We are thrilled to announce that Christine Stutman has joined the LSH family as our newest Executive Director.
Christine Stutman is a high performing non-profit executive with 17 years of experience working with and advocating for Philadelphia’s most vulnerable and disenfranchised people. Christine began her career at Congreso de Latinos Unidos in 1999, where she held several roles ultimately becoming Vice President of Behavioral Health services. Christine obtained the agency’s first mental health outpatient license and also implemented a fee-for-service outpatient program.
In 2006, Christine became the Deputy Director of Women Against Abuse (WAA), an agency dedicated to serving victims of domestic violence. She oversaw the operational activities which included a shelter, hotline, transitional housing, legal center and aftercare services. Christine was instrumental in securing several new funding streams aimed at providing behavioral health services for clients. Additionally, she spearheaded the effort to implement the Sanctuary Model at WAA, an organizational-change model for human services agencies that is trauma-informed, non-hierarchical, and highly participatory, and ultimately helps these institutions function in a democratic and socially responsible manner.
Christine’s most recent experience was as the Associate Executive Director for Philadelphia’s Adult Behavioral Health services at NHS Human Services. In this role, Christine oversaw the agency’s residential services for the chronically mentally ill, and she forged a critical partnership with the Department of Behavioral Health in implementing one of the first Permanent Supported Housing programs in the city. Christine was recognized by both the Department of Behavioral Health and Community Behavioral Health as a key partner and city-wide leader for this initiative.
Christine is excited to take this next step in her career as Executive Director of Lutheran Settlement House. The mission of helping people and agencies realize their potential has been a guiding principle throughout Christine’s career.
Christine is a married mother of two, residing in Wyndmoor, Pa. She holds a Masters degree in Social Work from Temple University and is a Pennsylvania Licensed Social Worker. In addition, Christine is credentialed by the Academy of Certified Social Workers (ACSW). She is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College’s Nonprofit Executive Leadership Institute. In her free time, she enjoys baking, swimming, and is an avid reader.