School Board

The school board consists of up to nine (9) members, six of whom are members of Blackhawk Ministries Church. Board members serve three-year terms up to a maximum of six years in succession. The board chairman is a Blackhawk Ministries member and is appointed by the Blackhawk Ministries Elder Board. The school board meets monthly and is responsible for setting the policy of the school and for the performance of the lead administrator. School board members have authority as members only as they meet together as a board. Correspondence for the school board should be directed to the school board chairman or the head of schools.

To become a Board Member:
Blackhawk Christian School is very grateful for the time these individuals dedicate to pursuing godly wisdom while providing leadership for our school family.

 
Current School Board members include:

 

1Board Chairman Mike Visser is Managing Owner of Flat Land Dairy, in Antwerp, Ohio and joined the school board in August, 2016. Mike and his wife, Stephanie, have three children, Jared and JP, both graduates of BCS and Justin who is a senior. Mike has served on church and school boards in the past, as well as a member of Select Milk Producers and Dairy Producers of New Mexico boards. Mike and his family are members and serve at Blackhawk Ministries.

 

 

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Wes Akers is a Physician Assistant with Orthopedics Northeast and joined the school board in August, 2018.  Wes received his Bachelor of Science degree from Huntington College and Physician Assistant degree from St. Francis University . Wes is a member of Blackhawk Ministries and is co-leader of the Grafted Life-Group. He has also served in Neighborlink. Wes and his wife, Abby, are a host family for Safe Families. Wes and Abby have two children, Max and Samuel, both attend BCS.

 

 

1Steve Connelly is a former Physical Therapy Director at Indiana Physical Therapy, currently working part time. He joined the school board in August, 2015. Steve received his B.S. from Hillsdale College, and his M.S. in Physical Therapy from the University of Indianapolis.  He is an elder at Blackhawk Ministries and currently serving as the liaison between BCS and Blackhawk Ministries' elder board. He is the coach for BCS cross country and track teams. He is a member of Blackhawk Ministries and has served in a variety of areas including small group facilitator, Sunday school teacher, men’s mentoring, and on the current board of elders.  Steve and his wife Melinda have four children, Donovan, graduate of BCS, Gabriel, Brennan who is currently enrolled at BCS, and Samuel who is homeschooled.

 

1Tonya Faupel joined the school board in 2017. She works with her husband at Remedy LIVE and the Get Schooled Tour educating and ministering to teens in the areas of suicide prevention and mental health. Tonya is a graduate of Indiana University, with a degree in tourism management. She attends and is involved in serving at Fellowship Missionary with her husband Clinton. They have four children at BCS, Ella, seventh grade, June and Nora, fifth grade, and Duke, third grade.

 

Craig LeichtyCraig Leichty joined the board in August, 2020. He is the Controller at Do it Best Corp. Craig received his Bachelor of Science degree from Taylor University majoring in Accounting / Systems. In addition, he has earned his CPA designation. Craig and his family worship and serve at Emmanuel Community Church, where he has been involved in Upwards Basketball and currently serves as part of the offering counting team. He has also had the opportunity to participate in Leadership Fort Wayne. Craig previously served as a board member at the Power House Youth Center. Craig and his wife, Laura, believe in the positive impact and value of Christian education for students and families. They have one daughter, Leena, in eighth grade at BCS. 

 

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Janese Latimer-Pierson, is an Emergency Medicine Physician and joined the school board in August, 2018. Janese received her undergraduate degree and medical degree from the University of South Florida. Before moving to Fort Wayne she was active at Calvary Assembly, in Orlando, Florida, serving in the Women's ministry. Janese values children, as well as, the importance of an excellent Christian education. Janese is currently involved at Blackhawk Ministries and is married to Harold, who is the Assistant Basketball Coach at BCS. Janese has two children Halynn and Harold.

 

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Anthony Opliger is an alumnus and currently the Lead Pastor within Northeast Christian Church in Fort Wayne. He received undergraduate and Masters of Accountancy degrees from Manchester University and a Masters of Divinity from Columbia International University. Before serving within Northeast, he was a business professor and campus chaplain at Taylor University Fort Wayne for seven years. His wife, Hannah, is also an alumna and they have 4 children, Shalom, Sagesse, Moses, and Jubilee. Shalom is currently in fifth grade at BCS, Sagesse is in third grade, and Moses is in Kindergarten.

 

1Mike Scott, semi-retired physician formerly with Women’s Health Advantage, joined the school board in 2017. He received his BA from Wabash College, and MD from Indiana University School of Medicine. Mike values quality Christian education. He believes in encouraging students in their growth in Christ and their dedication to their studies while nurturing a spirit of humility. Mike has previously served on the BCS Board from 1996-2002 and currently volunteers tutoring intermediate students at BCS on a weekly basis. Mike and his wife, Pam, have been members at Blackhawk Ministries 32 years. Their three daughters, Alison, Lindsay, and Erin, are all BCS alumni. Mike and Pam currently have grandchildren attending BCS.

 

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Dave Sholl, joined the school board in August of 2018. He is a Justice Specialist at Elevatus Architecture and received his architecture degree from the University of Notre Dame. Dave is a member of Blackhawk Ministries and has served in a variety of areas including greeter, small group leader, elder, and in children’s ministry. Dave has a love for children, is married to Susan, and together they have four children, (two are BCS alumni) and nine grandchildren. Three grandchildren currently attend BCS.

 

Interested in Serving on Our BCS School Board?

As positions on our School Board become available, we want to consider all potential members of our BCS Family. If you would have interest in being considered for a future position or know someone that you would recommend, please contact Marilyn Knuth at the school office (493-7400 ext 5000) for specific information or click on the link above for an application.