Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Brethren Benefit Trust calls Nevin Dulabaum as president.

Nevin Dulabaum has been called as president of Brethren Benefit Trust (BBT), beginning Sept. 7. He also will serve as president of the Brethren Foundation. He will succeed Wil Nolen, who is retiring after 20 years as BBT’s president and 25 years as the Brethren Pension Plan’s trustee.

Dulabaum currently is BBT’s director of Communications and Information Services. He has performed wide-ranging service for the Church of the Brethren over the years. In 1994 he joined the General Board staff as director of News Services and managing editor of "Messenger," expanding the scope and readership of Newsline and launching

He joined BBT in September 1999 as manager of marketing and promotions. In 2000 his responsibilities expanded to include communications and information services. He has served on the senior Management Team since November 2000. In August 2006, he was called as BBT’s interim director of Socially Responsible Investing and served 16 months in this role.

His work for BBT has included representing the agency through client visits and at denominational events. He co-wrote the Brethren Pension Plan handbook, helped spearhead the production of video and print materials to articulate challenges experienced by the Brethren Medical Plan, and participated in establishing steps designed to ensure the longterm viability of the Brethren Pension Plan. He and his staff also helped coordinate and train Brethren Medical Plan District Advocates, and established BBT’s congregational contact network and a Speakers Bureau. More recently, he joined BBT’s new Ethos Committee. As interim director of Socially Responsible Investing, he spearheaded a decision to not invest in companies that make a significant portion of revenue from pornography, and assisted in a call to action that helped lead the Securities and Exchange Commission to refuse to limit the voice of minority shareholders of publicly traded corporations. He has served on the Church of the Brethren Credit Union board and played a key role in developing BBT’s administrative relationship with the credit union.

"The Board unanimously approved the Search Committee’s nomination of Nevin Dulabaum to serve as president after a thorough application and interview process," said Harry Rhodes, BBT board chair. "We are confident that Nevin will continue the leadership Wil Nolen gave BBT in providing financial security and in promoting financial wellness and education for our denomination’s employees and members, while positioning the organization to serve the church amidst the challenges of a very competitive business marketplace."

Dulabaum is a graduate of Manchester College in North Manchester, Ind., and a member of Highland Avenue Church of the Brethren in Elgin, Ill.

Source: 7/30/2008 Newsline

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