Boarding Staff

Girls' Dorm Boys' Dorm

Ext 703 (Office)

Ext 761 (Phone Booth)

Ext 702 (Dorm Office)

Ext 760 (Phone Booth)

PhotoNamePositionEmailIntroduction
Boarding Director Maria HenryMaria HenryBoarding DirectorEmail"I grew up in Auckland and attended Ponsonby SDA church from birth until 1989. I trained at Epsom Teachers’ College from 1974 to 1976 and taught at Mangere College from 1977 to 1989. I started teaching at LAC in 1990 and became the boarding girls’ dean in 1992. In 1999, I became Head of Boarding, which meant full-time management and care of the boys’ and girls’ dormitories, after school, weekend and school holiday programmes. I am thankful to God for my loving husband and four children, two of whom married ex-LAC students. I still believe it’s a great life at LAC. ‘Maranatha’."
Jefferson_Souza_webJefferson SouzaSenior Boys' DeanEmail"I am married to Sabrina Souza and we have a 9-year-old son named Bryan. Our family and I are originally from Brazil but have been living in New Zealand for nearly 3 years. My education and professional background are based on a Seventh-day Adventist Education and I have been serving the Lord through Education for 10 years as a head school administrator. I am sure that with my experience and love for God’s mission I will contribute a lot to the spiritual growing and well-being of LAC’s family and community.”
Eifion-PaulEifion PaulMarketing & Admin.Email"I first came to New Zealand simply as a Welsh rugby fan for the 2011 world cup. It was an amazing adventure covering the whole country. I'm very thankful to now live and work in beautiful Aotearoa thanks to the trust placed in me by LAC. My position has changed quite a bit from being a boys' dean last year, but I'm enjoying the challenges of working on the administration side of boarding and marketing, in the knowledge that at LAC there is always someone willing to lend a hand or share their wisdom. As a design graduate I never expected to be working at a boarding school on the opposite side of the world, but it's so exciting to work in such a variety of areas and to see the many possibilities that LAC has to offer our students. My favourite Bible verse, Matthew 5:14-16 (The Message): “...You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven."

PhotoNamePositionEmailIntroduction
Lorraine_Edwards_webLorraine EdwardsAssistant Girls' DeanEmailRichmond, Virginia USA “I was raised in the SDA church by parents who never said “no” when asked if their children could participate in service. This was the start of my volunteer service to God through the church and I continue to be actively involved in my local church. I have a Bachelor’s in Psychology and a Masters of Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University. Prior to following God’s call to ministry through service, I was the Area Social Services Manager for The Salvation Army of Central Virginia and directed all the services and program staff in Richmond, Petersburg, and Hopewell, Virginia. In February 2019, I left my position to pursue the call of God that has led me to Longburn Adventist College. I currently serve as an Elder, the Worship Coordinator, and Singles Ministry Leader at Meadowbridge SDA Church in Mechanicsville, Virginia. I have also served as Virginia Youth Federation President, Youth Ministry Leader at three churches where I held membership, and Health and Temperance Leader There is no place that I would rather serve than in God’s church. I look forward with great anticipation to this year at LAC.”
Kelsey_Landa_webKelsey LandaAssistant Girls' DeanEmail“For the past several years I have been calling Washington state, USA, my home. I attended Walla Walla University there and subsequently received a Bachelor’s Degree in Aviation Technology in 2015. Since then, I have been working as both an aerial photography pilot and a skydiving pilot. When not focused on work, I will either be drawing, making costumes, or playing games with friends. And while I have greatly enjoyed my experiences thus far, I am excited to move on to a year focused on service instead of career. As a former student at an Adventist boarding institution, I am looking forward to reliving that experience again albeit in a different role. I board the aeroplane to see you in January and I can’t wait to say ‘Hello’.”
Lance-Stimpson-webLance StimpsonAssistant Boys' DeanEmail“While I have already been a dean for the past 6 months I thought it would be an exciting experience to continue on for one more year. I am a local and come from Palmerston North, New Zealand. While I might have started as a dean last year, this is not my first experience of LAC. In 2007 I came to LAC as a day student and completed Year 13 in 2011. I went to the local university to study science and again ended up at LAC as the science technician helping out the science teachers and students. After doing a few more jobs in between I saw the deans’ position available and applied for it. They took me on board and it has been an amazing 6 months. I am eagerly awaiting next year to see what exciting experiences and challenges it will bring for both me and the students. Bring on 2020!”
Wily_Cruz_webWily CruzAssistant Boys' DeanEmail“I have prayed for about 2 months that you will end the year successfully and that we can meet in 2020. About ten years ago I decided to dedicate my life completely for God. I had to leave many things, like my old job and college, but in return God has presented me with better and more amazing things, ever since I graduated in theology in Sao Paulo, Brazil. I worked as a missionary in many places in Brazil, including indigenous communities and projects for Christian college students in major cities. I had the privilege of being a Bible worker in Uruguay and Argentina and since 2017 I was called to work as a pastor and chaplain at the Southern Argentine Conference. I confess that I have great affection for the boarding school. There I had the best friendships and great moments of learning. I was Boys’ Dean at the Adventist University Center of Sao Paulo for two years and kept good memories. This year I started praying to God for a new opportunity and a new challenge and I’m thrilled with the opportunity to go to LAC. What motivates me most is that even though we are in such distant and distinct places, our God is the same. I hope I can learn a lot and serve the best I can, God bless you all.”