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Administration

Dr. Tim Loomer
Interim Head of School

Tim Loomer serves Providence as interim head of school following two years as head of school at El Montecito School and seven years serving as first the academic dean and then head of the middle and high school programs at Providence Hall/Providence SBCS. Prior to joining Providence Hall, Dr. Loomer worked for Ventura Unified School district as a math teacher, coach, and assistant principal. A mathematician by training, he has enjoyed serving students and families in and out of the classroom for over two decades.

Dr. Loomer holds a bachelor of science degree in mathematics, a master’s degree in statistics, another master’s degree in educational leadership and policy studies, and he recently completed a doctorate program in educational leadership through George Fox University.  

He and his wife, Jen, are the parents of two children, a son and a daughter, who are both happily enrolled and fully engaged at Providence.


Scott Rockney
Associate Head of School / Middle and High School Principal

Scott Rockney came to Providence in 2016 after 10 years with  Oaks Christian School (Westlake Village, CA), where he served most recently as middle school principal. At Oaks, he worked very closely with the high school administration to ensure students were prepared for a successful academic experience in high school and college. Mr. Rockney played a major leadership role designing a new academic building at Oaks, researching physical architecture and its impact on student learning and school culture and best practices using space and design to improve student learning. 

Mr. Rockney holds a master’s degree in educational administration from California State University at Northridge and a bachelor’s degree in Spanish language and culture, also from CSU Northridge. Before going to Oaks Christian, he taught Spanish and served as dean of students in a large public high school in the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Scott and his wife, Sarah, are the parents of three children, two sons and a daughter, all enrolled at Providence. 


Matthew Knoles  
Lower School Principal

Matthew Knoles taught for 10 years in public elementary schools in Santa Barbara, Goleta, and Ventura before joining the Providence administration as Assistant Head of Lower School in 2014. He was named Lower School Principal in 2016. He holds a masters degree in Educational Policy and Leadership and a preliminary administrative credential (California State University Northridge, 2010). He completed the California teaching credential program (Chapman University, 2004) after earning a bachelors degree in sociology (UCSB, 2000). 

On Sundays, Knoles serves Santa Barbara Community Church as a worship leader. He and his wife, Krista, have three children, all part of the Providence family.


Cathy Rempe
Preschool Director

Cathy Rempe holds a bachelor’s degree in education with a math major. She was going to be a high school teacher, but began working at the El Montecito Presbyterian Nursery School in 1974 and discovered her passion for early childhood education. Over the years and through the school name changes since she has loved every day with her preschoolers. “It’s a wonderful feeling to see them grow, not only in size, but in their relationships with friends, their connections with the teachers, and most of all, their love for Jesus,” she says. “That love just grows in them every day as they learn and sing songs about Jesus, God’s love, and the fruits of the Spirit.”

Cathy and her husband have two grown children and two grandchildren. Her children attended El Montecito Nursery School in the early ’70s.


Caroline Corazza
Director of Development

Caroline Corazza joined Providence in 2017 after serving six years as a development officer for Young America’s Foundation at the Reagan Ranch.  As a development professional, Caroline has been a student of the Institute for Charitable Giving where she has had the privilege of studying under some of the most respected development professionals in the country. She has gained a deep appreciation for philanthropy and generosity and finds great satisfaction in connecting the interests of supporters with opportunities that advance important missions.
 
A native of the Commonwealth of Virginia, Caroline graduated from the University of Virginia in 2011 with a bachelor of arts degree in government and a minor in leadership. 
 
Caroline and her husband, Joey Corazza, have been long involved with Santa Barbara Christian School and Providence. Joey attended Santa Barbara Christian School from kindergarten through eighth grade and has frequently spoken on behalf of the school. Together they are raising two young children; the eldest attends Providence Preschool.  


Julia Davis
Director of Preschool Admission 

Julia Davis graduated from Westmont College in 2007 with degrees in business and economics and Spanish. She taught Spanish and pre-algebra at El Montecito School for a year and then spent the next seven years as the associate director of admissions at Crane Country Day School. Along the way, she earned a Certificate of Enrollment Management from the University of Southern California (USC). After the birth of her first son in 2015, she rejoined El Montecito School in a part-time admission director position. With the merger with Providence, SBCS, Julia has shifted to specializing in preschool admission.

She enjoys working with a staff of nurturing and dedicated teachers and appreciates the solid program and curriculum and the loving, respectful ways in which the faculty and staff are treated at this school.

Julia and her husband have two young sons; the eldest is a Providence Preschool student. As an administrator and a parent, Julia appreciates that she can speak honestly with other parents about the love and support her child experiences every day. 


Diane Horvath
Director of Tuition Assistance

Diane Horvath directed the Financial Aid Office at Westmont College for more than 30 years before joining the former Providence Hall staff in 2011. Her wealth of experience is an asset to the Providence community.


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School Information Systems Manager

Terry Lucera is a graduate of Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo with a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences. She has completed coursework toward a teaching credential at California State University, Northridge. She is no stranger to the independent school arena, having taught elementary and middle school science at a private school in the San Fernando Valley for 13 years. Upon arriving in Santa Barbara in 2011, Mrs. Lucera took employment as a teacher-editor reviewing science education and technology materials but found she missed the school environment. She is happy to be back on a school campus. 


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Joyce Luy
Director of Middle and High School Admission (7-12)

Joyce Luy was Director of Admission at Westmont College for more than 30 years prior to joining the former Providence Hall administration in 2011. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from San Diego State University and a master’s degree in higher education administration from the University of California Santa Barbara.


Leila Melody
Chief Financial Officer

Leila Melody joined the Providence administration in 2018 with over 15 years of experience in leadership roles in finance, operations, and business administration at both for­-profit and not­-for­-profit organizations. She graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in statistics from Northwestern University in 2000 and earned an MBA with distinction from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management in 2010 with concentrations in social enterprise, management and strategy, and international business.  She has volunteered her time extensively to a wide variety of charities ranging from local animal protection organizations to international education initiatives by assisting with the development of business plans, coordinating volunteers, securing corporate sponsorships, and planning fundraising events.


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Director of Marketing and Communication

Elaine Rottman has worked in independent and Christian school communications, marketing, and development since 1981. She has edited and produced award-winning publications for Brookfield Academy (Brookfield, WI) and the Marva Collins College Preparatory School (now Milwaukee College Preparatory School). She joined the former Providence Hall administration in 2010. Ms. Rottman earned a bachelor’s degree in English at Calvin College, with a special interest in journalism. Besides her work at Providence, she is the copy editor of Radix Magazine and serves on the Santa Barbara Rescue Mission Women’s Auxiliary and the Channel Islands YMCA Good Friday Breakfast Planning Committee.


Angie West
Director of Lower School Admission (K-6)

Angie West has more than 20 years of experience in special event planning through her business, Angela West Productions, with diverse clients ranging from corporations to non-profits. Mrs. West came to Providence from Westmont College, where she was conference services and campus scheduling manager for three years. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the American College of Applied Arts in London, England. She and her husband, Jamie, are the parents of two children, Jake, Providence Class of 2017, and Lauren, Providence Class of 2019.


Emilee Hurlbert
Executive Assistant

Emilee Hurlbert earned a B.A. degree in music at Westmont College. After graduating, she worked in the Westmont Office of Alumni & Parent Relations and served as coordinator for student and young alumni outreach programs. She brought her administrative strength to her elementary alma mater, Heritage Christian Schools in Bakersfield, California, where she wore various hats, including stints as alumni coordinator, after-school program director, administrative assistant, and director of advancement and marketing. She joined Providence in 2016. Ms. Hurlbert runs the front office and assists the Head of School and the Associate Head of School.


Maddie Ifland
Business Office Associate

A 2017 graduate of Westmont College with a bachelor’s degree in economics and business, Maddie Ifland has held various bookkeeping and administrative jobs in Santa Barbara before joining the Providence staff in July of 2017. 

While a student at Westmont, Maddie was a pole vaulter for the track team, traveled to Ensenada, Mexico three times on service trips, studied abroad in the Middle East, and traveled to Haiti twice to partner with Haitians to start businesses through microfinance. As a student, she also worked as a behavioral therapist and has been serving in her church as a junior high leader for four years. She is passionate about people, travel, organization, and education.


Elleney King
Admission Office Assistant (7-12)

Elleney King is a 2017 Providence, A Santa Barbara Christian School graduate. While a Providence student, she served as the Admissions Prefect for two years. She also played basketball and volleyball all four years of high school. After graduating she took her love for working in student admissions to Westmont College where she interned in the Admission Office.