Lutheran Charities Board of Directors
The Reverend Dr. Jennifer Phelps Ollikainen is the Executive Director of Lutheran Congregational Services. Previously, she served as Director of Ministries. Prior to joining the organization, she served as the Associate for Worship Resources for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), and as Associate Pastor at St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Springfield, PA.
Jennifer holds a Masters of Divinity, a Sacred Theology Masters in New Testament and a Doctor of Ministry from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. She edits various publications for the wider church in the areas of worship and music, and works with congregations and leaders in the Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod, (ELCA) to strengthen their ministries and sense of mission.
Kristen Gay has devoted most of her professional life to the children and mission of Silver Springs – Martin Luther School. After receiving her Ph.D. in School, Community, and Clinical Child Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, Kristen work within many of the programs and in the administration at Silver Springs. These diverse experiences inform her strong and passionate vision for the future of the organization, and the myriad of ways through which Silver Springs brings hope and healing to children and families.
Kristen serves as Lutheran Charities Board Secretary.
Christine Stutman is the Executive Director of Lutheran Settlement House.
She previously served as the Associate Executive Director for Philadelphia’s Adult Behavioral Health services at NHS Human Services, overseeing the agency’s residential services for the chronically mentally ill. There, she also forged a critical partnership with the Department of Behavioral Health in implementing one of the first Permanent Supported Housing programs in the city. Both the Department of Behavioral Health and Community Behavioral Health have recognized her as a key partner and citywide leader for this initiative.
She holds a Master’s degree in Social Work from Temple University and is a Pennsylvania Licensed Social Worker. In addition, Christine is credentialed by the Academy of Certified Social Workers (ACSW). She is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College’s Nonprofit Executive Leadership Institute.
Phone: 215-426-8610, ext.1246
Marian Baldini came to KenCrest as a CEO in December 2015. She has over 38 years of executive planning, administration, academia, and director support in the human services sector, and for the past 14 years she served as a Chief Operating Officer at Jewish Employment and Vocational Services (JEVS) of Philadelphia. She earned a B.A. in Psychology from Temple University, an M.A. in Mental Health Evaluation from Drexel University, and an M.B.A. from Widener University. She is currently an Adjunct Faculty Member of the graduate program at Widener University School of Business.
Prior to her tenure with JEVS, Marian was Regional Operations Director for Northwestern Human Services, (NHS) and before that, Vice President at Elwyn. Her first position following graduate school was as a Direct Support Professional in KenCrest community homes.
Bill Nolan recently retired as Executive Director, KenCrest after 35 years. While there, Nolan’s contributions were numerous and significant, as KenCrest now serves over 11,000 people with intellectual disabilities and autism and employs more than 2,000 staff. His involvement in KenCrest began after a mentor Lutheran asked him to help with fundraising for the organization following the Lutheran Church in America’s Key 73 Campaign.
Bill served in the US Army’s First Infantry Division prior to starting his for-profit career experiences with Reliance Insurance Company and the Philco-Ford Corporation. Nolan later moved into the non-profit sector and served as CFO for Abington School District for 10 years. He credits his 20-plus year tenure as Treasurer and council member at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Philadelphia as the major learning experience of his career.
Nolan also participated in the church merger that led to the formation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) in 1988, the formation of Lutheran Services in America(LSA) and the Pennsylvania Lutheran Agency Network (PLAN). While at KenCrest, the organization became a founding member of the LSA Disabilities Network, providing services and supports to people with disabilities throughout the United States.
Bill is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and La Salle University.
The Reverend Mark Wimmer is Vice President for Church Relations with Diakon Lutheran Social Ministries. He is responsible for the integration of Diakon’s service with its role as an entity of the church. He maintains relationships with a variety of church bodies, including the national church, synods, and conferences and mission districts. Rev. Wimmer also works closely with pastors and congregations.
Before joining Diakon, he most recently was a regional manager of the national church’s Mission Investment Fund. Between 2000 and 2005, he served as assistant to the bishop of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
A resident of Quakertown, Pa., Rev. Wimmer previously served as lead pastor of Lutheran congregations in Perkasie and Pottstown. A graduate of Moravian College and The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, he also holds a master’s degree in business administration from La Salle University.
Barbara Stechert comes to Lutheran Charities after serving for six years as the Director of Parish Participation for St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church in Fort Washington, PA. The role included stewardship, planned giving, new member ministries and the oversight of volunteer managers. Additionally she coordinated a two-phase capital campaign that raised over $8 million and grew stewardship by more than 10 percent.
This position followed eight years as Director of Development at the Church of the Advocate in North Philadelphia and three years as Administrator of the Dominican Retreat House in Elkins Park, PA.
Barbara is passionate about her role in assisting the wider community strengthen their giving to Lutheran Charities by highlighting the life-changing work they are privileged to offer.
Phone: (855) 323-HOPE
Susan Flanagan recently joined Lutheran Charities as an administrative assistant. She comes to the organization having worked many years in the non- profit world assisting volunteers and new members at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Fort Washington, PA. Previously, Susan was employed as a Director of Human Resources / Scheduling for Deloitte & Touche.
The majority of her professional career has been focused on working to develop and maintain relationships and programs to fit each of the organization’s specific needs within the community.
Susan is a graduate of Jacksonville University, Jacksonville, FL.
Phone: (855) 323-HOPE