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Jill Schumann ’75

Jill Schumann '75

Jill Schumann is honored as a 2011 Distinguished Alumna for her role as a well-known and respected executive in the not-for-profit sector. She is president and CEO of Lutheran Services in America, one of the largest health and human service networks in the U.S. In December 2010, she was appointed to the White House Council for Community Solutions by President Barack Obama.

A 1975 graduate from IUP with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education, Ms. Schumann went on to earn a master’s degree in Business Administration from Mount Saint Mary’s University. She has also done Ph.D. work in history and alcohol studies at Rutgers University.

In her early professional career, Ms. Schumann held roles of increasing responsibility at rehabilitation centers, hospitals, and colleges. In 1989, she became director/vice president at Craig and Associates, a private provider of behavioral health and employee assistance programs. Within three years of her arrival, Ms. Schuman had gained 75 percent of the area’s market share.

She joined Tressler Lutheran Services in 1994 and quickly became vice president of Planning and Marketing. TLS is a not-for-profit health and social services provider with locations in several states. In 1996, she helped launch Kairos Health Systems, a nonprofit post-acute-care alliance. While there, she spearheaded the rapid formation and strategic development of a voluntary alliance of diverse nonprofit organizations to help members meet the challenges of the emerging managed care market.

In 1999, she joined Lutheran Services in America. LSA is an alliance of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod and includes three hundred organizations across the United States with collective annual incomes exceeding $16.5 billion. The LSA system serves one in fifty Americans each year. In her role as president and CEO, she is responsible for strategic direction and operation of the organization. Additionally, she shapes public vision, develops methodology to address emerging social issues, and mobilizes the expertise and experience of Lutheran organizations for greater collective impact.

Ms. Schumann leads regional and national task forces and project groups and is a frequent speaker at conferences. She serves on the boards of the LeadingAge (formerly the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging), the ELCA Board of Pensions, and the Roundtable of National Faith-Based Health and Human Service Organizations and is the current board chair of the National Human Service Assembly. In 2010, for the eighth year in a row, she was named by NonProfit Times one of the Top 50 leaders of power and influence in the U.S. and has been described as an “imaginative social entrepreneur.”

Ms. Schumann and her husband, the Reverend Dr. Mark Oldenburg, reside in Gettysburg, Pa.

Profile published on 6/10/11

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