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Table of Contents An amazingly beautiful night!
MESSAGE FROM EXECU TIVE DIRECTOR ................. 4 Share Jesus and Develop Future Leaders STRATEGIC PLANNING............................................... 5 Our Stategic Pillars Programs That Make OLu Unique MISSIONS....................................................................... 8 Khari’s Calling There Goes The van der Goes
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ARTS............................................................................. 14 Family Business Moviemaker in the Making ATHLETICS ................................................................. 20 Walking Tall The Hall of Famer OC Varsity Coaches of the Year A HELPING HAND. . ..................................................... 28 A Singing Success Thrifty Through Christ OUR CLASS OF 2015 BREAKDOWN............................ 35
It is our blessing and honor to present to you the 2014-15 Annual Report, featuring stories about our wonderful Lancer family, programs and overall performance from the past year. We are grateful for your support and hope you enjoy the report. God’s Blessings.
ALUMNI... PAVING THE WAY. . .................................... 36 A Teaching Task The Path Less Traveled
2015 ATHLETICS HALL OF FAME.............................. 42
Chief Advancement Officer
THE OLu BUSINESS NETWORK ................................ 43 L WINE LANCER ALUMNI ASSOCIATION
Associate Director of Advancement
CALLED HOME TO GLORY........................................ 44 Art Gray
Videographer, Director of Summer Programs
POWER OF THE DREAM GALA Love Endures ................ 45 2015 GOLF CLASSIC
Alumni Relations Coordinator
MESSAGE FROM THE ADVANCEMENT OFFICE ..... 46
2015 GIVING................................................................. 47 MESSAGE FROM THE FINANCE OFFICE . . ............... 52 FACULTY AND STAFF . . ............................................... 53
CATHY BLANKENSHIP ‘86
SANDY HEMPHILL-LOPEZ DAVE CACCIAPUOTI
COURTNEY KRUGER ‘08 KYLEE KREU TZIGER BRANTLEY WATSON
Public Relations Coordinator
SHAWNA VAN DAELE
Research & Database Coordinator
all of our students will be leaders – whether in the marketplace, church, community or in their home. We all lead in various ways during our lives. In Martin Luther’s legendary Letter to Mayors and Aldermen of All Cities of Germany in Behalf of Christian Schools, he writes, “Young pupils and students are the seed and source of the church.” He continues to say, “Above all, in schools of all kinds, the chief and most common lesson should be Scriptures…But where the Holy Scriptures are not the rule, I advise no one send his child. The soul can do without everything except the Word of God. Without this, it suffers need, but when it has the Word of God, it needs nothing more, but has in the Word enough – food, joy, peace, light, art, righteousness, truth, freedom, and every good thing in abundance.” The mission of Orange Lutheran High School is “to help students internalize the Gospel message of salvation in Christ Jesus.” Ask any staff member or student and they can articulate our mission. It is the most important thing we do!
“Share Jesus and Develop Future Leaders”
Message from Executive Director, Todd Moritz
ost organizations develop a mission statement to enable them to stay completely focused on their core purpose. A personal mission statement can provide the same powerful focus in our own lives as well. I strongly encourage those in my sphere of influence to consider developing a personal mission statement. God has given each of us spiritual gifts (1 Corinthians 12:1-11, Romans 12:3-8). What does He want you to accomplish with those gifts for His good and glory ( John 15:8, Ephesians 2:10)? Most people that go through a personal mission statement writing process end up with strong focus in their life and accomplish more because of it. My personal mission statement is to “share Jesus and develop future leaders.” It has come out of years of prayer and study. Given the numerous options of how I can use my time, I often ask myself the question, what will make the biggest impact long term in the Kingdom? That is one of the reasons I am in high school ministry. These years are crucial for the development of our future leaders. And make no mistake about it,
Our vision is similar to our mission. Orange Lutheran will be an exemplary, global Christian high school, known for integrating faith and learning, and for developing students to be disciples of Jesus Christ and people of Christian character who are prepared for college and life beyond. Yes, we prepare students for college and yes, we prepare them for life. But we do that by keeping the main thing the main thing. Over the last year, we have been working a lot on what we call “redefining the high school experience.” High school can mean a lot of different things to different people. But as one alumni eloquently put it, “Orange Lutheran is where I learned WHO I am…college is where I learned WHAT I wanted to do.” The OLu Experience is a personalized, balanced approach to education, designed to engage students through a process of inquiry, exploration, and discovery through varied and diverse opportunities in a safe, caring environment supported by authentic relationships so that students understand their identity in Christ, develop resiliency and accountability, are prepared for college, and are strengthened for a Christian life of purpose, service, and leadership in a global society. We are focused on how we best nurture a Christ-centered balance for our students and staff. Thank you for your support of this amazing ministry that is Orange Lutheran. God has richly blessed Orange Lutheran and we are grateful. We are very excited about the good work God has in store for us and are looking forward to our continued partnership in ministry together. To God the glory!
“Scott and I are so grateful and so blessed that our children have had the experience of Orange Lutheran. Education is so critical when it comes to your children and this is a place that they were loved, nutured, and thrived. We’re grateful to God and to Orange Lutheran.”
Todd J. Moritz Executive Director
Scott & Susan Fox, parents of Kailey ‘13 and Michael ‘14
range Lutheran is looking ahead. A year after the completion of the Beyond Expectations project, which added 40,000 sq. ft. to the school’s footprint, the focus remains on how to provide the best Christian educational experience for Orange Lutheran students. The use of technology must be expanded. Faculty and staff must continue to help students find the appropriate balance between extracurricular activities, preparing for college and performing in the classroom. Tuition must remain affordable for current and incoming families. Orange Lutheran is committed to redefining the high school experience with a focus on helping students prepare for college, but also for life, by helping them identify and develop their God-given gifts for use however and wherever God leads them. Take a glimpse at Orange Lutheran’s Strategic Pillars structure, aimed at accomplishing each of the school’s future goals, all of which will combine to create the Christ-centered education and environment that Orange Lutheran knows is critical in developing our future leaders.
Our Strategic Pillars CLIMATE / CULTURE The OLu Experience is a personalized, balanced approach to education designed to engage students through a process of inquiry, exploration, and discovery through varied and diverse opportunities in a safe, caring environment. The goal is to help students prepare to live a strengthened, Christian life of purpose, service, and leadership in a global society. ACADEMICS As a high school committed to helping students prepare for college and beyond, excellent academics is a priority. Quality course design, combined with passionate teaching, is paramount. ONLINE / HYBRID Most OLu students are involved in several activities, and for that reason, Orange Lutheran’s online program can be a tremendous blessing when it comes to time management and preparing for online classes in college. ATHLETICS OLu is committed to being successful in athletic competition. The school competes in the nationally-recognized Trinity League and OLu’s investment in athletics 6
includes some of the best coaches, training facilities and support staff in the entire country.
ARTS Orange Lutheran’s diverse artistic culture has something to offer everyone interested in the arts. Whether it is elegant dancers performing majestic leaps or the graceful brushstroke of a young painter, OLu continues to build on its reputation as an outstanding training ground for musicians, stage performers, and visual artists. FINANCIAL SUSTAINABILITY Orange Lutheran has been blessed with tremendous growth, doubling its net assets to $18 million over the past two years. The Beyond Expectations campus improvement project was a success with $10 million of the $15 million project paid for in cash, but long term debt level is too high at $18 million. OLu has a small endowment fund at $1 million, and its net operating cash is at breakeven. The Strategic Plan commits to minimal growth in tuition and wage increases only slightly above cost of living. In order to improve the financial position, OLu will focus on improving stewardship and increasing financial support from alumni, parents and supporters.
GROWTH With a nearly full campus, growth presents quite a challenge. Growth opportunities come from expanded online and hybrid classes for existing students, offering online classes to other middle and high schools, and improved physical access to the existing campus.
MISSIONS The goal of OLu’s Missions Program is to provide a hands-on way of accomplishing its mission. It desires to help students deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ by doing His work. The Missions Program affords students the opportunity to minister on a national and international scale, in hopes of doing “as Christ would do.”
Programs That Make OLu Unique
DEPARTMENT OF SPECIAL PROGRAMS AND SERVICES (DSPS)
DSPS is designed to meet the unique educational needs of a diverse student body by providing various levels of support for students with special learning needs and educational disabilities.
PROFESSIONAL MINISTRY WORKER ACADEMY (PMW ) OLu’s mission extends beyond
the walls of its campus, and the school is committed to actively identifying, encouraging, and equipping the next generation of professional ministry workers.
FAITH & ENTREPRENEURIAL BUSINESS ACADEMY (FEBA) Orange Lutheran intentionally
The purpose of Orange Lutheran’s new Internship Program is to connect students with on-and off-campus resources to help create relationships and experiences that will assist with their academic and professional development. Currently in development, this exciting program is set to launch in Spring 2016 by placing students in several offices on-campus, and in the near future, off-campus within organizations affiliated with Orange Lutheran.
Orange Lutheran is reaching out to schools across the globe to provide access to its rigorous online courses, dedicated teachers and experienced counselors in an innovative and cost-effective way.
COLLEGE COUNSELING AND PLANNING
Orange Lutheran’s Counseling & College Planning Department is committed to providing quality, personalized attention and care with seven full-time qualified counselors. With two freshman-only counselors, a wealth of sophomore, junior and senior counselors, and an international counselor, Orange Lutheran is prepared to assist all students in any way it can.
created its business academy to be entrepreneurial in nature, guided by Christian educators and business leaders, and infused with a Christian ethos. Through project-based workshops and a rigorous capstone project, students learn what it means to “be in business.”
SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING AND MATH (STEM)
In an educational landscape filled with STEM programs, OLu’s shines bright because it is built on the foundation of faithful, gifted teachers and a Christian ethos. Through a strong emphasis in math and science courses, unique course offerings, and summer internships with the likes of Boeing and UC Irvine, the STEM program provides a path of discovery that prepares students for careers in engineering, medicine, technology, and finance.
“The most important thing I’ve learned at OLu is the absolute need for friends that actually support and respect the things you care about. For me, that means they can respect my faith, my interests, and other things that make me who I am--and they can also respect when my interests change.” Leah VanOtterloo ‘15
he Orange Lutheran Missions Program is the school’s vehicle to affect society through God’s Word on a national and international level. It started with a trip to Mexico in the year 2000 and then grew into local outreach programs in Orange County. Now, mission teams have traveled to China, India, Romania, and Malawi, among other countries, as well as across the United States. God continues to bless the Missions Program with visions for new destinations and an increase of Lancer families eager to do their part in representing Jesus Christ. As of August 2015, 3,663 Lancer family members have gone on mission trips. And, on the 56 total trips taken by the Missions Program, teams have accumulated 235,000 service hours. The mission teams perform a number of duties in the communities in which they visit, including construction projects, teaching English to children, hosting vacation Bible school, holding sports tournaments, performing ministry in prisons and poor communities, and fundraising for students’ educations. “Our number one goal is to bring glory to God,” said Program Director Mark Maietta. “Second, for both our team and the people we partner with and minister to, is to be drawn closer to Christ.” Over the years, the Missions Program has made incremental changes each year, taking each step that God puts in front of them on an annual basis. Maietta and the rest of the program are each looking forward to what comes next.
KHARI’S CALLING Khari Johnson ‘10 needed to find something more out of life. God showed her the way.
She aspired to take more mission trips while at UCLA, but since she graduated early, she didn’t find the time, as her parents told her to focus on finishing school. Then, considering she assimilated into the working world immediately after graduation, Johnson never got the chance to tackle her next adventure. “I’m excited to see the world and travel and really understand different cultures and how we live compared to others. I want to see how I can contribute to the lives of others.” Johnson said that her current job has been nothing but supportive, even helping her to raise the over $16,000 she needed for the 11-month backpacking trip. Her job also informed her that her position would be waiting when she gets back.
hari Johnson has a gift for looking ahead.
After graduating from Orange Lutheran in 2010, she earned her degree in communications from UCLA a year early, graduating in 2013. Her next step would be a fast track into the world of marketing, as she landed a job working for world renowned chef Wolfgang Puck at age 22. But after a year working in the “industry,” which includes celebrity clients and high profile, Hollywood events, Johnson took a step back for a change. Subsequently, she began moving forward in a different direction.
On June 30, Johnson kicked off her participation in the World Race, an 11-month Christian mission trip that spans 11 countries worldwide. Her 11 stops will be, in order: Albania, Romania, Malawi, Zambia, Thailand, Cambodia, Malaysia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, and Chile. “When I was graduating college, I just prayed, whether I got the dream job, whether I was going to travel, or do mission trips, I just asked God to make it clear for me.” Khari Johnson ‘10
Serving also helped me step outside of just focusing on myself, and I realized how much time I spent worrying about my own ‘needs’ when there are others who I could be focusing on and helping.” Kendall Schmidt, ‘17
Johnson has already begun to update her blog, kharijohnson. theworldrace.org, with content revolving around experiences from the mission trip, which she will return from in May. “I feel like this is what I’m supposed to do. My strength might not be telling people about God, but it is listening and being there and caring for people.”
“When I was graduating college, I just prayed,” Johnson said. “Whether I got the dream job, whether I was going to travel, or do mission trips, I just asked God to make it clear for me.”
“I have no idea what my mindset will be when I get back. A year of serving people, I might want to be a full-time missionary.
Out of college, Johnson landed a job in marketing with Umami Burger before moving on to work with Wolfgang Puck.
“But what I do know is I have the next year to listen and see what God wants me to do.
Johnson got her first taste of international missionary work during her high school career. She traveled to New Orleans, Mexico, and Belize with the Orange Lutheran Missions Program.
gave me a new perspective and gratitude for my life.
Before taking off on the World Race, Johnson participated in a 10day training camp in Atlanta, Georgia. Nearly 60 people are included on the trip, and small teams will break out of that larger group. Teams then go to separate areas and are charged with different tasks, whether it’s working in orphanages or preaching the gospel at local churches or another task.
In order to go on the nearly yearlong backpacking excursion, Johnson left her job and moved back home to Orange County to live with her parents.
“When am I going to go if I keep waiting?”
the trip made me realize how blessed I am, and it
“I’m nervous,” Johnson said of the trip. “I’m anxious. I’m a little stressed out. I’ll be living in a tent putting a year of my life on my back. And I’m nervous about that lifestyle. But I’m excited to tell people about God and see how I change over this year. I’m going to keep up on a blog. I want to see if my stories abroad can inspire people back home.”
As far as what she will do when she gets back, Johnson isn’t exactly sure. She might go back to her job or, she might decide to pursue further missionary work. Regardless, she hopes to come back to her high school and share her experiences, in Daily Gathering or in missions classes, with students on the same course as her.
“I felt like it was absolutely what I was meant to do,” Johnson said of her marketing career. “It was amazing. But I started to feel like it was time to do something else. So when I left, I told my job that it wasn’t because I was unhappy, it was just that I wanted to do more and give back to the community and go see the world. And I feel like now is the right time to do that.
“I feel so much closer to God. But really, going on
“God really stretched me to reach out to people I don’t normally talk to and hang out with. I really enjoyed getting to know lots of different people and making new friends. I also enjoyed spending time at the assisted living. I had never really done that before and I loved it!” Victoria Smith ‘15
“We’re blessed to be here and we want to share what we have, whether it be time or space or energy,” Robert said. “And Orange Lutheran gives right back to us.”
“For Erik, Missions has helped him grow in his faith tremendously,” Diane added. “He’s grown into a leader. He’s in a leadership role in the Missions Program and that was all his idea.”
Essentially, the van der Goes’ attachment to OLu started the first day Erik stepped on campus.
Diane admits that Erik has become such an involved member of the Missions Program that often times, she and Robert don’t see their son on the trips, besides the customary hi and bye in the morning or afternoon.
“When Erik was coming into high school, we toured and shadowed other schools in the Trinity League, but when we first sat down with Admissions, the first thing we did was pray,” Robert said. “When we interviewed with a teacher, the first thing we did was pray. “When we left, Erik said this is where he wanted to go to school.” One of the most appealing aspects of the Orange Lutheran experience for the van der Goes family was the Missions Program. Robert, Diane and Erik have been on four missions trips together: twice to Appalachia and twice to the Native American Reservation Trip, known as NART. And with each passing trip, the van der Goes group comes closer to each other and closer to God. “We’re a jump in thedeep end kind of family,” Robert said. “It’s more fun if you’re involved. For us, whether it’s missions or football or anything, it’s an opportunity for us to serve. And that’s where we get a lot of joy.
THERE GOES THE VAN DER GOES
The van der Goes family’s love for Orange Lutheran and the Missions Program only grows with each passing year.
“Every morning, we have quiet time with God, and it taught us to try to implement that into our daily life as much as possible. That was a huge lesson for us.” Diane van der Goes, parent of Erik ’16
or the van der Goes family, what they give can never match what they receive. “You go into these mission trips with the intent to serve, but you come back more filled,” Robert said. “You always get more out of it than you put into it.”
The van der Goes clan, consisting of Robert, his wife Diane, and their son Erik, are officially familiar with the Lancer way. Erik is a junior tight end for the Lancers football squad, and Diane and Robert, as well as their son, are regulars on the NART and Appalachia mission trips.
“Service is on our hearts,” added Robert. “Missions is one of the neatest programs. You get to become not just a part of the school, but a part of the kids’ lives. They accept you into their life.” When it comes to being a part of the kids’ lives, Diane said that she enjoys that part the most.
But regardless of their time spent together on missions, or lack thereof, each part of the van der Goes trio brings home an important lesson that applies to their daily family life. “As a family, the mission trips taught us to slow down,” Diane said. “Every morning, we have quiet time with God, and it taught us to try to implement that into our daily life as much as possible. That was a huge lesson for us.” Erik’s time at Orange Lutheran, according to his parents, has flown by. Come next school year, he’ll be preparing to leave for college. As for Diane and Robert’s time at Orange Lutheran? That’s not coming to an end anytime soon. The school is one of their most cherished friends. “We see ourselves at Friday night football games and we see ourselves at Nechita Center performances for a long time coming,” Diane said. And when it comes to missions trips, things will stay the same. “We plan around going to Appalachia,” Diane said. “Now, that’s our family vacation.”
“That first trip just totally changed me. I underestimated teenagers until I spent time with them. They are so bright and giving. To see them out being humble servants, it’s very touching. It’s emotional.”
“We’re a jump in the deep end kind of family” Robert van der Goes, parent of Erik ’16
And just as they’ve made it their personal mission to give back to the high school that they cherish, according to the van der Goes, Orange Lutheran continues to give back to their family just as abundantly.
“I’ve learned more about how to be a Christian example and how to better do it in all parts of my life. Orange Lutheran has helped me learn more about my faith and helped my faith grow stronger.” Jake Hansen ‘15
n the twelve years since the inception of the Alexandra Nechita Center for the Performing Arts, Orange Lutheran arts programs have seen monumental progress. With each passing year, performing arts - including musicals, choir performances and plays - and visual arts - including photography, graphic design and painting - only become grander. And in turn, Orange Lutheran has become one of the most well-recognized arts schools in all of Southern California, giving students a wonderful platform to utilize and be recognized for their God-given artistic abilities. In addition to Orange Lutheran’s arts facilities, its arts staff is dedicated to guiding young artists to reach their maximum potential. With the help of the Artist-inResidence, Kevin Nadeau, and the rest of the school’s dedicated and talented arts instructors, students are given the opportunity to pursue their artistic passions in an experienced, fun, Christian environment. The growth of Orange Lutheran arts has become a joy to behold. And with the work that God has done on-campus and in the arts programs, the future is blazing bright.
uckily for Kevin, his wife is his biggest fan. And he’s also her biggest supporter. “I think he’s a genius,” Jamie said. “He solves every problem we have producing the shows.
“And, he edits all my music for me.” The personal and working relationship for the Nadeaus is one to aspire to. The two have collaborated under the umbrella of the Orange Lutheran Performing Arts Program for over a decade, after Kevin began planning the school’s first Gala in 2003 and then came on as the school’s Artist-in-Residence in 2007. Jamie soon followed, as the school’s Director of Performance Dance. The duo put three kids through Orange Lutheran – Amy ’05, Cody ’09, and Maggie ’13 – all of whom were members of the Performing Arts Program and still seek to contribute to their high school alma mater today. “After many years together as husband and wife, it’s always exciting to work together as creative partners,” Kevin said. “I tell her, I see a different person when she’s directing a show than running our house and raising our kids. We enjoy collaborating. I still run every song idea past her for Gala. We have a great professional relationship. There is a lot of trust. I don’t have to check on her choreography and she doesn’t need to check on the music.”
The Nadeau family has found its second home in Orange Lutheran.
“We love Orange Lutheran and want to help advance its dreams for the arts.” Kevin Nadeau, parent of Amy ’05, Cody ’09, and Maggie ’13
amily is at the top of a list of reasons why Kevin and Jamie Nadeau are as close as they are. The two have three kids, all blessed with their parents’ talent. Music and dance are near the top of the list. Kevin and Jamie have an innate love for the performing arts, and their talents just happen to compliment one another.
But also on that list is Orange Lutheran High School. Because at Orange Lutheran, Kevin and Jamie have seen their greatest passions – their kids and the performing arts – come together as one. Now, Kevin and Jamie have become completely entrenched in the school. And the relationship is mutually beneficial, to say the least. And as long as they can be of help, the Nadeaus won’t be leaving Orange Lutheran any time soon.
The Nadeaus had long enjoyed success before arriving at Orange Lutheran, where luckily, success followed. Kevin is a professional musician, most famous for his work on advertising campaigns for companies such as McDonald’s, Toyota, Mattel and Kraft General Foods.
“I love mentoring the students,” Jamie said. “I love it. I love to pick them up and give them confidence. That’s my favorite thing. I love getting to know them and their needs.” “For the challenges of what they’re dreaming about, they need to have faith that God has a plan for them,” Kevin said. “You can’t make yourself famous. We’re always talking to them, when they wonder why they didn’t get an audition, why they didn’t get a role, or why they’re in the back row, we try to remind them that you have to commit to your craft and realize that at some point, you will be in front of a director that sees the potential in you and has the right role. “They will have their moment. In their young lives, faith will help them cope with those things.”
or Kevin and Jamie, it’s not all about the talent. It’s also about the environment.
“We pray before every show as a group,” Jamie said of her relationship with her dancers. “And at other high schools, you just can’t do that. It’s quite the difference.” Since the inception of the Alexandra Nechita Center for the Performing Arts, focus on the arts has skyrocketed at Orange Lutheran. It’s one of the reasons the Nadeaus brought their children to OLu and it’s the main reason Kevin and Jamie can’t see themselves anywhere else.
His most recent project was co-writing and co-producing “Reach Up LA,” the theme song for the 2015 Special Olympics. His most famous project is the, “I’m Lovin’ It” campaign for McDonald’s.
“The arts are something that we have always been passionate about,” Kevin said. “When we first saw how committed this school was to the arts, it was natural for us to help out any way we could to keep moving this dialogue forward.
Jamie is an acclaimed choreographer whose work has been featured on stages across the country and internationally.
“The leadership here has an unbelievable commitment to the arts. It’s a great opportunity for the students and for us.”
However, today, their greatest contributions are the ones given to Orange Lutheran.
Today, Amy ‘05, is a professional dancer, and most recently choreographed Tarzan the Musical in 2014 along with friend and performing arts teacher Chelsey Everhart ’05. Cody ‘09 plays guitar at Daily Gatherings, the annual Gala, and is an adjunct faculty for Pam Hansen and the worship arts. Maggie ‘13, is a student at the Dodge College of Film and Media Arts at Chapman University.
“For the careers that we have chosen, we realize we’ve been blessed,” Kevin said. “This is a huge opportunity for us to perpetuate those opportunities for others, the same way we had a mentor or teacher, a person you look back at and say, ‘That person motivated me to do what I do.’ “And we’re at a point where we get to choose where to invest our efforts and time. Very rarely does this feel like work.” Aside from their actual positions at the school, both Kevin and Jamie continue to play the role of mentor for young artists that come through Orange Lutheran. The challenges of pursuing a career in the entertainment industry are ones that the Nadeaus are all too familiar with, which is why they aim to prepare students from a performance standpoint, but also a psychological and spiritual standpoint.
All three Nadeau children have followed in the footsteps of their parents and the entire Nadeau clan will continue to be active members of the Lancer Family. “We continue to see opportunities provided by the school leadership to empower students through the arts,” Kevin said. “The enthusiasm around this program is why we’re here. “We love Orange Lutheran and want to help advance its dreams for the arts.”
MOVIEMAKER IN THE MAKING The Cannes Film Festival is just the first step for Rachel Hemsley.
achel Hemsley ’13 was born to be in the film industry. All she needed was a little extra assurance. And that assurance came in the form of an invitation.
Hemsley, 20, is a junior at Chapman and is studying screenwriting at the Dodge College of Film and Media Arts. Her dream career is to write novels and films, in addition to serving as a script supervisor and eventually, a movie director. And in April of this year, each of those goals were given a boost, when the short film Add/Edit, on which Hemsley served as script supervisor, was selected for the “Short Film Corner” category of the Cannes Film Festival, one of the most prestigious film festivals in the world.
“Honestly, it’s all God. I write with God. He gives me whole scenes in my head and I just write it down. He gave me a voice at a young age. He gives me the words to say. I can hardly take any credit.” Rachel Hemsley ‘13
“It’s amazing to have this experience,” Hemsley said. “That was only my third time being on set at all. But this is where it really clicked for me. I realized I was good at this and saw myself doing it for a long time. Now that the movie is in Cannes, to have my name on something like this is God giving me confirmation that this is the path for me.” While it is not rare for independent short films to be received into the France-based festival, it is rare for independent short films developed completely by college students to be received into Cannes. Add/Edit is a piece about a young woman who is a film editor, and while editing clips for an upcoming movie, begins to reflect on her relationships in life and how she tends to edit her very own existence. A friend of Hemsley’s who attends Chapman created the film, and she was asked to serve as script supervisor. “As script supervisor, you’re very involved with the director and the cinematographer, and your job is basically continuity,” Hemsley said. “With every shot, everything has to be the same. You have to know how actors might take sips of a drink, how a chair moves in a specific scene, and basically just be the editor on set. You have to know all the small details, so there is a lot of preparation and planning that goes into it.” Preparation and planning are the two things that so far, have defined Hemsley’s young career. Her mother, Lauri, is a doctor, but her father, Matt, was a commercial and film actor, director,
and stunt double. Following in her father’s footsteps became Hemsley’s plan at a young age. “I was in my first commercial when I was a couple months old, so it’s been in my blood,” Hemsley said. “I always had that connection with my dad, but I liked the writing side of it.”
“The most important thing I learned while at Orange
Hemsley put her future screenwriting aspirations into motion by writing a book at age 12. Emma of Winds was published in 2010, when Hemsley was 15, and it gave her a taste of what it’s like to make a story come to life in her mind.
out that my true value does not come in my grades
“When you have the ability to tell a story and make people feel things and get messages across the globe through film or books, it’s such a ministry tool. And it doesn’t have to be a Christian movie. It could be an Oscar-winning film that just makes people think.”
what He has done for me.”
Lutheran is to be confident in myself and I figured
or who I’m around or whatever else I may think it comes from. Rather, my value comes from Christ and
Yostina Beshay ‘15
Hemsley hopes to adapt Emma of Winds, which revolves around protagonist and female pirate Emma and her Robin Hood-like exploits, onto the silver screen in the future. While at Orange Lutheran, Hemsley was in the Ambassadors Club, president of the Improv Club, participated in Missions, and acted in numerous plays and musicals. However, despite her involvement mainly with acting in high school, writing was her passion, one that she says is merely an extension of her relationship with God. “Honestly, it’s all God. I write with God. He gives me whole scenes in my head and I just write it down. He gave me a voice at a young age. He gives me the words to say. I can hardly take any credit.” As for her next ventures, Hemsley spent the summer and the fall working on two separate independent films, script supervising and assisting in screenwriting. Upon her graduation from Chapman in fall of 2016, she is hoping to bring one of her own films to life with the help of her father and of course, God. “Faith has been a huge part of my life and my entire family is extremely faith-based,” said Hemsley, whose brother, Luke, is a sophomore at Orange Lutheran. “I’ve had a very close walk with God. When I was home-schooled before high school, I had so much time alone and it became normal to talk to Him and pray and just expect Him in my life. “When I came to Orange Lutheran, there was no question that this is where God wanted me. And today, he continues to open doors for me.”
“OLu is a family. We all look out for one another. This is not just some place where students go to learn and then go back home. Teachers and faculty care about us and our well-being. They want to see us succeed and they do whatever it takes to help us reach our full potential.” “The most important thing I have learned while attending OLu is that no matter what is going on in your life, you can always persevere through it. OLu provides so many opportunities and services to help us with whatever we have going on.” Alison McMurtry ‘15
“I will miss the genuine connection I felt with the teachers. They really have been some of the most influential people in my life the past four years.” Michael Russell ‘15
“The first thing that has impacted me all four years of my Lancer experience are my teachers. I have always been encouraged and loved by them. The second thing that makes OLu great is the opportunities that I was exposed to. With leadership and choir and numerous other things, I was able to enjoy my high school experience to the fullest. OLu is my second home. I feel safe, encouraged, and loved when I am there.”
Karina Knapp ‘15
thletics are a vital piece of the Orange Lutheran puzzle. On a global scale, sports represent unity, a concept that is alive and well on the OLu campus.
Lancer sports programs aim to help student-athletes reach their full physical potential, as they compete in the nationallyrenowned Trinity League. Orange Lutheran has 20 varsity sports teams and a wealth of coaches with decades of experience guiding and motivating student-athletes. But the most imperative aspect of Orange Lutheran athletics is teaching those student-athletes the importance of glorifying God each time they take the court or the field. As Ms. Nancy Paul says, “It is in His name that we pray, it is to His glory that we play.”
WALKING TALL How Josh Marquardt ‘15 flexed his mental strength in order to recover from physical injury.
help stabilize the cartilage in the knee. However, they weren’t sure what effect it would have on the bone. The same day that Marquardt decided to have the injection on his left knee, a bone donor was found. He underwent surgery on June 11. After the surgery, Marquardt couldn’t walk for over two months. He was bedridden for a month and then required to use a wheelchair. During that time, he used a continuous passive motion (CPM) machine to help him increase his range of motion, iced his knee throughout the day, and met with physical trainers three times a week. Marquardt finally began to walk the first day of his senior year. “It was rough. Volleyball starts that first week. So I’m just sitting with my cane, helping the guys, but I wanted to be on the court. But I stayed optimistic.”
he prognosis was bad. The explanation was worse. “The doctor described it as ‘a shark bite on your femur.’”
Josh Marquardt finished his tenure at Orange Lutheran in May. He was a member of the STEM program, an Ignite team leader and a member of the Young Alumni Council.
That’s when things began taking a turn for the better. The stem cell injection in Marquardt’s left knee had helped build bone in the bottom of his femur. The bone stabilized. The surgery on his left knee, which doctors thought to be a given, wasn’t needed. “That was just a prayer answered,” Marquardt said.
But his most memorable experience was playing volleyball during his senior year, a feat that in the summer of 2014, seemed impossible.
“I never can jump or move as quick as I once did, but I’m able to go out there and play and move. And that’s a miracle in itself. But I always believed I would be able to get back out there. I never lost hope. Josh Marquardt ‘15
By the start of the second semester of his senior year, Marquardt could finally jump again. “The first game I played in was a scrimmage against Los Al. After the game, I hugged my mom and she was crying. She couldn’t believe I was out there. That summer, I couldn’t even walk. So that was a cool moment.” Marquardt didn’t miss one practice or game due to his knees the entire season. He also served as captain of the team. “I never can jump or move as quick as I once did, but I’m able to go out there and play and move. And that’s a miracle in itself. But I always believed I would be able to get back out there. I never lost hope. “My knees had their ups and downs,” he added. “It went week by week. I developed tendinitis in my left knee and my right knee held up but swelled a ton after every single game. It’s not where it should be. But all in all, they made it through.”
“But that summer I would see everyone having fun and going on trips. I was stuck in this machine and I would be mad and lash out emotionally. I asked God, ‘Why?’” “But I realized, it was for the better somehow. My mom prayed with me every single night. She supported me, even when I felt mad at God.”
“With volleyball and basketball, obviously there is a lot of jumping,” Marquardt said. “I was playing volleyball one day and I landed on my knee wrong a few times. And it hurt. When I got home that day and walked up the stairs, my knee just turned. And that night, it swelled up huge.”
Marquardt now attends UC Santa Barbara, where he majors in mechanical engineering.
A short time after, Marquardt underwent an MRI in his right knee, for what he thought might be a torn meniscus.
He isn’t sure if he’ll try to walk on to the volleyball team. He might just stick to playing club. He is also considering joining the rowing team.
It wasn’t a torn meniscus. It was osteochondritis dissecans. “It’s often just called OCD,” Marquardt explained. “Over time, with the pounding on my knees, the bone in my knee wasn’t getting enough blood. So the bone slowly disintegrated. The cartilage in my knee was basically filling in for the bone.”
Two months passed and no donor had been found, when doctors presented another option to Marquardt. The disorder had also developed in his left knee, but not as severely as his right. Doctors offered a stem cell injection for Marquardt to receive in his left knee, with the hopes that it would
“I remember that first practice, I was just passing and my knee was getting really fat, but it was a ton of fun. I was out there with the guys, being loud and having fun. And touching a volleyball.”
During the ordeal, Marquardt admitted there were moments when he couldn’t understand why this was happening to him. “On the outside, from what my parents saw, I was being optimistic.”
Marquardt had always been a high-flying athlete as a basketball and volleyball player. So he often shrugged off the pain that he experienced in his knees. But by the time he reached his junior year at Orange Lutheran, with the pain only increasing as time went on, he started to realize that something was wrong.
The rare knee disorder would not only require Marquardt to have surgery, but he would need a bone donor.
Marquardt’s plan was just to get back to fifty percent by the time the season started. He went to Appalachia with the Missions team in the fall, and by the time he got back, he couldn’t jump but he could play.
But regardless of what sport he plays, Marquardt is just thankful to be playing.
“I can only see this small part of the story. But God has an entire picture laid out for me.” Josh Marquardt ‘15
“This is just an example of a small test so I can face even bigger tests in the future,” he said. “It’s about perseverance and getting through adversity. “I can only see this small part of the story. But God has an entire picture laid out for me.”
THE HALL OF FAMER Nancy Paul lists her top five moments in Lancer basketball history.
n Orange Lutheran’s campus, Nancy Paul has an office. Then, she has a room.
This room isn’t big, but it’s big enough. The walls are lined with shelves, shelves that are lined with boxes, boxes that are marked with one name and different numbers. Nancy Paul, Box 1. Nancy Paul, Box 2. And so on.
The number of boxes enters the 60s. While chatting with visitors in her office, Ms. Paul often stops the conversation to visit her room. Upon her return, she’s accompanied by some form of Orange Lutheran relic, dating back to the school’s inaugural years. Inducted into the Southern California Interscholastic Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame this year, for her service to prep sports over her 40-year OLu career.
Very little Lancer history escapes Ms. Paul’s grasp or her memory. So when she was inducted into the Southern California Interscholastic Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame this year, for her service to prep sports over her 40-year OLu career, memories began to surface. Here are five that Ms. Paul says stand out in her mind about the history of Orange Lutheran basketball, milestones that changed the boys and girls programs forever:
Boys basketball is CIF-SS Small Schools runner up. This was the first time that the boys basketball program made it to a CIF championship game, under head coach Jerry Simmons. The Lancers lost to Pasadena Poly by 10 points at Long Beach Convention Center, but it was a milestone in Orange Lutheran basketball history. “It was so exciting for us because we were not that big of a school, to be playing a perennial powerhouse like Pasadena Poly. It was certainly not their first time.” At the time, Ms. Paul was teaching and coaching girls junior varsity basketball, as well as working with Bob Dowding in the athletic department.
Girls basketball defeats Rosamond High to win CIF-SS Small Schools title. The Lancers, playing at Antelope Valley JC, came from behind to win, 43-42, capturing their first CIF title. “That year, the girls cut the nets down. They each took a piece of the net for themselves, but on the other end of the court, Beverly Arnett (the Lancers’ head coach) cut down the entire net and said, ‘Nancy, why don’t you hold onto this.’” Ms. Paul still has the net to this day. At the time, Ms. Paul was coaching girls junior varsity basketball and doing athletic administration for girls sports. She even remembers who rode the bus to the girls varsity basketball games that year. “Coach Arnett liked to keep a small circle around the
team. The only people on the bus, aside from Coach Arnett and the players, were me, the school nurse Verna Thome (mother of freshman baseball coach Dan Thome), school administrator Bill Balke, bus driver Deanna Scott (the mother of current Orange Lutheran maintenance manager Kent Scott ‘83), and Emily Wolfe (Kent Scott’s grandmother).”
inscribed on the Orange Lutheran court, she was inducted into the Orange Lutheran Athletics Hall of Fame, she was awarded the Cristo Mundo Award from Concordia University, Irvine, and she was recognized by State Senator
Boys basketball makes unlikely run to CIF-SS finals. The Lancers, coached by Jerry Simmons, took on Santa Clara Boys at the Los Angeles Sports Arena in the CIF-SS title game. Orange Lutheran came up short, but in Ms. Paul’s eyes, it was a remarkable run for the simple fact that the team was completely comprised of local kids. “We were still just a little school. Back then, kids didn’t play AAU basketball. All of our kids came from the Lutheran system. The school was really just getting started. People today don’t realize, we haven’t always been this size and we haven’t always gotten kids from different places. That year was significant to me because the composition of the student body was so homegrown.” At the time, Ms. Paul was teaching and shared athletic director responsibilites with Bob Dowding. “Bob and I would literally sit down and divide our duties. That’s why he was such a dear friend. We could always just sit down together and figure things out.” Coach Dowding passed away in February of this year.
T he arrival of Tony Matson. In 2000, Tony Matson arrived at Orange Lutheran to take over the girls basketball program. He was previously an assistant at Brea Olinda High School, a powerhouse program in Southern California. “Tony really took our girls program to a new level.” Tony coached at OLu from 2000-2009, before passing away in April of 2009. During his time at OLu, he led the Lancers to five league titles, and in 2009, he took Orange Lutheran to its first CIF-SS finals appearance since 1981. “He was a true man of God and a great family man. And Tom Howard has made sure that Tony’s legacy has continued, with the Tony Matson Memorial Classic. Coaches that come to play in the Classic are people that knew Tony and were friends of his. Tony dearly loved his girls and was the spark in their life in terms of athletics.” Tony’s youngest daughter, Jessi, is currently a junior at Orange Lutheran. She helped lead the Lancers to the CIF-SS Div. 3 title last season. “I look at her and think to myself all the time, her dad would have been so proud of her.”
Jessi Matson ‘17, the youngest daughter of the late Tony Matson, helped lead the girls basketball team to a CIF title in 2014-15.
Boys and girls basketball capture CIF titles. Both the Lancer boys and girls played in CIF title games at the Anaheim Convention Center in 2011. The games were played back to back, and both ended in victory for Orange Lutheran. “The girls beat Bonita and the boys beat Windward, and people were able to come and stay for both games. It was a great scene.” After that championship, girls coach Tom Howard and boys coach Chris Nordstrom gave Ms. Paul a photo collage with pictures from both championship celebrations. The collage is in her room and she shows it to visitors today.
Ed Royce and the City of Orange for her service to the community, among other accolades.
What’s telling about the selection of the boys and girls CIF title victories in 2011, and of all Ms. Paul’s selections, is that none of them involve her.
In her over four decades at OLu, Ms. Paul has played the roles of athletic director, teacher, scorekeeper, confidant, and many more.
In 2011, there was a tremendous amount of recognition given to Ms. Paul in honor of her career. In that one year, she saw her name
Still, the moments that stand out most in her mind involve the successes of students. And those successes didn’t always mean championships. It meant helping Orange Lutheran take a step towards being the school it is today.
But most importantly, at least in her eyes, she’s been a vessel. “I am only a servant in His service.”
Tom Howard Girls basketball
This season demonstrated what is possible when a group of individuals sacrifice themselves for the good of the group and play simply for the love of the game and of their teammates. It was so awesome to see a group of young studentathletes mature and become such a strong unit in such a short time. The CIF championship was the result of the bond that this team developed. The growth of each individual, and the unit as a whole, was the real success of this season. The CIF championship was just icing on the cake. I was awarded Coach of the Year because of the success we had on the court with a young team. However, I think that success was a result of how our program tries to operate on a daily basis, and how everyone involved with our program has bought into our mission. My hope is that our program represents the values and mission of Orange Lutheran High School in a positive manner on a consistent basis. I believe people have seen that in our program throughout the years. What I would like most is if this Coach of the Year honor can shine even more light on the ministry here at OLu.
Steve Carrera Boys water polo
Personally, it was an inspiring season because we got to see a lot of hard work come to fruition. When we started the program three years ago, I had a threeyear goal. It usually takes three years to really get a program going, and to be able to accomplish that was a great feeling. I appreciate being named Coach of the Year, but I honestly do feel it’s a team award and I couldn’t have done it without the amazing support of the players, families, administration and the school.
OC VARSITY COACHES OF THE YEAR Three OLu varsity coaches win OC Varsity Coach of the Year honors
range Lutheran saw three of its varsity coaches win OC Varsity Coach of the Year honors. Tom Howard led the Lancers girls basketball team to a CIF-SS Division 3A title and the semifinals of the CIF State Regionals. Dan Adams, in his first year, helped the Lancers hockey team capture the Anaheim Ducks High School Hockey League title, as well as a California Amateur Hockey Association State title and a spot in the U.S. Hockey Nationals. And Steve Carrera led the Orange Lutheran boys water polo team to the CIF-SS Division 1 quarterfinals in only the program’s third year in existence. Here are each coach’s thoughts on what the Coach of the Year honor means for them and their respective programs, and just how special the 2014-15 season was in their eyes.
Dan Adams Hockey
I knew from our first practice we had something special. The group really clicked. The cool thing about playing for your high school, which a lot of these guys who played only club hockey didn’t realize, is that with club, you’re around your teammates a few times a week. With high school, you’re around your teammates every day. So the bonding was really key for our group. They really enjoyed being around each other and they were all very coachable. They bought into the system. The kids made this all happen. I tell everyone, I just guided them in the right direction and they did the rest. It was an honor to get the award, but really, any award or accolade this year should go to the kids. They worked so hard all season. Now, we have a legitimate thing here. And it’s all because of them.
A Helping Hand
“The most important thing I learned at OLu...be yourself.” Preston Maag ‘15
range Lutheran is committed in its efforts to make sure that it provides for Lancer families in need of financial support. During the 2014-15 school year, OLu provided $1.5 million in need-based financial aid to nearly 36 percent of its students. Orange Lutheran believes in the power of a Christian education and works diligently to ensure that education is available to as many students as it can accommodate. Included here is two stories about how some students are able to attend Orange Lutheran because of financial aid and the transformative power of the education they receive as a result. One of the best examples of the school’s efforts to help provide for its students is the Orange Lutheran Thrift Shop, which has had a grand impact on the lives of many, including those that work there.
A SINGING SUCCESS With the help of financial aid, Maddie Reynolds ‘15 is pursuing her musical dreams.
addie Reynolds didn’t sugarcoat it.
and I wanted to continue with a Christ-centered education.”
she’d be in the position she is now.
And during her four years at Orange Lutheran, Reynolds certainly made the most of the opportunities in front of her.
“I told my mom recently that I felt badly they had spent so much money on private school for me, but I also told her that I couldn’t imagine how different my life would be if I hadn’t attended Orange Lutheran,” Reynolds said. “Because of this school, my college prep has been amazing, and I was offered academic scholarships and music scholarships.
Reynolds has performed in several musicals, been a member of Spiritleaders, and sung in Honors Choir. And during her senior year, she was selected to the prestigious Southern California Vocal Association’s Regional Honor Choir. Reynolds is now a freshman vocal performance major at Azusa Pacific University. Despite her singing chops however, she said that her dream is not to be a singer, but rather produce and write music.
“I am so thankful I was able to attend Orange Lutheran.”
“I don’t want to sing for my career, but I want to do something in music. I want to compose film scores and put instruments together for singers. You can’t just do one thing in music and survive. You have to be multitalented.” And without her four years at Orange Lutheran, Reynolds isn’t sure
“Private school is a privilege and it is expensive.”
At the beginning of the 2014-15 school year, Reynolds, who graduated from Orange Lutheran in May, attended a luncheon dedicated to honoring the Orange Lutheran Thrift Shop volunteers. Profits from the Thrift Shop go towards supporting need-based financial aid for OLu students and families. So when Reynolds was asked to give a speech to volunteers at the luncheon, she made it a point to express her gratitude to those that helped fund her high school career, and not hold back.
“But God guided us every step of the way in the decision to go to Orange Lutheran, and He provided a way for me to go here through the help of financial aid.” Maddie Reynolds ‘15
“I told my parents in eighth grade that I wanted to go to OLu, but they didn’t think it was possible for me to go there,” Reynolds said. “My parents are both singers in the entertainment business and they live on freelance jobs. God has always provided for our family, but it is sometimes a bumpy road with fluctuating incomes. “But God guided us every step of the way in the decision to go to Orange Lutheran, and He provided a way for me to go here through the help of financial aid.” Orange Lutheran’s Annual Fund, along with the Thrift Shop, are the two key vehicles by which students like Reynolds are provided need-based financial aid. Roughly 35 percent of Orange Lutheran families are assisted with close to $1.5 million in tuition support. For Reynolds, she believes attending OLu has been vital to her growth as a Christian, as a student, and as an artist. “I knew Orange Lutheran had a great music program that I wanted to be a part of,” Reynolds said about her decision to attend OLu. “At the time, I was into cheerleading as well as music, and I wanted to be part of a school that had amazing coaches and school spirit. I knew that I would thrive with such caring teachers and peers. “I felt cared for immediately at Freshman Registration Day. I felt the love of Christ at the school,
“I’m so thankful that I was able to attend Orange Lutheran.” Maddie Reynolds ‘15
THRIFTY THROUGH CHRIST
The Thrift Shop, in itself, could be defined as a bunch of small shops under one roof. There is a movie section, a book section, an appliance section, and so on. There are clothes for all ages. There is wall art. There are board games. There is an entire furniture wing. But like with any business, the Thrift Shop saw its ups and downs, most notably in the late 1980s, when the store closed before reopening in 1994 and expanding into its current location in 1998. “The expansion into the larger store was so significant that I don’t think there is a comparison from then to now,” Nobby said of the store today. “It opened the door for more things that came into the store as well as expanding the sales, with furniture and appliances. That has been the real boost, in terms of what we offer to the public and getting donations.”
The Orange Lutheran Thrift Shop has evolved into one of the greatest blessings the school has ever known.
In 2014, the store raised $300,000 net, and since 2010, it has raised nearly $2 million for financial aid families. Rose Neben
erniece Gerken has a spot. Her spot doesn’t have a nameplate. It’s not an office with a door. But everyone knows that chair by that table in that backroom, that’s where Berniece sits and does her work.
But its other purpose, that’s to build camaraderie.
Nobby taught and was an administrator at St. John’s Lutheran School from 1959-1979, before coming to teach at Orange Lutheran from 1979-1998. Rose served as the school nurse at St. John’s from 1968-2005. And with the help of financial aid and the Thrift Shop, they put their seven children – Carlene (first freshman class at OLu, ’73), Marc, Nathan, Lisa, Leon, Jason and Amy – through Orange Lutheran.
Berniece is just one of many volunteers. Her task – categorizing donated stuffed animals – is a small one. But at the OLu Thrift Shop, every task is a small piece of a colossal puzzle. It’s been decades since the Thrift Shop came into existence. But with each passing year, the donations get a little greater. The volunteer count creeps a little higher. The money generated for the school increases.
But it wasn’t necessarily that familial connection that led her to her current position.
Another pair of seasoned volunteers are Eldon “Nobby” Neben, 80, and his wife Rose, 76, both of whom have been volunteering at the Thrift Shop since the early 70s, after it came into existence in 1969.
“It’s been so long. Do you realize how old I am? I’m 90 years old. I can’t remember.”
And as long as those relationships thrive, so will the Thrift Shop, the one that they -- and the entire Lancer family -- have grown to love so much.
Sotelo came on as the Thrift Shop’s first-ever full-time manager in August of 2011. Her stepdaughter graduated from OLu in 1996, so she is familiar with the school.
Berniece isn’t the only seasoned veteran volunteering at the Thrift Shop. While there are workers still enjoying their teenage years, there are some in their 80s, 70s, 60s, and so on.
She can’t remember how long the spot has been hers. In fact, Berniece can’t remember exactly how long she’s been volunteering at the Orange Lutheran Thrift Shop. And she has no problem letting people know why her memory is a bit hazy.
But there are also the relationships that grow each year. The volunteers’ relationships with each other and the team’s relationship with God.
he OLu Thrift Shop has one major purpose, and that is to raise money for need-based financial aid. All Lancer families that receive financial aid are required to complete a set number of volunteer hours at the Thrift Shop.
“The store is a blessing in many ways,” said manager Suzanne Sotelo. “For all of the volunteers, they’re blessed to be able to give back to school. The mission is to help young people learn about Jesus and go to a school where that is the main focus.”
Her spot doesn’t have a nameplate. It’s not an office with a door. But everyone knows that chair by that table in that backroom, that’s where Berniece sits and does her work.
Even more impressive is the fact that in the early days of the Thrift Shop, families that received financial aid were not required to work at the store. Nobby and Rose, they just loved it. “We saw the benefit of a Christian education and if we could in any way continue to help people have that experience, that was and is our motivation,” Nobby said. Nobby and Rose have also seen five grandchildren go through Orange Lutheran with the support of the Thrift Shop. “It’s just got in our blood,” Rose said of the Thrift Shop. “We love serving there. We love the people. It’s a way to give back for the blessings we received. It’s a tangible way to say thank you to the Lord.”
“I needed a job but I also wanted to serve. This fit everything I was looking for.” Sotelo is just one of many who have found their calling at the Thrift Shop. Another is assistant manager Michele Brown. “We have over 125 volunteers that come in on a weekly basis to help process donations,” Brown said. “It’s absolutely amazing to see the dedication and the way people give up their time to come help. It’s a big operation and you need every, single person.” Brown, whose daughter Savannah is a junior at Orange Lutheran, found her way to the Thrift Shop much like Sotelo: through prayer and the desire to serve. “I was looking for a job and I thought to myself, ‘I love that thrift shop,” Brown said, “I’m just going to volunteer until I find a job.’ Then I found out they were hiring here, so I applied and that was it. “There is a lot of service going on. There are a lot of big hearts. To be part of that is such a privilege.” Brown, who is nearing her two-year anniversary as assistant manager, already feels ingrained into the fabric of the store, but she is still considered a newbie compared to a few other veterans. Darrell Dudley sent two boys through Orange Lutheran and has been a volunteer at the Thrift Shop for over a decade. “I appreciate the Christian schools because there are a lot of other influences that we have to counter,” Dudley said. “So I wanted to be a part of that and join this place. It’s about the people here and what we’re doing to help kids go to Orange Lutheran that otherwise might not be able to. We don’t want to exclude individuals from our school that might not have the finances. “Everyone here works hard for the school. That’s what I get joy out of.” In turn, Dudley and other volunteers have found friendship, a
support system, and fulfillment through working towards a common goal. “We support each other,” Sotelo said. “We pray together every morning. And when the kids come to do their hours, it’s a blessing to them because there are people here that lived long lives and can share their walk with Christ with the students. And they’re also serving the community. Hopefully, we all have an impact on each other.”
t the heart of the Thrift Shop is the emphasis on the importance of a Christ-centered education.
In Nobby’s estimation, having been a teacher and administrator under the umbrella of Christian education, attending Orange Lutheran is about more than preparing for college. It’s about preparing for life. “It’s important to have a Christian foundation in life, regardless of what you are doing in the future,” Nobby said. “Regardless of what they learned during their time at Lutheran High, it gave them a foundation that they could apply to their entire life.” As Nobby and Rose continue into their fifth decade of Thrift Shop volunteering, they have no plans to slow down. “How long will we do it? As long as we’re physically able,” Rose said. “It’s part of our life.” As long as the Thrift Shop is around, so will be its volunteers. So will be Berniece and Darrell. So will be Suzanne. So will be the next batch of volunteers to carry the torch. And so will be the Nebens. “Parents, with tears in their eyes, still thank us for doing what we do,” Rose said. “Parents tell us all the time that their kids would not be able to attend without the Thrift Shop. “That just warms your heart. That let’s you know why you do it.”
Orange Lutheran Thrift Shop
Contribution to Need Based Financial Aid Fund 2011
$275,000 $295,000 $312,000
BREAKDOWN OF STUDENTS
“I go to St. Paul’s Church and I remember praying for the Lord to help me find my path,” said Sotelo, who was looking to come out of early retirement. “I opened the church bulletin and saw the job. And I thought, ‘This is it, this is what I’m supposed to be doing.’
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The importance of an alumni presence at the school is immeasurable, and OLu makes strides each year to bring more alumni, young and old, into the fold.
lumni involvement is one of the great joys experienced on the campus of Orange Lutheran. The school enjoys a wonderful tradition, sparked by the students of yesteryear. The importance of an alumni presence at the school is immeasurable, and OLu makes strides each year to bring more alumni, young and old, into the fold. Two such alumni are Nikki Swoish and Liz Maxwell. Both of these young alumni are on separate paths to success using very distinct routes. The lessons they learned at OLu have already applied to their young lives. Nikki had her hand in everything while at OLu, and was encouraged to be involved on campus. She has carried that motivation with her to the University of Southern California. Liz learned the impact that teachers have on the lives of students while at OLu, and she still receives support from her former teachers as she chases her dreams of working in education. Each of these studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; connection to the school, how they are grateful that Orange Lutheran pushed them to pursue their dreams, represents what it means to be a Lancer for Life. Nikki and Liz are amazing examples to the students soon to follow in their footsteps. They are truly Paving the Way.
A TEACHING TASK The Nancy Paul Teaching Scholarship has meant more to Liz Maxwell ‘11 than she ever imagined.
o this day, Liz Maxwell ‘11 isn’t exactly sure why she was chosen. “I’m not sure what they saw, but I’m glad they saw something.”
But money might be the least important aspect of the award. It’s about support. It’s about furthering Lutheran education. And Maxwell is a walking example of just that. During her time at OLu, Maxwell played softball, went on a few mission trips, sang in jazz choir, worked on the yearbook, and was a member of Ignite. And it was that all-around involvement, plus the pressure of college applications, that pushed Maxwell to apply for the NPTS. “I remember applying because it was another thing that I could use to get into college,” Maxwell said. “I didn’t have strong feelings about teaching.” path, Maxwell is confident that she’s made it to this point in her life for a reason.
However, Maxwell’s mother and father, Susan and Deryl, both teach at St. Paul’s in Orange. Teaching was, essentially, in her blood. Maxwell said that during the interview process for the scholarship, Sarah Salzberg and other teachers on the committee presented questions that called for her to examine her faith and her future. The doubt she had about teaching prior to applying began to fade away, and she saw it as a career that might fit her personality and passion. She decided to attend Concordia University in Seward, Nebraska, where she would pursue a Lutheran teacher’s degree in elementary/special education. That’s when the support started to flood in. “When I first got to college, all the teachers on the NPTS board sent me a letter and each had written an encouraging note. And whenever Sarah Salzberg was in town, she would contact me and we would have lunch. And she always knew the right questions to ask me to gauge how I was doing.”
And during the entire time, she continued to hear from the Nancy Paul board back home. “When I started student teaching, they sent me another letter. And they would send me Facebook messages. They were all random, but they all came at the right time. And I’ve always kept those messages and letters.” Maxwell said that the well wishes from Orange Lutheran helped tremendously as she prepared to face the biggest challenge of her young life with teaching special education students.
Maxwell, a 2011 graduate, is the second ever recipient of the Nancy Paul Teaching Scholarship Award, which has been gifted since 2010. It includes $1,000 towards the student’s college education and an additional stipend during the recipient’s time spent as a student teacher.
Regardless of her
After three years of studying, Maxwell spent ten weeks in the winter of 2014 as a student teacher with special education students at Milford Elementary in Milford, Nebraska.
“I was super nervous in the beginning. I was concerned about the behavioral management kids. And with those kids, it was difficult, because with special education, you have to form that bond with the kids so they can trust you. But I was able to figure it out.” In addition to emails and other messages, once she began teaching, Maxwell received an extra $500 from the Nancy Paul Scholarship to help with everyday costs that college students face. “That money helped me buy groceries. It helped me pay my rent.” Maxwell said that after graduation, she would love to go into special education, but that she is keeping her options open, considering she has one more student teaching opportunity this fall. She will be instructing first graders at Fredstrom Elementary in Lincoln, Nebraska. “With special education, flexibility is something I learned quick. You could have an awesome plan and it won’t work because you might not be getting the cooperation you need that day. You have to be able to change plans just like that. You have to be flexible and willing to sacrifice.” Regardless of her path, Maxwell is confident that she’s made it to this point in her life for a reason. Now, she’s content with taking a step back and letting God handle the rest, even though she has one small request. “At Concordia, there is such a strong faith base that it made me look deeper into my faith,” Maxwell said. “And it made my faith stronger. Now, I can sit back and not worry where I’m going. If God took me this far, there has to be something awesome out there for me. I’ll go wherever the Lord wants me to go. “I just hope it’s not too cold.”
Nancy Paul Teaching Scholarship In its six years of existence, OLu teachers and staff have contributed generously to the Nancy Paul Teaching Scholarship in order to further the education of our future educators. The scholarship contributes to students’ tuition and helps to cover expenses during student teaching days.
RECIPIENTS RU TH ELIAS ‘10
Graduate of UC Merced, is pursuing mission work overseas.
ELIZABETH MAXWELL ‘11
Graduate of Concordia University, Seward, NE, degree in Elementary Education and concentration in Special Education.
HEATHER HALL ‘12
Attends Biola University and is pursuing a degree in Christian ministry.
RACHEL ZUMBEK ‘13
Attends Concordia University, Seward, NE and is pursuing a degree in Secondary Education with emphasis in English and Theology.
MEGAN GLOZER ‘14
Attends Concordia University, Irvine, CA and is pursuing a degree in Secondary Education.
ELIZABETH SENEFSKY ‘15
Attending Biola University in the fall with hopes of pursuing a degree in Elementary Education.
THE PATH LESS TRAVELED
Nikki Swoish ‘14 created her own way to college. And she couldn’t be happier with the results.
Swoish will admit that at the time, with the success she found at OLu in academics, athletics and extracurricular activities, she didn’t plan on telling many people that she would be attending junior college, especially not at graduation. But in retrospect, Swoish wishes she would have known then what she knows now. “You have to do what’s right for you,” she said. “You can’t focus on what other people think of you. For a lot of people, junior college is what they need. It helps the transition to college. “Today, I would tell kids to not stress about it. For me, I was embarrassed. I got into Duke and I could have gone. I was always that kid that wanted to go to the best school. But in junior college, you get to do what works for you. And it worked out for me financially.” Swoish said that her time at OLu not only strengthened her faith, but strengthened her resolve, as she prepared to deal with the rigors of college and the real world.
ikki Swoish heard the news, issued a smile, and then exhaled.
Swoish graduated in 2014, just over a year ago. But there was a stark difference between the 2014 and 2015 graduation ceremonies. Students’ college destinations were not announced in 2015. “That’s so great to hear. Kids used to be so stressed about that. I was one of those kids.”
Swoish, who is heading into her sophomore year at USC, found her path to a four-year university with one extra small step, a step that many kids and parents are hesitant to take. But in Swoish’s case, it turned out to be one of the best decisions she and her family ever made.
“It’s important to soak it in at OLu. Things like chapel, that’s really a blessing.” Nikki Swoish ‘14
While at Orange Lutheran, Swoish found success as an AP student, president of Ignite, a member of Missions and performing arts, and in track. So when it was time to pick a university, she had options. However, because of her many interests and talents, and because of her options in terms of schools, Swoish was conflicted about where to go and what to pursue. “I applied to a bunch of schools and I just wasn’t sure where I wanted to go. I got a letter back from USC that I was accepted into the business school, but only for spring. Initially, I wanted to go to college right away.” Ultimately, Swoish decided that USC was the best choice for her, but in order to get there, she’d have to take the path less traveled…she’d have to go to junior college first. Swoish spent a semester at Santiago Canyon College, completing some general education courses and in turn, saving money.
“Going to OLu, my faith was right there every day,” Swoish said. “You’re around a community of believers. It was so easy. In college, people believe different things. So I really had to take my faith into my own hands this year. There is no chapel in college. So you have to be responsible for your faith in a lot of instances. “It’s important to soak it in at OLu. Things like chapel, that’s really a blessing.” Swoish is currently a member of the OLu Young Alumni Council, continuing her reputation of being involved at her high school. She is studying business administration at USC and is a member of the USC Helenes, a group similar to the OLu Ambassadors. “OLu teaches you to be involved,” Swoish said. “It’s really encouraged. I was friends with kids in choir and kids who played football, and I created relationships that way. That made me want to get more involved. You meet different people in every area at OLu.” This year, Swoish plans to audition for an acapella singing group, as well as try her hand at running track. She also will look into picking up a minor at the USC School of Cinematic Arts. It seems as if the path less traveled has still delivered Swoish to her rightful destination.
Young Alumni Council
The Young Alumni Council (YAC) is a group of Orange Lutheran alumni who work with the school’s Alumni Relations Coordinator to encourage recent graduates to stay connected with the Lancer Family. The primary mission is to support the needs of young alumni during their college years and beyond. This energetic group of young alumni leaders serve our community through blogging, organizing class reunions, mentoring current students, participating in mission trips and building lasting relationships.
2014-15 YOUNG ALUMNI COUNCIL Parisia Barker ‘14 Graham Everett ‘14 Samantha Goodwin ‘14 Jacob Grant ‘14 Heather Hopkins ‘14 Josiah Maietta ‘14 Natalie Miller ‘14 Michael Morris ‘14 Lindsay Sampson ‘14 Taylor Sirset ‘14 Nikki Swoish ‘14 Christina Toma ‘14
NEW MEMBERS Brianne Anderson ‘15 Jennifer Appling ‘15 Mallory Beane ‘15 Ryan Brennan ‘15 Jessica Cobb ‘15 Augie DeAngelo ‘15 Courtney Dobbins ‘15 Savannah Dukes ‘15 Tayler Garis ‘15 Jessie Hernandez ‘15 Karina Knapp ‘15 Evan Kruger ‘15 Nicolette Nelson ‘15 Andrew Niemann ‘15 Josh Marquardt ‘15 Maddie Martz ‘15 Emma Olson ‘15 Sarah Stumme ‘15
2015 Athletics Hall of Fame
presented by the Lancer Alumni Association... A unique way to support a great need: Financial Aid.
In partnership with Cholame Vineyard, the Lancer Alumni Association launched “L Wine,” a private wine label that features exclusive wines, designed for our Lancer Family. Proceeds from all sales support our Lancers For Life fund. This provides need-based tuition assistance for current students and families. Total raised through June 2015 was $8,158. Thank you for your continued support of our Lancer Family.
he Athletics Hall of Fame recognizes our most accomplished and committed alumni -a proud Lancer tradition since 2011. This year, the Orange Lutheran campus hosted nearly 150 attendees, of which 70 were alumni, for an evening of cocktails, dinner, memorabilia exhibit, campus tours, inductee presentation and special honoring of a legacy coach. For 2015, we selected six Lancers who exemplify the best of Orange Lutheran’s history through their distinguished accomplishments in athletics, academics, and competition. They are a diverse group, whose worlds range from teachers, to mothers, to semi-professional athletes, to successful entrepreneurs. But they all had one thing in common -- the bond they share as members of the Lancer Family. Congratulations to our 2015 inductees! Thank you for supporting our alumni -- and for continuing our mission that was started many years ago.
Introducing the OLu Business Network...
Coach Bob Dowding 1974-1993 Elizabeth Brehm ‘81 Michael Senne ‘82 Patrick Bagatourian ‘89 Patrick Salyer ‘00 Anna Klitzing Preus ‘00
E VENT CHAIR:
Renee Gibbons ‘07
SPONSORS: Gold - Ron Wright
Silver - Healthy Foods, Inc.
FORMER ATHLETICS HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES:
Jenny Morner Jordan ‘76 Michael Fleischi ‘88 Jason Neben ‘89 Daryl Cole ‘90 Renee Wright Matheson ‘91 Joe Juliano ‘95 Laura Miklos Crawford ‘01 Jerry Simmons - Coach
Steve Hight ‘78 Gaylord Greene ‘88 Elizabeth Reed Bonsangue ‘89 Phil Matheson ‘91 Amber Parkinson Neben ‘93 Jason Whieldon ‘00 Nancy Paul - Coach/Administrator
community for Lancers supporting Lancers, the idea of a business network has circled around Orange Lutheran for years. In 2015, this vision became a reality. With the leadership of the Alumni Board and Strategic Team, the Orange Lutheran Business Network was established to support the overall professional development of Orange Lutheran alumni, families, students, and friends. By engaging business professionals in our faith-based community, it is our intention to strengthen our relationships and provide opportunities for valued members of the Lancer Family. The Orange Lutheran Business Network hosts quarterly events featuring guest speakers and opportunities for networking. To learn more, visit weareolu.org/alumni/networking.
Lancer Alumni Association Mission Statement:
The Alumni Board serves Orange Lutheran High School and its alumni by cultivating Lancer Family pride, encouraging active involvement in ministry opportunities, sharing God-given gifts, and connecting alumni through personal fellowship and professional networking.
2014-15 Alumni Board CO-CHAIRS:
Caroline Bailey ‘05
Debbie Guss ‘77 Marc Neben ‘79 Marlo Naber Mole ‘89 Jeffrey Palmer ‘89 Kelly Hearn George ‘94 Robert Meaux ‘96 Paul Jones ‘02 Chelsey Everhart ‘05 Blake Edwards ‘06 Renee Roberts Gibbons ‘07 Greg Gower ‘08 Trent Schlom ‘10
Phil Roberts ‘05
Wayne Weisman ‘77 Debbie Rogers Merced ‘87 Meredith Riebau Dufield ‘89 Amy Willett Leon ‘90 Jason Perkins ‘95 Katherine Holly ‘97 Brandon Lester ‘05 Grant Avise ‘05 Jessica Jordan Johnson ‘06 Tyler Prosser ‘07 Kristina Fertala ‘08
Athletics Arts Class Reunion Homecoming Professional Networking
CALLED HOME TO GLORY
Art Gray 1929-2015
“There were the Catholic schools, Servite and Mater Dei, and those schools always had a waiting list,” said Art’s wife of 60 years, Doreen. “We wanted to be that good.”
The school, after many baby steps, finally opened in 1973. “It was always about having one more meeting, holding one more bake sale, putting in one more $10 donation,” Tom said. “It was tiny, little steps, one after the other. Before he passed, he would marvel at the growth of the school. None of the founders, in their wildest dreams, thought it would be what it is today. They thought it would just be a small school that would serve local middle schools.”
rt Gray, one of the founders of Lutheran High School of Orange County, was called home to glory on June 15, 2015. He was 86.
During the time spent creating the concept of Orange Lutheran, all the way to cutting the ribbon at the Beyond Expectations unveiling in 2014, Art was a beloved figure in the Orange Lutheran community and beyond. In addition to helping found the school, Art’s endeavors in the community knew no ends. Still, Orange Lutheran was closest to his heart. “He truly believed in public service,” said Tom Gray, Art’s youngest son. “He was involved in more things than you can imagine. But Orange Lutheran was probably the thing he was most proud of.” As the history goes, a group of Christian men and women began meeting regularly in the late 1950s with the hopes of establishing a Lutheran high school. What many don’t know is that at the time, Art was only 30 years old. “This school was sort of a lifelong dream for him,” Tom said. “When the very first meeting was held in 1958, he was only 30. He was the youngest of the group. The vast majority of those people never got to see their kids attend Lutheran High.” What pushed Art, according to his wife and son, was his dedication to offer an advanced Lutheran education to the students of Orange County.
What the school is today, birthed from those tiny meetings in the 50s and 60s, is one of the largest Lutheran high schools in the nation, and one that continues to expand its footprint, its student body, and its positive influence on the local community. “When he cut the ribbon at the Beyond Expectations ceremony, he was really touched by that,” Tom said. “He didn’t know he was cutting the ribbon. He was thinking about all the people that worked to start this school and felt like he was doing it in their honor. That was a nice moment for him.” Art is survived by his wife Doreen, their three sons, Peter, Paul and Tom, and five grandchildren, Daniel, Junko, Douglas, Tomoyuki, and David. “He had a big soul,” Tom said about what he’ll remember about his father. “He had a big heart. He really cared about people.” Art Gray was truly an amazing visionary and an inspiration to so many. Orange Lutheran has been blessed in so many ways because of Art and his wife Doreen and their dedication to the school and its ministry. He will truly be missed.
• Hosted April 27, 2015 at Yorba Linda Country Club
Power of the Dream Gala
Love Endures An amazingly beautiful night!
• Power of the Dream Gala held February 7, 2015 • Over $400,000 net raised for the students at OLu • $224,000 raised for Worship Arts Legacy
• Nearly $80,000 net raised for the student athletes at OLu • Guest speaker Jake Olson ‘15 TITLE SPONSORS:
Wells Fargo LuxBus
Butier Engineering R.J. Allen Inc
David & Lisa Miller, Kevin & Jamie Nadeau, Craig & Jane Olson, Ben & Cindy Yorks
Anonymous, Brett & Kimberly Bissell, Scott & Stephanie Bragg, Robert & Linda Grimm
Concordia University Irvine, Steve & Kathleen Amort, Richard & Dorothy Landsverk, Barbara Olson, Ron & Grace Wright
Mark & Anne Alario, The Bragg Family, David & Cherine Keiser, Thomas & Lois Yunghans
Mark & Bridget (Seegers) Bogh ‘86, DFI Insurance, David & Donna Dubois, Les & Tina Fields, Jim & Dara Frize, Mark & Danna George, Mike & Kristin Gibbons, Paul & Annamae Huante, Dan & Marlo (Naber) Mole ‘89, Todd & Tiffany Nelson, William & Carla Walker
FOOD & BEV. SPONSORS:
Mahe Sushi Which Wich?
The Pint House
Anaheim Ducks Center for Reconstructive Dentistry Concordia University Irvine Custom Goldsmith Frize Corporation Horizon Oxygen Healthy Brands, Inc. KDC Construction, Inc. KLH Marketing, Inc. L.A. Armored Federal Services, Inc. Max Muscle Sports Nutrition Rae Farese and Family Tropical Plaza, Inc. Ware Disposal, Inc.
MESSAGE FROM THE ADVANCEMENT OFFICE
hat an amazing year we have had thanks to God’s guidance, abundant blessings and your generosity! For over 40 years, God has been blessing the ministry that is Orange Lutheran in so many ways and we are so grateful. This was our first year fully utilizing our new facilities thanks to our Beyond Expectations expansion. The primary focus with this expansion was to improve the quality of life for our Lancers here on campus. We were successful in accomplishing that specific goal with the expansion and are so pleased to see the positive changes in the lives of our students. Our mission of “helping students internalize the Gospel message of salvation in Christ Jesus” is the primary driver behind all that we do. We are also actively working on providing our students with opportunities that will not only prepare them for college, but for life as servants of Christ in the world today. Your support is absolutely necessary in order for us to be able to accomplish these goals. This year we raised $224,000 for our Worship Arts Legacy, thus creating the framework that will ensure we can provide our students with meaningful worship opportunities as well as training programs to help develop our next generation of worship leaders. We raised sufficient funds to allow us to grant $1.5 million in need based financial aid. We will continue with the same level of counseling support for our students as well as our rigorous college testing and support programs. We have upgraded our wireless systems in order to ensure staff and students have the accessibility necessary in today’s technological age. This year we experienced a 14 percent increase in the number of donors supporting the school. We also saw a 48.6 percent increase in giving to our annual fund as well as a nearly 5 percent increase in funds raised by our athletics and arts programs. The Gala, our single largest school-wide fundraiser, saw a 58 percent increase in funds raised. Yes, it has been an extraordinary year. We are able to do much with your generosity and we are grateful. Now we must focus on ensuring that we can maintain this amazing ministry well into the future. This year and in the coming years we will be focusing
on ensuring that this great school will be financially secure for generations to come. It is about building the financial foundation for longevity through debt reduction and endowments. It is our hope that endowments and planned gifts, which are a sign of a mature and sustainable financial statement and true investments in the future, will see solid growth in the coming years.
We Thank You...
ach year, our Heavenly Father richly blesses Orange Lutheran High School with loving and generous supporters. It is because of these benefactors that Orange Lutheran is able to provide such a well-rounded and rigorous education for their students today. The support received also helps to fund major initiatives such as capital improvements to the facilities, an excellent Christian staff, teachers and administrators, as well as a broad range of programs. We are proud that over 75 percent of all staff and faculty give back to Orange Lutheran financially, in addition to all of their other support. Orange Lutheran is a special place to work and is truly blessed with an amazing staff and faculty.
Our Bible verse for this year was “Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” 1 Corinthians 13:7. We see this love in the blessings we are granted in life and more importantly as we see fit to, in passing along those blessings. “Every good and perfect gift is from above” James 1:17. What a great reminder about where our fortunes come from and where we should focus our time, treasure and talents in this life.
To each of its supporters, Orange Lutheran is truly grateful for all that they do. Orange Lutheran appreciates those who volunteer their time, donate financially, and especially all those who pray for the ministry. Without all of this support, OLu could not do what they do. Without God’s guidance and grace, what would be the point?
Thank you for your support and most importantly for your prayers. With God’s help, we will continue this inspirational journey with you as our partners and friends.
We strive to maintain accurate information at all times and sincerely apologize for inaccuracies. Please feel free to contact the Advancement Office for questions.
The following list shows our institutional donors as well as our individual donors. The names in bold represent those who have given for five to nine consecutive years, and those in red-bold have given for 10 or more consecutive years. This is a truly wonderful statement about loyalty and a lasting belief in the benfits of a Christian education for our young people today who will be our leaders tomorrow.
Individual Donors Cathy Blankenship ‘86 Chief Advancement Officer
Anonymous Del & Debbie Montell, Sr. Joel & Danine Stensby
Garret & Teresa Anderson Paul & Liz Belden Jeffrey & Cindy Erselius Michael & Kristin Gibbons Estate of Doris Knorr Estate of Martin Koepsell Kevin & Jamie Nadeau Craig & Jane Olson Ronald & Grace Wright Ben & Cindy Yorks
$10,000-$24,999 Mark & Anne Alario Steve & Kathleen Amort Brett & Kimberly Bissell
2015 . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
GIVING Breakdown ARTS
MISSIONS Mark & Bridget (Seegers ‘86) Bogh Rodney & Margaret Borger Scott & Stephanie Bragg Marilynn Bragg Gerry & Tricia Esser Christine Ford Michael & Sandra Grant Robert & Linda Grimm Doug & Linda Heller David & Lisa Miller Jerry & Sherri Nourse Winfield & Judith Western
Brian & Gloria Abrams Brian & Kelly Clauss Michael & Tracey Craik Kenneth & Judy Ellwein Constantin & Maria Falcusan Les & Tina Fields Larry & Helen Flores, Jr.
$10,653 $17,090 $297,178 $325,748 $145,953 $369,984 $22,210 $938,468
Sam & Deborah Abuzalaf George & Joan Adams Ronald & Leslie Adcock Rick & Silvia Albertini Andrew Allen Jesse & Kristy Ash James & Cindy Baca Daniel & Stacey Bentley Richard & Pauline Bianchini Lois Bienlien Andrew & Heather Bivens Catherine Blankenship ‘86 Ignacio & Andrea Brache Donald & Toni Bradley George & Judy Brink Scott & Linda Britt Jason & Kari Buck Guy & Shelley Buker Daniel & Jeannie Burns Tim & Tammy Cahill Ed & Christine Capparelli Russ & Becky Casenhiser Brian & Karen Cass Lucy Chai Kathy Cirks Jonathan & JoDee Clark Bill & Shelley Conn William Cooper Tim and Liana Cronin Daniel & Elizabeth DeGuzman Andrew & Lisa Del Ray Gerardo & Cecilia Dela Cruz Dan & Tina Devlin Roy & Valerie Dickinson Gary & Victoria Dobbins Jonathan & Barbara Doctor David & Donna DuBois David & Laura Dukes James & Heidi Dwyer Brian & Julie Etter Rae & Sheri Farese Scott & Christina Farquhar Dave & Karen Feltch Steven & Elizabeth Flanagan Michael ‘88 & Silvia Fleischli Kevin & Teri Fogarty Paul Forgay Darren & Terri Fricker Jim & Dara Frize Luis & Rebeca Fuentes Danny & Tammy Gannon
Giving Trends 2011 I 929 Donors
Jeff & Karin Garell Stephen & Kelly Garis James & Karen Garrison Donald & Katherine Gath Jaclyn Gibson Angel & Maria Gonzalez Simon & Anjana Gounder Thomas ‘78 & Cristina Gray Lori Guilford John & Gayle Gunnison Rick & Sherri Gutierrez Alfred & Hanan Hanna John & Darlene Happ Tony ‘85 & Jolie Harnack, Jr. Patrick Harrington Barbara Harrington Anita Hashim Judy Heller Jessica Hernandez Steven & Catherine Heyman J. Hopkins Jeff & Lynn Huston James & Susan Jackson Charles & Shelly Jaggers Jeffrey & Andrea Jensen David & Cherine Keiser Douglas & Tamara Kennedy Kris & Nancy Kent
Russell & Carla Garcia Mark & Danna George Jeffrey & Kimberly Goh Art & Doreen Gray Vince & Deborah Hambright Andrew & Stephanie Harris Paul & Annamae Huante Kent & Nancy Kitselman Tom & Sarah Lanting Richard & Carolyn Lehn Robert & Carol Lienau Walt & Leann Luchinger Todd & Christine Moritz Michael & Alison Mowrey Dan Mole & Marlo (Naber ‘89) Mole Todd & Tiffany Nelson John & Annie Nicoletti Jon & Anh Pettey Kurt ‘78 & Carol Rammelsberg John & Melissa Robertson Shawn & Kerry Salkeld Carmelo & Anne Spinella David & Lisa Threshie
2012 I 782 Donors
2013 I 822 Donors 2014 I 1,116 Donors 2015 I 1,279 Donors
$3,535,266 $2,562,156 $2,127,284
Timothy ‘82 & Barbara Klinkenberg
Paul & Tamra Kraemer Keith & Yvette Kratzberg Ralph Kuhen Michael & Ellen Lange Carole Lankford Oscar Larios & Sonia Lucha-Larios Stuart & Shirley Lee John & Lisa Lind David & Pamela Lomakin Bruce & Andi MacCallum Manuel & Jill Magallanes Jim Maginn Michael & Carroll Maietta Mark & Angela Maietta Steven & Lori Marquez John & Lydia Martinez Dawn McCrumn Lukas McGlasson James & Kimberly McGovern Kevin & Julie McKhann Philip & Robin Meckley Jennifer Miklos ‘99 Edward & Mary Miller Jeffrey & Maria Miller John & Tracy Milstead Luke & MaryBeth Montoya Patrick & Raquel Munoz Frank Naumann Kathy Nelson Ulli & Terri Niemann Timothy & Jennifer Noble Robert & Susan Odle Timothy ‘89 & Kelly Odle L. & Barbara Olson Regina Page Michael & Kathleen Palkovic Jill Parris Jukam Greg & Jodi Parvin Nancy Paul Richard Gartman & Laurel Peniche Gartman Jason Perkins ‘95 Charlie Pescarolo Scott & Patrice Peterson Scott & Nina PicKell Diana Pilkerton Dana & Stacey Pilkerton John ‘80 & Dana (Adams ‘82) Poerschke Tim & Trish Ponder Caroline Price
Andrea Pridham Mark & Carmen Priestley Reid & Jennie Pullen Joseph & Maria Ramirez Arman Rashtchi Kevin & Jennifer Reardon David & Cindi Rhodes John & Kathryn Robinson Richard & Debra Rodriguez James & Jennifer Ross Christopher & Theresa Ruiz Scott & Terry Rummell Angela (Schlueter ‘89) Rumsey Mark & Karen Russell Sarah Salzberg Howard & Tammy Sandberg Kent & Dawn Sandie Paul & Carolynn Santaniello Eddie & Shelly Scantlebury Brady & Traci Schmidt Mark & Julia Serres Jay & Sheri Shepherd Erin Shevlin Michael & Nydia Sigband Jeff & Tana Spencer Edward & Jennifer Stancavage Janet Steiner Brent & Debbie Stumme Eddy & Susiana Suryajaya Douglas & Rachel Swardstrom Richard & Janine Tarbell Elizabeth Tarbell Steve & Ann Thompson Ken & Cara Thompson Jeff & Chantell Tibbets Steve & Suzanne Towles Art Trottier Rick & Susan Underwood Robert & Diane van der Goes Marius & Karen Van Der Watt Michael & Robyn Vossen William & Carla Walker Dave & Lori Walker Kelly Walker Jeff & Teresa Walker Richard & Patricia Wallace Jay & Carrie Ware Lawrence & Kay Washburn
Glenn & Emily Weingarth Doug & Julie White David & Michele Wiggs, Jr. Kelly Williams ‘06 Robert Willis & Holly Lowe Sam & Rose Wilson Rick & Patty Young Brian & Kimberly Young Thomas & Lois Yunghans Robert & Diane Zeinstra Mark & Lisa Ziebell
$500-$999 Rachel Abijay Gregory & Ann Adams Gregory & Joyce Adams William & Lesli Adams Rachel Ahn James & Jonna Allison Carol Amling Norm Amling Ihab Sorial & Sonia Andraous Darren & Julie Appling Shad & Jenelle Arnold Craig & Danielle Augustin Jeffrey & Carol Avellino Ken & Penny Bacon Russell & Shannon Barnett Jeffrey & Mijin Barrett Joseph & Arline Barsa Michael & Debra Bean Roger & Molly Beane Robert & Roberta Bechtloff Phillip & Celine Blackley Bart & Lynn Brainard Jennifer Brooks Roger & Carol Burtner Pat & Rosie Camacho Brad & Beth Campbell Peggy Cansdale Jon & Terri Capuzzi Curt & Ruth Cattau Ronald Chow Clark & Kathleen Clark Russell & Kelly Clark Drew & Mary Cohen Brett & Jane Coombs
Alfred & April Cooper Richard & Tracy Crady Robert & Terri Crandall Ken & Norma Croucher Collin & Melanie Cumbee David & Danielle Dahlke Paul & Stephanie Darnbrough Janice De Blasio Anthony & Genevieve Derosa Tim ‘79 & Jenny (McCann ‘81) Detviler Howard & Donna Drake Dale & Julie Ducheny Goslawa Dull David & Marilee Edgar Todd & Rachel Eklund Grant Eklund Thomas Emeterio Brad Ermeling & Genevieve Graff-Ermeling Brian & Crysti Everhart Robert & LaVerne Francis John & Ellen Franklin David & Kristen Frosh Andrew & Sherri Gautreau Mary Ghebrial Matthew ‘07 & Renee` (Roberts ‘07) Gibbons Russell & Kathleen Giess Jeffrey & Lori Goodfriend Randy & Dinna Goodman Karen Goodsell Michael & Tanya Grasz Thomas & Catherine Gudvangen Armando & Judy Guerra Eric & Terri Guichet Warren Harms Brad ‘82 & Donna Heinecke Ostes & Candice Hernandez Roland & Janice Hernandez Eric & Cherilynne Hollowell Curtis & Penny Hoopes, Jr. Chuck Howell Mark & Marie Huff Gary & Vicki Hutto Brian & Susan (Roeder ‘86) Ilten Sarah (Moon ‘87) Johnson Barbara Joslin Michael Kane Stephen & Tisja Krieger Lorne & Dee Dee Lahodny Pike & Jennifer Lambeth James & Laura Lavalle John & Suzanne Lewis Robert & Victoria Lienau Brian & Mandy Liles Joseph & Jasmine List Andrew & Denise Lyons Dean & Jennifer Mallender Paul & Meg Marquardt Matthew & Kathy McGuire Anthony & Maria Moore Rodney & Julia Naylor Quoc ‘88 & Huong Nguyen Christopher & Meredith Nordstrom
Brian & Cindy Olson Alex & Mary Kay Park Chuck & Roya Petersen Michael & Melinda Pierson Karen (Kirner ‘90) Pike Gabriel’ 91 & Lynn Potyondy Gabe & Catherine Potyondy Gina Puccio Mark & Joalean Reynolds Steve & Rhonda Rutledge Patricia Sackett David Saenz Reuben & Carolyn Salazar Bassel & Erin Salloum Alex & Shannon Salottolo Brian Sarvak Kent & Cynthia Schlichtemeier Ken & Mary K. Schlueter Delbert & Dorothy Schmidt Brian & Cheryl Scudday Weldon & Suzanne Seegers Larry & Joyce Segelken Sean & Leanne Sheward Daniel & Patricia Slama Philip & Leslie Smith Darren & Julie Smith Bart & Betty Smith John & Suzanne Sotelo Kevin & Terry Steckler Thomas & Karen Sunshine Jonathan ‘01 & Kelli (Mulvany ‘01) Talmage Bret & Myra Taylor Dan & Su Thome Anne Towles ‘09 Henry Tran & Kay Phalanusnusondhi Derek & Ann Trone Tim Truitt John & Kristan Ulicki Jaclynn Vines Rob & Tracey Wade Scott & Lillian Walker Joe & Gloriana Wells James Bright & Vicki Woodard-Bright John & Christi Yeandle Kenneth & Christine Zumbek
Frank & Kay Adbi Larry & Linda Acord Joyce Alderson John & Anamarie Allen, Jr. Cynthia Alston Erin (Dannemeyer ‘08) Alt Linda Alves Koridon & Beverly Andrew George & Heidi Andrews II Matt & Erika (Ebel ‘92) Augustine James & Wendy Bacin Barbara Bailey-Bredfeldt Scott & Nancy Barker Joni Barr
Robert ‘85 and Tara Bathke David Bean ‘14 James & Judy Beil Thomas & Jody Beisner Marshall & Danalyn Belgen Scott & Elizabeth Benson Harold & Laura Berg Youssef & Georgina Beshai John & Tiranda Bierman Don & Cindy Bigelow Dustin & Julie Boburka William ‘85 & Catherine Boezinger William & Shirley Boezinger William & Phyllis Boltz Marty & Jodi Boyd Pamela Brehm ‘77 Michael & Lynn Bridges Seth & Julianne Britton Kent & Cathie Brush Vasile & Denise Buboi Ted & Lori Bultsma Michael & Susannah Burica Garrett & Rhonda Burke Bradley Campbell ‘05 Jim Campbell Kelly & Stacia Carlson John & Dana Carter Donna Carver Vicente & Eva Sarmiento Christopher & Lynn Casey Florentino & Blanca Castaneda Dave & Melissa (Boring ‘06) Cacciapuoti Katherine Cecalamara Keith & Justine Chalman Craig & Linda Chapman Mark Cilani Charles & Shannon Cobb Georgene Cole Dennis & Kathleen Cole Ralph & Donna Cook Thomas & Sonita Crane Willie Crocker Michael Culbertson Thomas & Catherine Daggett Jan Darst Perry Daskas Marcus & Leticia Dayhoff Kevin DeAllen Augie & Kristen (Schiller ‘90) DeAngelo Dennis & Peggy Dembik Daniel & Gayle Demsher David & Allison Demurjian Joan Desrosiers Robert & Rebecca Devereaux Stephen Dierker ‘83 Robert & Carole Dipzinski Jodi DiTolla Greg & Lisa Doherty Kristin Dougherty Thomas & Nancy Doyle Robby & Karen Dudeck Meredith (Riebau ‘89) Dufield
John & Amy Duino Vernon Dunton Duane & Katrina (Habben ‘95) DuPree Randy & Traci Edwards Gene & Betty Egan Lisa Ehret William & Jill Endsley Bruce & Joanne English Michael & Patricia Escobedo Barry & Cecilia Evans Robert & Julie Finnegan Bill & Jenni Fischer John Femino, Jr. Howard ‘79 & Carolyn Fischer Todd & Cynthia Fitschen Dan & Laura Fitzgerald James Fitzgerald, Jr. Michael & Jane Fleager David Franco Josephine Fraser Karen French Jeff & Sharon (Kahre ‘78) Frydendall Harold & Amy Liu Scott & Linda Fulton Therese Furey Patrick & Andrea Ganahl Jorge & Kim Garcia Darnise Geary Josefine George Michael & Kim Gerhard Jesse Holguin & Raquel Gomez-Holguin Eugene & Krista Gonzalez Kelly Gordon Arthur & Susan Gordon John & Wendi Gornick Duane & Marilyn Grasz Misty Graves ‘97 Scott & Andrena Greenwood Steve & Linda Gremillion Doug & Becky Gresch Debra Guss ‘77 Ruben & Tracy Gutierrez Sebastian & Amy Gutierrez Christopher & Crystal Guzman Paul & Jean Hackmann Andrew & Kim Hahn Bruce & Windy Hampton Matthew ‘80 & Pamela (DeGroot ‘80) Hansen Chris & Kelly Hansen Drew & Erica Hantula Stephen & Brenda Hantula Michael Hards & Janet Lawson Hards Pinky & Mattison Harper Larry & Kristine Haupert Michael & Carol Haymond Thomas & Brigitte Hazen Andrew ‘03 & Elizabeth (Salyer ‘99) Heim William & Sandra Herbold Edwin & Anita Hernandez Gloria Hernandez Joshua & Leah Hess Stacey Hingst Mark & Susan (Dannemeyer ‘80) Hirzel Jerry & Pam Hoerauf William & Kim Hood Jeffrey & Cheryl Hudson Dan & Karen Huffman Rodney & Jennifer Ida Anthony & Cindy Inga Juanita Jackson Rolf & Samantha Jacobs Mildred Jacobs Tim & Lori (Utke ‘82) Jaeger Jason Jellerson James & Sharon Jimenez Thea Johns Peter & Cindy (Sauers ‘84) Johnson Raymond & Catherine Johnson
Andrea Jones Keith & Kini Jorgensen Karl ‘84 & Lesliegh Kahre B.W. & S.L. Kammer Myron & Virginia Kampfer Richard & Pamela Karam Donald & Kari Kazanjian Jim & Kerin Kazarian Art Kazarian Valerie Keeney Jack & Colleen Keeter Betty Kelley Robert & Wendy Keown Gary & Cindy Kim Mark & Rachel Klitzing Charles & Lorraine Knapp Michael & Rebecca Kramer Herbert & Carolyn Krause Jeff & Karen Krolosky James & Elizabeth (Leichtfuss ‘92) Kunau Norman & Joyce Laesch Brian & Carolyn Laughlin Randy & Mary Lawrence Emmalee (Noble) Lazama Michael & Patty Lazcano Patricia Lehman Melissa (Brumfield ‘96) Leininger Kevin & Amy Leon (Willeh ‘90) Joe & Susan Leonardi Thomas & Linda Lesher Ken ‘83 & Angela Lineberger Harold & Amy Liu Kim Lomakin Christopher & Balanga Madison Victoria Marx Heidi Matson Steve & Janette Mattoon Gilbert & Susan Maturino Jessica Mc Innis James & Araceli McCloskey Clarence & Shelley McCollum Patrick McGinnis Edward McGlasson Freda McQuarrie Angela Medina Richard & Marissa Mejia Michael & Maureen Mekjian John Mekjian ‘08 Sarah Metherell Lake Eric & Noha Meyer Bryon & Maria Meyer Ronald & Patty Mills Robert & Jeannie Mooney Trip & Carla Montgomery Donald & Charlotte Morner Martin & Jelka Mottesi Elaine Mouw Mario & Eva Murga Chuck & Angela Murray Doug & Jan Naylor Eldon & Rose Neben Marc Neben ‘79 Shawn & Sharon Nelson Djrik ‘80 & Gail Nelson Pamela Nelson Alfred Neukuckatz Daniel & Laurie Nishikawa Matthew & Joyce Noel Sue Norman Mark & Jennifer Nye Thomas & Natalie O’Meara David & Adele Oddo Wayne & Diane Oestreich Cory Olson ‘05 Mark & Barbara Olson Howard & Deanne Ong
Malcolm & Catherine Ortego Kelly & Nikkii Palmer Don Pargee Sung Youn & Sobum Park Matthew-Paul ‘01 & Julia Parsons Jeff Partridge Mylene Patterson Eugene & Gloria Paulus Kenneth & Peggy Peake Kenneth & Lisa Peck Daniel & Charmaine Perez Charles & Esther Peterson David Phillips Gregg & Melanie Pinick James & Janet Poerschke John & Chris Poirier Tim & Deborah Preuss Cecile Raasch Lavance & Deniece Reed Paul & Marie Reim Matthew & Rosemary Reisbeck Mike & Julie (Koster ‘81) Ressler Patrick & Kimberly Rhoten Sarah Richter David & Jodie Ricketts Linda Riedmann Phil ‘05 & Joanna Roberts Jason & Lisa Roberts Joanne Roeder William & Tina Rogers Jeff & Susan (Hight ‘78) Rogers Greg & Cindy Rohlfing Chris & Kathy Ruoff Henry & Stephanie Sachs, Sr. Hayley Sampson ‘02 Sean & Lisa Savala Glen ‘83 & Rena (Perkins ‘83) Schlueter Christine Scimia Stephen & Sandra Scott Sandra Scott Roger & Susan See Roger & Carol Senne Barbara Sharpe Chirag & Renu Shewa Douglas & Nancy Shively Heather Sidell Karla (Ghidella ‘81) Siefkes Richard & Marsha Sievert Gonzalo Martinez & Johann Singh Bonnie Sjostrom Lee Slosser John Davis & Lydia Smith-Davis David & Rachel Snyder David & Terry Sohn Patrick Stacker Jeannie (Harrison ‘83) Stanley Bret & Janeen Steele Mark & Nancy Steinbergs Ben & Robyn Strohschein Deeann Summers Ron & Faith Surprenant Thomas & Kristin Taguchi Verna Thome Terry & Dana Tillis Janet Tittle Darryl & Tanya Tiveron Tony & Bianca Torres Paul & Michelle Trapp Mark & Jerri Ulves Marco & Wendy Urrea Mario & Sonia Valencia Shannon Van Dyke Paul & Nancy Vanderpool Thomas & Monique Vansuch Loreto Vazquez Pablo & Pat Velasquez Timothy & Terry Volk Kinh & Anh Vu Chuck & Roberta Wade
Ann Wagner Richard Wakefield Sandra Walker Mark & Alexandria Walker Geraldine Walker Gregory Wallace ‘82 Gary & Teresa Wann Todd & Lisa Wardlaw David & Joanne Warsinski Frank & Connie Wehner Xuan Wei Douglas & Carole Wells Fred & Mignon (Buzard ‘84) Whitaker Carl & Shannon Whitney Darin & Leslie Whitney Diane Whitten George & Lois Widly Ron & Cindy Wilcox Sandi Williams Warren & Stacy Williams Murray & Shari (Morner ‘79) Willis Greg & Debbie Wingert David & Traci Wise Montero & Zanetta Witherspoon Jessica Wnuk Bruce Worley Daniel & Lisa Wozab Takuya & Atsuko Yamamoto Akifumi & Junko Yamamoto Shane & Karon Yates Robert & Sandra Young Edwin & Darlene Young David Zavala Paige Zeinstra ‘09 Oskar & Waltraud Zimmerman
Gorm & Trini Aasen Manuel & Elizabeth Andrade Brian & Eve Ankenman Beverly Arnett Karl & Jody (Berry ‘88) Arnold Meredith Barnes ‘00 Steve Barillier ‘06 Trudy Bass Scott Bauer ‘81 Gail Baulch Sharon Beaudoin Anthony & Joline Beck Carrie Bedord David & Ruth Beiter Eric & Natalie Benda Lisa Beukers Nicole Birrell Glen & Jeanne Blankenship Lee & Amy Bramson Craig & Patty Brand Elizabeth Brehm ‘81 J.T. & B.J. Breza Megan Brief ‘96 Linda Brockschmidt Geraldine Buchanan Cheryl Burd Linda Burnett Timothy Camarco Kristine Carbonniere Gustavo Carrillo Margaret Carter Chris & Valerie Chilcott Brad & Kathy Christensen Charles & Inja Chung Thomas & Annette Collins Craig & Cathy Cooper Dana & Shirley Crandall Michael & Gay DeGree Donald & Ruth Detviler Daniel & Laurie Dixon Jay & Kathy Eastman Chris & Kelly Elder
Jim & Amy (Smokov ‘87) Elmore Scott Enomoto Scott Erickson ‘81 Brent Ferdig Chad Fleager ‘03 Robert ‘81 & Valerie Freeman Carl & Carrie Galloway Taylor Gavin ‘00 Bernice Gerken Kyle & Lisa Gilbert Andrew ‘07 & Ariel (Podas ‘07) Gjersvold Steve & Liisa (Vargas ‘78) Glandorf Alberto Gonzalez Julie Grant Sara-Britt ( Johnson ‘00) Guinta Ayn Hackett J. Hamil Larry & Shaune Hand Dean & Twyla Hankins Paul Hasenyager ‘79 & Shelley Gruwell Stephanie Heard Fritz & Cynthia Heigis David Heim ‘02 Matthew & Lauri Hemsley Veronica Hernandez Steve ‘78 & Karen Hight James & Elisabeth Hohman Derek & Jill Hooper Thomas Howard ‘94 Mark & Nancy Howard Jack & Wendy (Albrecht ‘92) Hunt, Jr. Robert & Cheri Hutnyan Pat & Jenny (Morner ‘76) Jordan Jeremy & Michelle Julian Rona Kay Kristyn Kazanjian ‘08 Marva Kinkead Scott Krause ‘81 Stan & Debbie Kruk Peter & Kristin Lange Marc Laulhere Craig & Yolanda Laurance Matthew ‘90 & Erin Laurent Dennis Lin Robert & Sandy (Hemphill) Lopez Thomas & Kathleen Mac Donald Daniel Malloy III Dustin & Skye Marciniak Mario & Karyn Marquez Juan Armando Marrujo Effi Martinez Bill & Anna Mc Daniel Victor Mendoza Robert ‘77 & Linda Meseck Diantoine ‘99 & Kristina Meza Maria Milla Mario & Suzanne (Krans ‘89) Morales Joseph & Katie Morales Jeremy & Donna Moser Robert & Christy (Christian ‘88) Motter Gary & Katherine Mull William & Lynn Myers Jeremiah ‘95 & Laura Nelson Richard & Marilyn Nelson Josie Nepite-Temblador Scott & Amy Norin Teofil & Mariana Oros Jeffrey Palmer ‘89 Norman & Louise Pargee Daniel & Bonnie Paridon Kristopher & Dawn Parish John & Cynthia Patton Don & Ester Pearsall Christina Perez Shirley Perkins Kenneth & Dorothy Phillips Robert & Marsha Podas Matt & Melissa Pothoff Rowena Pratap
Richard & Michelle Pulasky Daniel & Janine Puls Mark & Michelle Ramos Sandra Redmond Betty Rich Scott & Jill Richmond Cynthia Riley Paul & Julie Robinson Mark & Cynthia Ross Robert & Janice Royal Heather Ryan Patrick Salyer ‘00 Scott & Laura Sampson Steven & Sandra Sarandis
Marvin & Norma Schilling Matthew & Vicki Schulte David & Deanna Scott Krysta Seymore Sylvia Sheng Steven & Jenny Sichterman Kurt & Hermelinda Simon David Smith Richard & Melodie Stanford Amanda Stewart ‘93
Craig & Lisa Teuben
Michael & Karen Tomita Richard & Adriana Ulrich Joseph & Tamara Urban
Timothy & Dawn Vahlstrom Samuel & Mary Jo Valientes Mark & Bonnie Van Holt Luis & Angelica Villanueva, Jr. Daniel & Deborah Violette Eric & Rebecca Wakeling Harley & Arabelle Wegner Jessica Wilburn Charles & Kathi Williams David & Belinda Williamson Rachel Willis ‘03 Ryan Willis ‘02 Rebecca Willis ‘07 Erika Willis ‘09
Christopher & Susan Zaugg Richard & Constance Ziehr
Institutional Donors $100,000+
Chandler’s Sand and Gravel JB Properties, Inc Jellco Container, Inc Lancer Alumni Association Law Offices of Robert Wheatley Lux Bus America Northwestern Mutual Foundation Ralls Family Foundation Savini Styling Group, Inc. Wells Fargo Wells Fargo Educational Matching Gift program
Rockwell Collins Matching Gift Program Salon TM:2 Service Champions Shedwill & Associates Shelly BMW Target The Benevity Community Impact Fund The Stahmer Foundation The Webb Foundation Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, N.O.C., CA Chapter Tropical Plaza Nursery, Inc. Walker Brothers Waxie Sanitary Supply Wellington Foods, Inc. Wells Fargo Community Support Campaign Whittier Fertilizer Company WLG, Inc.
Santa Monica BMW
$25,000-$99,999 Nadeau Productions
Accord Electric Corporation Amort Construction, Inc. Capital Group Companies Concordia University Irvine Good Samaritan Medical Clinic Inc. Microsemi Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Wells Fargo Foundation
A Plus Smog Test Center Agape in Home Care, Inc. Apple Printing B2 Sales Butier Engineering, Inc. C. Smith Transport, Inc. Center for Reconstructive Dentistry Clint’s Formal Wear Cobalt Orthopaedics Inc DFI Preferred Insurance Freight Management, Inc. Greater Horizons Horizon Oxygen & Medical Equipment Infinity Injectables Jon Pettey Custom Goldsmith Inc. LCMS Foundation Max Muscle Sports Nutrition MCP Computers, Inc. National Christian Foundation National Outreach Foundation Incorporated Orange Empire Auto Center PTI Sand & Gravel, Inc. R.J. Allen Inc.
D.B. Engineering, Inc. Edison International Matching Gifts ERBE Engineering, Inc. Eric M. Meyer, D.D.S., Inc Form I-9 Compliance, LLC Land Mechanics, Inc. Melrose Educational Consulting LLC Prestige Worldwide Industries, LLC Sommer & Associates, Inc The Perfect Circle Cupcakery
AlliedBarton Security Services American Airlines Political Action Committee American Commercial Trading, Inc. Anaheim Amateur Hockey Association Anaheim Hills Women’s Club Anaheim Precision Sheet Metal, MFG Bejeweled by M&J Designs Benjamin Hill LLC Brakebill & Associates, LLC C.G. Landscape Inc. C.M. Machine Inc. Calvary Life Fellowship Missions Fund Capen Professional Services Capital Solutions Partner, LLC Carmody Construction Company Cholame Vineyard Commercial Satellite Sales Covenant Development LLC Creative Learning Academy Inc. Dan Copp Crushing Corp Dartco Transmission Sales & Service, Inc.
David Wilson’s Ford of Orange E&K Enterprises Earth Works Empire Family, LTD First Congregational Church of Frankfort Fisher Printing Frize Corporation Fullerton Republican Women Federated G Brothers Construction Gary M. Souza, PT & Associates Golden West Machine, Inc. Healing Heroes Ministries Hillary Thomas Group, Inc. Huntington Westminister Senior Apt Homes Jay E. Bauman, D.D.S. Jervis Family Trust JG Water, LLC JTB Supply Company, Inc Kroger Foods Laguna Blue Late Package Recovery Inc. Law Offices of Patrick Stacker List Solutions LLC Lupat Corporation; DBA Advanced Realty Madsen, Inc Malone’s Bar and Grill Inc. Masterpiece Pools and Spas, Inc Michael DeCarlo, Optometrist, Inc. Net Development Company Nevada Dental Arts Odle & Associates Old World German Restaurant Pixie Locks PK Management Rand Aire Mechanical Contractors, Inc. RCS Investigations and Consulting ROHM Building & Development, Inc. Scott Graduation Services Silicon Valley Community Foundation Tall Oak Academy The Green Pear Timothy Paul Miller A Professional Law Corporation Travel of Orange Truer Medical, Inc. Van Matre Lumber Verch Insurance, Inc. ZAE’s Womens Boutique
OUR MISSION: To help students internalize the Gospel message of salvation in Christ Jesus
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Internet Designs & Solutions School Spirit Pays, Inc
MESSAGE FROM THE FINANCE OFFICE
nce again, significant improvement in our financial position occurred over the last year. Because of a successful Beyond Expectations capital campaign, improved annual fund performance and additional long-term debt, we now find ourselves with adequate cash reserves of $10.3M. Long Term debt now stands at $17.5M, an increase of $4.5M, which was due to our $15M expansion project.
Net Assets continue to increase, more than doubling over the last three years going from $8.9M in 2012 to $20.1M in 2015. This occurred due to increases in donor support and cost controls. Because of our improved financial performance, tuition for the 2015/2016 increased at its lowest level in many years and Orange Lutheran now has nearly the lowest tuition in the Orange County Trinity League. Further, compensation increases to our faculty and staff has exceeded local and national averages. 2%
Association Congregation & Schools 2014-15
Advisory Council 2014-15
Abiding Savior Lutheran Church Bethel Lutheran Church Christ Lutheran Church, Brea Christ Lutheran Church, Costa Mesa Good Shepard Lutheran Church Hephathan Lutheran Church Immanuel Lutheran Church Messiah Lutheran Church Mount of Olives Lutheran Church Our Savior’s Lutheran Church Prince of Peace Lutheran Church Red Hill Lutheran Church Redeemer Lutheran Church Saint Paul’s Lutheran Church Salem Lutheran Church St. John’s Lutheran Church St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Garden Grove St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Orange Trinty Cristo Rey Lutheran Church Trinity Lutheran Church Vietnamese Lutheran Church Zion Lutheran Church
Sam & Deborah Abuzalaf Steven and Kathleen Amort Garret & Teresa Anderson Brett & Kimberly Bissell Don & Toni Bradley Jonathan & JoDee Clark Andrew & Lisa DelRey David & Donna DuBois Jim & Heidi Dwyer Jeff & Kimberly Goh Robert & Linda Grimm John & Alecia Kruger Jerry & Sherri Nourse Scott & Nina PicKell Jay & Sheri Shepherd Robert & Diane van der Goes Ben & Cindy Yorks
Board of Directors 2014-15
Anne Alario Mark Apodaca Jim Bright Rev. Seth Britton Roger Burtner Curt Cattau Rev. Roger Frick Michael Grant Thomas Gray ‘78 Anita Hernandez Julie Kangas Rev. Tim Klinkenberg ‘82 Leann Luchinger Marlo Naber-Mole ‘89 Craig Olson Kurt Rammelsberg ‘78 K.J. Voelker
Tuition Congregations Other
Salary & Administative Facilities Interest
CASH POSITION - $ MILLIONS $20
2012 2013 2014 2015
Investments/Endowments Operating Cash On Hand Bank Debt
ASSET GROWTH - $ MILLIONS
Financial Aid Athletics, Competition & Performance Other
2012 2013 2014 2015
Net Assets Capital Expenditures
Faculty and Staff Rachel Abijay Lori Allen Jessica Anderson Bob Asachika Pamela Ayers Caroline Bailey Steve Barillier Tara Bathke Cindy Bigelow Cathy Blankenship Dustin Boburka Eric Borba Ignacio Brache Amy Bramson Michele Brown Lisa Buekers Linda Burnett Dave Cacciapuoti Steve Carrera Megan Carvale Kathy Christensen Chris Cornish Glen Crosby David Dekker T.J. Detviler Timothy Detviler Barb Dorfmeyer Maggie Duerr Antoinette Duran Blake Edwards Lisa Ehret Todd Eklund Rachel Eklund Chris Elder Sharon Elliott Doug Erickson Ronald Ervin Crysti Everhart Chelsey Everhart
Wesley Faust Chad Fleager Taylor Fox Carl Galloway Joseph Garcia Jaclyn Gibson Diane Gihring Ariel Gjersvold Genevieve Graff-Ermeling Tanya Grasz Michael Grasz Kimberly Hahn Dawn Hamby Matt Hansen Pamela Hansen Erica Hantula Stephanie Heard Elizabeth Heim Jessica Heim Drew Heim Brad Heinecke Miriam Heinicke Sandy Hemphill Je’Von Hetland Azalea Holness Tom Howard Nathan Johnson Jeff Johnston Joey Jones Paul Jones Barbara Joslin Darren Kelso Esther Kim Erik Kirsch Barb Klinkenberg Ashley Klitzing Mark Klitzing Michael Kramer Brenna Kress
Kylee Kreutziger Courtney Kruger Debbie Kruk Ellen Lange Rob LaPointe Kathi Lapworth Jennifer Lark Peter Lark Marc Laulhere Patty Lazcano Dennis Lin Ryan Lisk Joe List Rosa Lopez Andrea Lufti Andrew Mabry Susan Madrigal Mark Maietta Skye Marciniak Steven Mattoon Brennan McBride Lukas McGlasson-Tandy Morgan Meyer Dee Meza Steve Miklos Jennifer Miklos Del Montel Jeannie Mooney Clim Moore Joseph Morales Matt Morgan Todd Moritz Lindsey Motis Kevin Nadeau Cody Nadeau Jamie Nadeau Kathy Nelson Jeremy Nelson Long Nguyen
Emmalee Noble Annie Nolasco Chris Nordstrom Bonnie Nourse Clay-Michael O’Neal Tim Odle Barbara Olson Cory Olson Dominique Ovalle Julia Parsons Nancy Paul Christina Perez Chuck Petersen Roya Petersen Marsha Podas Linda Porr Matt Potthoff Melissa Potthoff J.P. Presley Julie Prins Michelle Ramos Sandy Redmond Scott Robertson Joanna Rogers Denise Romo Jill Ronstadt Roddy Russell Sarah Salzberg Laura Sampson Hayley Sampson Dawn Sandie Cindy Schlichtemeier Vicki Schulte Kent Scott Erin Shevlin Vincent Shih Hollie Simmons Leslie Smith Lydia Smith-Davis
Shaunna Snow Terry Sohn David Sohn Suzanne Sotelo Robert Spors Thomas Stafford Janeen Steele Robyn Strohschein Ben Strohschein Kelli Talmage Craig Teuben Christina Toorop Steven Torres Vicki Tupa Shawna VanDaele Jennifer Vaughan Trevor Voth Daniel Vu Bea Wakeling Gary Wann Emily Ward Brantley Watson Shannon Whitney Diane Whitten Kathi Williams Debbie Wingert Traci Wise Monterio Witherspoon Shane Yates Patty Young Rick Young Ken Young Aaron Zeilinger Paige Zeinstra Carole Zelinger Karen Zieger David Zlaket