November 17, 2014 PRESS RELEASE — Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service Elects New Board Members

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Press Contact: Miji Bell
mbell@lirs.org, (410) 230-2841

BALTIMORE, MD — Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS), today announced the election of new board members who will serve three-year terms, beginning in January 2015.

“We are very pleased that three new directors with diverse skill sets and backgrounds have joined our board,” said Linda Hartke, LIRS President and CEO. “As LIRS continues to achieve its vision of creating just and welcoming communities where migrants and refugees are embraced and empowered, Wilmot Collins, Evan Moilan, and Linda Stoterau bring a wealth of talent and experience that will certainly strengthen our work. We are grateful for their commitment.”

LIRS’s new board members are:

  • Mr. Wilmot Collins, Administrative Officer for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in Montana and a member of the boards of Montana Human Rights Network and Montana Immigrant Justice Alliance. He is a resident of Helena, MT and attends Covenant United Methodist Church.
  • Mr. Evan Moilan, Chief Development Officer for Lutheran Social Services of the South. He previously served as Executive Director of Lutheran Foundation of the Southwest. A resident of Bastrop, Texas, he attends St. Paul Lutheran, La Grange, TX (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America).
  • Ms. Linda Stoterau, Interim Principal of First Lutheran School in Temple City, CA. She has extensive experience in public education with multi-ethnic communities and serves on the Board for National Mission of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. A resident of Orange, CA, she attends St. John’s Lutheran Church (Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod).

Current directors Lori Fedyk, Mark Stutrud, and William Swanson were also re-elected to the board.

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Founded in 1939, LIRS is the second largest refugee resettlement agency in the United States. It is nationally recognized for its leadership advocating with refugees, asylum seekers, unaccompanied children, immigrants in detention, families fractured by migration and other vulnerable populations, and for providing services to migrants through over 60 grassroots legal and social service partners across the United States. Celebrating 75 years of service and advocacy this year, LIRS has helped more than 500,000 migrants and refugees rebuild their lives in America.