Richard Hansen, Chairman

Richard Hansen graduated with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer and later earned an MBA in Finance from NYU.  After serving as a junior officer in the Navy, Mr. Hansen moved to New York City and began a 30-year career in Commerical Banking, financing  Forture 500 Corporations, and international energy and mining projects.  He retired in 2006 and moved to Bluffton.  

Mr. Hansen joined The Church of the Cross in 2018.  He was attracted by the energy of the church and its focus on and faithfulness to God's message.  He was also attracted by Cross Schools, which he views as a testament to the strength of the church's commitment to spreading the Christian message to the next generation.  

As a Trustee, he enthusiastically embraces the two goals of imparting a Christian world view and values to the children of Cross Schools while also providing an excellent academic education.  

He is married and has two sons and two grandchildren.  

A favorite Bible verse is Matthew 7:7-8:  "Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.  For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.  

 


Tom Conner, Vice Chairman

Dr. Conner and his wife Beverly moved from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 2002 after he retired as a school superintendent in 1999. Dr. Conner holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Clarion State College, a Master’s Degree in Administration and Supervision from the University of Maryland, as well as a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Supervision from the University of Pittsburgh. After retirement, he established a management consulting company with clients in both the education and private sectors which included the Beaufort County School District, Academy for Career Excellence, Turnleaf Solutions, and the National Even Start Family Literacy Association Board.

Dr. Conner has been involved in a number of community organizations and church activities as both member and chairman prior to joining Church of the Cross. During these years he was involved in eleven mission trips to Egbe, Nigeria where he worked with children, teachers, and administrators at an orphanage and a private Christian school. He worked to develop an education strategic plan with the community council of chiefs and completed the construction of a “bush” school. He continues to volunteer at Allendale Correctional Institute where he and the inmates developed a sixty-hour course to allow inmates to teach classes toward a General Education Diploma in five South Carolina prisons.

There are three quotes that he keeps on the front burner: "Whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” Col 3:17, “What you focus on you find”, Rod Hairston, CEO of Trusum Visions LLC, and “Always do your personal best. “ Anonymous.  


Jenna Vaughn, Secretary

Jenna Vaughn is a South Carolina native; however, new to the Lowcountry. She is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and is a passionate Gamecock fan.  Dr. Vaughn has served in the field of education for 15 years. The majority of Dr. Vaughn’s research has been conducted in the area of 21st-century assessment and student achievement. She has led and coached several schools through the accreditation process. Dr. Vaughn has served the state of South Carolina as a Milken Award panelist and South Carolina Teaching Fellow panelist. She has written various federal grants and has been awarded thousands of dollars to support literacy in schools. Dr. Vaughn’s husband is the owner of Bluffton Pharmacy. They have three children that attend Cross Schools. Dr. Vaughn is grateful that all three children can
attend school together while receiving a Christian Education.


A favorite Bible verse is Psalm 121, " I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth."


Alan Restivo, Treasurer

Alan graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing. He is also the holder of a Masters’ Degree in Business Management from Bryant University. 

Mr. Restivo and his wife, Beverly, moved to Bluffton, SC in 2014, and joined The Church of the Cross in 2015 where they are involved in various ministries. Prior to moving to Bluffton, they lived in Rhode Island where Mr. Restivo, a CPA, was the Controller at Johnson and Wales University.  He has over twenty-five years of experience in the Education field, mostly in financial management. 

The Restivos enjoy spending time with their two children and four grandchildren.  They also enjoy golfing and the beach.

A favorite bible verse is Philippians 4:13:  I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.


Wayne Bowerman, Trustee

Wayne Bowerman grew up on a dairy farm in western New York.  After High School, he graduated from Erie County Technical Institute with an AAS in Mechanical Technology.  He then served in the US Navy on an aircraft carrier, then spent 29 years at Xerox Corporation working in Research and Development.  After retiring in 1998, he continued working in a career of flying for a small charter company based in Rochester, New York.  

He and his wife, Phyllis (Phyl) have two sons and six grandchildren.  One son is an MD with twin boys, and the other is a private equities investor with four children.  Both sons graduated from a private, Christ-centered school, thus Mr. Bowerman's interest in promoting and assisting with a Christ and academic-centered education.  

His verse of choice is John 3:16," For God so loved the world that He gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life."  It is probably the most well-known verse and signifies the level of love God has for all of us, a level that none of us can even begin to comprehend.  

 


Kevin Aylmer, Trustee

Kevin Aylmer graduated from Villanova University with a B.S. in Marketing. Kevin and his wife, Megan, moved to Bluffton in 2010, having lived in Lansing, MI., Pittsburgh, PA, and the suburbs of Chicago. The Aylmers have three children and one grandson. Mr. Aylmer has been in the newspaper publishing and digital media business for more than thirty years. He is currently the Owner/Publisher of The Bluffton Sun & Hilton Head Sun newspapers.

One of the Bible verses that Kevin relies on is Matthew 6:25-27 : “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?"

 


Lauren Marcinkoski, Trustee

Lauren Marcinkoski is the mother of two boys at Cross Schools and is the CEO of The Levy Group, a consulting firm that focuses on digital marketing and market strategy. 

After beginning her studies at Savannah College of Art and Design, Mrs. Marcinkoski transferred to Carleton College and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Anthropology.  She then went on to earn a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the Parker College of Business at Georgia Southern University. Growing up, she had several personal accomplishments. She was a science enthusiast who presented to the American Academy of Science at fourteen years old about allelopathy. Her botanical discovery about Golden Rod as an allelopathic plant won multiple awards at the ISEF International Science Fairs. As an equestrian, Lauren placed 5th while representing the United States for the Savannah College of Art and Design at an intercollegiate Nation’s Cup competition in Germany. That same year Lauren rode her mare Moon Dance to the American Horse Show Association Horse of the Year in the Working Confirmation Division.

 

As a sociology/anthropology major at Carleton College, Mrs. Marcinkoski’s personal experiences in Hurricane Katrina were turned into her thesis. Her studies of rumor networking in communities under stress were presented on NPR and she had the honor of participating in several NPR panels about the Katrina crisis. Her paper was later published by several journals and is still used as a teaching tool at Harvard University. Mrs. Marcinkoski's favorite Bible verse is:  "Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us." Romans 5:3-5


Kimberly Wilhite, Trustee

Mrs. Wilhite is the owner of Kimberly Designs, LLC, an interior design consulting firm. Her career began as a clothing designer and she also worked as a marketing liaison for a design firm. 

A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, Mrs. Wilhite and her husband Tim have two sons and two granddaughters. They have been in the Lowcountry for eighteen years and members of Church of The Cross for seven years. She has worked with the youth at Church of the Cross and is passionate that they develop a personal relationship with Christ and grow in His Word. 

A favorite Bible verse is Colossians 2:2-3 :  “My goal is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.”