COMMUNITY Local man to lead Lutheran Social Services

The new CEO is a native of Austintown.
YOUNGSTOWN -- Thomas J. Stofac has been named president and CEO of Lutheran Social Services of the Mahoning Valley and Lutheran Social Services of Central Ohio.
Stofac served as interim president and CEO after the retirement of the Rev. Dr. Nelson C. Meyer in February. Stofac joined Lutheran Social Services in January 2004 as vice president for Health and Senior Services.
"I am extremely pleased that Tom has been appointed president and CEO of Lutheran Social Services of the Mahoning Valley," said Rev. Wayne Sherman, chairman of the board of directors. "He brings both a depth of knowledge and a passion for the social service ministry that will well serve the people of the Mahoning Valley."
"This agency is filled with so many talented and dedicated staff, volunteers and supporters of our mission that it will be a true joy to lead ... in the years to come," said Stofac.
Stofac is a native of Austintown and a graduate of Bowling Green State University. Before joining LSS, he was CEO for Ebenezer, a Lutheran organization that is one of Minnesota's largest providers of senior services.
A published author and recognized gerontologist, Stofac brings more than 23 years of operations and planning experience in the field of health and senior services.
LSS-MV was founded in Oct. 2002 to address growing social and economic needs of the Youngstown community. It provides case management, crisis management and referral services for people in need. Programs and services are available for all people, regardless of age, race, gender or religious affiliation. LSS-MV is a part of Lutheran Social Services of Central Ohio, a health and human service agency who has served the needy since 1912.

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