Board of Directors

 

July 1, 2019  June 30, 2020

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. 

Mr. David Fenoglietto, Vice Chairperson
President & CEO
Lutheran SeniorLife

David has over 25 years of professional experience having worked for health care organizations and held senior management positions for health care systems at Hamot Medical Center in Erie, PA and St. Vincent Medical Center, Toledo Ohio. He also worked for a physician practice management division of Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield. Prior to becoming President and CEO for Lutheran SeniorLife in 2004, David held the position of Vice President of System Development at Lutheran SeniorLife. Under his leadership, he has grown the organization to become a more diverse and contemporary senior living service provider and has enabled the organization to forge several new strategic partnerships. David earned a Master of Science degree in Health Services Administration from Gannon University and an undergraduate degree from California University of Pennsylvania.

Ms. Jane Isaacs Lowe, Secretary
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.

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 CEO & President
National Association of Corporate Directors

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.

Ms. Colleen Frankenfield
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.

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.

Mr. David Swartling
Mills Meyers Swartling

David Swartling was elected secretary of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America at the 10th Churchwide Assembly in Chicago in August 2007 and served until October 31, 2013. He has been the only layperson to serve in this leadership position in the ELCA. He attended Princeton University on a Navy Scholarship and served four years in the submarine force. Following his military service, he attended the University of Washington School of Law and practiced law in Seattle for more than 30 years. During this time, he was elected a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and received the President's Award from the Washington State Bar Association for his work in continuing legal education. David is a life-long Lutheran and has served the ELCA in all its expressions prior to his election as secretary. He was the congregational president at Bethany Lutheran Church on Bainbridge Island in Washington state, a member of the Synod Planning Group and Vice President of the Northwest Washington Synod, Chair of the Region 1 Governing Council, and Chair of the ELCA Foundation Board of Trustees. He also served as parliamentarian for two Churchwide Assemblies and numerous Synod Assemblies.

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.