Board of Directors


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 extensive background in the 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 vision and mission of the school.

Vice Chair

Spencer is a proud Lighthouse Christian School alumnus. He attended LCS from its founding in 1994 through 8th grade in 2000. Spencer is co-owner of Burnett Hutchins Real Estate Group and CEO/Team Leader of Keller Williams West Sound Realty. He holds a B.A. from Gonzaga University and a J.D. from the University of Washington School of Law. Spencer is a longtime member of Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church, where he currently serves as an elder. Spencer also serves on the Gig Harbor Planning Commission and Tacoma Youth Symphony Board of Trustees and volunteers with Young Life. The first Lighthouse alum on the Board, Spencer says, “God blessed me richly during my years at this wonderful school. It is a privilege to help secure a vibrant future for the next generation of Lighthouse students.”


Michael and his wife Melissa have four children. Their oldest daughter just graduated Bellarmine, they also have a fourth grade daughter, second grade son and 2 year old girl. Michael is a VP of Financial Operations for an international company and is a CPA with both an MBA and CGMA. Michael’s heart is to give back to Lighthouse since “Lighthouse has been such an important part of our family and has given us so much.”


Evan and his wife Ember live in Tacoma and have three girls at Lighthouse.  He holds a degree in Business Administration from Pacific Lutheran University and is currently enrolled in the Executive MBA Program at the Foster School of Business, University of Washington.  His professional career has been a mix of both for and non-profit endeavors.  He has been with Revalesio Corporation for the last five years in a variety of roles.  Prior to that he served as the Executive Pastor at City Central Church in Tacoma.  He has also travelled extensively internationally, ministering at conferences and teaching on prayer and discipleship.  Regarding Lighthouse, “I love that our girls have the opportunity to attend Lighthouse Christian School.  The culture of academic excellence and encouragement in their relationships with Jesus is truly extraordinary.  It is a blessing to have the opportunity to be a part of this community.”



John and his wife Annie live in Gig Harbor and have four children, three of whom currently attend Lighthouse.  In addition to being President of the “Married Up Club” he is 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.”


Benjamin is owner and managing partner of Cedarland Forest Resources LLC, a timberland management and harvesting company with operations in the Pacific Northwest and the South Eastern United States. His responsibilities include the marketing and brokering of export and domestic log sales, oversight and direction of Harvest Management Plans for institutional investors and private landowners and general management of operations. Benjamin was blessed to grow up in a Christ centered home and his own faith in Christ became an important part of his life at a young age. He and his family are currently members of Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church in Gig Harbor. He has been married to his wife Heather for 15 years and they have four children, three of whom attend Lighthouse Christian School. When not working Benjamin enjoys spending time with his family, playing golf, fly fishing, boating, hiking, skiing, good food and good conversation.


Maya grew up in Gig Harbor and is a stay-at-home mom to three daughters.  She and her husband, Duncan, became part of the Lighthouse family in 2014, when they sent their eldest daughter to attend Kindergarten.  They felt Lighthouse was an extension of their home; supporting their desire for a Christian worldview education and equipping children to depend on Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior.  After graduating Gig Harbor High School, Maya attended Covenant Bible College in Canada, where she received her degree in Biblical Studies.  Maya and Duncan are members at Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church.  Maya feels most alive when she is helping others, spending time with her family, playing a round of golf, and being around people who make her laugh. She is humbled to be a part of this incredible group of members to serve God and our LCS families.


Brian and his wife Tiffany have two sons, Gavin and Parish, and have been a part of the Lighthouse family for six years. After growing up in the Tacoma area, Brian went on to graduate from WSU and Oregon Health and Sciences University (dental school).  He is a dentist with practices in both Lakewood and Silverdale.  “I am very passionate about Lighthouse Christian School and what it has to offer,” says Brian. “I am excited to be a part of the future and direction of this great program.”  In his spare time, Brian enjoys spending time with his family, travelling, skiing, and playing golf and tennis.


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. She has taught in both public and private schools. She has been a business owner and was a founding member of Lighthouse.  Deb served on the LCS teaching team until taking her current position as Director of Ministries for Children and Families at Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church.  Lighthouse has always held a special place in her heart and she is glad to be able to serve the Lord and the school as a board member.


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. With a grandchild at Lighthouse, he and Lynda now have an even more compelling reason to serve and continue the mission of Lighthouse.


Marty was born and raised in Tucson, AZ and lived there until the age of 19. While attending college in Waconia, MN, he met his wife Christi. Married for 18 years, Marty and Christi have three beautiful children; Emma, Baylee and Luke. All three of their children attend Lighthouse Christian School and are currently in 8th, 6th and 3rd grade. The Youngs are members of Faith Presbyterian Church in Tacoma where they have been attending for almost 15 years. Marty enjoys camping, hiking and doing almost anything outdoors, as well as spending time with his family and their different hobbies.



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 is developing a new dining and social concept that will open its first location in Gig Harbor in 2017. 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 two now graduated from LCS.


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 a current LCS seventh grader and have an incoming kindergarten grandchild 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 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, two are now college graduates and two are now in college. “ 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 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.


The Board Chair for 5 years, Dennis is now the parent of two Lighthouse Alumni – Michael, a recent graduate of Pepperdine University, and Lauren, an incoming senior at Life Christian. 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 developing new leadership/life skills programs for young people. Den serves on multiple committees including Finance, Marketing and Development, and Board Governance. 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 foundation it gave our children, and my love of the LCS 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.