King’s Way Board of directors
meet your king’s way christian school board members.
The role of the Board of Directors is to provide leadership and
governance of the activities of the school. The work of the board
requires a balance of asking big questions, exploring possibilities,
engaging in real dialogue, solving problems and offering direction.
School Board Chair
Tim Devine, married to Nikki Devine in King’s Way’s Admissions Department, is a Captain for Alaska Airlines. Tim and Nikki have two kids at King’s Way, Kenner (7th grade) and Delaney (9th grade). Tim is a volunteer with the KW Advisory Council and the KW WatchDogs program. In September 2017 Tim Devine was elected Chair of King’s Way Christian’s School Board. Previous to being elected Chair, Tim served as the King’s Way School Board Secretary.
Vice Chair of the Board
Todd Pisarczyk is (almost) a lifelong resident of Vancouver, WA. He graduated from Prairie High School, attended Western Washington University for 3 ½ years then transferred to Washington State University Vancouver where he graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.S. in Business Administration. Todd and his wife Kristy have three kids at King’s Way. Macie (3rd grade), Isaac (7th grade), and Aiden (9th grade). In his spare time, Todd is passionate about coaching a variety of youth sports. He is currently coaching girls soccer and basketball and boys basketball and baseball with his kids. Todd is the founder and president of Sustainable Wealth Management and currently serves as their investment consultant. Before joining the board at King’s Way, Todd was the president of Lake Shore Community Church.
Jerry r. kelso
School Board Secretary and Treasurer
Jerry R. Kelso
Jerry R. Kelso joined the King’s Way Christian School Board in March 2017. He currently also serves as designated board representative for Vancouver Church’s Pastor Chris Kainu. Jerry is an experienced financial executive with 40 years of combined work in accounting, finance, governance and auditing. He and his wife of 43 years, Valerie, enjoy time with their three grown children and 6 grandchildren. Jerry’s favorite recreation is camping and fishing with his family. Jerry has attended Vancouver Church for over 30 years and served on the Vancouver Church Board of Trustees as Treasurer, Vice Chair and Chairman. Jerry has also served on the board of the Vancouver Church Foundation.
Jim Teague, King’s Way Christian’s previous school board chair, is a retired Vice President of Standard Insurance Company and Senior managing partner at ProRisk Advisors. Jim earned a BS in Business and Economics from Warner Pacific College and a Juris Doctor from Lewis and Clark College, Jim has been happily married to his wife, Terri for 43+ years with three children, four grandchildren and one miserable dog. Jim previously served 15 years on the Warner Pacific College board of trustees, including six as board chair, the Vancouver Church board of trustees and continues to serve on the KW board.
Lori Volkman is a former Deputy Prosecutor and lawyer of 20 years. She also founded a Vancouver-based research and communications firm. She has been married to her husband Randy for 27 years and her kids Olivia (9th) and Cooper (6th) have attended King’s Way for the last 8 years. Lori joined the KWCS Board in 2016.
Lori is also an accomplished writer, having authored an award -winning blog and contributing to two books, Reader’s Digest, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times and Women’s Day Magazine. As founding member and Communications Director of the Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit MSJDN, she has also appeared as an advocate for military families on CNN, The NBC Nightly News, CBS Evening News and Fox News with Neil Cavuto.
Dr. Taryn Markee is a clinical psychologist who has been in private practice in Vancouver since 1996. Her current focus is working with adolescents and adults of all ages doing long-term psychoanalytic psychotherapy. She and her husband Larry have two daughters at King’s Way, Ava (9th grade) and Kara (7th grade) where they have been involved with the school since 2003. In her free time she enjoys fitness (biking and hiking), reading, and spending time with friends and family.
The role of the Board of Directors is to provide leadership and governance of the activities of the school.
As a Governance board, the Directors will actively consult with others inside and outside the KW community and, it will ensure broad organizational accountability, transparency as well as active and meaningful communications.
In providing general oversight, the board will rely on assessing school performance in relation to goals and adherence to budget. The board will ensure, through the creation of policies which KWCS implements, sound financial management, personnel and service practices. The board will rely on the systematic review of organizational activities through the implementation of policies, rather than examining or advising on day to day decisions. To perform its job, the board shall:
- Determine the mission, values, strategies, and major goals/outcomes,
and hold the Superintendent accountable for developing a staff
strategic plan based on these policies.
- Determine the parameters within which the Superintendent is expected
to achieve the goals/outcomes.
- Monitor the performance of the organization relative to the
achievement of the goals/outcomes within the Superintendent
- Maintain and constantly improve all ongoing policies of the board in
the Board Policy Manual.
- Select, fairly compensate, nurture, evaluate annually, and, if
necessary, terminate a Superintendent, who functions as the board’s
- Ensure financial solvency and integrity through policies and behavior.
- Require periodic financial and other external audits to ensure
compliance with the law and with good practices.
- Evaluate and constantly improve our board’s performance as the
governing board, and set expectations for board members’ involvement
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