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.
ISJ Board of Education
Michael Bifulco is an active member of St. James congregation. After moving to Grand Rapids from Virginia in 1956, Michael's family became members of St. James and he attended classes at the church's school from 1st to 8th grade. His career in computer applications and publishing services took him to California in the 1980s. After returning to Michigan, he and his wife Carol rejoined St. James where he was delighted to discover the school was still operating. Now with two grandchildren attending our Christ-centered ISJ, Michael is eager to do whatever he can to help make ISJ the best it can be.
Nathan Urbanski lives in Grand Rapids and attends St. James Lutheran Church with his wife Kim, and children Hayden, and Heath. They both attend ISJ Academy. Nathan has worked for Trinity Health, the parent company of Mercy Health (St. Mary's), for the last fifteen years. In his free time his family likes to camp, bike, golf and swim as much as they can. They also enjoy watching and participating in sports. Hayden plays basketball and Heath plays T-ball. Nathan joined the school board to help ensure that the school is here for the time his children attend and for the future; that someday their children can attend, just like their grandfather attended.
Bruce lives in Belmont Michigan with his wife Lori and two boys, Nathan and Owen. The Spletzer family are members at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Grand Rapids. Bruce works in the Metrology Industry with a company that manufactures holding fixtures for parts inspection. In his spare time Bruce enjoys spending time with his family, sports, and movies.
Melissa Ensing is married to Bryan and is a member of St James Lutheran Church. They have 3 children, Mary, Nicklas, and Emily that are also actively involved at St. James. Their children have been enrolled in Immanuel-St. James Lutheran school since 2004 and it has become a second home to them. When she is not working at the hospital, you can find her at ISJ volunteering around the school in a variety of ways. Her family enjoys spending time together watching movies, taking walks and traveling when time allows.
Loren Harper is a member of St. James Lutheran Church.
Ted Lausman, his wife Kristen and daughters Anna and Elizabeth have been members of Immanuel Lutheran Church for over ten years. Anna and Elizabeth both graduated from ISJ. Ted worked in advertising for over 13 years, he taught photography classes, and is currently employed as a store manager for Family Farm and Home. He enjoys spending time with his family and dog Steve, and has been a fan of the Chicago Cubs and Detroit Lions for many years. So, you know he has patience.
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