ISJ Board of Education

The Joint Board of Education is made up of representatives from Immanuel Lutheran and St. James Lutheran Churches; each church has five members. The School Board meets at 6 p.m. at St. James Lutheran Church. Everyone is welcome to attend.


The goals of the School Board are to:

  • Support the administration and ministry of the school.

  • Oversee the financial functions of the school. 

  • Set policy for the school in accordance with the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod and State of Michigan regulations.

Meeting Dates:




Board Members

Carol Bifulco


           Carol Bifulco is a member of St. James Lutheran for over 20 years. Carol is the director of KidZ Time at St. James and treasurer for the

           LWML district zone. Her husband, Mike Bifulco, was a board member for many years and is an alum from ISJ himself. Carol is currently an

           administrative specialist with Van Wyk Risk Solutions and has been for 8 years and calls it her best job ever. She loves spending time with             her family, especially her grandchildren, who also attend ISJ. She is a very active outdoor person but loves to travel too, especially the                     western part of the United States. The school board was something she wanted to be a part of to ensure that future generations can                       continue to receive their education in a Christ-centered environment with a great staff to help them on their way.

Bethany Moore


         Bethany lives in NE Grand Rapids with her husband and four daughters, one a recent ISJ graduate and two still attending.  She is a                        member at Immanuel      Lutheran Church, and has been a life-long Lutheran belonging to a family riddled with Lutheran school teachers.            Beth has served the community of East Grand Rapids as a Public Safety Officer for 17 years, and volunteers her time developing                              bookworms at ISJ as the de-facto school librarian.  She loves reading, singing, gardening, and backpacking in what little spare time she                  has.  Bethany joined the school board in 2020 because she deeply understands the need and value of a community that looks out for each            other, and wants to bring a Christ-centered education to anyone seeking it.


Elizabeth Wilkinson


          Elizabeth is a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church


Andy Blain

         Andy is a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church.

Allison Courtney


     My name is Allison Courtney. I am married to my husband of 7 years Shaun Courtney. We have 2 dogs, a 5 pound shit zhu Sammy  that is 15         and a 2 year old pit bull Harley.  I am a Shipt shopper and work part time security for events at the VanAndel arena and The Meijer Gardens.         I love to sing and  I am also a stand in karaoke hostess for a local legion hall. I attended ISJ  from the pre school through the 8th grade back        in the 1980's and early 90's. I enjoy reading and fall is my favorite time of year. 

Loren Harper

Loren Harper is a member of St. James Lutheran Church.


Rick Rolf

I experienced the blessing of a Lutheran School education growing up in Saginaw, where my parents were Lutheran School teachers, and I attended Peace Lutheran School from K-8. I’ve had careers in banking and Lutheran School teaching, and for the past 32 years I’ve worked for Thrivent Financial as a Financial Representative. My wife, Debbie, and I have attended Immanuel Lutheran since 2015.