One former and two current Bethany parents joined the Bethany Board this fall: Mark King, Mark Schloneger, and Kris (Sommers ’93) Shenk. See full board roster.
Kris (Sommers) Shenk is a 1993 Bethany grad. She graduated from Eastern Mennonite University as an art major, studied worship art at Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary, and is self-employed as an interior designer (Kris Shenk Design).
Kris and her husband Jon (1992 Bethany grad) have two sons attending Bethany: Micah in grade 9 and Austin in grade 7. They attend Belmont Mennonite Church where she serves on the worship commission.
Kris has served Bethany as a past PTO president, on the playground committee, and volunteered in lower school classrooms. She says, “We have good public schools in Elkhart County, so that makes it all the more important for us to advertise the valuable learning opportunities and unique experiences students get by choosing Bethany. I want to continue to shine a light on Bethany as the desired school for students in our community. It is worth the investment.”
Mark Schloneger serves as pastor at North Goshen Mennonite Church. He is a graduate of Goshen College (1992 history B.A.), University of Cincinnati College of Law (1996 J.D.), and Eastern Mennonite Seminary (2005 MDiv).
Mark and his wife Sarah have three children: Adele (grade 11 at Bethany), Norah (grade 7 at Bethany), and Eli (grade 1).
Mark says, “As a parent I have experienced how Bethany’s teachers, administrators, staff, and parents have cared for students and encouraged them to grow spiritually, academically, and emotionally. I embrace Bethany’s mission to prepare and lead students to serve their communities, and I look forward to being a part of the Bethany community and to help it thrive into the future.”
Mark King is a healthcare administrator at Greencroft Communities. He is a graduate of University of Illinois at Chicago (BS in Marketing & Finance), Eastern University (MBA in Economic Development), and Oregon State University (PhD in Healthcare Administration).
Mark and his wife Pushpa attend Waterford Mennonite Church. They have one son, Himal (2013 Bethany grad) who is a senior at Purdue University.
Mark says, “My goal for Bethany is to continue to grow as an institution that aspires to accept each child where they are and make them a part of a caring, loving faith community.”