interim 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.
senior director of finance, chief financial officer
Mike Huray became the Senior Director of Finance for Lutheran Social Service of MN on July 1, 2012, 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 of Children’s Home. Previous to July 2012, 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.
Along with acting as President, Maureen Warren oversees the following lines of service offered by LSS: behavioral health and financial counseling, youth services, refugee services, housing and development services and operations of the Center for Changing Lives in Minneapolis. Previously, she served as Vice President of Special Projects for the organization.
Maureen’s nonprofit leadership experience also includes serving as Director of Supportive Housing and Employment Services for the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation and as the Chief Administrative Officer of William Mitchell College of Law. Earlier in her career, Maureen held senior leadership positions in affordable housing and community development with Fannie Mae in Chicago and the Office of the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in Washington DC. She also practiced law for three years and served as a policy aide to the Mayor and Director of Intergovernmental Relations for the City of St. Paul.
Maureen earned her Juris Doctor at the University of Minnesota Law School and her Bachelor of Arts degree at the College of Saint Catherine in St. Paul, MN. She currently serves as Chair of the Board of the Twin Cities Family Housing Fund and has served on numerous nonprofit boards focused on creating healthy, sustainable communities and opportunities for low and moderate income families and individuals.
She currently lives in St. Paul with her son, Samuel, whom she adopted from Vinh Long, Vietnam in January of 2002 with the support of the Children’s Home Society.
executive director of adoption
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 18 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.
Steve Zenz—Treasurer & Secretary
Judge Cindy Jesson—Vice Chair
Nicole Griensewic Mickelson—Secretary
Bishop Thomas Aitken
Reverend Mark Aune
Dr. Robert Nesse
Reverend Dee Pederson
Bishop Ann Svennungsen
Reverend Kari Williamson