Deaconess Lisa Polito is a 1990 graduate of Valparaiso University and assumed the role of Executive Director of the LDA on January 1, 2008. Prior to her promotion, Lisa served the LDA as the Director of Development and Public Relations for seven years. Before coming to the LDA, Lisa served as the Director of Chaplaincy Services for Good Shepherd Lutheran Home of the West in Southern California. She has written for the LWML Quarterly, speaks at conferences and leads retreats.
Lisa is married to Carmine Polito, a civil engineering professor at Valparaiso University. They enjoy reading and baseball games!
Director of Education and Formation
Deaconess Diane Marten earned a bachelor’s degree from Valparaiso University in 1972 and a master’s degree in counseling from Chapman College, Orange, California. Diane accepted the call to serve as Director of Education and Formation at the LDA in 2001.
Following her master’s degree, she provided hospital chaplaincy, private counseling and grief work for children. Her congregational ministry focused on music, youth and Christian Education. Diane also has extensive experience working with infants at risk of developmental disabilities.
Dorothy Warner graduated from Valparaiso University in 1982 and completed graduate studies at The University of Chicago. Prior to joining the LDA staff in 2012, she enjoyed a diverse career in health care management that included consulting and entrepreneurial ventures, public policy analysis, managing a cancer center, and grant administration for a community health center. Dorothy is active in professional and community organizations, currently serving on the Board of the Valparaiso International Center.
Mary came to the LDA in 2003 with nearly 20 years of administrative experience and is Microsoft Office Certified. Originally from Wisconsin, Mary worked in the Milwaukee Public Schools as an Administrative Assistant for 15 years. Upon moving to Michigan City in 1999, she served as the Executive Assistant to the CEO of the Medical Group of Michigan City.
Mary is married to Vern, a La Porte County Deputy Sheriff, has two children, and recently became a grandma.
Assistant for Database and Secretarial Services
Gloria was born and raised in Northwest Indiana and has lived in Valparaiso since 1978. She has two grown daughters and three grandchildren. She enjoyed a thirty year career in medical/surgical assisting and medical administration, achieving certification status in several fields.
Gloria is an amateur artist and enjoys long distance running. Her hobbies include reading, watching film noir movies, interior design/remodeling and all manner of sewing and crafts.
Executive Director Emeritus
Deaconess Louise Williams retired from the Lutheran Deaconess Association after 33 years of service to the LDA. She is a 1967 graduate of Valparaiso University. In 1992 Louise earned a master’s degree in religious studies at Mundelein College concentrating in Christian Spiritualities. She was also awarded a Doctor of Divinity, Honoris Causa, from Wartburg Seminary, Dubuque, Iowa and received the Alumni Achievement Award from Valparaiso University.
Louise is a frequent workshop and retreat leader. Louise has written studies, series and articles for the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League Quarterly, Lutheran Women Today, The Lutheran and other publications. She has also co-authored studies with Phyllis Kersten. Louise is active in DIAKONIA World Federation and DIAKONIA of the Americas and Caribbean.