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Beth Lutjen

Beth has an extensive background and over 20 years of non-profit management experience in the areas of refugee resettlement, financial social services, church social ministry, Christian education, blood services and public television. Beth served 13 years at the American Red Cross where she held the position of director of donor recruitment — managing the department staff of 20 and blood collections for 44 counties.

In January 2008 she started her career as the Regional Director of Refugee and Immigration Services (RIS) in Roanoke.  Beth was responsible for coordination of all resettlement services and grant management for the program that resettled 150-225 refugees per year from 2008 to 2013. In January 2010 the RIS office merged with Commonwealth Catholic Charities (CCC) as a program of CCC and Beth continued as program director in Roanoke till 2013.  In 2013 Beth took on the Financial Social Services department CCC with programs in Richmond, Roanoke and Norton, Virginia.  The FSS department provides financial assistance, housing counseling, debt management and food and clothing programs to over 15,000 clients a year administrating over public and private funds of over $200,000 a year.

Beth has worked in the Roanoke Valley for 18 years. She received a B.A. from Bob Jones University in Christian Education and has 4 children, 3 step children and 6 grandchildren.