Education: BS Chemical Engineering, University of Texas
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 3 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 3-year Bible Course called Bible Stories for Adults (www.biblestoriesforadults.com). He sells industrial automation systems for AWC.
Kurt and his wife Alice, a former Admissions Director at LSA, reside in Nassau Bay. Their three children attended and graduated from Lutheran South Academy.
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 4 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 has served on the LEAH Board of Directors since 2010.
Education: B.S., M.S., Ph.D., Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of Missouri
Tom is 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.
Tom and his wife, Sara, have three sons attending Lutheran South Academy. Tom is a member of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Nassau Bay, Texas
Pastor Muchow has served on the Lutheran Education Association of Houston Board of Directors since 2010.
He was born February 17, 1966 in Richmond, VA. He and his older brother, Steve, were 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, New York (1984-1988).
Upon receiving his 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 (1990-1992).
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 4 years at Epiphany Preschool and are now attending Epiphany's Day School.
I was born in St. Louis, MO and baptized into the faith as an infant at Bethesda Lutheran Church. So I’ve been an LCMS Lutheran practically my entire life. My parents instilled the importance of service and Christ as priority in my life, enrolling both me and my sister in Lutheran elementary schools from kindergarten through 8th grade. I then attended Lutheran High School North, where I lettered in varsity track and field, basketball, and cross country, graduating as valedictorian in 1995 and being named as one of the Top Ten Scholar Athletes in St. Louis by the St. Louis Post Dispatch. I was blessed to later receive a full academic John B. Ervin Scholarship to Washington University in St. Louis. There, I earned my B.S. in Chemical Engineering in 1999 while becoming a 4‐year letterman and co‐captain of the varsity track and field team and chairing our campus’ National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) chapter.
After college, I worked for Air Products and Chemicals for 17 years with advancing roles in production, process, and project engineering within Florida, South Carolina and Texas operating facilities. After moving to the Houston area in 2001, I escalated my 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.
In 2001, I married the lovely Tomika Greer after we arrived in Houston. Tomika is an Instructional Associate Professor at the University of Houston. We moved to Pearland in 2002 and joined Epiphany Lutheran Church (Pearland) in 2007, where we actively support various ministries together with our two daughters Jayla (12) and Tamyra (8). Both of our girls attend Lutheran South Academy.
I have been a member of Epiphany’s Leadership Council since 2010, serving as President from 2012 to 2017. I tried to emphasize our focus on Christ and the church’s mission while helping navigate our congregation through various controversies, a church plant, calling of new pastors, and a governance restructuring. I also lead the basketball ministry, a small group, usher, co‐coordinate Financial Peace University classes (with Tomika), was project manager for the 2016 AFLC gymnasium upgrade, and am currently project manager of the (Lord‐willing) upcoming Sanctuary Upgrade. I have also taught Sunday School and volunteer for VBS. Tomika and the girls are also active in the children’s and music ministries; Tomika directs the Children’s choir, is a member of the adult choir, and a vocalist for the praise band.
Education: B.A. summa cum laude Texas A & M University – Kingsville; M.S. with distinction Abilene Christian University – Dallas; J.D. cum laude Dedman School of Law, Southern Methodist University.
Married for 45 years to Marcia Hoppe, with two children (Christopher Hoppe, DDS and Michelle Stone, CPA) and nine grandchildren, two of whom (Shea and Sam Stone) go to Westlake Preparatory Lutheran Academy.
Legal experience includes: probate judge; law school adjunct lecturer; Assistant United States Attorney; General Attorney of ARCO Coal Company; V.P., General Counsel and Secretary of Vastar Resources (ARCO oil and gas subsidiary); Senior V.P. General Counsel and Secretary of Noble Energy, Inc.; frequent CLE lecturer for state and local Bar Associations.
Jeanette Holt joined the LEAH Board of Directors in 2016. Jeanette and her husband Thomas live in Pearland, Texas, and 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 2 children, April (Quinton) Gamblin & Brandon Quinton that graduated Lutheran South Academy (1999 & 2002).
Her work experience includes Banking, Personnel (Fulltime) 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.
Church Membership – Epiphany Lutheran Church in Copperfield
Other Ministry/Civic Involvements
Deeply committed to making a difference for future generations, 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.
Current positions include:
Jae K. Moore is a member (for 61 years) of Memorial Lutheran – Katy church serving 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 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.
Gregg has been involved in Christian education since graduating from Concordia Teacher’s College in Seward, Nebraska in 1980 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Elementary Education. In 1991, he received his Masters of Science in Educational Administration from California State University, Fullerton. He has served schools from Pre‐k through grade 12 in Michigan, Missouri, California, China, and now Texas as a Teacher, Coach, Principal, Executive Director, Head of School and CEO.