Vice President for Finance
The daughter of a conference, union and division treasurer, Elaine Hagele's early memories include accompanying her father across the Canadian prairies to the churches where he would speak for Sabbath services then, after early winter sunsets, audit the church financial records.
Since her graduation from Pacific Union College in 1965, Hagele has performed many roles in locations all over the world. She taught at Newbury Park Academy and Guam Adventist Academy, then spent eight years teaching business at Japan Missionary College. After returning to the U.S., Hagele expanded her education by pursuing and achieving certification as a Certified Public Accountant.
Hagele worked for General Conference Auditing Service from 1994 to 2001, after which she accepted a position in Mid-America Union Conference as associate vice president for finance. She fulfilled her responsibilities based on the conviction that tithe and offerings belong to God and must be handled as effectively as possible.
In April 2006, Hagele was voted as the vice president for finance in Mid-America. She is the first woman in Adventist history to hold this position in any union territory.
Hagele is married to Lowell, a former mathematics professor at Union College. They have three adult sons and three granddaughters.