LCS is Governed by a Volunteer Board Comprised of Community Leaders in Education, Business, and Faith
John Shellenberger is a Colorado native, born and raised on a farm in southeastern Colorado. John attended the University of Southern Colorado receiving a B.S. degree in Biology and earned a M.B.A. from the University of Notre Dame specializing in finance and marketing. For the past twenty four years, John has worked at the world headquarters for global building products manufacturer, Johns Manville. He has held numerous positions in the Information Technology and Business Operations Groups focused on technology management and business process improvement. Currently, John is the Vice President and Chief Information Officer (CIO), a position he has held the past eight years. As CIO, John is responsible for the global operations of information technology solutions and infrastructure at 42 manufacturing plants and several service centers with over 150 employees located in North America and Europe.
John and his wife Carrie have lived in Longmont for the past 17 years. They are the parents to two sons ages 16 and 14. Both John and Carrie are very committed to education. Both of their sons attended Longmont Christian School from pre-school through middle school, with their youngest son enrolled as a high school freshman this year. Carrie was a middle school/high school math teacher for eight years and has volunteered many hours for LCS. John has served on the LCS board for nearly six years and is the board president. John and Carrie believe that investing in education has high return in the future of our children, community and country. They support the mission and vision of Longmont Christian School that builds the strength, character and spirit of the students and community.
White Fields Community Church
LCS Alumni Parent
As a pastor, church planter, and missionary, Pastor Nick has a heart for the global mission of God. Having grown up in Denver, Nick spent 10 years as a missionary in Hungary, first working with refugees and then church planting and pastoring churches with Calvary Chapel. In 2012, Nick and his wife Rosemary moved to Longmont at the invitation of White Fields Community Church, where Nick serves as Senior Pastor. Nick holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Christian Theology from the University of Gloucestershire (England).
Upon moving to Longmont, Nick and Rosemary discovered LCS and enrolled their oldest, an adopted son from Hungary, in the school. Balazs graduated from LCS in 2014. Nick has been a member of the LCS board since 2013 and has served in the role of Vice President since 2015. He believes in the mission and values of LCS and has seen first-hand the positive benefits that the school had on his son, both academically and spiritually.
LCS Alumni Parent
LaDon Kee is a general contractor living in Berthoud, CO. His wife, Patty, and he have had all three of their children attend and graduate LCS, the last one in 2014. He has been on the school board for over eight years and currently serves as the board Treasurer. LaDon is passionate about Christian education, and believes it is one of the best foundations we can give a child.
Tim Betsch was born in Ohio and moved to Longmont as a teenager. He attended Colorado State University and received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. Later, he went back to school to earn a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Phoenix. He's worked in various management roles over the years in multiple companies and industries. He spent 11 years working for Hewlett Packard, first in Fort Collins, and then in Singapore. While in Singapore, Tim served on the Board of Directors for International Community School, a K-12 international school. He then sensed the Lord’s call to move to Indonesia, where he worked managing the supply chain for a large coffee company. God worked in many relationships while he and his family lived in Jakarta and allowed them to serve in multiple ways. Two years ago, after 8.5 years overseas, his family moved back to Longmont where he currently works for West Corporation as a Customer Team Director.
His wife Sara and he both attended Christian schools during most of their K-12 education and believe very strongly in the value of a Christian education. Their two children (Amanda, age 17 and Nathan, age 15) have attended Longmont Christian School the past two years. Tim believes that his children thrive best in an environment that encourages and leads them spiritually. Christian schools help to reinforce the lessons that parents teach children at home. The school's vision for excellence in academics, service and biblical studies resonate with Tim, and he wants to be part of leading the school towards achieving its vision.
Holland & Hart LLP
Chris Gunlikson is a real estate and finance lawyer with the law firm Holland & Hart LLP. Chris received his J.D. from the University of Denver and a B.S. in accounting and computer information system from Colorado State University. Chris is also a certified public accountant. Chris and his wife Molly are both natives of Colorado and have three children, all of whom attend Longmont Christian School. Chris is as strong believer and supporter of Christian education and has served on the Longmont Christian School board since 2009 in various board roles for LCS, including secretary and treasurer. Chris also serves on other community nonprofit organization boards.
TLC Learning Center
LCS Parent & Alumni Parent
Matt Eldred holds a BA in Special Education and Physical Education with K-12 Endorsements, and an MA in Educational Leadership and School Administration. Matt is the Executive Director of TLC Learning Center, formerly The Tiny Tim Center, a long-standing non-profit organization in Longmont, CO. He has extensive experience in the non-profit management world and in fundraising and donor development.
Matt is heavily involved in both the Longmont and Boulder County communities through active participation in the Foothills United Way Longmont Economic Development Partnership (LEDP), as well as the Longmont Chamber of Commerce. Matt is an American Red Cross volunteer, serving as a community first aid and CPR instructor. He also serves as the Worship Minister for the Boulder Valley church of Christ. His children are his biggest accomplishments and his pride and joy. Matt enjoys recreational outdoor sports and plays on an adult basketball league and is a proudly raised Nebraska Cornhusker fan.
Matt joined the LCS board in August 2014 and works with the fundraising and Capital Campaign side of the school. His five children all attend or graduated from LCS: Clayton - alumni, Timothy - Sophomore, Caleb and Kaitlyn - 9th grade, Luke - 5th grade.
Matt strongly believes that the mission of LCS is simple: if we can be the light in our community promoting excellence in academics, service, and faith, then we are the very hands and feet of Jesus. If we can teach that to our children at an early age, the future looks very bright. LCS is instilling the mission into his children every day and he is thrilled to watch them grow in wisdom and stature and in favor with God and man.
HBusiness Development Manager
Sherri Klotz is a native Coloradan. She has spent most of her childhood in the Broomfield and Thornton areas, and moved to Firestone eleven years ago. She has been in business development for the past nineteen years from wholesale mortgage lending to senior health care. She is Colorado Certified Assisted Living Administrator, having years of experience in Medicare Health Care and Senior Housing. She is currently the Business Development Manager of Colorado for an award winning HealthCare Talent Recruiting firm. Sherri is on the leadership team for the Boulder County Care Collaborative to help partnerships grow for the betterment of senior in Boulder County. Sherri has also enjoyed years teaching Sunday school, coaching T-Ball and volunteering at the school her children attend.
Sherri has two children at LCS. A seventh grader and fourth grader. She has been active in PTO and in the classroom. She is very committed to the excellence and growth of LCS. With fresh ideas, dedication, and a passionate heart for education centered around Jesus, Sherri is very excited and honored to join the LCS board this year.
LCS Parent & Alumni Parent
Mark was born in Oklahoma and moved to Houston at an early age. He received a Bachelors of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M University in 1987. He started his career in the oil field in 1990 with a career lasting, so far, 26 years in three states. He considers himself lucky to have worked in Alice, TX, Farmington, NM and in CO in Del Camino, Brighton, Evans, and downtown Denver in various engineering and managerial roles for WCNA, Smith Energy Services, BJ Services and Anadarko Petroleum.
Mark's family now consists of two wonderful kids: Taylor, who is 22, and Zach who is 17. Both kids have attended Longmont Christian School from pre-k through high school. At LCS, Taylor played three sports (basketball, volleyball and soccer) and also participated in drama, student government and yearbook. Taylor is attending Grace University in Omaha, NE, and is in her last year of the Elementary Education program. At Grace she went on to play four years on the varsity volleyball team with a scholarship. Zach is a senior at LCS and is looking to study Biomedical Engineering after graduation. Zach has played for the varsity basketball team and been a manager for the football team. He has also played in the LCS jazz band for three years and has served as the vice president on the LCS student government.
Both Mark and his wife Dana wouldn’t consider any other school in Longmont for their kids. From the first time they walked the halls at LCS, met the teachers, and met the spiritual leader they were convinced their kids needed to attend. Dana is currently giving back to LCS by teaching calculus and physics. The Lord tapped Mark on the shoulder, nudging him to be a bigger part of LCS, so in the summer of 2015 he volunteered for an at-Large position on the LCS Board. He wanted to be part of an organization that could guide and insure that LCS had a long and rich future as the premier Longmont Christian school.