The leadership team at Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota is dedicated to ensuring all people have the opportunity to live and work in community with full and abundant lives.


Patrick Thueson was appointed to President of Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota in March, 2020.

Vice President, Finance

Joe Khawaja was named Vice President of Finance in February 2022. He is responsible for Finance, Accounting, Information Technology and Property Management.

Vice President, Human Resources

Joyce Norals has provided strategic direction for Human Resources at LSS since joining LSS in July, 2000. In her role she oversees staffing, compensation and benefits, organizational development and training, and employee relations for the organization and its 2,300 employees statewide.

Vice President, Community Engagement and Partnerships

Alexis Oberdorfer was named LSS’ first Vice President of Community Engagement and Partnerships in August 2021.

Vice President, Community Services

Jeri Schoonover leads development of new service and redesign initiatives and oversees delivery and service outcomes for Older Adults and People with Disabilities.

Vice President, Diversity, Inclusion and Social Justice

Paul Slack was named LSS’ first Vice President of Diversity, Inclusion and Social Justice in December 2021.

Vice President, Development and President, LSS Foundation

Named Vice President of Development in October, 2019, Jesse Stremcha provides overall leadership in philanthropy to engage individual donors, congregations and faith communities, and volunteers in the life-changing work of the organization.

Vice President, Family Services

Maureen Warren became Vice President of Family Services for LSS in September 2013. She oversees mental health counseling, youth services, financial counseling, housing development and services, refugee services and the operations of the Center for Changing Lives in Minneapolis.

Board of Directors

Judge Cindy Jesson, Chair
Dr. Rob Nesse, Vice Chair
Nardos Sium, Secretary
Dan Anderson, Treasurer
Loren Anderson
Per Anderson
Rev. Mark Aune
Rev. Kelly Chatman
Aaron Geringer
Bishop Regina Hassanally
Jody Horntvedt
Bob Niedringhaus
Rev. Jessica Olson
Bishop Dee Pederson
Andrea Pieske
Lee-Ann Stephens
Bishop Ann Svennungsen
Tiffany Walker
Luke Winskowski
Pang Xiong

LSS Foundation Board of Trustees

Michele Abbott, Chair
Ann Beatty, Secretary
Mike Ranum, Treasurer
Loren Anderson
Sonja Baertsch
Jann Eichlersmith
Kelly Kautz
Gwen Kuhrt
Dana Lonn
Russ Michaletz
Mark Peterson
Paul Tillquist
Luke Winskowski