OMAHA, (Nebraska) April 14 2021, – The board of directors of Lutheran Family Services has announced that Dave Johnson, a retired nonprofit executive with 38 years of experience, will step into the role of interim President and CEO effective April 23 2021, when Stacy Martin departs to assume the role of President & CEO of Lutheran Social Services of Central Ohio. Johnson has been serving LFS since 2018. “I came in a consultant role several years ago. Stacy and the board of directors recognized that the organization had not kept up with the times. The vision and leadership that Stacy has brought and implemented with the board’s support has been transformative, and I look forward to being able to facilitate and advance the momentum that Stacy started toward fulfilling LFS’s AMBITION 2024 strategic vision.” said Johnson.

Martin said, “Serving LFS has been a true honor and I am excited for Dave’s leadership in the interim as the LFS board of directors searches for its permanent leader. 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.”

LFS board president Ralph Maldonado said, “On behalf of the board of directors, it is a pleasure to welcome Dave in a more formal capacity. LFS is doing great work and with Dave’s leadership during the interim, we are confident that LFS will continue its progress on its strategic plan, Ambition 2024.”


About Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska, Inc.

Established in 1892, Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska (LFS) is one of the largest nonprofit health and human services agencies in the state with locations across Nebraska and an office in Council Bluffs, Iowa LFS effectively delivers health and human care that meets individuals’, families’, and communities’ social, cultural, and linguistic needs. LFS programs and services are available to anyone, regardless of age, race, religion, or income.

Community-Based Services:

Providing Opportunities for Children and Families to Thrive.

  • Family Preservation Services: Pre- and post-adoption services, foster care, and in-home services, kinship care, home study, and pregnancy, and maternal health counseling.
  • Individual and Family Support Services: Case management, crisis intervention, basic needs support, disaster care management, health navigation, access to resources, referrals to community resources, legal immigration services, and interpretation and translation language support.
  • Economic Empowerment: Supporting families as they pursue self-sufficiency through workforce development, asset-building programs, and career planning.
  • Education Services: ESL and educational assistance, cultural orientation for newcomers, financial literacy and budgeting, Nurturing Parenting programs, and prevention and early intervention services for expectant mothers and at-risk families.

Health & Wellness Services:

  • Children’s Behavioral Health: Family support groups, individual and family mental health services.
  • Adult Behavioral Health: Person-centered, evidence-based therapies to treat mental health and substance use conditions. Includes specialized services for military veterans and their families.
  • Integrated Support Services: Healthcare services including medication management and peer support to help stabilize people in crisis.

The work of LFS is supported by caring members of our community whose contributions help make services available to those unable to pay fees.

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