The board of directors comprises representatives of the Hope Lutheran Church and School community. The board is responsible for establishing and clarifying the overall strategic direction of the church and school, setting high-level policies that govern the work of the church and school, ensuring the spiritual and financial health and sustainability of the organization, and encouraging the congregation and staff in their work.
Jason Schrage, Chair – Jason is married to Susan and has one child who attends Hope Lutheran School. After nearly 15 years with General Electric living across the US and holding multiple business roles, Jason has spent the last 5 years as an owner in an equity-backed industrial service company as a member of the executive team. Over Jason’s career he has led first-of-a-kind engineering projects, operated global businesses, and transformed his current business into a solid operating company. Jason grew up in the LCMS synod, attended Lutheran grade school and high school before attending Massachusetts Maritime Academy. Jason and his family have been members of Hope since 2013 when they moved to Seattle.
Wayne Machmiller, Vice Chair – Wayne and his wife, Terese, have been married for 30 years and have two adult children who both grew up at Hope Church benefiting from the youth programs offered. Wayne is a Seattle native who attended the University of Washington, graduating with an Industrial Design degree along with a focused study in architecture. Wayne has actively been involved at Hope Church in various ways including serving on the Building Committee, on the MAT Property Team having participated on a myriad of building projects, on the Celebrate Recovery Leadership Team, and has served on the Board of Directors for 3 years, currently Vice Chairman. Wayne is currently Director of Resort Renovation and Design at a large vacation property company. In his free time Wayne enjoys spending time with his family and cheering on the Huskies!
Eric Slawson, Secretary – Eric and his wife Meagan have been married since 2006 and have two young children who both attend Hope School. Eric and his family have been members since May 2013. After spending some time in the technology sector, Eric is currently a Managing Broker for Keller Williams Seattle Metro in their residential and commercial division. Eric has been a member of the West Seattle Community for the past 16 years where he has been involved on both the West Seattle Rotary and Keller Williams Board of Directors focusing on technology, finance, culture and public relations.
Delores Kannas, Treasurer – Delores is married to David and they have two grown children. Delores works in medical research at the University of Washington, and has decades of proven service in significant positions of leadership and research in both the medical and church fields. She has been a member of Hope for 28+ years and presently serves on the Board of Directors as Treasurer.
Donna Hood, At-Large – Donna is married to Jamie Hood and has two children. Donna serves as the Principal of Skyline High School a school with 2,037 students in Sammamish. She supervises over 100 staff members and has 6 years of leadership experience that has involved policy, the law, vision setting, large budgets, hiring, training and evaluation of many kinds of staff. Before her current job, she taught high school English for 10 years at Sammamish High School in Bellevue, serving as the Department Chair, then became an Assistant Principal at Liberty High School for four years. Donna and her family have been members of Hope for about 15 years.
Aija Stapars, At-Large – Aija has been a life-long member of the Latvian Lutheran Church attending services in the Latvian language since childhood. She joined Our Redeemer Lutheran Church (LCMS) more than 25 years ago while living in Portland and transferred her membership to Hope Lutheran after returning to West Seattle in 2001. Aija has taught Sunday School in the Latvian language in Seattle and Portland, participated in Evangelism Explosion and is a former Bible Study Fellowship Group Discussion Leader. While at Our Redeemer in Portland, she did an overseas medical mission partnering with NW Medical Teams, area hospitals and the Latvian Lutheran Church in Latvia. Her professional background includes K-12 Education, Adult Education and Human Resources management. She has served as the VP of Human Resources for Wesley Homes since 2009.
Ken Norton, At-Large – After graduation from Concordia, Seward, Ken spent the next eighteen years in southern California as teacher and principal of three Lutheran schools and started a junior high school. He was the chairman of the District Principals Conference and teacher/rep on the District Board of Directors. After moving to Spokane, Ken became the CEO of the Lutheran School Association there before coming to Seattle Lutheran High School as assistant principal for fifteen years and then principal for three. Ken’s last school was Concordia in Seattle where he led them through a successful accreditation process with both the State of Washington and the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod accreditation. Ken and his wife, Julie, have been members of Hope since 1981. Ken has served as congregational president, elder, and co-chair of the pastoral search committee.
Bill Barton, At Large – Bill and his wife, Lizz, have been members of Hope for 13 years. Their three children have been raised at Hope and have all attended Hope School. Bill is an Architect specializing in commercial project management and design. He is a graduate of Fuller Seminary and has an MBA from Pacific Lutheran University. A former Young Life Leader, Bill is currently active in a small group and with the Music Ministry Team.
Eric Mueller, At Large – Eric and his wife, Christine, have been married nearly 15 years and have been members of Hope since 2012. Their son, Spencer, is an acolyte and a sixth grader at Hope School, where he has been a student since pre-school. After graduating from the University of California, Davis, Eric served 25 years in the U.S. Navy as a Naval Flight Officer and retired in 2010. He is now a pilot with a major airline. His leadership experience includes commanding officer tours in the Navy and vestry positions at Episcopal churches in Monterey and Seattle. Chris has a lifelong affiliation with Hope and for the past four years Eric has served Hope by changing the messages on the church marquee.