OMAHA, Neb. (July 16, 2021) – The board of directors of Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska (LFS) announced this week that Christopher Tonniges has been selected to be the next President and Chief Executive Officer of LFS.
Tonniges will leave his position as Vice President of Treasury Services at CIT to join LFS on August 2, 2021, replacing interim President and Chief Executive Officer Dave Johnson, who succeeded Stacy L. Martin when she announced her departure in March.
Tonniges has served LFS since 2016. His portfolio includes treasurer of the LFS board of directors and chair of the finance committee as well as chair of the LFS Foundation board.
Tonniges was born in Hastings, NE, and has deep Nebraska roots. “I’m excited to transition from board member to staff and I look forward to carrying on the organization’s legacy while keeping an eye toward the future. I promise to be an individual who will listen to the people served by LFS across Nebraska, Eastern Iowa, and beyond.” He went on to say, “ My role is to break down barriers, to work with staff, constituents, funders, legislators, advocates, and volunteers, and to be collaborative when it comes to how we do things.”
Ralph Maldonado, chair of the LFS board of directors, said, “Chris has a great background of working hard on behalf of LFS. In addition to his commitment and service in many capacities, Chris’ extensive experience in finance will serve LFS well. He has a deep understanding and passion for the diverse programs and services offered by LFS and he is a proven leader who will build momentum and growth.”
Tonniges and his wife, Lindsey, have three children: Rachel, Zachary, and Hallie, who were adopted through LFS, so he knows firsthand about some of the wonderful services LFS provides.