Administrative sTAFF

Prior to  coming to ILS, Dr. Buster served as the Director of Professional Development at a nearby school district.  Also, previously, Dr. Buster served on Immanuel's Board of Directors, for two terms with the second term as President. She has historically supported ILS with WASC by serving in an advisory capacity since 2014.  She  is a lifelong Christian worshipping in Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod churches.  Dr. Buster graduated from Christ College, Irvine (now Concordia University, Irvine) .  She served  seven years teaching in two Lutheran Elementary Schools.  She earned a master’s degree from Cal State LA and doctoral degree from the University of La Verne. She holds both a  Multiple Subject and a Special Education teaching credential. She lives in Riverside with her husband of 40 years. Her two daughters, son-in-law and  two grandchildren live less than 4 miles from her, as well.  Sharing the Gospel and  love for Jesus in all settings throughout her life have been a blessing.

Dr. Sue Buster


Trona Salgado

Preschool Director

Trona Salgado has been working at Immanuel Lutheran Preschool since 2013.  She started as the Awesome Owl Pre-K teacher and assistant director until she became the Preschool Director in 2016  and is an active church member.  She obtained her Bachelors in Education with an emphasis on Early Childhood  from Cal Baptist University.  Mrs. Salgado and her husband have two children ages 2 and 7 who also attend ILS in both the preschool and elementary school.

Ali farnan

Administrative Assistant

Ali has served in various roles at Immanuel over the years, including preschool teacher, church secretary, and currently, Administrative Assistant.  She graduated from Cal State Fullerton in 2011 with degrees in Liberal Studies and Child & Adolescent Development and, later, Santa Ana College with a degree in Speech Language Pathology Assisting.  She has worked with children in educational and private practice settings and has a passion for helping others. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, hiking, and being an auntie to her six nieces and nephews.