School Board

To contact the TOCS Board officers, email:

Tim Adcock

Tim came to Twin Oaks by way of invitation to the baptism of a neighbor’s new born in 1997.  During the service he began for the first time to read the pew bible which some months later led to his conversion to Christ.  Ordained as an elder in 2007 he has been elected to the session three times. He and his wife Janet have been married since 1989 and have two children, Lavinia and Ian, who were adopted from Romania. Lavinia graduated from Twin Oaks Christian School in 2011. Tim is a self-employed small business owner distributing fittings and hose for the performance and racing industry. 

Dan Kendrick
Vice President and Athletics Committee

Dan is the Regulatory Lead of cotton and specialty crop products for a sustainable agriculture company. He received his M.S. in crop science from Ohio State University and B.S. in plant science from the University of Missouri – Columbia.  Dan joined the TOCS School Board in 2014.  He and his wife, Amy, have two children who are students at TOCS.  Dan and Amy have been members of Twin Oaks Presbyterian Church for over 10 years, where Dan is an ordained deacon.

Amy Avanzado

Amy was born and raised in House Springs, Mo.  She has a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration from the University of Missouri – St. Louis and a masters in Business Administration from Fontbonne University.  Amy joined Edward Jones in 1998, where she currently leads the Compliance Training and Communication department.  Her pride and joy is her family.  Amy and Van have been married since October 2000 and have three wonderful sons: Sam, Wil and Max.  The boys have all attended Twin Oaks Christian School since 2013. Amy and Van are also members of Twin Oaks Presbyterian Church where they volunteer with the nursery, children's church and greeter ministries.

Jeff Scheibe
Treasurer and Finance Committee

Jeff and his wife Karen have four children.  Two of them, CJ and Emma Joy, attend Twin Oaks Christian School. Jeff is the Treasurer of the school board.  He and his family attend Twin Oaks Presbyterian church where Jeff serves on the Session.

Pete DeMarea

Pete is a CPA with over 25 years of experience.  He began his career with eight years in the audit practice of an international accounting firm and then worked for several large, public companies here in St. Louis.  Subsequently, he served as CFO and then as VP of Operations for two privately held companies.  Pete currently serves as Audit Committee Chair for the Board of Directors of Harris House Foundation, where he was previously Chairman of the Board and Treasurer.  He is a member of First Free Church, where he has attended for over 21 years.  He and his wife, Sherri, have been married for the same amount of time.  They live in Manchester with their two sons, Matt and Adam, both of whom attended Twin Oaks.

Carson Carrington

Carson has attended Twin Oaks Presbyterian Church since 1992. He served on diaconate from 1998-2004. Carson has two children who are graduates of Twin Oaks Christian School. He served as a TOCS baseball and softball coach from 1996 to 2001. From 2001 to 2004, he served as a Booster Club board member at Westminster Christian Academy and, in 2005, as a WCA P.A.W. board member.

Barbara George
Education Committee

Barbara was raised in a strong Christian home in Ottawa, Ill., and graduated from William Woods College.  She taught social studies, English and history for Grades 7-12 in the Rockwood School District with Lifetime certification, teaching at Crestview Junior High and Lafayette High School.  Soon after graduation, she married Alan George.  When their oldest daughter was born, she decided to stay home and volunteered in the Kirkwood School District, serving as PTA President at the Middle School and was a member of the curriculum committee, where she helped install reading programs. She also served as a healthcare volunteer. She was in charge of Senior Night and graduation parties for both daughters' classes. She has also been involved in many other projects at church, teaching Bible Studies as a leader at Twin Oaks and as a BSF leader for more than 25 years.  Barbara helped start an RIF program in the city of St. Louis and currently serves on a legal ethics committee for the Supreme Court of the state of Missouri.  Her love for Christ, education, and Twin Oaks has led her to feel privileged to serve on the TOCS Board.  

Elizabeth Kerens
Education Committee

Elizabeth taught at a Rockwood Middle School for nine years and is currently a stay at home mom. Elizabeth Kerens and her husband, Scott, have been huge fans of Twin Oaks Christian School from the moment their oldest child began the first day of preschool. They were drawn to the school after becoming members at Twin Oaks Presbyterian Church. Elizabeth is eager to serve the school and church as a board member with a heart to support the teachers and staff who are so diligently training up our precious little ones.

Kama Tate Gregory

Kama Tate Gregory has been a nonprofit executive for over 20 years. She has a Masters in Psychology and Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology.  She brings with her experience in Executive Leadership positions as CEO of the Hope Clinic for Women in Nashville, Tenn., CEO of Hope Harbour [the largest domestic violence shelter in Georgia] and CEO of a hospital foundation.  Additionally she served for five years as a national consultant training board of directors in event management, major donor and capital campaign strategies. She was elected and served on Gov. Sarah Palin’s Governor’s Council for Disabilities, Top 40 under 40 in Nashville and participated in Leadership Columbus. Along with her private consulting business she is in her sixth year as a site representative for Focus on the Family’s Option Ultrasound Program traveling the country to evaluate, assist and fund pregnancy medical clinics. She has a fifth grade son and a second grade daughter who attend TOCS and is a member at The Crossing church.

Sherry Blough
Co-Head of School

Sherry Blough has a master’s degree in guidance and counseling and a Bachelor’s of Arts in education. She has 40 years of experience as an educator, serving 35 years at Westminster Christian Academy where parents and students valued her ability to assist them with issues related to school, learning concerns, social adjustment, conflict resolution and personal concerns.  In her time as Director of Guidance and Counseling at WCA, Sherry served on the administrative team of the school for many years, led the establishment of the learning center at WCA, started the Peer Counseling program, and led the transition team for the middle school. Sherry and her husband, Carl, have three married sons whose families all live in the area. Each family has two children. Adorable grandchildren range from 2 to 16. She is an artist and a golfer and she loves to travel.

Debbie Stair
Co-Head of School

Debbie Stair earned her M.Ed. and Bachelor of Science in Education degrees from Miami University (Ohio).  As a fourth generation educator in her family, Debbie has eight years of experience that include elementary, middle school, and TLC classroom assignments, in addition to the 16 years she served as the Assistant Head of School at Kirk Day School.  During the 10 years she was home with her children while they were preschool and elementary age, Debbie was an active member of Bible Study Fellowship, participating in leadership roles as a children’s leader and a discussion leader.  She also served as a KDS School Board member for the two years prior to beginning her tenure in the position of Assistant Head.  Following her retirement in 2015, Debbie was part of the leadership team for the weekly Women’s Bible Study at her church and worked on a filming project with Courtney Doctor for the recently published From Garden to Glory Bible Study and Lecture series.  Debbie and her husband of thirty-five years, Doug, are grateful for the impact Christian Education has had on their two sons and their wonderful daughter-in-laws.  Ensuring that God-honoring education continues to flourish in the St. Louis area (and beyond) is a high priority for them, especially as dear grandchildren are being added to their family.

Dr. Russell St. John
Sr. Pastor of Twin Oaks Presbyterian Church

Russ was born and raised in Washington State, and is a lover of sunshine, fishing, college football, preaching, church history, his family, and dogs. After graduating from Washington State University, he earned his Master of Divinity at Covenant Theological Seminary in Saint Louis. He has pastored churches in Washington and Pennsylvania, and has served as an active duty Chaplain in the United States Navy. Along the way, he earned a Doctor of Ministry in preaching from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and is currently a PhD candidate at the London School of Theology, where he is researching 19th Century theologies of preaching. Along with serving Twin Oaks as Senior Pastor, Russ is a visiting lecturer at Covenant Seminary, where he helps to train students to preach God's Word faithfully. Russ and his wife, Amy, have been married for sixteen years and have six children and one German Shepherd. Russ joined the Twin Oaks Church staff in February of 2014.