You are here

Rocky Mountain Synodical Women's Organization Board

Who are the women of the ELCA?

Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (WELCA) is a division of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.  Our current name was devised when two of the largest Lutheran churches in America merged in 1990. Women have always been a powerful force in the church and continue to be so today.   All women who are members of an Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and subscribe to our purpose statement are members.

What is the Rocky Mountain Synodical Women's Organization?

The Rocky Mountain Synodical Women's Organization (RMSWO) is a non-profit organization that represents and provides services for Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America throughout a five-state region that includes: Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, Wyoming, and the area around El Paso, Texas.

The Board of Women of the ELCA in the Rocky Mountain Synod comprises thirteen representatives who are elected at our biennial business meeting.  Of these, four are Executive Board members (President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer) and the remaining nine members are Members-at-Large. The Executive Board meets 3 to 4 times annually to review the budget, programs, and needs of women in our Synod.  We also use these meetings to plan our biennial Business Convention (even-numbered years) and our biennial Fall Gathering (odd-numbered years).  We provide counseling and administration for Cluster Coordinators who assist local church and special units in their respective conferences. 

Meet our current synodical representatives:

RMSWO Executive Board   


Anna Thompson
   5015 W. Villa Cir.
   Cheyenne, WY 82009-4787
 Home church:
   St. Paul Lutheran Church
   218 E. 19th St.
   Cheyenne, WY 82001-4511


Vice President

Betty Ann Arner
   3008 Casa Del Norte Drive NE
   Albuquerque, NM 87111-5615
 Home church:
   St. Luke Lutheran Church
   9100 Menaul Blvd. NE
   Albuquerque, NM 871121 


Secretary - Vacant



Susan Mitchell
   2990 Long Bow Loop 
   Las Cruces, NM 88011 
   575-521-4146 (h)
   575-993-4783 (c)
 Home church:
   Peace Lutheran Church
   1701 E. Missouri,
   Las Cruces, NM 88001 


Board Members-at-Large

There are normally nine at-large board members.   These members serve as representatives on the board and are the working members of the board to assist the Executive Board in reaching the goals of the Rocky Mountain Synodical Women's Organization.  Currently, there are four at-large board members including: 

Lynette Schurdevin
   201 Pinnacle Dr. SE, Apt. 1113
   Rio Rancho, NM 87124-0406
   575-636-3237 (c)
 Home Church:
   Community of Joy Lutheran Church
   814 Saratoga Dr. NE
   Rio Rancho, NM 87144-3202


Carolee Smith
   1836 Kalispell
   Aurora, CO 80011
 Home church:
   St. Matthew Lutheran Church
   1609 Havana St.
   Aurora, CO 80010-2327


Sue Yerden
   1400 Spur Rd. SE
   Rio Rancho, NM 87124
   505-994-0139 (h)
   505-803-6000 (c)
 Home church:
   All Saints Lutheran Church
   4800 All Saints Rd. NW
   Albuquerque, NM 87120-3110


Tamara "Tami" Talbot
   1203 E. 108th Ave.
   Northglenn, CO 80233
   303-254-7642 (h)
   720-425-5754 (c)
 Home church:
   St. John Lutheran Church
   11040 Colorado Blvd.
   Thornton, CO 80233-3704


Tammi Clawson
   318 N. Foote Ave. 
   Colorado Springs, CO 80010
   719-471-2445 (h) 
   719-460-4236 (c) 
 Home church: 
   Grace Lutheran Church 
   1128 E. Boulder St. 
   Colorado Springs, CO 80903


Jan Young
  1567 Eastwood Dr.
  Price, UT 84501
  435-650-8554 (h)

Home Church:
  Ascension St. Matthew's Church
  522 N. Homestead Blvd.
  Price, UT 84501


Lila Moore
   305 Platte St.
   Sterling, COP  80751
   970-522-3221 (h)

Home Church:
   Peace Lutheran Church
   1404 S. 9th AVe.
   Sterling, CO  80751



Carol Blomquist
   840 Christy Dr.
   Riverton, WY  82501
   307-856-7878 (h)

Home Church:
   St. John Lutheran Church
   606 N. Eighth Street West
   Riverton, WY 82501







Past President
Carol McGill
   2039 Estes Lane #2
   Longmont, CO 80501-1940
   303-772-6434 (h)
   303-443-0431 (c)
 Home Church:
   First Lutheran Church
   Third Ave. & Terry St.
   Longmont, CO 80501-1940