Board of Directors

LVC Board of Directors

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Robert Clausen

Robert Clausen is a retired physician who resides in South Bend, Indiana. He is a member of Christ the King Lutheran Church where he serves as a parish musician and a member of the Social Concerns Ministry.  He is also engaged with a number of non-profit social justice organizations in the Michiana area and the…

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Emory Elliott

Em Elliott is a tender rebel, a wandering writer, and a beekeeper. Em was born in West Virginia, raised in Ohio, spent five years organizing LGBTQ political advocacy in Georgia and currently lives in Knoxville, Tennessee where they are building a tiny home on wheels and studying herbalism. They graduated from Wittenberg University with a…

Bill Fuson

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Gary George


Gary George received a Bachelor of Science in Religion from Nebraska Wesleyan University, Lincoln, NE, a Master of Divinity Degree from Trinity Lutheran Seminary, Columbus, OH, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Creighton University, Omaha, NE, and a Masters in Healthcare Administration from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN.  He was ordained in the…

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Branden Grimmett

Branden joined Loyola Marymount University as associate provost in June 2015, where he leads the university's Career and Professional Development initiative. In this role he oversees the office responsible for successfully launching 8,000 undergraduate and graduate students into their professional careers. Over 90% of LMU graduates are employed, enrolled in graduate school, or pursuing post-graduate…

Matt James

Matt James currently serves as Director of Admissions at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC). Prior to coming to LSTC, Matt served as Associate Pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in Worcester, Massachusetts. Originally from Colorado, Matt served in LVC in Washington, DC (2003-2004), and is a graduate of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at…

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Julie Klein

Julie Klein lives in Washington, DC, where she is a member of LVC’s founding congregation, Luther Place Memorial Church, and enjoys exploring the capitol city. She is the Assistant to the President/Policy Outreach Associate at the National Alliance to End Homelessness, a nonprofit, non-partisan organization that works to end homelessness in America through improving policy,…

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Nathan Miller


Nathan and his partner Allen live in Atlanta with their two dogs. They spend their free time enjoying the mountains and lakes of northern Georgia. Nathan grew up in Florida, graduated from the University of Florida, and received his MBA from Kennesaw State University in Georgia. He currently works for the Federal Home Loan Bank…

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Emerson Williams-Molett

Emerson Williams-Molett graduated from Grinnell College with a degree in Political Science and studied project management at the University of St. Thomas. Prior to joining the board, he volunteered at Legal Action of Wisconsin, a placement in Milwaukee. Since completing his service year, Emerson has remained involved with LVC, interviewing applicants, volunteer support, and assisting with fundraising efforts.

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Jeff Yamada


Jeff Yamada is a financial planner living with his three children and an assortment of pets in Norman, Oklahoma. He is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer and comes from a family of inadvertent social activists. His mother’s family descended from Quakers who came to Pennsylvania in the 17th century, and his father’s family was interned…