Jennifer L. Braaten, Ed. D. from Sedona, Arizona joined the board of Spirit in the Desert in August 2020, after serving as interim Executive Director following Richard Andersen’s untimely passing. She is an accomplished academic leader, the past president of both Ferrum College (Virginia) and Midland Lutheran College (Nebraska), has successfully completed interim assignments in college president roles, and has served as a search consultant. She is married to a retired ELCA pastor, Conrad, and the Braatens are longtime friends and supporters of Spirit in the Desert. Jennifer brings to us a broad range of skills that will serve us well in an interim capacity and she is passionate about Spirit’s continued success.