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Michael K. Renetzky
Board Chair & Interim President/CEO @Lutheran Life Communities
Michael K. Renetzky is the Chair of the Board of Directors for Lutheran Life Ministries, which is the parent board of Lutheran Life Communities and affiliated campuses and services. Michael was elected to the organization’s Board of Directors in 2003. During his tenure, Lutheran Life Communities has grown from two locations to five. The Lutheran Life Ministries board is very active in developing strategy and direction as the organization has experienced periods of rapid growth, through both acquisition and new construction, and periods of relative constancy. Professionally, a Harvard Law School J.D. graduate in 1996, Michael K. Renetzky has been an attorney with Chicago’s Locke Lord LLP since 1996. He has been an Equity Partner with Locke Lord LLP since 2005. Michael and his wife, Lori, son, Adam, and daughter, Julia, live in Lake Barrington, Illinois.
Lori Smith
Chief Operations & Nursing Officer @Lutheran Life Communities
In a career focused on senior living, Lori Smith has cultivated the knowledge, experience, talent, and vision to advance operations and healthcare success across Lutheran Life Communities. She has 25 years of nursing and leadership experience. Lori’s fresh outlook on the future of senior living has led a renewed organizational emphasis on operational and service excellence. As part of the corporate executive leadership team, Lori also plays a key role in advancing our strategic initiatives, bolstering quality and building capacity for continued growth. As Chief Operations and Nursing Officer for Lutheran Life Communities, Lori has overseen all aspects of operational and healthcare support across the organization, while leading the preparation for Medicare’s new payment system, PDPM. At home, Lori is blessed by the support of her husband, son and daughter.
Marie Carlson
Chief Financial Officer & Senior VP, Strategic Development @Lutheran Life Communities
Since joining Lutheran Life Communities in 2007, Marie Carlson has been the primary point person in strategic development of new facilities and programs for the organization. During her tenure, she has also assumed a myriad of other responsibilities, given her broad and complementary experience, skill set, and network in the field of senior living. Marie has served clients exclusively in the senior living sector for almost 30 years. Prior to joining Lutheran Life Communities, Marie was involved with new project development and financial advisory services, assisting clients across the country in obtaining approximately $600 million in capital for new construction and expansion projects, primarily through the tax-exempt bond market. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accountancy from the University of Illinois-Chicago and is a CPA. Marie and her husband, Doug Kyllo, reside in Prospect Heights, Illinois.