Chief Executive Officer, Foundation Trustee
Patrick Thueson became Interim Chief Executive Officer at both Children’s Home Society and Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota on September 3, 2019. Prior to becoming interim CEO, Patrick held the position of LSS Chief Operating Officer and CFO, responsible for Services, Human Resources, Finance, Accounting, Marketing & Communications and Information Technology. Patrick has been with LSS of Minnesota for twelve years.
Prior to coming to the non-profit sector, Patrick held a variety of leadership roles with Coca-Cola Enterprises as part of their finance, operations and marketing functions.
Patrick is a Thrivent/LECNA Fellow, a leadership program organized around vocation, calling and visionary organizational leadership designed to equip the next generation of leaders of Lutheran organizations.
As interim CEO, Patrick is focused on continuing LSS’ strong position as a leader in growing innovative and effective social services in Minnesota.
Patrick earned his business degree from the University of St. Thomas in Saint Paul. A Stillwater resident, he serves as the board chair of the National Lutheran Financial Managers Association, and is an active leader in his community, volunteering as an adult leader in the Boy Scouts of America, coaching youth sports and as part of St. Michael’s Church in Stillwater.
Chief Financial Officer
Mike Huray became the Chief Financial Officer for Lutheran Social Service of MN in 2019, and with the support from five Finance Managers, is responsible for overseeing budgeting, forecasting, monthly financial review and variance analysis for all LSS and Children’s Home services. On July 1, 2015 he was appointed the additional role of Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Children’s Home. Previous to his current role, he served for ten years as a Finance Manager supporting several lines of service with their financials.
Mike received his bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Minnesota – Duluth. Mike volunteers through his congregation and is very involved with Special Olympics.
Alexis Oberdorfer joined Children’s Home in 2008 and has worked in both the private nonprofit sector and across the public child welfare continuum for more than 20 years. Alexis previously worked for the Minnesota Department of Human Services where she was responsible for adoption policy and contracts that delivered adoption services throughout Minnesota.
She held a position in Illinois Department of Children and Family Services coordinating its Post-Adoption and Guardianship Services, and was the Foster Care Manager for Illinois. Alexis also has experience training, facilitating support groups, working in early childhood prevention/early intervention with at-risk families and in Child Protection Service.
Alexis earned a master’s degree in social work. In 2011, she received the Voices of the Heart award from the North American Council on Adoptable Children.
Board of Directors
Children’s Home and LSS maintain two separate boards of directors. The board of directors is responsible for the overall policy and direction of each organization. Board members demonstrate commitment to each organization’s mission and actively advocate for Children’s Home and LSS and their programs. Each director’s vision, dedication and generosity helps to make the work of Children’s Home and LSS possible.
Lance Novak – Chair
Lisa Ramme Latterell – Vice Chair
Todd Hysjulien – Secretary
Andrea Pieske – Chair
Cindy Jesson – Vice Chair
Nicole Griensewic Mickelson – Secretary
Dan Anderson – Treasurer
Bishop Thomas Aitken
Rev. Mark Aune
Donna Bergstrom (temp leave)
Rev. Kelly Chatman
Dr. Paul Dovre
Dr. Rob Nesse
Rev. Dee Pederson
Bishop Ann Svennungsen