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, Human Resources

Miata Getaweh began her role as Vice President of Human Resources in October 2022.

Senior Vice President, Finance and Operations

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

Senior Vice President, Services

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

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.

Senior Vice President, Services

Maureen Warren became LSS’ Senior Vice President of Services in June 2022, providing leadership to all LSS and Children’s Home services. Previously, she served in two other roles: Vice President of Family Services and Vice President of Special Projects.

Board of Directors

Dr. Rob Nesse, Chair
Nardos Sium, Vice Chair
Rev. Mark Aune, Secretary
Jewelie Grape, Treasurer
Loren Anderson
Per Anderson
Rev. Kelly Chatman
Jennifer Garbow
Aaron Geringer
H. Theodore (Ted) Grindal
Bishop Regina Hassanally
Jody Horntvedt
Theresa Jacobson
Judge Cindy Jesson
Bishop Patrica Lull
Bishop Dee Pederson
Vincent Peters
Andrea Pieske
Dr. Lee-Ann Stephens
Luke Winskowski
Pang Xiong

LSS Foundation Board of Trustees

Loren Anderson, Chair
Luke Winskowski, Vice Chair
Gwen Kuhrt, Secretary
Mike Ranum, Treasurer
Sonja Baertsch
Tricia Brown
Mary Dahlen
Jann Eichlersmith
John Hallberg
Tom Holman
Kelly Kautz
Dana Lonn
Dan Nelson
Paul Rimmereid
Chris Sebald
Patrick Thueson
Bob Tunheim