Our Leadership

An Exciting New Direction

♦ LIRS is currently seeking a visionary President and CEO who will join at a critical time in history and will play a pivotal role in sustaining LIRS’ work to serve the immigrant and refugee populations in the US. ♦

Download this PDF to learn more about the position, or visit the Korn Ferry website to apply.

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 Moehler — 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 — Princeton Area Community Foundation, Lawrenceville, NJ
Mr. Bob Zagore — Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, St. Louis, MO

STAFF Leadership

  • Interim President and CEO — Pat Nichols
  • Chief Financial Officer — Andrew Pepito
  • Vice President for Human Resources — Geri O’Donoghue
  • Vice President of Programs — Kay Bellor
  • Interim Vice President of External Affairs – Jeanne Ellinport
  • Controller — Mona Elhofy
  • Director for Refugee and Migrant Services — Nina Zelic
  • Director for Advocacy — Javier Cuebas
  • Director for Development — Mike Coburn
  • Director for Outreach — Folabi Olagbaju
  • Director for Marketing and Communications — Danielle Bernard
  • Director for Loans Operations and Management — Terry Holthause
  • Director for Grants Finance — Scott Sherman
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