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The WCA Board of Trustees

from left to right:  Rich Thomas, Andy Tanner, Andy Nicholas, Linda Kuyper, Rob Johnson, Jon-Mason Shackelford, Carol Hinckley, Denny Abbuhl

Daniel Pierre

Daniel and his wife Hannah are native to the west side of Cleveland, and now live in Westlake. Daniel serves as a deacon at Grace Church if North Olmsted, and he and Hannah both teach in the adult and children’s ministries there. Their three children attend WCA, since 2012. Daniel committed to serve on the board of trustees in 2019, and is eager to help build up this unique school, which provides classical education to train kids not only to think clearly from the firm foundation of God’s Word, but also aims to foster their personal relationship with the Lord. Daniel is a comprehensive and pediatric eye surgeon at the Cleveland Eye Clinic, and is supported by Hannah from the home.

Linda Kuyper

Linda and her husband, Andy, have lived in cleveland for 20 years. Upon graduating from Cedarville University with an education degree, she had the privilege of teaching at WCA for four years. She now counts it an honor to serve on the board, assist the teachers in substituting, and watch her own children’s live be shaped and impacted by the life changing truths of the gospel in which WCA is passionate.

Andy Nicholas

Andy Nicholas is devoted husband to Krista of 17 years and father to four children all of whom attend WCA.  Andy and his family relocated to the Cleveland area in 2008 from CA.  They chose to make their home in Westlake specifically to have their children trained in a classical Christian environment.  Andy is a Sr. Regional Vice President for Pacific Life.  He has served on the WCA board since 2010 and is an active member of Bay Presbyterian Church.

Denny Abbuhl

Dennis R. Abbuhl, Jr. joined the board of trustees in 2012, serving as treasurer and chair of the finance committee for much of the time. He and his wife, Becky have five sons, three of which are presently attending WCA. Denny is the Chief Financial Officer of Bravo Wellness, LLC, a national provider of corporate wellness solutions based in Cleveland. He is active in his local church, serving in youth and adult small group ministry.

Philip Amos

Philip and his wife, Jolene, live in Avon Ohio and have 4 children, 2 of which attend WCA.  The Amos family are members of Grace Church of North Olmsted.  Philip is President of Chapman & Chapman, a local consulting firm specializing in employee benefits, retirement plans and financial services.  Philip currently serves as Vice Chair of the Lorain County Chamber of Commerce and as assistant treasurer as a member of the Lorain County Community College Foundation board and is former Chair of the French Creek YMCA.  Philip is a soccer referee for OHSAA and is a USSF Regional soccer referee.

Carol Hinckley

Carol Hinckley joined the board of trustees during the 2016/2017 school year, serving as a member of the admissions committee and providing operations insight. She serves alongside her husband, Chris, who pastors Olmsted Falls Baptist Church. Chris and Carol have 4 children, Sam, Laura Nordquist, Grace and Coleman (WCA 11th grade student) as well as a son-in-law, Dan. Carol and her family have a passion for Classical Christian Education that began when her children attended/graduated from WCA and then was continued at home through their high school years. She is very excited about the addition of the Upper School, as it completes the Classical Christian model and equips our students for future success, all for His Glory. Carol is the Director of Operations at Westside Christian Academy and loves every minute of it!

Mark Douglass
D. Mark Douglass joined the board of trustees in 2018 and WCA’s finance committee in 2016. Mark and his wife Pam (WCA Admissions Coordinator) moved to the Cleveland area in 2007 and now consider it home. Their three children attend WCA, all having begun at WCA in kindergarten. Mark works for Lincoln Electric on its corporate strategy and mergers & acquisitions team, and is a teacher, deacon and the worship music leader at Cornerstone Bible Fellowship in North Ridgeville.