With over 15 years of executive leadership experience in the religious nonprofit arena, Mieke guides people and institutions to remove barriers in order to live into their dreams. She is a detail-oriented project manager and brings extensive development, fundraising, administrative, and supervisory knowledge, having successfuly begun multiple programs and organizations. She has been consulting with organizations and congregations since 2014. Clients include the Leo Baeck Institute, the Synod of the Northeast of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), St. Lydia’s Dinner Church, the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship, and Astoria First Presbyterian Church.
In addition, Mieke coaches nonprofits, congregations and religious leaders as they work to fund their ministries; this work comes out of a deep knowledge of the particular exhilaration and stress of working for long-term structural change and beginning and sustaining programs.
She is also currently the Founding Pastor of Not So Churchy, a progressive, arts-based community which meets several times a month. This community has received attention in the New York Times and Presbyterians Today as an emerging community reaching those previously hurt by or uninterested in the church. Mieke provides pastoral care, organization, and vision for this community.
Prior to her consulting work she was the Executive Director of Parity, where she founded a program for LGBTQ Future Pastors. This post spanned from 2003-2014. Mieke and the Future Pastors Program are featured in the forthcoming documentary film, Out of Order. Before serving Parity, she was the Executive Director of Voices of Sophia while attending Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York.