The Adventist network of schools is the largest Protestant educational system in the world and includes preschool, elementary, and secondary schools, along with college- and university-level education. Our schools boast high achievement scores and an array of extracurricular advantages, including a focus on service, leadership, and community engagement. We employ committed, credentialed, and award-winning teachers with a passionate desire to serve Jesus through helping each student find his or her God-given potential. Our colleges and universities produce an array of highly skilled professionals, equipped with critical-thinking skills, a firm sense of vocation and purpose, and a desire to serve their communities.
Berit von Pohle, Director of Education
Berit von Pohle has served as director of education at the Pacific Union Conference since June, 2011. She previously worked as a teacher and academy principal in the Southeastern California Conference, an academy principal in the Oregon Conference, and superintendent in Northern California Conference. She has a B.S. from Loma Linda University—La Sierra in Business Education, an M.A. in Counseling and Guidance from Loma Linda University—Riverside, an Ed.S. in Educational Administration from La Sierra University, and an Ed.D. in Educational Administration from La Sierra University. Von Pohle is a native of Denmark and is married to Chico. They have one daughter, who is a teacher in the Southeastern California Conference, a son-in-law, and two granddaughters.
Teryl Loeffler, Associate Director Secondary Education
Teryl Loeffler has served as associate director of education at the Pacific Union Conference since 2012. He previously worked as superintendent of education for the Hawaii Conference. He has a master’s degree from the United States International University. Loeffler is a native of California and is married to Olivia. They have four children—two boys and two girls—and four grandchildren.
Martha Havens, Associate Director Elementary Education
Martha Havens has been associate director of elementary education at the Pacific Union Conference since 2006. She previously spent eleven years as associate superintendent in the Southeastern California Conference Office of Education. Havens earned a Master of Arts degree in Elementary Education and a Bachelor of Arts in French, both from Loma Linda University. Besides English and French, Havens in fluent in her first language, Spanish. She has taught in the Alvord Unified School District and at La Sierra Elementary School, both in Riverside, California, and served as a school principal in the Potomac and Southeastern California Conferences. Havens is married to Doug Havens, Director of EXSEED at Loma Linda University.
Julie Yamada, Associate Director Early Childhood Education
Julie Yamada has served as the early childhood associate director at the Pacific Union Conference since 2014. She previously worked as the director of the Pacific Union College Discoveryland Children’s Center in St. Helena, California. She has a master’s degree from Walden University in Early Childhood Studies with an emphasis in teaching adults in the early childhood field and bachelor’s degrees in Early Childhood Education and Spanish from Pacific Union College. Yamada is a native of Lemoore, California, and is married to Gregory Yamada. They have two sons, Calvin 14 and Logan 10.