Board of Directors

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John Carr

John is the founder and managing partner of Carr Butterfield, LLC a law firm based in Lake Oswego, Oregon providing legal and regulatory services to financial professionals nationwide.   He represents financial services professionals to limit, defend and/or deflect liability in regulatory investigations, enforcement actions, arbitrations, and court cases pending before the U.S. Securities Exchange Commission, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, the U.S.…

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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 National Advisory Council of the College of Nursing at Valparaiso University.…

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Emory Elliott

Emory 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 followed by two years in Knoxville, Tennessee where they built a tiny home on wheels, studied herbalism and jammed out in the mountains with their fiddle.…

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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 ELCA and served a Lutheran parish in the Washington DC synod.  …

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Branden Grimmett

Vice Chair

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 97% of LMU graduates are employed, enrolled in graduate school, or pursuing post-graduate service within six months of graduation.…

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Matt Johnson


Matt works as the Government Grants Manager at YWCA Delaware, a leading direct service and advocacy organization with the mission of eliminating racism and empowering women. This multi-service agency delivers successful emergency and transitional housing programs for families experiencing homelessness, as well as financial education, employment and entrepreneurship training, youth development, anti-racism workshops, and sexual assault and domestic violence response services.…

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Julie Klein

Julie Klein is a recent MSW graduate of University of Michigan’s School of Social Work, where she completed a child welfare scholarship program, clinical field placement, and social policy and evaluation minor. Julie currently lives in Washington, DC, where she is a proud member of LVC’s founding congregation, Luther Place Memorial Church, and recently attained her Licensed Graduate Social Worker (LGSW) licensure.…

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Thando Kunene

Thando is the Assistant Director of Career Development and Coaching at St. Olaf College. She is passionate about helping students make connections between their liberal arts education and the diverse social impact careers of the future. She believes that career coaching is vital work that demystifies and makes accessible the process of attaining one’s career and vocational goals.…

Cynthia Prosek

Cynthia is the Executive Director of Restorative Justice Community Action (RJCA), a community-based non-profit serving the Twin Cities area of Minnesota.  She is a member of Mount Olive Lutheran Church and is a member of the Vestry as Director of the Neighborhood Ministries Committee as well as serving as the Racial Justice Liaison to the Minneapolis Synod for the congregation.…

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Cassie Rollins


Cassie currently lives in Washington, D.C., where she mobilizes and equips advocates to influence their members of Congress on global poverty issues. After graduating from St. Olaf College in 2015, Cassie spent her LVC volunteer year in Minneapolis advocating for affordable housing with Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity, where she grew her interest in local history and her love for making advocacy fun and accessible for all.…

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Jeff Yamada

Jeff Yamada was thrilled to join the Lutheran Volunteer Corps in its mission to unite people to work for peace and justice, and especially one that stresses the Journey to an Inclusive Community as a core value. Jeff is a financial planner, a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, and a community volunteer. His racial justice framework is grounded in lived experience and family stories.…