Public Policy Advisory Committee

LSA's Public Policy Advisory Committee (PPAC) partners with LSA to shape, guide and advance LSA’s public policy and advocacy work. The PPAC serves a vital and strategic role, offering LSA staff the valuable perspective of its members and an important connection to LSA member organizations and their expertise.

PPAC Members

Andrew Genszler (Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry)– Andrew Genszler serves as the President and CEO of Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry in Cleveland, Ohio. Prior to LMM, Genszler served as Director of Advocacy for the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America in Washington, D.C. Prior to this he served as ELCA's Director of Domestic Policy and as Associate Director of Public Policy for LSA. Genszler is an ordained Lutheran minister serving as a Chaplain in the United States Navy Reserve. He holds degrees from Wittenberg University, Trinity Lutheran Seminary and the University of Oxford.

Susie Schatz, MSW LGSW (Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota) Susie Schatz serves as the Director of Advocacy and Volunteer Services at Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota in St. Paul, MN. Prior to working at LSS, Schatz worked as a social worker and assistant program manager at Thomas Allen, Inc. She holds a bachelor’s degree in social work from Ohio University and a master’s degree in social work from Augsburg College (MN), where she has also served as an adjunct instructor since 2011.

Anne Silea, MSW (Lutheran Family and Children's Services of Missouri) Anne Silea serves as the Advocacy Facilitator at Lutheran Family and Children's Services of Missouri in St. Louis, MO. Silea has served in her advocacy role at LFCS since 2005. She holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology and pscyhology from Truman State University and a master’s degree in social work from Saint Louis University.

Dan Holdhusen (Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society) Dan Holdhusen served in senior leadership roles at the Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society for 17 years. Holdhusen spent ten years as the Chief Financial Officer, then moved to a Senior Vice President’s role with responsibility in a variety of national initiatives. He now serves as a consultant for the Society, which is the nation’s largest non-for-profit provider of senior care, services, and housing. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Northern State University.

Julie Swanson (Lutheran Family Services of Virginia)Julie Swanson has served as the President and CEO of Lutheran Family Services of Virginia for nine years. In July 2005, Swanson became the CEO of LFS of Virginia and the Minnick Education Centers, which are now merged under LFS-VA. Previously, Julie served as the vice president for programs and agency advancement at Lutheran Family Services of Colorado, regional director with Lutheran Ministries of Florida in Tampa and for 15 years was the executive director of Lutheran Social Services of the Virgin Islands. Julie holds a bachelor's degree in child development and family relations and she received a certificate in nonprofit management from Case Western Reserve University. She earned her master's degree in management and leadership at the University of South Florida.

Lori. R. Vallelunga, Ph.D. (Bethel New Life)Lori Vallelunga serves as President and CEO at Bethel New Life in Chicago, IL. Prior to her time at Bethel New Life, she served in several roles, including Senior Vice President of Strategic Development, at the Hope Institute for Children and Families. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Rhodes College, and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Memphis. She also served a pre-doctoral internship in clinical psychology at Harvard Medical School.

Stacy Martin, MDiv, MBA(Evangelical Lutheran Church in America) Stacy Martin serves as the National Policy and Advocacy Director for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). Prior to starting her role at the ELCA in 2013, Martin was the Vice President of External Relations and Development at Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services. Prior to serving at LIRS, she was the Director of Immigration and Refugee Services at Lutheran Social Ministries of New Jersey. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English and secondary education from Sterling College, an M.Div from Princeton Theological Seminary, and and MBA from Eastern University.

Deaconess Dorothy Krans (Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod) - Dorothy Krans served as the Director of Registered Service Organizations at the LCMS Office of National Mission in St Louis, MO. Krans has served in her current role with the LCMS since 2007.  She has also served as the Manager of Social Ministry Organizations for LCMS World Relief and Human Care.