capacities at Victory UCC for more than 10 years.
Rev. Johnson’s business background includes various positions in information systems with Eastman Kodak Company in Rochester, New York (1988-1997); Communications and Pursuit Strategist for Ernst & Young, LLP in Atlanta; Business Analyst/Supervisor/Project Manager for the Georgia Department of Human Resources (2000-2002); and sales and marketing positions with Artistic Impressions, Inc., Simply Art, Inc., and Market Force Information, LLC.
Rev. Johnson’s community activities include serving as Pathways Facilitator for the Southeast Conference of the United Church of Christ; Co-Chair of the United Church of Christ African American Women in Ministry (AAWIM) National Steering Committee; Members in Discernment (MID) Advisor for the UCC Southeast Conference; Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.; and Parent as Partners Volunteer.
Rev. Dr. Leslie Schenk (Class of 2024) is a member of the Pension Boards’ Investment Committee and a Director of the United Church Board for Ministerial Assistance. She is Pastor of Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ in Madison, Wisconsin, where she has served since 2015. After her ordination in 2008, she served as Pastor for over seven years for the yoked UCC congregations in Ladysmith and Conrath, Wisconsin. At Ladysmith, she also served a mission congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
Originally from Buffalo, New York, Rev. Dr. Schenk relocated to Wisconsin in 1995 to join a Madison-based economic consulting firm. She worked as an economic consultant primarily doing cost and productivity analysis and statistical studies for a major U.S. company in a regulated industry.
Rev. Dr. Schenk earned her Ph.D. in Economics from Michigan State University and earned a Master of Divinity degree from Eden Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri, one of the seminaries of the United Church of Christ.
Mr. John B. Kleiman (Class of 2026) is retired and was most recently a consultant and Director to Opal Reassurance Limited in Hamilton, Bermuda. Mr. Kleiman is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries, a member of the American Academy of Actuaries and a Certified Life Underwriter (CLU). He has experience in the fields of pensions, health care, long-term care insurance, and reinsurance. Among the companies he has worked for are Aetna Life & Casualty (1970-1989), Conning & Company (1989-1998), Price Waterhouse Coopers (1998-2002), Hampton Re Bermuda (2002-2003), Northstar Reinsurance Bermuda (2004-2011) and Opal Reassurance Limited in Hamilton, Bermuda (2011-2018).
Mr. Kleiman is the Chairman of the Benefits Committee for the Pension Boards. He also serves on the Executive Committee and the Board of Ministerial Assistance.
Mr. Kleiman has been a member of the First Church of Glastonbury, Connecticut, since 1972, where he has chaired the Board of Trustees, Stewardship Committee and Christian Service Committee as well as a church building project. An active member of the community, he has been a Scoutmaster as well as President and Treasurer of the local chapter of American Field Service. He is also a founding Director of a charity that provides weekend food to needy elementary school children. The Kleimans are the parents of two daughters, Rev. Kristen J. Kleiman, Pastor of First Congregational Church (UCC) in Bristol, Connecticut, and Kimberly Lynch, a first-grade teacher in New Hampshire.
Rev. Dr. Karen Georgia Thompson
Mr. Brian R. Bodager, President
Brian R. Bodager has been President and CEO of the Pension Boards since 2015. As a banking executive and attorney, Brian brings more than three decades of financial, investment, and legal experience to serve the Church.
Prior to joining the Pension Boards, he was a member of the PBUCC Board of Trustees for 12 years. He served on the actuarial, Executive, and Personnel Committees, as well as chaired the Eligibility and Enterprise Risk Management Committees.
In 1992, Brian joined Wisconsin-based Associated Banc-Corp, a publicly-traded bank holding company, where he was responsible for legal affairs, compliance, security, purchasing, and facilities. He also was engaged in corporate development activities of the company, including mergers and acquisitions. During his 20-year tenure, he helped grow Associated Banc-Corp's assets from $1 billion to more than $20 billion. Immediately prior to joining the Pension Boards, he served as a principal for Performance Sciences, LLC, a Wisconsin-based early-stage business consulting and strategic planning firm.
Brian is a long-time member of Union Congregational UCC in Green Bay, Wisconsin, and a native of Ohio. He received his undergraduate degree from Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio, and his J.D. and M.B.A. degrees from the Case Western Reserve University School of Law, and the Weatherhead School of Management, respectively.
Mr. Robert J. Wild
Bob Wild joined the Pension Boards in February 2022 as General Counsel, Chief Risk Officer, and Corporate Secretary. He also serves as a Director (ex officio) and Corporate Secretary for the United Church Board for Ministerial Assistance, the Pension Boards’ philanthropic arm.
Bob advises the Board of Trustees and the Executive Leadership Team on all legal and governance matters and manages enterprise risk. He is engaged in initiatives to broaden and enhance the Pension Boards’ financial services offerings to serve its members and the United Church of Christ.
Prior to his current role, Bob represented the Pension Boards for several years as its engagement partner in his law firm practice.
Bob was a corporate and securities partner in the Chicago offices of Mayer Brown, Katten, and Krieg DeVault. For over 30 years, Bob advised companies on public and private stock and debt offerings, mergers, acquisitions, asset sales, SEC reporting, and corporate governance. He focused his practice on clients in the financial services sector.
Bob has written and updated for several years a federal securities law compliance treatise published by Thomson Reuters; he wrote numerous client alerts on securities laws developments; and guest-lectured classes on mergers and acquisitions at the University of Illinois Chicago School of Law and DePaul College of Law for almost a decade.
Before law school, Bob practiced tax accounting at a predecessor of EY and earned an MS in Taxation from DePaul University. He graduated from Loyola University Chicago with an undergraduate degree in accounting and a law degree.
Bob and Lisa, his wife of over 30 years, have a son and daughter in college and a daughter in high school. They are members of St. Pauls UCC in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago and Bob serves on its Finance/Investments Committee.
Carolyn M. Weiss, Treasurer
Carolyn M. Weiss, a financial executive with over three decades of experience, joined the Pension Boards as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) in September 2022, reporting to President and CEO Brian R. Bodager.
In this role, Carolyn leads PBUCC’s financial activities and functions in support of the overall mission and vision of the organization. As a member of the Executive Leadership Team, she will also be a key executive engaged in long-range planning and establishing the strategic direction of PBUCC.
Carolyn received her Bachelor’s degree in German from the Pennsylvania State University and an MBA in Accountancy from Baruch College’s Zicklin School of Business, where she serves as an Advisory Board Member. Carolyn is a New York State-licensed Certified Public Accountant and has passed Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Series 7 and Series 63 exams and the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Level 1 examination. She comes to the Pension Boards from The New York Community Trust, where she served as Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer.