Trinity Academy Board
Claire Monteen and her husband, Erik, moved to Schuyler County in 2003 where they quickly engaged in local Christian ministry. In addition to owning and operating the local Christian bookstore, The Good Book, Claire has been an active volunteer for the Pregnancy Resource Center and Erik serves as an elder at their church, Rushville Church of Christ. Blessed with three children and a family legacy of passionate learners, Claire began to focus on education, eventually home schooling their eldest daughter. She, alongside other local families, earnestly sought God’s direction for a Christ-centered, classical school in west central Illinois, and founded Trinity Academy in 2014. Claire is grateful to serve as board chairman and for the opportunity to grow in wisdom and grace as her children attend Trinity Academy.
Katie and her husband, Levi, reside in Industry, IL where they live with their 4 small children Carter (age 7), Annie (age 4), Brooks (age 3) and Knox (age 1). She received her Bachelor of Business degree from Western Illinois University and worked in property management for 10 years before leaving the corporate workplace in 2012 to be home full time to raise and homeschool their children. The Greuel’s are self- employed crop and livestock farmers in the Industry area. Katie has been a follower of Christ since early childhood and Levi and Katie are members at The Crossing church in Macomb, IL where they actively serve in children’s and welcome ministries. Katie has a heart to encourage other families to move in the direction that God is leading in all areas of their lives, including education. Katie shares, “We feel that Trinity Academy’s learning model properly aligns with the way God created our brains to learn and instills a love of learning at an early age. We are so excited for our kids to be part of a school that teaches God’s Word, strives for excellence in education, and strengthens families.“
Paul Miller and his wife Judy are owners of a small, working farm in south Schuyler County where his parents also reside. When not on the farm, Paul consults internationally in the Energy sector for project development efforts (primarily electricity generation) where he specializes in project oversight from initial design through commercial operation of the project. He also has additional experience in adult training and technical writing while in the US Navy and when working at nuclear power plants. Paul has been an active Christian for over 50 years and most recently served as an elder for the Christian Church of Anchorage, Alaska when he and Judy were on a project assignment there. During his professional hiatus back home in Illinois following the completion of his work in Alaska, he felt moved to offer assistance with the start-up effort of Trinity Academy. Paul serves on the Board of Directors. He says, “Judy and I have always had a heart for missions involving the needs of children and Trinity Academy is a perfect fit.”
Neal and his wife, Bobbie, have been married for twenty-five years and are the parents of three wonderful daughters, Cortney (age 24), Bhrea (age 22), and Neelie (age 10). They have also been blessed with two sons-in-law. Neal and Bobbie began their walk with Christ together in the mid 90’s and are members at the Astoria Church of Christ. Neal’s employment background is in retail sales, management, and agricultural production. He is currently employed as Feed Mill Manager for Akron Services Inc. Neal served on a local public school board while his two oldest children were in attendance and is currently serving on the Two River Valley Cattleman’s Association board as the Secretary/Treasurer. Neal answered God’s call to serve on the Board of Directors at Trinity Academy and has found in doing so to be a very humbling and life changing experience. Neal says,
“It has been a personal joy to watch my family become productive members of Christ’s Church. We are thankful for Trinity Academy and the fulfilling opportunity it brings in raising a disciple of Christ.”
Louise was born and raised in northeastern Illinois. She enjoys learning new things and working with children, which led to teaching as her career of choice. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Education and her Masters of Science in Education degrees from Illinois State University. She taught for thirty-eight years in the public schools in the area of special education . Her hobbies include reading, hiking, gardening, traveling, and crafting.
Teaching at Trinity Academy gives her the privilege of teaching the whole child. It is a joyful, cooperative journey of learning together. Besides just teaching facts, she gets to teach the “how” and “why” tools of learning so that her students become lifelong learners. Louise recognizes that teaching is a huge responsibility, knowing that how she teaches impacts students now and in their future. She wants her students to be the “Did” who did not hide like “Wouda, Coulda, Shouldas” in Shel Siverstein’s poem.
Janice Lattan lives outside Adair IL, with her husband David. They have 7 grown children and 10 lovely grandchildren, ranging in age from infant to 20. Having graduated with a Masters in English from Western Illinois University, Jan taught at WIU in the English as a Second Language program for 16 years. She continues to work part time in the ESL field, currently employed by ETS (Educational Testing Service) as an overseer in scoring the TOEFL test online. She is actively involved at St. George’s Anglican Church, serving where needed, and in two other ministries: RICM, which holds weekend retreats within the U.S. and the Netherlands, and as a counselor at East Bay Camp near Bloomington, IL. Outside of work and service activities, Jan enjoys the peace-producing domestic arts of gardening, cooking, sewing, and sometimes even housework. She joins the Trinity board in response to God’s loving guidance. She is so thankful to be involved with Trinity and to witness God’s blessing on this school, as evidenced by the students’ enthusiasm and joy in learning.
David and his wife Dee have been married for 25 years and have a 16-year-old daughter. They live outside Vermont, IL and attend the Vermont Christian Church. David serves as a Deacon and is active in the church’s youth program. Dee manages the VCC food pantry, is a stay-at-home mom and homeschools their daughter. David says of Trinity, “It is a blessing to be a part of an organization that puts Christ first and supports parent’s rights in educating their child. It is exciting to think about the future impact Trinity students will have in their churches, their communities, and our country.”
Kea Runyan and her husband, Matt, live in Bushnell, IL on their family farm. Kea grew up in Colorado but gave her life to Christ at 16 years old in a small country church in rural Mississippi on a mission trip. She later went to California where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Biola University. In 2001, she married Matt and moved to Illinois where she eventually left the workforce to become a full time homeschool mom for the next nine years. Matt and Kea have 3 sons who attend Trinity Academy. Their family are active members of Checkrow Community Church in Avon, IL, with particular interest in their youth, foster, and adoption ministries. Kea is passionate about an education that shapes and develops not only the mind, but also the heart and spirit, and is all rooted in a relationship with Jesus Christ. “Trinity has been a blessing to each of our children in very unique and different ways,” Kea stated. “I was humbled and excited for the opportunity to serve on the board and be a part of this school and ministry.”
A native of North Carolina, Vickie moved to Macomb, IL with her family in 2001. She has two grown daughters and two beautiful grandchildren. After moving to Macomb, Vickie felt called into the counseling profession and received her Master’s Degree in counseling from Western Illinois University. She works as a full time Christian counselor for Synago in Macomb, IL. Her passion is sharing God’s love and encouraging clients no matter what their difficulties may be. She joins the Trinity Board in support of helping young people to gain confidence and strength seeing themselves as God sees them. She attends The Crossing in Macomb. Outside of work and other service projects, Vickie’s greatest joy is spending time with her children and grandchildren.