Lutheran Services in America Welcomes New Board Members, Announces New Elected Officers

Friday, July 1, 2016

Lutheran Services in America, Incorporated (LSA) has welcomed two new members to its Board of Directors and announced newly elected officers following its Annual Conference in Minneapolis, Minn. in April. 

Larry Bradshaw, President and CEO of National Lutheran Communities & Services (NLCS), was elected by member CEOs as a Director during the Annual Meeting of the membership that took place on April 27 in Minneapolis. James P. Zils, retired insurance industry executive, was appointed as a Director by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). Both terms run from July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2019.

As members of the Board of Directors, Bradshaw and Zils lend their unique skills and experience to LSA, one of the nation’s largest health and human service networks, representing 300 Lutheran nonprofits throughout the United States and the Caribbean.

During the Annual Meeting, the LSA Board of Directors also elected the new officers, effective July 1, 2016: 

  • Betty Oldenkamp, President and CEO Lutheran Social Services of South Dakota, was re-elected Chairperson of the Board
  • David Fenoglietto, President and CEO of Lutheran SeniorLife, re-elected Vice Chair
  • David Swartling, Of Counsel at Mills Meyers Swartling, elected Board Treasurer
  • Bruce Kintz, President and CEO of Concordia Publishing, elected Board Secretary

About Larry Bradshaw
With more than 30 years of experience in the not-for-profit senior living industry, Larry Bradshaw serves as the President and CEO of National Lutheran Communities & Services (NLCS), a growing organization that provides a family of retirement communities and services located throughout Maryland and Virginia. Bradshaw joined NLCS in 2009 and under his leadership has expanded its life enrichment programs, providing personal empowerment with a holistic care model that nurtures the physical, emotional, intellectual, social and spiritual well-being of their residents.

Prior to joining NLCS, Bradshaw served as the Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President for Strategic Growth with Asbury Communities, a not-for-profit, multi-site, senior living organization. In 2006, Bradshaw was named President of Asbury’s for-profit company, The Asbury Group, offering consulting services to other Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs). He was also the principal of Bradshaw Insights Group, providing consulting services to CCRCs.

Bradshaw, an active member of LeadingAge and LeadingAge Maryland, has served as a Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) Commissioner (formerly CCAC), and as Chair of CCAC’s Financial Advisory Panel. He is a frequent presenter at numerous national meetings, including LeadingAge, the National Investment Conference, and Ziegler’s Senior Living CFO Workshop.

About Jim Zils
Jim Zils is a retired financial leader with an extensive background in the insurance industry. Following graduation from Gustavus Adolphus College in Minnesota, he began what would become a 34-year career at AllState Insurance, serving as the company’s Treasurer for the last 10 years of his tenure there. During his time at Allstate, Zils led the company’s initial public offering team and the company’s strategic financial planning and management functions. After a brief retirement, Zils returned to the workforce as the Chief Financial Officer of Combined Insurance Company, a subsidiary of Aon, helping to negotiate the successful sale of the company. Since his permanent retirement, Zils has focused his financial knowledge and expertise in the nonprofit arena with a passion for issues impacting developmentally-disabled individuals. He currently serves on the Board of Mosaic, an advocacy organization for individuals with intellectual disabilities and a member of the LSA network, as well as the Governing Council of Advocate Condell Hospital and its Foundation’s Board. He also serves on audit committees for Mosaic, Lambs Farm and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), while consulting for several nonprofit organizations with Executive Services Corps in Chicago, Ill.

During its Annual Meeting, two Board members were re-elected for second terms: Betty Oldenkamp, President & CEO of Lutheran Social Services of South Dakota, and Julie Swanson, President & CEO of Lutheran Family Services of Virginia, Inc. LSA also acknowledged outgoing Board members Wendy Goldstein, President Emeritus of NYU Lutheran, and Brian Hofland, President of Research to Prevent Blindness, Inc., whose terms end on June 30, 2016. Thank you to all our current and former Board members for their steadfast service to Lutheran social ministry and the LSA national network.

For more information about our Board of Directors, visit

Lutheran Services in America, Incorporated (LSA) is one of the largest health and human services networks in the country with more than 300 members that provide a broad range of critical services from health care to children and family services, senior services, disaster relief, refugee services, disability support, housing, and employment support, among others. Collectively, LSA members serve 1 in 50 people each year in thousands of communities across the United States and are open to all regardless of their religious affiliation or social or economic background. The LSA network is ranked at #23 on the Philanthropy 400, an annual listing of top charitable groups, and has combined revenue of $21 billion. LSA is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS). To learn more, please visit  

About National Lutheran Communities & Services (NLCS)
Based in Rockville, Md., NLCS is a faith-based, not-for-profit ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s (ELCA) Delaware-Maryland, Metropolitan Washington, D.C. and Virginia Synods, serving people of all beliefs. With more than 125-years’ experience, NLCS provides seniors with a variety of lifestyle, residential and health care options through retirement communities and services in Maryland and Virginia. Communities and services sponsored by National Lutheran include The Village at Rockville in Rockville, Md., The Legacy at North Augusta in Staunton, Va., The Village at Orchard Ridge and myPotential at Home in Winchester, Va., and The Village at Crystal Spring in Annapolis, Md., subject to Maryland Department of Aging approval. For more information, visit


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