Board of Trustees

The Foundation’s Trustees are committed to faithfully carrying out the mission of the Foundation. They provide leadership through their experience and knowledge and are driven by their faith values.

Sandra M. Howe

President/Marketing and Education Lead Chair

Sandra and her family have been members of Ascension Lutheran Church for thirteen years.  She has been part of the Food Project Response team, Lead Dinner Coordinator for Confirmation program, Prayer Team, Hanging of the Greens, and Lead Marketing/Educational Chair for The Foundation.   Prior to coming to Ascension, she and her family came from Lutheran Church of Northridge, now known as Lifehouse Church, where she served as their secretary on the Board and led the Stewardship Program.

Sandra has been in the health care industry for 20+ years and her expertise includes operations, finance, sales, marketing, and strategic planning.  She also serves on the Board of Directors as the Treasurer/Marketing for Moorpark Civic Ballet and Dance Theater. 

Sandra is married to Mark E. Howe and they have two daughters (Mia who recently graduated in June from UC Davis and Kira a rising sophomore in the Fall at Arizona State University).   In her spare time, she enjoys playing golf, going to the beach, reading, and spending time with her family and friends.  Sandra was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador and moved to the states at the age of three.  She received a BA, Liberal Arts and Sciences from Arizona State University. 

Stefano Borzone

President Elect

Stefano grew up in Genova, Italy and graduated as an ocean-going ship Captain from the local maritime academy. He traveled the world and earned a Master License for worldwide trade on the largest ships afloat. He was most fortunate to meet his future wife Donna, from Thousand Oaks, California on a Princess cruise ship while working as a navigation officer. They soon settled in the area and were married in Westlake Village in August of 1992. Stefano and Donna are proud parents of 3 boys age 16 through 20 and have been very involved in their sport activities, coaching track, soccer and football over the years. Stefano transitioned from his sailing career early into his marriage and worked shore-side in several ship-management roles with the cruise industry, including Crystal Cruises in Los Angeles, Silversea Cruises in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and in ship-building teams in shipyards in Italy, Norway and France. In 2005 he started a port logistics company, Metro Cruise Services, and served at its President for 13 years, growing it into a leading organization in North America. In 2018 he returned to the cruise industry accepting a position as Senior Vice President of Global Port and Destination Development for Carnival Corporation. Throughout his journey in the maritime space Stefano has served as board member for the Boston Shipping Association and the New York Shipping Association, and as a ranking member of the LA/LB and San Francisco Port Unified Command. He remains a member of the Antartic International Tour Operator society and Cruise Line International Association.

 

Stefano and Donna have been members of Ascension since 2016 and from their initial introduction to the church have admired its traditions and vision. Their sons Andrew and Matthew attended Middle School at Ascension, and Andrew graduated in 2019. Stefano is honored to have the opportunity to join Ascension’s leadership team and very much looks forward to contributing to the continued growth and success of its Foundation. The privilege of planting seeds for the future through rigorous, effective stewardship of the funds donated by committed members requires the highest order of responsibility, and Stefano is committed to offering the congregation nothing less.

Doug Morrow

Secretary

Doug Morrow and his wife, Linda, joined Ascension after moving to Thousand Oaks in 1988. Doug is employed as a mechanical engineer by Raytheon in El Segundo CA. Doug and Linda have two sons Kevin and Chris, who were both baptized and confirmed at Ascension.  As a member of the congregation, Doug serves as usher, communion assistant, attends the Thursday evening men’s bible study and is on the board of trustees of the Ascension Lutheran church foundation. Doug and his boys have also made several trips to Mexico when the youth went to build homes as a service project.

Norb Rud

Treasurer

Norb and his wife joined Ascension Lutheran Church in 1998. Norb has been on the Ascension Church Foundation board since 2013. He is retired and stays busy with grand kids, playing senior softball, golf, travelling, and doing taxes at the Senior Center during tax season.

Anita Cohen

Grants and Scholarships Lead Chair

Anita was raised in a “portable Lutheran home….Since my father was a Lutheran Chaplain, I was fortunate to see many different cultures and attend many types of churches while growing up.”  Anita has been a member of Ascension since 1989.  During this time with One Ascension, Anita has been involved with LWR and faith quilting.  Anita plays in the Carillons bell choir and serves as a Foundation trustee.  Anita has been a communion assistant, attended Women’s Bible Study, been part of a small care group, and is currently being trained as part of the Altar Guild.  Outside of church, Anita is an elementary school teacher, teaching for 37 years.  Anita has been married to her wonderful husband, Morley, for almost 28 years.  They have raised two children, Emma, 26, who just returned from teaching English in China, and Jared, 25, who is doing some graduate work in Economics and working part-time on a farm.

Alan Baker

Member at Large

Alan is a retired long-range planning executive who spent his entire working career with ARCO. He received bachelor’s degrees in chemistry and chemical engineering from the University of Michigan, and an MBA from the University of Chicago. He and his wife, Lisa, whom he met at ARCO, have been married for 42 years. They have lived in Westlake Village and Thousand Oaks for the past twenty years and have loved every minute of it. They have three grown daughters and three grandchildren whom they don’t see often enough, but ZOOM has helped.

Alan is a relative newcomer to Ascension Lutheran Church. Prior to joining the church, he and Lisa attended Westminster Presbyterian Church, where Alan served as an Elder, was active on several committees, and served as a construction manager for the church’s biennial “Bethlehem Experience”. His other volunteer efforts include serving as president of the Thousand Oaks Philharmonic, an organization committed to providing opportunities for young artists to perform with a professional symphony orchestra in front of a live audience. He is also active as a business mentor with SCORE, a volunteer organization that assists small businesses.

Alan is great believer in the small group experience. He was part of a group with three other men for a period of three years discussing discipleship, and the experience greatly advanced his faith journey.

Paul Evenson

Member at Large

Paul and Louise joined Ascension Lutheran in September 2016.  In early 2017, he joined the Ascension Lutheran Church Foundation Board, bringing his 30 years of planned giving experience in higher education to our Education Committee.  Paul serves as Chair of the Board for Spirit in the Desert Retreat Center in  Carefree, Arizona.  Paul and Louise live in Thousand Oaks.
 

Lori Hillman

Member at Large

Lori and her family have been members at Ascension Lutheran Church since 1996. Over the years, she and her husband Greg both have been active teaching Sunday School, volunteering on the Missions Committee and sponsoring Operation Christmas Child. Lori currently is active in the quilting ministry (LWR and faith quilts) and the mentorship program for the Senior Luther League. Lori enjoys spending time with her family – son Timothy, daughter Bethany, son-in-law Anthony, and grandchildren Cohen and Devan, and traveling across the country in their motor home.

Lori previously served on the board of directors of Right Road Kids (Paula Phillips’ ministry) for 12 years and also was actively involved in local youth soccer programs for more than 10 years. She is a retired Investor Relations and Corporate Communications professional. Lori has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas.

 

Kris Swavely

Member at Large

Kris Swavely and husband Pete became members of Ascension in 1973 as newlyweds. Both of their boys were baptized and confirmed at Ascension, enjoying Monday night Bible Studies, Luther League, and summer tours. Now, as empty nesters, Ascension has become even more dear to them. Kris has had the honor of serving as a Stephen Minister, Sunday School teacher, Altar Guild, Communion Assistant, Life Group member and currently serves as a trustee for the Ascension Lutheran Church Foundation. Working with the Scholarship and Grants Committee Kris finds purpose and joy in being able to help worthy recipients here at Ascension, in our community and beyond.  

Don Weeks

Member at Large

Don Weeks has been a member at Ascension for over 40 years. During that time Don has been a lead usher for over 25 years, a Sunday School teacher for nearly a decade, on numerous youth group trips to Mexico (several as the Construction Superintendent). His three grown sons were all baptized and confirmed at Ascension. Don lives in Newbury Park with his wife Vicki, who has been an active Sunday School teacher and Confirmation leader for many years.   

Reverend Dr. Timothy Delkeskamp

Pastoral Representative

Pastor Tim is the Senior Pastor of Ascension Lutheran Church and serves as the pastoral advisor to the Ascension Lutheran Church Foundation. He has been a pastor at Ascension since June 2003  Pastor Tim advises the Ascension Lutheran Church Council and has served on the board of Habitat for Humanity in Ventura.  Pastor Tim lives in Thousand Oaks with his wife Pastor Chamie and their three children, Aidan, Jude and Hannah.

Ascension Lutheran Church Foundation


1600 East Hillcrest Drive

Thousand Oaks, CA  91362

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