Jim Barclay, President/CEO

Jim Barclay began working at LFS in 2001. Jim earned his Bachelor’s degree and Master’s in Social Work from Michigan State University. Jim has over 35 years experience in the human care field, primarily in executive management. Prior to LFS, Jim was the CEO of Lutheran Social Services of South Dakota. Jim’s areas of expertise include: board development, capital and annual campaigns, foundations, special events, planned giving, major gifts and advocacy.

Brian Brant, Vice President of Child and Family Ministries

Brian Brant joined the LFS team in 2016. He has worked in the Child Welfare field since 1997 in an array of public and private organizations on the local, state and national level with experience in foster care, adoption, family preservation, day treatment, residential care, human trafficking of minors, and transition age youth services. Prior to joining LFS Brian served as the Adolescent Services Administrator for the Colorado Department of Human Services, overseeing the redesign and implementation of Colorado’s adolescent programming and multi-system alignment of services for transition age youth. While at the State, Brian co-chaired the Human Trafficking Task Force to design a coordinated child welfare response for minor victims of trafficking. Brian led efforts to improve access and outcomes for foster and unaccompanied youth pursing postsecondary education and he is a nationally recognized expert in youth engagement, rural social services, and services for transition age youth. Brian continues to serve on the State Youth Council, assisting the Department of Labor and Employment with the implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act and strengthening of workforce programs for transition-age youth. Prior to his work with the State of Colorado Brian served as a multi-regional Director at the Child Welfare League of America. In addition to a broad base of direct-care experience, Brian’s history includes work with Casey Family Programs focused on Indian Child Welfare and work with the National Conference of State Legislators on legislative strategies to safely reduce the number of children entering foster care. Brian earned his Master of Social Work in 2009 from the University of Denver following a Bachelor’s in Social Work from Metropolitan State University of Denver.

Kate Kelsay, Vice President of Finance

Kate Kelsay began working for LFS in 2004. Kate earned her Bachelor’s degree from Metropolitan State College and her Master’s in Finance and Accounting from Regis University. With 26 years of experience in accounting, Kate now leads the LFS Finance and IT departments. She is also a board member of the Lutheran Financial Managers Association.

Jane Pope Meehan, Vice President Resource Development

Jane Pope Meehan began working for LFS in 1996. Jane earned her Bachelor’s degree at Kansas State and her Master’s in Training & Adult Education from the University of Houston. Jane oversees the Development team at LFS, encompassing: donor cultivation and solicitation, special events, planned giving and marketing and communication strategies.

James Horan, Vice President Refugee and Community Services

James began working for LFS in 1999. James oversees the Refugee & Asylee, Immigration Legal Services and Disaster Response programs, with offices in six communities in Colorado and New Mexico and providing services to clients in three states. Previously James served as an English instructor, employment specialist and program director. James has been a Board of Immigration Appeals accredited representative since 2005 and has acted as a consultant for refugee resettlement, employment and self-sufficiency in a number of states.