VCS is blessed to be led by a Board committed to serving our school. They are:
I grew up in Zambia and Kenya, Africa as a member of a missionary family. I was homeschooled for most of my elementary education, and spent my high school years at a Boarding School in Kenya. I returned to the US to begin college at UW-Oshkosh, met my wife, and have enjoyed making Oshkosh our home since then.
I earned a B.S. in Management Information Systems at University of Wisconsin Oshkosh; and a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) in 2015. I am currently a Business Analyst at Oshkosh Corporation.
My wonderful wife Alyssa and I, married since 2010, have two children, Levi (May 2015) and Evelyn (July 2017). Alyssa was the 4K teacher at VCS 2012-15, she now stays home to raise our children. We are members of River Valley Church where I have served as Treasurer, Life Group and Worship Team Leader.
As President of the Board of Directors at VCS, I bring a unique worldview along with experience in technology, finance, and business. I am dependable, hard working, and a team player. I wish to model Christ as a servant-leader. I strongly believe all we have is His, and we are stewards of resources, time, and talent. As a new parent, providing Christ-centered education is an essential part of the legacy we wish to leave our children.
I am honored to be a member on the board for Valley Christian School. Having been a past board member, many years ago, I look forward in serving again.
My husband Kent and I have been blessed with seven children. Our daughter Elizabeth started with the school in Kindergarten and graduated from Valley Christian High School in the class of 2012. Our two oldest sons graduated from the school back in 2000 and 2001. The other four boys were also students of Oshkosh Christian School, however they did receive their high school diplomas from the public school system.
Currently I serve on the board for Women In Management-Oshkosh Chapter and am an Ambassador for the Oshkosh Chamber. I also work at Belville & Associates Chiropractic Office as Business Manager. In past years I have helped with the school’s girls soccer team and helped coordinate the VCS High School Missions Trip to the Dominican Republic in 2011.
I look forward in the school continuing to shine the light of Jesus today, tomorrow and beyond.
I have had the unique privilege of attending Valley Christian School from Kindergarten through 12th Grade. After graduating, I attended the University of WI Eau Claire where I received a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Biology.
Currently, I work as the Practice Operations Supervisor at Belville & Associates Chiropractic Clinic where I supervise the day-to-day operations as well as business management.
I enjoy serving and being a part of a number of different organizations within the community. I also have a passion for youth and have served as a girls’ small group leader at my church, Christ the Rock, for the last 9 years. When not working, I can be found enjoying time with my family and friends, reading, running, and traveling. I believe God designed each of us with specific gifts and talents to use and I am excited to be given the opportunity to use these gifts and talents to help further Valley Christian School.
General: Born in Two Harbors, MN. Other than a three-year transfer to Arkansas (with Kimberly-Clark) from 1996-1999, I have lived in Wisconsin since the age of four.
Education: Graduated from Appleton High School-West in 1979. Over the years, I have completed several courses at Fox Valley Technical College, including a one-year program to obtain my diploma for Medical Transcription. Most recently, I completed Dyslexia Tutor Training with Dyslexia Reading Connection, Appleton, WI.
Occupation: Homemaker, Independent Dyslexia Tutor, working with students at VCS
Family: Married to Jeff, and mother of 7: Jason, Michael, Timothy, Alex, Melissa, Jeff Jr., Isaac
Church: Christ the Rock, Menasha, WI, since 1999
Volunteer Work: Mission trips with Christian Appalachia Project International
Personnel Committee (to fill principal position at VCS)
2012-13 Key Club Advisor, Valley Christian High School
Moms in Prayer Ministry (formerly Moms in Touch), 1999-present
Desired Contribution to VCS Board: Raising a large family brings many joys and challenges. Often times over the years, my husband and I have been asked the question, “How did you/do you do it?” The truth is that we didn’t do it alone. God has been faithful to us every step along the way. One of His greatest gifts has been allowing us to educate our children at VCS. The teachers, staff, and families of our school have all helped to mold and shape our children into the people that others see today. My heart’s desire is for God to use VCS to mold and shape many generations of children to come. As our world turns more and more away from Christ, their need for the Savior will become increasingly evident. I want to serve on the VCS Board to help our school fulfill its mission. Now, more than ever, the world desperately needs students who are raised and educated to be Christ-centered, people of excellence, and servant-leaders. Together we can share the hope of the gospel.
I was born in Oshkosh in 1955 and have lived here almost all of my life. I graduated from Oshkosh North High School in 1973. I went to vocational school after high school, and then took some college classes as at various colleges while my husband earned his degrees.
I am a member and am also employed as the Business Administrator at Community Church in Oshkosh. I have worked in the office there for the past 28 years in various capacities. My primary duty is managing the finances; however I have numerous other areas of ministry that I oversee. I have organized or helped with many fund raisers over the years. I have a heart to serve wherever God calls me such as children’s ministry, leading women’s studies or our “Bless a Family” Christmas assistance program. I served as director of our women’s ministry for eight years. I’m also found volunteering here at the school or in the community as well.
My husband, Rick, and I have just celebrated our 40th anniversary. We have two grown, married children and so far three grandchildren. Two of those grandchildren, Andrew and Elizabeth, attend VCS as did our children, Michelle and Joshua, in the mid-1980s. I am a very business minded, task oriented, and organized person. I have served as a board member at a not-for-profit for nine years. That coupled with working at the church has afforded me great insight to the inner workings of not-for-profit organizations. I hope to use these skills and experiences to help strengthen the values and vision of this wonderful school.
General: Born and raised in South Carolina. Lived in Auburn, AL, Eau Claire, WI, and Champaign, IL.
Education: B.A., English Literature (Auburn University, Auburn, AL); M.A., Applied Linguistics (Auburn)
Occupation: Staff Representative, The Navigators (1999-present)
Church: Calvary Bible Church, Neenah
Family: Married to Katie from Dec. 1994 until her passing in Jan. 2016. Our children:
Tom (b. 1996) – studying Finance at the Univ of Missouri; Kayla (b. 1999) – studying Communications at Moody Bible Institute (2017 VCS graduate);Rachel (b. 2001) – current high school student at VCS (Class of 2019); Joseph (b. 2006) – current elementary student at VCS
Volunteer Work: Through my work for a Christian non-profit (The Navigators), I have led college students on multiple missions trips abroad (most recently to Zambia in 2014 and The Dominican Republic in 2017). I also serve on The Navigators advisory team for addressing problems of sexual addiction.
Desired Contribution to VCS: Because I have spent the past 20 years working with college students, I have a good sense of the challenges and opportunities awaiting our students beyond VCS. I’ve been standing at the intersection of church and culture, pointing students toward Jesus as they make significant life choices in young adulthood. I’m a big picture thinker, a student of Scripture, an ordained minister, and a communicator.
Education: B.A. in Advertising and Public Relations at University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
Occupation: Sales/Design Specialist at Drexel Building Supply (10yrs)
Family: Married to Rebekah (Alumnus class of 2000); Children: Josiah, Aubryn, Jonathan, and Adalyn (all elementary or preschool students at VCS)
Church: Member at River Valley Community Church
Desired Contribution to VCS:
Being a father of four young children, I strongly value their education but more importantly, I desire my children to have a strong Christian foundation. Valley Christian School has blessed my life in such a personal way, not only did it mold the person that I married, but I have seen it shape my children into loving the Lord and having a servant’s heart. My desire is to bring my seven year experience on the New Life Community Church Board to Valley Christian. To support the Administrator and staff in their call to teach and to train children that they may develop a personal relationship with the Lord and to build confidence as they grow. I am grateful to the staff for their sacrificial service and desire to support them with prayer and service.
General: Raised in Brownsville, WI; moved to Oshkosh area in 2010
Education: BS in Mechanical Engineering from UW-Platteville (May 2009)
Occupation: Homemaker; Previously a Test Engineer at Pierce Manufacturing Inc.
Family: Married to Stephen Marrano in 2010; daughter Eliana (b. 2014), son Michael (b. 2017)
Church: Member of River Valley Church
I am interested in supporting Christian education because I know children need a strong educational foundation which will enable them to think critically, live integrated lives, and put on the whole armor of God. After working in industry for five years, I currently stay at home with my daughter Eliana. During my time as an engineer, I developed my organizational and teamwork skills. I also had the opportunity to serve on the CRU Development Council for three years, which focused on raising funds for CRU in the Fox Valley.
I grew up in Oshkosh and graduated from Oshkosh High School in 1967. I have been married to a wonderful girl named Sandi since 1970.
I graduated from North Central University in Minneapolis with a BA in Bible and Pastoral Studies and from Evangel University in Springfield, MO with a BA in Education. Sandi and I taught together at Cincinnati Christian School for 17 years from 1976-1993. I taught history and social studies classes in the high school.
We moved back to Oshkosh in 1994, Sandi to teach at Appleton Christian and Valley Christian from which she retired in 2013 after teaching middle school and high school math and english for 37 years. I took a position at Bemis Company as a Quality Assurance Technician. I will have been there 24 years when I retire in January, 2018.
Our four children have attended and graduated from Christian schools and colleges, Anna and Austin from Valley Christian. We currently have 2 grandchildren attending Mansfield Christian School (Ohio) and 3 attending Valley Christian, the oldest will be graduating this year.
My life has been centered around Christian education and I am humbled to be considered to serve the school and the Christian school community as a member of the board.
General: Born and raised in Oshkosh. Lived here for my entire life except for 1 year in Tucson and 3 years in U.S. Army
Education: Graduated Oshkosh West High School, Associate of Arts and Science Degree from UW Colleges, Attended Fox Valley Technical College
Occupation: City of Oshkosh Sanitation
Church: Christ The Rock, Menasha (25 years)
Family: Married to Jane for 24 years; two children: Olivia, (Alumnus, Class of 2012) Joseph, (Alumnus, Class of 2014)
Volunteer: VCS, Christ The Rock, Special Olympics, Salvation Army
Desired Contribution to VCS:
I have been involved with VCS since the early 90’s. Having raised two children with the tremendous help of this beloved school, I want to continue serving it and help facilitate the same success for current and future families.
Education: B.A. from Dordt College, Sioux Center, Iowa
D.V.M. from Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine
Occupation: Owner of Great Lakes Veterinary Clinic, Neenah, wife Sue is also a veterinarian at Great Lakes Veterinary Clinic.
Family: Married to Sue with five children – Blake, graduate of University of Northwestern in St. Paul ; Tyler, University of Northwestern; Ryan, University of Northwestern; Kayla, at Valley Christian School; Carla, at Valley Christian School.
Desired Contribution to VCS: Having served on the board for several years in the past, I have a long history with this school and bring to the board a definite historical perspective of from where we have come and where we feel God is leading us to go. Our family has a true passion for this school, and strives to serve it in whatever way God leads us.
As a Board Member I desire to be obedient to Christ by using my life experiences and talents with God’s grace to work in synergy with others to fulfill the mission of producing Christ-Centered Servant Leaders.