AACS Board of Directors

A seven-to-nine member elected Board of Directors governs the school. Both the Board and Head of School operate within the parameters established by the school bylaws and Governance Policies Manual. As defined by the Governance Policies Manual, the Head of School manages the daily operation of the school, is the Board’s only employee, and reports to the Board of Directors. The Board oversees the Head of School and delegates all operational authority of the school to him or her while focusing its time on strategic visioning for the school’s future and “dreaming and praying about the school that doesn’t yet exist.”

RYAN PETERSON, President

Job Title
Vice President of Administration/Chief Campus Executive at Concordia University Ann Arbor

Education
Bachelor of Arts (Pastoral Ministry and Theological Languages), Concordia University
Masters of Divinity (Theology), Concordia Seminary
Doctor of Ministry (Leadership and Ministry Management), Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

What makes AACS so special to you and your family?
We want our kids surrounded by Christ-centered role models as they also receive an excellent education. AACS is special to us because the school is filled with leaders who desire to see our children grow in faith as they mature in life.

Why do you serve on the Board?
It is a humbling honor to serve on the Board because we can prayerfully discern and dream about a school that doesn’t yet exist, but by God’s grace, may in the future. That school will continue to “tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of our Lord.”

Why should families give AACS a hard look for their children?
Your children will be challenged, encouraged, supported, and loved as they grow in all areas of their life, including their relationship with Jesus Christ.

What is your favorite passage from the Bible?
“Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” — Romans 5:1

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NIK SPASOVSKI, Vice President

Job Title
Pastor of New Life Church

Education
B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan
M.C. in Intercultural Studies, Moody Theological Seminary

What makes AACS so special to you and your family?
Our family has been a part of AACS since our oldest began pre-school in the Fall of 2012. We could not have asked for a better environment for our children to grow in and mature spiritually and educationally. Each teacher our children have had took the time to get to know them, love them, and support them in their individual needs. Oftentimes, they would provide my wife, Emily, and I with words we were searching for to describe certain characteristics of our kids! In addition to our children making great friendships, we have also made great friends as we’ve spent more time around the loving community at AACS.

Why do you serve on the Board?
I serve on the board of AACS because I really believe in the vision and mission of our school. AACS has had such a tremendously positive impact on our 3 children spiritually, educationally, and emotionally. I would love to continue to do my part to help set up our school for success for many years to come and for future generations of young disciples of Jesus.

Why should families give AACS a hard look for their children?
If you are looking for a school that is full of people from the head of school to every teacher that all deeply care about the well-being and development of your child, spiritually, emotionally, and mentally, you will be hard-pressed to find a better school than AACS. Additionally, your child will not only be well-prepared for high school and beyond educationally but will be equipped with how to pursue godly character in life as well.

What is your favorite passage from the Bible?
“This book of instruction is not to depart from your mouth; you are to meditate on it day and night so that you may carefully observe everything written in it. For then you will prosper and succeed in whatever you do. Haven’t I commanded you: be strong and courageous? do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” — Joshua 1:8-9 CSB

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SANDY QUINN, Secretary

Bio coming soon

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SARAH ARMSTRONG

Job Title
Writer/Editor/Mom

Education
BA University of Michigan, Chinese Language and Literature

What makes AACS so special to you and your family?
Like all parents, I want my children to be challenged academically and well-prepared for high school and college. I am confident that AACS provides an exceptional education for both of my children. What matters to me even more, however, is that my kids learn to know and worship our Savior “in spirit and in truth.” I feel beyond blessed that we have found a school where the centrality of Christ is evident in every subject, every activity, and every classroom.

Why do you serve on the Board?
I care deeply about the impact AACS has on the minds and hearts of each student, both academically and spiritually. Serving on the board allows me the unique privilege to ensure that AACS remains faithful to its mission, as well as to think and dream strategically about the future of this amazing school.

Why should families give AACS a hard look for their children?
AACS is more than just a place where children go to advance through the grades and mature academically; it is a community where students are know and loved by their teachers, where they learn to love God’s creation and where they build skills to become culture-makers for Jesus Christ.

What is your favorite passage from the Bible?
“But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been save—and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.” — Ephesians 2: 4-7

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DANIEL BINGHAM

Job Title
Founder & Director, Cypress Counseling Center, P.C.

Education
Bachelor of Science, Natural Sciences, Xavier University, Natural Sciences
Master of Arts, Clinical Psychology, Wheaton College
Doctor of Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Wheaton College

What makes AACS so special to you and your family?
When my wife and I initially visited the school for a tour two years ago, we got the overwhelming impression that AACS was a school where children are loved and where they really “belong.” This has been our consistent experience since enrolling our younger son for the 2019-2020 school year and our daughter the following year. The emotional and spiritual investment–over and beyond the academic–each of their teachers make in them is profound. Both children have flourished and are happier and more confident since starting at AACS. What is more, their interest in the Scriptures and in the things of God have continued to blossom. It is such a blessing to know that the tenets of Christianity are being reinforced throughout the week. They are learning that faith becomes real when it is an active part of everyday life.

Why do you serve on the Board?
I believe in AACS and I believe in Christian education. AACS has a unique opportunity in the coming years to be an exemplar of quality elementary and middle school education that is distinctly Christian. I hope to be an asset to this board as we address the considerable mental health challenges our families and students face that are unlikely to decrease any time soon. In addition, I look forward to collectively navigating changing cultural trends. There is a growing interest among Christian parents to ensure their children are being educated in an environment that promotes Christian values. The prospect of advancing the AACS mission in Ann Arbor to meet this need is exciting.

Why should families give AACS a hard look for their children?
I am a firm believer that “All truth is God’s truth.” At AACS, children are given the opportunity to see the world through a Christian lens. Students are trained to think critically and better understand who they are in relation to their Creator. In addition, the AACS faculty value the importance of ensuring children experience a palpable sense of belonging. Your child will graduate from AACS not only academically prepared for high school, but will also be equipped for social, emotional and spiritual challenges as well.

What is your favorite passage from the Bible?
“But now listen to the Lord who created you. O Israel, the one who formed you says, Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name; you are mine. When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you. For I am the Lord, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.” — Isaiah 43:1-3a

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ANN DECKERT

Bio coming soon

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KAREN EEKHOFF

Job Title
Teacher/Mom/Wife

Education
BA Special Education, Calvin College

What makes AACS so special to you and your family?
All three of our kids attended AACS from Kindergarten through eighth grade. Our kids did receive an excellent education, but beyond that, they also received the freedom to question and think creatively, to grow and change, and also to fail but then figure out how to get past the failure. Growing my children’s understanding of their faith was a priority all throughout their education at AACS. The families at Ann Arbor Christian also became a support network, for my kids and also my husband and me.

Why do you serve on the board?
I serve on the board because I want to see Ann Arbor Christian continue its mission of partnering with families to give children the tools to discover learning through the lens of our christian faith. I want other families to experience what our family experienced. Now that my kids have grown, it’s my turn to give back a portion of what AACS has given me.

Why should families give AACS a hard look for their children?
One of my favorite aspects of AACS is the focus the staff puts not just on children’s academic life, but also their physical, emotional, and spiritual lives as well. Your children will be guided and challenged in all of those areas. Your children will be celebrated for who they are as God created them. There will be challenges and celebrations as your children go through the natural stages throughout their education at AACS, and they will be fully supported through it all.  It will be hard to leave once your time at AACS comes to an end, but your children will be well prepared for what comes next.

What is your favorite passage from the Bible?
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” — Joshua 1:9 NIV

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JOHN NADZAM

Job Title
Lead Pastor of Antioch Ann Arbor Community Church / Operations Consultant

Education
B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan

What do you love most about AACS?
Jesus says that how we love one another will let others know we are His disciples (John 13:35).  AACS offers an environment that loves the whole child through spiritual formation, academic rigor, and athletics, all in Christian community.  The staff actively partner with my wife Jami and me to make sure our children know and love Jesus, love others, and equip them to learn what God has called them to do in advancing His kingdom.

Why do you serve on the Board?
I’m passionate about the school’s mission to raise up children that know how to walk with Jesus as leaders and disciple-makers in today’s society.  I’m honored and excited to guard and champion this mission as I believe that AACS will continue to grow and increase its impact for God’s kingdom purposes.

Why should families give AACS a hard look for their children?
AACS will uniquely partner with you to instill God’s truth in your children and help them to live an abundant life, with purpose, and on mission.

What is your favorite passage from the Bible?
The Lord passed before him and proclaimed, “The Lord, the Lord, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, keeping steadfast love for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, but who will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children and the children’s children, to the third and the fourth generation.” – Exodus 34:6-7

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ERIN PERRY

Job Title
Mom

Education
Bachelor of Science in Landscape Design, South Dakota State University
Minor in Spanish, South Dakota State University

What makes AACS so special to you and your family?
We moved to Ann Arbor in 2017, with no family or friends in the area. One year in, we joined AACS. Very quickly we felt at home in this school community, and have so much peace about the care, mentorship, and faith formation our children are receiving.

Why do you serve on the Board?
AACS has an amazing 30-year foundation, and is now at a point in its history where it is facing some interesting opportunities for growth. The near future offers strategic thinking about the school’s potential, dreaming big, and putting dreams into action. It excites me to serve in a role that assists in carrying these dreams and the school’s mission forward.

Why should families give AACS a hard look for their children?
When our kids were little, we were challenged to consider the type of people we wanted them to grow into, and what school could offer that outcome. Part of that consideration is the environment that is cultivated, and who is cultivating it. There is so much intentionality behind the AACS experience. Staff lead by example to grow disciples of Jesus, find ways to allow each child to uniquely thrive, and offer many leadership opportunities in each grade. The school has done an exemplary job of partnering with parents to raise healthy, confident, and discerning students.

What is your favorite passage from the Bible?
Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. — 2 Corinthians 9:6-8 NIV

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MICHAEL YANKONIS

Bio coming soon

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