Experts and Consultants
Experts in all areas of executive management in a Christian school are retained by the Center and readily available all year 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 VP of Learning Services and Director of Instructional Improvement at Christian Schools International; as principal, then Director of Curriculum and Instruction at Holland Christian Schools. 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. Dan served as President of the Midwest Christian Educators Association and as a board member of the Kuyers Institute at Calvin College.
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. He shared the responsibility for providing leadership to the overall advancement efforts of the school, including giving, communications, community and alumni relations, strategic plan implementation and a $70 million campus plan to support the vision and mission. His expertise and skills include 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 public and private companies such as Mitsubishi North America, NASDAQ, Wachovia Securities, along with a number of other high technology, service firms, as well as non-profits and religious organizations such as Redeemer Presbyterian Church, Gordon College, Campus Crusade, and The Salvation Army. In 2012, John relocated to California with his family to start a new full service real estate advisory firm, Cornerstone Real Estate Advisory Services, Inc.
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 has worked as a lobbyist in the Texas State Legislature, a certified mediator, and is a founding board member of the Council on Educational Standards and Accountability (CESA).
Dave Medema serves as a consultant in a comprehensive array of management and organizational development and training areas for businesses, the public sector, and nonprofit organizations. Dave launched his own consulting firm in 1999 after working for seven years as Senior Consultant with Direction Center, a nonprofit consulting group in Western Michigan. A graduate of Calvin College, David has a master's degree in social work from Arizona State University and attended New Brunswick Theological Seminary.