Board of Directors
Mr. Andis Akerfelds – Development & Nominations Chair
Ms. Twila Evanson
Ms. Lois C. Jenkins
Rev. Marva Jenkins
Mr. Harrison D. Oellrich - Chair of the Board
Mr. Harrison Oellrich is the founder, president and managing principal of Ottauquechee Risk Consultants, created to leverage the risk management communities’ expertise by facilitating its accessibility to both the private and public sectors. He served as the managing director of Guy Carpenter, LLC, and Marsh, Inc., where he was employed for over 30 years. He coordinated the risk management communities’ contribution to the “National Plan for Cyberspace Security,” released by President Bush. He is a consultant to members of the executive and legislative branches of the U.S. government.
Mr. Oellrich is also a commissioned, installed deacon of the Atlantic District/LCMS. He is a member of Lutheran Church of the Resurrection in Garden City, NY, and The LIFE Lutheran Church in Old Westbury, NY. Mr. Oellrich has served in numerous leadership positions, including congregation president. He chaired call committees and is the lay delegate to the Atlantic District/LCMS. He led Resurrection’s assimilation of Redeemer in Old Westbury, NY, and the planting of The LIFE Lutheran Church there. Mr. Oellrich has a B.A. in political science from Hofstra University, and an M.B.A. in management and marketing. He and his family reside in Garden City, NY, and Quechee, VT.
Ms. Robin L. Robin - Board Secretary
Ms. Robin is the Chief People and Administrative Officer for the Corporation for Supportive Housing, and a judge for the New York Community Trust and NY Magazine Nonprofit Excellence Awards. Ms. Robin sits on the Diversity & Inclusion Council and HR Council for the National Assembly for Human Services and is a member of the Children’s Arts Guild Women’s Group Planning Committee. She is a member and former Council President of Christ Lutheran Church in New Hyde Park, NY, and president of its associated entity, “Little Sprouts Pre-School.”
Mr. Paul R. Saueracker
Since 2018, Laura Bauer has been the Manager of Corporate and Foundation
Relations for God’s Love We Deliver in New York City. She previously worked as
a patent attorney at Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto in New York City, as well as a site developer/administrator at The LIFE Lutheran Church in Old Westbury, New York. Ms. Bauer obtained her Juris Doctor at St. John’s University as well as a Masters degree in Public Administration through the Executive Program at the Austin W. Marxe School of Public and International Affairs at Baruch College. She has had extensive experience serving on boards of Lutheran organizations including The Lutheran Church of the Resurrection in Garden City, New York; The Long Island Lutheran Middle and High School (LUHI) in Brookville, New York; and the Lutheran School Association (LSA).
Daryl Goodwin is Vice President, Global Technology Portfolio Manager at Chubb
Insurance, where he manages multiple IT portfolios in support of the CIO's
business objectives. Daryl is specifically focused on human resources technology
projects in the Americas, EMEA, and APAC. He has a long and illustrious career in
IT project management and development across various industries. At New York
Life Insurance, Goldman Sachs, Honeywell, and Wakefern Food Corporation, he
was responsible for managing large-scale, technology-focused projects and
implementations across the globe.
Daryl received his bachelor's degree from New York University and his MBA from
Pace University. He resides in West Orange, New Jersey and enjoys photography.
Jennifer Smith Esq.
Jennifer Smith is the principal partner in the law firm of Jennifer Smith, PLLC,
where she represents small businesses, union members, and religious institutions.
Prior to starting her own firm, Ms. Smith was a partner in the firm Robinson Brog,
She also serves as Treasurer of the Grenfell Association of America, an 18 million-
dollar charitable organization providing health, education, and community
Prior to her election to the board of LSSNY, Jennifer served on the board of the
Related Entities of LSSNY, and the board's program and finance committees.
Georges Ramalanjaona, MD, PhD
A board-certified physician in practice in New York State, Dr. Georges
Ramalanjaona serves as Regional Medical Director for a multistate healthcare
organization. He is currently a member of both THE LIFE Lutheran Church in Old
Westbury and the Lutheran Church of the Resurrection in Garden City. Dr.
Ramalanjaona is a past member of the mission committee of The Atlantic District
and Lutheran Church of the Resurrection and member at large of the Malagasy
Lutheran Church in Madagascar.
At the Lutheran Church of the Resurrection in Garden City, Dr. Ramalanjaona
launched a CPR/AED course. He is involved in special mission projects at a school
for the deaf and the blind in Madagascar.
He is married and a father of three children who have been baptized and
confirmed in the Lutheran faith.
Samantha Williams Esq.
Samantha Williams currently serves as Commercial Counsel at Colgate-Palmolive.
Prior to moving to New York and working in her current role, she practiced as an
associate attorney at two large law firms in Washington, D.C. and Houston, Texas.
A native of Nashville, Tennessee, Ms. Williams obtained her bachelor’s degree in
International Relations from Brown University and her Juris Doctor degree from Vanderbilt University Law School. Her communication and legal skills, attention to detail and organization, and eagerness to work with all types of people are all competencies she will bring to her position as a member of Lutheran Social
Services of New York’s board.
Rachel Monroe Cohen, Esq., - Board Vice Chair & Program Committee Co-Chair
Rachel founded the Reagan and Jax Cohen Memorial Fund with her husband, in April of 2014 after the unexpected passing of her two children and her mother in an accident. The purpose of the Fund is to raise money to benefit the health and welfare of children. To date, the Fund has raised over $1 million dollars. Sample beneficiaries include St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Alex’s Lemonade Stand, Save the Children’s Early Education initiative and The Brooke Jackman Foundation’s literacy and healthy food initiative. Most recently, LSSNY was the recipient of $60,000 from the foundation.
Mrs. Cohen says of her passion for serving on LSSNY’s board; “Having witnessed the work of LSSNY, via my role at the Church, I can think of no greater honor than to play a small part in the incredible effect that it is having on those in need. After experiencing great loss, my heart’s desire is to minister to those who experience suffering of any kind – especially children and families.”
Barbara Johnson - Program Committee Co-Chair
She earned a Citation of Merit (Feb. 2003) for leadership in the NYC public school system from Adolfo Carrion, Bx. Borough President, and the Sojourner Truth Meritorious Service Award (2002) from the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Club, Inc.
During her retirement, she has continued to hold leadership positions as President of her church based Federal Credit Union (now merged) and is currently President of her Co-op Board of Directors. She is the recipient of an Outstanding Discipleship Award from the Black Pastors’ Group of the Metropolitan New York Synod (MNYS) of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). She has received in 2019, Certificates of Recognition from Bronx Community Board 9 -Senior Symposium, Certificates of Recognition from Senator Luis Sepulveda, Senator Alessandra Biaggi, and Citations from Assemblyman Hon. Marco A. Crespo and City Council Member Rev. Ruben Diaz for her community leadership and involvement.
Barbara A. Johnson holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University (N.J), a Master of Science in Education from Hunter College, New York City, (1974) and an Advanced Certificate in Education in Supervision and Administration (1993) also from Hunter College, NYC.
Steven Jones, CPA - Board Treasurer & Finance Committee Chair
In 2003, Steven joined Project Renewal, Inc., a 53-year-old homeless services organization that touches the lives of over 15,000 of New York City’s most vulnerable men and woman a year. Project Renewal’s mission is to end the cycle of homelessness by empowering individuals and families to renew their lives through health, homes, and jobs. Steven is the Chief Financial and Administrative Officer and is responsible for the financial operations that include seven homeless shelters that total approximately 1,000 beds a night. In addition, there are 239 transitional housing beds, 459 permanent supportive housing beds and a Federally Qualified Health Center program consisting of 3 brick and mortar clinics and a mobile medical program. The organization’s annual budget is over $120 million.
Steven’s commitment to Christian service has continued through the years. He remains an active member of Trinity’s Men’s Organization, serves as the Treasurer of the Board of Trustees and he represents the congregation as a member of the Lutheran High School Association of New York. In 2008, he became the first president of the newly formed Martin Luther School and continues to serve the school in that capacity.
Mr. Darrel W. Upson has been the Managing Partner at Hudson Peak Wealth Advisors, one of the nation’s top planning practices at Ameriprise Financial, since 2003. Every year, since 2009, he has had the distinct honor of being awarded a Westchester Magazine Five Star Wealth Manager Award. Mr. Upson has helped his clients define and pursue their vision of financial success.
He is a former Chairman of the Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens Progress of Peoples Affordable Housing and Development Group, the organization that created over 3,400 units of affordable housing in Brooklyn and Queen. He dedicates time to several causes, including Calvary Hospital, Life’s WORC, Lifting Up Westchester and Phelps Memorial Hospital.