Welcoming A New Leader for Lacasa’s Financial Operations, Risk Management, and IT

Lacasa, Inc. is pleased to welcome Ernie Smith as Chief Financial Officer. Smith has over 25 years of experience in financial leadership for individual and family services organizations as well as manufacturing industries.

Chris Kingsley, president/CEO of Lacasa, said, “Ernie has a head for numbers, a drive to perform, and a heart for equipping people in our community to unlock their potential, which are key as Lacasa more fully meets the needs of working families in Elkhart County. His robust resume, strong reputation, talent, leadership, and passion are crucial as Lacasa continues our work to provide quality housing and financial capabilities to people with fewer resources.”

Smith said, “As a lifelong resident of Elkhart, I have heard of and seen many great things that Lacasa has done for Elkhart County. Chris’ passion, heart for the people we serve, and integrity is what drew me to Lacasa. I am both thrilled and humbled for this opportunity and look forward to being a part of the Leadership team of Lacasa for many years to come.”

Smith will lead Lacasa’s financial operations, risk management, and IT. His predecessor, James Davis, continues in the role of Chief Operating Officer focusing on operations, HR, and strategic initiatives.