LIRS Board of Directors | LIRS
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The board is composed of members who have knowledge of and commitment to refugees and immigrants. LIRS believes strength is found in diversity and that refugees and immigrants need a voice at the table of influence. All branches of the Lutheran Church, as well as other denominations, are represented on the board. There are also three former refugees or first generation immigrants on the board. The LIRS president is an ex-officio member of the board.


Board Chair

Ms. Elizabeth Wagner
Senior Vice President and Director, Institutional Wealth Management
Bryn Mawr Trust Company (Princeton, NJ)

Vice Chair

Mr. Eddie Resende
World Trade Center Institute (Baltimore, MD)

Board Treasurer

Mr. Dennis Wieckert
CPA, Retired (Alpharetta, GA)

Board Secretary

Ms. Virginia Hultquist
Manager for Lutheran Engagement, Retired
Thrivent Financial (Greensboro, NC)

Executive Member at Large

Mr. Jan Engkasser
Director, Member Engagement Strategies
Thrivent Financial (Minneapolis, MN)



Mr. Matuor Alier — Director, Diversity and Inclusion, Moorhead Public Schools (Fargo, ND)
Mrs. Faith Ashton — Retired (Chapel Hill, NC)
Ms. Diane Batchik — Independent Advisor, Diane Batchik Consulting (Columbia, MD)
Ms. Selena Besirevic — Feldmann Nagel, LLC (Denver, CO)
Bishop Paul Erickson — Bishop, Greater Milwaukee ELCA Synod (Milwaukee, WI)
Dr. Viji George — President, Concordia-Bronxville, Retired (Bronxville, NY)
Mr. Ted W. Goins, Jr. — President, Chief Executive Officer, Lutheran Services Carolinas (Salisbury, NC)
Rev. Dr. Yared Halche — Facilitator for Mission Engagement, Southeastern District LCMS (Ellicott City, MD)
Mr. Randel Johnson — Partner & Government Relations Chair, Seyfarth Shaw LLP (Washington, DC)
Mr. John R. Moeller, Jr. — CEO, Inspiritus (Atlanta, GA)
Ms. Bryn Parchman — CEO, Port Discovery Museum (Baltimore, MD)
Mr. Carlos Peña — Founder and President, Kleen Supply Company (Galveston, TX)
Mr. Dustin Plantholt — Executive Vice President, OptiMed Health Plans (Sparks, MD)
Dr. Diana Pohle — Associate Director, Market Intelligence, Jazz Pharmaceuticals (San Jose, CA)
Ms. Evelyn Soto — Director, Unit Operations and Programs, Domestic Mission Unit, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (Chicago, IL)
Ms. Michele Speaks — Co-Chair, Warnock Foundation (Baltimore, MD)

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