Board of Trustees

The School Board is a dynamic group of volunteers committed to the success of the students, families, and faculty of Mariners Christian School. Their primary responsibilities are to set policy, assist in long-range planning, provide financial and legal oversight, serve as ambassadors for the school, and hire, support, evaluate the Head of School.

Board members are committed Christians who typically have experience in leadership and/or management, or prior leadership on non-profit boards. Members are carefully selected through a self-perpetuation process, and they reflect a balance in church affiliation, gender, age of children, home city, and professional background.

Please feel free to contact the MCS Board at mcsboard@marinerscs.org. We look forward to hearing from you.

Current MCS Board Members

Lewis and Stacie Brewster have been married for 19 years and have five children, Christina (graduated Baylor University in May 2016), Caroline (MCS Class of 2016), Samantha (MCS Class of 2017), William (MCS Class of 2020) and James (MCS Class of 2022). They are very grateful for the Christcentered education at MCS and feel that it is the most valuable gift they can give their children. The Brewster family attends Mariners Church and they are actively involved in the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and RTwelve. They have also supported Habitat for Humanity and mission work in Uganda and Egypt. They enjoy family dinners, road trip vacations, sports, and spending time with their two miniature dachshunds, Lucky and Lola. Lewis is Vice President of Marketing at Broadcom, a semiconductor company in Irvine, and has 30+ years of experience in the communications industry at various companies including Rockwell, Conexant, NXP and Broadcom in the Dallas and Orange County areas. He holds a Bachelor's degree in electrical and biomedical engineering from Duke University (1986) and an MBA from Stanford University (1991). Lewis is grateful and honored to serve on the MCS Board.

Clifton and Yuwen Chang have been married for 11 years and have two children, CJ (MCS Class of 2024) and Sydney (MCS Class of 2026). They attend Mariners Church in Irvine where Clifton is on staff as the Human Resources Director. Prior to his role at Mariners Church, he had over 20 years of experience in human resources working in companies that include Johnson & Johnson and Allergan. Clifton graduated from Cornell University, School of Industrial and Labor Relations and earned his MBA from USC. He is also a volunteer on the Cornell Alumni Admissions Network and Cornell Annual Fund Campaigns. The Chang family mission is to love each other as Christ loves and to serve others out of an overflow of the joy and abundance they have received. Experiencing God's presence at Mariners Christian School and its staff has blessed their family and they desire for other families in the community to have similar experiences.

Danny and Melinda Choi have been married 22 years and have 5 children: Taegan (MCS Class of 2016), Zeke (MCS Class of 2019), Dylann (MCS Class of 2020), Bennett (MCS Class of 2022), and Nixon (MCS Class of 2025). They are deeply grateful their children attend MCS and consider it a gift to have them raised with a Christ-centered education. The Choi family enjoys spending time together, whether it be snuggling their Yorkies, Sugar and Spice, or exploring the amazing world God has created. Fiji has a special place in their hearts and they support the nation by working with Give Clean Water to provide sustainable clean water to rural villages. As a family, they attend the W church in Newport Beach. As a couple, they have served as high school and college leaders, as well as, premarital counselors. Melinda has her BA in English from UCI and is passionate about mentoring young women and single mothers as they pursue Jesus with their whole hearts. She loves her family and considers it her dream “job” to be a wife and mom. Melinda is humbled and honored to serve on the MCS Board. 

Brian and Caren have been married for 19 years and have three children: Hannah (MCS Class of 2014), Levi (MCS Class of 2017) Jedidiah (MCS Class of 2024). Brian has lived in Newport Beach for 42 years and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration (Entrepreneurship) from the University of Southern California. He has started and helped businesses across multiple platforms including computer technology, oil exploration, homebuilding and merchant services. His true passion is serving the community for Jesus. He has 17 years of ministry experience as a Youth Pastor, Congregational Care Pastor, Elder, and Associate Pastor. He is now the lead Pastor of the W Church in Newport Beach. Brian's heart is to share with others what Jesus has done in his own life so that others might find the same salvation and hope. He is honored and excited to serve the MCS family in any way he can.

Charlie and Amy Haggard have been married for 16 years and have three children: Hudson (MCS Class of 2021), Dalton (MCS Class of 2021) and Vivian (MCS Class of 2023). They feel blessed to have found MCS and are thankful for the Christ-centered education and love their children receive at MCS, as well as for the stewardship from the faculty and staff. Charlie and Amy met in Charlotte, North Carolina and lived in Charlotte and Chicago before deciding to call Newport Beach home in 2009. The Haggard family attend Mariners Church where they have enjoyed the children's ministry and serving in various community outreach projects. Amy has been actively involved at MCS volunteering in the classroom as well as serving on the planning committee for the school's Spring Auction the past several years, with Mariners Christian School Board of Trustees – August- 2019 Page 3 of 4 Charlie recently serving on the MCS Finance Committee. Charlie is a Managing Director with real estate finance firm Berkeley Point Capital. He holds a bachelor's degree in Business Administration and a master's degree in Land Economics and Real Estate from Texas A&M University. Charlie considers it a privilege to have the opportunity to serve the MCS Community in this capacity. 

Mike and Laura McMillen have been married for 21 years and have three children. Matthew (MCS Class of 2015), Stephen (MCS Class of 2016), and Sarah (MCS Class of 2022). Their family has a passion for serving the homeless through non-profit ministries in both San Francisco and Orange County, also serving as members of the Board. They have been attending Rock Harbor Church for the past 9 years, previously attending Community Presbyterian Church in Northern California for 10 years. They have been actively involved at MCS since arriving in 2006 and are very passionate about the spiritual development at the school. Mike is Vice President with the TRI Pointe Group, a real estate company that focuses on residential land development and homebuilding. Mike has spent 25 years in the real estate industry specializing in strategic planning, entitlements and product development for new home communities. Mike holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in Construction Management. Mike counts it a privilege to serve as a Board member at MCS.

Mark and Angela have been married for 15 years and have three sons, Micah (MCS Class of 2017), Joshua (Class of 2019) and Caleb (Class of 2022). Mark grew up in Connecticut while Angela was raised in Huntington Beach. They currently attend St. Andrew's Church in Newport Beach. They enjoy reading, sports, music, and spending time with family. Mark and Angela feel very blessed to be a part of the Mariners Christian School community and are thankful for the Christ-centered education that is so important in these formative years for their children. Mark received his undergraduate degree from Fresno State, and his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Boston University. He has been practicing as a Physical Therapist since 1999 in Orange County. With God's prompting and leading, he opened his clinic Power Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine in Costa Mesa in 2011. His specialty is in the recovery from musculoskeletal injury, including post-surgical rehabilitation. In addition, Mark serves as Adjunct Professor for Vanguard University in the Kinesiology Department. Mark is honored and humbled to serve as a Board member for MCS. Soli Deo Gloria!

Meesh and Graham have been married 13 years and have two boys, Grayson (MCS Class of 2023) and Ashton (MCS Class of 2025). Meesh was born and raised in Taiwan and moved to Southern California in 2nd grade. The Pierce family attends St. Andrew's Church and is blessed with loving family and childhood friends in the immediate area. Meesh has a BS in Economics and an MBA from The Wharton School at The University of Pennsylvania and currently works as an independent strategy consultant. Her projects span software development and product marketing for the likes of Disney, Ticketmaster, NBC, Warner Bros, and Epson. Meesh serves as VP Programming for Wharton So Cal, an active regional alumni club serving 4000 alums, is a member of the Trustees Council of Penn Women at the University of Pennsylvania, as well as the Tech Chair for Penn's first annual alumnae conference in Oct. 2020. She's oddly and equally left and right-brained, loving Excel as much as furniture painting. She's honored to serve in this role at MCS. 

Jason and Anna have been married for 13 years and have three children: Hampton (MCS Class of 2020), Jack (MCS Class of 2022), and Mary Frances (MCS Kindergarten). Jason has spent the past year serving on the Finance Committee for MCS. They are active members of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Newport Beach, including service on the finance committee, teaching Sunday school to 1st through 3rd graders, and enjoying their community group. Jason is the Chief Financial Officer of AcuFocus, a venture backed medical device company. Previously, Jason worked in investment banking at several firms in Atlanta, focused on transactions in the healthcare space. Jason began his career as a CPA and holds an MBA from Emory University, a Masters of Accountancy and a Bachelor’s in Business from the University of Georgia. Jason is honored to serve on the MCS Board.

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