Mother Teresa’s blessing put Manaloor on a path to LCS Northwest

by | Jul 15, 2022 | Staff Spotlight

Mathews Manaloor brings a wealth of IT knowledge, a passion for nonprofit community service and even a blessing from Mother Teresa to his new role as Chief Technology Officer at LCS Northwest.

The long-time Portland area resident and software engineer spent 11 years with Intel before starting his own technology company that he ran from Beaverton, as well as India, where he was born. He says he was especially drawn to the depth and breadth of human services that the agency offers. “I looked at many nonprofits and there are some perfectly fine ones but are narrowly focused on one or the other service area. I believe that the LCSNW model of offering a wide variety of services under one roof can best serve the often complex needs of families as they make lasting changes in their lives.”

The challenges are many as the organization joins other nonprofits transitioning into a digital economy. “I look forward to helping the organization to advance its digital capabilities, leverage the advancements of artificial intelligence, and build strong cyber security systems to protect our data and sensitive client information,” he said.

CEO and President David Duea thinks Manaloor is up to the challenge: “Mathews brings his vast technical experience and now wants to use his skills to give back to our mission. His focus is on making IT a premier service department.” 

Mother Teresa influenced Manaloor’s early values and the life priorities that guide him today. In 1974, when one of Mother Teresa’s orphanages opened in the region where he lived, he volunteered to help care for the children. “One day Mother Teresa came to visit and I was stunned when she agreed to pray over me. I really believe that moment shaped my outlook on things and influenced my choice to apply my career to the important work of nonprofits.”

Manaloor says that his Christian faith is important to him and also guided his employment decision. “LCSNW allows me to exercise the tenets of my faith day in and day out.”

To recharge away from work, Manaloor’s first love is to be out hiking the bountiful PNW nature trails with wife Sisy. He also enjoys spending time with his three daughters, reading and gardening. “The garden is a more recent pursuit. I picked that up during Covid when we all stuck at home and looking for ways to channel our energy and interests.”

He holds a masters degree in Computer Sciences from Southern Methodist University and an undergraduate degree from Birla Institute of Technology in India. He speaks English, Hindi and Malayalam.

Manaloor will guide the agency’s Informational Technology services across the three-state region and be based in the Portland offices. He started work on July 1.

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