Lutheran Welcomes New Organization, Foundation Board Chairs

From left, Joel Gaden and Terry Havens-Turner outside the Lutheran Campus in Jamestown. Submitted photo

Lutheran Jamestown and the Lutheran Foundation proudly welcome and announce the election of two new board chairs after elections took place this spring.

Terry Havens-Turner has been elected as the board chair for Lutheran Jamestown and Joel Gaden has been elected as the board chair for the Lutheran Foundation.

“Lutheran has been fortunate to receive the support of many community volunteers, and Joel and Terry are great representatives of that,” said Tom Holt, president and chief executive officer of Lutheran. “They give of their time, talent and resources to make Lutheran a better place to live, work and volunteer and have helped make Lutheran the community asset that it is.”

Havens-Turner earned her Bachelor of Science degree in operations research/industrial engineering at Cornell University. She currently serves as the corporate treasurer/secretary for The Matric Group in Seneca, Pa. Her current community involvement includes Creche, Chautauqua Lake Association, Lakewood Community Development Foundation, Chautauqua Lake Yacht Club and she serves as a trustee at Jamestown Business College. Havens-Turner has served as the Lutheran Foundation Board Chair since 2007. The Lutheran Jamestown board oversees annual budgets, audits and other important business concerns for Lutheran’s five main programs: Lutheran Home and Rehabilitation Center, Hultquist Place Assisted Living Program, G.A. Family Services, Lutheran Senior Housing and Grace Community Services in Rochester.

After graduating from Lehigh University and receiving a commission in the U.S. Army, Gaden began his career in banking and finance in New York City. In the late 1960s, his family moved to Jamestown and for the following two decades Gaden served as the president of the then Bank of Jamestown, and subsequently the then First National Bank. He has served on a number of charitable agencies boards including services as the president of United Way, chairman of Salvation Army, and the YMCA, among others. His civic duties include serving on the Zoning Board of Appeals for the town of Chautauqua. He has served on the Lutheran Foundation Board since June 2013. The Lutheran Foundation board is responsible for overseeing the fundraising activities and authorizes grants in support of Lutheran’s programs as well as the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of Chautauqua County and the Foster Grandparent Program.

To learn more information about Lutheran or the Lutheran Foundation or to make a donation in support of seniors or youth at Lutheran and G.A. Family Services, contact Gwen Axelson at 665-8137 or visit to donate online.

Lutheran is a Christian organization with a comprehensive continuum of community, residential and home-based supportive services that help people of all ages gain or retain independence.