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 Tim Delkeskamp, Pastoral Liaison to the Board since 2003
Pastor Tim Delkeskamp (PT) was born in Brea, California, raised in North Orange County and graduated from California Lutheran University and Luther Seminary. After serving at Mount of Olives Lutheran Church in Mission Viejo, CA for five years, he accepted the call to come to Ascension in June of 2003. He currently serves as the Associate Pastor with a focus on Ascension Lutheran School, Outreach, Worship, and Adult Education. When he is not doing this, he is spending time with his wife Chamie, sons Aidan and Jude and daughter Hannah. All three of their children have attended Ascension Lutheran School since preschool. Their family mission statement is “to do kindness, love justice and walk humbly with their Lord” (Micah 6:8). Pastor Tim serves on the School Board because he believes the School is an incredibly important part of the Church’s mission to “create opportunities for all people to become devoted followers of Jesus Christ.”
Steve Smuck, President
Steve Smuck has been a church member at Ascension since 1988. It was here that he married Susan Lundeen in 1990. Their three children have all attended Ascension Lutheran School: Rebecca graduated class of 2015, Lauren is in 8th grade and Zachary is in 5th. Steve is the VP of Engineering at Roberts Tool, a manufacturer of precision aircraft parts for commercial and military markets, in Chatsworth. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Hawaii and an MBA, from INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France. Steve serves on the School Board because he wants to be a good steward of the incredible resource we have in Ascension Lutheran School (ALECC and K-8). “Our family has benefited greatly from this school and this is a small way of giving back to help ensure this school is available for others as well.”
Amanda Miner, Secretary
Amanda Miner was born and raised in the UK. She moved to the United States in 1996 with her husband who is a Thousand Oaks native. They have a twelve-year-old daughter, Kate, who began her Ascension education in the Early Childhood Center at the age of 4 and is now in the 7th grade. Amanda is a GIS Analyst/Resource Advisor for the National Park Service. She holds a Master of Science in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) from Johns Hopkins University, a Master of Science in Natural Resource Management from Virginia Tech, and a Bachelor of Arts in Exhibition Design from University of Lincoln, UK. Amanda enjoys reading, Pilates, photography, cake decorating, and walking her badly behaved chocolate labs. When asked why she serves on the School Board, Amanda replied, “I love this school, and I am honored to serve alongside a group of very dedicated individuals to make Ascension the very best it can be.”
Dave Harkins, Treasurer
Dave Harkins joined Ascension in 1995 after moving to Westlake Village from Hacienda Heights. Dave retired last year from American Financial Group, where he had served for 22 years as a senior underwriting officer. He had a total of 39 years in the commercial insurance industry after a five-year stint as a junior officer in the U.S. Army. At Ascension, Dave has worked on the Gifts of Hope campaign for several years. “It’s great to have time to devote to a worthy effort like serving on the school board of Ascension Lutheran School,” said Dave, “My wife was a Lutheran school teacher for many years and both my children enjoyed the benefits of a caring, faith-filled education at two Lutheran schools.”
Aimee Semeleng, Representative for Church Council
Aimee Semeleng has a Bachelor of Science in Environmental/Occupational Health from California State University Northridge. Prior to the most wonderful privilege of being a parent, she worked in Environmental Safety and Health. Aimee and her husband Jason have two children who have attended Ascension Lutheran School since Kindergarten: Ethan in 8th grade and Faith in 5th grade. As a family, the Semelengs raise puppies for Guide Dogs of America, an organization they have been part of for over six years. They also love to travel, be outdoors, and to spend time together. Aimee is an active volunteer with several organizations, including our school. Aimee participates on the School Board because of the students and staff. “I love this school,” she stated, “and I am so grateful that my children attend here.” She is inspired to serve by 1 Peter 4:10, “As each has received a gift, use it to serve on another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace.”
Scott Bean, Member
Scott and his family have been members of Ascension Lutheran Church for more than 15 years. Scott is a graduate of California Lutheran University where he earned a degree in Political Science and a minor in Business Administration. Scott has worked at Amgen for 13 years in Information Systems and is the Director of Analytics & Information Discovery. Scott’s wife, Sandra, is a frequent volunteer at the school, helping in the classroom with Art Trek and the school garden program. She has been a PALS officer and room parent over the years. They have two girls that started in preschool at ALECC and are now one is moving on to high school and the other is a middle school student here. Scott has a love for the school that has nurtured and helped shape his girls to become bold, compassionate leaders and disciplines of Christ.
Kari Gravrock, Member
Kari Gravrock grew up in Northern California. She moved to Thousand Oaks to attend California Lutheran University. She graduated in 1998 with a major in English and a minor in Psychology. Kari taught preschool for over 10 years, including a couple years at ALECC. Now she owns her own business in the health and wellness industry with Arbonne. Here at Ascension, Kari is one of the directors of the Cherub Choir. She is also active in the Monday morning Women’s Bible Study and the Financial Peace classes. “I have three nephews who attended ALECC and are now in Kindergarten, First and Second grades here at Ascension,” said Kari, “They are having such positive experiences here. I am looking forward to being on the School Board. I love Ascension!”
Bryan Jones, Member
Bryan Jones has been a member of Ascension since 2013 and grew up as an active member of a Lutheran church. Bryan has been in the financial services industry for over 15 years. Since 2007, he has worked in retirement investment sales for PlanMember Securities, a securities broker dealer based in Carpinteria, CA. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from California Lutheran University and holds multiple industry licenses. His two children have attended Ascension Lutheran Early Childhood Center since the age of 4 months and the oldest is now in kindergarten at Ascension. Both he and his wife, Stephanie, enjoy being active volunteers on campus. Their family loves being outdoors together whether it’s a family bike ride, camping, gardening, swimming, playing sports or just spending time with family and friends. “Having both our children at ALECC and now one starting at the K-8 campus has been a blessing for our family,” said Bryan, “I’m excited to serve on the board and have a part in cultivating the special gift that this school is for the children that are here and for those that will come.”
Christi Labrenz, Member
Christi Labrenz was born and raised in Santa Monica, CA. She and her family have been part of the Ascension community for many years. Her husband, Mark, is an Ascension Lutheran School graduate from the class of 1978. Her son, Mitch, graduated in 2009 and her daughter, Casey Joy, in 2012. Christi has a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from California Lutheran University. She is currently a stay-at-home mother, but most recently enjoyed working for 10+ years in the finance department of Dole Food Company. Prior to that, she held various positions at Fortune 500 companies beginning with KPMG Peat Marwick immediately out of college. Christi loves photography and just about any kind of craft-making. “I look forward to contributing to the development of Ascension Lutheran School as it leaps into its second half-century,” said Christi, “and I can think of no better way to do that than collaborating with the diversity of backgrounds and expertise that inhabit the Ascension Lutheran School Board.”
Jeff Nagel, Member
Jeff Nagel attended Ascension Lutheran School from 1st through 8th grade, along with his sisters and brother. He now feels fortunate to have his son attend this great school. Jeff, along with his wife and their two boys, are members of Ascension Lutheran Church, and he feels blessed to have both of his sons baptized here. Jeff works in private practice with his father as an orthodontist in both Thousand Oaks and Simi Valley. He looks forward to working with the school board and to be a part of the relationship between school and church.