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Louisa, a dedicated member of the Akron Mennonite Church, is known for her active involvement in community initiatives and her passion for providing compassionate care.

Louisa, a dedicated member of the Akron Mennonite Church, is known for her active involvement in community initiatives and her passion for providing compassionate care.

Louisa’s commitment to community service is reflected in her roles on the Hospitality Committee at Akron Mennonite Church and her volunteer work, including aiding in refugee resettlement and contributing to Landis Homes Chaplain Services. With a rich background in psychology and counseling, Louisa is well-equipped to contribute to the mission and vision of Landis HCBS.

A graduate of Eastern Mennonite College with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, Louisa further pursued her education at Kutztown University, earning a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology. Her professional journey is marked by a series of impactful roles, showcasing her dedication to supporting individuals, couples, and families in various capacities.

What sets Louisa apart is her personal experience with and appreciation for home care services. Having benefited from such services herself, she brings a unique perspective and firsthand understanding of the impact of quality care on an individual’s well-being.

Benjamin Lesher’s community engagement is evident through his active involvement at East Chestnut Street Mennonite Church, where he serves as a member of the Facilities Improvement Project Committee and contributes to the Identity Work Group. Additionally, Ben holds a role as a board member of Chestnut Housing, an organization committed to providing affordable rental housing in the community.

His community impact extends beyond housing, as he has also been a valuable member of the Presence Bank Lancaster Advisory Group. Through these diverse roles, Ben has demonstrated his commitment to community development and the well-being of its residents.

Lesher’s professional journey is marked by a deep commitment to real estate development and affordable housing. With an educational background in City Planning and Business Administration, Ben earned his Bachelor of Arts degree at Gordon College, followed by an MBA at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

His academic foundation has been instrumental in shaping his strategic and visionary approach to community development.

As a natural problem solver, entrepreneurial visionary, thoughtful listener, and careful doer, Ben brings a unique set of skills and strengths to the Landis HCBS Board. His keen interest in providing better housing experiences for individuals of all ages aligns seamlessly with the mission of Landis HCBS, which focuses on delivering person-centered care.

Jackie Burch, Chair of HCBS Board, says “On behalf of Landis’ HCBS Board, we are excited to have Louisa and Ben join us. The breadth and depth of their backgrounds and community experiences make them very valuable and fitting additions to the board I look forward to the respective perspectives and strengths they will bring.”

Louisa and Benjamin’s addition to the Landis HCBS Board further strengthens the organization’s commitment to delivering person-centered care and fostering a supportive community for individuals in need of home care services.

Landis HCBS is an affiliate of Landis Communities with a mission of delivering a comprehensive array of integrated services to allow individuals to age with dignity wherever they call home.

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