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School Board

RHLS 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?

  • Claire Markovsky -- Chairperson
  • Danalyn Belgen -- Vice Chairperson
  • Sonja Scott -- Secretary 
  • Peggy Greene
  • Kari Rigoni
  • Carrie Smith
  • 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 2020-2021 school year are as follows (and are subject to change):

  • August 11, 2020
  • October 6, 2020
  • November 10, 2020
  • February 9, 2021
  • May 11, 2021



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:


February 18, 2020

November, 19, 2019

October 8, 2019




School Board Bios


Claire Markovsky is currently serving her 3rd term on the Board, and her 1st term as Chairperson.  Her two children attend RHLS (kindergarten and 3rd 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.


Danalyn Belgen is currently serving her 20th term on the Board as Vice Chair,  and has been Board Chair for 9 terms.  Her two children attended RHLS preschool through 8th grade. She has served as the school representative to the Board of Directors, served on the RHLC nominating committee, served as PTF president for 2 years, and a room parent for 10 years.  Prior to her coming to RHL, Danalyn owned and operated the post-secondary educational school and modeling agency, John Robert Powers of Orange.


Sonja Scott is currently serving her 8th 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. 


Peggy Greene is currently serving her 15th 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).  Peggy has served as a Marketing Director for a San Diego law firm as well as held several non-profit positions, which include President of the Tustin Mom’s group, Social Director for the CHOC Glass Slipper Guild, and management of several local fund-raising events. 


Kari Rigoni is currently serving her 19th term on the Board, and has previously held roles as the Board’s Secretary, Strategic Planner, and Chair.  Her four children have all attended RHLS.  She was formerly a land use and facilities planning manager, but is now retired.  Kari uses her planning skills to assist with various Board planning and organizational efforts, as needed.


Carrie Smith is currently serving her first term on the School Board. Her three daughters currently attend RHLS (kindergarten, 3rd and 5th grades). She and her family have been members of RHLC since 2014. Carrie and her husband have been involved at RHLC as VBS volunteers and as married couple group leaders. Carrie works in education as a high school counselor. She enjoys helping students with academics, mental health, and plans for college. She is excited to take on a new role serving the RHLS community. 


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.