LSA Welcomes New Members to the Board of Directors

Monday, May 4, 2015

During the 2015 Annual Meeting of the membership in San Antonio, members elected two new Class A Board members. Their terms will begin July 1, 2015 and run through June 30, 2018.

Jodi HarpsteadJodi Harpstead, President and CEO of Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota
Jodi Harpstead has served as President and CEO of Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota since 2011. LSS offers a broad array of community services touching 1 in every 65 Minnesotans in all 87 counties of the state - including services for people with disabilities, older adults, children, youth, and families. Prior to taking on the role of CEO, Jodi served as Chief Advancement Officer and then Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of LSS.

Prior to joining LSS, she spent 23 years with Medtronic, Inc. where she held several key positions, including President of Global Marketing and U.S. Sales in Cardiac Rhythm Management and Vice President and General Manager of Cardiac Surgery Technologies. A native of the Chicago area, Jodi received an MBA and BA in Business Administration from Michigan State University before settling in Minnesota.

She serves as immediate Past-Chair of the Board of Regents of Augsburg College. She has previously served on the Boards of LSA-member Plymouth Christian Youth Center and Lutheran Campus Ministry of Minnesota. She also served on the Mutual Funds Board of Thrivent Financial.

Christie HinrichsChristie Hinrichs, President and CEO of Tabitha
Since 2010 Christie Hinrichs has served as President and CEO of Tabitha, a non-profit, mission-centered provider of health care services for older adults, headquartered in Lincoln and serving 28 southeast Nebraska counties. She began her career in compassion in 1993 as a Tabitha Hospice social worker before advancing to leadership roles within Tabitha Hospice and the organization’s in-home support program. Christie then served as the Nebraska Heart Hospital’s Chief Operating Officer and as a branch manager with Coram Healthcare. She returned to Tabitha in 2006 as Vice President of Clinical Services. She served on Tabitha’s corporate Board of Directors from November 2004 through May 2006.

She has been instrumental in the growth of Tabitha’s physical presence across southeast Nebraska. She helped bring innovative vision to life on Tabitha’s main campus in Lincoln in 2006 with the introduction of the Green House home, a family-centered, residential-style skilled nursing and long-term care community. In 2014, in collaboration with Immanuel, she helped introduce Tabitha at The Landing, a fifth residential-style community in Lincoln, managed by Tabitha in the same spirit and lifestyle as the organization’s four Green House homes. For her work on the Tabitha at the Landing project, Christie was the co-recipient of the Innovator of the Year award from Nebraska Leading Age.


Junia John-StrakerJunia John-Straker, Chief Executive Officer of Lutheran Social Services of the Virgin Islands, Inc., was approved to serve another term. Junia has served as the Chief Executive Officer of Lutheran Social Services of the Virgin Islands, Inc., the largest non-profit in the Virgin Islands, since February, 2007. Before her appointment to CEO, She served the organization for 16 years as Chief Fiscal Officer. She oversees a number of residential and non-residential programs that serve the needs of children, low-income adults and seniors, and the disabled of all ages. Ms. Straker has over 33 years of financial and management experience and holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting. Her experience also includes nine years with a Certified Public Accounting firm. Junia has served and currently serves on several non-profits and governmental boards. She is committed to honor the command of Galatians 5:13 of "By Love serve one another".

Board Officers Elected
During their meeting on April 20, the Board of Directors elected new officers, effective July 1:

  • Betty Oldenkamp will serve as Board chairperson
  • David Fenoglietto will serve as Vice Chair
  • Brian Hofland will serve as Treasurer
  • Patricia Davenport will remain the Secretary

We thank them for their service to the Board.

Recognizing Our Outgoing Board Members
LSA would also like to recognize our departing Board members:

  • Bill Hanawalt, Executive Director of the Peace Community Center, has been a valued Board member for two terms. The Board appreciates his active participation, thoughtful insights and ideas on how to strengthen Lutheran social ministry and the work of the LSA network.
  • Fred Kraegel, Managing Director of Parham Partners LLC, has also served for two terms, including serving as Board Treasurer and Chair of the Governance Committee. Fred has been instrumental in driving LSA’s development strategy and connecting our network with potential partners and supporters.
  • Sam Sipes, President and CEO of Lutheran Services Florida, is also concluding his term on the Board at the end of June. We appreciate his work on the Board, and stepping in to serve as Board Chair last year. We thank him for the many hours he has put into the work of LSA, and his unwavering support of the Disaster Network and the Children, Youth and Families working group.

Outgoing BOD Members 

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