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The Cor Deo School Board

From Left: Mark Lackermayer, Doug Lane, Pat Busick, Matt Shuts, Michelle Rowland, Heath Hollensbe (Not Pictured: Anne Highsmith)

Board Members

Pat Busick

  • Cor Deo Parent
  • Realtor® with Windermere
  • Knowledgeable about Cor Deo’s Community, Business Processes, and Strategic Development
  • Humble, Faithful, Positive, Decisive Planner, Determined Pat is married to Brad, mom to Andres and Olivia, and a leader in asset management and real estate.

As a parent, she lends her support to our school in numerous volunteer capacities and has been actively tracking every lead in pursuit of a new home for The Cor Deo School. She humbly offers her determination, business experience, strategic mind, and decisive manner to our school board. Her faith and positive attitude fuel her ambitions and are an encouragement to those around her. Pat enjoys playing with her family in parks throughout Tacoma, and running, walking, and biking along Ruston Way.

Anne Highsmith

  • Community Member
  • Home Maker/Efficiency Expert
  • Integral part of growing FPCS to a K–5th School and Passionate for Christian Education
  • Prayer Warrior, Authentic, Personable, Intuitive, Committed

Anne is married to Christopher, mom to Sam and Joe, an efficiency expert for her family, and mighty prayer warrior. She played a strategic role in expanding FPCS into a preschool through fifth grade school and is passionate about equipping youth to know the Lord. She modestly offers her years of experience as an active supporter of Christian schools, her wisdom as a seasoned parent of a college student and high school student, her authentic and charismatic personality, and her heart for prayer to our school. When she isn’t watching one of her son’s golf tournaments, you can find her volunteering for the American Junior Golf Association, First Tee, and the Washington Junior Golf Association. She is also starting a satellite wing of the Women’s Group, Anchor for Women, to gather and support women in prayer and community. Her faith and family are what matter most.

Heath Hollensbe

  • Community Member
  • Director of Contemporary Worship at University Place Presbyterian Church (UPPC)
  • Knowledgeable about Classical Christian Model of Education & Missional Church
  • Innovative, Honest, Visionary, Discerning, Articulate

Heath is married to Kathleen, and is dad to London (8), Rowen (6), Easton (4), and Reagan (16 months). He serves as the contemporary worship leader at UPPC. Currently, Heath is working on his Master’s degree in the field of Ministry Entrepreneurship and Innovation. He has pledged his life to Jesus whether on the road touring with Christian artists or serving in a local church. He and Kathleen are committed to the classical Christian education and are currently implementing this model at home with their children. He submits his knowledge of classical Christian education, his talents, and his innovative and discerning spirit to our school board. He has an amazing ability to articulate his thoughts and vision with transparency. Heath enjoys camping, hiking, watching Netflix documentaries, and is a season ticket member (and beyond avid fan) with the Seattle Sounders.

Mark Lackermayer

  • Cor Deo Parent
  • Business Owner of Tool Gauge & Machine Works Inc.
  • Knowledgeable about the Strategic Business Planning & Transition Process for Cor Deo
  • Perceptive, Organized, Practical, Confident, Focused

Mark is married to Suzanne, dad to Leah and Lauren, and successful business owner of Tool Gauge & Machine Works Inc. As a parent in our Cor Deo community and as a member of the Transition Team, he has invested the past two years in growing The Cor Deo School. He brings his focus, wealth of business knowledge, organizational skills, and practical and perceptive mind to our board. He is willing to give and defend pragmatic solutions to often overwhelming obstacles. In his free time, you can often find Mark and Suzanne planning or engrossed in some adventure whether it visiting new places around the world, exploring our National Parks, or hiking, camping, and cross country skiing in the PNW.

Doug Lane

  • Cor Deo Parent
  • Clinical Psychologist
  • Knowledge about Classical Christian Education
  • Experience serving as a member on two national board of directors
  • Servant’s Heart, Transparent, Patient, Insightful, Decisive

Doug is married to Brett, father to Natalie, and is a psychologist assigned to the Geriatrics and Extended Care Service the VA Puget Sound Healthcare System. He is also a clinical faculty member of the University of Washington School of Medicine. As a parent of a Cor Deo student, Doug has come to appreciate and advocate for the classical Christian education model. He is honored to bring his experience on two national-level boards and his breadth of training experience for the Lord’s service. His strong ethics, good listening skills, empathy, and clear communication style are a blessing to our team and our school. Doug enjoys horsemanship, music, history, and most of all, his wife and family.

Michelle Rowland

  • Community Member
  • Consultant and Auditor
  • Non-Profit, Financial and Business Knowledge and Experience
  • Passionate, Detail Oriented, Approachable, Strategic Thinker, Persistent

Michelle is a servant of the Lord and a support to many. She has a strong financial consulting and project management background, and has extensive experience with non-profit organizations assisting with process improvement, strategic planning, and financial modeling. She has served the community at First Presbyterian Church for more than ten years in numerous capacities, and has supported our school over the years, most notably with a financial review in 2013. As a detail-oriented, strategic thinker, she brings her tenacity, love for children, kind heart, and approachable spirit to The Cor Deo School. Michelle enjoys traveling, gardening, visits from her little neighbors, and time in the water (especially teaching children to swim).

Governing Documents

The Cor Deo School Bylaws, June 2016

The Cor Deo School Statement of Faith

The Cor Deo School Conduct Policy

School Board Meetings

Cor Deo Board meetings are held on the third Thursday of every month on the Gold Room (Grammar School campus) from 6 to 8 p.m. and are open to current and prospective parents.