Advisory Board

PLTS is governed by the Board of Regents of California Lutheran University, who meets four times per year to evaluate, discuss, and impact positive change within the University to further its mission and strategic plan. The university is also led by the Convocation, which serves as link between the University, the Church and the greater community. It is made up of members of the five Synods of Region II of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, faculty, students, the University president, and members-at-large. The Convocation meets once annually, typically in the fall, to conduct official business and elect the University's Board of Regents.

PLTS has an Advisory Board composed of a maximum of 25 members, some of whom are elected from each synod in ELCA Regions I and II, and some of whom are appointed by the Churchwide Vocation & Education Unit. All board members serve 6-year terms, renewable once. Efforts are made to build board equity and diversity around gender, ethnicity and lay and rostered persons. The Advisory Board makes recommendations about PLTS to the leadership of California Lutheran University.

Current Members of the Advisory Board

  • Mrs. Twila Burdick, Vice Chair   Grand Canyon Synod
  • Rev. Anne Carlson   Vocation and Education Unit
  • Kathleen Elliott Chillison  Southwest California Synod
  • Gladys Chow Southwest California Synod
  • Rev. Ruben Duran   Vocation and Education Unit
  • Greg Egertson   Sierra Pacific Synod
  • Rev. Frank Espegren   Sierra Pacific Synod
  • Rev. Susan Halvor   Alaska Synod
  • Rev. Christine Higueria-Street   Rocky Mountain Synod
  • Rev. Christine Holler-Dinsmore   Montana Synod
  • David Knapp   Oregon Synod
  • David Nagler, Chair   Pacifica Synod
  • Larry D. Pihl   Northwest Washington Synod
  • Rev. Dr. Richard W. Rouse  Vocation and Education Unit
  • Trevor Sandison   SW Washington Synod
  • The Hon. Evan Sperline, Secretary   Eastern Washington Idaho
  • Rev.  Steve Talmage   Grand Canyon Synod
  • Bishop Brian Kirby Unti   Northwest Washington Synod