Board of Trustees

Board of Trustees

The Christ School is governed by a Board of Trustees. The Board’s focus is on long-term viability and offers the expertise and vision necessary to keep the school’s mission alive and healthy for generations of TCS students and families to come.

Richard Hale, J.D., Chairman: Bachelor of Arts, Davidson College; J.D., Stetson University College of Law. Attorney, Hale, Hale and Jacobson; married to Maria; father of two TCS students.

Scott Lee, Vice Chairman: MBA Crummer Graduate School of Business; Vice President of Business and Philanthropic Development, Elevation Financial Group, LLC; President, ! e Elevation Foundation; Board of Directors, Polis Institute 2016-18; member FPCO; married to Amy.

Dale van Gelder, Treasurer: MBA, Rollins College; Bachelor’s degree in Marketing, Moravian College; Chief Operating Officer of First Presbyterian Church of Orlando; married to Richard; mother of one TCS student and one TCS alumnus.

Jennifer Deese, Secretary: Bachelor of Arts in Advertising & Public Relations, University of Central Florida; Owner marketing project management company; married to Jason; mother of two TCS students.

Jessi Blakely: Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations, Auburn University; Vice President of Strategic Communications, Tavistock Group, Tavistock Development Company; current Board Member of Greater Orlando Sports Commission and East Orlando Chamber of Commerce, past President PRSA Orlando; married to Joey, Senior Vice President, Foundry Commercial, Religious, Educational & Not-for-Profit Group; mother of two TCS students.

Tim Blakely: Graduate of the University of South Florida with a BA (2002) and MA (2004) in economics; holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation, as well as several FINRA securities licenses; has worked in the banking industry, holding several roles in corporate banking, first for SunTrust and currently with Regions Bank; married to Nickie; father of three boys, two current TCS students and one future lion; covenant partner of First Presbyterian Church of Orlando, where Tim serves as a Deacon and member of the personnel committee.

Susan Chisari: Master’s in Educational Leadership and Administration, University of Central Florida; Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and Economics, Winthrop College; retired from Orange County Public Schools after 35 years as a teacher, curriculum specialist, assistant principal and Principal (Pinar Elementary School); served as Interim Principal and Interim Lower School Director at TCS; member FPCO since 1986.

Tom Cotton: Bachelor of Science, Risk Management, Florida State University; President, Hugh Cotton Insurance; numerous professional affiliations; active in community service including St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, Orlando Jaycees, Boone High School, Seminole Chamber of Commerce, Orange County and Trinity Lutheran Church; married to Kathy; father of three TCS alumni.

Stacey Dilley, CPA: Bachelor of Arts in Accounting, University of Georgia; Accounting Consultant; Stephen Minister, FPCO; married to Jeff: mother of two TCS alumni.

David Emsley: MBA, Rollins College; Bachelor of Science, Electrical Engineering, Northeastern University; Senior Program Manager, Cole Engineering Services, Inc.; Member of FPCO, Sons of the American Revolution, Society of Mayflower Descendants, Central Florida Navy League, Association of the United States Army, and the National Defense Industrial Association; married to Beth, father of two TCS alumni.

Dr. Aaron Farrant, Head of School (Ex-Officio): Bachelor of Science in Psychology, focused on children and adolescent development. Master’s degrees in Religion and Religious Education. Aaron also holds a Specialist degree in Educational Leadership and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership; married to Jennie and father of two TCS students.

Tanner Fox: MDIV, Reformed / Theological Seminary; BA, Samford University; Associate, Pastor, First Presbyterian Church of Orlando; married to Ashley.

Dana Loncar: Bachelor of Science in Political Science, Florida State University; Consultant with Consensus Communications; over 20 years experience in public affairs, government relations, and political campaigns in Central Florida; serves on Businessforce Board; graduate of Leadership Orlando and former Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Coalition of the Homeless (2010-2011); served as Co-chair of TCS’ 20th Anniversary Celebration; married to Steve, mother of two, one TCS alumna.

Mark Marshall: MBA Finance, Rollins College; BS Education, Florida State University; Certified Financial Planner; member College for Financial Planning, Certified Life Underwriter, volunteer TCS middle school volleyball coach; member FPCO; married to Terri, father of TCS alumna.

Logan Opsahl: Bachelor of Science in Economics and Political Science, Florida State University; Juris Doctorate, Certificate in Land Use and Environmental Law, University of Florida Levin College of Law; Eminent Domain Attorney; graduate of Leadership Orlando; Member of First Presbyterian Church of Orlando; TCS alumnus.

The Christ School, Inc. is an independent, 501 (c) (3) organization, a tax-exempt, not for profit educational institution. All donations to the school are permitted as a tax deduction on your federal income tax.

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