Senior Management
Throughout Southern California
Photo of Ron DrewsRon Drews, President, CEO
Ron has thirty years of experience in progressively more responsible leadership and administrative positions with demonstrated experience in providing vision and leadership to staff and diverse constituencies. He has extensive experience in program planning, financial management, human resource management, resource development, and staff training. He is particularly effective in accessing and securing resources from private and government sources to create innovative solutions to long-term concerns. He enjoys and shows strength in assessing situations, problem solving, developing protocols and leading teams.Ron has served on board leadership positions in numerous non-profits and enjoys collaborative partnerships and projects.Ron served for thirteen years as the President/CEO for Lutheran Social Services of New York, accepted the same position at Lutheran Social Services of Southern California now doing business as LSS Community Care. Called to this position, he will continue his successful lifelong career in urban social service ministries.The work in Southern California aligns well with his work experience. Both organizations’ mission is to serve the poor and break the cycle of poverty through progressive social service efforts. While in New York, the agency grew exponentially in the number of people served, staffing and funds raised. LSS Community Care’s programs and services complement Ron’s experience.


Photo of Mickey Rubinson

Mickey Rubinson, Chief Financial Officer
As a member of the executive management team, Mickey Rubinson serves as Chief Financial Officer for LSS. He is responsible for accounting, finances, information technology, human resources, payroll, grants management, and contract negotiations. Mickey leads all members of the finance department in accounting, payables and receivables, internal auditing, and provides direction to Area Managers in 13 locations. He has 10 years of experience leading finance divisions and over 18 years of non-profit experience.Mickey assists with developing effective organizational strategies to move the agency forward. He has thorough knowledge of structuring and implementing programs, while insuring that programs are in compliance with 2 CFR 200 requirements. His extensive background is a great asset to LSS.Mickey holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Project Management. In addition, he also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting and Finance, graduating Summa Cum Laude.


Eileen Hoffer – Senior Director, San Bernardino County, San Gabriel Valley

Darlene Mees – Senior Director, San Diego County; Riverside County

Mark Kuntz – Senior Director, South Bay; San Fernando Valley; Ventura County; Orange County

Ellen Waild – Vice President, Agency Advancement

Frank Waild – Director, Facilities

Ben Garcia – Director, Housing Counseling

Kristal Shipp – Vice President, Community Engagement

Greg Shepherd – Vice President, Development

Management Team:
Denise Cortes Area Director, Ventura County
Deniece Marshall Area Director, Riverside County
Maxine Abbott – Area Director, Orange County
Jim Pijloo – Asst. Sr. Director, Orange County, San Fernando Valley South Bay, Ventura,
Nancy Longaza – Program Manager, CBEST
Gabby Bernal – Director, Upward Bound/Talent Search
Debi Groon – Director, Volunteer Services
Maria Gomez- Program Manager, Avanti
Tawanda Counts – Area Director, SBC Rural
Andre Jackson – Area Director, SBC Rural Children’s Programs
Delores Price – Area Director, SBC Rural
Philip Olinger – Director, Information Technology
Ricardo Forbes – Director, Grants
Charise Taylor – Director, Human Resources
Jessica Esquivel- Area Director, CCLM
Walker Railey Director, Communications



Ambassadors are short-term volunteers who open doors for our organization in the community, introducing new people at our bi-monthly Fostering Community Care event. These are one hour awareness events only (no solicitations are made) to expose people to the great work of LSS Community Care. To become an Ambassador here are your responsibilities:
  1. 1 – Attend at least one Fostering Community Care event during the calendar year
  2. 2 – Host or invite and bring 10-15 guests to one Fostering Community Care event within 3 months of your attending one yourself.
  3. 3 – Inform your invited guests of what the Fostering Community Care meeting will be about, and let them know that they will receive a follow up call from the organization
  4. 4 – Ambassadors will complete their commitment after bringing 10-15 persons within the 3 month time period. An Ambassador has the option to complete after one term, continue for another 3 month term or move into another role on the team.
Become an Ally

Allies are community members who want to be in a supportive, intentional, befriending relationship with an individual or family working to get out of poverty.

Other ways to help the Southern California Family Support Initiative
  • Be an Ad-Hoc Ally – share your special skill or talent
  • Be a member of your local Community Leadership Team
  • Assist with weekly Child Care/Children’s Programs
  • Be a Community Spokesman – talk about the initiative and recruit others to join
  • Financially Sponsor a Family Leader
  • Facilitate/assist with Training Our Leaders and Allies
  • Behind-the-scenes work – internet research, graphic design, writing
We are actively seeking individuals and groups to be a part of our on-going mission to serve those in need. LSS administers over 50 specialized programs and services throughout the Southern California region. Contact your nearest LSS Center to hear about the local opportunities they have available.
Be a positive role model
Give back to others and help change lives
Transform communities
Spend your time doing something rewarding
Meet new people
Have fun
Learn new skills, share your talents, build your resume

The life you change most – may be your own!