Board of Directors


July 1, 2020  June 30, 2021

Mr. Lawrence R. Bradshaw, Chairperson
President and CEO
National Lutheran Communities and Services

Larry Bradshaw joined National Lutheran Communities & Services (NLCS) in October 2009 as President & CEO. He brings more than 30 years of experience in the not-for-profit senior living industry. From 1987–2006, he was Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President for Strategic Growth with Asbury Communities, a not-for-profit, multi-site, senior living organization. In 2006, Larry took on the role of President for Asbury’s for-profit company, The Asbury Group, offering consulting services to other Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs). Larry was also the principal of Bradshaw Insights Group, providing consulting services to CCRCs in everything from strategic planning and board development to financial analysis and capital structure development. 

Ms. Jane Isaacs Lowe, Vice Chairperson
Foundation Program Director (ret.)

Jane Isaacs Lowe has an extensive career in philanthropy, academics, and social work. With an 18-year tenure at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, she most recently served as their Senior Adviser for Program Development, and Director of the Vulnerable Populations Portfolio. Prior to that she was a faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Social Work teaching and publishing in the areas of community health practice, administration, and planning.  She began her career as a social worker and administrator at Mt. Sinai Medical Center (New York City) where she also was a faculty member in the medical school's Department of Community Medicine. She serves on the Board of Trustees of Playworks, and is a fellow at the New York Academy of Medicine. Lowe earned a doctorate in social welfare policy and planning from Rutgers University, a master’s in social work from Columbia University, and a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Cedar Crest College, where she was a member of the board of trustees from 2008-2017.

Ms. Colleen Frankenfield, Secretary
President & CEO
Lutheran Social Ministries of New Jersey

Colleen has worked in faith-based health care and senior services for over 30 years as a Nurse, Director of Nursing, Administrator and Executive Director. For 20 years, she worked with the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. While in law school, she worked for the CMS/Maximus as a Medicare Appeals Adjudicator. After attending law school, in addition to practicing law in the area of professional liability, she also had the opportunity to work with educational institutions in matters related to special education, school law and other general corporate practice areas. During her time practicing law, she served as a member of several Boards, as well as legal counsel to the Board. She is currently the Chair Elect for Leading Age NJ, the Vice President of the Alumni Association Board at Felician University and a member of the Loyola Society at St. Joseph University. She has been instrumental with several health systems in developing and implementing plans to improve financial viability, while improving the quality of care and services. Colleen is currently employed by Lutheran Social Ministries of New Jersey. She is responsible for the oversight and management of a social ministry agency, which has 3 continuing care retirement communities, a PACE program, 16 Affordable Housing Communities, Adoption agency, Immigration services, Emergency Foster Care Program for Children, summer lunch program for children, a Homeless day treatment center, Home Care and Foundation.

Mr. Darrell R. Gordon, Treasurer
President & CEO
Wernle Youth & Family Treatment Center

Darrell Gordon is the Chief Executive Officer and President of Wernle Youth & Treatment Center in Richmond, Indiana. Wernle is a nationally recognized residential treatment facility serving severely neglected and abused youth primarily in Indiana and Ohio. Under his leadership, Wernle was chosen as 1 of 3 national finalists for the 2014 Performance-based Standards Barbara Allen-Hagen award for extraordinary improvement to facility quality of life and operations.  Wernle also received the 2005 Achievement of Excellence Non-Profit Organization of the Year Award.
Prior to joining Wernle Youth & Treatment Center, Darrell served as an adjunct Sports Law Professor for the graduate school at Ball State University and worked for the NCAA for five years in its legislative and student athlete advisory department. Darrell also serves as a national public speaker on the topics of Character Development, Diversity Training, and Leadership Empowerment for Change. Darrell earned a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Business and a Master’s degree in Administration from Notre Dame, a Juris Doctorate from Northern Kentucky University's Chase College of Law, a Certification in Fund Raising Management (CFRM) from Indiana University School of Philanthropy, and Strategic Perspective in Nonprofit Management from Harvard Business School Executive Education Program.

Mr. Kenneth Daly
Senior Advisor to the Board Leadership Center

Ken Daly is the Senior Advisor to the CEO and President of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), where he was previously the CEO. As advisor to head of the nation's largest member-based organization for board directors, Daly is a recognized expert on corporate governance and board transformation. Under his leadership, NACD has grown in size and in scope, more than doubling its revenue and increasing membership by nearly 100 percent. Prior to joining the organization, Daly was an audit partner at KPMG, where he also served as the partner-in-charge of the national risk management practice. Retiring in 2005 from the firm, he assumed the role of executive director of KPMG's Audit Committee Institute. Daly has served on and chaired audit committees. He has extensive audit partner experience and routinely lends his regulatory expertise to counsel audit committees in critical areas, such as risk oversight. He has extensive experience as an auditor and consulting with companies in the banking and insurance industries. He is especially knowledgeable about the financial services industry. Daly is a frequent speaker and writer on many timely issues confronting today's corporate board, including executive compensation. He regularly appears in media and has recently been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Reuters, AP Radio and Fox News Radio, among others. Daly received his bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of Delaware and has attended KPMG's International Partner Program in Birkenstock, Switzerland, as well as the partner development program at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School. He is a certified public accountant (inactive status) in Pennsylvania.

  Dr. Kristen Gay
  President & CEO
  Gemma Services

 Kristen Gay serves as President/CEO of Gemma Services. She has devoted her career to serving children and families, previously at Silver Springs - Martin Luther School prior to its merger with theVillage, and now at     Gemma Services. After receiving a B.A. in Psychology from Franklin and Marshall College, and an M. Ed. in Psychological Services and a Ph.D. in School, Community and Clinical Child Psychology from the University of   Pennsylvania, Kristen joined the Silver Springs staff in 1999. Kristen worked in various roles throughout the organization, including: Clinical Intern, Foster Family Care Caseworker, Independent Consultant, Performance   Improvement/Family Resource Services Director, Development Director, and Vice President. In addition, Kristen has clinical experience in Counseling and School Psychology and has served as an Adjunct Instructor at the   University of Pennsylvania. Kristen’s diverse experience working within the programs and administration informs her strong and passionate vision for the future of the organization, and the myriad ways through which Gemma Services brings hope and healing to children and families. A proven collaborator and decisive leader, Kristen is honored to lead Gemma Services and its many programs providing hope, education, and healing for children, youth, and families in our region and beyond.

  Ms. Katherine Hayes
  Director of Health Policy
  Bipartisan Policy Center

 Katherine Hayes is Director of Health Policy for the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC). She has 35 years of health policy experience with an expertise in health care financing, private health insurance, Medicare, Medicaid and     long-term care. At BPC, she has focused on health care reform, delivery system reform, chronic care, and long-term care. She has also worked to improve integration of Medicare and Medicaid services for dual-eligible   individuals. Prior to coming to BPC, Katherine was an associate research professor at the George Washington University, School of Public Health and Health Services, where she conducted legal and policy research in the   Department of Health Policy and taught graduate-level courses in federal advocacy and policymaking and the federal budget process. She also served as an adjunct professor of law at the American University Washington   College of Law. She has served as health counsel and legislative assistant to two Senators and two Members of the House of Representatives, as policy director for two multi-state, non-profit health systems, practiced health law as an attorney at large Washington, DC-based firm, and has worked for a governor and a state Medicaid agency. As a Senate staffer, her efforts led to legislation establishing Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) under the Social Security Act (1989-90), requiring reasonable-cost reimbursement to FQHCs in Medicare and Medicaid to community and migrant health centers funded under the Public Health Service Act.  Her staff work led to severing the link between Medicaid and welfare during welfare reform, assuring that individuals who lost cash assistance did not also lose health insurance coverage (1996).  Finally, she led efforts to develop and pass legislation to create the first state option to expand the availability of home and community-based services under the Medicaid program (2005). Katherine has authored or co-authored publications in peer-reviewed law journals and co-authored a health law textbook on implementation of the Affordable Care Act.  She received her B.A. from the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, J.D. from the American University Washington College of Law, and she is a member of the District of Columbia Bar.

Ms. Karen L. Himle
Senior Vice President of Customer Experience and Corporate Affairs
Thrivent Financial

Karen joined Thrivent Financial as Vice President Corporate Affairs in November 2014. Karen is responsible for leading the communications, brand, community relations, government relations and external relations functions of the organization. Immediately prior to Thrivent, Karen was affiliated with the retained search firm, DHR International as Executive Vice President in the Minneapolis, MN office as part of the Board and CEO, Education and Non-Profit practice group and served as a member of the Board of Directors of HMN Financial, Inc. (NASDAQ:HMNF), a Rochester, MN based public bank holding company until 2015. Described as a versatile, results-driven dynamic leader, Karen has served in executive positions in the property-casualty insurance industry, in health care and in higher education. Early in her career, she also worked in the natural gas industry and served as a policy adviser to the Governor of Nebraska. From 1985 to 2002, Karen worked for The St. Paul Companies rising through the ranks from Senior Government Affairs Manager to Senior Vice President for Corporate and Government Affairs. Karen served two four-year terms as a Supreme Court appointee to the Minnesota Commission on Judicial Selection. She was elected the first female president of the Minneapolis Club and also served as the Chair of the St. Paul Area Chamber of Commerce. Karen has volunteered for numerous non-profit organizations throughout her career and has been a dedicated mentor to those launching careers or moving through transitions. A frequent public speaker, Karen is well-known for her ability to build bridges between the business and non-profit worlds. Karen and her husband John Himle have two adult daughters and reside in Minnetonka, MN.

Rev. Philip C. Hirsch
Executive Director, Domestic Mission
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

Pastor Hirsch graduated from Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove PA in Sociology and Psychology and received a Master of Divinity degree from the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago.   He earned a Doctor of Ministry from United Theological Seminary in Dayton Ohio in preaching with a focus on alleviating violence in the inner city.  He was awarded a Leadership Grant from the Lily Foundation to continue his work and study in South Africa. Pastor Hirsch was assistant to the bishop and Director of Evangelical Mission for the Metropolitan Washington DC Synod where they launched an effort to grow the synod by 10% and started new churches to make that happen 2009-2019. He was pastor at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Fairfax, VA 2000-2009 and of Christus, Epiphany, Grace, La Trinidad and New Life Lutheran Churches in Camden, NJ 1990-2000.  
He was Vice President of the Camden Lutheran Housing and President of Dooley House, a series of homes for sick children and their families.  He was a leader in Camden Churches Organized for People, a church-based community organizing effort that brought millions of dollars to the city for housing, safety and job creating businesses. He worked on the burned churches project with the National Council of Churches. He is married to Dana M. T. Hirsch and the have three adult sons. He is a cabinet maker and enjoys bicycling, hiking, skiing and photography. He and Dana live in Chicago, IL.

Ms. Adriene Iverson
President and CEO
Elder Care Alliance

At Elder Care Alliance, there is an established culture of learning and innovation. As President & CEO, Adriene Iverson is continually asking herself questions like, “How might we do this better?” and “What can we learn from this?” Iverson has been part of the Elder Care Alliance team since 2010, initially as VP of Operations, where she oversaw all of Elder Care Alliance’s operational functions as well as the infrastructure for internal communications. In 2011, she led a comprehensive software conversion and implementation of electronic health records across all of Elder Care Alliance’s communities. She was also instrumental in ushering in Dr. John Zeisel’s internationally recognized dementia care program I’m Still Here™ in Elder Care Alliance’s memory care neighborhoods. She led Elder Care Alliance’s strategic planning. Iverson has extensive experience guiding the operations of not-for-profit organizations. Prior to joining Elder Care Alliance, she served for 15 years as Vice President of Operations at the CNH District Church Extension Fund, a $60 million church loan fund. Her responsibilities ranged from oversight of finance to marketing, underwriting, loan placement, and construction draw management. For more than a decade she served as chair of the board for a startup Continuing Care Retirement Community, providing her with valuable, firsthand knowledge of the senior living industry. Iverson holds a Bachelor of Science in marketing from Santa Clara University.

Dr. Antonio M. Oftelie
Executive Director of Leadership for a Networked World
Harvard University

Dr. Antonio M. Oftelie is Executive Director of Leadership for a Networked World, an Innovation Fellow at the Technology and Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard University (TECH), part of the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, an Expert in Residence at Harvard Innovation Lab, and a Commissioner on the Ireland Commission for the Future of Policing. Antonio conducts research at the intersection of law, policy and technology, administers the Harvard Public Sector Innovation Award program, leads the development and teaches of multiple summits and executive sessions, and since 2004, has developed and taught in more than sixty Harvard executive education programs. During his time at Harvard, Antonio has created practitioner-recognized frameworks and maturity models for organizational innovation and value creation including the Shared Services Horizons of Value, the Uptake and Edge Innovation Matrix, and the Health and Human Services Value Curve. Prior to Harvard, Antonio worked in private consulting where he led an innovation practice. On the public sector side, Antonio worked for the Minnesota Office of Higher Education where he developed the Student Educational Loan Fund and grew revenue from $12 million to more than $38 million in three years, and later for the Minnesota Department of Trade and Economic Development where he launched the Internet System for Education and Employment Knowledge – a cross-agency and public private partnership which successfully increased citizen and business access to education and workforce development services. Antonio holds a BS in Management and Ethics from Crown College, an MPA with a Business and Government Policy concentration from Harvard University, where he focused his studies on leadership, finance, and public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, and on strategic management, technology, and innovation at the Harvard Business School, and a Doctorate in Law and Policy from Northeastern University, where his studies and research focused on constitutional and administrative law, technology and society, and institutional transformation.


Rev. Kevin D. Robson
Chief Mission Officer
The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod

Rev. Kevin D. Robson was called to serve as the Chief Mission Officer for The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod in May of 2015.  He had previously served God’s faithful as the pastor of Prince of Peace Ev. Lutheran Church in Baxter, MN since 2006. He also served as pastor of Trinity Lutheran, Elgin, MN and as vacancy pastor of Immanuel Lutheran, Red Wing, MN and Trinity Lutheran, Long Prairie, MN. Prior to earning his MDiv at Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne in 2001, Pastor Robson enjoyed a broad career in R&D, product management, business development and sales, and consulting with Union Carbide Corporation (Chicago, IL) and Air Products and Chemicals (Allentown, PA). He is a graduate of The University of Chicago School of Business (MBA Finance and Marketing, 1988) and The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (BS Chemistry, BSE Chemical Engineering 1982). He is currently in process of completing his DMin degree (Pastoral Care and Leadership) at CTS Fort Wayne. He has been married to Peg for 30 years; the couple has one son, Karl, 25.

   Rev. Jeffrey Thiemann
   President and CEO
   Portico Benefit Services

 The Rev. Jeffrey Thiemann began his term of office as President and CEO of Portico Benefit Services on October 1, 2011. Pr. Thiemann serves on the Board of Directors of the Church Benefits Association, which promotes       excellence for church benefit plans through nonpartisan education, collaboration and fellowship. He is the vice chair and member of the Steering Committee of the Church Alliance, a coalition of CEOs of 38 church benefit     programs to ensure that benefit-related legislative and regulatory initiatives fully address the unique nature of church plans. Pr. Thiemann was executive pastor at Saint Matthew Lutheran Church in Walnut Creek, California.     Prior to answering a call to ordained ministry, Thiemann worked in a variety of business settings that included technical, marketing and executive management and leadership roles. He consulted to startups in Silicon Valley,   was President and CEO of a startup and spent nearly 20 years at Hewlett-Packard Co., in global assignments and management positions. Pr. Thiemann earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science engineering in 1980 from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Mass. He is a 1997 graduate of Harvard Business School’s The General Manager Program, Executive Education, in Boston. He received his Master of Divinity in 2005 from Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley, Calif. Jeff and his wife, Pam, have four children and three grandsons. He and his wife reside in Plymouth, MN and are members of Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Maple Grove, MN.

Rev. Dr. R. Reed Lessing - Theologian in Residence
Sr. Pastor
St. Michael Lutheran Church

The Reverend Doctor R. Reed Lessing is the Senior Pastor of St. Michael Lutheran Church in Ft. Wayne, Indiana. Prior to that he served for fourteen years on the faculty of Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri, earning the rank of full professor. Earlier Reed served for thirteen years as a parish pastor in Louisiana and Oklahoma.  He has published sermon studies and book reviews and has written six books—all related to the Old Testament. Reed is currently writing a commentary on the book of Zechariah. His academic degrees include a B.A., M.Div., S.T.M. and Ph.D. Reed is married to Lisa (nee) Radke and their marriage has been blessed with three children: Abi, Jonathan and Lori.