Gary Johnstone Appointed Interim CEO of Lutheran Services of Georgia

Gary Johnstone  

Lutheran Services of Georgia is pleased to announce the appointment of Gary D. Johnstone to serve as Interim Chief Executive Officer.

In May of 2014, the LSG Board of Directors appointed Gary to the role of Chief Operating Officer charged with managing all aspects of day-to-day operations. Gary's first challenge was to build a team of department leaders to manage the major components of the agency and support all programs, the people we serve, and the entire LSG team. Included in this Operations Team are: Kevin Mahaney, Finance and Accounting; Alie Redd, Programs; Elizabeth Chandler, Human Resources; Reginald Brown, Information Technology; Ryan Whitmire, Operations; Joy Jones, Performance and Quality Improvement; and Janet Tharp, Development. Assisting the team is Mary Kay Kates, Administration. The team is responsible for agency improvement and implementation of new projects, including the finalization of COA accreditation.

Effective December 10, 2014, the LSG Board of Directors appointed Gary Johnstone as the Interim Chief Executive Officer. The position will shift his responsibilities toward working closely with the Development Department in addition to providing the legal status required in key ventures in which LSG will engage. In Gary's new role, he will report to the LSG Board. He will work with the Board, Lutheran Services of America, and key decision-makers in the fields of government, private foundations, business, and faith communities to bring "restored hope, transformed lives, and healthy tomorrows" to all people throughout Georgia.

Gary has been married for 40 years and has two sons and twin grandchildren.  Gary has volunteered for many years as a coach for children's sports. He is an avid golfer and enjoys outdoor sports and traveling. He enjoys especially traveling to the state of Arizona.