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Board of Directors

The Lutheran Education Association of Houston is governed by a nine member Board of Directors selected from Lutheran churches in the Houston Area. The Board of Directors uses a ‘policy-based’ governance model which gives guidance to the executive director to carry out the mission and vision of the Lutheran Education Association of Houston. 

Each campus is led by a head of school acting as the chief executive officer of their campus and accountable to the executive director.

 

Kurt Rosenhagen
Board Chairman


Kurt rejoined the LEAH Board of Directors in 2015 and served earlier on the board for 14 years, including as Chairman of the Board of Directors in 2000-2011. He has served on many other charitable boards, task forces and committees, including three years as Board of Directors chairman of Gloria Dei Lutheran.  He has written and taught weekly adult Bible classes at Gloria Dei for over 30 years, including a three-year Bible course called Bible Stories for Adults (www.biblestoriesforadults.com).  He has a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Texas and sells industrial automation systems for AWC. Kurt and his wife Alice, a former admissions director at LSA, reside in Nassau Bay.  Their three children are alumni of Lutheran South Academy. 


Michael Hergenrader

Michael Hergenrader has been involved in the LEAH school system since 1997 and has been a board member since 2013. Michael and his wife Christina (a former teacher at Lutheran South Academy) currently live in Katy, Texas with their four children, Catie, Sam, Elisabeth and Nate. After graduating from University of Nebraska, Michael went on to receive his MBA from the University of Texas. Michael is a partner at AliTek consulting, a technology solutions firm in Houston. The Hergenraders attend Memorial Katy Lutheran Church. 


Tom Leimkuehler
Secretary/Treasurer

Tom has served on the LEAH Board of Directors since 2010.  He works as a senior aerospace engineer at Paragon Space Development Corporation where he works on a variety of spacecraft thermal technology and thermal systems projects. He has served as principal investigator for a number of small business innovation research projects, and also is Paragon’s program manager on the Constellation Space Suit program. Previously, Tom has supported the Advanced Thermal Systems group at NASA-JSC by leading technology development projects in the areas of sublimators and phase change materials.He has a B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from the University of Missouri.   

Tom and his wife, Sara, have three sons attending Lutheran South Academy. His family attends Gloria Dei Lutheran Church. 


Pastor Jeffrey A. Muchow


Pastor Muchow has served on the LEAH Board of Directors since 2010. He was born in Richmond, VAand was raised in a LC-MS Navy Chaplain’s household under Donald and Monie Muchow. Jeff grew up in New Jersey, Virginia, Rhode Island and Florida. Upon finishing high school in Brandon, Florida, Jeff attended Concordia College in Bronxville, NY.  where he earned a B.A. in English.  He attended Seminary in Edmonton, Alberta (Canada) from 1988-1993. During his time in Seminary he held a two-year internship/vicarage as a Lutheran chaplain at the University of Victoria, British Columbia.In 1993 he finished his Masters of Divinity at Concordia Lutheran Seminary upon completion of the thesis, “Toward a Strategy for Bringing the Gospel to the Canadian Undergraduate.” 

After graduating, he accepted a call to be pastor in Kamloops, British Columbia where he served both the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd and Lord of Life Lutheran Church from 1993-2002 (amalgamating the two churches into one in 2000). He next accepted a call to Grace Lutheran Church in Orange, Texas (2002-2006) and finally accepted a call to be associate pastor to Epiphany Lutheran Church and School in Copperfield (2006-present). 

Jeff’s upbringing has brought him numerous eclectic opportunities and challenges. He has been trained in leadership for Stephen Ministry and Crossways and has a unique love for visiting shut-ins, preaching and teaching. Jeff currently resides in northwest Houston with his wife, Sonya, and their two children, Sierra and Logan. Sierra and Logan attended four years at Epiphany Preschool and are now attending Epiphany Day School.


Jonté Greer


Jonte is an alumnus of Lutheran High School North.  He was valedictorian of his class in 1995 and lettered in varsity track and field, basketball, and cross country. He was named as one of the Top Ten Scholar Athletes in St. Louis by the St. Louis Post Dispatch and was blessed to receive a full academic John B. Ervin Scholarship to Washington University in St. Louis. where he earned a B.S. in Chemical Engineering while becoming a 4‐year letterman and co‐captain of the varsity track and field team and chairing the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) chapter.

After college, he worked for Air Products and Chemicals for 17 years before moving to Houston in 2001, where he  escalated his volunteer and service work, eventually chairing the company’s Ethnically Diverse Gulf Employee (EDGE) resource group. EDGE received corporate‐ wide service and diversity awards four consecutive years, ultimately culminating with the external recognition of the Texas Diversity Council’s 2013 Corporate Commitment Award.

He and his wife Tomika have been married for over 17 years.  They live in Pearland and attend Epiphany Lutheran Church where they actively support various ministries together with their two daughters, both of whom attend Lutheran South Academy. He has been a member of Epiphany’s Leadership Council since 2010, serving as President from 2012 to 2017. He along with his family are heavily involved with serving in various ministries.  


 

Al Hoppe


Al attended Texas A & M University Kingsville for his undergraduate work. He then went on graduate school at Abilene Christian University to earn a Master's degree, which was followed with a J.D. from Dedman School of Law, at Southern Methodist University. His legal experience includes probate judge, law school adjunct lecturer, assistant United States attorney, and general attorney of ARCO Coal Company. He also served as VP, general counsel and secretary of Vastar Resources and senior V.P. general counsel and secretary of Noble Energy.  He is also a frequent CLE lecturer for state and local Bar associations. 

He has been married for over 45 years to his wife, Marcia. They have two children (Christopher Hoppe, DDS and Michelle Stone, CPA) and nine grandchildren, two of whom (Shea and Sam) go to Westlake Preparatory Lutheran Academy.


 
 

Jeanette Holt


Jeanette Holt joined the LEAH Board of Directors in 2016. Jeanette and her husband Thomas live in Pearland, Texas, and are members of Epiphany Lutheran Church, Pearland. Jeanette is a native Houstonian, and a lifetime Missouri Synod Lutheran. She graduated from the Lutheran High School, Houston in 1975 and has two children, April (Quinton) Gamblin and Brandon Quinton who are alumni of Lutheran South Academy.

Her work experience includes banking, personnel placement industry, and executive assistant to now Commercial Real Estate (since 2001). As a real estate broker, she owns J Holt Properties, LLC, located at the Gulf Frwy and Sam Houston Pkwy South. Jeanette specializes in commercial and investment real estate and earned the coveted CCIM designation in 2010.


 

Elizabeth Richmond Killinger


Elizabeth joined the LEAH Board of Directors because of her  passion for Christian education and the vital impact it has made in her children’s lives and the role it can play in spreading the love of Jesus and raising up the next generation of leaders. Elizabeth has over 25 years of domestic and international experience in the energy and services industries. She spent the first decade of her career in oilfield services, software development and management consulting working at a Big 4 Firm in the 90s. She left consulting in 2002 and spent the second decade of her career at Reliant and NRG running all areas of customer operations for residential, small commercial and large commercial customers in competitive electricity markets in Texas and the Northeast United States. In 2012, Elizabeth was promoted to president of Reliant. She currently works at NRG as a Section 16 Officer and Executive Vice President, which includes serving as President of NRG Retail and Reliant. In her role, Elizabeth is responsible for directing all aspects of the retail division, a $5 billion competitive energy company which includes the largest national competitive electricity business in the country and the leading portable solar and power business in the U.S.


Elizabeth serves many impactful organizations and has 20 years of nonprofit board experience, providing leadership and governance to a wide range of nonprofit organizations – from start‐ups to mature organizations including:

  • University of Houston ‐ Energy Advisory Board, Bauer College of Business Board of Directors
  • Greater Houston Partnership ‐ Executive Committee, Executive Women’s Partnership
  • Junior Achievement of Southeast Texas ‐ Board of Directors
  • Epiphany Lutheran School – School Board Vice Chairman
  • Newspring Center for Social Entrepreneurship and Business Nurturing – Advisory Board


Elizabeth and her husband Bob have been married for 23 years and have one son  and two daughters. Elizabeth’s children have attended Lutheran schools and her oldest two children attend Lutheran High North. She has a Bachelor's degree in Management Information Systems from the Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston and is a member of Epiphany Lutheran Church in Copperfield.


Jae K. Moore

Jae K. Moore has been a member of Memorial Lutheran – Katy church for over 60 years and has served as an elder and on the church council for many years. Jae resides in the Katy area with wife of 43 years, Beverly. They have three children – Jason, Jessica, and Jaemie – who are 4th generation Katy‐ites and graduates of Katy High School. Jae has seven beautiful grandchildren living in the Houston & Dallas areas. Jae is the founder and CEO of Moore Control Systems, Inc. located in Katy, TX and Baytown, TX – providing gas processing, engineering, and construction for the oil and gas midstream industry for 37 years. He holds his electrical contracting license in Texas, Louisiana, New Mexico, and Oklahoma. Jae currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Gas Processing Suppliers Association and the West Chambers County Chamber of Commerce.


 
 

Randy H. Einem

Randy has served in Christian education since graduating from Concordia University in Seward, Nebraska in 1976 with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Elementary Education. Early in his career, he served as an elementary teacher and coach. After receiving his Master’s Degree from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, Randy moved into school administration and has served in that role ever since. He has served schools in Florida, Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana, Texas and most recently California. In 2011, Randy received the National Distinguished Principal Award in Washington D. C., being recognized for his leadership and transformation of schools. In 2014, he moved into the role of Executive Director for St. John’s Lutheran Church and School in Orange, California. Randy returns to Houston excited to shape the lives of children, both academically and spiritually. Randy has been married to his lovely wife, Karen since 1976. They are blessed with one daughter, Tracey, and her husband, Robert. Randy and Karen enjoy being active with tennis, golf, and jogging, but their greatest joy is with their granddaughter, Brooke.