Dave Stenfort, Board President
Dave holds a BS in Industrial Engineering from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. He has been involved in manufacturing operations at Anritsu for 20 years in a variety of engineering and management roles and is currently Director of Operations at Anritsu Company, a test & measurement equipment company, overseeing manufacturing and procurement groups.
As a long-time member of Bridges Community Church, Dave has participated in various ministries including serving on the deacon and elder boards, life group leadership, and being the team leader of multiple international short-term mission trips. He and his wife, Lisa, a teacher at LACS for several years, and have two teenage children, Samantha and Matthew.
Dave was the school board chair from 2002-2004, and has stayed engaged in supporting the school during his time on the BCC elder board.
Dave desires to see growth and vitality in the school community, excellence in all aspects of the school experience, and a healthy partnership between parents and staff, where the students are supported to reach their full potential in leadership, academics, character and service.
Don R. Thomas, Development and Human Resources
Don R. Thomas, and his wife, Charmaine, and their 3 daughters began attending Bridges Community Church in the spring 1980. They are members of Bridges Community Church, and have participated in a broad spectrum of service and leadership roles over the years.
They assisted the 2 church plants at Highway Community Church and Westgate Community Church for several years as part of their commitment to help spread God’s Word in different communities here in the Bay Area.
They have served in life group leadership, music ministry, children’s, and youth ministries. Don has served on the Foundation Board for 7 years, and Los Altos Christian Schools Board since 2014.
His wife, Charmaine has served as a Deaconess for several years and chaired that group. Don and Charmaine are celebrating 51+ years of marriage, 3 daughters, 6 grandchildren, and 3 wonderful sons-in-law, all of whom have committed their lives to Jesus, and serve their churches and other ministry organizations in the various locations where they live.
Don’s business experiences include 45+ years of results-oriented consulting, executive and top-management experience, teaching/lecturer appointments at graduate and undergraduate levels, including Stanford University, Pepperdine University, Menlo College – School of Business Administration, the University of Pennsylvania – Wharton School, Columbia University, Hunter College, and Ursinus College.
He completed his undergraduate work at New York University’s School of Commerce, with a major in Business Administration and a minor in Urban Economics. He has also achieved past rankings as an Accredited Executive in Personnel Administration, and was certified in Employee Relations Law by the Institute for Applied Management and Law.
Don’s vision for LACS is to help create the #1 ranked Christian School in Northern CA, and a spiritually strong campus environment that has a waiting list of students and families wishing to send their children to our schools.
Steve Durand, BCC Pastoral Representative
Steve holds a BA from Baylor University and a Master’s from Southwestern Seminary. Steve is the Pastor of Family Ministries at Bridges Community Church (BCC) in Los Altos.
Prior to coming to BCC, Steve served as a Pastor of Youth & Music at a church in East Texas, as the Executive Director of a grassroots nonprofit organization devoted to motivating and training men to become more involved in their children’s lives, and as the Director of Fatherhood Programming for a pregnancy resource center. He and his wife Shannon are also trained marriage educators and have frequently spoken together at marriage conferences and seminars. Steve and Shannon have three children, Tate (10th), Ryah (9th), C.J. (7th), who have all either are or have attended LACS.
Steve believes that LACS has top-notch faculty, staff, and administrators who are uniquely called and gifted by God to impact the lives of children and families. His hope is that every student will not only grow academically, socially, and emotionally during their time at LACS, but that they would also connect with God, experience His love, and become lifelong followers of Him.
John T. Yue, Curriculum Chair
John is a retired semiconductor veteran, serving in senior vice president positions at TSMC, AMD, and OVT. He holds a Ph.D. & Masters in physics from Stanford University, a B.S. in physics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a MBA in Finance from SMU. John has been a member of Bridges Community Church since 1984. He is active in the church orchestra (plays violin), served as Life Group officer, and volunteered as part time Adult Sunday School teacher. He is on the committee for Child Evangelism Nor Cal Silicon Valley Chapter and is an officer in the Reasons to Believe San Jose Chapter.
John has a passion for evangelism and sharing the gospel to the un-churched. With his involvement in Child Evangelism and Reasons To Believe organizations, LACS provides another opportunity for him to further that passion and to share his working experience in the high tech industry.
John is married to Yao-Eng. Four children: sons Christopher & Justin; daughters Wen-Chih (LACS alumna), (husband Matt) and Wen-Ai (LACS alumna)
John’s goal for LACs is that it would continually grow to be the Christian school of choice in the Silicon Valley with the most excellent academic education possible for students at the preschool through 8th grade level.
Marianne Empedocles, PTF President
The Empedocles Family has been part of LACS since 2014. They found the LAD/LAP programs to be different from other schools, and were delighted to transfer their three children to LACS. Steve and Marianne moved to the Bay Area from Cambridge, MA in 1999 as a result of Steve’s Ph.D research at MIT, used to create a start-up Company in Palo Alto. He currently runs a 15-person consulting firm that he started in 2009. Marianne received her MBA in Boston while working in finance and investment banking. After moving to California, she changed careers to VP of Operations and HR at a commercial real estate firm. After 15 years, she resigned from the company to take on the more important role of full-time mom. The couple have been married for 25 years, and have lived in Los Altos for the last nine years.