Thank You for a Successful 2016 LSA CEO Academy!

Thursday, February 18, 2016

CEO's collaborating in Carefree, AZ During the first week of February, 55 CEOs gathered in Carefree, Arizona for the annual LSA CEO Academy. This was one of our biggest CEO gatherings to date, and focused on the theme of "Leading Through Innovation."

LSA is grateful to all the leaders who were able to come together to celebrate the strength of the network, renew connections and advance the missions of their organizations through leadership development and mutual learning. 

We are blessed with amazing people who lead and serve our Lutheran social ministry organizations, and we thank our member CEOs who shared their personal journeys and lessons learned with fellow attendees: 

  • Angela Bovill, CEO of Ascentria Care Alliance
  • Larry Bradshaw, CEO and President of National Lutheran Communities & Services
  • David Duea, President and CEO of Lutheran Community Services Northwest
  • Dr. Luanne Fisher, President and CEO of Liberty Lutheran
  • Christie Hinrichs, CEO and President of Tabitha Health Care Services; Member, LSA Board of Directors
  • John Kristel, CEO and President of Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network
  • Mark Pile, President and CEO of Diakon
  • Carol Roberts, President and CEO of Lutheran Social Services of Northern California
  • Dr. Kurt Senske,  President and CEO of Upbring
  • Jessica Thomasson, CEO of Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota

We always seek to blend subject matter experts from outside the network with the perspective of our seasoned LSA CEOs, and the 2016 CEO Academy featured keynote presenters Antonio Oftelie, Ph.D., Executive Director of Leadership for a Networked World, Harvard University and Ken Daly, CEO of the National Association of Corporate Directors, who led attendees through thoughtful and interactive sessions. 

Presentations and Handouts > 

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Save the date for the 2017 CEO Academy > 

In their words – we humbly share some of the feedback we have received after the event: 

"I can honestly say it was one of the most relevant professional learning experiences I have had."

"We are joined together by our Lutheran heritage of service and our passionate commitment to mission. It was amazing and inspiring to spend time with CEOs from all over the country to share joys and challenges. I felt so blessed to be welcomed into such an accomplished group of leaders with open arms."

"I really appreciated the focus on leadership development - it was like attending an executive MBA course in many ways. It is rare that I have an opportunity to step back and reflect on the bigger picture of leading the organization." 

CEO Academy "Class of 2016": 

  • Marion Baldini, CEO, KenCrest (PA)
  • James Barclay, President & CEO, Lutheran Family Services Rocky Mountains (CO)
  • Sam Beals, Chief Executive Officer, Lutheran Social Services of Michigan (MI)
  • Josselyn Bennett, Director, Poverty & Justice, ELCA (IL)
  • Vance Blackfox, Executive Director, Oaks Indian Mission (OK) 
  • Jeffrey Bluhm, Executive Director, Lutherdale (WI) 
  • Rick Bova, CEO, Oakwood Lutheran Senior Ministries (WI)
  • Angela Bovill, President & CEO, Ascentria Care Alliance (MA)
  • Lawrence Bradshaw, President & CEO, National Lutheran Communities & Services (MD) 
  • Bob Campbell, Executive Director, ZION Development Corporation (IL)
  • Stephanie Chedid, President & CEO, Luther Manor (WI)
  • Amie Clausen, CEO, Good Shepherd Lutheran Community (NE)
  • David Coker, Executive Director, Nebraska Lutheran Outdoor Ministries (NE)
  • Ken Daly, CEO, National Association of Corporate Directors (Washington DC)
  • David Duea, President & CEO, Lutheran Community Services Northwest (WA)
  • Luanne Fisher, President & CEO, Liberty Lutheran Services (PA)
  • Pamela Fox, President & CEO, Twin Lakes Community (NC) 
  • Colleen Frankenfield, President & CEO, Lutheran Social Ministries of New Jersey (NJ)
  • Alesia Frerichs, VP Member Engagement, Lutheran Services in America 
  • Kristen Gay, President & CEO, Silver Spring-Martin Luther School (PA)
  • Chris Gehrts, Relationship Manager, Portico Benefit Services (MN)
  • Andrew Genszler, President & CEO, Lutheran Metrpolitan Ministry (OH)
  • Jim Graunke, Executive Director, Solheim Lutheran Home (CA)
  • Ted Goins, President & CEO, Lutheran Services Carolinas (NC)
  • Darrell Gordon, CEO & President, Wernle Youth & Family Treatment Center (IN)
  • Eric Gurley, President & CEO, Immanuel (NE)
  • Charlotte Haberaecker, CEO & President, Lutheran Services in America
  • Don Halberg, Business Development,  Mission Investment Fund of ELCA (IL)
  • Linda Hartke, President & CEO, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (MD)
  • Ruth Henrichs, President & CEO, Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska (NE) 
  • Tania Hernandez-Andersen, VP of Marketing and Communications, Lutheran Services in America
  • Christie Hinrichs, President & CEO Tabitha Health Care Services (NE)
  • Mark Huber, Pastor, Sanctuary Church (MA)
  • Adriene Iverson, President & CEO, Elder Care Alliance (CA)
  • Donald Johnson, Executive Director, Lutheran Outdoor Ministries 
  • Keith Johnson, Executive Director, NovusWay Inc (NC)
  • Michael Killian, President & CEO, Mill Neck Family of Organizations (NY)
  • Dorothy Krans, Director of Recognized Service Organizations, LCMS Office of National Mission (MO)
  • John Kristel, President & CEO, Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network (PA)
  • Cyra Lohman, Executive Director, Humanitri (MO) 
  • Rick Marshall, President & CEO, Lutheran Homes Society (IA)
  • Carl McAloose, President & CEO, Luthercare (PA)
  • Daniel McKee, President & CEO Lutheran Community at Telford (PA) 
  • Paul Miles, President & CEO, Wheat Ridge Ministries (IL)
  • Angie Moellering, CEO & President, Lutheran Services of Indiana (IN)
  • Antonio Oftelie, Executive Director, Leadership for a Networked World (MA)
  • Connie Phillips, President & CEO, Lutheran Social Services of the Southwest (AZ)
  • Mark Pile, President & CEO, Diakon Lutheran Social Ministries (PA)
  • Arnold Pierson, Business Development,  Mission Investment Fund of ELCA (IL)
  • Carol Roberts, President & CEO, Lutheran Social Services of Northern California (CA)
  • Kim Roque, Director, Member Engagement, Lutheran Services in America 
  • Joy Ryan, President & CEO, Dakota Boys & Girls Ranch (ND)
  • Patricia Savage, President & CEO, Allegheny Lutheran Social Ministries (PA)
  • Brent Seaks, Executive Director, Badlands Ministries (ND) 
  • Kurt Senske, President & CEO, Upbring (TX) 
  • Janis Sloka, Executive Director, Camp of the Cross Ministries (ND)]
  • Sherone Smith-Sanchez, Chief Operations Officer, Lutheran Social Services of New York (NY)
  • Gene Svebakken, Chief Executive Officer, Lutheran Child and Family Services of Illinois (IL)
  • Julie Swanson, President & CEO, Lutheran Family Services of Virgina (VA)
  • Thomas Syverson, COO and Affordable Housing President, The Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society (SD)
  • Linda Timmons, President & CEO, Mosaic (NE)
  • Jessica Thomasson, CEO, Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota (ND)
  • Reier Thompson, President & CEO, Missouri Slope Lutheran Care Center (ND)
  • George Trauner, Chief Executive Officer, Bethesda Children's Home (PA)
  • John Twardos, President & CEO, Lutheran Services in Iowa 
  • Jean Warren, Executive Director, Lutheran Community Services (DE)

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