Today, Lutheran Services in America announced that Rachel Kerestes joined the organization as Vice President of Marketing and Communications.
News surrounding the LSA staff
Lutheran Services in America, Inc. (LSA) is pleased to welcome Tamaria Kelly as the AmeriCorps Volunteers In Service to America (VISTA) Community Resilience-Building Program Leader. Over the next twelve months, Tamaria will be responsible for managing and supporting a network of seven VISTA members under a grant recently awarded to LSA by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). She will work with VISTA staff at LSA member organizations to build resilience in low-income communities. The VISTA members will be hosted and sponsored by members of the LSA Disaster Network including: Lutheran Social Services of South Dakota, Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota, Lutheran Services Florida, Lutheran Social Services of Minnesota, Lutheran Services Carolinas, Lutheran Family and Children’s Services of Missouri, and Upbring. The program will improve the ability of low-income communities to respond to, withstand, and recover from adverse shocks and stresses, including natural and human-caused disasters, by implementing a variety of activities that will support the communities through assessment, risk mitigation, preparedness, volunteer training, and disaster services improvement.
LSA is excited to welcome Danielle Steinwart and Nura Zaki to the LSA team. Danielle and Nura join us as part of the 2016 Valparaiso University's Calling and Purpose in Society (CAPS) Fellows Program Internship which prepares students for lives of leadership and service through intensive experiential learning opportunities.
Lutheran Services in America is pleased to welcome Natalie Goodnow to work with LSA's Member Engagement team. Natalie, who is pursuing a Master's in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, will focus on older youth and the importance of permanent adult relationships (either formal and informal) as at risk youth age out of the child welfare system.
Lutheran Services in America, Incorporated (LSA) announces a partnership with the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the federal agency that administers AmeriCorps VISTA, to participate in the Resilience AmeriCorps program. This new initiative helps communities plan and implement efforts necessary to become more resilient to extreme weather events and other impacts of climate change.
The theme of the LSA 2016 Annual Conference was "Coming Together: Building the Path, Shining the Light," and this sentiment was felt throughout the keynote speakers, the breakout sessions, the community of practice meetings, the worship and the opportunities for fellowship and friendship. We were blessed with the participation of close to 350 people, our largest gathering in three years, engaged in the work of Lutheran social ministry, called to serve and guided by our mission to lift up our communities and amplify our voices.
Please join us in welcoming Caleb Rollins to the Lutheran Services in America network. As of March 21, Caleb joins LSA in Washington, D.C. as Development Manager, reporting to Vice President of Development Deborah Hoesly. Caleb will work closely with Deborah to pursue funding opportunities for LSA and its members and engage LSA's foundation and individual partners to advance our network's mission.
It's an exciting time at Lutheran Services in America, Incorporated (LSA) as we welcome two new interns to our Washington, D.C. office for the spring semester as part of the Lutheran College Washington Semester (LCWS).
Lutheran Services in America is pleased to welcome Ariel Guerrero, MPA as a Director, Member Engagement, at our office in Washington, D.C. In this new role, Ariel's focus is in the area of senior services and post-acute care for our national network of health and human services organizations.
On September 17, 2015, The NonProfit Times held its annual "NPT Power & Influence Top 50 Gala" at The National Press Club in Washington, D.C., to honor the nonprofit sector leaders named to this year's NPT Power & Influence Top 50 list. This year, LSA's President and CEO Charlotte Haberaecker was named for the first time to the Top 50 list, and had the opportunity to attend the gala event, representing Lutheran social ministry and our members. Accompanying Haberaecker was LSA member Sam Sipes, president and CEO of Lutheran Services Florida, and former Chairperson of LSA's Board of Directors.