Our Staff

Rev. 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-born Californian, tracing his family’s history to early Latnix settlers of the eighteenth century.

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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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Deacon Margy Schmitt-Ajer

Call Process Assistant

E-mail | Phone: 916-756-1665, ext. 102 (messages left will generate an email to Deacon Margy)

Margy was born in Dayton, Ohio, and lived in Ohio until the age of 13, when the family moved to New Mexico. Margy graduated from Bethany College (Lindsborg, KS) and …

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Pr. Bill Wong

Call Process Assistant

E-mail | Phone: 916-756-1665, ext. 103 (messages left will generate an email to Pr. Bill)

Pastor Bill Wong is a native of Los Angeles, where he learned to drive on the LA freeway system, trust air when he sees it, and became a Dodgers and Lakers fan. Through his parents he learned to be Chinese …

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dianeDiana Barrios

Director of Finance, Systems, and Administration

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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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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Administrator to Call and Candidacy Processes

E-mail | Phone: 650.590.0980 x121

Laurie Gaumer joined the Synod team in January 2011. She has lived in San Jose nearly all her life, considers herself a life long learner and is nearing the completion of her journey to a Liberal Studies degree at San Jose State University. She loves spending time with her two daughters, Lauryl and Madeline, and revels in the smell of horses…

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