Westside Christian Staff
Administration and Office Support
Van Anderson is one of six children, and was born and raised in Compton, California. He attended elementary and high school at St. Anthony’s in Long Beach, California. He was a three-sport athlete and lettered in football, basketball and track and field. After high school, he was awarded a scholarship to attend Oregon State University, where he played for Legendary Coach Ralph Miller. Van transferred and finished his career at California State Fullerton University, where he studied Public Relations-Communications. Van resides here in the Portland Metro area with his beautiful wife Angela and family.
Van played professional basketball for Tri-Cities in Saginaw, Michigan. Eventually, he sought to give back locally to his community and decided to become a coach and mentor to student-athletes ages 10-18. Van states that he has been blessed to assist and help mold the minds of our youth and assist them in achieving their dreams and continuing their education. Van credits his uncle John for providing an outlet in allowing him to play for one of the best and most influential AAU programs in California. His uncle John’s girl’s program, O.G.D.L. (Olympic Girls Development League), has been one of the most successful women’s programs in the country, and it has fielded dozens of our former Olympic Gold medalists and Hall of Fame WNBA players.
Locally, Van has helped build and develop championship AAU programs on different levels for both girls and boys (Run It Back Sports and Portland Energy). He uses this platform to mentor and coach student-athletes to achieve their dreams, by staying focused and potentially playing at the next level after high school. Van has been fortunate enough to play, coach and train players in the NBA Summer League in California, but some of his fondest memories are from coaching at the high school level at Gretchen Whitney High in Cerritos, CA, Lincoln High School in Portland, and here at Westside Christian.
Mr. Ball joined Westside Christian High School in 1995. He serves as the School Counselor and as the Head Cross Country and Track & Field Coach. Mr. Ball enjoys seeing students grow and develop during their time in the WCHS community. Mr. Ball received a B.A. in Business and a B.S. in Social Studies Education from George Fox College. In 2007, he received his Masters in School Counseling from George Fox University.
He is married to his wife of 33 years, Heidi, and they have three grown children who attended Westside Christian High School, Laurel, David, and Morgan. Morgan and David both married WCHS alumni. Mr. Ball enjoys running with students and alumni and watching good movies with his wife.
Jeff's role at Westside is to support the faculty and staff as the Director of Campus Operations. In that role, Jeff stewards the areas of Information Technology (including AV), Facilities (including grounds and vehicles), and Safety and Compliance. Formerly, Jeff was the Operations Manager for an AVL Integrator/Production company, the Business Administrator / Production Director at Church on the Hill (McMinnville) for 15 years, and prior to that, was the Chief Operating Officer for a regional Internet/Telecom provider. In a "past life" , Jeff also worked in law enforcement and emergency services. Originally from Indiana, Jeff graduated from IVYTech Institute in Indianapolis, but has lived in Oregon since 1996.
Jeff likes movies (specifically anything Star Wars related), playing games, baseball (#CubsFanForLife_FlyTheW), and almost everything on the History Channel. Jeff lives with his wife, Theresa, in Salem OR, and has three adult children; Micahel, Andrew, and Lauren. Jeff and his wife attend and serve at Outward Church, in Salem, OR.
Mrs. Hottmann joined Westside Christian High School in 2004 as the registrar and has since served the administrative office in a variety of roles. Currently, she serves as the Director of Admissions. She holds a B.S. in Biology from the University of Tennessee and was previously on staff for Young Life. Her favorite aspect of working at WCHS is the community. She really enjoys the relationships that she has built with the staff, but also enjoys getting to know the students and their families.
Mrs. Hottmann is married to Matt, and they have two children, Brady and Avery. She enjoys gardening, quilting, and cooking. She also serves on the Portland West Young Life Committee and helps with the kids at Beaverton Colossae.
Jason Housley has joined the administrative team in the newly created position of Admissions
and Strategic Outreach Director. Jason has many years of experience in advancement and
development and will be a huge asset to us as we develop space and programs for all these
My favorite verse is found in Hebrews 11:1 “Faith is being sure of what you hope for and certain of what you do not see.” God has always been a big part of my life and when all three of my children made the decision to follow Christ during the pandemic in 2020, my life was complete. God is good!
Originally from Prineville, Oregon, Jason moved to Portland where he would find his wife of 17 years. Jason is inspired daily by his wife, Amanda, and their three children; 15 year-old Brady, 12 year-old Aaden, and 9 year-old daughter, Addie-Mae. His free time is spent with family, camping, working on the property, listening to music or up on the mountain snowboarding.
This is Jason’s 10th year in Christian education. Most recently, Jason served as Director of Development at Columbia Christian Schools for 4 years. He worked with branding, marketing, alumni relations, and donor development. Jason began his time at Columbia as the Athletic Director and served in this role for 5 years. Together, in all 9 years at Columbia, Jason developed strategic ways of developing relationships that will benefit the community for many years.
Mr. Hynes comes to Westside with a wealth of experience in educational leadership, and he has a long track record of success as a Christian school administrator. He began his career as an English teacher 28 years ago, serving at Chaminade High School in Southern California, where he moved from the classroom to an eventual role as Assistant Principal. In 2005, he moved to Grace Brethren High School, assuming the role of Principal, and the school grew in size, health, and influence under his leadership over a period of 14 years. Mr. Hynes has earned two bachelor’s degrees (English & Drama), two Master’s Degrees (English Lit. and Education), and he will be completing his Doctor of Education Degree at George Fox University in 2021. He and his wife have three children, and their youngest is currently an undergraduate student at George Fox. They are excited to move to the Portland area and invest their lives and gifts in Westside’s future in the years ahead.
After many hours of discussion with Mr. Hynes and interviews with references, the Board is anticipating great things for Westside under his leadership. We expect he will make an investment in our teachers, bring fresh perspective on curriculum and teaching strategies, and grow our school in a manner congruent with our mission statement. We also anticipate his personal engagement with our students, providing both direction and mercy for them, leading Westside in our mission of exceptional education and intentional discipleship
Mrs. Leong joined Westside Christian High School's office staff in 2014 while her daughter was in attendance. Mrs. Leong has a Bachelor of Science in Christian Education and has previously been the director of a children's ministry. Mrs. Leong loves working at Westside Christian because she believes it is a privilege to work with high school students and interact with them throughout her day.
Mrs. Leong and her husband Teddy have two children, Laura and Matthew. She enjoys reading, traveling, spending time with my family and long walks on the beach. They attend Westside A Jesus Church in Tigard and participate in a small group community.
Mrs. Moyer has been working at Westside since 2009 in a variety of roles, she is currently the receptionist. She attended Western Oregon State and worked in youth ministry for more than 20 years before coming to Westside Christian. A highlight for her at Westside Christian is getting to know the amazing students.
Mrs. Moyer is incredibly blessed with 7 kids in their twenties and a daughter-in-law and a son-in-law. Her hobbies are spending time with my kids and visiting with friends. She recently started attending Bridgetown Church and is involved in community and fellowship.
Cindy Streimer is grateful for the opportunity and excited to serve as Westside Christian High School's Dean of Student Life. Mrs. Streimer attended Whitworth University. For two years, she worked for human services organizations where she provided supervision, counseling, and facilitated programs for at-risk youth. Her strength in connecting with young people led her to become a Director of Youth Ministry at a church. In this role, she oversaw all youth programs while participating in national youth events and mission trips. Mrs.Streimer's leadership skills in an office setting and passion for building relationships with students is what has kept her working in Christian education for the past decade.
Mrs. Streimer has been married to her husband, Steve, for 27 years, and they have a daughter who graduated from Westside Christian High School in 2016.
Mrs. Tyner has been the Director of Finance at Westside Christian High School since August 2012. She has a BS in Accounting from Colorado Christian University. Prior to coming to Westside Christian, Mrs. Tyner was a staff accountant in a local public accounting firm. She enjoys working with the people, atmosphere, and students at Westside Christian High School.
Mrs. Tyner recently celebrated the first anniversary of marriage to her husband, Richard. Mrs. Tyner and Richard have four adult children. She enjoys hosting gatherings at home, biking, skiing and playing games with family and friends. Mrs. Tyner and her husband enjoy serving the youth at Beaverton Foursquare, as well as at Westside Christian.
Leah started working at Westside Christian High School in 2011 and has used her nonprofit skills in a variety of departments including marketing, development and finance departments. Leah has a degree in Administrative Management from Central Washington University. One of Leah's favorite parts about working at Westside Christian is that prayer is the foundation of everything that happens here. Decisions, changes, actions are made only after a considerable amount of prayer. She loves that WCHS is a school that prays!
Leah is married to Dmitriy, and they have two kids, Max (10) and Viktoriya (6). She loves to read, decorate, volunteer at her kids' school and watch them play sports. Leah has helped start a MOPS (Mothers of Pre Schoolers) group, served in children's ministry, and been active in a Women's Bible Study.
Ms. Ames is an English teacher and Westside Christian head coach of the girls' soccer team. She joined the Westside Christian High School staff in 2019. Ms. Ames has a B.A. in Secondary Education and English and a Master's in Educational Leadership from Concordia University. She was the Grad Assistant for the women's soccer team at Concordia University and played four years for Concordia University, where she won the national championship in 2013. Ms. Ames loves coaching the soccer girls and working with Westside Christian teachers and admin.
Ms. Ames' family lives in Spokane, and she has four younger siblings. She has a blue Weimaraner named Rudy. She loves to play and coach soccer, writing, running with her dog, playing beach volleyball, teaching fitness dance classes, hiking, and hanging out with friends and family. She is a high school youth leader at Westside: A Jesus Church and attends Bridgetown.
Mrs. Chase kneeled down on a bale of hay at the age of eleven and prayed a simple prayer that was the beginning of a challenging and exciting life of following Jesus wherever he leads. This past year, that path has led her to teaching Anatomy and AP Biology at Westside. Mrs. Chase’s hope is that through the study and observation of the natural world and its amazing complexity and creativity, students would be able to discover for themselves the awesomeness of the Creator, and would come away with a growing faith and enough knowledge to defend their faith in a world that often believes science and faith do not mesh.
Mrs. Chase attended UC Davis in California, earning a BS in Wildlife Biology with a music minor, followed by San Jose State University for Secondary Education. She has taught every kind of science, including botany, zoology, biology, forensic science, anatomy and physiology, chemistry and physics. She taught piano lessons out of her home for 16 years. She taught homeschool coop groups while homeschooling her children. Most recently she taught high school science at Cor Deo Christian Academy.
Mrs. Chase and her college sweetheart husband have raised four children, and have 5 grandchildren. They attend Athey Creek Christian Fellowship and host a weekly fellowship group in their home. They enjoy hiking and exploring creation in their small RV and spending time with their children and grandchildren. Mrs. Chase is an author of several books, including three biographies, a young adult fiction book, and a cancer survivor book.
Profesora Cook has taught Spanish at Westside Christian High School since 2008. She attended Life Pacific University and George Fox University. She loves the students at Westside Christian High School and enjoys helping them grow in their foreign language skills and cultural understanding.
Profesora Cook is married to Ben, and they have a son, Daniel. Profesora Cook loves spending time camping, hiking, dancing the Salsa and Bachata, reading and traveling. She and her family attend Bethany Presbyterian Church and Profesora Cook helps with the children's Sunday school.
Mr. Flores is a Bible Teacher, Spiritual Life Director, and Teacher Co-Lab. He has taught at Westside Christian High School since 2014. Mr. Flores has a B.S. in Philosophy with an emphasis in World Religion from Oregon State University and a Master of Divinity in Theological Studies from Multnomah University. He loves being with the students. Every day he gets to find out what's going on in the life of our young men and women. It is simply a blessing.
Mr. Flores is married to Haley. We have two kids and one teenager; 13, 10, and 5. They will all be at West Hills this next year. Mr. Flores loves playing guitar and writing songs. He is also a Spider-man fan. Mr. Flores is the youth pastor at New Life Church in West Linn.
Mr. Fox is in his eleventh year as Instructor and Director of all Westside Christian High School music programs, including Concert Choir, Westside Voices, Soli Deo Gloria, Concert Band, Pep Band, Drumline, and Ignite Worship Team. Mr. Fox’s choirs and vocal ensembles have won numerous awards, including winning the Oregon State 3A Choir Championship for the past thirteen consecutive years and winning numerous vocal jazz festivals. Mr. Fox started the Concert Band program at Westside Christian three years ago. The band has captured the 2018 and 2019 Oregon State 3A Band Championships in its second and third years of existence and qualified with the highest district scores for the 2020 State Band championships that were cancelled due to the pandemic. Even in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Westside’s choir and band and worship team programs have found safe and creative ways to maintain music education and performance.
Mr. Fox holds a Master’s Degree in Divinity (M.Div) from Abilene Christian University and B.A. degrees in Psychology and Counseling Education. He served as a pastor for over twenty years before coming to Westside Christian. He also owns a private music lesson studio, Music at Will, where he teaches private voice, piano and guitar.
Mr. Fox serves as the High School Repertoire and Resource Chair for the Oregon chapter of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) and is a certified choral adjudicator in Oregon. For hobby, you won’t find Mr. Fox far away from music. He is the Artistic Director of the Oregon SenateAires a men’s chorus that sings predominantly barbershop music.
Mr. Fox has been married for 34 years to his wife, Lynn, who is a registered nurse and mom of their two adult children, Bryce and Macy, who both attended WCHS. Bryce and his wife, Molly, live in Knoxville, TN. Macy is a recent graduate from Oregon State University with a BS in Kinesiology and will pursue a Ph.D. in Physical Therapy. The Foxes attend Westside: A Jesus Church in Tigard.
Mrs. Galloway has been the Chemistry/AP Chemistry Teacher at Westside Christian High School since September 2017. She has a B.S. in Biochemistry, a M.A.T from George Fox University and taught science at Sherwood High School prior to joining Westside Christian High School. Mrs. Galloway feels blessed on a daily basis by the character of the students and staff she is surrounded by at WCHS. She loves seeing the students worship in Chapel service, welcome students who are new to our campus, and actively care for each other.
Mrs. Galloway has been married to her husband Scott for 37 years. They have two grown, married sons and two grandsons, ages 1 and 5. She loves being with family, completing projects, traveling and playing games. The Galloways recently joined a bowling league and dinner club with friends. She attends Athey Creek Sherwood Campus.
Sophie Heisner is starting her role as a science teacher at Westside Christian High School this fall. She studied Biology and French at Seattle Pacific University, where I did undergrad research on Blakely Island. Sophie has a Masters in Teaching Secondary Science from Western Governors University. She is excited to share her passion for science and bring it to life for the WCHS students.
Sophie is married to Chris. They attend and lead worship at Athey Creek Christian Fellowship. Her hobbies include running, traveling, rock climbing, taking my dog on hikes, and making music.
Throughout the various seasons of my life, God has walked me through many wonderful doors to help the next generation of believers grow toward adulthood. This focus has been sharpened through decades of working with adolescents in both the secular and Christian spheres. In particular, the local church, the high school and college classrooms, and on the tennis court. My heart is to provide students with the tools to become intentional in their discipleship, confident in their academic discovery and to maintain a display of grace in competition.
Over the years, the questions I seemed to get asked the most relate to my work in math and theology. Today’s cultural mindset has a difficult time reconciling the two. However, historically, the two have intertwined beautifully. Both have been avenues, tools, to discover the truth. Unfortunately, our postmodern sensibilities have been eroding the foundations of both. Yet, I still believe our emerging generation thirsts for truth.
Academically, I have undergraduate degrees in math and physics, graduate degrees in theology and math education, and a doctorate in the study of the biblical perspective on adolescent development in a postmodern cultural context. I came to Westside to continue my journey of life-long learning as we engage with the emerging generation of believers, two of whom will be my own children in the near future. I want to be a part of a place where educating students to make an impact on the Kingdom of God is a priority. I want my children to emerge from their high school years purposed on God’s direction. That is why I am here at Westside.
Mr. Lindsley is the Freshman and Senior Bible teacher at Westside Christian High School since 2018. He has a B.S. in Bible and Youth Ministry from Multnomah University Master of Divinity in Theological Studies from Multnomah Seminary and a Master of Theology from Multnomah Seminary. Mr. Lindsley worked for 10 years as a Middle and High School Youth pastor in Vancouver, Washington. He loves the community at Westside Christian. He says it is a wonderful privilege to walk through God's story with Westside Christian students.
Mr. Lindsley is married to Becky. He enjoys playing basketball and reading books (novels for fun and theology books for growth). As a life-long Pacific Northwest sports fan, he loves watching his Blazers, Seahawks, Mariners, and Beavers. Mr. Lindsley preaches and teaches weekly at Chinese Faith Baptist Church in Lake Oswego
Mrs. Lopresti is in her second year teaching Physics at Westside Christian High School. She has a B.S. in Math Education from Oregon State University and an M.S.T in Advanced Mathematics from Portland State University. Mrs. Lopresti spent more than a decade of teaching in the public school system.
Mrs. Lopresti is married to Aaron, a comic book illustrator. They have a son, Joshua, who is a mechanical engineer, and a daughter, Samantha, a WCHS senior. She enjoys kickboxing, laughing, gardening, tutoring, teaching, and watching her daughter dance.
Mr. Normansen teaches both Spanish and French at Westside Christian High School. He joined the WCHS foreign language department in 2017 after teaching ESL for 6 years. Mr. Normansen has a B.A. in Spanish and a B.A. in French from Oregon State University. He is also almost finished with an M.A. TESOL Degree from Concordia University. Mr. Normansen loves being at Westside Christian to be able to pray with his students about anything - in particular being able to pray for physical healings and then getting to see people healed!
Mr. Normansen is married to Kristin, a 2003 Westside Christian graduate. Together they have a son, Leif, and a daughter . He loves languages, cooking, reading and learning how to take care of his home. He loves going places with his family, the farmers' markets, thrift stores, board games, camping, playing guitar and piano. He and his family attend Theophilus Church.
I was born and raised in Romania and came to the U.S. when I was about to turn 12. I've wanted to be a teacher ever since I can remember and would come back from school and play pretend teacher with chalk that I would borrow from school. Even in Romania, whenever I pretended to be a teacher, I was always speaking a "language" that was not Romanian, as though I was destined to teach in a language that was not my native one. I wanted to be a teacher because I wanted to be different from the ones in Romania who "ruled with an iron fist."
When I moved here, I saw that it is possible to teach with love and passion, so my dream was solidified. I followed my dream and studied English Literature at PSU and then went on to George Fox University to get my Master's degree in Teaching. After that, I taught in different public schools, including Glencoe High School, Tigard High School, and finally Edward Little High School in Maine. When we were ready to move back to Oregon, I started looking for a job and wanted to distance myself a bit from the way public schools were doing things. I happened upon a job posting here at Westside and started working part time as the Sophomore English Teacher.
Working at Westside opened my eyes to what a better teacher I could be if I didn't have to hide the most important part of who I am, a Christian. When I left Westside at the end of my first year, I told myself I would only come back if someone at the school contacted me personally asking me to come back; it was a sign. I took it as an answered prayer when Head of School, John Hynes, emailed me asking if I'd be interested in interviewing for this position. Though I grew up in a Christian home and was baptized when I was 15, I have always been a bit "stubborn" when it came to my faith. It seems like God has always had to spell things out for me to be convinced, so it was the same thing with coming back to Westside. I love being here because this is where God has challenged me to be a better teacher and a better Christian.
Mrs. Rose has been at Westside Christian High School for more than 30 years. She is currently the Student Activities Coordinator and teaches AP World History, AP European History, World History, and Student Council. Mrs. Rose studied at Oregon State University. She says the Lord blesses her every day at Westside. The students are a true light in her life, and she loves watching them learn, grow, and find out who they are and grow in their relationship with the Lord.
Mrs. Rose has been married to her husband, Mark, for 36 years. They have two adult children, Emily and Michael, and a granddaughter, Harper, who is 4. She loves spending time with friends and family attending sporting events. The Roses are avid Oregon State Beaver fans. She enjoys traveling, but most of all, spending time with Harper. Mrs. Rose enjoys volunteering at various nonprofit organizations and attends Athey Creek Christian Fellowship.
Ms. Tagayuna (or Ms. Tag) is the 11th and 12th grade English teacher and theatre director. She started at Westside Christian in 2015. Ms. Tag has a B.A. in English Language and Literature from Biola University '09 and an M.A. Teaching in Secondary Education from Multnomah University. She also studied abroad at Roehampton University in London, England.
Ms. Tag's highlights at Westside Christian include lively debates and class discussions in AP Language and Composition and AP Literature and Composition classes. The students readily showcase their intellect and their ability to critically think through tough issues. Ms. Tag is always impressed by the overflow of ideas. She also loves working with the theatre program at Westside. She gets to work with some incredibly talented students who tell beautiful stories on the stage. A big theatre highlight was directing Godspell in the winter of 2019.
Ms. Tag's family immigrated to Waialua, Hawaii from the Philippines in 1994 where her parents' church planted two churches on the North Shore of Oahu and Honolulu. She has three older brothers, two of them live in Hawaii and one in Tennessee. She enjoys traveling and Latin dancing. Whenever she is home in Hawaii, most days are spent at the beach or with her family. Ms. Tag also spends time with her church family usually sharing a meal and fellowship.
Mrs. Wicks joined Westside Christian High School in 2019 as the Art Teacher and assistant girls soccer and track coach. She is a Westside Christian Alumni and has a B.A. in Art Education from Whitworth University. She enjoys that Westside Christian provides an opportunity to integrate faith with her passion for art while encouraging students in their gifts as creators in a Christ-centered environment.
Mrs. Wicks has a little sister whom she adores. Mrs. Wicks just got married to my husband, Kyle, in December 2018. She enjoys trail running, photography, all things art, hiking. She has attended Riverwest since middle school.
Mr. Wright teaches US History and Government/Economics. Mr. Wright was one of the first six teachers to work at Westside Christian High School when it opened in 1981. He has a B.A. in History from DePauw University and M.A. in History and a Social Studies Certification from Ohio University. He enjoys working at Westside Christian High School because he works with the two things that will outlast the Earth--people and God's truth.
Mr. Wright has been married to Jody for 37 years. They have a son, Joel, a mechanical engineer and a daughter, Bethany, who works in payroll management. He enjoys reading, golfing, and rooting for Ohio State during college football season. He attends Beaverton Foursquare Church.