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Board of Directors

The Board of Directors determines policy and procedure, creates strategic plans and goals, and oversees the church’s finances.



Sheila Bennett

Before retirement, Sheila was a secondary English teacher, K-12 reading specialist, and, for her last 15 years, the Literacy Coordinator of the Roseville Area School District. She now volunteers as a tutor and assists Karen refugee families in various capacities. Her church roles have included Education Chair and Council on Ministries (at a prior church), Hospitality Chair, Worship Design Team Member, and currently Congregational Care Leadership Team.


Karen Flynn

 Karen and her husband Rick have been members of White Bear Lake United Methodist Church long enough to have gone from heading up the "Young Adults" group (back in 1983) to now being the ones who can usually answer the question, "What did the church use to do about...?" Over the years Karen has been part of many church ministry teams and committees as well as being heavily involved in the music program as choir member and substitute organist. She loves taking care of the church library and likes nothing better than to get into a good discussion about books. Before the glory of retirement, Karen worked as an information technology manager at 3M and still takes delight in techno-gadgets and dweeby computer stuff, including her cherished iPhone, which is pretty much surgically attached to her body. Karen is happy to talk with any church member about church topics at any time.

Bonnie Greenleaf

Bonnie Greenleaf is a project manager for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. She has served on several other church committees over the past years and currently enjoys helping with the Meditation Garden and participating in Book Club.


Loren Jacot

Loren Jacot

Loren is a Manager of New Product Development at Andersen Windows and has been involved in the building construction industry for 35 plus years, primarily working in large corporations. He has been a member of and has chaired the WBLUMC Board of Trustees multiple times. He and his wife Julie have taught Sunday School, and he has enjoyed participating in confirmation, ASP, church patio construction, and ushering. Loren and Julie have 2 grown children, Gina and Andrew, who grew up as a part of WBLUMC. Gina currently lives with her husband Dan in Ohio with 3 treasured granddaughters. Andrew resides in St. Paul.

Jeff Lantto

 Jeff and his wife Marcia have been members of WBLUMC since February 1984. Their two children, Anna and Andrew, grew up and were confirmed in the church. Anna still attends with her two children, Calvin and Francesca. Andrew lives in St. Paul. Jeff works in Senior Housing Management for Ebenezer and plans to retire in May 2019. Jeff has served as an Usher and on the Board of Trustees and the Staff-Parish, Finance, and Small Group Ministries committees as well as many others over the past 34 years.

Julie Perreira

Julie Perreira and her husband Terry have been members of WBLUMC for 24 years. Julie works for Regions Hospital as a medical coder. She also spends her time volunteering with youth activities in the White Bear Lake school district, primarily involving theater and choir as well as the various athletic teams her three children have been involved in through the years.


Amy Swanson

Amy currently works for a healthcare start-up based in Minnesota that focuses on specialty pharmacy, one of the fastest growing sectors within healthcare. Her career has included leadership roles in media, technology, and healthcare for well-funded start-up companies, large private companies, and a Fortune 50 corporation. She and husband, Mike, joined WBLUMC about ten years ago, contributing to the church’s membership over the years with the addition of three delightful children. Her church roles have included Sunday School teacher/helper, UMW Program Resources, and Board member.