The Board of Trustees for The Village at Augsburg share a devotion to the ministry, guiding our growth to ensure that our community is a retirement destination for new generations. As NLCS President and CEO Cyndi Walters said, “The Trustees don’t just meet in a Board Room. They are out in the community, speaking with neighbors and seeing for themselves opportunities for improvement.” To learn about the Board of Trustees for our parent organization, National Lutheran Communities & Services (NLCS), click here.


Albert E. Lietzau

Albert serves as chair of the Board for The Village at Augsburg and has over 35 years of knowledge and practice working with various insurance and brokerage firms. His areas of specialty include property and causality insurance, commercial insurance, professional and legal liability and liability analysis. In addition to his extensive professional career, Albert is an active member within the Baltimore community and holds numerous committee leadership positions.

Darrell Duggins

Vice Chair
Darrell Duggins is retired from a financial management career that included over 25 years as the chief financial officer (CFO) for not-for profit, faith-based, social ministries. More specifically, he has served as the CFO for Augsburg Village prior to the affiliation with National Lutheran Communities & Services, Lutheran Social Ministries of Maryland (which includes Carroll Lutheran Village and the Lutheran Village at Miller’s Grant) and Lutheran Family Services of Colorado which specializes in foster care and refugee resettlement. Darrell has served on the Augsburg’s board since 2014 and participated in the organization’s strategic planning effort that ultimately led to its affiliation with National Lutheran Communities & Services. He has also served on the board of the Aegis organization which is a liability insurance option for Maryland senior living communities. Darrell holds an undergraduate degree in accounting from Loyola University in Baltimore, and a master’s degree in organizational development from the University of Phoenix. He and his wife Bonnie have recently retired to Murrells Inlet, South Carolina where he enjoys golf and visits from their six grandchildren.

Karl Silex

Karl, a lifelong Lutheran, is a member of The Village at Augsburg board and the National Lutheran Communities & Services joint finance committee. He is a retired CPA and former partner with the firm of CliftonLarsonAllen LLP. He has a Bachelor’s of Art degree from McDaniel College and a Bachelor’s of Science from the University of Baltimore and previously held a securities license. He is active in the Rotary Club of Baltimore and serves on several other boards.

Angela Dignan

Angela is proud to serve as secretary of The Village at Augsburg board. She is an experienced client services executive with over 14 years of experience. She specializes in captive insurance, alternative risk financing and creating self-insurance vehicles for health systems and skilled nursing communities. As a client services team leader, she leads and coordinates all activities, communications and relationships for a team of health care brokerage professionals and its client base. Angela began her career as a professional and general liability claims coordinator at SISCO, managing all facets of the claims handling process for self-insured organizations. She holds a Master of Business Administration of health care management from the University of Baltimore.

Scott Hemmeter

Board Member
Scott Hemmeter was honored to join the Augsburg board in 2015, as well as serve as a member of the finance committee. He is a graduate of Loyola University of Maryland where he earned a master’s degree in business administration in 1994. Scott began his professional career in international accounting, where he spent several years before moving to the health care field. Scott has worked as the control of a large orthopedic surgeon group in Baltimore and as CFO of Mid-Atlantic Nephrology Associates. In his free time, Scott enjoys playing golf, yard work and hiking with his family’s Labrador Retriever. Scott and his family live in northern Baltimore County and are members of St. John’s Lutheran Church Sweet Air.

Anne C. Goller

Board Member
Bio coming soon

Leanne Stack Martin

Board Member
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Steve Thacker

Board Member
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Thomas J. Whiteford

Board Member
Thomas focuses on real estate, business, commercial, employment and insurance related litigation matters. He represents national and local clients in negotiations and litigation involving land use disputes, real estate, riparian rights and construction defects. He also handles litigation involving cemeteries and funeral homes. He regularly advises a range of companies, particularly real estate developers, commercial lessors, cemeteries and providers of funeral services, with regard to potential litigation and other business-related decisions. Thomas is also experienced in the representation of licensed medical professionals before a range of governing bodies both in hearings and on appeal.

Joan Chalmers

Board Member
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Cyndi Walters

President and CEO, National Lutheran Communities & Services
Cyndi Walters was named president and chief executive officer (CEO) of National Lutheran Communities and Services (NLCS) in May 2021, assuming the position full time in August 2021. Prior to this role, she served as chief operating officer (COO) since 2016. Cyndi has served at NLCS in varying capacities for nine years; first as a consultant before joining as chief operating officer in 2016. Cumulatively, Walters has over 30 years of experience in the senior living industry including a strong background in strategically growing and diversifying the organization and an enhanced focus on operating as a senior-living system and leveraging its benefits and efficiencies. Prior to joining NLCS, she provided project management and advisory services to senior living organizations through Walters Advisors, LLC. She has also served in a leadership role at Presbyterian Senior Living in Dillsburg, Pennsylvania, and during her 19 years at KPMG (a global network of professional firms providing audit, tax and advisory services), spent significant time as a partner and leader of their National Senior Living Advisory Practice. As president and CEO, Cyndi’s focus is strategically growing and furthering NLCS’ mission to honor, inspire and support choice and opportunity in partnership with older adults. Cyndi is an advocate for “aging with choice,” which means supporting older adults in making their own choices in aging, whether it means moving to a senior living community or bringing in supportive services to their home. She is also an advocate for team members across the organization and leads a team dedicated to ensuring NLCS remains a Great Place to Work® and an employer of choice for those who have a heart to serve older adults. Cyndi is a native of the Harrisburg, Pennsylvania area and holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree from York College of Pennsylvania.