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.
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.
Through previous leadership positions with the United Way of Kent County, Calvin College and Seminary, and his own firm, Don has gained expertise in capital campaigns and pre-campaign studies, annual fund raising, planned giving, schools' enrollment growth plans, board training, development/organizational audits, strategic planning, major donor strategies, and church campaigns. A graduate of Calvin College, Don is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE), a designation of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
Rob Elliott is a partner in Pondera Advisors, a leadership consulting practice based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Rob's executive experience in sales and marketing, human resources, and finance in diverse business environments affords his clients access to a wealth of knowledge. A graduate of Michigan State University, Rob earned his master's degree in school business management from the University of Wisconsin at Whitewater. Rob is certified to administer the Myers Briggs Type Indicator, and developed with his partners a Web-based psychological assessment.
Courtney Lampen is the Admissions Director for Holland Christian Schools, and manages admissions, marketing, and communications. She develops the schoolís marketing and advertising; coordinates admissions; and creates and implements new, innovative marketing events. Courtney participates on the Administrative Team and the Marketing Task Force for the Board of Trustees. She received her MBA from the University of Colorado and a BA with Honors in Business Administration from Calvin College. Prior to her current role, Courtney was a Business Manager for the original Marshall Fieldís store in Chicago and Education Director for Junior Achievement in Grand Rapids.
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.
Peter Meerveld served the Government of Ontario focusing on natural resources management and environment protection. After becoming the Contentious Issues Advisor, he held Director positions managing administrative, policy, human resources and legislative portfolios. Peter was responsible for negotiating public policies, special interest issues and employer-employee contract and relationship issues. He currently owns The Strategem Consulting Group assisting organizations, businesses, Christian schools and churches in strategic and operational planning, organizational governance and design, HR management, mediation and leadership assessments. He also serves as employment consultant for EDIFIDE (Christian Educatorís Association) in Ontario.