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New staff to head up LCMS malaria effort

Dionne Lovstad-Jones has joined The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) as the manager of development outreach for the Lutheran Malaria Initiative (LMI), an unprecedented campaign to mobilize U.S. Lutherans in the global effort to eliminate malaria deaths in Africa by 2015. LMI goals are to increase awareness of malaria and raise $45 million to help fight the disease.

As LMI’s outreach manager, Lovstad-Jones will be responsible for organizing and coordinating participation in LMI among congregations, schools, and LCMS-related organizations nationwide.

LMI is a partnership of Baltimore, Maryland-based Lutheran World Relief and the LCMS and is made possible through support from the United Nations Foundation.

Lovstad-Jones joined the staff of Valparaiso University in Indiana in 2007 as development director. She was promoted to associate director of University Leadership Relations in 2009. Lovstad-Jones also served as director of Development and Alumni Relations at La Lumiere School in La Porte, Indiana, and director of marketing for the Indiana Department of Natural Resources in Indianapolis.

Lovstad-Jones earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri, Columbia.

“The LCMS LMI team is blessed to have Dionne join our effort,” said Martha Mitkos, LMI director for the LCMS. “Her expertise in fundraising, strategic planning and engagement will provide an essential link for communication and resource development within our Synod.”

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