Rachel Kerestes Joins Lutheran Services in America as Vice President of Marketing and Communications

Kerestes brings nearly two decades of experience to the nation’s largest faith-based charitable network
Tuesday, September 27, 2016

September 27, 2016 (Washington, D.C.) – Today, Lutheran Services in America announced that Rachel Kerestes joined the organization as Vice President of Marketing and Communications.

Kerestes most recently served as a Principal at The Fratelli Group, a Washington, DC-based public affairs firm. In her previous role, she led successful public affairs campaigns for clients including Business Roundtable and CVS Health.

"Rachel Kerestes brings a wealth of brand, marketing and strategic communications expertise to Lutheran Services in America," said Charlotte Haberaecker, President & CEO of Lutheran Services in America. "We are excited to have her join the organization as we prepare to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Lutheran Services in America and the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation in 2017."

Lutheran Services in America is one of the nation's largest charities, ranking #23 on the Philanthropy 400 list. Through its members, the network serves one in fifty people in the United States each year.

"It is a great pleasure to join Lutheran Services in America at this key moment in the organization's history," said Kerestes. "I look forward to helping to chart the course for Lutheran Services in America for its next twenty years and beyond."

Prior to joining The Fratelli Group Kerestes was Strategy Director at MiresBall, a national brand agency headquartered in San Diego, where she developed strategies for brands ranging from Intel to Ballast Point Brewing. Her previous experience also includes serving as Vice President of Research at National Strategies, Inc., Managing Director of the Council for Biotechnology Information at BIO, Director of Government Relations at the Lupus Foundation of America and Director of Policy and Research at PhRMA. She holds an M.P.P. degree from Georgetown University and a B.A. degree from Mount Holyoke College.


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 www.lutheranservices.org

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