Board Members and 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 Team


Rachel Lustig

President and CEO

“For more than 100 years, Lutheran Social Services has been a force of hope, compassion and justice that has transformed countless lives. I am both honored and humbled to have the opportunity to serve alongside LSS’ tremendous board, team and partners to advance our mission of creating a better world by serving people in need.”

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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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Curt Anderson

Vice President of Senior Health Care and housing services

“It is important to me to give back to a community that has been so good to my family and me.  Being a part of the leadership team at Lutheran Social Services allows me to do that in an immediate and impactful way.”

Michele Cenci-vice president of development

Michele B. Cenci

Vice President of mission advancement

“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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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.”

Dawnya Underwood

Dawnya Underwood, LMSW, PMP

Vice President of PROGRAMS

“Through my work at LSS, I plan to leverage a collaborative, future-forward culture that empowers communities and individuals to create successful community-based programs providing trauma-sensitive and strengths-based services for those people who live at the highest levels of vulnerability and are impacted by all forms of abuse, violence, chronic homelessness, unemployment and poverty.”

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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 Members

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Board Chair

Andrew Meslow

retired Executive and current community leader

“Martin Luther famously said ‘God does not need your good works, but your neighbor does.’  I am pleased to be joining with Lutheran Social Services in helping so many of our neighbors here in Ohio.”


Immediate Past Board Chair
Todd Treon

Entrepreneur and real estate investor

“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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Chair, Economic Engines Committee
Deborah Mitchell, Ph.D

cypress tree corp.

“LSS is a unique organization, filled with individuals who are deeply committed to helping others in need.  I serve at LSS because it truly reflects what Frederic Buechner described as the place where God calls one to serve: “…the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.”’

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Chair, Human Services Committee
Rev. Adam Steinbrenner

St. John Lutheran Church, Dublin

“As a pastor at one of the Lutheran churches in the Columbus area, I find great joy in partnering with Lutheran Social Services. LSS provides a direct avenue for the members of my congregation to make real and ongoing impact in the lives of our Columbus neighbors. As a board member, I look forward to fostering a stronger connection between the local congregation and the community care of LSS.”

Robert R. Dunn

Managing director and Member of the estates and trusts group
Bailey Cavalieri, LLC
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Greg Jordan

Senior Vice President and Chief Audit Executive
Nationwide Insurance

“Being part of LSS, who helps those with life’s basic needs, is both humbling and rewarding and a part of the Lord’s grand plan.”

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Craig Kegg

Senior Vice President
Grandbridge Real Estate Capital
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Ed Kendall


“Lutheran Social Services aligns my faith with the ability to positively impact those in our community who need assistance with basic needs.  The organization’s operating model is attractive and enables efficient delivery of programs and services to our clients.”

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Ron Kerr

VP, Customer Experience Solutions
Cardinal Health

“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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Marlene Manser

Senior Vice President, Supply chain operations, New Business Opportunities
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“I am honored to be a part of the Lutheran Social Services team. It aligns with my commitment to serve and enable meaningful impact for people in our community.”

Wanda J. Martin-Terry, Ph.D

Sr. Director and Executive Leadership Coach of Organizational Development
White Castle Management company
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Aaron McClendon

VP Global Talent Acquisition

“I’m humbled and energized to serve this faith based organization that’s mission is to create a better world by serving people in need. This values-based focus aligns with my approach to life and I’m grateful for the opportunity to help create positive impact in peoples lives.”

Violet Meek, Ph.D

Retired Professor, Scientist and Dean
The Ohio State University at lima

Shelia Prillerman

Advocate for the homeless, affordable housing and a retired veteran
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Brandon Riggins

Senior Project Executive
Messer Construction co.

“I am very appreciative of the opportunity I have to serve at LSS and help individuals overcome challenging situations with dignity and love of your neighbor.  The scope of services this Agency provides to meet the various needs of the community is impressive, it’s truly a remarkable organization.”

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Brian Suiter

Principal, RiverWest Development

‘”The true measure of any society can be found in how it treats its most vulnerable members.” LSS, it’s partner organization and all of their staff exemplifies this adage, perfectly. I am proud to serve an organization that is successfully focusing on the holistic and critical needs of our community.”

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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