The purpose of the ADVISORY BOARD is to engage a more diverse group of (up to 30) people who are prepared to serve the school in their particular area of expertise or experience. The advisory board meets annually and its members are available to the school and the board for consultation and participation in projects or committees. In some cases, the person may represent an organization that is closely aligned with the school’s vision; in others, he or she may simply be an individual who is willing to bring some much-needed resources to bear on challenges that the school faces.
Pete Alwinson is executive director of FORGE: City Wide Ministry to Men with Man in the Mirror.
He is the founding pastor of Willow Creek Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Winter Springs (Orlando), Florida, where he served for twenty-six years as senior pastor. He has served churches in California, Illinois, Connecticut and Florida.
Pete is a graduate of Biola College, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (M.Div), and Reformed Theological Seminary (D. Min). He was one of the first speakers to join the faculty of Man in the Mirror and is asked to fill in for Pat Morley on occasion at Man in the Mirror Bible Study in Winter Park, Florida. Currently he is on the board of Man in the Mirror.
Pete is also an adjunct professor at Reformed Theological Seminary in Oviedo, Florida. He is on the board of Key Life Network, and can be heard weekly on the Key Life question and answer segment with Steve each Friday.
Larry Belcher served on The Geneva School board of governors for two years, until moving to Indiana in 2011 where he currently serves as dean and professor of finance at the University of Indianapolis School of Business.
Dr. Belcher has been a lifelong educator at a variety of universities. He began his teaching career at Indiana University in 1981, and has had faculty appointments at the University of Louisville, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and from 1990–2011 was on the faculty of Stetson University in DeLand, where he served as a professor of finance and director of the George Investments Institute.
Dr. Belcher earned a BA in Mathematics and Economics from Hanover College in 1978, an MS in Economics from Auburn University in 1979, and a PhD (Economics) from Indiana University in 1987, where he was a graduate school fellow.
Dr. Belcher and his wife Susan are passionate about Christian classical education and the Reformed Christian tradition. They served as part of the original group of parents involved in the start-up of Geneva Academy in DeLand before moving their children to The Geneva School for four years. They have two sons: Cameron and Landon.
The Rev. Alan R. Crippen II is chief of exhibits, programs, and public engagement for the Faith & Liberty Discovery Center at American Bible Society on Independence Mall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Previously he served as founding president of the John Jay Institute, an educational and professional civic leadership development organization. Mr. Crippen has more than two decades of experience in non-profit executive management and college level teaching including vice-president for policy and academic affairs at Family Research Council in Washington, DC, senior fellow at the Institute for Family Studies in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and director of development at International Students, Inc. in Colorado Springs. His military service includes artillery platoon and battery command as well as various battalion staff operations and planning positions in the US Army. Mr. Crippen holds degrees from Westminster Theological Seminary (MAR) and Cairn University (BS). He is an ordained clergyman with canonical residence in the Convocation of Anglicans in North America (CANA) and membership in the Anglican Church in North America. He and his wife Michelle have five children, three grandchildren, and reside in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Phillip Donnelly joined The Geneva School advisory board in 2013. He currently serves as the director for the Great Texts Program at Baylor University. He is associate professor of literature in the honors college and teaches in both the Great Texts Program and the English department. Before coming to Baylor, he taught at the University of Ottawa and at Texas Tech University.
His research interests focus on the historical intersections between philosophy, theology, and imaginative literature, with particular attention to Renaissance literature and the reception of Classical educational traditions. The topics of his published work range from St. Augustine and post-modern critical theory to the Renaissance poetry of George Herbert and John Milton. He is a contributor to the 2012 edition of The Milton Encyclopedia, edited by Thomas N. Corns (Yale University Press) and to The Oxford Guide to the Historical Reception of Augustine, edited by Karla Pollmann and Willemien Otten (Oxford University Press).
Dr. Joel C. Hunter is senior pastor of Northland, A Church Distributed, a congregation of 20,000 based in Central Florida that worships worldwide via the web. A longtime bridge-builder who seeks common ground for the common good, Dr. Hunter approaches today’s issues in a biblical and balanced manner. He has become an internationally known spokesperson for a wide range of issues outlined in Scripture, from sanctity of life and creation care, to justice, poverty, and marriage and the family. A respected leader in the evangelical community, he serves on the boards of the World Evangelical Alliance (600 million members), the National Association of Evangelicals (30 million members), and the Central Florida Commission on Homelessness. He also is a spiritual advisor to President Barack Obama and Children’s Environmental Health Network.
Dr. Hunter earned his DMin from Christian Theological Seminary, received an honorary Doctor of Humanities from Belhaven College, and, additionally, a Doctor of Divinity from Nyack College and Alliance Theological Seminary. He is a guest lecturer in practical theology at Reformed Theological Seminary and author of several books, including A New Kind of Conservative, which outlines a non-partisan approach to political involvement, and Inner State 80, a series of daily devotionals offering inspiration toward spiritual maturity.
He and his wife Becky married in 1972, have two married sons and one in heaven, and six grandchildren with one in heaven.
Kim Lopdrup is chief executive officer of Red Lobster Seafood Co., the world’s largest seafood restaurant company, which was acquired by Golden Gate Capital in 2014. He previously served as president of Specialty Restaurant Group and New Business for Darden Restaurants, Inc., leading their fine dining and polished casual brands (The Capital Grille, Eddie V’s, Seasons 52, Bahama Breeze, and Yard House) as well as new businesses (e.g., international franchising and consumer package goods). Before that, Mr. Lopdrup served as president of Red Lobster (when it was still a division of Darden Restaurants); chief operating officer, North America, for Burger King Corporation; and spent sixteen years at Dunkin’ Brands (franchisor of Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins) where he turned around Dunkin’s previously-declining coffee business, managed Dunkin’s iconic “Fred the Baker” ad campaign, and turned around the international businesses for both Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins. Mr. Lopdrup began his career in brand management at Procter & Gamble, working on Folgers and High Point coffees and Citrus Hill orange juice.
Mr. Lopdrup is currently on the boards of Wawa, Inc., one of the premier operators in the convenience store industry, and of Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida.
Mr. Lopdrup earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the College of William and Mary and an MBA with distinction from Harvard Business School. He lives in Winter Park with his wife Cathy and son George. The Lopdrups oldest three children all graduated from Geneva—Jennifer (TGS Class of 2006, College of William and Mary), Rebecca (TGS class of 2009, University of Virginia), and Rachel (TGS class of 2011, Auburn University).
Tim Manor joined The Geneva School board of governors in 2008. He lives in Winter Park and is a member of St. Andrews Chapel. He has been a partner at the Orlando law firm of Lowndes Drosdick Doster Kantor & Reed since 1978. He attended Brown University and Vanderbilt University Law School.
Mr. Manor and his wife Beth have two children. Their daughter Marty received a PhD at the University of Washington and she taught at Tulane University. Their son Scotty received a PhD at The University of Edinburgh and teaches at Knox Theological Seminary.
Craig Mark McAllaster
Craig M. McAllaster is the interim vice president of academic affairs, provost, and professor of management at Rollins College in Winter Park. In 2014, he was appointed acting president of Rollins College. He has served on the faculties of Alfred State College, Cornell University, and the University of Central Florida. He has also worked in executive positions at Consolidated Foods, AVX Corporation, and Loral Corporation.
Dr. McAllaster served as a board member of the AACSB International and chaired the finance committee; he currently serves on the Continuous Improvement Review Committee. He has served as a member of the board and as president of the Southern Business Deans Association. He is a member of National Association of Corporate Directors and the Academy of Management.
Eric Metaxas is the author of the New York Times #1 bestseller, Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy. Called a “biography of uncommon power,” Bonhoeffer appeared on numerous 2010 “Best of the Year,” sold more than 600,000 copies, and has been translated into fifteen languages.
In a decidedly eclectic career, Mr. Metaxas has written for VeggieTales, Chuck Colson, and the New York Times, three things not ordinarily found in the same sentence. He is a best-selling author whose biographies, children’s books, and works of popular apologetics have been translated into many languages.
Mr. Metaxas was the keynote speaker at the 2012 National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, DC, an event attended by the president and First Lady, the vice president, members of Congress, and other US and world leaders. That speech and his essay on the experience, were put into a book, No Pressure, Mr. President: The Power of True Belief in a Time of Crisis.
Along with his colleague John Stonestreet, Mr. Metaxas is the voice of BreakPoint, a radio commentary that is broadcast on 1,400 radio outlets with an audience of eight million.
In 2011, Mr. Metaxas was the seventeenth recipient of the Canterbury Medal awarded by the Becket Fund for Religious Freedom. He has been awarded honorary doctorates from Hillsdale College, Liberty University, and Sewanee: The University of the South.
Mr. Metaxas’s most recent books are Seven Men: And the Secret of their Greatness (2013), Miracles: What They Are, Why They Happen, and How They Can Change Your Life (2014), and Seven Women: And the Secret of their Greatness (2015). He lives in Manhattan with his wife and daughter.
John Rivers joined The Geneva School board of governors in 2009 and serves on the development committee. Mr. Rivers’ experience includes twenty years in corporate healthcare that culminated as the president of CuraScript Specialty Distribution, a $1.4 billion pharmaceutical distribution operation. Retiring in 2007, Mr. Rivers launched The Rivers Consulting Group, which engaged in strategic consulting with a range of large, mid-cap, and emerging companies in healthcare commerce before leveraging his experience to create his new company, 4R Restaurant Group, where Mr. Rivers serves as chef and CEO. 4R Restaurant Group currently operates eleven 4 Rivers Smokehouse locations, six Sweet Shop bakeries throughout Florida, and the southern inspired restaurant concept, The COOP, in Winter Park, Florida. Mr. Rivers has also published his first book, The Southern Cowboy Cookbook.
Mr. Rivers is a graduate of the Florida State University School of Business and currently resides in Winter Park with his wife Monica and two children, Jared (TGS Class of 2013, Samford University) and Cameron (TGS Class of 2016). The Rivers are members at Summit Church in Orlando.
Jody Hassett Sanchez
Jody Hassett Sanchez is president of Pointy Shoe Productions (PSP), a documentary and long-form production company that explores issues of faith and culture. She was named a Trinity Forum Senior Fellow in 2005.
She is the producer of SOLD: Fighting the New Global Slave Trade, a documentary filmed in India, Pakistan, and West Africa about people of faith on the front lines of the fight against twenty-first-century slavery—a multi-billion-dollar business.
Before becoming a filmmaker, Ms. Hassett Sanchez spent seventeen years in network television, most recently at ABC. She covered religion, culture, and education for ABC’s World News Tonight with Peter Jennings, as well as filing stories for Nightline. Prior to ABC News, she traveled the globe with CNN for almost twelve years.
Ms. Hassett Sanchez was a senior producer of CNN’s series on the legacy of the Cold War and was an arts reporter for CNN International. Her honors include an Edward R. Murrow Award, a National Emmy Award, a USC Getty Annenburg Fellowship for Journalism in the Arts, and a Journalistes en Europe Fellowship.
A graduate of Smith College and a native Cape Codder, she lives in the Washington, DC area with her husband George Sanchez.
Andrzej Turkanik completed degrees in music, art, and theology before earning his PhD from Cambridge University. A native of Poland, born and raised during the Communist regime, he studied music and art in Poland, and theology in Germany and England. He and his wife Malgosia and their children live in Salzburg, Austria, where he serves as the executive director for the Quo Vadis Institute, an organization focused on developing ideas and knowledge to produce flourishing societies in Europe.
The Turkanik family has deeply-rooted connections with The Geneva School, not least through their daughter Stefania, who lived in Winter Park and attended TGS in her sophomore year, an experience which convinced them of the compelling value of being part of this community of faith and learning.
Jim Wert is the managing partner of Wert and Associates, a consultancy focused on building strategic clarity and organizational health for a wide array of corporate and nonprofit clients. He works closely with client leadership teams and governance boards through projects that range from strategic planning, to organization design and capacity building, to leadership development. He has also served over one hundred nonprofit clients, ranging from single-site agencies to national and international networks.
Mr. Wert has more than twenty years of experience as a strategic consultant, initially as a senior engagement manager with McKinsey & Company, and from 2000–2013 leading the strategy practice at Triaxia Partners, an Atlanta-based firm that specializes in organizational and team development. With both firms, he worked extensively on client engagements across North America, Europe and Asia.
Between his consulting tenures with McKinsey and Triaxia, Mr. Wert spent seven years in national and multinational corporate environments. He served as the chief financial officer at National Service Industries’ Atlantic Envelope Division, directing strategic planning, performance management, sourcing and merger and acquisitions efforts. Prior to NSI, he served as the vice president of marketing for Mead Coated Board, where he led market assessment, customer service, logistics, and product development teams.
A Phi Beta Kappa graduate from the University of North Carolina, with majors in political science and German, Mr. Wert earned his MBA from the Harvard Business School where he was a Baker Scholar.
Mr. Wert and his family have been Atlantans since 1980, making them practically natives. He is an elder and active leader in the Presbyterian Church in America, and a past moderator of the Metro Atlanta Presbytery. He has also served on several non-profit boards ranging from education to the arts, and church planting to international student ministries.
E. W. “Ty” Willis
Ty Willis was born in Corsicana, Texas, and earned a BBA from Southern Methodist University in 1971. He returned to SMU to receive an MS in Real Estate and Regional Science in 1979. He has been active in the commercial/investment real estate business in Texas for forty years. He and his wife, Ellen, were one of the founding couples of Regents School of Austin where he served as an appointed board member for twenty years. They have three grown children.
Mr. Willis was a founding board member and chairman of the Hill House (formerly ProbeCenter Austin), a Christian study center at the University of Texas. He also has served on the board of Probe Ministries International, Ligonier Ministries, the Association of Classical Christian Schools, the Texas Private School Accreditation Commission, and as a church elder.