2021 Church Council

These people are members of the congregation who are elected to lead Shepherd of the Valley. They are the visionaries and managers of our community of faith.

Chip Lee


Chip grew up at SOV, attended our school and was confirmed here. Later, he assisted in teaching Sunday school for 10 years. He continues to serve as a Stephen Minister and Leader and was part of the Call Committee. Chip is currently serving as our Vice President and has previously served as our President. Chip is a graduate of UCLA with a degree in Political Science. He works at PRG Aviation Systems where he is the lead software developer. Chip coaches youth volleyball (during non-pandemic times) and actively engages in micro-finance. He loves to fish and kayak.

John Hagaman

Vice President

John Hagaman and his wife, Debbie, joined Shepherd of the Valley in 1992. Their children, JT and Amy were born shortly thereafter and were both baptized at SOV. John served on Council for two years as President and another two years as Vice-President in the early 2000s. John is excited to return to leadership at SOV. John is an Engineering Manager at SL Power Electronics. Debbie was a full-time substitute teacher until the pandemic hit. JT is an animator for Sony PlayStation and Amy is a Communications major at CSUN. In his spare time, John loves to hike, camp and attend USC Football games.

Ruth Ause


Ruth Ause is a Certified Public Accountant with experience in both Finance and System Implementations. She worked for Nestle USA for 19 years which included an opportunity to work in Switzerland for 2 years. After leaving Nestle, she has had the opportunity to consult at many companies including Starbucks in Seattle. She has been a member of SOV since age 2 when her parents moved from Minnesota. Ruth loves to travel and attend LA Kings games, concerts, and plays. She is hoping to do all those things again soon!

Jennifer Barth


Jennifer and her family moved to Woodland Hills in late 2017. Shortly thereafter, they began to attend SOV and in 2019 joined as members. Currently both Jennifer and Bob participate in singing in service to SOV and their son Jackson (13) has been volunteering to help with the A/V support for in-person services and recording/editing the virtual services. Jackson is also going through Confirmation at SOV and will take his First Communion at SOV once it is safe for gatherings.


Jennifer has been blessed with two careers, one as a professional actor for the stage having performed in numerous US and European musical theatre productions. For the last 12 years she has worked for Google in various roles and currently is a program manager focused on Digital and Computer science education for US-based educators and students. Her husband Bob received a Screenwriting Fellowship at the American Film Institute and currently works for Warner Brothers and Berlanti Productions. In their spare time, they love travel, cooking, music and boardgames as well as enjoying their terrier and Bernese Mountain dog fur babies.

Kjrste Hillig

Parish Education

Kjrste grew up in Redlands, California where she attended Faith Lutheran Church in Yucaipa. Except for an 8 year hiatus to live in New York City, she has lived in Southern California all her life. In 2005, Kjrste, along with her husband Rob settled in Winnetka and joined Shepherd of the Valley. They both joined the choir where they continue to sing. They have two children, Brendan (12) and Johanna (10). She enjoys music, crafty type hobbies like sewing, quilting, and knitting, and Hockey (Go Kings!).

Dave Engh


Dave has been a member at SOV since 1986, and has served on church council in various positions, returning this year to the Trustee Chair position. He was a two-time Scoutmaster, enjoys the outdoors, and can find his way around a toolbox. Dave was a confirmation program Guide for six years. He and wife Sandi have four children and a grandchild who attended school at SOV. He frequently volunteered with Sandi at Camp El Camino Pines and is looking forward to on-site visits to camp and to our campus.

James Helgager

School Board

James has called Shepherd of the Valley home for over 52 years. He was confirmed at SOV, married at SOV and his 2 boys, Bobby and Luke, attended our school. In addition to being the head usher, James has served on the Church Council as Vice President, Treasurer, Stewardship, and currently serves on the Shepherd of the Valley Foundation as a board member, including several terms as Foundation President.


For the last 8 years James has served on the school board as Treasurer and, when asked, "MC's" many of the school events. James is a Real Estate Broker in the greater LA area. He and his wife Susan (and their 2 boys) have been blessed to call SOV their home for all these years.

Lisa Lambert


Lisa and her husband Bob began attending SOV back in the last century when their son Michael was attending Confirmation Classes here and she and Robby were going to SOV's Mommy and Me group. She has held several positions on council (including President) and says, "it is always a privilege to serve the congregation in this way." 


They live in the Santa Rosa Valley area of Camarillo with their dachshund (Penny Lane) and 6 chickens (next time you see her ask her the names of the chickens).  She loves listening to old time radio (her favorite shows are The Jack Benny Program, My Favorite Husband, and Suspense).

Katie Mayer

Parish Life

Katie Mayer grew up going to SOV, attending the elementary school and completing confirmation. After attending college in San Luis Obispo, she has returned to southern California to work for a structural engineering firm in Pasadena. In her free time, she enjoys cuddling with and taking pictures of her guinea pig, and cross stitching.

Marie Brauer


Marie and her husband, Richard joined SOV in 2001, although Marie had been teaching at our school since 1977.  She retired in 2005, the same year that Richard passed away. She has served on council before as president and has been on other committees and leads some Bible studies, and sings in the choir.  


Marie started her career teaching in a one room rural school in North Dakota.  She also taught for 3 years in North Dakota and Minnesota while completing her degree in education, before coming to California to a Lutheran school in Glendora.  She taught in Azusa and Ontario public schools before getting married and coming to the San Fernando Valley where she finished her teaching career.  She has done some tutoring and now enjoys traveling, reading, exercise classes, and playing games with friends.

Gina Hagen

Mission Outreach

Gina Hagen is a Certified Public Accountant and a 25+ year veteran of the beauty industry specializing in strategic financial leadership and oversight to family owned companies. Gina was the CFO at OPI Products for 19 years until the company was sold. Gina then joined Milani cosmetics 5 years ago and helped sell the company to a private equity group. Gina currently serves as our Treasurer. Gina has been a member of SOV for over 20 years. She is married to Dave Hagen, a bankruptcy attorney who has a private practice in the San Fernando Valley. Her children, Kirsten and Michael previously attended SOV school.

Peace be to the whole community, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.


Ephesians 6:23