OMAHA, (Neb.) March 29, 2021 — After three years of leading Lutheran Family Services to sustainable growth and increased mission impact, Stacy Martin has announced that she is stepping down from her role as President and CEO effective April 23. Martin said, “It has been a great honor to lead the development and success of LFS since April 2018. While my departure is much earlier than I had hoped or anticipated, family concerns compel us to relocate to Columbus, Ohio, where I will assume the role of President and CEO of Lutheran Social Services of Central Ohio.”

During her tenure at LFS, the organization implemented Ambition 2024, a strategic plan that has provided a roadmap to address growth and goals and perhaps the most significant challenges to the safety and health of the communities served by LFS in our lifetime. Chief among those accomplishments have been:

·       Expanding telehealth by over 1,000%, increasing access to mental health services across the region
·       Expanding program reach into Kansas and Missouri
·       Launching the state’s first CCBHC program at Health 360 in Lincoln
·       Growing unrestricted and restricted giving, especially in a volatile philanthropic environment
·       Partnering with new program providers and coalitions
·       Responding to disasters – flooding and pandemic – to help individuals and families stay housed and intact

·       Transforming governance for both LFS Corporate and the LFS Foundation.

Martin said, “I know I am leaving the daily operations in strong, capable, and dedicated hands with the LFS team, and I am more than confident that this transition will be a smooth one.” The Executive Committee of the Board will implement a transition plan as they search for someone to steward the strategic plan and good work well underway.

Martin added, “It has been enormously gratifying to work with LFS’s committed staff, excellent board members, our growing number of volunteers, key partners, the people served by LFS, and our dedicated community and coalition partners. I take with me fond memories of our collaborations and models that I look forward to bringing to my new role. Most of all, I look forward to seeing the fruits of our partnerships continue to grow and serve those who need us most!”

If you have any questions, please contact Chief Development Officer, Mark Versen at [email protected] or call 402.979.3240.