Central Wisconsin Christian is governed by a 12-member Board that is elected to three-year terms by the supporting constituency at the annual meeting in April. Our Board members are parents and supporters of our mission of Christ-centered education. The Board holds its meetings on the third Monday of each month. Standing committees of the Board are the Executive, Education, Finance, Advancement, Transportation, and Athletic Committees, many of which include representatives of parents, staff, and Board working together to continually help CWC be a great school.
Mitch Greenfield (’88) and his wife, Terri, are residents of Waupun where they attend Bethel CRC. Mitch grew up on a dairy farm west of Waupun near Markesan, and after graduation from CWC moved on to Trinity Christian College where earned a degree in Business Administration. Throughout his career, Mitch has been in the banking industry, and currently is in his 13th year at National Exchange Bank & Trust where he serves as the Assistant Vice President for Agricultural Lending. Mitch and Terri are the parents of Lucas (7th) and Owen (5th). Mitch has served as a deacon at Bethel CRC, is a past president of the Mayville Rotary, and has been involved on board positions for the Union Youth Center and Badgerland Youth For Christ.
“I remember my dad serving on the board when I was in elementary school. I look forward to having that same opportunity to use the gifts that God has blessed me with to serve on the CWC Board. I appreciate the Christ-centered education our sons are receiving, and want them to have a firm foundation in Christ. Christian education begins in the home, but is put in action in the school. I appreciate the commitment of the administration, faculty, and coaches to the students.”
Lisa Hull (’97) grew up in the Fox Lake area, and attended Randolph Christian and CWC. She and her husband, Nick, currently live near Fox Lake along with their children Faith (8th) and Ryan (5th). After graduation, Lisa earned her degree in accounting from Moraine Park Technical College. While she is a stay at home mom, she also is engaged in several part-time jobs, handling the bookkeeping responsibility for Hoekstra’s Market & Greenhouse (operated by her parents) and Hoekstra’s Sweet Corn, which is owned by Nick and her brother. Lisa & Nick are active at Bethel CRC, where she also serves as bookkeeper. In addition, she served on the Finance Committee at CWC from 2013-2017.
“I am excited to be on the Board to help CWC continue to grow and flourish. My time on the Finance Committee opened my eyes to the operation side of the school, and I look forward to helping with decisions to impact our kids’ future. I love CWC, and I’m so glad we have the opportunity for our kids to attend here, especially the fact that Christ is central to EVERYTHING that happens at CWC. I see it in the way kids are taught and in how staff interact with kids and parents. We love knowing that where we send our kids every day matches the environment we have at home.
Dale and Jean (’88) Jansen live in Waupun, and are the parents of Crusader alums Tyler (’11) and Luke (’14), while Claire ('19). A native of Orange City, Iowa, Dale graduated from Northwestern College and or the last 30 years he has been a part of Central Cable Contractors, Inc. in Waupun, serving currently as the Chief Executive Officer. The Jansen’s are members of First CRC in Waupun, where Dale has served as a deacon. Dale has served three terms on the CWC Board, including serving as Vice President, chairman of Building & Grounds and Education Committees, and he and Jean together served a key role on the Building Expansion Leadership Team tied to our campaign to unify our campus. In the community, Dale is a past president of the Board of the Christian Home and Assisted Living Center, serving eight years on that leadership team.
“Serving on the CWC Board gives a great opportunity to serve in God’s Kingdom through an organization that is very dear to our hearts. We appreciate that Central Wisconsin Christian has a focus where everything is done from a Christian perspective. The partnership that exists with the school families and the church is such an important part in raising our children in Christian principles and values.”
Bob Jors and his wife Beth live in Fond du Lac with their children Amelia (5th) and Emmersyn (1st). The Jors are members of Edgewood Community Church. Bob was born and raised in Fond du Lac, and graduated from Goodrich in 1987 and holds a degree in Economics from Grand Rapids Community College. He has spent his career in sales, working for over 20 years as a Dealership General Manager, and for the last eight-plus years has worked as a Regional Sales Manager for Dominion Dealer Solutions.
“I’m excited about having a role and a voice in the Christian education of today’s children. We appreciate the true dedication of the teachers and leadership to children, providing a solid foundation based on Christ. I believe today’s society has drastically declined on morals and standards, and they have really fallen away from God. It is so important that what we teach at home is backed up in their daily school life so as they come into society they are the light of the world.”
Jared (’00) and Tessa Oosterhouse live just outside of Waupun with their kids Ella (Second), Drew (Kindergarten), and Nora. Jared grew up in Waupun, and graduated from Marian University with a degree in Accounting & Management. He began his career in public accounting in the Madison area, and has since worked in a variety of industries in financial leadership roles. He is currently the Director of Finance at WDS Construction, Inc. Jared and Tessa attend Bethel CRC in Waupun, where he has served as a deacon and treasurer and was part of the Church Building Expansion. “I am grateful for the Christian education I received at CWC and I’m thankful my children have the same opportunity at CWC. I appreciate the loving and caring teachers and staff, and love knowing my children are in a learning environment where they hear God’s Word, pray, and worship every day. This is an exciting time for CWC, and I’m looking forward to the opportunity of serving on the Board and getting to know the Crusader family better. Christian education is so important because it teaches our children a biblical worldview of where God’s hand is at work in all things and that Jesus calls them to live for Him with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength. CWC is not only a place, but a community of believers where our children can grow and develop in their faith and knowledge.”
Mike Perry (’99) and his wife Carrie are lifelong residents of the Waupun area. He was born and raised near Fox Lake, and currently their family resides between Alto and Markesan. For the last 20 years, he has worked at Double S Dairy as their Field Operations Manager. A year ago he and Carrie started a small business called Seedtime and Harvest, LLC, which focuses on technology-powered solutions for optimal crop performance. The family attends Bethel CRC in Waupun, where Mike has served two terms as a deacon and taught Sunday School. He also served on CWC’s AgProTech Vision team. Their three daughters attend CWC – Kaelie (8th), Ellie (6th), and Brenna (3rd), and twins Jace & Coy (Kindergarten).
“I believe that our children are our greatest blessings as well as our biggest responsibility, so I am excited to come along side the teachers, staff, and board who invest so much into our children. I appreciate how CWC walks beside each student to help them discover their true identity in Christ through a personal relationship with Him. They are taught to loe and serve others while living a life for God, and at the same time finding out who God wants them to be in this world. Christian education for our family has been an essential way to build on the values we are trying to instill in our children at home. God’s call should permeate everything we do in this life – that is why we feel all aspects of our children’s education should be viewed from Christ’s perspective.”
Josh and Michelle Schaalma live in Waupun, and currently have three children attending CWC – Baylee (sophomore), Jacob (8th), and Bella (5th). Josh was born and raised in Beaver Dam, graduating from Beaver Dam High School. He then graduated from UW-Platteville and holds a masters’ degree in Engineering Management from Milwaukee School of Engineering. After spending 14 years in the engineering and manufacturing world, he became a financial advisor for Edward Jones, and now is a Vice President for Investments and Premier Financial Advisor with BMO Harris Financial Advisors. The Schaalma’s are members of Bethel CRC in Waupun, where Josh has served as Chairman of the Deacons.
“I am excited about the opportunity to give back to our school and serve God in any way I am called. I appreciate the mission of CWC, and believe as parents that we are called to lead our children to be followers of Christ in all ways. I appreciate the Christ-centered/Biblical approach to education that CWC offers to our children. I believe that God is needed in our communities and schools now more than ever before. As a parent, I believe that God’s Word is vital to our everyday life. I love knowing that my children are growing and learning from teachers and leaders who share the same belief. Our kids spend so much time in school, and I want to know that they are being taught in a way that gives glory to God in all things. My hope is that this Christ-centered mentality will continue not only for my children’s lives but for generations beyond them.”
Annie Syens (’96) was born and raised in Waupun, attending CWC for all of her K-12 education. She and her husband, Matt, graduated from Calvin College. Annie spent 18 years in the public relations/marketing world, including more than 13 years at WDS Construction. At present she works for Central Cable Contractors in Accounts Payable. For many years Annie has been the passionate coordinator of the Waupun GEMS (Girls Everywhere Meeting the Savior), a faith-based program for girls in grades 3-8. Matt and Annie and their kids – Will (sophomore) and Piper (5th) – are members of Edgewood Community Church, where she has taught Sunday School. Annie has served CWC in the past as our PIA President, and you’ll find their family at almost every CWC event.
“I look forward to learning how the school is run behind the scenes as a Board member. I love that the Bible is taught at my kids’ school. The Bible is alive and powerful; it heals, it gives light, and I want my kids around it. CWC was not an automatic for us when we were deciding where to send Will for 4K. We had many discussions about it. Ultimately, it boiled down to how much Bible knowledge kids have when they graduate from CWC. I draw on that depth of knowledge every day – as a wife, a parent a friend, and an employee. I knew that I could not teach that vast amount of Biblical study at home after school if we did not send them to a Christian school. Psalm 112 talks about how those that fear the Lord are compassionate and generous people, they conduct business fairly, they share freely, they do not fear bad news, and face their foes triumphantly. This passage became my parenting guide, and those principles are reinforced at CWC. I know that not every Christian or CWC student embraces that style of living, but I wanted them to learn from that viewpoint.
Mike Vander Berg and his wife, Bonnie (’89) have lived in Waupun for the past two decades and attend First CRC. Mike grew up in Sioux Center, Iowa, graduating from Unity Christian in 1989 and Dordt College in 1993, while also receiving his masters’ degree from St. Cloud State. After teaching math in Prinsburg, MN, and at CWC, he moved into the technology business world, holding leadership positions in several companies before starting his own company in 2003 which he sold to Faria Education Group in 2019. At present, he is the Managing Director at Faria. Mike has served a term as a deacon and two as an elder at First CRC, and previously served on the CWC Board, including two years as President. Their children Lucas (’14), Dylan (’16) and Miranda (’20) graduated from CWC. “The opportunity to create vision for the future of CWC and help make that vision a reality excites me about serving on the Board. First and foremost we see having our children learn about the world from a Christian worldview as an imperative. Beyond that we really appreciate the rigorous academics and the family atmosphere of the society. The staff is passionate about the school’s vision, and we are blessed by how children are taught to see how faith affects every aspect of life.”
Curt and Jen Vlietstra live in Waupun, and are the parents of current students Jake (senior), Cade (sophomore), and Bryce (7th). Curt is a native of rural Orange City, IA. After high school he attended Northwestern College and completed his undergraduate work at South Dakota State University before earning his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Iowa State University. For more than a decade Curt worked as a veterinarian in Southwest Minnesota before moving to his current position as a Professional Services Dairy Veterinarian with Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health. He has served on Church Council and as a business owner in Minneosta. The Vlietstra’s attend Bethel CRC in Waupun.
“We love the Christ-centered approach to both classroom education and community involvement, as well as the intimacy of interactions with the staff and other families. As temporary stewards of a world becoming more secular, Christian education helps us to reinforce the values that are taught at home and in church, as well as preparing our children for their roles as Christian citizens when they eventually leave our homes. I’m excited about being more involved in the present and future of CWC, learning more about how CWC operates and providing insight as needed.”