Our Leadership

LIRS Board of Directors

The board is composed of 17 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.

Executive Committee

Board Chair — The Rev. Michael Rinehart, Houston, TX
Vice Chair — Mrs. Linda Stoterau, Orange, CA
Board Treasurer — Mr. Dennis Wieckert, Alpharetta, GA
Board Secretary— Mr. Evan Moilan, Austin, TX
Executive Member at Large — Ms. Judith Benke, Oakland Gardens, NY

At-Large Members

Mrs. Faith Ashton — Chapel Hill, NC
Ms. Selena Besirevic — Feldmann Nagel, LLC, Denver, CO
Mr. Ted Goins — Lutheran Services Carolinas, Salisbury, NC
Ms. Virginia Hultquist — Thrivent Financial, Greensboro, NC
Mr. John Moeller — Inspiritus (formerly Lutheran Services of Georgia), Atlanta, GA
Mr. Carlos Pena — Kleen Supply Company, Galveston, TX
Mr. Dustin Plantholt — OptiMed Health Plans, Sparks, MD
Dr. Diana Pohle — Jazz Pharmaceuticals, San Jose, CA
Mr. Eddie Resende — World Trade Center Institute, Baltimore, MD
Ms. Evelyn Soto — Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Chicago IL
Ms. Elizabeth Wagner — Senior Vice President and Director, Institutional Wealth Management, Bryn Mawr Trust Company

STAFF Leadership

  • President and CEO — Krish O’Mara Vignarajah
  • Chief Financial Officer — Andrew Pepito
  • Vice President for Human Resources — Geri O’Donoghue
  • Vice President of Programs — Kay Bellor
  • Vice President for Development — Steven Tuttle
  • Controller — Danuta Mirek
  • Director for Refugee and Migrant Services — Megan Bracy
  • Director for Loans Operations and Management — Terry Holthause
  • Director for Children and Family Services — Andrew Lorenzen-Strait
  • Director for Grants Finance — Chris Bizimungu
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