Structuring Competitive Executive Compensation for Lutheran Services in America Leaders

May 24, 2023

Is your organization stuck in a rut when it comes to compensation strategies for its executives? Are you worried that other organizations have more competitive compensation packages and are able to better attract top talent?

Join Portico Benefit Services and CapinCrouse, expert strategists on executive compensation, to learn how your organization can maximize its compensation and retirement packages for long-term success. You’ll learn about executive compensation best practices and deferred compensation opportunities, like 457(b) and (f), and how it can lead to improved retention and attraction of top leaders.


Ross Eichelberger, Vice President, Business Development, Portico Benefit Services

As the head of Business Development, Ross collaborates with leaders across the organization to assess new market opportunities, cultivate relationships with prospects, and pursue strategic partnerships that drive membership, cross-sales, and revenue growth for Portico. A ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Portico helps those who serve to live well – financially, emotionally, and physically.

With a longstanding connection to the ELCA, Ross brings to his role a strong commitment for serving those who serve, as well as a diverse background spanning many management disciplines. Since joining Portico in 2010, Ross also has led the Technology, Service Delivery, and Benefits Administration units, transforming these functions to meet evolving member and organizational needs before moving into Business Development.

Prior to joining Portico, Ross held a number of technology and operational leadership roles with Supervalu, Inc. In addition to his bachelor’s degree from Minnesota State University, Mankato, Ross has an MBA from the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management.

Ross and his wife, Cori, along with their daughter, reside in Victoria, MN. They are active members of St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Eden Prairie. Over the years, Ross has served as President of the St. Andrew Church Council and on a number of the church’s committees. He is currently Secretary of the Minneapolis Area Synod Council.

Rev. Stan Reiff, CPA, CGMA, Partner and Professional Practice Lead – Consulting, Capin Crouse

Stan’s professional experience includes over 35 years in ministry operations, public accounting, government accounting, and international missions. He has a unique ability to balance strategic thinking with a deep knowledge of and hands-on experience in the day-to-day operations of many types of organizations.

Stan provides strategic leadership of the firm’s professional advisory and consulting services, including research on emerging issues in the faith-based nonprofit sector and the development and implementation of products and services in response to those needs.

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LSA-DN Summer Meeting 2023

June 1, 2023

Hear from leaders from Centers of Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Administration for Community Living regarding their upcoming priorities. We will learn more about upcoming efforts regarding the ACCESS rules and discuss next steps for the home- and community-based services (HCBS) settings rule. We will have the opportunity to hear from outside experts and peers with the goals of helping each other strive in our current environment. With intention, we will engage with one another in discussion and collaboration to take advantage of the changing landscape and discuss next steps for the network as a whole.


Book Your Hotel Room

Secure your accommodations for the nights of August 9 and 10.

The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center
110 Shenandoah Ave
Roanoke, VA 24016, US

LSA-DN Summer Meeting 2024

March 14, 2024

Stay tuned for details about this upcoming meeting!

LSA-DN Spring Meeting 2024

February 2, 2024

Our Spring Meeting will take place in our office building on Capitol Hill, steps from both the U.S. Capitol and the Supreme Court. Given our location, the meeting will focus on policy and advocacy strategies to promote and develop long-term services and supports for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Much of our time together will be spent meeting with key legislators and federal agencies.

Book Your Room

We suggest checking in the evening of May 8 and checking out on May 10. Here are a few recommendations:


Contact Bill Kallestad, Director of Public Policy and Advocacy for the Lutheran Services in America-Disability Network.



LSA-DN Spring Meeting 2023

March 17, 2023

Our Spring Meeting will take place in our office building on Capitol Hill, steps from both the U.S. Capitol and the Supreme Court. Given our location, the meeting will focus on policy and advocacy strategies to promote and develop long-term services and supports for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Much of our time together will be spent meeting with key legislators and federal agencies.

Stay tuned for an agenda.

Book Your Room

We suggest that you check in on May 9 and check out on May 11. Here are a few recommendations:

  • Capitol Hill Hotel
    200 C St., SE
    Washington, DC 20003
    Note: Enter the code 05SBR to receive a special discounted rate.
  • citizenM Washington DC Capitol hotel
    550 School St., SW
    Washington, DC 20024
  • Airbnb
    This is another option that our visitors may find more affordable. There are many nice options near the Capitol.


Contact Bill Kallestad, Director of Public Policy and Advocacy for the Lutheran Services in America-Disability Network.



Private Equity in the Health & Human Services Sector: Friend or Foe?

March 28, 2023

Private equity is a large and growing player in the health and human services sector—but what does it mean for your organization? Stacy DiStefano, CEO of Consulting for Human Services (CFHS), will describe how nonprofit providers can compete with their private equity-backed competitors and share the long-term forecast. You’ll learn how using a due diligence model for self-assessment can help close the competitive advantage gap.

Plus, two of our member organizations will provide insights on how they are remaining competitive:

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Member Reception at the 2023 LeadingAge Annual Meeting

April 28, 2023

The LeadingAge Annual Meeting is an important source for the latest technology, products and solutions for senior services leaders. For those who will attend the conference, we will hold a special Lutheran Services in America member reception at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place to continue the discussion of advancing your organization’s work to improve the lives of older adults.

Join us for a unique opportunity to connect with your contemporaries from one of the largest senior services networks in the country. Discover our trusted forum to share your experiences and engage in a community of collaboration and support.

Reception Location

Hyatt Regency McCormick Place
Adler BC / CC24BC
2233 S. Martin Luther King Drive
Chicago, IL 60616


Check out your Lutheran Services in America colleagues who will speak at the LeadingAge Annual Meeting.

  • Clare Hahneman, Senior Business Development Manager at Ecumen
    Session 19-D
  • Judy Budi, President & CEO of Graceworks Lutheran Services
    Session 87-K
  • Carla Wilton, Chief Operating Officer at Immanuel Lutheran Communities
    Session 106-L
  • Jerry Griffing, CEO of Lutheran Haven
    Session 57-B
  • Chad Sneed, Chief Financial Officer at Lutheran Senior Services
    Session 95-D
  • Cyndi Walters, President & CEO of National Lutheran Communities & Services
    Session 92-B
  • John Loop, Executive Director at the Village at Orchard Ridge
    Session 92-B
  • Ashley Washington, Senior Director of Aging Initiatives at Lutheran Services in America
    Session 62-E


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Contact Christopher Findlay for more information about the reception and learn more about our work to empower older adults.

Swap Shop: Innovative Strategies Across the Network to Address Social Determinants of Health

May 5, 2023

Addressing social determinants of health (SDOH) is a common thread across our network and critical to tackling health equity gaps in our communities. Get valuable insights from members of our Enhanced Care Management working group as they share how they’re closing these gaps across their communities. Hear what they’re  learning, the challenges they’re facing, and the partnerships and innovative business models they’re tapping into.

In this Strength & Service Series webinar, we cover topics to ensure your organization is ready for successful SDOH screenings and supportive connections:

  • Beyond the Surface: Exploring the significance of SDOH screening
  • A Cultural Transformation: Fostering active engagement among program participants and staff
  • Exploring Innovative Reimbursement Strategies: For SDOH screening

Presenting Member Organizations

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Voucher Power: Creative Ways to Maximize Your Assisted Living Occupancy

May 9, 2023

Are you searching for ways to fill vacancies and ensure a vibrant community within your Assisted Living units? Look no further! There’s a game-changing solution that can revolutionize the way to maintain a steady stream of older adult occupants.

Member organizations that offer Assisted Living Units can partner with Public Housing Authorities to receive vouchers covering the costs of older adult residents who qualify for affordable housing. Join Linda Couch, vice president of housing and aging services policy at LeadingAge, who will share how you can secure rental assistance vouchers for assisted living.

You’ll leave the webinar with the know-how to:

  • Tap into HUD’s voucher program
  • “Project-base” vouchers to assisted living apartments
  • Secure a steady stream of rent subsidies
  • Expand services to people with low incomes

About Linda

Linda is the vice president of housing and aging services policy for LeadingAge, an organization of more than 5,300 mission-driven organizations representing the full continuum of aging services. Linda oversees LeadingAge’s affordable housing policy work, which is focused on expanding and preserving affordable housing options for very low income seniors, and connecting residents of affordable senior housing to health and wellness supports.

After 12 years with the National Low Income Housing Coalition, Linda rejoined LeadingAge in 2016 to identify and advocate for solutions to the unprecedented affordable housing challenges faced by older adults. Linda has a special interest in the federal budget and appropriations processes and has testified before House and Senate committees.

Linda received her undergraduate degree in philosophy from the George Washington University and a Master’s of Public Affairs from the University of Connecticut.

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2023 Lutheran Information Technology Network Fall Conference

March 21, 2023

The Lutheran Information Technology Network (LITN) hosts a technology conference in the spring and fall of each year. LITN will host its 2023 fall conference September 24–26 in Pray, Montana, to discuss topics we all have in common including:

  • Non-profit IT
  • Vendor issues
  • Security
  • Networking
  • Cloud applications
  • Hardware
  • Software
  • Organization overviews

There is no monetary cost to attend this conference. Participants will be highly encouraged to share a topic of interest that pertains to their organization that we may learn from and host discussion afterwards.

About LITN

LITN was started in 1999 to support member agencies’ missions through knowledge sharing, networking (of people), educating, and promoting IT value.


  • To enable sharing of information between members on Information Technology (IT) management and technology trends, challenges and solutions.
  • To develop relationships among the members that will lead to mutually beneficial exchanges and partnerships.
  • To leverage the members’ collective size and capacity to provide educational opportunities, more advantageous relationships with vendors, and other opportunities.
  • To provide opportunities to learn from and build relationships with non-IT executives from Lutheran Services in America member organizations.