Meet our School Leadership Board

Eric Von Barnau Sythoff

Board President

Eric currently serves as the President of Passion Center for Children.  He and Julie have been married for 41 years and have 7 children and 5 grandchildren.  Their two remaining school aged sons attend SSCS/TBS.  Eric served as the lead Pastor of Crest Community Church in California before moving to WA.  Julie and Eric served as missionaries to Russia and Africa and prior to that, Eric served in the Military as an Officer and Pilot.  Eric leads 3 Mission Trips to Africa per year and he and Julie are active at Lake City Community Church in Lakewood.  He has served on the Board since 2016. 

Dwayne Henning

Board Vice-Chairman

Biography Coming Soon!

Ron Nelson

Board Treasurer

Ron Nelson is retired. He and his wife, Kay, have lived in University Place for the last 25 years and he has been a member of the Board since 2004. His background is as an Operations Executive and CPA in his professional career. His enjoys traveling, camping, hiking, skiing, and golf. Ron and his wife have two daughters and 5 grandchildren. 

Lou Paulsen

Board Secretary

Lou Paulsen works in the maritime industry where he has over 35 years of varied experience, much of it in senior management roles.  He holds bachelors degrees in industrial technology and, separately, ministry and leadership from Life Pacific College.  He is also a American Leadership Forum Fellow.  Lou and Marie have been married 35 years and together have been members of Northwest Church in Federal Way since 1990.   He and Marie have two adult daughters and are elated to have two (soon to be three) grandchildren.  Lou currently serves as Board Secretary.   

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 TBS 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! 

Joshua Kellcy

Board Member

Joshua (Josh) Kellcy is an Army civilian attorney with 14 years of experience practicing law.  Josh is also a promotable Major in the United States Army Reserve.  He holds a doctorate degree in law and a Bachelor's degree in finance.    Josh and Becki have been married for 15 years and are active members of 1st Baptist Church of Lakewood.  Becki is an elected director for the Clover Park School District.  Josh and Becki have five children and their eldest two children are students at TBS. 

Craig Kessel

Board Member

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 Tacoma Baptist Schools. He has served on the school board since 2017. 

Jim Olson

Board Member

Jim has been a part of the TBS family since the late 60's.  First as a member of one of the founding churches, then as a student, as a parent of three TBS graduates, and most recently as a grandparent of two current TBS students.  He runs a small business in the Tacoma area and is proud be to be an integral part of the heritage of Tacoma Baptist Schools.

Todd Ostrander

Board Member

Biography Coming Soon!