Board of Directors

2019-2020 BOARD MEMBERS

MARK ANGELL
Board Chair

Mark and his wife Liz joined the Lighthouse family in 2010 and have two children: Ethan and Emily. From the day they became part of Lighthouse, they felt blessed to be part of such a great school. “Everyone has such a great passion and heart for serving God in support of the school’s mission, which I wanted to be a part of and serve in any way I can.”  He is a Senior Manager at a local shipyard.   Mark has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Utah and has an extensive background in ship maintenance and modernization. This has allowed him to develop expertise in project management, strategic planning, change management, quality assurance and Lean Six Sigma. Mark enjoys outdoor activities and sports as well as spending time with his family.  As the chairman, Mark is both honored and humbled to work in support of the administration, teachers, and staff to support the vision and mission of the school.

JOHN BURLEIGH
Vice Chair

John and his wife Annie live in Gig Harbor and have four children, all of whom currently attend Lighthouse.  In addition to being President of the “Married Up Club” he is the principal attorney at Burleigh Law, PLLC, a Gig Harbor-based law firm serving the legal needs of condominiums and homeowners’ associations in Washington.  John is a graduate of Gig Harbor High School, the University of Washington (B.A., Speech Communication) and Gonzaga University School of Law (J.D.).  John enjoys spending time with his family and friends, taking road trips, and golfing.  He and his family love the Lighthouse community and are inspired and humbled by the opportunity to help shape the future of this important school.  “There is no greater responsibility than the teaching of children and, as such, we must endeavor to make an endless supply of Truth and Love available to all who pass through Lighthouse.”

DAN REHBERGER
Treasurer

Dan is outnumbered by the ladies in his life. He is married to his high school sweetheart, Catherine, and they were blessed with two daughters who are now in elementary school at Lighthouse.  During the day, Dan is the Chief Financial Officer for the Bruce Titus Automotive Group.  When not volunteering or working, he cherishes family time and taking advantage of living in the beautiful PNW.

LAUREN BECK
Secretary

Lauren and her husband, Matt, have 2 children and became part of the Lighthouse community shortly after their 2016 move to Gig Harbor.  She graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a business degree but settled into her career as a teacher in a public middle school.  Now as a stay-at-home mom, she and her family are actively involved in the Safe Families and foster care ministries.  “As we strive to keep Jesus at the center of our home we love that Lighthouse is a continuation of that way of life.  This school has been a safe community of God-loving, caring adults who pour into our son.  There is so much value in a child experiencing the stability of Christ-centered love and support as he or she grows and discovers this world!  I am humbled and excited to play a part in helping to create that safe, nurturing, Christ-centered environment for all Lighthouse students, faculty and families.”

AT-LARGE MEMBERS

CONNIE ALSTEAD
The Alstead family has lived in Gig Harbor and been involved with Lighthouse for twelve years. Connie and her husband Troy have three Lighthouse graduates, and their fourth child is currently in middle school at LCS. Connie feels blessed to be a stay-at-home mom who has enjoyed being part of Lighthouse through serving in a variety of volunteer roles. Her other volunteer activities are with One Hope Church and Bellarmine Preparatory School. In her time involved with LCS, she has seen many changes but notes one constant is the school’s focus on being “God’s school.” “Our family is so very thankful to have Lighthouse as a school option. More than a place to send our children for academic instruction, LCS is an extended family. I’m honored to serve on the board to help advance the school’s mission for other families seeking quality Christ-centered, Biblical-worldview education.”

DAN CARPENTER
Dan and his wife Elizabeth have two children, Caroline and Michael.  Both kids have been at Lighthouse since kindergarten with Caroline now entering 5th grade and Michael, 2nd grade.  Dan and Elizabeth met at Washington State University (Go Cougs!) where Dan studied engineering and Elizabeth nursing.  Dan works for the Navy at Keyport while Elizabeth is a full time mom and Lighthouse volunteer.  Both Dan and Elizabeth attended Christian schools growing up and know the value of a Christian education from a young age.  Dan is excited to be more involved at Lighthouse by serving on the school Board of Directors.

KELLY MERRY
Kelly and her family joined the Lighthouse community in 2015 when her oldest son entered Kindergarten. Now with both children at LCS, she feels truly blessed to be able to give back by serving on the LCS Board. Kelly brings over 15 years of experience as an advancement professional in the Puget Sound region. She has previously served on the Board of Directors and Executive Committees of both the Association of Fundraising Professionals Washington Chapter and the Northwest Development Officers Association. Currently, she is the President of the Board of Directors of the Washington Planned Giving Council, which is a Seattle-based association uniting non-profit, legal, financial and tax professionals in philanthropic planning. She is also a proud member of the Phi Beta Kappa Society. Prior to relocating to the Pacific Northwest and entering the not-for-profit sector, Kelly worked at the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division in Washington, DC. She holds a certificate in Fundraising Management from the University of Washington and a Bachelor’s degree from the Schreyer Honors College at Pennsylvania State University.

DEB ROBERTSON

Deb is married to Gary. They have two children, both Lighthouse alumni, and two grandchildren. Deb graduated from Pacific Lutheran University with a K-12 teaching degree and Special Endorsement in Reading Diagnostics and Remediation. She has taught in both public and private schools. She has been a business owner and was a founding member of Lighthouse Christian School. Deb served on the LCS teaching team before serving as Director of Ministries for Children and Families at Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church for 21 years. Lighthouse has always held a special place in her heart and she is glad to serve the Lord and the school as a board member.

JESSE THOMAS

Jesse and his wife Britlese live in Gig Harbor and have four children, three at Lighthouse (1st, 4th and 6th grades) and one in preschool. He is a consultant with experience in a variety of leadership roles in the biopharmaceutical and technology industries. Jesse graduated from PLU with a degree in Business Administration and has lived and worked in Pierce County for the last 20 years. Jesse enjoys exploring the natural beauty of the Northwest and spending time with his family. “Lighthouse has been a fantastic educational and spiritual environment for our children and I cannot be happier to help advance the mission and objectives of the school.”

KIP VANDEVENTER

Kip retired after serving 32 years in the insurance industry as a commercial insurance broker and CFO of his firm. Believing in giving back to his community, he has served on numerous boards including serving six years on the Franciscan Foundation Board. Kip fell in love with the mission of LCS during the ten years his wife, Lynda, worked as a teacher and then in administrative roles. He has continued to be involved serving on the finance committee and consulting on insurance issues for the school. He has also been on other committees in the past several years.

TRACY VON TROTHA
Tracy and her husband Eric became a part of Lighthouse in 2011 when their daughter entered kindergarten. “As followers of Jesus, we believe the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge and wisdom. We desired our daughter’s education experience to correlate with what she learns about walking with God by grace through faith in Christ at home and church.” Tracy holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Memphis and a Master of Architecture degree from North Carolina State University. Tracy has worked at architecture firms in the southeast and pacific northwest. She is currently a homemaker. Tracy is a member of Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church and is thankful to serve the Lord at Lighthouse in support of the school mission to glorify God through education with Christ at the center

BOARD MEMBERS EMERITUS

TROY ALSTEAD

Troy Alstead served two terms on the Board and led the Finance Committee as the school’s Treasurer. In early 2016, Troy retired from Starbucks Corporation after 24 years with the company, having most recently served as Chief Operating Officer, leading the day-to-day global operations of the company. He previously held the positions of Group President, Chief Financial Officer, and Chief Administrative Officer, and he spent a decade in Starbucks international business, including roles as Senior Leader of Starbucks International, President Europe/Middle East/Africa headquartered in Amsterdam, Chief Operating Officer of Starbucks Greater China headquartered in Shanghai, and Representative Director of Starbucks Coffee Japan headquartered in Tokyo. Troy has developed a new dining and social concept, Ocean5, which recently opened its first location in Gig Harbor. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Levi Strauss & Company, where he chairs the Audit Committee. Troy and his wife Connie have four children who all have attended Lighthouse, with three now graduated from LCS.

RICK BARNEY

With wide-ranging experience as a corporate attorney and a litigator, Rick Barney has blessed our Board with his strong acumen in business law. He and his wife Barb are grandparents of one LCS alumni and two current LCS students as well. Rick has a huge heart for the Lord and for serving others. The Barneys enjoy spending time with their family and traveling to Hawaii.

DION RURIK

Dion Rurik and her husband Greg are one of the founding Lighthouse Christian School families. In their 18 year history with LCS Dion has served in many Board positions ranging from the building committee and human resources to Board Chair, a position she held for many years. Four Rurik children have progressed through Lighthouse Christian School. “I had a passion to help create a school of solid academics which was based on the word of God…and a passion to create the best learning environment for my kids as well as others,” says Dion. She enjoys being a homemaker and community volunteer as well as gardening, quilting, horseback riding…and family.

MARK SOUPISET

Mark served on the Board from 2008-2015, including six years as Chairman of the Board. During his tenure, LCS experienced a time of improving financial strength and enrollment growth, and the development and implementation of its 10-Year Strategic Plan (2013). Mark is a Director of Communications for USAA, a San Antonio-based diversified financial services firm that serves the military community and their families. Mark and his wife, Robin, have three children and now live in San Antonio. They are members of First Baptist Church of San Antonio.

DENNIS TRITTIN

The Board Chair for 3 years and now an Emeritus member, Dennis is the parent of two Lighthouse Alumni – Michael, a graduate of Pepperdine University, and Lauren, who is in the Master’s program at Seattle Pacific University. The Trittins came to Lighthouse in 1995 and have been involved ever since! A retired Portfolio Manager for Russell Investments, Den has now moved on to a new passion as a publisher, author, educator, and mentor. His passion is in equipping young people with the leadership/life skills they need to succeed. Den serves on the Finance Committee and is a mentor for LCS administrators. When asked why Den serves at Lighthouse he replied, “Because of my passion for young people, the overwhelming need for Godly leaders in this country, the incredible foundation LCS gave our children and my love of this community.” A huge golf fan, Den also enjoys vacationing in Door County, Wisconsin, spending time with family and friends, and any opportunities to be with young people.