Leadership Awards 2023


Leadership Awards

Lutheran Services in America launched a new tradition in 2021 to recognize distinguished member organizations in the network each year for their exceptional work and leadership and for exemplifying our core values.


This award recognizes a member organization that is pioneering new solutions, technology or business practices to solve complex issues. Their breakthrough solutions are designed to empower all people in America to lead their best lives.


This award recognizes a member organization that is leading the way in its work in addressing justice, mercy and equity. This member best exemplifies the spirit of Micah 6:8, “Act justly, and love mercy, and walk humbly with your God.”


The Ken Daly Award for
Excellence in Mentorship

In honor of the late Lutheran Services in America board member Ken Daly, this award recognizes a leader with an exceptional gift for spotting potential in people and lifting up the next group of leaders.

Get inspired by the stories of our 2022 award winners featured in the November 16 episode of the podcast “In the Ring” with Héctor Colón, president & CEO of Lutheran Social Services of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan.



Lutheran Services Florida Health Systems

Lutheran Services Florida Health Systems expanded an enhanced Certified Recovery Peer Specialist (CPRS) training program that addresses the region’s shortage of paraprofessionals with the skills and competencies to work with people at risk for behavioral health disorders — the first of its kind in Florida that has trained more than 300 people. It’s now expanding to include a specialized program for veterans and first responders. In addition, LSF Health Systems established one of the first apprenticeship programs for behavioral health paraprofessionals in the state of Florida. 

LSF Health Systems’ Dr. Christine Cauffield has promoted a culture of innovation within her team and throughout the state of Florida by launching and hosting annually Florida’s Behavioral Health Innovation Summit (now in its third year). This event provides an opportunity for local, state and regional stakeholders to learn more about how to promote innovation within their organizations. It also helps participants discover innovative programs that are achieving impact in local communities and can be replicated throughout the state.

Learn more about the work of Lutheran Services Florida Health Systems.


We Raise Foundation

We Raise Foundation used its resources to guide Lutheran Services in America member organizations on how to apply diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives through the newly created Reimagining Diversity Collaborative, which brings members together to explore race and inclusion in a safe setting.

Not only has We Raise Foundation sponsored this work, but its leadership has modeled this commitment in their approach to their mission execution. Paul Miles has been a champion of this work, and his willingness to be transparent and share his own learning has been inspiring.

Learn more about the work of We Raise Foundation.

Awards 4 - Ted


The Ken Daly Award for Excellence

Ted Goins of Lutheran Services Carolinas

Ted Goins exemplifies the Paragon Award through his warm welcome and mentorship of CEOs new to the Lutheran Services in America network. Ted listened, offered advice and connected with Lutheran social ministry leaders who were experiencing similar challenges. Through his generosity of time and mentorship and willingness to connect CEOs with other leaders, Goins helped his peers to see that they are not alone in navigating these challenges and has provided motivation and encouragement to pursue their goals.

Learn more about the work of Lutheran Services Carolinas.


We will share the work of all our 2023 Leadership Award nominees. Check back again soon for their stories!