Boards

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

As a result of corporate restructuring and reorganizations in 2007 and 2014, the organization now consists of Diakon and subsidiaries Diakon Lutheran Social Ministries; Diakon Child, Family & Community Ministries; the Diakon Lutheran Fund; and several non-controlled HUD entities. The president/CEO serves as the chief executive officer of Diakon, DLSM and DCFCM, all of which have separate boards. The parent entity, Diakon, has specific approval rights involving its subsidiaries and is charged with the organization’s overall strategic vision. As of January 1, 2023, this parent entity also oversees Diakon Lutheran Fund, LLC, a charitable organization that supports various Diakon services and programs through its annual monetary distributions.

The key programmatic subsidiaries are:

  • Diakon Lutheran Social Ministries, a Pennsylvania non-profit corporation, provides senior living services through four senior living communities.
  • Diakon Child, Family & Community Ministries, a Pennsylvania non-profit corporation, provides a comprehensive range of social services for children, families, and adult individuals.

Diakon

  • Diane Batchik, National Security Professional, Delaware-Maryland Synod
  • Maurice H. Bobst, Jr., Real Estate & Investment Manager, Lower Susquehanna Synod
  • Emried D. Cole, Jr., Esq., Chair, Seminary Official, Delaware-Maryland Synod
  • Paul Horger, Esq., Board Member Emeritus, Attorney, Northeastern Pennsylvania Synod
  • Peter Kern, Board Member Emeritus, Retired Hospital Executive, Northeastern Pennsylvania Synod
  • Peter Knudsen, Private Equity and Venture Capital Investor, Northeastern Pennsylvania Synod
  • The Rev. Dr. A. Donald Main, Bishop Emeritus, Upper Susquehanna Synod
  • Kenneth G. Mertz II, CFA, Vice-Chair, Financial Advisor, Lower Susquehanna Synod
  • Ms. Susan T. Schellenberg, Retired Court Administrator, Northeastern Pennsylvania Synod
  • Jennifer Schlegel, College Professor, Northeastern Pennsylvania Synod
  • Scott Habecker, Diakon President/CEO

Diakon Lutheran Social Ministries

  • Larry Delp, Bank Executive, Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod
  • Jennifer Goldstein, M.D., FACP, Physician, Lower Susquehanna Synod
  • Nels Hendrickson, Vice-Chair, Retired Business and Social Ministry Executive, Virginia Synod
  • Douglas Hough, Ph.D., Associate Scientist, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Delaware-Maryland Synod
  • Michael Lehman, P.E., Chair, Retired President/CEO, Manufacturing Company, Lower Susquehanna Synod 
  • Scott Rehr, Financial Advisor, Lower Susquehanna Synod
  • Ms. Susan T. Schellenberg, Retired Court Administrator, Northeastern Pennsylvania Synod
  • Jennifer Schlegel, Ph.D., College Professor, Northeastern Pennsylvania Synod
  • Carol Taylor, Retired Bank Executive, Delaware-Maryland Synod 
  • Scott Habecker, Diakon President/CEO

Diakon Child, Family & Community Ministries

  • Jeff Boland, Senior Living Services Consultant and Consultancy Department Head, Lower Susquehanna Synod
  • Ronald P. Dreese, Financial Advisor, Upper Susquehanna Synod
  • Chad Hebrink - Pastor, Upper Susquehanna Synod
  • Katrina Klettke-Straker, Chair, Nonprofit Chief Development Officer, Delaware-Maryland Synod
  • Christopher Markley, Insurance Communications, Lower Susquehanna Synod
  • Kenneth G. Mertz II, CFA, Financial Advisor, Lower Susquehanna Synod
  • Laurie Saltzgiver, Esq., Vice-Chair, Attorney, Lower Susquehanna Synod
  • The Rev. John Spangler, Clergy, Lower Susquehanna Synod
  • Rebecca Young, Esq., Attorney, Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod 
  • Scott Habecker, Diakon President/CEO