Board & Leadership Team

Lutheran Social Services’ board members and leadership team are deeply connected to the mission and values of the LSS Network of Hope. We will always maintain our clients’ dignity and manage our resources responsibly, as inspired by our faith. We live out our faith by ensuring all people are received and treated with unconditional kindness, respect and dignity.

Our Leadership

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The Rev. Larry Crowell

President and CEO

“I serve because I believe in the mission of LSS to directly serve and help those in need and because it aligns with my personal desire to, in some small way, help fulfill God’s command that we love our neighbor, right here in central Ohio.”

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Rick Davis

Chief Operations Officer

“Our good works in helping those in need is a noble cause, which I don’t take lightly.”

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Michele B. Cenci

Vice President of Development

“I love working for an organization that shares my own personal values.  I am proud that we offer help and hope to people who are experiencing very hard times.  It feels good knowing LSS services are offered with the utmost dignity and respect, and it’s rewarding to see our board, leadership team, staff, volunteers and donors all come together to help restore lives.”

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Phil D. Helser, CPA

Vice President for Finance, Chief Financial Officer

“Serving is the best way to demonstrate to others the love of Christ.”

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Heather Dubbe

Vice President of Human Resources

“I know that by helping to provide great employees and volunteers who are caring and dedicated, and who know we care about them as we do those we serve through our programs, we in turn improve the experience our clients and residents within our various facilities receive each and every day.”

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Pam Georgiana

Vice President of Engagement

“I’m honored to work for an organization that serves people in need by meeting them where they are and helping them improve their lives.”

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Chad Wolverton

Vice President of Information technology

“I enjoy providing technology solutions that have a direct impact — Not only to the organization and its mission but most importantly to the community we serve.”

Our Board

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Board Chair and Executive Committee Chair
Ron Kerr

“Problems don’t get any more fundamental than having food, shelter and safety.  I can’t think of a better way to help address these problems in our community than serving at LSS and am grateful for the opportunity to work with such caring people.”

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Engagement Committee Chair
Dan Bailey

Bailey Cavalieri LLC

“I have been affiliated with the LSS Board for nearly 25 years and am continually impressed with the Agency’s compassionate staff, thoughtful leaders, caring volunteers and generous donors. The needs we address are great, but everyone associated with LSS should be very proud of our efficient use of the resources we have and the critical difference we are collectively making in the lives of so many people.”

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Finance Committee Chair
Andrew F. Prakel, CPA

Assistant Treasurer & Corporate Controller
White Castle System, Inc.

“I serve at LSS as a way to pay back for the opportunities that I have had during my lifetime.  I have been blessed with a strong family upbringing, and I want to help those that have had to endure hardships in their lives.  It brings joy to my heart when I see the expressions of thankfulness from the people that we serve.”

Nomination and Board Development Committee Chair
Sharon Morris

Editorial Director, Senior Product Sponsor
McGraw-Hill Education
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Quality and Compliance Committee Chair
Rev. Bonnie Gerber

All Saints Lutheran Church, Worthington

“I serve at LSS because I believe when God commands us to “love your neighbor as yourself,” God is calling us to action. Biblical love is about our relationship with God and others, and when we love our neighbor as ourselves we work to meet the needs of others as much as we meet our own needs of food, clothing, shelter, relationships, etc.  I serve out of the world’s need for love.”

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Strategic Planning Committee Chair
DeeAnne Marlow

“When you decide to notice, you will see the need around you.  When you decide to act, God will use you for His service.  At LSS, God uses volunteers, donors, staff members and even clients to bring blessings to one another as they come together to restore lives.”

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Betsy Blake

National Account Manager
Safelite Solutions

“I am compelled to serve at LSS due to its faith-based and consistent approach to serving, while preserving its clients’ dignity. Because LSS combines a best-practice business mindset toward all of the organizations it oversees and has a clear set of goals that speak to improving the lives of those it serves, I am a joyful ambassador and advocate.”

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Steve DeNunzio

Senior Lecturer & Director – Master in Business Logistics Engineering Program
The Max M. Fisher College of Business, The Ohio State University

“The most important thing for me is that LSS in many ways serves as the last line of defense for its clients and offers them hope.  CHOICES is a great example of this, as without the intercession of LSS, Columbus would have been without a domestic violence shelter.  This is important not only because of this specific action, but because I know that LSS will (and has) put a tremendous amount of thought, love and planning into making sure that the future experience for CHOICES clients is the best it can be.”

Rev. Mark Diemer

Grace of God Lutheran Church

Mindi Israel

Vice President, Enterprise Program Management Office
Alliance Data Card Services

“Hope is easily lost in times of despair and darkness; if hope can be restored through the caring hearts, minds, and hands of others, then lives can begin to be transformed. I believe we have a responsibility to serve those in need, as we are called upon by Christ.”

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Fred Manning

Executive Vice President, Credit Administration

“I serve at LSS because it is a beacon of hope for those on the path to renewal.”

Shelley Milano


“I serve on the LSS board because of the work LSS does to help people in our community who face the difficult challenges of homelessness, domestic violence and hunger. I’m proud to be part of an organization that is finding ways to improve people’s lives.”


Jessica Quinn, Esq.

Senior Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer

“My family has been profoundly impacted by issues of mental health and homelessness.  I serve to provide the same hope and support to other families that has made such a difference to mine.”

Debbie Ryan

“I’m inspired by people who seek out the good in the world and try to make it accessible to all; never doubt that the good is there!”

Marc Schroeder

Pastor, Retired
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Marty Schwalbe

Managing Director, Executive Education
The Max M. Fisher College of Business, The Ohio State University

“Every day there are too many people for whom life is a struggle, beset by circumstances that I have not personally faced. LSS gives me a chance to contribute to the work we do to help others face these challenges and lead a richer life.”

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Beth K. Sparks, CFP

Vice President, Investments
Raymond James

“If we bring one person up from despair then we raise up the entire community!”

Linda Taylor


Todd Treon

VP, Marketing – Solutions, Services, Digital & eCommerce
Cardinal Health

“I feel a calling to serve those who are less fortunate and especially those with pressing needs for the basic necessities in life which aligns with the LSS mission.”

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Brian Weber

Managing Director, Transmission Development
Transource Energy, American Electric Power

“Lutheran Social Services has a long history of providing help to those in need in the central Ohio area. It is an honor to serve the LSS organization and know that my contributions can add to the generous contributions of time, energy and finances from the community and together make a meaningful difference in people’s lives.”

Lutheran Social Services of Central Ohio is a United Way agency, a member of Lutheran Services in America and a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.
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