Diakon Lutheran Social Ministries
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Diakon (from the Greek diaconia, meaning “one who serves”) was founded in January 2000 by the affiliation of Lutheran Services Northeast and Tressler Lutheran Services.

As a result of corporate restructuring and reorganization in 2007, the organization now consists of Diakon and its subsidiaries, Diakon Lutheran Social Ministries, the Diakon Lutheran Fund, The Institute for Strategic Management, Diakon Lutheran Senior Living-Maryland, LLC, and several non-controlled HUD entities. The president/CEO serves as the chief executive officer of Diakon, DLSM, DLF, DLSL-Md., DHCS, and ISM. The parent entity, Diakon, has specific approval rights involving its subsidiaries and is charged with overall strategic vision.

  • Diakon Lutheran Social Ministries, a Pennsylvania non-profit corporation, is the primary operating entity for Diakon and provides both senior living services and communities and a comprehensive range of social services for children, families, and adult individuals.
  • Diakon Lutheran Fund, a Pennsylvania non-profit corporation, oversees investments and advanced fund-raising activities, income from which supports services and programs provided by Diakon Lutheran Social Ministries.
  • The Institute for Strategic Management, a Pennsylvania for-profit corporation, was created in 2009 to provide business management services to other organizations.
  • Diakon Lutheran Senior Living-Maryland LLC, a Maryland limited liability corporation, and Diakon Home Care Services LLC, a Pennsylvania limited liability corporation, were created in the late 2000s to house specific programs such as Diakon Senior Living – Hagerstown related to state requirements or regulations.

Diakon

  • Emried D. Cole, Jr., Esq., Seminary Official, Delaware-Maryland Synod
  • Lawrence Delp, Bank Executive, Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod
  • Paul D. Horger, Esq., Attorney, Northeastern Pennsylvania Synod
  • Kenneth G. Mertz II, CFA, Chair, Financial Advisor, Lower Susquehanna Synod
  • Peter Kern, Secretary, Retired Hospital CEO, Northeastern Pennsylvania Synod
  • The Rev. John Pearson, Pastor, Northeastern Pennsylvania Synod
  • Ms. Susan T. Schellenberg, Vice-Chair, Court Administrator, Northeastern Pennsylvania Synod

Diakon Lutheran Social Ministries

  • Maurice H. Bobst, Jr., Real Estate & Investment Manager, Lower Susquehanna Synod
  • Jeff Boland, Partner/Department Head, CPA/Consulting Firm, Lower Susquehanna Synod
  • Dr. Addie Butler, Retired College Administrator, Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod
  • Lawrence Delp, Bank Executive, Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod
  • Ms. Barbara Feege, Hospital Director of Finance, Delaware-Maryland Synod
  • The Rev. Chad Hebrink, Pastor, Upper Susquehanna Synod
  • Ms. Holly A. Heintzelman, Esq., Secretary, Attorney, Northeastern Pennsylvania Synod
  • Ms. Joyce S. Hershberger, Educator and Community Volunteer, Upper Susquehanna Synod
  • The Rev. Dr. Philip D.W. Krey, Seminary President, Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod
  • The Rev. Dr. A. Donald Main, Chair, Bishop Emeritus, Lower Susquehanan Synod
  • Erich March, Vice-Chair, Business Owner/Urban Development Executive, Delaware-Maryland Synod
  • Barry W. Parks, D.Ed., Nursing Home Admin., Licensed Psychologist, Lower Susquehanna Synod
  • Greg Rhodes, Construction Company President, Lower Susquehanna Synod
  • Laurie Saltzgiver, Esq., Attorney, Lower Susquehanna Synod
  • The Rev. Joseph E. Skillman, Jr., Pastor, Delaware-Maryland Synod
  • Bishop Samuel Zeiser, Northeastern Pennsylvania Synod

Diakon Lutheran Fund

  • Maurice H. Bobst, Vice-Chair, Real Estate & Investment Manager, Lower Susquehanna Synod
  • Jane Burke, Retired Bank Executive, Lower Susquehanna Synod
  • Ronald P. Dreese, Financial Advisor, Upper Susquehanna Synod
  • Steve Franklin, Health Care Management Consultant, Lower Susquehanna Synod
  • Harold D. Hershberger, Jr., Retired Bank Executive, Upper Susquehanna Synod
  • J. Douglas Price, Social Services Executive, Lower Susquehanna Synod
  • Robert Reitzel, Chair, Bank Executive, Lower Susquehanna Synod
  • John Rhodes, Property Management Company President, Lower Susquehanna Synod
  • Nancy Saidis, Fundraising Consultant, Lower Susquehanna Synod
  • Robert L. Simpson, Social Service Executive Director, Lower Susquehanna Synod
  • The Rev. Joseph E. Skillman, Jr., Pastor, Delaware-Maryland Synod
  • Todd Spahr, Financial Advisor, Lower Susquehanna Synod

 

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