Board Chairman; Resource Development Chair
Board Vice 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 Tacoma Baptist Schools. He has served on the school board since 2017.
Board Treasurer; Resource Development 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.
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.
Eric Von Barnau Sythoff
Board Member; Resource Development Team Member
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.
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!
Board Advisory Council
Brad Van Parys - Former TBS Board Chairman
Debbie Washburn - Former TBS Human Resources and Finance Director
Stephen Novotny - Former TBS Board Member, K-12 Education Executive, Attorney-At -Law
Helen Lucas - Retired Educator from Bethel School District & Pierce College, Assistant for Gateway Medical Alliance
Rich Hamlin - Pastor at Evangelical Reformed Church, Current TBS Boys Head Basketball Coach
Rick Johnsen - Advisory Council Chair, TBS Strategic Partner