Meet our 2020-21 School Leadership Board

Craig Kessel

Board Chairman; Board Development Committee Chair

Craig Kessel currently serves as a pastor and the Resource Ministry Director at Northwest Foursquare Church in Federal Way. He holds Bachelors Degrees in Business Administration, Management Information Systems and Biblical Studies. He has been married for 22 years to his lovely wife Anna and they have 5 children, all who are enrolled at Sound Christian Academy. He has served on the school board since 2017. 

Dwane Henning

Ex-Officio Chair; Resource Development Chair

Larry Lewien

Board Member

Larry is Managing Senior Grant and Contract Officer with World Vision U.S. since 2017. He manages a team responsible for grant compliance management and a global profile. He was a senior project manager at World Vision U.S. from 2014-17 and a finance and support manager at World Vision International from 2009-13. He and his wife have two children at SCA. He is a member of New Life Foursquare Church in University Place where he is a Welcome Director. He earned his BA in Music Education in 1995 from Western Washington University and his MBA of Business in 2007 from UW Tacoma.

Neal Eifling

Board Member

Neal is a licensed Mortgage Broker and owner of Best Way Lending, Inc. since 2009.  He serves people all over Washington State with mortgage financing needs, information, and guidance.  He and his wife, Angie, married in March of 2003, live in Gig Harbor, and have a son who is a current SCA student.  They enjoy spending time together as a family and serving others.  Neal enjoys getting to know and hanging out with people, working-out, returning order around the house and yard, and last but not least, is a loyal dog lover! 

Carri Jo Timmer

Vice Chair

Carri Jo Timmer, DO is a Family Medicine Physician and Residency Program Director for Community Health Care. She enjoys caring for whole families from pre-conception to death, including delivering babies while teaching younger doctors to do the same. Her husband, Caleb, graduated from SCA in 2001 and after meeting through his sister, they have been married since 2007. They have 4 children, all of which are enrolled at SCA. Together Caleb and Carri Jo lead medical mission trips to Myanmar and are active members of Puget Sound Foursquare. Carri Jo has been an active volunteer at SCA including Vice President of the Parent Volunteer Network. 

Courtney Mcdaniel


Courtney is a Registered Nurse and works for Puget Sound Home Health serving the community members in Pierce county. She is passionate about health, education and empowering others.  Courtney is a graduate of South Puget Sound Community College and is currently attending Washington State University to advance her nursing career. Courtney and her husband, Anthony have been married for 15 years and have 3 children. Their oldest daughter is a medic in the US Army National Guard and their two younger children attend SCA. She has been active in supporting young girls in the Tacoma area, as a mentor for the youth organization known as GRIPS as well as leading small group studies with young girls, in the Church youth group. Courtney and her husband are members of Lakeview Church of Christ and enjoy serving their community as a family. Having two athletic teenagers at SCA, Courtney and Anthony can often be found in the SCA stands cheering on their Crusaders. 

Tracey Hall


Tracey is a licensed South Sound realtor with Keller Williams and owner of The Sound Bridge Home Group. Prior to this, she served as the Regional Operations Manager for a large private school organization in the Bay Area and before then spent several years in regional operations with Moss Adams, the 11th largest accounting firm in the US. Tracey is a graduate of Loyola College in Baltimore (MEdu) and California Polytechnic State University SLO (B.A.). She and husband Darren make their home in Northeast Tacoma. Together, they have three adult children. Whether it’s enjoying a fabulous meal together, cheering one other on in the race of life, or exploring nature in one of their favorite states, the Hall family loves life and they are passionate about serving others. In their home, the table is always set for more!

Board Advisory Council

Brad Van Parys - Former SCA Board Chairman
Debbie Washburn - Former SCA Human Resources and Finance Director
Stephen Novotny - Former SCA Board Member, K-12 Education Executive, Attorney-At -Law
Joshua Kellcy - Former SCA Board Member, Attorney-At -Law in U.S. Army
Helen Lucas - Retired Educator from Bethel School District & Pierce College,  Assistant for Gateway Medical Alliance
Ron Nelson - Retired Operations Executive and CPA; member of the board from 2004-21.
Rich Hamlin - Pastor at Evangelical Reformed Church, Current SCA Boys Head Basketball Coach
Carbon Argo - IT Consultant
Rick Johnsen - Advisory Council Chair, SCA Strategic Partner

Letters from the Board