Trinity Academy Board
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. Their family are active members of Checkrow Community Church in Avon, IL. 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.
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 Maple Avenue Christian Church in Macomb. Outside of work and other service projects, Vickie’s greatest joy is spending time with her children and grandchildren.
John Ashwood a native of Industry lives outside of Adair with his wife,Ashley, and their three children. He attended Industry K-12 and graduated in 2002. He went on to graduate Western Illinois University in 2006 with an Agricultural Science degree. Currently he is employed as an owner operator hauling fuel with the Kenan Advantage Group. Their family is actively involved Maple Avenue Christian Church in Macomb. John is grateful to be a part of the Trinity board knowing what they stand for and giving the students a quality education.
Janice Lattan lives outside Adair IL, with her husband David. They have 7 grown children and 10 lovely grandchildren, ranging in age from five to 26. 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. Barnabas Church in Havana, serving where needed. 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.
Danielle Waughtel and her husband, Jeff, live in Cuba, IL with their two kids who both attend Trinity Academy. Their family attend the Evangelical Free Church of Canton, IL. Danielle Loves to be outdoors with her kids on their farm exploring and taking care of the animals. She also enjoys learning new homesteading skills for her family like breadmaking, canning, and gardening. Danielle has been actively involved in Trinity Academy where she volunteered as TPO President for two years. She felt called to join the TA board and is very humbled and grateful for the opportunity to serve such a wonderful school.
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.
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.