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Luanne Fisher, Ph.D.
President and CEO

"What a privilege it is to work with leaders that create communities of hope by changing lives, providing world class service and lifting up our values and mission… Liberty Lutheran is about creating change, inspired by excellence and innovation"

Luanne B. Fisher is President and Chief Executive Officer for Liberty Lutheran. Collaboration is a cornerstone of Luanne’s successful business philosophy. Her visionary leadership and commitment to Liberty being a world-class organization is exemplified by operating with sound business practices, creativity and passion. Her compassion for those in need is matched only by her energy and dedication to Liberty Lutheran. Luanne’s strategic positioning is evidenced by the significant growth of the organization and the expansion of the Liberty Family of Services.

Luanne was named Chief Executive Officer of Liberty Lutheran in 2001 when Artman Lutheran Home, Paul’s Run and Lutheran Children and Family Service became Liberty Lutheran Services.

Awards received in 2012 include the Paul P. Haas Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition for her service and commitment in the aging services field. In October of 2012 Luanne received the national Excellence in Leadership Award recognizing her exemplary leadership and dedication to excellence and innovation in the care and services of the aging, presented at the Leading Age Annual Conference in Denver.

Luanne has served on the LSA Board of Directors, serving on the Governance, Nominating, and 2011 President/CEO Search committees.  In addition Luanne was a Dean’s Professor at the University of the Sciences and has been an Adjunct Faculty Member of Temple University. Luanne has served as Chairperson of the Pennsylvania Lutheran Agency Network, South East Pennsylvania Association of Non-Profit Homes for the Aging (SEPANPHA), Samaritan Counseling Services, KenCrest Centers,  and Governance Committee for the Southeastern Pennsylvania Social Ministry Committee of the ELCA. She speaks nationally on many topics, including governance, culture building, management and strategic planning.

Luanne is a licensed Nursing Home Administrator and holds a B.S. degree from the Pennsylvania State University, and a Master’s Degree and a Doctorate of Philosophy from Temple University.

To contact Luanne Fisher:
Liberty Lutheran
7002 Butler Pike
Ambler, PA 19002
267-464-7748
lfisher@libertylutheran.org

Joan Myers
Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

“It is my privilege to be part of Liberty Lutheran, an organization dedicated to excellence, quality and innovation. With the collaboration of a dedicated team of talented staff, Liberty Lutheran continually asks core questions about who we are and what we do with a focus on the current and future needs of the populations we serve.”

Joan M. Myers is Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Liberty Lutheran. Joan’s experience in direct service, administration and business planning is demonstrated in her strategic thinking and comprehensive view of the organization. Joan works with a staff team dedicated to excellence and innovation in delivering quality service to all customers.

Joan has more than 35 years of experience in long-term care for non-profit and for-profit organizations with 30 of those years in social ministry organizations of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America. Prior to working for Liberty Lutheran, Joan served as Executive Director of the Mary J. Drexel Home and was a board member on the Southeastern Pennsylvania Association of Non-Profit Homes for the Aging (SEPANPHA) and Lutheran Advocacy Ministry of Pennsylvania (LAMPa).

Joan holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of the Arts and is a Pennsylvania-licensed Nursing Home Administrator.

To contact Joan Myers:
Liberty Lutheran
7002 Butler Pike
Ambler, PA 19002
267-464-7750
jmyers@libertylutheran.org

John Barnum
Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

“It is a pleasure to work with Liberty staff that are aligned to achieve World Class results and advance Liberty’s objectives by striving to achieve consistent positive results in our many programs and services.”

John M. Barnum is Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Liberty Lutheran. John oversees all aspects of financial operations, human resources, information systems, business development and contracts management for the multi-service organization. His leadership, management and oversight of the Liberty Lutheran Foundation Endowment Fund and role with the Investment and Finance Committee of the Board of Directors demonstrate John’s commitment to financial solvency and the health of the organization.

Before joining Liberty Lutheran, John had 19 years of experience in Healthcare and Senior Living Finance for both non-profit and for-profit organizations in addition to public accounting experience. He served as CFO for Stapeley in Germantown and CFO of Deer Meadows Retirement Community (formerly known as the Baptist Home of Philadelphia.) John’s experience includes capital development financing and strategic capital repositioning utilizing a variety of financing instruments.

John holds a B.S. degree in Accounting from Widener University and is a licensed Nursing Home Administrator in the State of Pennsylvania.

To contact John Barnum:
Liberty Lutheran
7002 Butler Pike
Ambler, PA 19002
267-464-7745
jbarnum@libertylutheran.org

Katrina Wise
Vice President and Executive Director of Paul’s Run

“Each and every job, and therefore each and every person working at Liberty, provides a service vital to the well-being of those we serve. I am so thankful for the talents that each one of us shares to uphold our mission. It takes all of us to make Liberty great!”

Katrina Kane Wise, Vice President, Executive Director, is responsible for overseeing the operations of Paul’s Run, a continuing care retirement community. Katrina is dedicated to building committed teams among our diverse staff. She has a strong commitment to enhancing the lives of residents by promoting compassionate, resident-directed care and has created a workplace environment for all staff that values mutual respect and collaboration.

Katrina has more than 27 years of experience in long-term care for non-profit and for-profit organizations with 24 of those years working for social ministry organizations of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America. Prior to working for Liberty Lutheran, Katrina served as Executive Director of the Mary J. Drexel Home through Lutheran Management Services. In 1993, she transferred to Artman Lutheran Home where she was the Executive Director until accepting her current position.

Katrina has served on various committees for the Southeastern Pennsylvania Non-Profit Association of Homes for the Aging (SEPANPHA) as well as other community and church outreach programs. In 2016, she received a LeadingAge PA Leader of the Year Distinguished Service Award, which recognizes senior services professionals who demonstrate excellence in management, operations and quality of care to residents.

Katrina holds a bachelor’s degree from Gwynedd Mercy College and an MBA from DeSales University. She is also a licensed Nursing Home Administrator in the state of Pennsylvania.

To contact Katrina Wise:
Paul's Run Retirment Community
9896 Bustleton Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19115
215-934-3000
kwise@libertylutheran.org

Ellen Corbin
Executive Director of The Village at Penn State

"I am extremely proud to represent The Village at Penn State in Liberty's family of services. With the extensive experience of Liberty in the senior care industry, The Village at Penn State is now in a position for future growth. It is an exciting time to be part of the Liberty team."

Ellen Corbin is the Executive Director of The Village at Penn State. She oversees the operations for Liberty’s university-based retirement community in State College, PA.  Ellen joined The Village at Penn State in 2004 as the Nursing Home Administrator and Personal Care Home Administrator and was instrumental in the opening of the Health Care Center there. She was promoted to Executive Director in February of 2013.

Ellen has worked in the health care industry for 28 years, with 25 years being devoted to health care management and 15 of those years in the Senior Living industry. Ellen holds a Bachelor’s of Nursing and a Master’s of Health Administration from the Pennsylvania State University. Ellen also earned a Graduate Certificate in Long Term Care Management and is a Certified Educator in Nurse Aid Training. Ellen is a Licensed Registered Nurse, Licensed Nursing Home Administrator and Personal Care Home Administrator in the state of Pennsylvania.

Prior to The Village at Penn State, Ellen worked as a Director of Nursing for a retirement community and served on the corporate ethics committee and corporate recruitment and retention committee. She also served on the community advisory boards for the health professions and Licensed Practical Nursing Program at the local Vocational-Technical School.

To Contact Ellen Corbin:
The Village at Penn State
260 Lions Hill Road
State College, PA  16803
814-238-1949
ecorbin@villageatpennstate.org

Janet Lorenzon
Executive Director, Artman

"I am always amazed at the caring, compassion and dedication I witness each and every day, not only at Artman, but of everyone affiliated with Liberty Lutheran. It is truly an honor to work with such a diverse, talented and mission-driven group of people."

Janet Lorenzon, Executive Director of Artman, is responsible for all operations in both personal care and skilled nursing. Janet is leading a physical and cultural transformation at Artman, overseeing comprehensive renovations that bolster the senior living community’s commitment to person-centered care and services.

Janet has more than 30 years of experience in long-term care. She began working at Artman in 1988 as Director of Therapeutic Recreation, and has since served as Director of Resident Support Services and Nursing Care Administrator. Janet was promoted from Associate Executive Director of Artman to Executive Director in 2012, and joined Liberty Lutheran’s Executive Team.

Janet received her bachelor’s degree in Therapeutic Recreation from Pennsylvania State University and is licensed as a nursing home administrator.

To contact Janet Lorenzon:
Artman
250 N. Bethlehem Pike
Ambler, PA 19002
215-643-6335, ext. 139
jlorenzon@artmanhome.org

Dana O'Donnell
Executive Director, Liberty at Home

Dana O'Donnell, Executive Director of Liberty at Home, is responsible for the overall operations and expansion of Liberty Lutheran's licensed home care agency. A registered nurse, Dana has more than 16 years of experience in long-term care. Dana came to Liberty Lutheran in 2001 as the Director of Nursing at Artman, and began working with Liberty at Home in 2006. She joined Liberty’s executive team in 2013.

Under her leadership, Liberty at Home has been named a Top Agency by HomeCare Elite and has significantly outpaced Medicare’s Home Care Compare state and national benchmarks, exceeding the level of quality provided by 9,000 Medicare-certified home health agencies across the US.

Dana received her R.N. degree from Frankford School of Nursing in Philadelphia, and is certified in wound care and dementia care. She is a member of the Pennsylvania Home Care Association and the Pennsylvania Association of Directors of Nursing Administration.

To contact Dana O'Donnell:
Liberty at Home
7002 Butler Pike
Ambler, PA, 19027
267-464-1001
dodonnell@libertylutheran.org

David Brown
Associate Vice President of Human Resources

"Working for Liberty Lutheran and its family of services is a blessing! Being a part of lifting up our mission, vision, and values is something that is both inspiring and rewarding. It is an honor to serve staff who make a difference in the lives of others. We strive to be an employer of choice, serving employees in the same way that we serve our residents and clients, with the best services, benefits, and environment humanly possible."

David Brown is the Associate Vice President of Human Resources for Liberty Lutheran. He oversees a 12 person staff responsible for serving Liberty’s 1,100 employees.

David began his career with Liberty Lutheran in 1991 at Artman. He spent two years as Personal Care Administrator, and four years as Nursing Home Administrator before becoming the Director of Human Resources in 1999. In 2001, when Liberty Lutheran was formed, David assumed the responsibility of Human Resources Director for Liberty Lutheran’s corporate offices. In 2005, he moved to Paul’s Run Retirement Community to serve as their Director of Human Resources, while continuing to oversee human resources for Liberty. In 2010 he was promoted to Associate Vice President of Human Resources, overseeing the entire Human Resources operation.

David is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), serving on the Board of the local South Eastern PA Chapter.  He has served on numerous LeadingAge committees as well as being a presenter for their annual state conference.  He has also presented for LeadingAge PA’s annual financial conference and other human resources related associations. He is currently an adjunct for York College’s Nursing Home Administration training course.  He is an active leader in the Lutheran community, serving as a member of his church’s spiritual care committee.

David received his degree in business administration from Millersville University and his Nursing Home Administrator’s license and Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) Certificate through Villanova University.

To contact David Brown:
Liberty Lutheran
7002 Butler Pike,
Ambler, PA 19002
267-464-7734
dbrown@libertylutheran.org

Reverend Jennifer Ollikainen
Executive Director, Lutheran Congregational Services

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 and as Associate Pastor at St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Springfield, PA. She 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 to strengthen their ministries and sense of mission.

Patty Cline
Director of Major and Planned Gifts

Throughout her career, Patty has successfully increased awareness, visibility, funding, and revenue for several major non-profit organizations that bring comfort to those who cope with great physical or economic challenges. She joined Liberty in 2013 and has brought to her position more than 30 years of leadership experience in fundraising, fiscal management, board and staff development, and program development. As Director of Major and Planned Giving, Patty leads the development team and spearheads the gift planning committee for the entire Liberty organization. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and certification in fundraising from the University of Pennsylvania.

Lori Iller
Director of Communications

As Director of Communications, Lori spearheads fundraising, marketing and organizational communications, public relations, and social media strategy for the entire family of Liberty services, which is home to 1,100 employees and includes four senior living communities, in-home health care services, an urban senior center, and congregational support services. Before joining Liberty in 2015, Lori served in senior-level content management roles for a wide variety of entities within the education, health care, and senior living sectors. Throughout her career she has written, edited, and directed the design of corporate, marketing, and fundraising content for printed and digital platforms; planned and implemented comprehensive multi-channel campaigns; developed and managed special events; and executed community outreach efforts throughout the Philadelphia metropolitan area. Lori holds a bachelor’s degree from Temple University and is a member of the Philadelphia Public Relations Association.

For press inquiries, please contact Lori at:
Email: liller@libertylutheran.org
Office Phone: 267-464-7721
Mobile Phone: 215-407-6162

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