Association & Board of Trustees
Board of Trustees Nomination Form
Board of Trustees
Board of Trustees
The Christian Academy operates as an independent school. Functioning as an independent private school means we are not affiliated with, nor receive financial support, from a particular denomination or church body. The TCA Board of Trustees, the school’s governing body, is responsible for the mission, vision, and strategic goals of the school and for the hiring, encouraging, supporting, and evaluating the Head of School, its only employee. The Board is comprised of TCA supporters with a variety of affiliations, including current and past parents, alumni/ae, members of the TCA community, and the head of school. Trustees volunteer their time for Board activities, including attendance at Board meetings and participation on committees.
Daniel Curbison, Associate Director Vaccine Product Development and Commercialization, Merck & Co.
With two children at TCA in kindergarten and himself being a graduate of Cedar Grove Christian Academy and Liberty University, Dan is a strong believer in Christian education: “A Christian education can have an eternal impact on the life of a child and that is why I am committed to having my children grow up with a Christian education.” After graduating from Liberty, Dan returned to Cedar Grove, where he served as a basketball coach for five years. His perspective as a board member would be informed by his extensive business experience in very responsible positions, along with his service as a deacon and member of the Finance Team at his church, Believers’ Bible Fellowship in Elkin’s Park. Dan appreciates the authentic Christ-like love of TCA, the small class sizes, the academic strength, and the school’s diversity and inclusion. He is particularly interested in helping to increase enrollment.
LaWanda Swan, Instructional Paraprofessional, Appoquinimink School District
LaWanda graduated from TCA, where she was named the female senior with “The Most Class Spirit.” Through the years, she has served in various ministry capacities, including praise and worship leader, evangelism/outreach coordinator, and even radio show host. For her church, Holy Hill Worship Center in Middletown, DE, she currently serves as an Elder on the Presbytery Board and previously served on the church board, which has given her valuable experience dealing with strategic planning, finances, and difficult decisions. She also served as Director at Elwyn, Inc., where she developed, managed, and provided oversight for programs and budgets. She really appreciates TCA’s strong foundation on biblical truth, the school’s family feeling, strong academics, focus on character, and commitment to diversity. For LaWanda, “The achievement of true excellence in education is through Christ, as the Spirit of
Christ is wisdom, knowledge, and understanding.” An educator herself, she has a particular interest in special education services, finances, fundraising, providing scholarships and networking, but her main passion is TCA. LaWanda states, “I love TCA and its mission to provide a classical education with Christian values.”
Randy Warren, CEO, Warren Financial
A 1981 graduate from TCA, Randy believes in Christian education – “You can’t beat the rock solid foundation that TCA helped build in me.” He also has unique insight into TCA board service since his wife, Vicki, served on the TCA board from 1998 to 2004. Randy has his own personal experience with board service in education, currently serving on the President’s Advisory Board for West Chester University, and also on their Foundation Board. With Christian ministry background as an elder, deacon, and finance committee member, Randy currently attends Experience Christian Church in Exton. As CEO of his own wealth management firm, Randy brings exceptionally strong skills in the area of financial planning and management. He has a deep appreciation for TCA’s mission and its focus on academics, and he is eager to help the school achieve high standards: “As with everything else on which we place the label ‘Christian,’ it should never be second rate, but should strive for excellence.”
Mark Lyons, Airline Pilot, Jet Blue
I trusted Jesus Christ at an early age. I was raised in a loving Christian home where my father was a Baptist pastor for over 60 years. During a 20 plus year career in the Air Force/Air National Guard, I was blessed to visit and live in many countries around the globe. I have worship and served God from Tokyo Japan to Mombasa Kenya. God has richly blessed me with my loving wife Sarita for 19 years and four amazing children Malachi, Sophia, Olivia, and Gabriella that have all attended TCA since kindergarten. We are members of Epiphany Fellowship Church where I am an elder candidate and the leader of the men’s ministry, I truly believe God’s hand has been on my life and He has loved me and been faithful to me.
Since our first interview at TCA over 10 years ago, I have admired and been inspired by the individuals in the TCA family. It has been an honor to labor with such an outstanding group of teachers, assistants, administrators, and fellow parents. As a member of the board, I believe it is imperative to bring the perspective of a parent that is fully invested in the mission and vision of TCA. I am grateful to God that an educational institution exists that boldly proclaims the Lordship of Christ and seeks to serve Him first. I believe I can be of service to TCA as a faithful believer in Gospel, as one committed to fervently pray, and serve the TCA family by helping to fulfill its mission and vision.
Terry Montgomery, Professional Board Member
Tom Wisneski, Vice President of Research and Assessment for Williamson College of the Trades
I am a husband, father, grandfather, education administrator, TCA and UVA grad, Phillies fan, but more than anything, I am, by grace, a child of God, for that is who I will be forever. My wife Joyce and I have four children, three of whom graduated from The Christian Academy.
I am a member of Faith Reformed Baptist Church, which I first started attending in 1978 (while I was a sophomore at TCA). I teach Sunday School and lead Small Group and Men’s Meetings. I also serve as a mentor/teacher for The Urban Ministry Institute (TUMI) in Chester, PA. I attended TCA from 1973-1980 (5th grade to graduation) and I served on the TCA Board for nine years from 2006-2015 (six of those years I served as president).
Christine Specht, Christian Counselor
By the grace and mercy of God, I am His and He is mine. In response to Christ’s matchless Love poured out on me, my response and passion are to be His faithful disciple in all the activities of my life. I am the wife of Reverend Mark Specht, who serves as the Chaplain at the Williamson College of the Trades and is also the Pastor at Grace Reformed Episcopal Church. I am also blessed to be the mother of two amazing children, one that graduated from TCA and one that will graduate 2021. I believe that it is important to equip children with a Biblical worldview in a loving and caring educational community.
I was educated and trained as a Clinical Nurse Specialist. I received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh in Nursing, a master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania in Child/Family Nursing, and a Post-Graduate Certificate in family therapy from the Family Institute of Philadelphia. I have worked in various capacities, including psychiatric nursing, nursing management, and teaching at the University of Pennsylvania and Holy Family College. For the past 17 years, I have been self-employed as a Christian counselor. Besides the counseling ministry, I regularly teach women’s Bible study at our church and I serve on the Board of Seaside Home, a Christian summer ministry in Cape May, NJ.
I am honored to use my administrative, analytic, and communication gifts for His glory to advance the mission at TCA as I serve on the board of directors.
Robert Garrish, Information Technology Consultant PENTEC Computer Services
My parents, Richard and Eleanor Garrish enrolled me as a third-grader in September 1972 at Darby Christian School, which was a satellite elementary school belonging to The Christian Academy. I continued to attend TCA until being graduated on June 4, 1982. After TCA, I attended Lancaster Bible College, Biblical Seminary, and Westminster Seminary. Cheryl and I were married in November 1995, and God blessed us with two children, Richard and Hannah, whom we enrolled at TCA. The four of us attend Restoration PCA which is located in Boothwyn.
In July 2004, I began serving as a member of the Board of Trustees. I am thankful that God has prospered TCA over the years so that my children and numerous other children have been able to attend. I pray that God continues to protect and provide for TCA in the years to come.
I understand Christian Education as the discipline of learning about any and all subjects using the Truth of Scripture appropriately in each subject. God has communicated the significance of education by instructing His people to remind themselves, their children, and future generations of who God is and what He has done (Deuteronomy 6 and 11, and Psalm 78). God has also communicated that all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are found in Jesus and that these treasures are accessible to His students (Colossians 2).
The field of Information Technology has been my livelihood since 1994. Since 2003, my current position is serving as an Information Technology Consultant at PENTEC Computer Services, LLC.
Karen Walton, Stay-at-Home Mom
I was born into a Christian family and trained from the earliest age in the things of the Lord. I attended Northumberland Christian School for thirteen years, receiving rigorous academic teaching and comprehensive Biblical training. Worship held a central place in the life of the school, and I was reminded again and again that the only way to rightly understand the world is to understand it with God as the creator, sustainer, and Lord over everything.
After high school, I attended the Reading Hospital School of Nursing to become a registered nurse. I married David Walton (a 1993 TCA Alumnus) and worked for just over one year on a Surgical Cardiac Unit until I gave birth to our first child.
For the last 20 years, I have been a wife, a homemaker, and a mother to eight children. Recognizing the value of Christian education in shaping our own understanding of God and the world, my husband and I have made Christian education a priority for our family. We have been TCA parents for over 14 years with our two oldest having graduated from the school in 2019 and 2020. I am currently serving my 7th year on the TCA Board of Trustees.
I am deeply grateful for the partnership that our family has had with TCA as we seek to follow the scriptural mandate for education found in Deuteronomy 6:6-7 “And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down and when you rise.”