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Meet Your Western Division Team

Leadership Staff

Western Division | 714.256.1287

ACSI Headquarters (payments must be sent here)
P.O Box 62249 | Colorado Springs, CO 80962

Western Division Mailing Address
2375 E. Imperial Hwy., #1007 | Brea, CA 92821

Leadership Staff


Cecil Swetland

Dr. Cecil Swetland

Senior Director, Western Division
Cecil provides consultation and professional support services to member schools, their boards, and executive staff leaders. He is your trusted advisor for Christian School leader issues.

He organizes and facilitates Leadership Network Meetings, webinars, and other gatherings of ACSI school leaders. In addition, he plans for your professional growth events and round tables that challenge and stretch. Let him know what you need – he is always available to member school leaders and boards.

He has his ear to the ground to identify emerging needs to coordinate the delivery of member services and benefits with ACSI HQ and other ACSI offices. He wants to know what services are most important to you, now and into the future.

Cecil is your leadership resource – you can talk with him anytime about administrative or board issues, concerns, and needs. He has served as a Head of School for 18 years, and he knows the pressures and demands of school leadership

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Lacey Klements

Executive Assistant to Cecil Swetland
Lacey is your go-to person for all divisional member needs, including using the website, updating your school contact information, and professional development offering. She also keeps the master calendar of events - If it's happening, she knows when and where. 

Lacey keeps you in the know through all divisional communications. She is here to offer help, support, and a listening ear whenever it is needed.
Early Education

Early Education

Suzie Mohler

Dr. Suzie Mohler 

Early Education Senior Coordinator

Strengthens programs and equips our early educators as they prepare young children (birth through year five). She’s ready to dialog and walk alongside you as you aim to improve your preschool.

Student Leadership & Learning

Student Leadership & Learning



Tracey Thoenes

Student Leadership & Learning Coordinator

Tracey serves as the Student Leadership & Learning Coordinator for all 13 states in the Western Division and International schools. She collaborates with member schools and universities to advance the educational mission by providing enrichment and experiential events beyond the classroom. Along with the Student Leadership & Learning team, Tracey strives to equip students with valuable skills such as creative thinking, problem-solving, leadership, and service. Through participation, students discover their talents, reinforce their biblical worldview, and increase their cultural influence for Jesus. For more information, visit their website or contact Tracey directly.

Lynette Ilertsen

Lynette Ilertsen

Student Leadership & Learning Assistant

Lynette serves as the Student Leadership & Learning Assistant and supports schools participating in events and conferences. For more information, answers to specific questions, or general assistance, contact Lynette directly.


Accreditation Team


Matt Hannan

Matt Hannan

Director of Accreditation, Western Division

Hannan is a servant leader who brings more than 20 years of experience in education to his new position. Prior to joining ACSI, he served as the Upper School Principal at Santa Fe Christian Schools since 2008, where he played a key role in advancing the school’s academic strategic plan and mission. Under his leadership, Santa Fe Christian Schools maintained full dual accreditation status through ACSI and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). He has also served as an ACSI Accreditation Commissioner in Southern California since 2022 and is actively involved with WASC, serving as an Accreditation Visiting Team Member and Chair since 2014.

Sandi Nicolaides

Sandi Nicolaides

Accreditation Coordinator, Southern California & Hawaii

Organizes and communicates regarding school accreditation. Contact her if you have a question about accreditation, change in your school’s accreditation info or if you’re interested in finding out more about how to become accredited!

Lee Ann Bowman

Lee Ann Bowman

Accreditation Coordinator, Northwest & Rocky Mountain Regions

Provides administrative support for school accreditation. Contact her with any questions you may have related to accreditation reporting or visiting teams, or if you just need prayer.

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Tricia Deisch

Accreditation Coordinator

Tricia provides administrative support for school accreditation for Northern California schools. Contact her with any questions you may have regarding accreditation.

Field Directors

Field Directors


Jerry Bowen

Jerry Bowen

Field Director for: Arizona, New Mexico, Southern Nevada

After 45 years in Christian education as a teacher, principal, ACSI regional director, and general “travel guy”, Jerry retired, looking for that life of leisure putting around the house and hanging out with grandkids. But that is not what retirement looks like in his world. In the last two years, he has finished an Ed.D. in educational leadership, signed on as an interim Headmaster for a large Classical Christian school, stepped onto the board of a Christian school in Russia, volunteered for domestic and international accreditation work, and was voted onto an emerging state Christian school consortium board. Still married for almost 50 years, serving in his church, and occasionally seeing the grandkids, retired life is filled with service and opportunity.

Jim Hopson

Jim Hopson

Field Director for: San Diego, CA area

Jim has served as Head of School in 5 different schools over a period of some 45 years. He holds a Master’s of Science with a concentration in Faith Based Education from Cal Baptist University.  He also holds an ACSI Professional Educator’s Certificate at the Superintendent Level. His experience has included founding a K-8 Christian school; serving on the ACSI Board of Directors and several Accreditation teams. His most recent responsibilities include serving as Field Director for the greater San Diego County as well as holding Round-Table groups for Christian leaders. Jim has a wife, who has been actively involved in the Christian school movement as a conference speaker; two married children, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.  His favorite verse is Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.”


Rohn Ritzema

Field Director for: Greater Sacramento Area

Rohn holds a BA degree from Hope College and a MA degree from Goddard College. Rohn was a Christian School administrator in Santa Rosa for 12 years, an ACSI Regional Director for 25 years, and has been a ACSI Field Director for 7 years. Rohn has also been a certified leadership/life coach for 7 years. His interests include photography, camping, snow skiing and gadgets. He has been married to Jane for 52 years!

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Tim Lugg

Field Director for: WA

Timothy Lugg earned his Bachelor of Arts in 1979 from Los Angeles Baptist College (now The Master’s University) and his Master of Divinity from Western Conservative Baptist Seminary (1999). In 1982 he was hired to teach at Grace Academy in Marysville, WA. He was named the Administrator/Principal at Grace Academy in 1998 and remained in this position until retirement in 2022. He has also served on the board of the Washington Federation of Independent Schools, on the ACSI Regional Council, and the ACSI Northwest Accreditation Commission. He and his wife, Renée, have five grown children and 15 grandchildren.


Weston Kurz

Field Director for: Colorado

Weston is a native Coloradoan. He has been married to Kristin for 27 years and has two adult daughters Emily and Katie. He went to college at Colorado State, where he earned a business degree. Weston became a Christian at a Promise Keepers event in Boulder in 1994. After spending 16 years working in banking, he changed careers and started his dream job as Executive Director at Dayspring Christian Academy in 2012. He believes in serving and has been on various boards. He is currently serving on the Colorado Association of Private Schools, High Plains Housing Development and the Bright Futures boards. In his spare time, he loves to read, fly fish and "try" to archery hunt for big game.

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Rhonda Rogers

Field Director for: Oregon

Mrs. Rhonda Rogers is the Superintendent of Portland Christian Schools, where she has served since 2002. She is an effective and engaging leader widely respected among Christian school leaders in the Pacific Northwest. Rhonda received her undergraduate degrees from Pacific University (Oregon) and a Master of Education from Concordia University (Oregon). Rhonda has been married to her husband Glenn for 32 years and they have three grown boys who all attended Portland Christian.  She has recently been blessed with her first grandchild, a beautiful little girl named Emery. Rhonda has experience serving in all areas of the school, including early childhood.  She has mentored many Christian school leaders and faculty members over the last 20 years. ACSI is delighted that she has joined the Western Division team as Field Director for Oregon. 

Jeremy Brown

Jeremy Brown

Field Director for: Fresno, CA area

Jeremy serves as the ACSI Field Director for the Fresno area. Jeremy was born and raised in California.  He graduated from Fresno State with both his BA in English Literature and his MA in Educational Leadership. He worked in public schools teaching and as a site administrator for over 15 years before moving to Fresno Christian Schools in 2013 as Superintendent. He also teaches in the educational leadership program at Fresno Pacific University. Jeremy has been married to Holly for 29 years and has 4 adult children.