Our Staff

markRev. Mark W. Holmerud

Fourth Bishop of the Sierra Pacific Synod

E-mail | Phone: 916.756.1665 x116

Mark was born September 2, 1956 in Pomona, California. Mark is an eighth-generation native Californian, tracing his family’s history to early Hispanic settlers of the eighteenth century. Diego.

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Rev. Katy Grindberg

Assistant to the Bishop, Sacramento Office

E-mail | Phone: 916.756.1665 x 102

Katy was born and raised in North Dakota, and attended the University of North Dakota, receiving a BS in Athletic Training in 1991. She then moved to Lawrence to attend graduate school…

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“Kathryn”Pr Kathryn Gulbranson

Assistant to the Bishop, Bay Area Office

E-mail | Phone: 650.590.0980 x 103

Pastor Kathryn Gulbranson is a fifth generation Californian. She studied English and Spanish at California State University, Chico, where she also received a secondary teaching credential …

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Pr. Tita Valeriano

Director for Evangelical Mission (DEM) and Assistant to the Bishop

E-mail | Phone: 916.756.1665 x112

Rev. Teresita “Tita” Valeriano  is a third generation Lutheran, born and raised in the Philippines, and she has served  …

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dianeDiana Suruki

Business Manager

E-mail | Phone: 916.756.1665 x125

Diana was born in Santa Cruz, California and was raised in the northern California area. In 2003, she decided to make Sacramento her permanent home and purchased a house not too far from where she lived with …

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debbieDebbie Cook

Finance Assistant

E-mail | Phone: 916.756.1665 x114

Debbie joined the Synod staff in May 2011 after retiring from over 30 years in the California Fair Industry. After graduation from Fresno State University, she worked at the California …

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laurieLaurie Gaumer

Administrative Assistant, Bay Area

E-mail | Phone: 650.590.0980 x121

Laurie Gaumer joined the Synod team in January 2011 and works out of the Bay Area office in Burlingame. She has lived in San Jose nearly all her life, considers herself …

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Kathye Hamm

Communications Coordinator

E-mail | Phone: 916.756.1665

Kathye Hamm joined the Synod team in February 2016 and works out of the Sacramento office as well as from where ever her laptop may be. A lifelong Lutheran, …

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Rachel Line

Administrative Assistant to the Bishop

E-mail | Phone: 916.756.1665

Rachel was born and raised in San Diego.  She graduated from San Diego State University with a degree in Religious Studies.  While at SDSU, she lived and worked at the Lutheran Campus Ministry Center. …

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Sabrina Cassillas

Receptionist, Sacramento

E-mail | Phone: 916.756.1665

Sabrina was born and raised in the Bay Area.

In 2017 she moved to Sacramento and began exploring the variety of things that the city has to offer.

She has embraced her position at the Synod office and is grateful for the continued warm welcome she is receiving.