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Blog: Meet the Members of HCA’s School Governance Board

Blog: Meet the Members of HCA’s School Governance Board

sgb-crby Lori Lassen
School Governance Board Member,
HCA Grad & Mom of 4 HCA Students


Merry Christmas from the School Governance Board!

We have a wonderful group of men and women serving you on the School Governance Board, and it is my pleasure to be working alongside them. We all come from a variety of backgrounds (see below!), and I believe this diversity serves our school families and staff well.

The School Governance Board is responsible for ensuring that the mission and vision of Highlands Christian Academy is carried out. Because HCA is a ministry of Grace Baptist Church, the School Governance Board is under the authority of the Elder Board, and the two boards work closely together to make Highlands the best it can be! As a board, our goal is to reinforce the mission of our school: Highlands Christian Academy is dedicated to the process of assisting parents in the biblical training of students in all aspects of Christian education and living. In all we do, we desire to honor God by making policies and decisions that will equip our teachers and staff to show the love of Christ to the students and prepare them for a successful future academically and as citizens. It is a goal that we do not take lightly.

The SGB spends countless hours each month working on school business. As you are aware, this year will be the last for Mr. Lopez as Headmaster. After more than 40 years at Highlands Christian Academy, he will be retiring. Currently, a great deal of our time as a board is spent interviewing candidates for the Headmaster position. We are making great progress and ask that you pray with us for the Lord’s continued direction as we hire the right individual for this position.

Here’s a little glimpse of our board members. We pray you and your families will have a wonderful Christmas season as we celebrate the birth of Jesus!

Sandy Huntsman, Board Chairman
Sandy is the Administrative/Worship Pastor at Boca Glades Baptist Church. His wife, Celia Huntsman, is our HCA Registrar, and his daughter, Missi, is a nurse practitioner in Texas. Sandy is an avid tennis player and enjoys spending time with his family.

Bob Wanner, Vice-Chairman
Bob is married to Sharon and is a member of Grace Baptist Church. He loves to go on mission trips and has traveled the world using his skills to help missionaries. Bob is the Property Manager/Maintenance Director for a large condominium development and enjoys watching Penn State football in his spare time.

Judi Califano
Judi is married to Gerry and is a member of Grace Baptist Church. Their two children, Caleb and Shaina, are both HCA alumni and currently studying at Liberty University. Judi enjoys traveling and visiting art museums. She recently joined her husband to participate in her first fishing tournament.

Jennifer Cunningham
Jennifer is married to Dan, and is a member of Grace Baptist Church. Jennifer and Dan’s two children both attend HCA, Alyssa in 3rd grade and Justin in K5. Jennifer works for the Broward Sheriff’s Office as a 911 Dispatcher, and she enjoys singing and photography.

Cliff Dyhouse
Cliff is married to Oliva and is a member of Grace Baptist Church. Cliff is a faculty member at Keiser University. He especially enjoys spending time with his wife and family.

Ken Lopez
Ken Lopez, HCA Headmaster, is married to Robbin, former teacher at HCA. He is a member of Grace Baptist Church and can often be found teaching adult Sunday School. Ken and Robbin have three grown daughters–Bethany, Leah, and Amy (all HCA and Liberty graduates)–and are the proud grandparents of six! Ken enjoys golf (sort of!), spending time with his family, watching all HCA sports teams, reading biographies, and studying to teach his Sunday School lessons.

Rick Mathisen
Rick is married to our HCA Librarian, Lorri Mathisen, and is a member of Grace Baptist Church. Rick is a retired secondary teacher from the Broward County Schools and currently works as a tutor at HCA. Rick and Lorri are parents of  two HCA alumni, Joy and Luke, and the grandparents of Lincoln. Rick enjoys watching all of the South Florida sports teams and going on cruises with his wife.

Lori Lassen
Lori, HCA alumni (c/o 1990) is married to Scott, who works in Student Billing at HCA. She is a member of Grace Baptist Church. Lori and Scott are parents of four HCA students, Kyle & Kayla (12th grade), Ryan (10th grade) and Ashley (5th grade). Lori works for Rejoice Marriage Ministries and volunteers for a non-profit she and Scott run called The Do More Foundation. Lori enjoys attending her children’s sporting events and spending time with her family.

Luke Still
Luke, HCA alumni (c/o 1999) is married to Elizabeth, and is the Pastor of Students at Grace Baptist Church and Chaplain to HCA students. Luke and Elizabeth are parents to Landon (6th), Keira (5th), Malia (2nd), Caden (K5) and Nicole (K5), Brandon, Bilal, and Christopher. Luke and Elizabeth are involved with 4Kids as foster parents. He enjoys golfing and spending time with his family.

Blair Shein
Blair, HCA alumni (c/o 1997) is married to Leslie, our Elementary Assistant Principal at HCA. Blair is a member of First Baptist Church of Pompano. Blair and Leslie are parents of two HCA students, Lily (4th grade) and Corbin (2nd grade). Blair is a financial planner, enjoys sports, and loves spending time with his family.






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