Our Leadership

STAFF LEADERSHIP

Krish O'Mara Vignarajah
President & CEO

Krish is the President and CEO of Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service. She previously served in the Obama White House as Policy Director for First Lady Michelle Obama and at the State Department as Senior Advisor under Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Secretary of State John Kerry.

Krish has committed her career to public service because she knows how differently life could have turned out. Krish was nine months old when she and her family escaped a country on the brink of civil war and built a life in Maryland. Her parents came to this country with no jobs and $200 in their pockets.

Read her full biography here.

Kay Bellor - Vice President for Programs

Kay Bellor currently serves as the Vice President for Programs at Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service. Prior to LIRS, she spent 17 years at the International Rescue Committee (IRC) launching innovative programs to increase services to clients, diversifying funding streams, and expanding to new geographic areas as Vice President of US Programs. Kay also served as Director of IRC’s Resettlement Support Center in Thailand. She previously served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Sierra Leone and was Associate Director at Church World Service Immigration and Refugee Program.  Kay holds a Master’s in Health Advocacy from Sarah Lawrence College, and a Bachelor’s in Anthropology from the University of Virginia.

07.12.20 - Springfield, Ohio - Headshots of Andrew Steele, Vice President of Development for Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services

As Vice President for Development, Andrew G. Steele leads a dynamic team responsible for all development, fundraising and outreach efforts. Prior to joining LIRS, Andrew was the Assistant Vice President for Advancement & Director of Campaigns at his alma mater, Wittenberg University. Before serving in that capacity, Andrew was the Director for Global Mission Funding at the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), overseeing $30+ million of revenue as part of a successful five-year, $250 million comprehensive campaign. An avid traveler, Andrew annually returns to South Africa and Lesotho where he once lived and co-founded BLOOM Africa, a 501(c)(3) organization.

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Vice President for Human Resources Geri O’Donoghue has committed her career to helping build strong organizations by creating welcoming, diverse, and inclusive environments that foster employee collaboration and growth. She has spent most of her career working in nonprofit organizations, where she has contributed to the mission of building a healthy and strong society that celebrates everyone. Geri has a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley and a master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University in Human Resources and Organizational Development. She is the mother to two amazing little girls that remind her to keep an open mind and never stop learning.

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Marc Soloweszyk serves as Chief of Staff at Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service. In his role, he focuses on the implementation of the strategic plan and making the organization function as effectively as possible. As the son of a refugee, he is passionate about the work LIRS does on behalf the most vulnerable. He has over 15 years of experience in both the nonprofit and corporate worlds, including positions at the NAACP and the Foundation Fighting Blindness. He is the proud father of three wonderful children. 

 
 
  • Controller — Danuta Mirek
  • Director for Refugee and Migrant Services — Megan Bracy
  • Director for Children and Family Services — Lorie Davidson
  • Director for Loans Operations and Management — Terry Holthause
  • Director for Grants Finance — Chris Bizimungu
  • Director for Advocacy — Ronnate Asirwatham
  • Director for Outreach — Kristin Witte
  • Director for IT — Maria Maskell

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 — Mr. Evan Moilan (Bastrop, TX)
Vice Chair — Mrs. Linda Stoterau (Orange, CA)
Board Treasurer — Mr. Dennis Wieckert (Alpharetta, GA)
Board Secretary— Ms. Elizabeth Wagner (New York, NY)
Executive Member at Large — Mr. Eddie Resende (Baltimore, MD)

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
Ms. Evelyn Soto — Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Chicago IL
Mr. Jan Engkasser 
 Thrivent Financial, Minneapolis, MN

Mr. Randel K. Johnson  Seyfarth Shaw LLC, Washington D.C.

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