• Officers and Staff

Officers

Kenneth A. Seyfert, President and Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Seyfert has served as President of the Foundation since April 18, 2013. From 2004 to 2013 he was the Foundation’s Vice President and Executive Director of Operations. He also served as Treasurer of the Foundation from 1999 to 2013. From June 1977 to August 2004 he was Managing Director of Operations. He is responsible for the daily direction and supervision of the Foundation, as well as management of the investment and loan portfolios.

Mr. Seyfert has more than 40 years of experience in banking and finance. He formerly was an Investment Executive with Fahnestock & Co., Inc. with over $30,000,000 of assets under his management. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree magna cum laude from Lebanon Valley College, Lebanon, Pennsylvania, and graduated from PBA School of Banking and Finance at Bucknell University, Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. Mr. Seyfert has taken and passed the Series 63  examination required of individuals who must be registered under the laws of certain states to represent an issuer in the offer or sale of the issuer’s securities,and he is licensed in all states in which such licensure is required. In addition, he has taken and passed the Series 7 examination generally required for general securities representative licensure with securities industry self-regulatory organizations. He continues with additional education and conferences that relate to assisting with his management responsibilities at the Foundation and is a member of the Christian Leadership Alliance.  Mr. Seyfert served as the national moderator for the 2007 meetings of the Denominational Investment Loan Association.  He currently serves as chairman of the Retirement Investment Plan for the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches.  Mr. Seyfert is an active member of the Winona Lake Grace Brethren Church.

Ryan Bowell, Vice President and Director of Credit Services

Mr. Bowell is Vice President and Director of Credit Services for the Foundation. He has been an employee of the Foundation since July 1, 2013. Mr. Bowell holds a Bachelor of Science degree magna cum laude in Business Administration and Accounting from Grace College, Winona Lake, Indiana. He also is a Certified Public Accountant, having received the designation in 1997. Mr. Bowell has taken and passed the Series 63 examination required of individuals who must be registered under the laws of certain states to represent an issuer in the offer or sale of the issuer’s securities. Formerly Mr. Bowell was the Controller and Chief Financial Officer for Encompass World Partners, the international missionary arm of the Fellowship, from 1998 to 2013. Additionally, he has been an adjunct professor for Grace College. Mr. Bowell is an active member of Winona Lake Grace Brethren Church in Winona Lake, Indiana.

Brenda S. Byers, Corporate Secretary/Treasurer and Director of Finance and Administration

Mrs. Byers is Secretary/Treasurer and Director of Finance and Administration for the Foundation.  She has been an employee of the Foundation since 1986.  Mrs. Byers holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Grace College, Winona Lake, Indiana, and a Master of Science degree in Business Management from Indiana Wesleyan University, Marion, Indiana.  Mrs. Byers also serves on the human resource committee, worship team, and as a member of the business commission for the Winona Lake Grace Brethren Church.

Staff (in alphabetical order)

Cindy Bushen, Bookkeeping

Cindy Bushen is the bookkeeper for the Grace Brethren Investment Foundation.  Cindy came to GBIF in 1999 from the Kosciusko Community Hospital, where she worked for 20 years filling various positions in the business office.  A native of northern Indiana, Cindy was raised in the Plymouth area and is a graduate of Goshen College, Goshen, Indiana.

Cindy and her husband, Art, have been active members of the Leesburg Grace Brethren Church since 1980, serving as Sunday School teachers, on various planning committees and as deacons.  She is currently Women of Grace USA treasurer.  Art is a graduate of Grace Seminary and is employed by CE National.  They have two daughters:  Karis and husband, Mike Miller, both graduates of Grace and now residing in Winona Lake, and Karmen and Chris Fletcher, who live in Fort Wayne, IN.

Susanne Kessler, Business Manager

Susanne joined the staff of Grace Brethren Investment Foundation, Inc. in 1993 as Secretary to the Director of Operations and was named as Business Manager in 1999.  She attended Grace College, where she was a member of the Alpha Chi Honor Society and graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration in 1992.

She is married to Coach Jim Kessler, head coach of men’s basketball and a professor at Grace College since 1976.  Jim and Susanne have four married daughters, Kim Dawson, Sarah McCray, Jenny Lovette, and Janelle Meyer, all graduates of Grace College, and they are proud grandparents of twelve grandchildren.  Jim and Susanne are active members of the Winona Lake Grace Brethren Church, serving on the Kids Connection Team and Care Commission.

 

Carol Soto, Customer Service/Data Processing

Carol has been with GBIF since July 2000 and serves as customer service representative. She joined the GBIF staff from Ginter Electric, Inc. where she served as receptionist and office manager.  Carol holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Bible and theology with a minor in sacred music from Appalachian Bible College where she graduated in 1976. She has served as a short-term missionary to Germany with Worldwide European Fellowship, now BMW, International, where she ministered for four years.

Carol is married to Dr. Mark H. Soto and has two grown daughters and two grandchildren.  Carol and Mark attend and serve at Winona Lake Grace Brethren Church.





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