All board member nominees were vetted by the nomination committee. In addition to judging fitness for the needs of CSIndy, the following criteria must be met by each nominee:
- A believer in Jesus Christ and willing to submit themselves to our statement of faith.
- In good financial standing with CSIndy
- Above reproach in their family and business dealing outside of CSIndy
- Able to commit the time necessary to make CSIndy successful
Term: 2 years
My name is Brian Archer. My wife Amanda is a teacher and we have 3 boys in the program. We have been a part of the program since it expanded to the West campus. We have loved being a part of watching this community grow and take shape. We currently attend City Community Church where we serve as elders, participate with the worship team, and children’s ministry.
I have experience serving on a church staff before getting my MBA with a Concentration in Non-Profit Management. I currently work as a Project Manager for Sensory Technologies installing high end audio visual equipment for corporations all over the world. I am excited for the opportunity to serve this great community.
Term: 1 year
As a member of a Christian family, I accepted Christ as my savior at a young age. There were some pivotal moments of my childhood where I remember making a choice to make my faith my own, not reading my Bible or praying because my parents told me to, but because of my desire of know God better. God has also used our current church, Harvest Bible Chapel Indy West, to minister to me when my husband and I moved to Avon nearly 10 years ago. Through the sermons and relationships there I began to appreciate and understand in a new way the relationship that God desires to have with us as His children. Most recently, God has been working in my life through a small group study at our church and my work on the CSIndy Board this part year on how to trust the leading of the Holy Spirit both in how I live my life and interact with others.
I often term our family as “accidental homeschoolers.” I never intended to homeschool my children, but after my experience as a high school math/science teacher before having children, and then some circumstances after I had my own kids, our family found itself deciding to homeschool (what we thought would be temporarily) when my oldest started kindergarten. A few years (and children) later, I was overwhelmed with responsibilities as a mother, wife, and home educator and realized that our life needed to change. I had created a bullet point list of areas where I was not succeeding in homeschooling our kids and brought those to the Lord, knowing that if we couldn’t figure out a solution, our homeschooling days might be over. That was the year that this program made the decision to move to its current home near Avon. Not only that, but point by point, the program offered filled the needs that I had identified as lacking in our homeschool life. Our family is currently finishing its fourth year as members of this community. I also had the privilege of being the LG Science teacher during the 2016-2017 school year when we studied chemistry/physics, which allowed me to use my knowledge in that content area to serve our community. Our children are now in D7, UG5, LG2, and LGK, and we are all grateful for the partnership we have here in our homeschool journey. As a member of the Board, I believe I bring a unique perspective of both a mother of a variety of ages of children and a former teacher. It is my desire to humbly serve this community so that we may give glory to God for what He has done and will do for our families and our children as we seek to educate them according to His will.
Term: 2 years
My name is Laurie Carter and this is my family’s sixth year in this program. My husband Chris and I have three kids, R10, D7, and UG6. I grew up in a christian home, my dad is a pastor and my mom was the secretary at our christian school. I gave my life to the Lord at a young age and am profoundly grateful for His continued grace and refinement in my life. I attended Cedarville University where I met my husband and graduated with my Bachelors of Science in Nursing and a minor in Bible.
Our home school journey has been one of the most challenging and one of the most rewarding things God has called our family to do. One of the greatest gifts in this journey has been CSIndy and it’s commitment to Christ, excellence in classical education, and community. It has been my honor to serve this community on the Board of Directors for the last year. God has stretched me and taught me so much through this experience. My deepest desire is to continue to serve the community I love as we seek to glorify Him through the education of our children.
Term: 1 year
My name is Rick Diaz and I am honored to be considered for the CSIndy Board of Directors. I am currently the Board President for CSIndy and I have seen how much this community has grown in the last year. A little bit about myself, I am originally from Chile but was raised in Miami, Florida. After graduating High School, I joined the United Stated Marine Corp and served during Desert Storm.
After the Marine Corp, I felt Gods calling to attend Bible College in Oklahoma. This is where I met my wife Anna. Anna and I have been happily married for 23 years and we have 4 wonderful children. I serve as the CEO of a Health System called HealthNet. I run the Day to day operations for the largest health system of its kind in the state and I also oversee the largest Homeless Initiative Program bringing care and other services to our homeless community. Besides are 13 Clinics, we also deliver over 3000 babies in the Community and provide Pediatric, Behavioral Health, Dentistry and many other services. I travel to Washington DC and beyond to advocate for Healthcare and Homeless rights. Our family is extremely active in our home church and I help run the Men’s Ministry and the Music Ministry. I am also a Licensed Minister.
I would be honored to serve the CSIndy community again for another year because I believe in its vision.
Term: 2 years
I grew up, accepted Jesus and was baptized in the church that my parents still attend in the Chicago area. I attended a Christian college, studying to be a pastor. After marrying Rochelle, God changed our path and brought us to Indianapolis and our church home, Traders Point Christian Church. Our family started our homeschool journey when our current 8th grader was starting kindergarten. We applied to TMS and were waitlisted for two years. At that point, we were thrilled to be asked to join the journey that ultimately became the TMS West campus. Now both our children look forward to seeing their friends and teachers each Monday.
For the first two years of the second TMS campus, I served on the board of directors representing the unique needs of our campus. I am hoping to continue serving on the board of CSIndy because I firmly believe that God is moving in this community. I believe that my experience with the startup of our campus, along with other board experiences I’ve been blessed to have, should enable me to serve this new community so that we can see God pour out his blessings.
Term: 1 year
After exploring various religious faiths in my young adulthood, I committed my life to Christ during the summer of 1993 just before beginning medical school, and more importantly, immediately before meeting my classmate and future wife, Sharree. The child of two public school teachers, I am passionate about sharing the wonder of the awe-inspiring Universe the Lord has made. My wife and I share that excitement with our children (16, 14, and 11). Our family has been with CSCI (formerly the Master’s Study West) for three years. We deeply value not only the rigorous classical Christian curriculum and the loving spiritual encouragement they receive, but also the fact that students get the whole story: they not only study science, history, and the arts, they also learn about the very Author of these topics.
I bring several relevant experiences to the role of board member. First, I am one of two elected Delegates for my local church, the John Wesley Free Methodist Church, where I serve as an interface between the congregation and pastoral staff, pastor counsel, and conference representative. Second, as a physician and faculty at the IU School of Medicine, I serve as Director of a research center with over 80 faculty and staff, with ultimate executive responsibility and accountability for the organization’s success. In that capacity, I served on the board of directors for the Indiana Health Information Exchange from 2016-2017. Further, from 2010-2013, I was appointed by then-Governor Mitch Daniels to serve on the Board of Directors for the Indiana Health Information Technology Corporation, whose mission was to improve the quality, safety, and efficiency of patient care for Hoosiers by advancing information technology. I am eager to help contribute to CSCI as it begins its journey, and would be honored to offer my skills and experience to the CSIndy board of directors.
Term: 2 years
I am what a recent retreat speaker called a Day 1er. I grew up in a Bible believing, Church attending family and remember receiving Christ as my Savior when I was 4. What is exciting about that is that my Faith has withstood the test of time and I have continued to trust in Jesus through all the trials throughout my life. I have learned to keep my eyes on HIM even when life is stormy all around me.
My involvement with this program began when we enrolled our children, 15 (R9), 13 (UG7), 9 (LG3) and 7 (LG2), in the Masters Study program 5 years ago. Shortly after my wife, Tina, was hired as the D7/8 teacher and has been teaching for 4 years. This program is what has made our decision to homeschool possible. We love the partnership with qualified teachers that come along side us in the schooling of our children. We have a Christian partner in this journey so we don’t feel like we have to do all on our own.
I am interested in serving on the board because I want to see this organization succeed and believe that my unique experience can help with decision making related finances and budgeting as well as the IT infrastructure of the program. My experience with budgeting is personal as well as working with our church to create budget when I was the Deacon of Technology. I also served as the IT Director for a small startup and built out their IT infrastructure.
Term: 1 year
My name is Michael Preyss, husband of Stacey Preyss, and father of UG 5, LG 3, and LG 1. We have been grateful to be a part of this community for the past three years and my wife previously taught PE for two of those years. I am an active member of Harvest Bible Chapel Indy West. When I was 15 years old, I surrendered my life to Christ. At that time, I recognized I was a sinner, in need of a Savior. My growth in this understanding did not really start until 10 years later when I joined a Bible teaching church which helped me to grow in my walk with the Lord. I have been active in my pursuit of Christ for more than 15 years now and I continue to be amazed at His mercy and grace, which he bestows abundantly. I believe Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God, and He is my personal Lord and Savior.
I did not grow up in a homeschool environment, but have been impressed watching it take shape in our home. The support of this community has been, in my observation, a catalyst to our kids’ learning. As such, I would enjoy the opportunity to use the skills God has given me to continue to serve on the board for our community. I have a Master’s degree in management from Purdue University and a Master’s in Health Administration from Indiana University. The focus of my 15 year career in business has been to lead and grow teams, often times during seasons of change. Since 2014, I have served as Chief Financial Officer for Garmong Construction Services, a 95 year-old commercial construction and development company, where I lead our efforts in budgeting, forecasting, cost controls, corporate contracts, and benefits administration, among others.
Term: 2 years
Tony has spent most of his career working in the not-for-profit industry, specializing in the areas of accounting and finance. He previously worked at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis and currently serves as the chief financial officer for Lambda Chi Alpha entities.
Tony is married to Melinda Robinson, lower grammar recitation teacher at CSIndy, and father to Isabelle (grade 6), Madeline (grade 5), and Lillian (grade 1). He is involved at Epiphany Evangelical Lutheran Church LCMS (Westfield, Indiana) serving as an elder, previously as treasurer, and in music, playing piano, timpani, and bells. When he is not spending time with family, he may be found bicycling or woodworking.
Term: 2 years
My family first became involved 5 1/2 years ago when it became apparent that public schools were not serving our daughter well. At first a skeptic of the classical model, I have spent the last 4 years watching my children (UG7 and K) thrive in the program, and have become convinced of it’s effectiveness. The community that is offered by the program is critical to the success of my children not only in their education, but also in making the learning experience enjoyable and fun. For the past 3 years, my wife Kim has taught Latin, and has found great joy in educating not only my daughter, but also the children of close friends, many of whom we met through the program. To say that it has become integral to our homeschooling strategy is a vast understatement. I served on planning committee in 2018, working on transitioning our program to an independent organization, and have been a CSIndy board member for the past year.
I became a Christian right before my Senior year of High School. Not having grown up in a practicing home, it took many years for the Holy Spirit to soften my heart, but as is all things with Him, once he marked me as his, there was no resistance I could offer. Over the last 23 years, he has seen me through the highs of new faith and spiritual success, and the much richer and intimate lows of grief, pain, and disappointment. He has been, and continues to be, my foundation.
Term: 1 year
Hi, there! My name is Jenny Wingler, and this is our family’s second year at CS Indy, as well as our second year of homeschooling. We are so grateful for this like-minded community and look forward to many more years here. I am blessed to be married Wade, who is the strong leader and encourager of our family, and our children will be in LG2 and LG1 during the 2019-2020 school year. I am also the step-mom of Katie, who is now 22. I had never planned to be a stay-at-home mom or to homeschool, but of course God had other plans for me. Little did I know that He was placing me in this career as a homemaker, mother, and homeschooler to refine me, to stretch me in ways I could never imagine, and to ultimately show me what it feels like to have His peace when I’m serving exactly where He wants me. As a member of the board this past year, I have had the honor of witnessing the way in which many caring, thoughtful, intentional, and intelligent people have shephered our school. Personally, and especially because I am not necessarily the most business-minded board member, I have loved being able to help plan events and to be involved directly with other parents at the school.
I love Jesus with my whole heart, and I often stand in awe of how the Lord has worked so many things for my good and for the good of our family since I gave my heart to Him in my twenties. While my faith will never be perfect this side of Heaven, I am learning daily to trust fully in Him and His plans; They are nothing short of the best. We are members of Connection Pointe Christian Church, where we are involved in the small group ministry, are very active in the Great Banquet and Awakening community, serve monthly at Clarence Farrington Elementary School, and also have separate volunteer commitments within the church. I am a “Coach” in the preschool area, leading the adult small group leaders as they lead their classrooms full of children. My role is all about making sure the leaders are equipped, known, and celebrated! While [my son] was in preschool at a parent-run cooperative school, I served on the board as Marketing Chair for two years and as Co-President for one year. I am happily looking forward to serving CS Indy as a board member for the 2019-2020 school year.
Submissions have been edited slightly to keep the names of children private