When he was in high school, John got a part-time job at the hospital at which his mother worked as a nurse. That experience kindled within him a desire to improve lives through quality and compassionate service delivery.
John’s undergraduate degree from Loyola University in Chicago and his master’s degree in health administration from St. Louis University prepared him for a career in health services, including leadership roles at community mental health centers and psychiatric hospitals in the Midwest. Before joining LSI as President and CEO in 2016, John served as the Senior Vice President of Operations at Bethesda Lutheran Communities in Watertown, WI.
John is passionate about LSI’s mission of service. He believes it is the bedrock upon which the agency’s success is built, particularly in a rapidly changing human services environment.
“From preventing child abuse to supporting our friends with disabilities to uplifting the needs of refugees, this organization’s heart beats for the most vulnerable members of our community,” John says. “When people work together for good, amazing things happen.”
As a new resident of Central Iowa, John is enjoying traveling the state visiting LSI’s office sites, partner churches, and sister agencies. John is serving on the Board of Directors at the Coalition for Family & Children’s Services in Iowa. John and his wife Molly have two adult sons—one in college, and one working as an aerospace engineer in Salt Lake City. When they are together, the family loves to cook, snow ski, and attend hockey games.
John can be reached at:
Lutheran Services in Iowa
3125 Cottage Grove Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50311