Advancement Team Credo

Members of the Advancement Team at Lakeland Christian School are committed to the following characteristics:

  • “Always Better.” We commit to doing our work with a high level of quality, and will always strive to improve. We will not be satisfied with the status quo without exploring new and better possibilities. Our goal is for LCS to be better each day.
     
  • Exude genuine enthusiasm. Be positive and mean it. Be joyful in what we do.
     
  • Express appreciation and offer encouragement, often.
     
  • Love people well – students, parents, grandparents, co-workers, vendors, and all others God puts in front of us. Consistent, Christ-like love is our goal. We are motivated by the best interests of our constituency groups.
     
  • Be a visionary. Be creative and innovative, with a mindset focused on what can be. Think more about the future than the past.
     
  • Communicate effectively and often. Don’t assume. Ensure we are careful and empathetic listeners and that we anticipate rather than react.
     
  • Be appropriately discreet with information, especially that shared by others. Always be trusted with confidentiality.
     
  • Be respectful of peoples’ life circumstances. The work we are about is never more important than what a family may be experiencing at any given time. Err on the side of gentleness.
  • Always be approachable. As school ombudsmen, have a willing and empathetic spirit to assist people with their inquiries.  Value the input of others. Make every effort to accommodate, however, if “no” ends up being the appropriate answer, thorough and timely communication is always best.
     
  • Be consistently flexible. Exercising good judgment, maintain a pliable spirit, based upon situational dynamics.
     
  • Knowing that it’s the Lord we are serving, be Christ-like in word, thought and deed, being quick to apologize for shortcomings.
     
  • Maintain the highest level of integrity with the management of peoples’ stewardship commitments. Always apply gifts as desired by the ministry partner.
     
  • Be authentic. Open and honest communication is the standard.
     
  • It’s not about us. As we serve the Lord at LCS, we are working on behalf of the next generation. The beneficiaries of the funding we seek are the children and young people on our campus today, and those in the years to come.
     
  • Create memorable experiences for the students and families of LCS.

Steve Wilson - Director Of Advancement

At Work:

  • Responsible for overall school Advancement function
  • Capital Campaign Direction
  • Major Gifts
  • Planned Giving
  • Marketing Creative Development

At Play:

  • I’m a fourth-generation Lakelander; my great-grandfather was on the first-ever Lakeland City Commission, and my grandfather was a Lakeland Mayor and City Commissioner.
  • I’m a fan and user of all things Apple.
  • My wife and I and our three children are all alumni of The University of Tennessee, and we maintain season tickets for Volunteer football. Our grandchildren learned Rocky Top along with Jesus Loves Me.
  • I love the mountains. Even though I live close to the beach, I’ll take a mountain stream any day.
  • I’m an avid sports fan and enjoy playing golf. My son, Jeremy, and I stood in line at 4:15 a.m. for the opportunity to play the Old Course at St. Andrews, Scotland. After walking across the famed Swilcan Bridge, I birdied #18. But I also struggled mightily in the famous Hell Bunker.
  • My wife and I love going to the movies. Give me a bag of buttered popcorn and a Diet Coke and I’m good to go!
  • My favorite all-time Christmas gift was a backpack landscape sprayer for my yard.
  • Although reading isn’t my favorite pastime, I have about five books started at any time.
  • I was a Broadcasting major and, in a former life, was a television news and sports reporter for the CBS station in Knoxville, Tennessee.
  • Filed under “things I never thought I’d have to say about myself,” I’m a cancer survivor. An attack of appendicitis in 2015 revealed Kidney cancer, which led to the removal of my left kidney.

Kristen Hitchcock - Associate Director Of Advancement

At Work:

  • Assists with all Advancement initiatives
  • Staff Coordinator of Shield Maidens
  • Special Events Planner – Fall Festival, Student Viking Fund Pep Rally, Voyages and Victories Gala, etc.
  • Viking Fund Coordination
  • Planned Giving
  • Major Gifts
  • Middle School Cheerleading Coach

At Play:

  • I grew up on a strawberry farm in Dover, Florida.
  • Oddly enough, I’m actually from Florida and I’m a 6th generation Floridian.
  • I can still do a round off back-handspring and back-tuck at age 35.
  • I went away to college to be a doctor and came out with a degree in communication – a total switch from right brain to left brain.
  • Out of all my friends I was voted most likely to not get married or have children, and I was the first to get married and have 4 children.
  • My testimony spans the gamut and I still find my Hope in the Lord.
  • I love to eat raw dough, salt on ice, and Bisquick or cake mix from the box.
  • My favorite appetizer growing up was Beef Carpaccio (raw beef) and then after having my first child I became a vegetarian for 10 years.
  • I drink a cup or 2 of black coffee before I go to sleep.
  • What puts me to sleep also wakes me up and keeps me up all day…..coffee. To be exact, a Keurig Coffee maker travels with me wherever I go.

Sandy Johnson - Communication Specialist

At Work:

  • Editor of Engage magazine
  • Produces Weekly Update
  • Social Media Manager
  • Website Manager
  • Viking Vision and Video Announcement Screens
  • Viking Views Blog
  • Coordinates advertising and SEO

At Play:

  • I was raised in a tiny little farm town in northern Indiana. If you put all of the faculty, staff and students from LCS in one room, they would outnumber the total population of my hometown.
  • My first job was at McDonalds. I worked there for two years while I was in high school.  (It was one of the few places to work in my tiny hometown.)
  • Until I was six years old, I was a selective mute. I wouldn’t speak to anyone who didn’t live in my house. No grandparents, cousins, aunts, uncles, or teachers…just my parents and siblings.
  • I ate cow udder when I was on a missions trip to Bolivia. I wouldn’t recommend it.
  • I’m a huge fan of Notre Dame football. “Cheer, cheer for old Notre Dame!”
  • I’ve been fortunate enough to travel to several different countries including Bolivia, Mexico, England, France, Spain, Hungary, the Dominican Republic, St. Lucia and Canada.
  • I love to go for long runs and bike rides.  I’ve run four half marathons and hope to do one full marathon at some point.
  • My bachelor’s degree and master’s degree are both in communications, but I also have minors in Spanish, Bible and Creative Writing.
  • In addition to working full time at LCS, I’ve been an adjunct instructor at Southeastern University since 2010. I teach Fundamentals of Speech.
  • I love coffee. Preferably bold, black Starbucks coffee.

Todd Radford - Director Of Football Operations

At Work:

Assistant Athletic Director
Director of Football Operations
Head Boys Basketball Coach

  • Responsible for all athletic fundraising
  • Administrative management of LCS Football
  • Head Boys Varsity Basketball Coach
  • Athletic Facility coordinator
  • Football ticket sales
  • Football advertising and sponsorships

At Play: 

  • Although I am basketball coach, I would choose to watch any NFL game over an NBA game, especially the BUCS!
  • I love to work outdoors and to build things but only when I don’t have to.
  • I live on 5 acres with 8 miniature zebu cows, 3 chickens, 1 rabbit, 1 dog and absolutely no clue about what to do with any of them.  However, one thing I have learned is that catching a cow that has escaped from the pasture is much easier said than done.
  • I love to camp but I did find out that living in a camper with 3 kids and a wife while building a house is certainly not camping.  By the way, it didn’t last very long as I figured out pretty quickly that if I ever wanted to enjoy camping again I had to get out of the camper.
  • Although I love to hunt I rarely get to go and have yet to get the big buck.  But as I say every year, this is the year to finally get the big one. I can always dream.
  • Family and friends are very important to me and I would be perfectly content just hanging out at home with them, over traveling.
  • My wife and I, who met on a blind date, have been married for 20 years and we have three children.
  • I once heard a coach use this statement: “Don’t explain, don’t complain, just get the job done” and that is how I try to approach challenges when they arise.
  • I just recently realized that I have been in school for over 41 years but still love to show up every day.  I guess I still have a lot to learn!
  • My favorite Bible verse is Proverbs 3:5, 6 and I am so grateful for all of God’s direction in my life through the years.  He is Faithful!

Claudia Powell - Administrative Assistant

At Work:

  • Assistant to the Headmaster and Director of Advancement
  • Posting and receipting all donations to LCS
  • Oversee employee special events
  • Maintain data base for school mailings
  • Oversee alumni database and coordinate alumni special events
  • Processing new employee applications and current staff contracts

At Play:

  • I grew up on a small farm in Willow Oak, FL.  We were blessed with three churches, two convenience stores, one very old drive-in theater and zero traffic lights.
  • I was enrolled at LCS as a kindergartener in 1967 and graduated in 1980.  Ten years later I was hired by John Douglass to work in the school office.  I will celebrate 25 years of service Feb. 2016.
  • My husband and I have a daughter who attended LCS K5 – 12th grade, and we now have three grandchildren attending LCS.
  • I’ve always wanted a miniature donkey…or two.
  • I attend Kathleen Baptist Church where I serve as Church Clerk.
  • Vacations usually involve hiking, wildlife viewing, camping, hunting and four wheeling.
  • My favorite springtime hobby is picking wild blackberries (actually my husband does all the picking, I’m afraid of snakes), juicing them and making homemade blackberry jelly.  During the summer we are busy harvesting and canning vegetables from the garden.
  • My favorite Bible verse is Psalm 46:1.
  • My favorite book is “Heaven” by Randy Alcorn.
  • I’m a chocoholic and will gladly shares my passion with others by keeping a candy jar full of chocolates on my desk.
  • Robbie and I are avid archers and love to compete using traditional bows.  It’s fun for the whole family.