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The Beginning My husband and I had been trying to adopt an infant domestically since October 2012 through LSS/Children’s Home Society of MN. I won’t go too deep into the process we...
Jodi Harpstead – Chief Executive Officer
Jodi Harpstead became the Chief Executive Officer of Children's Home Society on July 1, 2012, when the organization entered into a management agreement with Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota. She is also the Chief Executive Officer of LSS, a post she has held since September 2011. From May 2007 to September 2011, Jodi was the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for LSS, where she led efforts in Services, Human Resources, Information Technology and Finance. Jodi first came to LSS in 2004 to serve as its Chief Advancement Officer as LSS was kicking off the Movement of Hope capital campaign to build the Center for Changing Lives in Minneapolis.
A native of the Chicago area, Jodi received a Master of Business Administration degree in finance and a bachelor's degree in business administration from Michigan State University in East Lansing before settling in Minnesota. Prior to joining LSS, Jodi spent 23 years with Medtronic, Inc., where held several key positions, including president of Global Marketing and U.S. Sales in the Cardiac Rhythm Management Division. Most recently, she was vice president and general manager of Cardiac Surgery Technologies. An exceptional leader and staff developer, she helped to grow revenue in a variety of businesses at the pioneering medical device organization.
Jodi currently serves as vice chair on the Board of Regents of Augsburg College in Minneapolis and has volunteered in leadership capacities for a variety of other organizations, including the Plymouth Christian Youth Center, Lutheran Campus Ministry of Minnesota, and her own congregation, the Lutheran Church of the Resurrection in Shoreview. She formerly served on the board of directors for Delta Dental Plan of Minnesota and the Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Mutual Fund Board. Jodi and her husband, Stan, live in Arden Hills, Minn., and have two grown children.
Alexis Oberdorfer – Executive Director of Adoption
Alexis Oberdorfer joined Children's Home in 2008 and has worked in both the private nonprofit sector and across the public child welfare continuum for more than 18 years. Alexis previously worked for the Minnesota Department of Human Services where she was responsible for adoption policy and contracts that delivered adoption services throughout Minnesota.
She held a position in Illinois Department of Children and Family Services coordinating its Post-Adoption and Guardianship Services, and was the Foster Care Manager for Illinois. Alexis also has experience training, facilitating support groups, working in early childhood prevention/early intervention with at-risk families and in Child Protection Service.
Alexis earned a master’s degree in social work. In 2011, she received the Voices of the Heart award from the North American Council on Adoptable Children.
Board of Directors
The board of directors is responsible for the overall policy and direction of Children’s Home Society of Minnesota. Board members demonstrate commitment to the agency’s mission and actively advocate for Children's Home and its programs. Each director's vision, dedication and generosity helps to make the work of Children's Home possible.
2013 – 2014
Jennifer Martin – Board Chair
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