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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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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Katrina Finley


E-mail | Phone: 916.756.1665

Katrina was born in Sacramento, and raised in Elk Grove.  She was in Retail Management for over 16 years. Recently she decided to make a career change and came to work for the Sierra Pacific Synod.  She is the proud mom of 3 young children: two boys Tyler and Aiden, and her daughter Mikaela.  She enjoys traveling, reading, and learning new things.