LCA Board of Directors
Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ -1 Corinthians 11:1
The Board of Directors is the policy-making leadership of the school, entrusted with furthering the school's mission. To that end, the Board creates and implements written policies, ensures financial strength, and supports and evaluates the head of school.
The Board of Directors consists of professionals throughout the community who represent six different churches.
Chair - Danielle Eckman
The advancement committee leads parents and volunteers in support of the school's fundraising model. The committee helps balance numerous (and sometimes competing) missions and service requests with long-term initiatives, to maximize funding from all development efforts.
Chair - Dusty Bonner
The athletic committee strives to promote a variety of sports programs across grade levels in compliance with regulatory guidelines and in harmony with LCA's primary mission to glorify Christ in educational ministry. The committee is also responsible for developing policies with respect to athlete's participation.
Chair - Lori Graham
The education committee ensures that curricular materials at LCA are appropriate and effective. The committee provides broad oversight to accreditation, textbook review cycles, course offerings, technology and fine arts programming.
Chair - Steven Potts
The facilities committee works with the administrative leadership to plan for the physical space requirements of our educators and students, whether in academic or co-curricular endeavors. The committee helps determine the most efficient stewardship of both the Rose and Immanuel campuses.
Chair - Dave Messner
The finance committee provides expert guidance with respect to treasury, risk management, internal controls, budgeting & financial reporting, and the annual audit. The committee also gives direction with respect to tuition assistance, legal and other compliance matters.
Chair - Gary Wortz
The long range planning committee helps facilitate efforts across all functional areas to prepare the school's strategic plan, works closely with the administration to craft the related long-term financial model, and monitors & evaluates progress toward reaching strategic goals.
Chair - Tyler Johnson
The student life committee recommends policy and actions regarding non-academic extracurricular activities and spiritual life and activity of the school.
Chair - Terri Morrical
The personnel committee develops policies respecting all human resource matters including compensation, benefits, professional development, contracts, discipline, and evaluations. The committee is comprised of Board members to ensure employee issues are dealt with sensitively and privately.
Chair - Bill Whitaker
The nominating committee consists of directors committed to working with the various committees to identify and develop prospective Board members, evaluating potential candidates, and providing appropriate governance training and orientation.
Rachel is a hematologist/oncologist at The Lexington Clinic. Her and her husband, Alex, have three children at LCA - 12th, 11th & 7th grades. All three of their children have attended LCA since preschool. The Harper family attends Southland Christian Church.
Gary Wortz, MD is a board certified cataract and refractive surgeon at Commonwealth Eye Surgery, as well as the Chief Medical Officer of his startup Omega Ophthalmics. He is a proud graduate of Asbury University, as well as the University of Louisville School of Medicine. He completed his medical training at the University of Kentucky Department of Ophthalmology, where he maintains his academic affiliation as an Associate Professor. Gary is on the editorial board of numerous ophthalmic journals and lectures widely throughout the nation, educating his peers about innovative techniques in eye surgery. He and his wife, Mary, have two children who are both in high school and have attended LCA since preschool. They are all active members of Southland Christian Church, where Gary was a member of the Board of Elders from 2013-2016.
Brooke Otto has one son entering Kindergarten at LCA. She has a master’s degree in strategic leadership and works as a claims specialist for a government agency. Brooke attended LCA as a student before moving out of state.
Dave Messner has two children who have attended LCA: one is a 2014 graduate and the other is a member of the class of 2020. Dave owns a marketing business, has served on the Finance Committee for many years and currently volunteers as the assistant coach for the boys’ tennis team.
Dusty Bonner has two school-age children, entering first grade and third grade. Dusty works in sales and has volunteered at LCA in various capacities, including speaking to boys’ and girls’ sports teams.
Danielle is a Speech-Language Pathologist and Partner at Core4 Therapy Group. As a Speech-Language Pathologist for 17 years, she has advocated for children of all ages through public and private educational settings. She is also a reading specialist with Orton Gillingham training. She and her husband Shane have two boys who are in kindergarten and third grade. The Eckmans attend Southland Christian Church.
1 Corinthians 10:31 - Whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God.
Jeff is a partner in the law firm of Dickinson Wright PLLC, practicing primarily in the areas of estate planning, tax planning and closely-held business matters. Jeff and his wife, Nikki, have two children at LCA. The Gehring are members at Centenary United Methodist Church. Jeff joined the LCA Board in 2017.
Lori teaches first grade at Clays Mill Elementary. She is in her twenty-sixth year of teaching and has a Masters in Reading and National Board certification in Reading and Language Arts. She and her husband, Rex, have two children at LCA. Lori has led bible studies at Christian Student Fellowship at UK and coordinated VBS at her family’s church for the past thirteen years. The Grahams are members of Little Rock Christian Church in Paris, Kentucky.
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Tyler Johnson is an alumnus of LCA (class of 1996) and serves as a minister at Southland Christian Church. He has two children at LCA, entering grades 5th and 10th. Tyler has previously volunteered at the school leading chapel and assisting with curriculum development, and he serves on the Facilities Committee.
Terri has worked for Neogen Corporation (NASDAQ:NEOG) for the past 26 years. She now functions as Vice President, Animal Safety with responsibility for $175 million+ in revenues, full functional responsibility for seven US operations and management of over 400 employees. Terri has served on other boards including: Lexington Newcomers, Lexington Children’s Theater, United Way, and Success by Six. She and her husband, Steve, have one daughter who has attended LCA since TK. The Morricals live in Nicholasville, KY and are members of Pax Christi Catholic Church.
Steven works for the Commonwealth of KY as a Special Investigative Agent Manager for the Internal Investigations Branch of the Justice & Public Safety Cabinet. Steven and his wife Amanda have two daughters who attend LCA, Caroline, Class of 2024 and Jill, Class of 2025. The Potts attend Southland Christian Church.
Bill is an engineering manager at Schneider Electric Engineering Services. He and his wife, Leslie, are parents of two daughters at LCA. The Whitakers are members of Immanuel Baptist Church in Lexington. Bill has served as Chairman of the Deacon body and is currently leading a small group in the youth ministry. He is an assistant golf coach at LCA and was part of the 2017 State Championship golf team.