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Courtney Sanford

Chairperson

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Courtney Sanford attended both the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and North Carolina State University in order to have a liberal arts foundation and graphic design degree. She worked as a writer and graphic designer for the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center in Charlotte, North Carolina, taught art at the Bemus School of Art in Colorado Springs, and led bicycle tours for Backroads, an active travel company in Berkeley, California.

Courtney became a freelance writer and designer while she homeschooled her three children. During this time, Courtney wrote and directed vacation Bible school plays and curriculum, collaborated on classical Christian education books such as The Essentials of the English Language, the PreScripts Cursive Writing and Drawing Series, and a classical art history curriculum for Classical Conversations, Inc. Courtney has traveled internationally to speak to and train fellow home educators in classical, Christian homeschooling. She also founded Christian Youth Expeditions, LLC, and has led outdoor adventure trips for teens.

Courtney is currently enjoying teaching art history and British literature for Classical Conversations. When she’s not teaching or writing, she can be found designing sets for a local Christian youth theatre, hiking, drinking coffee, or planning her next international travel adventure.

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Bill Miller

Secretary

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Bill Miller serves as vice president of content development for Polymath Innovations, a full-service creative agency start-up. In recent years, he served as lead faculty for the San Diego Christian College Rivendell 5 Pursuits Program.

From 2006 to 2014, he was a member of the humanities faculty of Anglo-American University in Prague, Czech Republic, where he taught government, political theory, and leadership courses. While in Prague, Bill also taught courses on leadership and organizational dynamics for the Stern School of Business with the New York University study abroad program in Prague.

From 1998 to 2006, he served as a leadership fellow at the Howard G. Hendricks Center for Christian Leadership in Dallas, Texas. Bill also previously led campus ministries at the University of Arizona and Stanford University.

Bill has a civil engineering degree from Brown University, where he also played NCAA football. He completed his M.A. in Politics and Ph.D. at the University of Dallas’ Institute for Philosophical Studies (politics, literature, theology, and philosophy).

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John Chapin

Treasurer

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John Chapin graduated 1965 from Willmar High School in Willmar, Minnesota and graduated from Dunwoody University in Minneapolis. He returned to Willmar to work in a family business started by his grandfather in 1920 and served on many community boards.

In 1985 he was elected president of the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). In 1990, John served as the national president of ABC. For two years, he also served as head of the National Construction Education Foundation.

John also served two years on Christian Grandparenting Network. After retirement from Willmar Electric Services, he served as the head administrator of Community Christian School in Willmar, Minnesota.

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Lee Byberg

Board Member

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Vidar (Lee) Byberg was born in Chicago, but raised in South America as well as his parents’ native Norway. Lee moved to Minnesota in 1982 after graduating from high school in Norway and attended the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management, where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (1987) and Master of Business Administration (1990).

Lee has a variety of experience managing and leading companies, including serving as the senior economic internal consultant for Phillips Petroleum Company, vice president of operations of Life-Science Innovations, general manager of Willmar Poultry Company, president of Epitopix (R&D of vaccines for food safety in field of livestock), and CEO of Syntiron (a human R&D company focused on the development of a vaccine against Staphylococcus and other community-acquired infections).

Lee has served as CEO of Rivendell Education Company, LLC, since 2014, a company based in Minnesota focused on developing curriculum and critical thinking software for customers in the field of higher education. He is the co-founder of CreatEd Institute, currently serves as president, and is a faculty member.

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Kevin Jenson

Board Member

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Kevin's background in educational development stems from his research and study at over 10 different universities on four different continents where he earned an M.Ed. in Education and Human Resources and a B.A. in Marketing, Finance, Global Economics & International Business. University affiliations include Macquarie University, Colorado State University, New College, Cedarville University, Dongbei University of Finance and Economics, Dublin Business School, and others.

A certificate of Christian Ministry and practice with leadership training and development have convinced him that it is the duty of a Christian educator to facilitate an experience of discovery and encounter with Truth that leads to the transformation of the individual.

Kevin’s ongoing research in methods of transformational education synthesizes a broad base of education technology development, intercultural educational experiences, and original quantitative analysis exploring the benefits of a new educational philosophy called Human-Centered Learning.

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Portia Wade

Board Member

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Portia Wade is a native of Washington, D.C., but has resided in Burlington, North Carolina, for over 34 years. She completed her undergraduate studies in Elementary Education at The George Washington University located in Washington, D.C. Her graduate work was completed at Elon College (now Elon University), where she continued to pursue advanced studies in the field of Elementary Education.

Portia currently serves as a full-time faculty member of the School of Education at Elon. In this role, Portia is involved in instructional services to teacher-candidates as they are prepared for licensure through the state of North Carolina. Prior to her employment at Elon, Portia served as a member of the adjunct faculty at Alamance Community College for over 25 years where she provided instructional services to the Early Childhood program.

Portia has been a member of numerous education boards and associations, and currently serves on the Elon University Early Childhood Advisory Board, Alamance Community College Early Childhood Advisory Board, and Next Generation Academy Charter School.

Portia and her husband, Dr. Eugene Wade, have four adult children. Their son Jordan graduated from Rivendell Sanctuary (program now provided through CreatEd Institute) in 2014.

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Ellen Whaley

Board Member

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Ellen Whaley was a student in the inaugural class of Rivendell Sanctuary (program now provided through CreatEd Institute), and graduated in 2012. Afterwards, she earned both a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy (2016) and a Master of Accounting degree (2017) from the College of William and Mary. Throughout her time at William and Mary, Ellen was involved as a research assistant to senior accounting professors at the college’s Mason School of Business. In addition, she is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest honor society, and Beta Gamma Sigma, an international business honor society. In the fall of 2017 she joined the international public accounting firm KPMG in their Richmond, VA, office as a Tax Associate, and she will be earning her CPA licensure in the fall of 2018.

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Dr. Bill Brown

Senior Fellow for Worldview and Culture
Colson Fellows Program

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Dr. Bill Brown is the senior fellow for Worldview and Culture at the Colson Center and the national director of the Colson Fellows Program. He has served as the president of Cedarville University and Bryan College, and has spoken in over two dozen countries on topics related to culture and worldview. He consults with international corporations and ministries on employee development, cultural transitions, and strategic planning.

Bill is the executive producer and teacher of the award-winning DVD series ”reView,” a worldview curriculum for high schoolers and adults that continues to influence new generations of Christians. He has written over 100 articles for journals, magazines, newspapers, and encyclopedias, including over 50 articles and notes for “Impact: The Student Leadership Study Bible.” He is the author of “Making Sense of Your Faith,” “Where Have All the Dreamers Gone? Observations from a Biblical Worldview,” and “Making Sense of Your World,” a text used by colleges and universities as an introduction to worldview/philosophical thinking.

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Dr. Rick Mann

Professor of Leadership and Strategy
Trevecca Nazarene University

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Dr. Rick Mann earned his M.Div. from Ambrose University (Canada), M.B.A. from the University of Minnesota, and M.A. and Ph.D. from Ohio State University. Currently he serves as professor of leadership and strategy at Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, TN. Rick has a rich record of work in international education. He has taught at several universities in Asia and served as the international coordinator for a network of 100+ post-secondary institutions in 50+ countries.

Rick has previously served as provost and president of Crown College in Minnesota, a Christian liberal arts college. He currently serves as the managing director of ClarionStrategy and ClarionHigherEd, two boutique consulting firms that work with educational institutions and other nonprofits as they seek to develop greater effectiveness.

Rick and his wife, Cheri, live in Nashville, TN. They have three grown sons.

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Jordan Raynor

Entrepreneur and Author

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Jordan Raynor is a serial entrepreneur and best-selling author who leads a growing community of Christians following God’s call to create. He is the founder of Vocreo, where his team helps entrepreneurs across a wide range of industries launch and grow their businesses. In 2016, Jordan took a leave of absence from Vocreo to take on the role of CEO at one of the firm’s clients, Threshold 360, a venture-backed tech startup. Jordan is also a cofounder of Citizinvestor, the largest crowdfunding platform for government projects in the United States.

In 2011, Jordan’s first company was acquired by Engage, and was deemed a “mega-interactive agency” by Mashable. At Engage, Jordan’s team led digital strategy for some of the most high-profile political and consumer brands in the world, including Paul Ryan, Newt Gingrich, Google, Foursquare, and Walmart.

A highly sought-after public speaker on the topic of entrepreneurship, Jordan has spoken at Harvard University, SXSW, TEDx, the World Forum for Democracy, the Guardian’s Activate Summit, and many other events around the world. Twice Jordan has been selected as a Google Fellow.

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Robert (Bobby) Norment

President of Rivendell Education Company

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Robert (Bobby) Norment has a history of successful entrepreneurship and organizational leadership in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors. He was the Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of Norment Industries for thirty years. There, Bobby led and managed the company’s growth from a very small company to a multimillion dollar international conglomerate made up of four divisions doing work around the world. Bobby sold Norment Industries in 1990. These businesses still exist doing work all over the world.

Following the sale of Norment Industries, he became the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of the University of the Nations Kona Campus (UofN-Kona). The UofN-Kona is the flagship location for an international university and missions training organization (UofN International) with over 400 locations in 200 countries. The UofN-Kona campus is one of the largest all-volunteer, land-based operations in the world—serving over 1700 students and more than 700 staff and family members annually. Bobby, working closely with the Chancellor, led this educational facility for ten years. His unique career and history, working in both for-profit and non-profit organizations, has equipped him to provide the broad and strategic expertise necessary for this education venture. Robert is also the founder of Rivendell Education Company and co-founder of CreatEd Institute.

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