Staff

J. Stanley Mattson

stan mattsonDr. Mattson is the Founder and President of the C.S. Lewis Foundation; Director of the C.S. Lewis Study Centre at The Kilns in Oxford, England; and Executive Director of the C.S. Lewis Summer Institute.

Education

He has a Bachelor’s degree in Education from the State University of New York, Oswego; Master’s degree in history from the University of Wisconsin, Madison; and Ph.D. in American Social and Intellectual History from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Background

A past member of the faculty of Gordon College and of the faculty and administration of the University of Redlands, Dr. Mattson has also served as Headmaster of The Master’s School of West Simsbury, CT. He founded the C.S. Lewis Foundation in 1986.

Family / Interests

He and his wife, Jean, have two adult children, Todd and Elizabeth, and five grandchildren. Dr. Mattson’s interests include sailing, singing, and playing traditional folk music.


Gayne Anacker

Gayne-Anacker Staff PicDr. Anacker is Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Assistant Director of the triennial C.S. Lewis Summer Institute in the Cities and Universities of Oxford and Cambridge, England.

Education

He holds the B.A. in Philosophy from Westmont College, Santa Barbara, California; the Master of Theological Studies from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, South Hamilton, Massachusetts; the M.A. in Philosophy from Washington State University in Pullman, Washington; the Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of California, Irvine.

Background

Gayne has been centrally associated with the C. S. Lewis Foundation for 20 years, and he has been its Vice President for Academic Affairs (volunteer basis) for over 15 years. He is also a member of its Board of Trustees. He began his career as Prof. of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa, California. He was also Founding President of Community Christian College, Redlands, California. He is currently Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Prof. of Philosophy at California Baptist University, Riverside, where he has taught and led for 10 years.

Family / Interests

He and Karen, his wife of 32 years, have one child, Rachael, a home-schooled high school junior. As a family, they enjoy music, reading, and politics. In addition to serious addictions to Narnia and Middle-earth, they are also Harry Potter fans


 Steven Elmore

Steven Elmore Staff PicSteve Elmore is the Foundation’s Vice President of Events and Communications.

Education

He has a B.A. in English from Pepperdine University and an M.A. in Literature and Film from Claremont Graduate University.

Background

Prior to joining the Foundation in June 2006, Steve had experience working as a community college instructor (English composition), software instructor (basic to advanced MS Office), GED instructor (science, history), and as technical and clerical support staff in the nonprofit, education, and small business sectors.

Family / Interests

He and his wife Becky have a six year old daughter, Rowan. His interests include literature, film, video games, and playing with Rowan.


Richard Durant

Dick Durant Staff PicDick serves as Treasurer and Director of Administration for the C.S. Lewis Foundation.

Education

Dick earned his Bachelor of Science in Physics from the Georgia Institute of Technology, his Master of Arts in Theological Studies from the International School of Theology, and his Master of Business Administration from the University of California at Los Angeles.

Background

Dick has been involved in leadership, management, and development work for Christian ministries, other non-profits, and businesses for more than thirty years.  He served for 14 years with Campus Crusade for Christ in campus ministry and various administrative roles.  Since 1988, Dick has served as a leadership and organizational consultant, seeking to help the leaders of Christian ministries, non-profit organizations, and businesses clarify and achieve the vision God has placed in their hearts and the hearts of their team members.

Family / Interests

Married since 1981 to Brenda, the Durants have three children, two sons and one daughter.  They live in Redlands, California, and are very active in their local church.  Following their children’s activities in youth sports, music, and theatre has been the focus of much of their interests.


Debbie Higgens

Debbie Higgens Staff PicDr. Debbie Higgens is Director of the C.S. Lewis Study Centre at “The Kilns.”

Education

Debbie received her B.A. in English Education from Columbia Union College, Maryland; her M.A. in English from Andrews University, Michigan; and her Ph.D. in Medieval and Renaissance Literature from Middle Tennessee State University,Tennessee.  Her dissertation title is “Anglo-Saxon Community in J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings” and she wrote her dissertation while living at the Kilns as a Scholar-in-Residence.

Background

Debbie has taught in the English Department of Southern Adventist University for the past 17 years.  She has also served as a full-time missionary in Costa Rica, lived in Japan as a child, and spent five of her teen-age years living in Turkey and Germany.  Debbie has been involved with the C.S. Lewis Foundation since 2002 and first visited the Kilns in its early renovation stages in 1994.

Family / Interests

She has two children, Christina and Nathan, who are also avid readers and have travelled extensively.  Debbie has been an equestrian since her childhood and enjoys falconry whenever she gets a chance; her favorite bird to fly is the owl. She enjoys reading and researching Anglo-Saxon literature and artifacts as well as the works of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien.


 Mary Key

Mary Key Staff PicDr. Key serves as Director of Special Programs for the C.S. Lewis Foundation.

Education

Mary earned both her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and her Master of Science in Counseling Psychology degrees from California Baptist University. She earned a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology with a specialty in College Student Development through the School of Education at the University of Southern California.

Background

She has served California Baptist University as faculty teaching in the Psychology, Education and Literature departments and in the Counseling Graduate Program. She has held positions as Counseling Center Director, Director of Women’s Housing, and Career Services Director. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, was in private practice for several years, and conducted seminars in organizational consulting. Her calling for the past several years has been to Home Education (particularly focused on their three children), and the development and networking of community resources in that context.

Family / Interests

Mary, her husband, Scott, and their two sons and daughter are avid Lewis and Tolkien fans. As a family, they enjoy every aspect of theater – acting, singing, dancing, dramaturgy, “propping,” and cheering on those who do it all. Their home is held up by bookcases, and their refrigerator is barely visible through the magnets collected from travels to over 40 states and 6 countries.


Mary Carol Howell

MCHMary Carol works as a volunteer communications assistant for the C.S. Lewis Foundation.

Education

She finished her B.A. in English Literature at Auburn University.

Background

Mary Carol has worked at the Foundation on-and-off for over 2 years during her academic studies as an intern, volunteer, and employee. She also had the opportunity to serve at The Kilns during her time as a student at the University of Oxford.

Family / Interests

Mary Carol is married to Chris Howell, whom she met while working together at the C.S. Lewis Foundation. Mary Carol enjoys reading, running, biking, watching Auburn football, exploring the outdoors, traveling around Europe, and talking about the weather.


 Kirk Manton

Kirk Manton Staff PicKirk currently serves as the Production & Scheduling Manager for the C.S. Lewis Summer and Fall Conferences, the C.S. Lewis Summer Institute, and other events.

Education

Kirk earned his Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies at The Union Institutes.

Background

Kirk served the local church as a youth pastor for over 10 years. Since that time he has worked in the film and video production and the event production industry. He trained and worked for years on all kinds of film and video projects as a freelance lighting technician and he help found and manage a film lighting rental company in Orange County California. Kirk then transitioned into event production managing for companies such as The Disney Hotel and The Amarillo Civic Center. He is now the Director of Production Services at a mega church, Trinity Fellowship, in Amarillo, Texas.

Family / Interests

Married since 1994 to Rachelle, he has 5 children: one birth daughter, one step daughter, one adopted son, and one goddaughter. They live in Amarillo, Texas, and are very active in their local church. Following and supporting his children’s activities is the greatest joy of his life. With all four in college at one time or another now, that is about all he can do.


 Nancy Rinella

Nan Rinella Staff PicNan currently serves as Volunteer Coordinator of the C.S. Lewis Summer and Fall Conferences.

Education

Attended the University of Colorado, UCLA, and studied journalism at West Texas A&M. She was a National Journalism Center senior fellow with Human Events in Washington D.C. and is a graduate of Bible Study Fellowship and Christian Leaders, Authors & Speakers Services Seminar and Personality Training Workshop.

Background

Nan is a former flight attendant and inflight coordinator, winning a system wide award for the best domicile newsletter. She’s been a writer, speaker, and freelance journalist for the last 20 years, publishing over 200 articles in Amarillo, Texas, publications, and in Daily Devotions for Writers, Focus on the Family Magazine, and Consumer Research. Over the last 20 years Nan has served as program and publicity chair, and president with Panhandle Professional Writers and directed their annual writers’ conference, Frontiers in Writing. She has written a book on travel.

Family / Interests

She and Joe have been married 40 years. Their son Ryan is married but no grandchildren yet, but they do have a grand dog and five cats. Nan is an avid student of J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis and is currently writing a Narnia inspired novel. Nan considers herself a “Hobbit in Narnia.”


 Andrew Lazo

Andrew Lazo Staff PicAndrew currently serves as the C.S. Lewis 101 Track Coordinator and Bag End Cafe Coordinator for the C.S. Lewis Summer and Fall Conferences.

Education

Andrew completed his B.A. from the University of California, Davis, majoring in English and double-minoring in Latin and Medieval Studies. He went on to take a Post-Baccalaureate in Classics from U.C. Davis. The recipient of the Jacob K. Javits Fellowship in the Humanities, Andrew studied Modernist British Literature at Rice University, finishing ABD and taking his M.A. there.

Background

Andrew teaches. For the past half dozen years or more he’s done so both in high school and college classrooms in Houston, TX, and also in seminar rooms churches, and lecture halls around the country and even across the ocean. C.S. Lewis long ago opened doors into the wide rooms of reason and of imagination, and Andrew explores this introduction in his writing, teaching, and relationships. Good talk with great friends around well-laid tables delight him most. Such conversations led him to co-edit and publish Mere Christians in 2009 and inspire him in his current research on Till We Have Faces. You can find out more at andrewlazo.com.

Family / Interests

A lifelong interest in cooking continues to flourish in Andrew. He also has a deep and growing interest in sports ranging from cricket to rugby to NASCAR and curling, but most especially focusing on basketball. He loves to travel, having visited nearly every state and several foreign countries, and speaks Spanish fluently. And, seriously, don’t even get him *started* on music, art, or technology!


Nick Haddad

Nick Haddad - Foundation InternNick Haddad serves as Assistant to the Warden, C.S. Lewis Study Centre at The Kilns

Education

He received his B.A. in Mass Communications from Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee.

Background

Nick has always had a passion for the intersection of media and the Christian faith, and since graduating has pursued that venture through various organizations and companies.  Whether through freelance work in videography or working for the C.S. Lewis Foundation, he has attempted to work on bridging the gap between faith and pop culture, something he has now taken abroad to Oxford.

Family / Interests

Nick is certainly a media hoarder through and through.  Whether radio, print, TV, or film he loves it all, and calling him a film buff is an understatement.  He also enjoys reading, exploring the outdoors, hanging with friends, and an ice cold bottle of Coca Cola.


Brittney Stoneburg

brittneystaffpictureEDITBrittney Stoneburg works as a communications intern for the C.S. Lewis Foundation.

Education

She earned her Bachelor of Arts in English from California Baptist University.

Background

Brittney has always worked with words. While in college she was a staff writer and copy editor for two of CBU’s award-winning publications, and has also worked as a freelance editor. She decided to apply for an internship with the Foundation after having an opportunity to visit the Kilns while studying abroad at University of Oxford.

Family / Interests

When she isn’t occupied with a book and a cup of tea, Brittney enjoys traveling, swing dancing (particularly Lindy Hop), video games, and writing science fiction. She is a quintessential geek and can often be found watching episodes of Doctor Who and Star Trek.