Experts and Consultants
Experts in all areas of executive management in a Christian school are available to advise and collaborate on the myriad of management issues faced by the Fellows.
Dan Beerens is an educational consultant, author, and international speaker. Prior to starting DB Consulting in 2010, he served as Director of Instructional Improvement at Christian Schools International. Dan served as teacher and principal in urban and suburban public and Christian schools in WI and IL. After graduating from Western Michigan University, Dan received his masterís degree in educational leadership from National-Louis University.
Zach Clark is the founder of Development & Leadership Coaching, a non-traditional service approach helping leaders grow their ministry and build a culture of generosity. From 2006 through 2013, Zach served as Director of Advancement at Westminster Christian Academy in St. Louis. His expertise includes fundraising and development, and he has a broad and deep perspective on the strategies and tactics required to be constantly improving organizations.
John Cissel has worked for over twenty-five years in various real estate functions, including management, construction, advisory, facility planning and management, brokerage and development. He has represented over 100 different companies such as Mitsubishi North America, NASDAQ and Wachovia Securities. He also works with non-profits and religious organizations such as Redeemer Presbyterian Church, Gordon College, and The Salvation Army. Currently John is President of Real Estate at Visioneering Studios.
Chuck Evans is Senior Partner at BetterSchools LLC. A former head of schools in Virginia and Texas, Chuck has been serving independent schools as a teacher, leader, and consultant for twenty-five years. As a consultant, he has worked with dozens of schools since 2006, leading strategic and financial planning processes and major program expansion projects. He is a founding board member of the Council on Educational Standards and Accountability (CESA).
Jim McKenzie is a Van Lunen Fellow alumnus, and currently serves as Principal at The Rock School in Gainesville, Florida. Jim holds an MEd from the University of Florida, and has taught at the elementary, middle, and high school levels in both public and private school settings. He is also a motivational speaker and consultant and is a frequent workshop presenter at numerous schools and conferences. He has published work in The Elementary School Journal and Teachers of Vision. He was a finalist for SECME's National Teacher of the Year Award for his work in developing a science program aimed at reaching minority students.