Bethesda Board of Directors Elects Executive Committee

Bethesda Board of Directors Elects Executive Committee

Officers bring diverse organizational, business and leadership expertise

(Watertown, Wis.) – At its most recent meeting, Bethesda’s Board of Directors elected a new slate of officers to serve on its Executive Committee. Each officer brings substantial expertise and a shared commitment to Bethesda’s mission.

“Congratulations to our newly elected Board of Directors Executive Committee for 2019,” said Mike Thirtle, Ph.D., president and CEO of Bethesda. “We are truly grateful for their and our other board members’ leadership and service as we support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities across the nation.”

The officers are:

Virginia Miller, Ph.D., Chairman of the Board

Dr. Miller, of Rochester, Minn., was re-elected to a second term as chairman and has been a member of the Board of Directors since November 2010. She has served in significant leadership roles on the Board of Directors, including as chair of the Audit Committee and vice chairman of the Board.

Dr. Miller is a professor of surgery and physiology, director of the Women’s Health Research Center, and principal investigator for the training program Building Interdisciplinary Careers in Women’s Health at Mayo Clinic, Rochester. Dr. Miller’s research focuses on how conditions specific to women affect aging and risk for chronic disease. She holds an MBA from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota and a Ph.D. in physiology from the University of Missouri.

Rev. Jay DeBeir, Vice Chairman of the Board

A member of the Board of Directors since May 2018, of Eureka, Mo., brings significant expertise as a pastor and as a senior executive for both national health care organizations and global ministries. He currently serves as executive vice president and chief operating officer at Lutheran Hour Ministries located in St. Louis, where he provides leadership for strategy and operations, finance, information technology, human resources, and marketing/creative services. He previously served as vice president of operations for Horizon Health Corp., where he oversaw multiple health care facilities across the United States. Rev. DeBeir was ordained through Concordia Seminary St. Louis and previously earned his MBA from Benedictine University, his MA in clinical psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology in Chicago, and his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Aurora University.

Randall Odzer, Treasurer

A member of the Board of Directors since November 2017, Odzer offers extensive financial and governance expertise. He also is chair of the Business Committee and is Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Bethesda Foundation.

From Des Moines, Iowa, Odzer is the chief financial officer of the U.S. Insurance Solutions division of Principal Financial Group, a Fortune 500 global financial services company. Odzer has diverse health care and insurance experience as CFO of several organizations, including: OptumHealth Care Solutions, United Behavioral Health and Cigna Behavioral Health. Odzer holds an MBA from Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Catherine Brondos, Secretary

Brondos, of Haymarket, Va., has been a member of the Board of Directors since November 2011 and served as vice chair last year.  A lifelong educator, she is currently a trainer/coach specializing in peer teaching.  As a high school teacher and administrator in three states, Brondos initiated innovative programs for underachieving and special populations, and was instrumental in creating two alternative high schools. After completing her career in public education, she taught at a private university in Colorado where she helped establish its special education teacher certification program.

Brondos completed post graduate programs in special education and school administration at the University of Denver; and has an MA in botany (ecology) from the University of Kansas and a BS in education from Concordia University.

Also continuing to serve on the Board of Directors are:

  • Karen Carter, formerly with Riverfront, Inc., and president of the Bethesda Auxiliary, Whitehall, Wis. (advisory director)
  • Malcolm Conner, Corporate Council Member of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Malvern, Pa.
  • Dave Keil, The Lash Lounge, Ann Arbor, Mich.
  • Ardis Loeber, retired from Bethesda, Fort Myers, Fla.
  • Deaconess Tiffany Manor, Human Care of the New England District of the LCMS, New Hartford, Conn.
  • Christine Tricoli, H.W. Kaufman Group, Broomfield, Mich.
  • Ellen Trytek, WipFli, LLP, Elm Grove, Wis.
  • Larry Tyler, Practical Governance Group, Sandy Springs, Ga.
  • Cesar Villalpando, retired from Kaiser Permanente, Burbank, Calif.
  • John Wiktor, Horwood Marcus & Berk Chartered, Valparaiso, Ind.


The following former members of the Board of Directors have left after serving the maximum amount of time allowed by bylaws:

  • Roger L. Burtner, retired senior research associate, Fullerton, Calif.
  • Frederick D. Mundt, formerly with AZ Electronic Materials, Crossville, Tenn.
  • David M. Kahle, Agency Advancement of Upbring, Austin, Texas

“We are truly grateful for the service of Roger, Fred and Dave, as they have worked diligently to ensure Bethesda’s success far into the future,” said Dr. Thirtle. “People we support across the country will continue to benefit from their commitment.”

About Bethesda

Headquartered in Watertown, Wis., Bethesda is a national Christian organization, providing homes and other services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities since 1904. Bethesda strives to become a central point of connection that unites people who have disabilities with communities and provides essential resources to help them live their lives to the fullest through more than 300 programs across the country. For more information, go to, like our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.