Andis Akerfelds, Bronxville: Entrepreneur, engineering, construction, fashion/merchandising; Village Lutheran Church, Bronxville; Property Trustee, development and construction of the addition to VLC/Chapel School; Honored with several awards for volunteering; Board of Governors of the Bronxville Field Club; Westchester County Swim Conference, in the role of Recording Secretary; United States Swimming certified National Referee; husband and father of two daughters.
Julie Butler, New York: Entrepreneur; Doctor of Veterinary Medicine; 145th Street Animal Hospital; Mount Zion member, past president and member Journal Committee for 60th Anniversary; Executive Board/President Veterinary Medical Association of NYC; Founder and VP for NY SAVE (Animals in Veterinary Emergencies); Board Secretary.
Lujuana Butts, Tuckahoe: Professor of Education; current member of Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church having served as interim director of after-school tutorial ministry, Homework Help, teaches Sunday school and leads bible studies; member of the Board of Managers for the Worker Benefit Plans, the board for Diaconal Ministry for the Atlantic District, the Lutheran Schools Association board of directors, and board of directors for Wheat Ridge Ministries; frequent presenter at conferences and workshops. Vice Chair of The New LIFE School board of Lutheran Social Services of New York.
Twila Evanson, Brooklyn: Licensed Clinical Social Worker/Psychotherapist; St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Brooklyn, Trustee, Sunday School Teacher, LWML congregation co-President; Founder/Director, Tevanson Social Services, LCSW P.C.; Medical Social Worker, Nephrology Foundation of Brooklyn; Member of the National Association of Social Workers, Millennium Sistahs-Medical Caribbean Missions, We Care Child Care.
Warren Gutheil, Merrick: President of TecOptics, Inc.; member of Grace Lutheran Church North Bellmore – positions included president, treasurer, Sunday School superintendent and teacher; member of American Physical Society, Laser Institute of America, Advisory Committee for Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics; serves as LSSNY Vice Chair and Chair of Finance & Governance Committee.
Michael Jakob, Whitehall: Insurance and investment broker and a principal of both Carriage Trade Insurance Agency and Carriage Trade Financial Services; member of Evangelical Immanuel Lutheran Church, Whitestone, having served in many capacities, including president; Member Task Force 3, Atlantic District LCMS Committee for Finance and Stewardship; Secretary of the Board Lutheran High School Association (Martin Luther HS); member of the Board, Lutheran School’s Association.
Zoë E. Jasper, Brooklyn: Attorney, Satterlee Stephens Burke & Burke LLP. Member, St. Bartholomew’s Church, New York Episcopal Diocese. Past member, Social Justice Commission of The Riverside Church of New York and former staff member of Riverside’s Social Justice Ministries; Key note speaker, 2011 Thurgood Marshall Law Day, St. Philip’s Church, New York, NY; former board member, Concord Family Services; volunteer, outside general counsel and secretary to a NYC not-for-profit corporation that funds after-school activities; volunteer instructor for elder and youth self-defense programs; professional advisor, Brooklyn Law School mock trial program; past volunteer, Legal Aid Society, Micro Enterprise Unit. Repeat campaign volunteer for local and national politicians and for national political party; member of local political club. Native New Yorker and parent of two children; serves as LSSNY Vice Chair.
Lois Jenkins, Glendale: Workers Compensation Specialist; recently joined Trinity Lutheran Church, Middle Village, Queens. Previously, president of church council at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Brooklyn. Former worker’s compensation specialist for Greater NY Mutual Insurance, CNA-Plus, Verizon, Atlantic Mutual Companies, UIS, Inc, NYC Department of Corrections, Zurich Insurance Company and Insurance Company of North America.
Marva Jenkins, St. Albans: Pastor, Epiphany Lutheran Church, Laurelton, Queens; former faculty position Queens College, The City University of New York. Served as director of counseling unit, SEEK Program (Search for Education, Elevation and Knowledge) over thirty years; Director of Programming, Salvation Army, Lower Eastside Neighborhoods Association, Staff, Riverdale Children’s Association, Staff consultant, Lutheran Ministries in Higher Education Board of Directors, Multicultural Commission Metro NY Synod, Chair, Church Councils, President; Commission for Evangelical Outreach, Metro NY Synod, Interrelations Collaborative, Board of Directors, Parish Resource Center, Board of Directors, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Addlesleigh Park Civic Association.
Daniel Joy, Jamaica, Queens: retired Supreme Court Justice; Hope Lutheran Church, having served in many capacities; Volunteer Tutor – Learning Leaders, NYC Board of Education 2002 – Present; Vice President – Community Planning Board #13 – 10 years till 1982, Member – Spring Civic Association 1968 – Present; Board member – Jamaica Services Program/Older Adults – 2000 to Present.
Harrison Oellrich, Garden City: retired President and Management Principal Ottauquechee Risk Consultants; Lutheran Church of the Resurrection and the Life Church in Westbury; completed diaconate studies and will be commissioned and installed to serve both sites; past president of congregation; chaired several call committees; leadership roles in several public/private initiates; coordinator and editor of the insurance/reinsurance sectors’ contribution to the “National Plan for Cyberspace Security”.
Paul Saueracker, Merrick: Retired President / CEO for Minerals Technology Inc.; Grace Lutheran Church member, past church council president; board member of Institute of Paper Science and Technology; serves as LSSNY Board Chair.
Donald Thorsen, Staten Island: Retired from Staten Island Bank and Trust; Zion Lutheran, Staten Island, numerous volunteer leadership position including youth leader, church council president, stewardship chairperson; Various community activities over the years; serves as LSSNY Treasurer.
Anthony Stephens, Croton on Hudson: Pastor of Our Saviour Lutheran Church; he is a trained psychotherapist/pastoral counselor and recently finished his law degree and passed the NY bar exam. His clinical experiences include Lutheran Counseling Center, Mineola; Samaritan Pastoral Counseling Center, North Tonawanda; Napa State Hospital, Napa, California; Intern, Albion Correction Facility, Albion, New York; Intern, North Central Bronx Hospital; rape victim advocate; Ground Zero Task Force. Received the 1997 Samuel Trexler Fellowship, Syracuse. Professional Experiences include Lutheran Counseling Center, psychotherapist/pastoral counselor; Seafarers and International House, Manhattan, Chaplain/Mental health counselor; he is an associate member of the American Psychological Association, Chi Sigma Iota; Counseling Academic and Professional Honor Society International; Lions Club International; and Institute of Marine Engineers, London, England. Anthony represents the Bishop of the Metropolitan Synod of the ELCA on the Lutheran Social Services of New York board and is the vice chair of the board of directors for Lutheran Community Services, a Lutheran Social Services of New York-related entity.