School Board

The Board of Trustees is a fiduciary board entrusted with preserving the philosophy of Christian education upon which Lansing Christian School was founded. It is the responsibility of the Board to approve long-term strategic plans and to hold the Head of School accountable for mission advancement and operational decisions. The Trustees come from a variety of backgrounds and are drawn together by a shared desire to use their gifts and abilities to glorify God through Christian education. Please pray regularly for the Board of Trustees and their leadership investment in the continued ministry of Lansing Christian School.

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Meet the Board

Dave Tebben, President
Term: 2019-2022
Dave and his wife Marlene have three children, two of whom attend Lansing Christian School and one who recently graduated from Lansing Christian School. Dave and his family attend South Church in Lansing. Dave grew up in Iowa and graduated from Western Christian High School in Hull, Iowa and received a degree in English from Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa. Dave is president of K & H Cutting, a full-service concrete cutting company located in Lansing. As an alumnus of Christian education, Dave understands the value first-hand. “I am grateful for what Lansing Christian has meant for our children and I serve on the board to see the school continue to glorify God by advancing its mission. A Christian education is a wonderful environment to learn and develop in.”

Rachel Cattron, Treasurer
Term: 2021-2024
Rachel and her husband John have two children, one currently attends Lansing Christian School and the other will be a future Pilgrim. Rachel and her family are members of Liberty Christian Church in Lansing. She grew up in the Eaton Rapids area and graduated from Olivet College with a B.A in Business Administration with a concentration in accounting. Rachel works as the Controller for Advance Employment Services in Okemos. She is also a Notary Public in the state of Michigan. “Christian education is important to me because it reinforces the values and beliefs that we have at home. I think it’s important for Christ to be presented to children in many areas of their life, so that they grow up to honor God in all that they do.”

Casey Conklin
Term: 2020-2023
Casey and his wife, Amelia, have two children and they attend Lansing Christian School. Casey and his family are members of Faith Church in Lansing. He grew up in Potterville, Michigan, graduated with a B.A. from Michigan State University, then attained his Juris Doctor from Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing. Casey is self-employed at The Law Offices of Casey D. Conklin, PLC. He works with clients on various legal issues, but focuses primarily on estate planning, business planning and tax law, in addition to managing the firm. “It is important for our children to be brought up with faith and good moral character. This combination is hard, if not impossible, to find in other education venues. Giving the children a Christian education allows us the peace of mind knowing that they are being educated with beliefs that align with what we are sharing with them at home.”

Amy Cowper
Term: 2020 – 2023
Amy and her husband, Zachary, have two children and they attend Lansing Christian School. Amy and her family attend Riverview Church. She grew up in Lansing, is an alumnus of Lansing Christian School and graduated from Michigan State University with a Master’s Degree in Social Work. She is a fully licensed clinical social worker and certified by the state of Michigan as a Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapist. Amy works for the Clinton, Eaton, Ingham Community Mental Health Authority (CEI-CMHA) as the MDHHS Children’s State Wide Trauma Initiative Coordinator. She has over thirteen years of experience in various roles in the mental health field. “We are currently raising our children in an ever-changing, fast-paced world. As a result, it is increasingly difficult to ensure our children have the opportunity to receive both the best educational opportunities, while also protecting them from a world full of messages and expectations that don’t align with our Christian perspective. I appreciate LCS as it provides a balance along both sides. It is consistently evident to me the administrative, educational, and support staff at LCS care for the well-being of my children while consistently pursuing best educational practices for all students.”

Evan Hurst
Term: 2019-2022
Evan and his wife, Amy, have three children, two of whom attend Lansing Christian School and one that will be starting preschool at Lansing Christian in the fall of 2019. He and his family attend Riverview Church. Evan received a B.A. from the University of Michigan and a J.D. from Northern Illinois University College of Law. Evan is a senior attorney for Jackson National Life Insurance Company in Okemos and is also the company’s Privacy Officer. “We believe a Christian education is important because it reaffirms on a daily basis the values and principles that are important to our family. We want our children to become the best version of themselves and I don’t think that is possible without God at the center of their lives. Eventually, our kids will be spending more time at school and extracurricular activities than at home. So, having a Christian education is key to surrounding them with loving teachers and administrators who are able to show them God’s love on a daily basis. We are extremely pleased to see that in abundance at LCS!”

John Maher
Term: 2021 – 2024
John and his wife, Leah, have two children and they both attend Lansing Christian School. He and his family attend 2/42 Church in Okemos. John holds a degree in sports medicine from Central Michigan University, and he is also a Certified Athletic Trainer with the National Athletic Trainers Association and a licensed athletic trainer in the state of Michigan. John currently works for Vieworks USA as the North Central Channel Manager and has acted as the athletic trainer for home games at Lansing Christian for the past four years. “When we were deciding where to send our oldest daughter to school, we kept coming back to whether she would be surrounded by people who would affirm the messages she was hearing at home. Children are influenced by their teachers, and it was important to us that she be influenced by teachers who share our core values.”

Andrea Tardino
Term: 2020 – 2023
Andrea and her husband, Vince, have one child and she attends Lansing Christian School. Andrea and her family are members of West Lansing Church of Christ. She grew up in Winfield, West Virginia, graduated from Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia with a B.A. in Criminal Justice and an Associate Degree in Communications, then attained her Juris Doctor from Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing. Andrea works as a Claims Investigator in the Special Investigation Unit at Hastings Mutual Insurance Company. She also serves on the Village of Dimondale Board of Trustees. “Today, Christians are often made to feel that they should keep their faith quiet in order to avoid ridicule or backlash from certain groups of people. A Christian education provides an environment where students can profess their faith while learning. Parents can be assured that at Lansing Christian, school is an extension of the faith that is being taught at home and worship is not only allowed, but celebrated and encouraged.”

David Toy, Secretary
Term: 2021 – 2024
David and his wife, Amanda, have five children, four of whom currently attend Lansing Christian School and one who will be a future Pilgrim. He and his family attend University Reformed Church in East Lansing. David grew up in the Lansing area and is a graduate of Lansing Christian School. He has a B.S. in Environmental Studies from Michigan State University, a J.D. from Cooley Law School in Lansing and passed the bar exam in 2009. He is currently an attorney for the Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services / Office of General Counsel. As an LCS alumnus, he is grateful for the foundation it provided. “Lansing Christian’s school’s greatest strength is the high-quality education it provides. It is the only school in the area of its unique size, Christian philosophy and elevated academics. The school thrives from within by utilizing excellent teaching staff, dedicated leadership and close-knit community.“

Eric Vanden Bosch
Term: 2019-2022
Eric and his wife, Kerrie, have three children and they all attend Lansing Christian. He and his family attend South Church in Lansing. Eric has a degree in church education from Reformed Bible College (currently known as Kuyper College) and is a former youth pastor. He was a stay-at-home dad for eight years and is currently the owner/operator of Vista Home Inspection, LLC and the Head of Maintenance for Kaleo Property Management. Eric grew up in Hudsonville, Michigan and graduated from Unity Christian High School, so he has experienced first-hand how Christian education can help prepare students for a life of faithfulness and service. “In addition to Lansing Christian’s commitment to academic excellence, LCS teaches students how to view and interact with the world from a Christian perspective. LCS infuses Christian principles into the way they teach, the way they discipline, and the way the community members (students/parents/staff) interact with each other.”

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