ACSI Executive Leadership

President's Cabinet

DANIEL EGELER, EdDDan Egeler
ACSI President  
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Association of Christian Schools International
PO Box 65130, Colorado Springs, CO 80962-5130
Phone: 719.528.6906 ext. 211   Fax 719.531.0631  

Dan Egeler is often described as a storyteller. He grew up on an isolated island in Lake Victoria, Tanzania, as his father was an island evangelist who worked with the tribes on the 40 islands that existed within Lake Victoria. Dan grew up as a Third Culture Kid (TCK) who learned the art of relating oral history from his African elders. It is that form of communication and passion that he brings to bear when sharing with his audiences today. Dan is the author of Mentoring Millennials: Shaping the Next Generation (NavPress).

Dan attended Victoria Primary School in Tanzania for his primary years and Rift Valley Academy in Kenya through tenth grade. His parents left Africa in 1974, and Dan graduated from a public high school in Ridgewood, New Jersey. He went on to receive a bachelor's degree from The King's College (NY), a master's degree from Washington State University (WA), and a doctorate in administration and instructional leadership from the University of Alabama (AL). Dan served for 13 years as a teacher, soccer coach, high school principal, and director of the Alliance Academy in Quito, Ecuador. He returned to the United States in July 1999 and has worked with the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) in a variety of roles in the Global Division; he assumed the role of ACSI president in July 2013. 

Dan and his wife, Kathy, have four children, Andrew, Danielle, Matthew, and Bethany, and they live in Colorado Springs, Colorado.


THOMAS J. CATHEY, EdDTon Cathey
Assistant to the President
Director for Legal Legislative Issues 
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Association of Christian Schools International
731 Chapel Hills Dr., Colorado Springs, CO 80920
Phone: 719.867.0201    Fax 719.531.0631

Dr. Tom Cathey is the ACSI Assistant to the President and Director for Legal Legislative Issues. As LL Director, Tom oversees monitoring of legislation in all fifty states and the federal government, is the editor of the Legal Legislative Update and consults with schools around the country on legal, legislative and human resource issues. Tom has been in Christian Education for over 35 years. In 2000, he founded and served as the Administrator for Calvary Christian High School in Clearwater, Florida. He has his doctorate in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University. 


STEVEN C. BABBITT, MEdSteve Babbitt
Vice President | Purposeful Design Publications
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Association of Christian Schools International
731 Chapel Hills Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80920
Office: 719.867.0225

Steven Babbitt, MEd is Vice President of Purposeful Design Publications, the publishing division of ACSI. Christian school education has been Steve's entire professional career. He spent 20 years at Colorado Springs Christian Schools, eight years teaching social studies and coaching basketball and golf and 12 years as the high school principal. The past 18  years, he has been privileged to serve the Lord at ACSI, leading the publishing division of the Association in fulfillment of its mission, to strengthen Christian schools and to equip Christian educators. Steve is married, has 3 sons, 3 grandchildren, and joyfully commutes 42 miles to work every day. 


STEPHEN P. DILL, EdDSteve Dill
Senior Vice President, USA | ACSI Headquarters
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Association of Christian Schools International
731 Chapel Hills Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80920-3949
Office: 719.528.6906 x 260 | Mobile: 610.299.1997

Steve Dill, EdD, served at Delaware County Christian School (DCCS) in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania, for 40 years before joining the ACSI staff in 2013. His roles at DCCS included teacher, coach, counselor, principal, director of development, assistant headmaster and head of school. He served on the ACSI board, and he continues to serve as an adjunct professor at several Christian universities. Currently, he leads ACSI's work in the United States as senior vice president for USA.






MICHAEL D. EPP, MEdMike Epp
Senior Vice President Global  | ACSI
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Association of Christian Schools International 
731 Chapel Hills Dr, Colorado Springs, CO 80920 
Office: 719.867.0223 |  Fax: 719.531.0716

For over 30 years, Mike has been involved in Christian and public school education. He has traveled to more than 40 countries as an educational consultant and accreditation advisor. Mike served at a bilingual international Christian school, Pan American Christian Academy in São Paulo, Brazil for 19 years. His experience included serving as a guidance counselor, history teacher, coach and as the head of the school for the last 13 years. In 2007, Mike left Brazil and moved to Colorado Springs to join the global work of ACSI. He travels extensively to serve the international school community in Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Americas that includes over 200 international schools in 73 different countries. The majority of his time is now spent in the burgeoning national Christian school movement on several continents with 18 ACSI offices worldwide. Thousands of schools are requesting assistance in the development of more effective education based on a biblical worldview. Mike became the Senior Vice President of ACSI (Global) in 2014. Mike's passion is to see Christian schools grow in effectiveness, helping students to obtain high academic preparation while developing a strong biblical foundation and leading students to a passionate walk with Jesus. He holds a Master's in Education and Guidance, a B.S. in Social Sciences, and an Education Specialist Certificate in Educational Administration. Mike has been very happily married to his wife Cindy for 35 years and has two adult children.


STEPHEN G. REEL, PhDStephen Reel
Vice President, USA | ACSI
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Association of Christian Schools International
401 Holly Tree Lane, Simpsonville, SC 29681
Office: 864.380.1641 | Fax: 770.985.5847

Stephen Reel has served for 30 years in Christian school ministry as a Bible teacher, school administrator, and adjunct professor. He is currently the Vice President, USA for the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI). Prior to his Christian school career, he served two tours of duty in the United States Marine Corps as an infantry sergeant, tactics instructor, marksmanship instructor, and competition shooter. Dr. Reel holds a Bachelor of Arts in Bible from Columbia Bible College, a Master of Education in educational administration from Columbia International University, and an Educational Specialist and Doctor of Philosophy in educational administration from the University of South Carolina. He is the author of Clear Focus: Rediscovering the Most Important Aspect of Christian School Ministry. Stephen and his wife, Melanie, have three children, all Christian school graduates.


BRET WICHERT, CPABret Wichert
Vice President of Finance | ACSI 
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Association of Christian Schools International
731 Chapel Hills Dr, Colorado Springs, CO 80920
Office: 719.867.0105 |  Fax: 719.867.5266

Bret has spent much of his career serving nonprofit organizations. He joined ACSI in July 2013 after working in public accounting for almost 20 years. As Vice President of Finance, Bret is responsible for the financial and certain administrative operations of the organization. He monitors and directs the implementations of strategic business plans and oversees budgeting, the preparation of and approval of all financial reporting materials, and key metrics used to evaluate operating efficiency. Prior to joining ACSI, he was a partner with a national CPA firm and served a wide range of clients within the nonprofit sector, including church denomination headquarters, local churches, colleges and universities, foreign mission organizations, and charitable foundations supporting organizations and public (community) foundations. He obtained his BA degree from Azusa Pacific University and spoke regularly at industry conferences and seminars. Bret is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.


Senior Leadership Team

David Ray

David M. Ray, MA

Assistant Vice President, USA
Email:  david_ray@acsi.org
Phone:  727.784.0893
Cell:  727.744.7577
Major Areas of Responsibility:

    • Membership
    • Strategic Partnership Program
    • Student Activities and Services
    • Support to the Regional Offices

David Wilcox

David Wilcox, PhD

Assistant Vice President, Global  
Email:  david_wilcox@acsi.org
Phone:  719.867.0206
Cell:  719.232.4145
Skype: wilcoxatacsi
Twitter: coloradowilcox
Major Areas of Responsibility:

    • Oversight for the 10 ACSI country and regional offices in South and East Asia, and the Americas
    • Liaison to partner Christian school associations in Australia, New Zealand, and China 
Erin Wilcox

Erin Wilcox, EdD

Assistant Vice President, Academic Services
Email: erin_wilcox@acsi.org
Office: 719.867.0238  
Cell: 719.491.9674
Major Areas of Responsibility:

    • Accreditation Services
    • Certification Services
    • Higher Education Approval Program
    • International Student Program Services

Jerry Bowen

Jerry Bowen

Senior Regional Director, Western Division

Jeff Mattner

Jeff Mattner

Senior Regional Director, Central Division

Laura Martinez

Laura Martinez, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Director of Human Resources
731 Chapel Hills Drive, Colorado Springs, CO  80920
Office:  719.867.0135
For employment opportunities, please refer to our website under About ACSI & Membership, and Join ACSI.

Kevin Buelke

Kevin Buelke, CPA

Controller
731 Chapel Hills Drive, Colorado Springs, CO  80920
Office:  719.867.0114

Philip Scott

Philip Scott, Esq

In House Counsel
Assistant Director for Legal Legislative Issues 
Association of Christian Schools International
PO Box 65130, Colorado Springs, CO 80962-5130
Direct: 719.867.5276
Fax: 719.531.0631
Major Areas of Responsibilities:

  • Serve as ACSI's internal legal counsel  
  • Work with Legal Legislative Department on legal, legislative, human resources, and risk management issues of interest to member schools
Julee Mecham

JuLee Mecham, PhD

Director of Research and Strategic Initiatives
Association of Christian Schools International
731 Chapel Hills Dr. Colorado Springs, CO 80920
Office: 719.867.0208
Fax: 719.531.0716

Kevin Wilson

Kevin Wilson

Director of Information Technology
Phone: 719.867.0124
Skype: kevinwwilson

Bomar

Shannon Bomar, PhD

Director for Professional Development
Email: shannon_bomar@acsi.org
Phone: 719.867.0153
Major Areas of Responsibility: Professional development services including events and online learning

Swaner

Lynn Swaner, EdD

Director of Thought Leadership and Higher Education Initiatives
Email: lynn_swaner@acsi.org
Phone: 719.867.0408