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Soo Chang
Head of School

Soo Chang began his career in Christian education in 2003 at The Cambridge School of Dallas, serving as admissions director and chaplain. School leadership is his passion and his calling. He has been the head of school at three independent Christian schools, with extensive accomplishments in casting fresh vision, developing and mentoring administrative teams, establishing strategic plans, and facilitating the spiritual climate.

Mr. Chang holds a bachelor of science degree in business administration and finance from USC and a master of divinity degree with an emphasis on Christian education from BIOLA University. He has done post-graduate training in leadership through the Arrow Leadership Program.

He and his wife, Cathy, are the parents of three young professional sons.


Rodney Meadth
Middle School and Upper School Principal; Engineering Academy Director

Rodney Meadth holds a degree in aerospace engineering from RMIT University (Melbourne, Australia). An Australian by birth, he came to Providence in 2014 after serving as secondary principal at Quisqueya Christian School in Haiti. While at Quisqueya, he taught physics, calculus, geometry, structural engineering, and aerospace engineering. He is a Hansen Fellow with the Acton Institute. He has served as dean of students at Providence in addition to founding and directing the Engineering Academy. He and his wife, Brittany, are the parents of four sons, of whom three are Providence Lower School students.


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 master’s 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; two are enrolled at Providence.


Tracy Larson
Interim Preschool Director

Tracy Larson has been teaching preschool students for over 20 years. She has a BA in French from the University of California at Santa Barbara, and after a career in retail/fashion merchandising, she was led to further her training in early childhood education at Santa Barbara City College and in a sensory processing summer camp in Washington, D.C.  Both of her daughters were El Montecito School graduates and she is grateful for how the school helped shape their hearts and minds.


Caroline Corazza
Director of Advancement

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; both attend 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). She rejoined El Montecito School in a part-time admission director position in 2015. With the merger with Providence, SBCS in 2018, Julia 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 who attend Providence Preschool and an infant daughter. 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.


Emilee Hurlbert
Admissions and Alumni Coordinator

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.


Tawny Kilpper
Director of Admissions and Marketing

Tawny Kilpper is an advancement and marketing specialist who utilizes storytelling to help institutions further their mission and reach. She joins us from Westmont College, where she served in their Annual Giving department. She graduated from UCSB with a degree in theater arts, with an emphasis in playwriting and directing. Over 25 years of experience in theater and film have taught her how to craft compelling narratives, develop strategic plans, and execute them with precision. She helped orchestrate fundraising events for Providence, SBCS for over ten years, where she developed a passion for cultivating culture and nurturing brand identity. She currently serves as a fundraising consultant for ACE Mentor Program Santa Barbara.

She and her husband are the parents of two daughters; one current Providence student and one alumna.


John Pasini
Chief Financial Officer

John Pasini has led the finance, accounting, and operations teams for public and private companies in Santa Barbara for many years, before joining Providence in 2019. For the previous 20 years, John held CFO & COO roles in the publishing field. He graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a bachelor of arts degree in business economics. He and his wife, Kim, have an adult daughter who attended Mt. Carmel School in Montecito, where John served as a board member.


Elaine Rottman
Director of Strategic 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. She serves on the Santa Barbara Rescue Mission Women’s Auxiliary and the Channel Islands YMCA Good Friday Breakfast Planning Committee.


Donna Venzor
Business Office Associate 

Donna Venzor served six years on the board of Santa Barbara Christian School and held previous positions in the Providence, SBCS business office and performing arts department. She is the mother of a Providence senior (a K–12 “lifer”) and two graduates of Santa Barbara Christian School. She studied business and economics at Westmont College and has been the business manager and bookkeeper for multiple clients for 40-plus years.


Angie West
Development Relations Coordinator 

Angie West served in Lower School admissions for five years before taking on a new role in the Advancement Office. She has extensive experience in special-event planning. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the American College of Applied Arts in London, England. Her two children are both Providence alumni.