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Walt Rugland

Walt Rugland

Board Chairman, ThedaCare

Walter S. Rugland is the non-executive chairman of ThedaCare, Inc., a Wisconsin healthcare corporation.

He retired December 2002 as executive vice president of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, Appleton, Wis. and Minneapolis, Minn. Thrivent Financial is an organization resulting from the 2001 merger of Aid Association for Lutherans (AAL) and Lutheran Brotherhood (LB), and is among America’s largest non-stock life insurers. Rugland joined AAL in 1998 as chief operating officer. While at AAL, he managed internal operations and co-led the $55 billion merger of AAL with LB.

Rugland currently serves as a director of FaithLife Financial in Canada and is vice president of the Wisconsin Historical Foundation. He also is a director and secretary/treasurer of the board of the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center. Previously Rugland served as treasurer of the Hartford Stage Company, chairman of the Community Foundation of the Fox Valley Region and as a governing regent of Luther College. A Rotarian, he also is past chair of the Luther Institute in Washington, D.C., and the Actuarial Foundation.