Nonprofit People and Awards

Lutheran Social Services adds new advocacy director
Lutheran Social Services (LSS) of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan, Inc., recently announced that Steve McCarthy has accepted the position as director of Advocacy. 
“Steve’s ability to build partnerships and his passion for servant leadership is an asset to our agency and the people we serve,” said Ted Hakala, vice president of  Program Services.   “Steve has done outstanding work in the field of addictions and restorative justice and the work he has done will pave the way for continued innovation.”
McCarthy first joined LSS in 1993 as a Director in Resource Development.  He continued his career in non-profit organizations in both Ohio and Arkansas.  In 2003, McCarthy returned to LSS as Director of Operations and for the past 8 years has provided leadership and facilitated growth opportunities in a variety of programs and services, including addictions and restorative justice programs throughout Wisconsin and Upper Michigan. 
Becky Soderna, will join the leadership team for LSS addictions and restorative justice programs as executive director. In her previous role, Becky served as executive director for LSS urban and rural ministries programs, which included homelessness and transitional living programs, as well as community-based case management. Laurie Lessard will continue in her role as director of addictions and corrections programs. Under Laurie’s leadership, LSS continually demonstrates client and community impact through careful outcomes assessment. 

Wheaton Franciscan names new foundation board members
Wheaton Franciscan – Elmbrook Memorial and St. Joseph Foundations recently named Patricia Schroeder, a dean and professor at Alverno College School of Nursing and Patty Bringe, community volunteer to its board of directors.
Schroeder has had strong ties to Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare sine 1975.
“As we live in these extraordinary times, we are reminded of how we support our most central beliefs,” Schroeder said. “Health, and access to health care for all, are central to my life and my life’s work.
Bringe is a committed community volunteer with a number of Milwaukee nonprofits, including the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and the American Heart Association.  Through her career in Information technology networking, she has had the opportunity to work with businesses around the globe.

Federal Home Loan Bank names Ries vice chair of housing committee
The Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago named Leo Ries of Milwaukee its vice chair of the Affordable Housing Committee.
The Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago is a $73 billion wholesale bank serving the needs of member housing finance institutions located in Illinois and Wisconsin.
Reis has been the executive director of the Local Initiatives Support Corp. (LISC) Milwaukee since 1999. He has served on the Federal Home Loan Bank’s board of directors for three years.
During 2011, the bank’s affordable housing grant programs consisted of both the $21 million Competitive AHP grant program and a $13 million homeownership grant set-aside program called Downpayment Plus.
Since 1990, the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago has awarded more than $264 million in Competitive AHP grants and more than $77 million in DPP funds that have helped provide housing for families whose incomes are 80% or less of the area median income.

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