BBT Announces New Communications Director and Assistant Director of Financial Operations

Brethren Benefit Trust (BBT) has hired Alaska Jean Bednar as director of communications, and has hired Julie Kingrey as assistant director of financial operations.

Alaska Jean Bednar begins tomorrow, Aug. 20, as director of communications for BBT, working at the Church of the Brethren General Offices in Elgin, Ill. Jim Lehman concluded his four-month service as BBT’s interim director of communications on July 25.

Bednar most recently was director of Advancement for Judson University in Elgin. She also has done freelance and volunteer work and is deeply involved in the community of Elgin. She serves as vice president of the Gail Borden Public Library Board and is a member and board member of the Gifford Park Association. She holds a bachelor of arts degree in English from the University of Utah, Salt Lake City. Bednar grew up in Kenai, Alaska, and Chicago, Ill.. She and her family live in Elgin.

Julie Kingrey begins as assistant director of financial operations for BBT on Aug. 25. She and her family recently relocated to the Chicago area from Farmville, N.C. Prior to the move, she was employed for more than 10 years as fund accounting manager for the Nottingham Company in Rocky Mount, N.C.  The Nottingham Company is a vendor of BBT’s and Kingrey worked on account managing BBT funds along with more than 40 others.

Kingrey holds a bachelor of science degree in accounting with a minor in management from Pennsylvania State University. She and her family now reside in Wheaton, Ill.

For more about the work of Brethren Benefit Trust go to www.brethrenbenefittrust.org .