by Alesia Frerichs, Vice President of Member Engagement
The hum of the lively conversation and the energy of mission and purpose could be felt throughout the LSA member reception at the LeadingAge conference. Over 100 people from over 26 member organizations in our network joined their peers at the reception we hosted Nov. 1 in Boston for our LSA family. We enjoyed lively conversations, connections and networking.
The reception was also another reminder of the significant presence Lutheran social ministry organizations have in serving seniors across the country. Experts representing 11 LSA member organizations presented at the Leading Age Conference in Boston including: Richard Barger, Executive Vice President & Treasurer, Diakon Lutheran Social Ministries; Larry Bradshaw, CEO, National Lutheran Communities & Services; Robert Brandt, Chairman, Luthercare; Danny Eischen, Executive Director, Concordia Life Care Community; Erin Hilligan, Campus Administrator, Ebenezer Ridges; Christie Hinrichs, CEO, Tabitha Health Care Services; John Kotovsky, President/CEO, Lutheran Senior Services; Coral Lindahl, Point Click Care Coordinator, Ebenezer Ridges; Matthew McNeill, Director Business Development, Ecumen; Julie Murray, Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Business Development, Ecumen; Raye Nae Nylander, VP of Affordable Housing, Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society; Steve Ordahl, Senior Vice President of Business Development, Ecumen; Sherrie Petersen, Director LivingWell@Home, The Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society; Christopher Ridenhour, Director of Staff Engagement Training, Liberty Lutheran Services; William Snyder, Vice President - Philanthropy & Community Engagement, Luthercare; and Rustan Williams, Vice President, Information Services and Technology, The Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society.
In addition, our member Augustana Care was chosen to receive the Excellence in Not-for- Profit Leadership Award. This prestigious national award recognizes organizations that are models of excellence in not-for-profit leadership and exemplify the seven key attributes that characterize high-performing nonprofits, according to Johns Hopkins University research.
This conference came on the heels of several visits the LSA member engagement team had throughout Minnesota, Iowa, and Wisconsin. The LSA network is comprised of both large and small organizations united in a shared mission. Larger LSA members comprise 20% of the Ziegler top 100 non -profits, smaller members provide a vital community presence in under-resourced communities in both urban and rural communities.
As I have traveled throughout the cities and rural areas where our members serve, I am consistently reminded of the shared mission and dedication to compassionate care. Some organizations are growing, others are working to respond to the changing demographics and cost pressures, but all are committed to the shared mission of care and service. LSA is truly blessed to be part of this mission, and a partner in helping these social ministries thrive and continue to serve their communities into the 21st century.