LSA News

LSA Welcomes New Vice President of Member Engagement

Lutheran Services in America is pleased to welcome Alesia Frerichs to our national headquarters team as Vice President of Member Engagement. Alesia brings more than 20 years of strategic management consulting experience to LSA, including having served in lead roles in program management, organizational strategy, and change management across several sectors, including healthcare and technology. Most recently, she served as Senior Consultant with Sapere Consulting, Inc., where she worked with LSA's Strategic Planning Task Force and staff to develop LSA's multi-year strategic plan.

LSA-DN's Director of Public Policy Elected as Co-chair of Long-Term Services and Supports Task Force

Congratulations to our LSA-DN's Director of Public Policy and Advocacy, Sarah Meek, for her election as co-chair of the Long-Term Services and Supports Task Force of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities. Sarah has been at LSA since December 2012, directing the Disability Network's federal advocacy activities on issues affecting persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including long-term services and supports, housing, employment and transportation.

LSA Welcomes New Vice President of Development, Deborah Pez Hoesly

Lutheran Services in America is pleased to announce that Deborah Hoesly has joined our national headquarters team as the new Vice President of Development. This is a new position for the organization; she joins LSA as of October 6, 2014. In this role, Deborah is responsible for individual, corporate and foundation giving, as well as donor relations and development strategy.

Lutheran Services in America Kicks off Reformation Celebrations with Launch of Three-Year Fundraising Campaign

Lutheran Services in America (LSA), a network of more than 300 health and human services organizations in thousands of communities nationwide, has announced the launch of the LSA 20-500 Fund Circle. This is a multi-year campaign culminating in celebrations observing the 20th anniversary of LSA and the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, both celebrated in 2017.

Samuel Sipes of Lutheran Services Florida Elected Chair of the LSA Board of Directors

Samuel M. Sipes, LCSW, BCD, has been elected as Chairperson of the Board for Lutheran Services in America, effective October 15, 2014. Sipes is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Lutheran Services Florida. His term as Board chair runs through June 30, 2015. Sipes joined the LSA Board in 2009, and fills the Chair position left vacant in September 2014 due to the retirement of John Bauer, formerly of Bethesda Lutheran Communities.

Julie E. Swanson is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Lutheran Family Services of Virginia (LFSVA), a member of LSA. Swanson joined LFSVA in July 2005. As President and CEO, she manages 400 employees in 15 locations across the state with a total annual budget of $29 million.

LSA-DN Acknowledges Senator Harkin on his Retirement for Tireless Work on Behalf of Americans with Disabilities

The Lutheran Services in America Disability Network (LSA-DN) has reached out to Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) to personally thank him for his tireless advocacy on and support for the civil rights of Americans with disabilities. After more than 25 years in the Senate, Senator Harkin is now retiring. Senator Harkin is the Chair of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee in the Senate and author of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Lutheran Services in America Jumps to Number 20 on Chronicle of Philanthropy's "Philanthropy 400" Annual Listing of Nation's Top Charities

For more information: Tania Hernandez-Andersen, 202-499-5846 or 301-651-5243 or

October 20, 2014 (Washington, D.C.) – The 2014 "Philanthropy 400" list has been announced, revealing that Lutheran Services in America (LSA) has jumped from number 25 to number 20 on the list. The Philanthropy 400 list is compiled annually by The Chronicle of Philanthropy, a leading publication for nonprofit news and issues.


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