LSS names Alissa Dott Associate Vice President of Community Based Services

Friday, December 01, 2023

Alissa Dott has been named Associate Vice President of Community Based Services for St. Paul-based Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota (LSS), among the largest human service organizations in Minnesota. 

            “I feel privileged to serve in this role to advance our vision that all people have opportunity to live full and abundant lives,” Dott said. “This is an amazing organization, and I am inspired daily by LSS’ commitment to social justice, prevention, early intervention, and social determinants of health to ensure quality of life and better health outcomes for people we support.”

            In this new role, she will provide leadership and direction for a wide range of services for people with disabilities, including Host Homes, PICS (Partners in Community Supports), Care Coordination Services, Deaf & Hard of Hearing Services, and Camp Knutson and Knutson Point Retreat Center. 

            “Alissa is an exceptional leader,” said Maureen Warren, senior vice president of LSS Services. “She is keenly focused on our mission to inspire hope, change lives and build community, and we are excited by the enormous creativity, dedication, energy and compassion she brings to her new role.” 

            Dott joined Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota as a supervisor for one of LSS’ Community Residential Homes in 2007. Dott went on to become the Director of Host Homes, LSS’ shared living service, in 2012 and later would become the Senior Director in 2016. Before her promotion, Dott served as the Senior Director of Host Homes, Care Coordination, and Deaf & Hard of Hearing Services since 2020.

            Dott is a member of the Lutheran Services in America Disability Network, the Association of Resident Resources in Minnesota (ARRM) Service Innovation Committee and the Altair Accountable Care Organization Steering Committee. She also led the organization’s Breakthrough Thinking initiative that challenges senior leaders to set annual breakthrough goals that require innovation and creativity to achieve.

            Dott earned her bachelor’s degree in Human Services from St. Mary’s University in Winona. Dott is also currently a Capella University Fellow working towards a master’s degree in Human Services with a specialization in Leadership and Organizational Management. 

            She and her family live in Ham Lake, Minnesota.


Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota began in 1865 when a Lutheran pastor and his congregation opened an orphanage for children near Red Wing in southeastern Minnesota. Today, with 2,500 employees and 10,000 volunteers, Lutheran Social Service helps one in 65 Minnesotans through services that inspire hope, change lives, and build community. Some services, such as Adoption, Camp Noah and Disaster Services, Financial Counseling, Supported Decision-Making and Guardianship Options, Pooled Trust and Senior Companions support residents in other states as well. Through its mission, the organization seeks to foster safe and supportive homes for children, restore health and wellness in families, empower people with disabilities to live the lives they imagine, and promote health, independence and quality of life for older adults. For comprehensive information about the work of Lutheran Social Service, visit