Board of Directors


The LSA Board of Directors

July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019

Mr. David Fenoglietto, 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. Betty Oldenkamp, Vice Chairperson
President and CEO
Lutheran Social Services of South Dakota

Betty Oldenkamp has served as the President and CEO for Lutheran Social Services of South Dakota since March 2006. LSS/SD is a diverse, multi-service agency touching over 50,000 lives each year with a presence in 30 communities. Prior to her service with LSS/SD, Betty served as the Cabinet Secretary for the South Dakota Department of Human Services for five years. Betty previously held the positions of Director of the Division of Developmental Disabilities and Director of the Division of Mental Health. She began her professional career as a direct service professional in sheltered work settings, job placements and job coaching, residential services and case management. Betty continues to pursue her interest in public policy through her participation in a variety of committees and organizations including appointments to the statewide Council of Juvenile Services and the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Statewide Steering Committee. Betty was twice awarded a Governor's Award for Employee Excellence and received distinguished service awards from the Rocky Mountain Council of Community Mental Health Centers and Dakota Wesleyan University. She also serves on the Board of Trustees for Dakota Wesleyan University.

Mr. David Swartling, Secretary
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.

Mr. Jim Zils, Treasurer
Financial Consultant, (ret.)

Upon graduation from Gustavus Adolphus College, Mr. Zils started his career with Allstate Insurance Company in Kansas City. Thirty-four years and multiple moves later, Mr. Zils retired from Allstate in 2007. Mr. Zils had many assignments in many different departments and locations, culminating with ten years as the company’s treasurer.  Mr. Zils also led the team that took Allstate public in 1993. While treasurer, he was involved in things like buying and selling companies, raising over $6 billion in debt, buying back over $10 billion in stock, initiating a $1 billion line of credit, managing the rating agency relationships, establishing a $1 billion commercial paper program, and managing over 100 bank relationships. After his formal retirement, Mr. Zils has have been involved in non-profit organizations, predominantly around the issues of the developmentally disabled and health care. Mr. Zils presently serve on the Mosaic board, where he has chaired the audit committee. He has also served on the governing council (board) of Advocate Condell Hospital and on its foundation board as well as providing consulting work for non-profits with Executive Services Corps of Chicago.

Rev. Dr. Stephen Bouman
Executive Director, Domestic Mission (ret.)
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

The Rev. Dr. Stephen Paul Bouman was called to the position of Executive Director for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Evangelical Outreach and Congregational Mission unit in November 2007 and officially assumed office in February, 2008. He previously served as bishop of the ELCA Metropolitan New York Synod from 1996 to 2008. Pastor Bouman graduated from Concordia Theological Seminary/Seminex in 1973. He received his Master of Sacred Theology from New York Theological Seminary in 1978 and his Doctor of Ministry degree in 1980, an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from General Theological Seminary of the Episcopal Church in 2001, and an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Wagner College in 2008. He has pastored parishes in New York and New Jersey and is founder of the Diakonia ministry education program, which trains lay people for ministry in local congregations. He currently serves on the board of Interfaith Refugee and Immigration Ministries in Chicago, Illinois. Pastor Bouman is author of a number of scholarly articles, books, curricula and devotionals. Two recent books are They Are Us: Lutherans and Immigration, coauthored with Ralston Deffenbaugh, published in 2009 and Grace All Around Us (an account of ministry in the time of the September 11, 2001 attacks) published in 2007. 

Mr. Lawrence R. Bradshaw
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. 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, the New York Times, the 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. Jodi Harpstead
Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota

Jodi Harpstead was named President and CEO of Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota in September 2011. Previously she was the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota (LSS), where she led efforts in Services, Human Resources, Information Technology and Finance. Prior to joining LSS, Jodi spent 23 years with Medtronic, Inc. where held several key positions, including president of Global Marketing and U.S. Sales in the Cardiac Rhythm Management Division. She currently serves as Chair of the Board of Regents of Augsburg College in Minneapolis.

Mr. Darrell R. Gordon
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. 

Ms. Jane Isaacs Lowe
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.

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.

Julie E. Swanson
President and CEO (ret.)

Julie E. Swanson is President and Chief Executive Officer of Lutheran Family Services of Virginia. Swanson joined LFSVA in July 2005. As President and CEO, Swanson manages 400 employees in 15 locations across the state with a total annual budget of $29 million. Swanson has worked with Lutheran agencies in the Virgin Islands, Florida and Colorado and has a background in both management and fund development. Throughout her career Swanson has been involved with programs serving children, families, refugees and the elderly. She served as a national Lutheran Disaster Response consultant after experiencing and then coordinating the response and rebuilding efforts for Hurricane Hugo and Hurricane Marilyn in the US Virgin Islands. Under Swanson’s leadership LFSVA acquired a company thus allowing it to expand its’ mission to serve adults with disabilities. In nine years the organization has tripled in size. LFSVA’s vision is to be a leading provider of services by helping children in foster care find permanent homes, strengthening families through therapeutic services, educating children with complex needs, and helping older adults and adults with disabilities live the most abundant lives possible. Swanson currently serves as the Chair for LSA Disabilities Network and is a member of the LSA Public Policy Advisory Council. She is a board member for the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy and has been involved in organizing Virginia nonprofits as a coalition.

Rev. Dr. R. Reed - 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.