Trinity Education Foundation is governed by a Board of Trustees, supported by an Executive Director and an investment adviser. Our trustees come from a range of professional backgrounds, but all share a passion to see students thrive in their vocations through a life of service mindedness—honoring the tradition of Trinity Lutheran College and Lutheran Bible Institute Seattle.
Tom has been a trustee with the foundation since 2009 and has served as president and board chairman since May, 2015. Tom was very active with Trinity Lutheran College with his wife Twyla (she attended Luthern Bible Institute Seattle in the ’70s). He is a retired marine engineer from the Washington State Department of Ferries and is actively serving on the board with Village Theater and Josephine Caring Community as the chairman of the board.
Ernie has served with the foundation since its inception in 2007. He has a long history with Trinity Lutheran College and Lutheran Bible Institute Seattle, having been a student from 1962 to 1964. Ernie retired as a data analyst from the Microsoft Corporation after 15 years there, and served on the Trinity Lutheran College Board of Directors for 12 of its 72 years.
David is a retired attorney, actively engaged in a number of nonprofit and community activities, including currently serving on the boards of Compass Housing Alliance in Seattle; Lutheran Services in America, headquartered in Washington DC; and here with the Trinity Education Foundation. He attended the University of Washington School of Law, where he was executive editor of the Washington Law Review, then practiced law in Seattle for more than 30 years, including 15 years as a named partner in the firm Mills Meyers Swartling. During this time, he was elected a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He also received the President’s Award from the Washington State Bar Association and the Harrison-Tweed Award from the American Bar Association for his professional activities. David is a life-long Lutheran and has served the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in many capacities and with Bethany Lutheran Church on Bainbridge Island, WA where he and his wife Barbara reside.
Patrick is an alumnus of Seattle Pacific University. Six years ago, Patrick was elected by the union membership as the financial secretary/treasurer of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 587, where he serves as the chief financial officer and labor negotiator. Patrick has answered God’s call to service by taking on many different roles at his church over the years, including youth ministry, interim pastor, business manager, and various committee roles. He currently serves on the board of Compass Housing Alliance.
Jim taught graduate courses in management at George Fox University from 2004 through 2020, and was awarded the title of Professor Emeritus upon his retirement. Previously, Jim held executive positions in HR Management at companies that included Intel and Matsushita. Jim served as a director on the HR Certification Institute board from 2012-2017 and was secretary-treasurer from 2015-2016; he also served on board committees for LightSpeed Technologies of Tualatin, OR. He graduated from Seattle Lutheran Bible Institute in 1975 with a diploma in Biblical Studies and in 1977 with a Bachelor of Christian Education. He holds a doctorate in education from George Fox University and a Master of Science in management from Marylhurst University, and multiple professional certifications in Human Resource Management.
Joan loves to see people light up with their passions and gifts in life. Helping students to find their voice and a sense of belonging is her greatest joy. Joan is a 2013 graduate of Trinity Lutheran College and is currently the Mentor Coordinator at Everett High School with HOPE Mentoring and LINCNW. Joan and her husband Dave have two adult children and spend their spare time gardening in Stanwood.
Ravi lives in Overland Park, Kansas where he is the executive director of the American Bible Society. After earning a bachelor's in Theology, Ravi went on to receive his doctorate in Leadership and Management from Trinity College of Indiana. He also holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) and a Master of Divinity (MDiv) in major world religions. Ravi is a strong believer in the value of an education and has experience working and traveling to over 50 different countries. He brings a diverse background and strong organizational skills to the Foundation.
Robby Larson lives in Portland, Oregon where he works as vice president of advancement at Multnomah University. With 21 years experience in Christian and faith-based higher education, he brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the board. Robby holds a doctorate from George Fox University in Higher Education Leadership, and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from California Lutheran University, and a bachelor's degree from Pacific Lutheran University.
Heather lives in Little Rock, Arkansas where she is a senior manager of the Global Technology Audit Department of Walmart, Inc. She graduated from Central Washington University with a Bachelor of Science in accounting as well as business administration with an emphasis on organizational change management. When faced with challenges and improving processes, Heather isn’t afraid to think outside of the box to create and implement nontraditional solutions and strategies.
Aubrey Thonvold (she/her) is a lifelong Lutheran who is committed to work centered on justice and equity for LGBTQIA+ people and their families within religious and faith communities. With a bachelor's from Trinity Lutheran College and a master's in Transforming Spirituality from The School of Theology and Ministry at Seattle University, she strives to bring people in and invite all to the table. She is the executive director at Reconciling Works, a national non-profit working for the welcome, inclusion, celebration, and advocacy of LGBTQIA+ people and their families in the Lutheran church. Aubrey has worked on marriage campaigns in Washington, Hawaii, and Oregon, organizing outreach, education, and advocacy and encouraging faith communities to support the freedom to marry for LGBTQIA+ couples. Aubrey and her spouse Heather both have a call to ministry, a love of adventures, and enjoy time with family and friends.
Jenny Lockwald-Stewart has an extensive background in marketing, fund-raising, and high-profile partnerships in both the non-profit and for-profit sectors working for companies like Capitol Christian Music Group (formerly Sparrow Records/EMI Christian Music Group) and World Vision, a global humanitarian organization. Jenny completed her master's in Organizational Leadership in late 2016 while consulting with companies and individuals in the areas of leadership, strategic planning, change management, and career development.
Ben serves the foundation as our investment adviser, working with the Trustees to provide insights into policy and investment decisions. He has been a Wealth Adviser since 2003. He earned his degree in International Business and Economics from Western Washington University.