Our 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 9-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 — Vice President for Programs

Andrew Pepito Chief Financial Officer

Andrew Pepito — Chief Financial Officer

  • Vice President for Human Resources — Geri O’Donoghue
  • 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
  • Director for Communications & Marketing, Press Secretary — Maggie Mitchell Salem


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.


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


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

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