Lutheran Services in America Elects New Board Members & Officers

Leading Midwestern Nonprofits Join the Board of One of Country's Largest Human Services Networks
Wednesday, July 1, 2015

For Immediate Release

July 1, 2015 (Washington, D.C.) – Lutheran Services in America, Inc. (LSA) has elected to its Board of Directors Jodi Harpstead, president and CEO of Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota, and Christie Hinrichs, president and CEO of Nebraska-based organization Tabitha. Dr. Bruce Kintz, president and CEO of Concordia Publishing House, has been appointed to the Board as a Class B Board Director. 

As Board Directors, they will play active roles in guiding one of the nation's largest health and human services networks, representing 300 Lutheran social ministry organizations across the U.S. and parts of the Caribbean. The LSA network is listed as number 20 on the Philanthropy 400's list of the nation's largest charitable organizations.

Board elections took place during LSA's most recent Annual Meeting of the membership held in San Antonio this past April during the network's 2015 Annual Conference. Their terms as Class A and B Board Directors begin July 1, 2015 and run through June 30, 2018. 

During the Annual Conference, members approved Junia John-Straker, chief executive officer of Lutheran Social Services of the Virgin Islands, Inc., to serve another term on the LSA Board of Directors.

The Board also elected new officers, effective July 1:

  • Betty Oldenkamp, president and CEO of Lutheran Social Services of South Dakota, was elected Chairperson of the Board.
  • David Fenoglietto, President and CEO of Lutheran SeniorLife, will serve as Vice Chair of the Board.
  • Brian Hofland, President, Research to Prevent Blindness, Inc., was elected Treasurer.
  • Reverend Patricia Davenport, Director for Evangelical Mission, Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America was reelected as Board Secretary.

Jodi HarpsteadAbout Jodi Harpstead  
Jodi Harpstead has served as President and CEO of Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota (LSS) since 2011. LSS offers a broad array of community services touching one in every 65 Minnesotans in all 87 counties of the state - including services for people with disabilities, older adults, children, youth, and families. Before taking on the role of CEO, Harpstead served as Chief Advancement Officer and then Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of LSS of MN.

Prior to joining LSS of MN, she spent 23 years with Medtronic, Inc. where she held several key positions, including President of Global Marketing and U.S. Sales in Cardiac Rhythm Management and Vice President and General Manager of Cardiac Surgery Technologies. A native of the Chicago area, Harpstead received an MBA and BA in Business Administration from Michigan State University before settling in Minnesota.

Harpstead serves as immediate Past-Chair of the Board of Regents of Augsburg College, has previously served on the Boards of LSA-member Plymouth Christian Youth Center and Lutheran Campus Ministry of Minnesota, and has also served on the Mutual Funds Board of Thrivent Financial.

About Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota: Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota began in 1865 when a Lutheran pastor and his congregation opened an orphanage for children near Red Wing, MN. Today, with 2,300 employees and over 8,000 volunteers, Lutheran Social Service helps one in 65 Minnesotans each year live and work in a community with dignity, safety, and hope. Through a wide range of services, the organization seeks to provide safety and supportive homes for children, counseling to restore health and wellness in families, community living for people with disabilities, and options that help seniors experience independence and abundant aging. For comprehensive information about the work of Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota, please visit

Christie HinrichsAbout Christie Hinrichs
Since 2010 Christie Hinrichs has served as President and CEO of Tabitha, a nonprofit, mission-centered provider of health care services for older adults, headquartered in Lincoln and serving 28 southeast Nebraska counties. She began her career in compassion in 1993 as a Tabitha Hospice social worker before advancing to leadership roles within Tabitha Hospice and the organization's in-home support program.

Hinrichs then served as the Nebraska Heart Hospital's Chief Operating Officer and as a branch manager with Coram Healthcare. She returned to Tabitha in 2006 as Vice President of Clinical Services. She served on Tabitha's corporate Board of Directors from November 2004 through May 2006.

She has been instrumental in the growth of Tabitha's physical presence across southeast Nebraska. She helped bring innovative vision to life on Tabitha's main campus in Lincoln in 2006 with the introduction of the Green House home, a family-centered, residential-style skilled nursing and long-term care community. In 2014, in collaboration with Immanuel, she helped introduce Tabitha at The Landing, a fifth residential-style community in Lincoln, managed by Tabitha in the same spirit and lifestyle as the organization's four Green House homes. For her work on the Tabitha at the Landing project, Hinrichs was the co-recipient of the Innovator of the Year award from Nebraska Leading Age.

About Tabitha: As a nonprofit organization serving 28 Nebraska counties, Tabitha's love embraces a society where everyone is valued and empowered to live life to the fullest, with compassionate at-home support, innovative living communities, exceptional rehabilitation, health care and hospice services. Learn more at

Bruce KintzAbout Bruce Kintz:
Dr. Bruce G. Kintz was called by his strong connection to his faith to serve at Concordia Publishing House (CPH), the publisher of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. He joined CPH in 1998 as Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, and in 2006 he was named President and CEO. Under his leadership, CPH has won the Missouri Quality Award in 2009 and the National Malcolm Baldrige Quality Award in 2011.

Dr. Kintz's career began at McDonnell Douglas, now Boeing Company, where he held senior management roles in the areas of legal, auditing, quality systems, and operations. He serves on the board of the Excellence in Missouri Foundation, and previously served for two years as the president of the Protestant Church-owned Publishers Association. He has taught as an Adjunct Professor in the MBA program for Concordia University Wisconsin-St. Louis Center.

A life-long member of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, Dr. Kintz is dedicated to supporting the important work of the church across the country and throughout the world.

About Concordia Publishing House: Concordia Publishing House (CPH) is the publisher of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. It was founded in 1869 as a small print shop in St. Louis, Missouri, with a mission to provide doctrinally sound materials for churches and individuals. Currently, they are nationally recognized as a publishing company that offers churches, schools, and individuals more than 8,000 products and services. As they have grown over the years, their mission remains the same. To learn more about CPH, please visit

About Lutheran Services in America, Incorporated: Lutheran Services in America (LSA), is one of the largest health and human services networks in the country with more than 300 members that provide a broad range of critical services from health care to children and family services, senior services, disaster relief, refugee services, disability support, housing, and employment support, among others. Collectively, LSA members serve 1 in 50 people in the U.S. each year in thousands of communities across the country and are open to all regardless of their religious affiliation or social or economic background. LSA is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS). To learn more, please visit


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