The Ascension Lutheran School Board, with guidance from the Pastors, has the responsibility to oversee the operation of Ascension Lutheran School. The School Board is comprised of nine voting members elected by the congregation of Ascension Lutheran Church.
Pastor Julie McCain, Pastoral Liaison to the Board
Pastor Julie McCain came to Ascension Lutheran Church and School in April 2018 as the Children-Youth-Family Pastor. She is a graduate of California Lutheran University and Luther Seminary. Her background includes serving as a youth director role at River of Life Lutheran Church in Minneapolis, an intern pastorship at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Anchorage, Alaska, and, most recently, an associate pastorship at First Lutheran Church in Marshall, MN. Her work at Ascension encompasses both church and school.
Susan R. Hall, J.D., PhD, Past President
Susan and her family have been members of the Ascension Lutheran Church and School community since 2015. Susan is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology (GSEP), where she has spent the last 15 years teaching master’s and doctoral students skills to become counselors, marriage and family therapists and clinical psychologists. Susan received her doctorate in clinical psychology and her law degree from the University of Arizona and did postdoctoral training at the Yale University Child Study Center. As members of the congregation, Susan and her family attend the Praise Alive service, enjoy the varied musical life of the church, and support its community outreach ministries. Susan actively participates in the One Ascension Green ministry and the school’s outdoor learning programs. Susan also served as a Parent Ambassador for the school in 2016-17. Susan’s family includes 7-year old son, Bryson, who attends Ascension and husband, Robert. As an educator, Susan has a passion for promoting 21st Century Education Skills in our students through collaborative socio-emotional, STEAM+, and inquiry- and project-based learning. She is excited to be a part of the School Board and helping to build innovative approaches to further the school’s mission.
Marcel Harner, President
Marcel Harner is currently a school psychologist working with high school students. His past professional experience also includes working with high school students with learning and behavior disabilities and serving as a school psychologist at both the elementary and middle school levels. It is a great passion of his to help young people overcome challenges and find their way. He serves as a volunteer Second-Grade Sunday School Teacher here at Ascension. He has also worked with preschoolers in Awana Cubbies and Kidsquest. Marcel enjoys spending time with his family, reading, hiking, listening to U2 and following the Dodgers. He loves to travel and see new places. This past summer he traveled to Germany for the reformation tour. Marcel has a son and daughter who both attend Ascension Lutheran School, and he is glad to be contributing as a School Board member.
Will Wallace, LL.M, J.D., Member
Will and his wife, Sara, have been members of Ascension Lutheran Church since 2011 and their sons, Hunter, Austin, and Bodie are current students at Ascension Lutheran School. Will received his Master of Laws (LL.M) from the University of the Pacific and his Doctor of Jurisprudence (J.D.) from Mississippi College School of Law. He has volunteered as a camp counselor for the Ascension VBS summer program and has offered services to help on a variety of church and school functions for the past 5 years. Will has produced, written, & directed approximately 30 films as a filmmaker. He also served as the SAG-AFTRA National Conservatory chairman of cold reading and scene studies at AFI (American Film Institute) from 2009-2016. Additionally, he runs the Will Wallace Acting Company in Burbank, Ca with his wife, Sara Wallace, where they coach numerous working actors in film and TV. Will is excited to join the School Board and contribute ideas that will further the school’s mission.
Paul, Hoffmeier, Member
Greg Korshavn, Member
Greg and his wife, Valinda, joined Ascension in 1989. During his years at Ascension, Greg has been involved in numerous ministries including school board member and chairman, church council, Joy of Giving, EIO committee, and a call committee member. In addition to his weekly Care Group meetings (the group has been meeting since 1990), Greg serves as a communion assistant and an offering counter. Greg has been a teacher at Westlake High School since 1982. His daughter, Shawna, attended Ascension Lutheran School from Preschool-8th Grade. When Shawna was in 8th grade here, he felt there was a need for an Honors Algebra class. One month into the school year, he began that class. What he thought was originally just a one-year commitment turned into nine years. He found working with the students in the Honors Algebra class to be a wonderful to end his teaching day. Having experienced first hand the amazing gift the school was for their own daughter, Greg looks forward to again contributing on the school board.
Julie Herder, Member
This is Julie Herder’s 28th year working in the field of elementary education. A graduate of California Lutheran University with a Masters from San Diego State University, Julie has extensive experience in both general and special education classrooms. She has found both classroom settings to be challenging and rewarding in varying ways, but most importantly, each has been a marvelous opportunity to work with students to develop lifelong social and learning habits that will help them achieve success. Since moving back to Thousand Oaks, she has worked the past 10 years at Cypress Elementary in Newbury Park. Along with countless hours as a teacher, Julie enjoys her work on the Alumni Board for California Lutheran University, yoga, and as much time with family and friends as possible. As an Ascension member, she volunteers as a counter, occasionally sells fair trade products, and is involved with the Matthew 25:35 team. This past summer, she was excited to participate in her first international Habitat Build with Thrivent in the country of Indonesia. As both an educator and a parent of a former Ascension student, Julie is excited to help shape the future of Ascension Lutheran School as a member of the School Board.
Rick Pfieffer, Member
Rick Pfeiffer, Member