Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service's board of directors sets the organization's mission goals and ensures that we have the resources, leadership and oversight necessary to carry them out. A leadership team composed of our president and vice presidents guides the day-to-day operations of the organization as we work toward achieving our mission goals with integrity, courage and fiscal responsibility.

Board Members
The board is composed of 18 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 three branches of the Lutheran Church as well as other denominations are present 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

At-Large Members
  • Mr. Chris Andersen — inFaith Community Foundation, Minneapolis, MN
  • Ms. Judith Benke — The Lutheran Care Network, Oakland Gardens, NY
  • The Rev. Dr. Stephen Bouman — Congregational & Syndical Mission, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Chicago, IL
  • Mr. Wilmot Collins — Department of Homeland Security, Washington, DC
  • Ms. Melissa Graves — Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area, Rockville, MD
  • Ms. Esther López — United Food and Commercial Workers Union, Washington, DC
  • The Rev. Dr. Yohannes Mengsteab — The Lutheran Foundation, Ft. Wayne, IN
  • Mr. Evan Moilan — Lutheran Social Services of the South, Austin, TX
  • Ms. Diane Padilla — JPMorgan Chase & Co., Glen Ellyn, IL
  • The Rev. Michael Rinehart — The Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast Synod, ELCA - Houston, TX
  • Mrs. Linda Stoterau — First Lutheran School, Orange, CA
  • Rev. Dr. Kristine Suna-Koro — Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH

Leadership Team Members

PresidentLinda Hartke
Contact: president@lirs.org or call 410-230-2785

Chief Operating OfficerGary Gold-Moritz
Chief Strategy Officer Annie Wilson
Vice President for Finance and Administration Jane Anthon
Vice President for Programs and Protection Michael Mitchell
Vice President for Development, Outreach, and CommunicationsStaci Coomer
Chief Information OfficerWilliam Bisbee
Chief Talent OfficerTanya Weithers


To contact a member of the Leadership Team, email lirs@lirs.org or call 410-230-2700.