Board of Directors

Executive Team

Terry Paulson, PhD
Chair, Board of Directors

Terry is a professional speaker who travels throughout the nation and across the world, assisting leaders and teams on how to leverage optimism to make change work, both professionally and personally.

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He received the PhD in Clinical Psychology from Fuller Theological Seminary, and a Masters in Lay Theology, also from Fuller. He is the author of ten books, including,
The Optimism Advantage, Speak like a Pro, Can I have the Keys to the Car? and They Shoot Managers Don’t They?

His commitment to Lutheran Social Services is obvious when he speaks of his personal objectives as a
member of the board: “To influence individuals, churches and corporations through communication and leadership, to serve the
disadvantaged in Southern California.”

Terry is a member and past Council President at New Hope Lutheran Church in Agoura Hills, CA, sings in the choir and is a member of the Sunday worship team.

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Andrew H. Mansmann, CPA
Vice Chair, Board of Directors

Andrew is the Sr. Manager of Operations Finance at Amgen in Thousand Oaks, CA. Prior to that he was the Director of Accounting and Finance for Dental Lab Holdings, LLC in West Hills, CA.

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He is a specialist in people and process-oriented operational accounting, with an entrepreneurial spirit combined with a proven track record of successfully partnering with senior executives to measure and achieve financial goals and objectives.

Andrew has a Bachelor of Arts in Business Economics, with an Emphasis in Accounting from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is also a Certified Public Accountant.

He says, “I believe that the combination of my Christian beliefs, and my people and process focus, will allow me to further support and guide LSSSC in 2020 and beyond.”

Andrew and his wife Carol have two teenage daughters along with Andrew’s two older sons, Davis and Chase. Andrew and family are members of New Hope Lutheran Church in Agoura Hills.

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Rick Davis
Treasurer, Board of Directors

Rick serves on the LSS Finance Committee. He has been the Director of Analytics for the Ventura County Credit Union for 12 years. Overall, he has worked for over 19 years in the Credit Union industry and with Community Banks. He has a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree from the University of Texas at Austin, TX, majoring in Accounting.

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He served for 17 years as a Non-Commissioned Officer in the United States Army, and in the U.S. Army Reserves, as a Russian/Serbo-Croatian linguist and Counter-Intelligence Agent.

Rick and his family reside in Simi Valley. He has a son in seventh grade, a daughter in college, and another daughter working as a nurse. He attends St. Peter Claver Catholic Church in Simi Valley. In his free time he enjoys family excursions, music and Ultimate Frisbee.

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Tobi D. Olusola, Pharm.D.
Secretary, Board of Directors

Tobi is the Senior Marketing Manager at Bone Health Value Marketing. She received the Doctor of Pharmacy, summa cum laude, from the University of Oklahoma Health Science Center, and the Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering, summa cum laude, from the University of Oklahoma.

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Tobi was born in Nigeria, but moved to Broken Arrow, OK, where her parents decided to give up their professional careers and engage in full-time ministry. She tries to follow in their footsteps by serving in her local community.

She is active in the Junior League of Los Angeles, and is a volunteer for Feeding America, Mary Lee’s House, Joshua’s House and Dress 4 Success. She supports Grow with Nigeria and volunteers for a global nonprofit that promotes STEM education and career planning.

Tobi is active in her church, C3 Los Angeles, and hosts a Bible study every Thursday night.

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Board Members

Donald Hagstrom, CPA

Don has over 15 years experience as a senior auditor and controller, specializing in nonprofit ventures, and is currently the Chief Financial Officer of Farm Sanctuary, a national nonprofit organization that focuses on animal rescue.

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He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting from California State University, Fullerton, and a Master of Science in Urban and Regional Planning/Transportation Planning from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. He is a Certified Public Accountant by the California Board of Accountancy.

Don was reared in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and his father served as a pastor in the ELCA. Economics, social services, transportation policy and systems, urban planning and history are among his interests. Don has served on the LSS Board of Directors since 2014.

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Bruce Dannemeyer

Bruce has worked as an attorney for 36 years, practicing business and real estate litigation. He is currently Of Counsel with The Dreyfuss Firm in Irvine, CA. Previously he was a partner at Palmieri, Tyler, Wiener, Wilhelm & Waldron, also in Irvine.

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In addition to his work in the Private Sector, he served in the Public Sector. Bruce worked for three years in the United States Department of the Interior in Washington, D.C., and served as a Temporary Judge for the Orange County Superior Court.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts, with High Honors, from Valparaiso University, and a Juris Doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley (Boalt Hall).

Bruce is an active member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Irvine, and served on the Floor Committee for Administration and Structure, at the 2004 National Convention of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS).

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Patricia Digre

Pat is a retired social worker. She received her Master of Social Work from the University of Illinois, Chicago Campus. She worked in program development and management in Pennsylvania, Illinois, Florida and California, operating programs for special education, mental health, head and spinal cord injury, and developmental disabilities. Pat retired in 2006.

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She served as council president for Trinity Lutheran Church, Manhattan Beach, and was on the Board of Directors of Lutheran Social Services of Southern California. She was chair from 2002-2005.

Pat came out of retirement to serve as interim CEO of LSS in 2009-2010. She is a member of First Lutheran Church, Torrance, where she sings in the choir.

She enjoys travel, theatre, books, painting, knitting, walking and spending time with friends and family. In 1965-1966, she spent a year as a VISTA volunteer in Atlanta.

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Rev. Charles Bunnell

Chuck has served as pastor of two congregations simultaneously since 2002: St. Andrews Lutheran Church, Van Nuys, CA; and Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Northridge, CA. Prior to that, he was pastor of Central Lutheran Church, Van Nuys; Concordia Lutheran Church, Kingsburg, CA; Epiphany Lutheran Church, Canoga Park, CA; and was Assistant Pastor and School Administrator of Westchester Lutheran Church and School, Westchester, CA.

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Pastor Bunnell has a Bachelor of Arts from California State University, Northridge, and a California Standard Life Teaching Credential. He earned the Master of Divinity from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN, in 1985 and was ordained a minister in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America that same year.

He states his pastoral commitment with these words, “to serve people through ministry as my best response to Christ’s words in Matthew 25.”

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Kyle Fryling

Kyle Fryling works as a training specialist at VisionFund, part of World Vision, in Monrovia, CA. In this role he manages staff training on technical and operational topics within 28 microfinance banking institutions globally.

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Mr. Fryling has a Bachelor in Business Administration, with an Emphasis in Finance from Seattle Pacific University. He earned a Master of Business Administration, MBA, in International Economic Development from Eastern University in St. Davids, PA.

His wife, The Reverend Megan Fryling, is pastor of the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Granada Hills, CA. They have one son and two foster children.

Mr. Fryling states: “My desire to serve on the board of LSS is inspired by Micah 6:8: ‘To act justly, love mercy and to walk humbly with God.’ I believe that LSS is situated in locations and has relationships where we can serve our neighbors and community, and I’m thankful to be a part of this good work.”

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Stephen Helper

Stephen comes to LSSSC with over 30 years of diverse experience in the financial industry. Stephen’s blend of global leadership, exceptional communication, and analytical skills is an invaluable tool for Lutheran Social Service’s new era of results and data-driven direction.

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Stephen is a Certified Financial Planner with an MBA from UCLA and a bachelor’s degree from UCI. Stephen spent 23 years with Hewlett-Packard, beginning as a financial analyst and finishing as the Global Enterprise Credit Director. Stephen currently works as the vice president of the financial department for a large media and entertainment company. Stephen also serves as a guest lecturer and a volunteer with CSU Fullerton’s Mihaylo School of Business.

Having spent the better part of his life and career in and around Orange County, Stephen brings to LSSSC both a deep understanding of the issues faced in the community and the solutions that can drive change, and his rich experience in managing complex organizational change, at a time when the needs of our communities are ever-evolving.

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Rev. Nader Hanna

Nader was born and reared in Egypt, a Muslim Arabic-speaking country. He is currently serving as a vicar at Faith Lutheran Church (LCMS) in Huntington Beach, CA, and will be fully certified with the Missouri Synod in the very near future.

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In that capacity he will continue his work as an evangelist and itinerant preacher, working closely with local churches, teaching them more about Islam, and training them on how to reach Muslims in their communities, with the message of God’s love and salvation in Christ Jesus.

Nader is a regular guest speaker at several Christian Arabic TV networks, and has traveled to preach the Gospel in Africa, Asia and Europe. Nader and his wife, Amy, have shared in ministry for 20 years, producing and broadcasting Christian TV and radio programs throughout the Arab/Muslim world. They have a 17-year-old son, Hadi.

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Dr. Richard Kamiyama

Richard has offered the greater San Bernardino community exceptional vision care for the entire family for more than 22 years. He has worked as an optometrist at East Highland Family Optometry since 2005. From 1998-2005, he was Chief of Optometry at Loma Linda University. He has also been on the clinical faculty of the Southern California College of Optometry, where he supervised the post-graduate residency program.

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Richard received the Doctor of Optometry (OD) degree from the Southern California College of Optometry Fullerton, CA in 1998. He is a member of the American Optometric Association, the California Optometric Association, and the Inland Empire Optometric Association.

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Susan Kroeger

Sue works as a Reflective Coach in the Center for Teacher Innovation at the Riverside County Office of Education. Since 2009 she has supervised the fieldwork of beginning teachers in charter and private schools for the California State, and Induction/Clear Credentialing Programs.

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From 1969-2009, Sue was a teacher and academic coach for the Rialto Unified School District, a K-12 classroom teacher, curriculum developer and academic coach. She was a part-time instructor at the University of Redlands, California State University, San Bernardino, and the University of California, Riverside.

She has a Bachelor of Arts in English and Government from the University of Redlands, and a Master of Instruction in Economics from the University of Delaware.

Sue is a member of the Advisory Council for Central City Lutheran Mission in San Bernardino, and a member and former congregational president of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Claremont, California.

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Chaplain (COL-Ret.) Scottie R. Lloyd

Scottie served over 35 years as pastor and military chaplain in the ELCA. He received a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia, a Master of Divinity from Christ Seminary-Seminex, a Master of Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College, and basic and advanced accreditation with Clinical Pastoral Education from Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Bethesda, MD.

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He pastored Ascension Lutheran Church, Emerado, ND, and the Lutheran Church of our Savior in San Bernardino, CA, from which he retired in 2019. As chaplain, he served throughout the U.S., as well as in Germany, Belgium, Holland, Haiti, Kuwait and Qatar.

He was the Director of Personnel and Ecclesiastical Relations for the Army Chief of Chaplains at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.

Scottie and his wife, Karen, have been married 43 years, are parents of two sons, and proud grandparents of Aria and Ian.

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Tim McColery

Tim has been a Board Member since 2015 when Central City Lutheran Mission and LSS merged. His participation is not just professional; it’s intensely personal.

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Tim lived at CCLM from 2010-2012, after leaving prison. He helped security on campus, and mentored many of the other residents. He had firsthand familiarity regarding the resources that were provided to the men who lived there.

Tim left the mission after taking a job driving a truck in a company owned by a CCLM board member. Today, eight years later, he is a union driver and his life is back on track.

Tim says:

“When people live 24/7 in the dark world of doom and gloom, it’s really easy to exist so close to the edge and they eventually fall off into despair.

The only way a person can get out of a world of darkness is to get away from it. That’s what CCLM did for me, and I’m committed to helping LSS do the same for others.”

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Rev. Sharon M. Ruff Richter

Pastor Richter serves Trinity Lutheran Church in Pasadena, CA. She was ordained in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in July 2018 and began her pastorate in Pasadena that same year.

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Prior to her ordination, Rev. Richter was a Vicar/Intern at Mount Olive Lutheran Church, Santa Monica, CA, from 2016-2017. She served as a Vicar Under Contract at Zion Lutheran Church, Nesquehoning, PA, and St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Summit Hill, PA, from 2015-2016.

From 2013-2015 she worked as Port and Ship Chaplain at the Seamen’s Church Institute of Philadelphia and South Jersey, Philadelphia, PA. In this role she visited ships in port to provide non-denominational and interfaith pastoral care, and be a listening presence to merchant seamen.

Before being called into parish ministry, Rev. Richter was the Owner/Artist of Paraclete Mosaics in Monrovia, CA.
She refers to this role as Avocational and occasional mosaic artist (2016-Present).

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Mollie Schneider

Mollie has a passion for care, outreach, and social ministries, and loves being a part of organizations and movements that encourage and equip Jesus-followers to love and serve those in need like He does. She most recently served as the Prayer and Congregational Care Coordinator at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Orange, CA, for 8 years. In that capacity she was responsible for the spiritual and holistic care for 5,000 parish members and other guests, through direct clinical interactions, and the development of volunteer teams and strategic programs.

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She has spent her career in the larger Lutheran community: as a staff member and social work intern at Lutheran Social Services Southern California; a staff member at Mount Cross Lutheran Outdoor Ministries; and as a resident assistant at Concordia University, Irvine.

Mollie has a Bachelor of Psychology and a Bachelor of Behavioral Science, with a Sociology Emphasis, from Concordia University, Irvine. She holds a Master of Social Work with a Community Practice Concentration from Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, CA.

Her Lutheran history gives Mollie an inclusive understanding of the many ways in which LSS can serve.

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Judicatory Members

Bishop Brenda Bos, Southwest CA Synod, ELCA

The Rev. Brenda Bos was elected to serve a six-year term as Bishop of the Southwest California Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America on June 5, 2021. The election took place during the 33rd Assembly of the Southwest California Synod, which was held online with live and recorded participation throughout the synod territory.

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“This is such a critical time for the church,” said Bishop-elect Bos during her address to the assembly. “Our world is struggling to find peace and meaning. We have a unique gift to offer people: compassion, care, deep listening. I am humbled to serve along with the 33,000 Lutherans in our territory. Lutherans have a long history of education and service, and I hope to bring people together with hope and healing.”

A native Californian, Pastor Bos was ordained in 2014 in her home congregation of St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in North Hollywood, a congregation known for its welcome of LGBTQ people. She attended Claremont School of Theology and Pacific Lutheran Theology Seminary, receiving a Masters of Divinity and Certificate of Theological Studies. Before entering the ministry, Bishop-elect Bos was a television producer at Warner Bros. studios, working on sitcoms such as “The George Lopez Show” and “The Golden Girls.” She holds a bachelors degree in Broadcasting from Pepperdine University.

Most recently, she has served as the Assistant to the Bishop for Rostered Leadership for Southwest California Synod. She also served Christ Lutheran Church in San Clemente, where the congregation advocated for the rights of unhoused persons, seniors and those living with addiction. She has also served congregations in Santa Monica, Canoga Park and Danville, California.

Bishop-elect Bos lives with her wife and adult son. She will be the first openly lesbian bishop to serve the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

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Bishop Andrew Taylor, Pacifica Synod, ELCA

Bishop Taylor has been the episcopal leader of the Pacifica Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America since 2016. Prior to his election, he served as the Lead Pastor of St. Andrews Lutheran Church in San Diego from 1997-2016, and as Pastor of First Lutheran Church in Tulare, CA, from 1992-1997.

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Bishop Taylor holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from California State University, Long Beach (1980), and a Master of Divinity from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN (1986). He earned a Doctor of Ministry in Congregational Mission and Leadership, also from Luther Seminary (2017).

During seminary, Bishop Taylor served a twelve-month internship at Northside and Zion Lutheran Churches in Houston, Texas, where he pastored Spanish-speaking immigrants from Mexico and El Salvador. His experience during that year gave him a lifelong interest in immigrants, and just immigration policies.

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Rev. Dr. Michael Gibson, Pacific Southwest Region, LCMS

Dr. Gibson is the President of the Pacific Southwest District of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. He is a native Californian, born and raised in Sacramento.

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He has a Bachelor of Arts, Humanities, from California State University, Sacramento, CA, and a Master of Divinity from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO. In 1996, he earned a Doctor of Ministry from Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, CA.

President Gibson has served Lutheran churches in Garfield, NJ; Huntington Beach, CA; Lombard, IL; Milpitas, CA; and Costa Mesa, CA.

President Gibson states, “My purpose is to awaken within the Body of Christ a local and global perspective on the Mission of God and to influence organizational systems so as to free and empower them for mission fulfillment.” He and his wife Kathy have been married since 1979, and they have two adult sons, Andrew and Tim.

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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.
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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
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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!

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