Lutheran Honors Long Term Employees

Lutheran Employees honored for over 20 years of service. Front row: Sylvia Trusso, Shirley Lepsesty, Carol Proestler, and Sal Lee Holland. Second row: Jody Henry, Jan Basile, Karen Marg, Tom Holt, John Yeager, Paul Siragusa, Kathy Olson, Joe Lynch and Liz Lobb (Submitted Photo)

JAMESTOWN – Over one hundred employees of Lutheran Social Services were honored at the 34th Annual Employee Recognition Banquet held at Moon Brook Country Club. Honorees had reached milestones ranging from two years of service to forty-five years. Included in those recognized were 14 employees with over 20 years of service. Collectively they have served more than 400 years.

“Each employee’s story is unique, but they all share a common love for the people we serve,” said Tom Holt, president and CEO for Lutheran. “It is incredible to think about their dedication to this organization and to our people. Consistency is so important to our youth and seniors. So often, their lives have been disrupted and staff longevity gives them that added level of comfort.”

Sal Lee Holland, food service associate, has been with Lutheran for forty-five years. Sal Lee began her career two days before Christmas in 1966.  “At that time our campus probably had more livestock than employees,” Holt said. “We consisted of the GA Orphanage and the retirement home. Much of our history can be written following Sal Lee’s years serving our residents.” Sal Lee has been a steadfast employee who has been willing to change with the times, continually updating her skills and learning new things.

Shirley Lepsesty, Director of Social Work, was honored for forty years of service. She is totally dedicated to her residents and their families. Several people shared fond memories of the many ways Shirley has gone the extra mile to help them with very difficult family issues.  “Shirley is a true champion for our residents,” Holt added. “You’ll find her responding to resident requests at all hours of the day and night – and with a smile!”

Lutheran Social Services employs approximately 600 people and is always looking to add exceptional workers to their team. Lutheran offers a wide variety of career opportunities through GA Family Services for youth and the numerous programs that serve older adults. To learn more log onto