School Board


What is the School Board?

The RHLS School Board is the governing and policy-making body of Red Hill Lutheran School.  The School Board consists of members of Red Hill Lutheran Church who are appointed by and governed under the Church Board of Directors. 


What does the School Board do?

The primary objective of the School Board is to establish policies for the school, as a ministry of Red Hill Lutheran Church, which will adhere to the mission, vision, purpose and statement of faith as set forth in the School Board Policy Manual. The School Board exists to establish policy, but is not an entity to manage the day-to-day operations of the school. The School Board is also responsible for approving the School’s annual budget before submitting it to the Church Board of Directors and the congregation for approval.


Who is on the School Board?

  • Danalyn Belgen- Chairperson
  • Claire Markovsky- Vice Chairperson
  • Sonja Scott- Secretary
  • Alexander Kitano- CFO
  • Carolyn Smith Driscoll- Member
  • Peggy Greene- Member
  • Ken Hays- Advisor Ex-Officio


When does the School Board meet?

The School Board meets on a Tuesday of select months. The School Board meets in General Session first, followed by an Executive Session, with the exception of August (Executive Session only).  


Tentative School Board meeting dates for the 2021-2022 school year are as follows (and are subject to change):

All meetings start with general session at 6:30 pm



How can I attend a School Board meeting?

Any current RHLS family or current RHLC member is welcome to attend during the General Session. Parents who would like to bring a question or item of concern to the attention of the School Board should submit his/her request in writing prior to the meeting. A request form is attached below. The School Board will review the request and schedule appropriate action. 

Meeting Protocol Form


Latest School Board News

Posted below are the meeting minutes from the most recent General Session meetings of the School Board:


November 10, 2020

October 6, 2020

February 18, 2020

November, 19, 2019

October 8, 2019


School Board Bios:


Danalyn Belgen is currently serving her 20th term on the School Board. This will be her 10th non-consecutive term as Board Chair.  She is also serving as the school representative to the Board of Directors. She has served on the RHLC nominating committee, as PTF president for 2 years, and a room parent for 10 years.  Danalyn's two children attended RHLS preschool through 8th grade. Prior to her coming to RHL, she owned and operated the post-secondary educational school and modeling agency, John Robert Powers of Orange.


Claire Markovsky is currently serving her 4th term on the Board, and is serving as Vice Chair.  Her two children attend RHLS (1st and 4th grade).  Claire served on the executive board for the RHLS PTF for the 18/19 school year, as well as on the executive board for the RHLS American Heritage Girls troop.  Claire attended RHLS for elementary school (35+ years ago), and got married at RHLC in 2007.  Claire is an Executive Director of Client Services for a video production company in Irvine where she produces TV commercials and corporate videos.


Sonja Scott is currently serving her 9th term on the Board, and serves as Secretary of the Board. After attending RHLC with her parents while in college in the late 1970’s, she and her husband, Clint, became members in 1990.  Sonja has served in the RHLC Praise Band and Praise Choir, and currently is a part of the Chancel Choir and serves as the Lay Reader Coordinator for the Church.  For the past 34 years, she has been employed by Pacific Life Insurance Company, and in her current capacity as Assistant Vice President, Compensation, is responsible for the development and administration of the company’s pay programs.


Alexander Kitano is currently serving his first term on the school board, as CFO. He is presently acquiring his Bachelor of Arts degree in both Finance and Marketing, with a minor in Data Analysis as a student entering his final year at Concordia University Irvine. He has been a member of Red Hill Lutheran Church for over 20 years and was both baptized and confirmed here. He is also an RHLS alumni after attending the school from preschool to 8th grade. When he is not studying, he can be found serving as a manager of a local Chick-Fil-A franchise, or taking photos for his own photography business, Kitano Photography.


Carolyn Smith Driscoll is currently serving her 7th term on the Board.  Three of her four children attended RHLS with a 7th grader still attending.  Carolyn has been an active member of RHLS in various capacities over the years.  When she is not raising three – almost four teenagers,  Carolyn is a corporate tax attorney.


Peggy Greene is currently serving her 16th term on the Board, and has previously served as the Board’s Chair and Vice Chair.  Peggy’s four children all attended RHLS (preschool through 8th grade).  She has served as a Marketing Director for a San Diego law firm as well as held several non-profit positions, which includes President of the Tustin Mom’s group, Social Director for the CHOC Glass Slipper Guild, and management of several local fund-raising events.


Ken Hays has been appointed as an ex-officio member of the School Board, and is serving his second year in this role.  As a very active member of RHLC, Ken currently serves as congregation President and on the Red Hill Trust, in addition to teaching geometry to Red Hill middle school students.  He also organizes Red Hill’s house-building ministry trips to Mexico and leads an usher team.  Previously, Ken has served as Chairman of the Evangelism and Small Groups Boards, as congregation Vice President, and as a member of the Nominating Committee. Ken and his wife Debbie have two children, both of whom attended RHLS.