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Janet Stiven, a U of I grad to lead Moody Bible Institute’s legal department

On Dec. 11, Moody Bible Institute president, Dr. Paul Nyquist, announced that Janet Stiven has been named the organization's new vice president and general counsel. Stiven's new position will be effective Jan 2, 2014. She will replace Elizabeth Brown who is retiring after more than 30 years at Moody.

"Janet's extensive experience in a wide range of legal activities and her strong character are an excellent fit for Moody's ministries," said Dr. Nyquist. "I am thrilled she will be joining Moody as our new general counsel."

Stiven comes to Moody from the Chicago office of Dykema, a national firm with more than 350 lawyers. She brings more than 25 years' experience as United States general corporate counsel for a diverse group of U.S. and multinational clients. She regularly represented manufacturing, distribution, technology and service companies in strategic business and technology transactions. Stiven has a strong background in technology law, particularly the legal implications related to technology use in business operations and the legal issues related to cloud computing and associated privacy and cyber security considerations.

Stiven served as a leader of Dykema's Commercial Finance Team as well as Dykema's Women's Business Initiative and was named an Illinois Leading Lawyer by the Leading Lawyers Network from 2009 to 2013. She holds a Juris Doctor degree from DePaul University College of Law, where she served as an article and note editor of the DePaul Law Review, and a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communications from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

While leading the legal department and serving as a member of Moody's executive team, she will oversee all legal matters of Moody including contracts, regulatory compliance, employment matters, corporate governance, real estate and litigation. Stiven will also provide management with legal perspective on all aspects of Moody's ministries.

"My life has been positively impacted as a long-time Moody Radio listener," said Stiven. "I am excited for the opportunity to use my legal experience to serve at Moody."

Stiven and her husband, Bernie, have been married for 26 years and have two adult children. They live in Wheaton, Ill., and actively serve in the local refugee community and in several ministries of their home church in Carol Stream, Ill.

About Moody Bible Institute: Moody Bible Institute is a higher education and media ministry that exists to equip people with the truth of God's Word to be maturing followers of Christ who are making disciples around the world. Moody is best known for its education branch, which includes a fully-accredited undergraduate school and seminary, as well as distance learning. Other primary ministries include Moody Radio and Moody Publishers.

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