Lori Jackson graduated with a degree in Elementary Education from Southern Oregon University in 1989. With over 20 years of teaching experience, Lori is in her 12th year of teaching at Damascus Christian School. Lori and Sean, her husband of 26 years, have two sons, Justin and Luke. Justin graduated from DCS in 2010 and is now attending Oregon State University. Luke is a junior at DCS and a member of the boy’s varsity basketball team.
Lori has served as a board member to the Damascus Christian Education Foundation for three years. She is passionate about the work of the foundation because of her appreciation as a teacher, for the high-quality education offered and as a Mom because of the wonderful experience her sons have enjoyed during their time at DCS.
I was born in Redland, California. Shortly after, my family moved back to Portland, Oregon. I became a believer at the age of 9. I attended Clarkes Elementary and North Clackamas Christian and then graduated from San Diego Christian College with dual majors in Education and History. At San Diego Christian, I met my beautiful wife Rachel. After graduation from college, I worked for North Clackamas Christian as a teacher, coach, athletic director and administrator. In 1998, I returned to school at George Fox to complete my masters in Educational Administration. Over the years, I have juggled home remodeling and educational involvement at Damascus Christian School. God has led me to serve as a teacher, athletic director and administrator while my kids were in attendance at DCS. I began my involvement with DCS in 2000 and our family also became involved at Damascus Community Church. My summers are busy with home improvement projects, basketball summer leagues, and various athletic director responsibilities. My wife and I have been married since December of 1990 and have 4 children. In our spare time, we love to spend time in the outdoors and playing tennis. One of our main ministries is coaching women’s basketball. God has blessed us by allowing us to coach and influence many players over the years. I thank the Lord for all the opportunities He has given to me and my family.
Brad Patrick and his wife Gina have three children who currently attend Damascus Christian School. Brad is committed to helping grow DCEF, in order to help provide financial resources for families who may not have the means to afford a private Christian education. Brad has sat on the DCEF Board since 2010, and has served DCS by coaching the elementary boys’ basketball team at the elementary, junior high, and high school level.
Brad is the Co-Founder and Senior Financial Planner of Cedar Mountain Advisors, LLC. This boutique-consulting firm provides customized asset management and comprehensive financial planning to businesses and individuals. He has earned his Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC™) as well as Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) professional designations. These designations were earned through The American College in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania in 2001 and 2002. In addition, Brad is a member of the Portland Society of Financial Services Professionals, and served on the Board of that organization in 2002.
Rachel Wakefield has four children who attend(ed) Damascus Christian School (DCS). She and her husband have coached the DCS High School Girls’ basketball team since 2000. She has a heart to see all aspects of the ministry at DCS thrive. Specifically, she desires that financial assistance would be available to those families who lack the means to afford a Christian education for their children. Rachel Wakefield is a partner and portfolio manager at Summa Global Advisors, LLC, a local investment advisor. Rachel graduated summa cum laude from Christian Heritage College (now San Diego Christian College) with a B.A. in International Business.
My name is Kristie Herdener. I started working at DCC as a custodian and was later hired in the finance office in 2013, where I currently work as the school’s bookkeeper. I am married to my wonderful husband Scott, and we have two sons, Andrew and Zachary. Andrew graduated from DCS in 2015, and Zachary will graduate from DCS in 2024. Our family has been involved with DCC since about 2004. Scott and I prayed about opportunities that we could serve together, and in 2018, we were able to serve on a mission team to Puebla Mexico. That led to serving together as co-facilitators in a weekly small group through DCC and to be a part of a Barnabas team for missionaries DCC supports in Puebla. I love to spend time with my family riding mountain bikes in the summer, hiking, downhill skiing, snowmobiling, camping and relaxing by the campfire at home – while roasting marshmallows of course.
In my free time, I enjoy making handmade cards for friends and co-workers and scrapbooking. I love planning parties and theme events – it is a great combination of organizing and having a creative outlet. I love all things Disney, but when choosing just one favorite character, it would be Goofy. He is kindhearted, devoted to his friends and family and just likes to have fun and enjoy life.
I am thankful to be here at DCC/DCS both as an employee and parent. I appreciate having a Christ- centered atmosphere to work in, where we can support each other in prayer with requests and praises. I love to hear the student body worshiping in chapel from my office. I look forward to interacting with the students when I get the chance – in the halls, in the classrooms or on field trips. Scott and I look forward to serving together by cooking for Outdoor School with the 6th graders each year.