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


Jamila Leggett and Rachelle Stephenson

Preschool Director

CHANGES IN OUR PRESCHOOL: The preschool year ended on May 31st, and our director,  Valerie Thompson, notified us that she was resigning to pursue other opportunities. We thank Valerie for her work at Immanuel. Our summer session begins on Monday, June 5, and we have appointed interim co-directors to lead us. Jamila Leggett, our Office Manager, and Rachelle
Stephenson, our former assistant director, have taken over leadership of the preschool as interim directors for the summer. Jamila will continue to serve as our office manager in a limited role until a permanent director is found. Both Jamila and Rachelle have exhibited excellent leadership in their calling at Immanuel, and we are very encouraged that they will be leading us during this
time. We have an amazing preschool staff, and both our summer and fall registration is nearly full. We have much to be thankful for, and trust that our Lord will bring us a capable leader according to His will. Please keep our preschool ministry in your prayers.

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.