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Kelli Dobner Becomes Samaritas Chief Advancement Officer

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By Daniel Cherrin

Samaritas, formerly known as Lutheran Social Services of Michigan, recently hired Kelli Dobner as Chief Advancement Officer. Samaritas, one of the state’s largest faith-based nonprofits, has been sending ripples of positive change into Michigan communities since 1934. For example, as a private foster care provide it has helped more than 800 children everyday.

Dobner served most recently as Chief Development Officer of the Judson Center where she was most proud of creating “a culture of ambassadorship.” Prior to that, she worked in development at the American Heart Association and the American Diabetes Association. Earlier in her career, Dobner worked in publicity and development for a variety of organizations and film studios in Los Angeles.

In 2016, Dobner was recognized as an Oakland County Elite 40 Under 40 by L. Brooks Patterson. She was also the recipient of the National Strategic Effectiveness Award from the American Diabetes Association, the Graduate Professional Award twice from Wayne State University and the Donald P. Durocher Memorial Award from the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA).

Samaritas serves people in need without regard to religion, race, sexual orientation, or ethnicity and provides resettlement for new Americans, adoption and foster care, and at-home services and residential communities for seniors and persons with disabilities, through assisted living, skilled nursing and memory care.

“Samaritas’ impact is incredible,” Dobner says. “I am inspired by the lives that are forever changed in the most positive way possible as a result of the organization’s work. I am excited to tell those individual stories and to be part of such an impactful organization. “

In 2016,, Samaritas served 4,556 people through New American Services and resettled 1,588. 

The organization connects all people based on their individual circumstances with the families and communities that will empower them to live their fullest life possible. “We are pleased to welcome Kelli Dobner to this leadership position,” says Sam Beals, Samaritas CEO. “I look forward to seeing the ways she transforms our reach and grows our brand awareness to better support our mission.”

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