Harrison native named chairman of Lutheran Services' national board
A Harrison native has garnered national attention in the nonprofit sector.
David Fenoglietto was appointed national chairman of the Lutheran Services in America Board of Directors .
A practicing Catholic and member of St. Alphonsus Parish in Pine Township, Fenoglietto said he strives to be a unifying force between Catholics and Lutherans.
Growing up, Fenoglietto spent summers working manual labor jobs at Allegheny Ludlum's Brackenridge Works in Harrison, where his father and other relatives worked.
“My family's strong values and family connections enable me to guide an organization today,” he said.
Lutheran Services in America is one of the largest health and human services networks in the United States, with more than 300 nonprofits.
LSA provides a range of critical services to seniors, children and families.
“As the new chair of the Lutheran Services in America Board of Directors, David helps to guide the strategy and direction for our network of over 300 Lutheran nonprofit organizations — one of the largest in the country,” said Charlotte Haberaecker, president and CEO of Lutheran Services in America. “David's sharp insight and strategic focus make him a tremendous asset to our board and our network.”
Lutheran Services members serve one in 50 people annually nationwide, according to Fenoglietto.
“I am extremely humbled, grateful and blessed to lead a well-rounded organization with the opportunity to provide governance to an organization that provides services to individuals in need throughout the country,” he said.
Headquarted in Washington, D.C., LSA provides services valued at more than $21 billion a year.
It is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
Fenoglietto has served as CEO and president for Lutheran SeniorLife, based in Mars, since 2004.
SeniorLife is a nonprofit social ministry serving senior citizens regardless of physical condition or financial circumstances. Additional SeniorLife campuses serve Armstrong, Butler, Beaver and Lawrence counties.
Fenoglietto resides with his wife, Janelle, in Adams Township, Butler County.
“I am looking forward to assisting others to prepare for changes in their lives,” he said.
He brings more than 25 years of professional knowledge and experience in the health care industry, having held upper management positions for healthcare systems at St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo, Ohio; Hamot Medical Center in Erie; and Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield.
Fenoglietto attended parochial school for eight years at Our Lady of The Most Blessed Sacrament School in Harrison and is a 1973 Highlands High School graduate.
He earned his undergraduate degree from California University of Pennsylvania and Master of Science degree in health administration from Gannon University in Erie.
Fenoglietto said he will travel to the nation's capital four or five times annually.
“I will participate in advocacy and policy discussions,” he said.
“It is important to be a part of Southwestern Pennsylvania and the Pittsburgh region,” Fenoglietto said. “It's a very strong-tied community.
“I wouldn't live anywhere else.”
Joyce Hanz is a freelance writer.