2016-2017 School Board Members

Des Moines Christian School Board President John Leusink

John Leusink, President
Construction Committee Chair
Executive Committee Member
Superintendent Support & Evaluation Committee Member

John is the Director of Engineering Services at Principal Real Estate Investors. He and his wife Angela have a two children in high school at DMCS.  John also serves on the board of Twin Lakes Bible Camp. The Leusinks attend Valley Evangelical Free Church in West Des Moines.

Des Moines Christian School Board Vice President Casey Miller

Casey Miller, Vice President
Capital Campaign Fundraising Committee Chair
Executive Committee Member
Development Committee Chair

Casey is employed at Principal Real Estate Investors.  He and his wife Heather have two children in Middle School and elementary at DMCS. Casey also serves on the Waldorf College Board of Trustees. In addition to being a member at Faith Lutheran Church, Casey also serves as a confirmation mentor.


Des Moines Christian School Board Treasurer Jim Plagge

Jim Plagge, Treasurer
Finance Committee Chair
Executive Committee Member

Jim is President of Bank Iowa.  In addition to his work on the DMCS school board, Jim also serves on the Greater Des Moines Partnership's Government Policy Council and the Iowa Bankers Mortgage Corporation. He and his wife Jane have one student in high school at DMCS.   The Plagges attend Westwind Church.

Des Moines Christian School Board Secretary Sarah Spilman
Sarah Spilman, Secretary
Executive Committee Member
Educational Programming Committee Chair

Sarah is a Research Data Analyst for Unity Point Health.  She and her husband Damion have two students in the elementary school at DMCS.  The Spilman family attends Valley Evangelical Free Church where Sarah teaches Sunday school.
Des Moines Christian School Board Member Shaun Bennett

Shaun Bennett, Director


Shaun is the owner of Fulcrum Benefits, Inc.  He serves on the board of the Urbandale Soccer Club and is a member of the Consistory at Meredith Drive Reformed Church's Bridge Campus, where his family worships.  Shaun and his wife Amy have two students in elementary school at DMCS.

Des Moines Christian School Board Member Cynthia Christy

Cynthia Christy, Director
Development Committee Member

Cynthia is a full-time mother and volunteer. She previously served as an Associate Attorney at Holland & Hart in Denver and worked at Bradshaw Law Firm in Des Moines during law school.  Cynthia is a gifted writer who can explain complex issues in easy-to-understand terms and is also a consensus-builder, ensuring all views are heard. She and her husband Geoff have two students in secondary at DMCS. The Christy family attends Meredith Drive Reformed Church.

Des Moines Christian School Board Member Steve Durick

Steve Durick, Director
Governance Committee Member

Steve is a Partner at the Peddicord-Wharton Law Firm in West Des Moines. He and his wife Jennifer have four children ranging from elementary to high school at DMCS. Steve has served as an Elder at Valley Evangelical Church, where his family attends. In addition to being a sought-after attorney, Steve has quickly gained a reputation for being an outstanding master of ceremonies after serving in that capacity at both Illumination (DMCS' show choir invitational) and the True-Blue Gala.

Des Moines Christian School Board Member Patti Johnson
Patti Johnson, Director
Capital Campaign Marketing Committee Chair
Development Committee Member

Patti is an Assistant Director of Marketing at Principal Financial Group. She also volunteers her time and expertise to assist with the True-Blue Gala. In addition to her work at DMCS, Patti serves on the Legacy Pointe Homeowners Association Board.  Patti and her husband Chris have two children who attend DMCS. The Johnsons attend Lutheran Church of Hope where Patti serves as a volunteer in the Children/Student Ministry.
Des Moines Christian School Board Member Tim Lundberg

Tim Lundberg, Director
Development Committee Chair

Tim is a Physical Therapist with the Veterans Health Administration. Outside of work, Tim volunteers at Meals from the Heartland, Paralyzed Veterans of America, ALS Walk, Walk for Life and serves as a Power-Life Class leader at Lutheran Church of Hope.  Tim and his wife Jennifer have two students in Middle School at DMCS.

Des Moines Christian School Board Member Steve Mathson

Steve Mathson, Director
Superintendent Support & Evaluation Committee Chair


Steve owns a McDonald's Restaurants franchise in the metro area.  He and his wife Caroline have three children in the elementary program at DMCS.  The Mathsons attend Lutheran Church of Hope in West Des Moines.


Des Moines Christian School Board Member JR Phillips

JR Phillips, Director
Governance Committee Chair
Finance Committee Member
Policy Review Team Member


JR is the President at Premier Retirement Plan Advisors. He and his wife Laura have three children in elementary and high school at DMCS.  The Phillips attend Valley Evangelical Free Church.