OMAHA, Neb. (February 19, 2018) – The board of directors of Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska (LFS) announced today that they have selected Stacy L. Martin as the next President & Chief Executive Officer of Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska. Martin will join LFS April 3, 2018.
Martin, who will leave her position as Executive Vice President of Programs at Lutheran Services Florida in Tampa, will succeed current President & Chief Executive Officer Ruth Henrichs. Last summer, Henrichs announced her plan to retire after 42 years of dedicated service to LFS.
“I’m eager to return to my Midwestern roots and to join an organization that so proudly and compassionately serves its neighbors with a vision of safety, hope and wellbeing for all,” Martin stated.
Susan Lewis, chair of the LFS board of directors, stated, “Stacy is a thoughtful leader with a passion for serving. She brings the expertise, strategic vision and relationship skills necessary to lead LFS into the future. I am excited to welcome to our community a proven leader who will build on the LFS momentum and commitment ‘to express God’s love for all people.’ ”
Martin comes from Lutheran Services Florida (LSF), one of the largest social service organizations in Florida, with more than 1,500 employees and a budget of $220 million. At LSF, Martin oversees a team of 600 and a budget of $50 million delivering programs that include child welfare, guardianship, immigration and refugee services, housing, youth shelters, sexual abuse treatment and behavioral health services. Prior to this position, she served as their chief communications and development officer. Before joining the executive team at Lutheran Services Florida, Martin was a vice president at Lutheran Immigration & Refugee Service and the director of Policy and Advocacy for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) in Washington D.C.
Martin graduated summa cum laude from Sterling College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Secondary Education. She holds an MBA degree from Eastern University and a Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary where she was a Presidential Fellow. Martin was born in Omaha and raised in Kansas.
About Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska, Inc.
Established in 1892, Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska (LFS) is a not-for-profit, multi-service human care organization with locations across Nebraska and in Council Bluffs, Iowa. The LFS mission is “to express God’s love for all people.”
LFS demonstrates its mission through three broad service areas:
- Behavioral Health Services, including outpatient mental health services and therapy, substance use treatment, sexual abuse/incest treatment, 24/7 mobile crisis response, peer support, At Ease therapeutic support for active military, veterans and their loved ones, Health 360 Integrated Care in Lincoln and specialized counseling for children, adolescents, adults and families;
- Children Services, providing parenting support and prevention/early intervention programs; RSafe® treatment for children and families impacted by sexual abuse; infant, international and foster care adoption services and searches; Right Turn® post adoption services; foster care; pregnancy counseling; maternal health care and family support services; youth diversion services; and
- Community Services, providing refugee resettlement services, immigration legal services, interpretation services, case management, and education and employment services for new populations.
2017 marked the 125th anniversary of LFS’ founding as two orphanages in Fremont and Omaha, Nebraska.
LFS is accredited by the Council on Accreditation and an accredited charity by the Better Business Bureau (BBB), receiving Integrity Awards in 2017 and 2013. LFS is a Nonprofit Association of the Midlands Guidelines and Principles Best Practices Partner; a recipient of the Omaha Chamber of Commerce Greater Omaha Business Excellence Award in 2014 and 2015, and the 2016 recipient of the Omaha Bar Association Public Service Award.
To learn more visit. www.LFSneb.org.