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LCS Board of Directors: (L to R): Ashton Dennis, Kirk Andonian, Dan Carpenter, Erica Frank, Mali Hawkins, Andrew Moren, Peter Gonnason, Deb Robertson. Not Pictured: Ben Krauskopf, Blake Perry


Dan Carpenter | Chair

Dan and his wife, Elizabeth, have two children, Caroline and Michael. Both kids have attended Lighthouse since kindergarten. Caroline has now moved on to high school Michael remains at Lighthouse as a middle schooler. Dan and Elizabeth met at Washington State University (Go Cougs!), where Dan studied engineering and Elizabeth studied nursing. Dan works for the Navy at Keyport, while Elizabeth is a full-time mom and Lighthouse volunteer. Both Dan and Elizabeth attended Christian schools growing up and know the value of a Christian education from a young age. Dan is excited to be involved at Lighthouse by serving on the School Board of Directors.



Mali Hawkins | Vice Chair

Mali and her husband, Rylan, moved back to Gig Harbor in 2021 with their three daughters, Rosie, Tova, and Brynn. Mali is a Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in women’s issues and perinatal mental health. She enjoys splitting her time between her private practice and role as mom to the girls. As an alumnus of Lighthouse, she is thrilled to be back and a part of the amazing work being done daily in students’ hearts and minds. The Hawkins family loves spending time with extended family and friends, playing pickleball, boating, and relaxing together at home. “I am excited to be able to serve a school and community that blessed me so much as a young person. It is an honor to work with the rest of the board to further the mission of Lighthouse and contribute each of our unique gifts.”



Erica Frank | Treasurer

Erica and her husband, Nick, have lived in Gig Harbor for the past 10 years. They have two daughters and a son, who all attend Lighthouse. Erica graduated from the University of Portland and was a CPA until 2015 when she decided to stay home and raise her children. In addition to raising a family, she volunteers her time helping our young adolescent community. She is a strong advocate for children, especially with respect to education. Throughout the past several years, Erica has been a cheerleading coach at Gig Harbor High School and Bellarmine Prep. Nick and Erica attend Life Center in Tacoma and feel blessed to be part of the Lighthouse community. “I am extremely humbled to be on the board for this amazing school. Lighthouse is the best of both worlds, combining the highest academic standards and giving children a Godly worldview. The personal relationships developed here make this more than an education. I look forward to fulfilling the school’s mission to create leaders centered in Christ for years to come.”

Peter Gonnason | Secretary

Peter and his wife, Mollie, met through their involvement in the ministry of Young Life. They currently reside in Gig Harbor and have three beautiful daughters, two of which currently attend Lighthouse. Peter graduated from Pacific Lutheran University after studying Business Finance and obtained his Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Washington. He currently works as a medical device sales rep in the greater Puget Sound area. In his free time, Peter enjoys spending time relaxing with family and friends, golf, working in the yard, and reading. “It is an honor and privilege to serve the Lighthouse students, staff, and faculty as a board member. I’m excited to see how God works through Lighthouse Christian School to make disciples of Jesus and shine His light in this community.”

Board of Directors

Executive Committee
Dan Carpenter, Chair
Mali Hawkins, Vice Chair
Erica Frank, Treasurer
Peter Gonnason, Secretary

Board Members
Kirk Andonian
Ashton Dennis
Ben Krauskopf
Andrew Moren
Blake Perry
Deb Robertson

Board Emeritus
Troy Alstead
Dion Rurik
Mark Soupiset
Dennis Trittin
Kip Vandeventer

2023-2024 Goals

Goal 1: Financial Stewardship
Continue the trajectory of obtaining a balanced budget whereby tuition sustainably resources LCS operating expenses.

Goal 2: Maximizing Our Potential 
Complete capital construction of Phase 1.1-1.4 without debt by the end of 2024.

Goal 3: Quality, Christ-Centered Education 
Maintain high student retention and family satisfaction.