Meet Our Church Council for 2018

Linda Larkey, Council President

I was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  After we were married, my husband Jim and I moved to Michigan, where we raised our 3 children.  Jim was an engineer, and I eventually had a career in mental health. We always enjoyed spending time outdoors.  So in later years, when we began exploring Colorado, we were captivated by its majestic mountains and healthy lifestyle. After retirement, we moved here, joining 2 of our children who had already made Colorado their home.

Nowadays I continue to hike when I can, and have discovered other interests as well.  I am a Spellbinders oral storyteller, and regularly tell stories to local schoolchildren.  I also enjoy a good game of Scrabble, although I am laughably shortsighted when playing cards!  I am also pleased to call the warm and friendly Shepherd of the Hills my Church home.

Nick Marino, Council Vice-President

Nick was born and raised in Loveland, graduated from Mountain View High School in 2003, and the University of Northern Colorado in 2007.
He met his wife Kristen (also a UNC graduate) and they were married in May, 2012 at Brookside Gardens in Berthoud. Nick and Kristen have two beautiful girls (Ella,4, and Eva,1), two Boxer dogs (Moose and Duke), and a cat (Macy).
His jobs in Convenience Retail have taken them on several journeys across the country (North Carolina 2011-2014 and Arkansas 2014-2015), but they have been back in Colorado since the summer of 2015. The Marino’s have always and will continue to call Northern Colorado home, with both Nick and Kristen’s parents being local, as well as siblings on both sides being grounded in Colorado.
Nick and Kristen have been members of SOTH since moving home in 2015, and Kristen’s family have been longtime members of the church (Jerry and Marilyn Allen). The couple felt an immediate connection to the church and staff, it’s congregational members, and the passionate message of the congregation: Building Disciples Together. Both Ella and Eva were baptized at SOTH by Pastor Dana.
Nick enjoys spending time with his family, sports (especially golf and running), cooking and finding the best Neapolitan pizza places wherever they visit.

John Bockhaus, Financial Secretary

My wife Lynn and I both grew up in Illinois and met at the University of Illinois. I moved to Fort Collins in 1992 to work for Hewlett-Packard, and Lynn moved out in early 1993 after we were married. We’ve been members of SOTH since 1993. We have two sons: Mark and Eric. They are both in college: CSU and CU-Boulder, respectively. I design computer chips for work, and I am still employed by the same group that I started with in 1992, although with a company split, my company is now called Hewlett Packard Enterprise. I enjoy being in the outdoors: biking on the trails in Fort Collins, hiking in the mountains, and skiing (blue runs, not black). I also enjoy traveling and playing strategy board games.

Kristi Johnson-Smith, Secretary


Margaret Blaho, Treasurer

I grew up in a very rural area near Mt. Gilead, Ohio and attended St John’s Lutheran Church in North Woodbury.  My husband Bruce and I met and were married while we were both students at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.  We moved to Fort Collins right after college in 1985 so Bruce could start his career with Hewlett Packard.  We have three children:  Kelsey who lives in Denver and identical twins Alex and Austin who are both students at Colorado State.  We also have a brown Pomeranian named Kodiak.  I enjoy walking, crocheting, knitting, Sudoku puzzles, jigsaw puzzles, and spending as much time as possible with my husband and our amazing kids.


Randy Beard, Buildings & Grounds

My name is Randy Beard and I’ve had extensive experience in the Golf Course management field with an education from CSU in Landscape Horticulture. I am a hands on builder re-modeler with all phases of construction. I enjoy CSU Football, Eagles Hockey and bow hunting in the fall with friends. My family is my pride and joy, I enjoy being a part of SOTH church community and enjoy seeing our children grow with and become part of the church congregation.

Judy Asherin, Congregational Care Team

I grew up in a small town in southern Wisconsin.  Church (alas, not Lutheran) was a big part of my childhood and I started singing in the church choir in 7th grade.  We moved to Fort Collins in 1977 ( a career move for my husband, Duane) and joined SOTH a couple of years later.  I retired from nursing at Poudre Valley Hospital in 2012.  I enjoy spending time with our four children and four grandchildren.  I also enjoy travel, reading, hiking, cross-country skiing and all time spent in the beautiful Colorado Mountains.


Jane Homann, Faith Formation

Jane’s bio

Janice Hill, Generosity Team (Stewardship)

I grew up, out in the country, in the small town of Rolla, Missouri.  Loving my parents, but so ready to leave home, I headed for University of Texas at Austin and got a degree in geology and geophysics.  I worked in Denver for Conoco 9 months then on to graduate geophysics school at Stanford where I tripped over my future husband, John, who was sprawled out on the sidewalk. After graduation, we both got jobs in the oil industry in Denver, CO and were married in 1983. My employment didn’t survive the Oil Crash of 1986. Luckily, it was a good time to start a family and Caitlin was born in 1987 and Russell in 1989.  I was blessed to work as a “professional volunteer” in my churches and communities over the years and raise the kids.  John’s job with Amoco and later BP took us from Denver, to Tulsa, to Houston, to Cairo, Egypt to Anchorage where I finally went back to work as the admin assistant at my church.  People often ask me, “Which was your favorite place to live?”  I always say, “Wherever we are!” When it was time for John to retire, we chose Fort Collins and it feels like we have returned home. We spend time hiking, birding and fishing and exploring the western states.  SOTH is very welcoming and I’ve enjoyed getting involved with choir, Greek, Living Word, adult Sunday school, and LAMming. 

Learn more about our Generosity team


Debbie Sunken, Worship & Music Team

I grew up in Southeast Denver and attended Cross of Glory Lutheran church and was active in Youth Choir, Handbells, Vacation Bible School, and a variety of plays and skits. College took me to Southern California where I received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theater. I met and married my husband Richard in a lovely ceremony officiated by my childhood pastor. After working for 10 years in a corporate setting, I returned to college, relocated with my husband to Colorado and ultimately earned a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from CSU.  These days I have my own mobile veterinary practice serving the mountain and rural communities of Larimer County. I have been a member of Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church for 11 years and enjoy being part of the Handbell Choir and serving as one of the Lay Assisting Ministers.

 Learn more about Worship & Music

Deanne Rider, Communications


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