Call us  Call Us: (800) 938-5777

8305 Cross Park Drive
Austin, TX 78754

Leadership

LSS Board of Directors:

Lee Ruth Krieg Rev. Michael Newman Glynn Bloomquist
Barbara Kruse Joel Reed Sigmund Cornelius
Gerald Leeseberg James Trester Mark Etheredge
Rev. Emmanuel Jackson John W. Long Cathy Zwernemann
Terry Kieschnick Dick Moeller

Subsidiary Boards:

James Hammond
To contact a board member by mail, please address it to:
(Board Member) C/O Lutheran Social Services
8305 Cross Park Drive, Austin, TX 78754
Or e-mail Dana Heine, Board of Directors Secretary for LSS.

LSS Executive Management Team

Dr. Kurt Senske, J.D., Ph.D
Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Senske has been with LSS since 1994 and was named CEO in 1997. He has led the agency through an extensive strategic planning process that has refocused resources and spurred phenomenal growth. Based on lessons learned as an attorney, political consultant and CEO, Senske has written three books including “The Calling: Live a Life of Significance.” Senske earned a law degree from the University of Illinois and a Ph.D. from the University of Texas. E-mail: Kurt Senske

Betsy Guthrie
President and Chief Operating Officer
Betsy Guthrie joined LSS in 2005 and was named President in 2010 and Chief Operating Officer in 2009. She oversees operations of the entire agency. Guthrie has more than 25 years experience in the social services field. She earned her bachelor of arts in psychology from the University of Wisconsin and an MBA from Almeda University. E-mail: Betsy Guthrie

Michael Loo
Chief Financial Officer
Michael Loo joined LSS with more than 25 years of business and industry experience, 18 in higher executive management positions. He formerly served as vice president of finance and administration for the largest private landholder and private school system in the State of Hawaii. Loo has an extensive background in strategy development, financial analysis, and organizational planning, and oversees all financial procedures and systems for LSS. Loo graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Oregon. E-mail: Michael Loo

Evan Moilan
Chief Development Officer
Evan Moilan oversees the agency’s fundraising, development, and planned giving activities, including executing strategies and directing capital campaigns. Prior to joining LSS, Moilan served as executive director of the Lutheran Foundation of the Southwest (LFSW), as a philanthropic advisor for Lutheran World Relief, executive director of Lutherhill Ministries, and vice president of the TX-LA Gulf Coast Synod. Moilan is a graduate of Arizona State University. E-mail: Evan Moilan

Senior Leadership Team

David Kahle
Senior Vice President for Agency Advancement and Special Assistant to the CEO for Strategic Future Initiatives
David Kahle has been with LSS since 1992 and is responsible for supervising the agency’s development department, including community/church relations and volunteer coordination. Prior to joining LSS, Kahle was development director for a national organization serving the developmentally challenged. A graduate of Hardin Simmons University, he also attended Texas Lutheran College. E-mail: David Kahle

Mark Minick
Senior Vice President for External Relations
Mark Minick is responsible for disaster response, spiritual care and internal/external relations. He joined LSS in 1999 and has more than 20 years experience in fund raising, disaster response and management. Minick earned his bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Texas at Austin and his MBA in management from UT-Arlington. E-mail: Mark Minick

Robert Leal
Senior Vice President of Foster Care and Adoption
Robert Leal has 20 years of experience in the field of child welfare. He worked for the State of Texas for 10 years, and for three other child-placing agencies prior to joining LSS. Leal has served as area director, regional director, and vice president for foster care and adoption for LSS. He received his master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Texas Arlington. E-mail: Robert Leal

Carolyn Paganoni
Vice President of Human Resources
Carolyn Paganoni joined LSS with 18 years of diversified and progressive human resources experience in for-profit and not-for-profit organizations, including 16 years in management positions. She has worked in the following industries: health care, behavioral health, mental health care, management services, professional services, and social services. Most recently, she worked for a behavioral healthcare system in Illinois with a 160-bed acute care facility, outpatient program, three residential programs, and three therapeutic day schools. Carolyn has a bachelor’s degree in English, an MSMOB in human resource management, and an MBA in health care. She received her HR certification in 1996. E-mail: Carolyn Paganoni

Dan Zieschang
Vice President of Community/Church Relations
Dan Zieschang has been running around Texas raising funds and awareness for those served by LSS since 2003. His team includes Community Church Relations, Directors of Volunteers Services and Assistants to the President. He is driven by the desire to “serve the least of these” and inspired by the thousands of LSS volunteers and donors who help make a difference every day. E-mail: Dan Zieschang

Abby Cochran
Grants Director

Abby Cochran joined the LSS team in 2011 as the Grants Director. Abby is a career non-profit professional and brings with her more than 15 years of development experience. She began her career working in Eastern European orphanages and has since maintained a passion/interest/fondness for women’s and children’s issues. E-mail: Abby Cochran

Development Staff

Evan Moilan
Chief Development Officer
8305 Cross Park Drive
Austin, TX 78754
Phone: (800) 938-5777
David Kahle
Senior Vice President for Agency Advancement
8305 Cross Park Dr.
Austin, TX 78754
Phone: (800) 938-5777
Dan Zieschang
Vice President for Community/Church Relations
8305 Cross Park Dr.
Austin, TX 78754
Phone: (800) 938-5777
Fax: (512) 467-2746
Diane Covert
Associate Vice President for Development
Southeast Texas
25752 Kingsland Blvd, Katy TX 77494
Phone: (713) 557-3802
Michael Nevergall
Associate Vice President for Development
Central & South Texas
8305 Cross Park Dr.
Austin, TX 78754
Phone: (512) 706-7599
Rebekah Poling
Regional Development Director
North Texas Region
Phone: (940) 368-6832
Abby Cochran
Grants Director
8305 Cross Park Dr.
Austin, TX 78754
Phone: (512) 706-7595
Fax: (512) 476-2746
Sarah Crocker
Grant Writer
8305 Cross Park Dr.
Austin, TX 78754
Phone: (512) 706-7580
Fax: (512) 476-2746