2021-22 Department Leadership & Management

 

 

JON UELAND
Director of Technology & Facilities
A transplant to the Pacific Northwest in the late 1980s, Jon was born and raised in the small Northern Minnesota farming community of Fertile. He earned a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree with a second major in Aviation Administration from The University of North Dakota’s John D Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences. In his first career, Jon earned his Airline Transport Pilot Certificate and flew professionally for a number of years, but getting married and becoming a father caused him to reconsider his career choice. He came to the conclusion that in order to be a good husband and father, the extensive travel schedule of a pilot had to end. God honored that decision and provided new opportunities to work in the I.T. industry which eventually led to his current position as Director of Technology and Facilities at Lighthouse. He believes that providing quality Christ-centered education to our children is a crucial step in making positive changes in our culture and the world. Jon and his wife reside in Gig Harbor and have three daughters.

KRISTEN BORQUIST
Athletic Director
Currently, a graduate student at Capella University obtaining a Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (scheduled to start practicum and fieldwork summer 2022), BS Degree in Accounting, Central Washington University & BS Degree Business Admin w/Marketing Emphasis from Weber State University. I have thoroughly enjoyed being part of the Lighthouse family since 2014. My husband and I enjoy having both our children part of the student body. In my off time, I enjoy coaching a variety of sports and spending time with my family.

KRISTIN BAUR
Director of Development
With a passion for serving, Kristin recently retired from the military as a Reservist in the Air National Guard. She grew up in the Midwest and holds a degree in Mass Communications. With over 20 years of public relations experience, she has learned how to quickly build relationships and create connections within organizations and the Development/Fundraising community. Kristin loves aviation, being outdoors, photography, and resides in Gig Harbor, with her husband Ron, two LCS alums–Levi and Zachary, and a spoiled Boston Terrier named Maverick. “Lighthouse is a special place. I enjoy working within a positive culture that is focused on the critical mission of preparing young people to be leaders in their communities and in life.”

JODI YOUNGQUIST
School Counselor

Jodi Youngquist grew up in the Pacific Northwest and attended Western Washington University to study developmental psychology. She then attended City University of Seattle to receive her Master’s in Education with a concentration in counseling. Her career experience includes three years as a Christian child and adolescent mental health therapist and school counseling in local school districts. Jodi has worked with kids, teenagers, and families in various ways at her home church for the past nineteen years.  She has spent time teaching Sunday school, mentoring kids in small groups, leading a mission trip, teaching parenting classes, running vacation bible school, and working as a camp speaker for elementary students. She is passionate about encouraging kids to have a personal relationship with Jesus while fostering good mental health and instilling coping strategies that help kids be the best learners they can be. She is a member of the American School Counselor Association and is a licensed mental health counselor associate. She specializes in child and adolescent mental health and uses elements from cognitive behavior therapy and person-centered therapy while weaving in a Biblical worldview. On a personal level, she enjoys hiking, helping run women’s retreats, painting, and studying God’s word. She and her husband are celebrating 25 years of marriage and she has three teenage sons.

SHELLI BARTHOLOMEW
Resource Teacher

MA in Educational Administration from Cal State San Bernardino and National Board Certification: Married to my best friend for 30 years and blessed with our 2 miracles Emily and Ty (it’s a great story). After teaching in public schools for over 20 years, it is exciting to follow God’s calling to join the LCS family. Between school and church, I have taught all grade levels and God continues to grow my passion and care for young people. God continues to equip me and challenge me as an educator. I am excited to begin my new adventure as Resource Teacher. I have the honor of supporting teachers and students as they strive to reach their full potential. I enjoy cooking, cake decorating, camping, and walking on the beach with my family and our English Bulldog, Drax, and crazy Labradoodle, Yondu.

RACHEL BUCHMAN
Dean of Students – Elementary
Technology Teacher, Grades 1-5

B.S. in Elementary Education from Northwest University with an additional endorsement in middle-level humanities; M.Ed. in Administration from Liberty University: I was seven years old when I discovered my passion for Christian education. I felt the love my teacher poured out on us daily, and for the rest of my childhood, I knew I wanted to be in Christian education. After teaching and being a department head at another school for a number of years, I earned a degree in school administration. Now, I am joyful that God has led me to LCS where I get to continue in both fields, teaching in the LCS technology lab while supporting students in fulfilling the LCS mission as the elementary student dean.

TERESA GARCIA
Dean of Students – Middle School
Middle School Teacher

BA in Education from Central Washington University, Masters Degree in Instructional Design from American College of Education. As a lifelong resident of the Pacific Northwest, I’ve grown up in the great outdoors.  I love camping, toiling in the yard, hiking beautiful trails, and finding hidden treasures on road trips.  My generational roots in Gig Harbor have grounded my family in the community I cherish.  My husband and I have enjoyed raising our four children and watching them flourish into young adults.  Lighthouse has been an integral part of my family’s development and it is a privilege to work within a thriving and nurturing environment.

CHARITH VARGA
Kitchen Manager
Charith and her husband Scott are Pacific NW all the way and have raised two kids in Gig Harbor since 2003. Katie and Spencer attended Lighthouse Christian School from Kindergarten until they graduated from LCS in 2016. Over the years Charith has enjoyed getting to know the wonderful Lighthouse families, students, and staff as she has devoted her time as a parent volunteer, and employee. In her free time, she can be found gardening, reading, spending time with family, and lounging at her favorite place on earth, Hood Canal. The Varga family has a passion for road trips and favorite destinations include Park City Utah, Vail Colorado, Grand Tetons, South Dakota, Coastal California and the Redwoods, Grand Canyon, and many places in between!