The mission of the NCS Foundation is to serve and honor God by providing support and resources to ensure the long-term excellence of Northland Christian School. The foundation builds, maintains, and expands a network of support and resources for long-term success and financial benefits to the school. The NCS Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization directed toward the support of the school’s mission.
The NCS Foundation and the NCS Development Department work together to build relationships with donors to find support for student tuition assistance/scholarships and faculty/staff grants.
Occupation: Senior Resident Director,
CRPC® Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Inc.
Church Affiliation: St. Dunstan’s Episcopal
Northland Association: Since 2013
What Northland means to me:
Our five children attend Northland Christian School. We are beyond pleased with both campuses. Each of our children are surrounded by teachers and administrators that make them feel safe, appreciated, loved, respected, enjoyed, and listened to while preparing them for their future. The comfort that brings us as parents is beyond priceless.
CEO, TCC Multi-Family Interiors Inc.
Church Affiliation: Faithbridge
Time/tenure family has been at Northland: 8 years.
What Northland means to me: Northland provides a Christ-centered education for children that prepares them for college and life. The school has opportunities to pursue various academic interests, like science, technology, engineering, mechanics, debate, and orchestra. The school fields teams in many sports and offers visual and performing arts opportunities.
Favorite bible verse regarding children: Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it. -Proverbs 22:6
Nick Alfano and his wife, Deah Alfano, founded Crescent Star Properties in 2018. Deah is his wife of 14 Years and they have four children who all attend Northland Christian School. All Children have been at Northland since 18 months of age. “ We started NCS in 2010, we love the values and life lessons that NCS teaches our four children. All of our children have flourished at Northland and will continue to.
Brittany Clark is the Vice President of UAL America, an international shipping line servicing the oil & gas sector from the US Gulf & Europe to West Africa, where she has worked for 15 years.
She graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management from the University of Texas in San Antonio and also studied International Business and Economics at the University of Economics in Prague, CZ.
Brittany and her husband, Adam, are the proud parents of two Northland students. They chose Northland because it is a Christ-centered institution offering exceptional academic curriculum, devoted and innovative teachers, along with unparalleled extracurricular activities. They believe these are the key ingredients for a strong spiritual, intellectual, and fulfilling future.
Occupation: CEO, Allocation Specialists, LLC.
Church Affiliation: John Wesley United Methodist Church
Northland Association: Since 2020
What Northland Means to Me: My wife and I are both lifelong residents of the Spring/Klein area. We have always known about Northland’s reputation for providing a loving Christian environment to help develop and prepare each student for their future. We have been blessed to see our youngest son thrive at Northland with all the opportunities afforded him through exceptional academics, athletics, choir, and weekly chapel. Northland also has the most devoted and loving teachers and staff, always willing to go the extra mile for each student’s needs.
Occupation: US Integration Lead – Shell Oil Products
Church affiliation: Champion Life Center
Northland Association: Since 2010
What Northland means to me: We joined Northland when we were looking for a school that had a Christian environment, excellent academics, caring teachers, faculty, and staff. Our teachers truly care about our students and are great listeners, caring, accessible, and go the extra mile for our students. As a college preparatory school, Northland excels at preparing the whole individual mentally, intellectually, spiritually, and physically ready for college. We truly are blessed with Northland Christian School!
Kevin T. King II is a devout Christian, a husband, a father, and a Board Certified Pediatric Dentist. Kevin was born and raised in North Carolina. He was raised by a single mother who worked hard as a teacher and later as an assistant principal. Kevin strongly believes in God and family. Kevin showed a lot of interest in reading and higher education early in life, and his mother provided him with all the tools he needed to achieve the best in his life. He graduated in 2011 as a board-certified general dentist and moved to Houston permanently to make a better life for him and his family. After a few years of working as a general dentist, he realized his desire and the need to become a pediatric dentist. He later graduated from the Prestigious NYU Langone program with a degree in Pediatric dentistry. Kevin is also married to his wife, Sharareh, for seven years, and they have a beautiful four-year-old daughter named Kimiya. Working as a Pediatric Surgeon gave Kevin the insight of what this generation needs, and he is very motivated to provide the best he can, not only for his child but every child at Northland Christian School.
Rev. David Leard is honored to serve on the Foundation Board of Directors because of Northland’s rich history and its bright future. He and his wife, Kristin, in 2010 were looking for an academic environment that would provide opportunities to thrive for their two children, Maddie and Jackson. David says, “Being a part of the Northland family has exceeded all of our expectations for excellence, both in the classroom and beyond. Together we are helping to raise the next generation to be faithful to God’s call in their lives.”
David is a staff chaplain for Palliative and Support Medicine at Memorial Hermann Health System. Before becoming a hospital chaplain, David served in pastoral ministry for over twenty years at Bel Air Presbyterian Church in Los Angles, California; First Presbyterian Church of Edmond, Oklahoma; and Northwoods Presbyterian Church, in Houston, Texas. He is a board certified chaplain, ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church U.S.A., and holds a Master of Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena California.
His favorite Bible verse sums up the good news of the gospel in one short sentence, “We love because God first loved us” 1 John 4:19.
Dr. Cristina Marchesano is a board-certified pediatrician who has been practicing since 2012. Dr. Marchesano grew up in Sugar Land, Texas where most of her large Italian family still lives. She attended Houston Baptist University for her undergraduate work and medical school at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. She completed her pediatric residency training at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston in collaboration with Memorial Hermann Children’s Hospital and was Chief Resident of the Pediatric Residency Program. Dr. Marchesano met her husband, Dr. Shaun Varghese, during medical school, and they got married after their intern year of residency. She and her husband now live in Spring, TX, with their 2 sons, Blake and Chase. They own a pediatric Neurology practice, THINK Neurology for Kids, with locations in Houston, Austin, Gulf Coast, and San Antonio. They enjoy boating, traveling, and staying active with their 2 boys.
Lisa Pugh graduated from Klein High School and has lived in the community for most of her life. She has worked for Memorial Hermann Health System for almost 15 years, with 9 of those years at The Woodlands Medical Center campus.
Lisa graduated from Stephen F. Austin in 2001. She has a total of 18 years of healthcare experience. Lisa lives in Spring with Joe, her husband of 17 years, and her two beautiful daughters, Madeline, 11, and Harper, 6.
Ileana Santamaria is a homemaker who is passionate about making her home a place where family and friends feel welcome and loved. She has been married to her husband for 26 years, and they have three children together. All of whom have attended Northland Christian. Their two older boys are college students, and their youngest daughter is a Sophomore at NCS. She and her husband, Adrian, have chosen NCS because they believe in the school’s mission to shape future leaders grounded in their Christian faith. The school has been where they have witnessed the nurturing love of teachers and staff during their children’s elementary years. Through middle school, their children experienced Christ-centered advice and support. High school has and continues to offer a safe environment that encourages their daughter’s God-given talents and gifts, which will enable her to become all that she was created to be.
Mike Wheless is Founder, President and Managing Partner of Wheless Search & Consulting, a nationwide leadership consulting and executive search firm.
Mundi is his wife of 14 years, and they have two daughters Marley and Myla. The family has been associated with Northland Christian School since 2012 when their daughters started attending Northland at ages two and four. Mundi is a Northland volunteer and has enjoyed getting to know other Northland families.
Mike remembers, when considering Northland, he heard something that hit home – the school talked about instilling Christian values that children can always fall back upon when faced with life’s difficult decisions. It is that foundation that aligns with the Wheless family values.
Both Mundi and Mike believe their daughters have flourished academically as a result of incredibly devoted and caring Northland teachers.
One of Mike’s favorite scriptures in regard to raising children is Matthew 19:14: “Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.’”