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Rod Strickland, Chair
 
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Rod Strickland is a dentist practicing in Savannah. He has been married to his wife Lori for over 20 years. They have 4 children: Chloe (HHCA Class of 2015), Lilly (HHCA Class of 2016), Ivy (HHCA Class of 2019) and Cameron (current HHCA student). The Strickland's relocated to Bluffton from Indiana in 2007 and have been attending HHCA for 10 years. They attend church at Low Country Community Church in Bluffton.
 
 
 
Life Verse: 3 John 1:4: “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.”
 
Why did you choose to serve on the HHCA board? 
I want to be a part of the exciting developments and changes that have been happening at HHCA over the past few years. It's my desire to help shape the future for HHCA, to achieve excellence through it's vision of the three "E's". Empowering minds, Engaging hearts, and Equipping hands to impact the world for Jesus Christ.
 
 
Jim Van Grouw, Treasurer
 
Jim is a CPj van grouwA at his own business, James L. Van Grouw, LLC. He is married to
Beverly Van Grouw and they have 2 children, Natasha (HHCA Class of 2019) and
Matthew (HHCA Class of 2015). The family has been at HHCA for 11 years and they attend Independent Presbyterian Church. 
 
Life Verse: “So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.” Galatians 6:10
 
Why did you choose to serve on the HHCA Board?
I joined the Board to assist and support the efforts of continuing the school's mission and to utilize my God given talents where needed.
 
 
Joe Short, Vice Chair
 
Joe Short is president and joint owner of Ocean Woods Landscaping. He is married to Bridget Short and they have four adult children, all of whom graduated from Hilton Head Christian Academy. He serves on the HHCA Finance Committee and has been actively involved in the soccer program at HHCA for 17 years, currently volunteering as assistant coach for the boys varsity soccer team. He previously served on the HHCA board from 1999 to 2005. He is a member of Holy Family Catholic Church.
 
 
Katie Dalzell
 
K DalzellKatie and her husband, Chris, own Shoreline Construction, a residential and commercial contractor in Bluffton. She is the head interior designer of the company and a proud mom of three girls. Emma Kate is in 6th grade and Campbell is in 4th grade at HHCA. Her youngest, Anna Price, is three years of age. Her family attends Low Country Community Church.
 
Life Verse: “He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time.” 2 Timothy 1:9 

Why did you chose to serve on the HHCA Board? "I could not be more proud to be a part of the HHCA community. The Christian love and support from the administration, teachers and staff will forever change the direction of our children's lives. I am honored to serve on the board of directors to help carry out the vision, mission, and values of our school.
 
 
Dana Taylor
 
Dana Taylor andd taylor her husband Gerrick own Taylor's Quality Landscape Supply. They are parents to two HHCA students: Trace and Anna Kate. They have been part of the HHCA family since 2015. Dana and her family attend Live Oak Christian Church in Bluffton, where Dana is involved in children's ministry and is a member of the Live Oak Performing Arts Center design team, which is helping the church move forward in the building of a worship center and performing arts center.

Dana states, "Thankfully, I was blessed to grow up in a Christian home and I have never known a day apart from Christ. I accepted Jesus as my Savior when I was 11 years old, but it was in college that I truly developed a relationship with Jesus."
 
Life Verse: "Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways, acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight." Proverbs 3:5-6

Why did you choose to serve on the HHCA Board? I chose to serve on the Board because I believe in the vision of the school. It is an exciting time to serve in this capacity and we are seeing God move in so many ways. It is clear that God has big plans for HHCA and the plan moving forward has been bathed in prayer. It is an honor to work alongside other leaders on the Board to see this vision carried out.
 
Matt Webster
 
m websterMatt Webster moved to Hilton Head Island in 1989, which is the same year he attended his first HHCA basketball game. He has been an HHCA fan ever since! Matt and his wife Stephanie have three children: Cole (HHCA graduate) Carson (HHCA graduate) and Camryn (current HHCA student). The boys started at HHCA in the first grade and Camryn started in Kindergarten so they have a long history at the school and plan to be at HHCA for many more years to come. Matt has been in banking since he graduated from Furman in 1988. He currently works at TD Bank. When he is not working or attending a ball game at the school, he enjoys biking, surfing and just hanging out with his family.

Life Verse: "Trust in the Lord with all of your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all ways acknowledge Him and he will direct your path." Proverbs 3:5-6

Why did you chose to serve on the HHCA Board?  "My reason for serving on the board is that I went to a similar school when I was growing up and it made a life-long impact on me. I want to make sure HHCA continues to shape the lives of our students to serve Christ and be a witness for Him."
 
 
 
Murray Yanker 
 
Murray anm yankerd her husband, Randy, have two children attending HHCA. Murray and Randy moved their family to Bluffton, SC after living in New York City for over 20 years. The family attends Church of the Cross in Bluffton. Murray is a retired Delta Airlines executive. She also worked in television and publishing media and consulted for corporate America in recipe design, menu development and food styling. Murray holds a B.A. From the University of South Carolina and graduated with honors from the Institute of Culinary Education.

Murray previously served on the corporate board of the Culinary Institute of America and she currently serves on the board of the Margaret Byrd Rawson Institute and the Palmetto Bluff Headwaters neighborhood board. She is passionate about her family and education. She also loves cooking, restaurants and travel. Murray is very excited to serve God, family and friends through her HHCA board responsibilities.
 
 
Amy Smith
 
Amy Sa smithmith, a South Carolina native and 20-year resident of Bluffton, has her Master's in Health Administration and is the Chief Financial Officer for Palmetto Dental Arts. She and her husband Brian have four children: Laney, Isabelle, Harrison and Brinkley. They have been a part of the HHCA family since 2014.
 
Amy and her family worship at Low Country Community Church. She is grateful she was raised in relationship with Jesus but her experience with infertility, adoption and breast cancer cemented her personal faith and daily devotion.
 
 
Charlie Clark
 
Charlie Clark c clarkand her husband, Tom, have been island residents since 2001. Their boys Brennan and Cameron were both "lifers" at HHCA. Cameron is a senior at USC in Columbia and Brennan is a graduate of the College of Charleston and is pursuing a career in music. Charlie is the Vice President of Communications for the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce and Visitor and Convention Bureau where she is responsible for national destination PR and all aspects of Chamber marketing.

Charlie and her family attend a local satellite of Northpoint Church based in Atlanta.

Charlie came to know Christ in high school through Young Life, then called Campus Life. She is passionate about HHCA and credits the school with positively impacting her boys in a significant way.
 
 
Pratt Reed
 
Pratt Reed is president of the Reed Group. He and wife Kim are both Hilton Head Christian Academy alumni. They have 2 children attending HHCA, JP and Shelby. Pratt is an active member at Hilton Head Presbyterian Church.
 
Life Verse: "And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up." Galatians 6:9
 
Why did you chose to serve on the HHCA Board?
As a graduate of HHCA, I'm excited to offer my talents to help further the school's growth as it continues to impact our future generations for Christ.
 
 
Colby McClure
 
c mclureColby and her husband, Blaine, have four children attending HHCA. The family resides in Bluffton and attends Church of the Cross. Colby received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Maryland. Prior to starting a family, she enjoyed a successful career in the pharmaceutical industry, specializing in women’s health.

She previously served as a member of SAFECHILD in Raleigh, NC, and she has been involved in many volunteer programs at HHCA. Colby is enthusiastic about the direction of HHCA’s 21st century education initiative as well as the push for excellence in making HHCA a world class destination for Christian education.
 
 
Gerry Healy
 
Gerald and his wife, Amy, moved to the Bluffton area in January of 2009. They have two children enrolled at HHCA and they are active members of Low Country Community Church. Upon graduating from the University of New Hampshire, Gerry began his professional career with Fidelity Investments. After five years in the financial industry, Gerry commissioned into the U.S. Marine Corps in 2004, where he served as a Judge Advocate until his honorable discharge in 2012.
 
After his discharge from the U.S. Marine Corp, Gerry founded Military Justice Attorneys, a law firm specializing in the criminal and civil defense of active duty military personnel. The firm has seven attorneys and offices in Savannah and San Diego. They represent hundreds of clients in over 30 states and countries.

Gerry has served on the Board of Directors for the Oldfield Community Association, the Oldfield Community Council, and as a member of the Oldfield Legal Committee. He has also served on several ad hoc committees for HHCA during the planning stages of the Bluffton campus over the past several years.

From The Chairmain

When my family and I moved here, there was no question in my mind where we would send our four children (ages 4, 5, 8 & 9) to school. It was Hilton Head Christian Academy.
 
Prior to moving here, our children were attending public schools in Indiana. The Indiana schools were great, but my wife and I had a strong desire for our kids to be mentored by Christian teachers in a Christian atmosphere. We toured most of the local Christian schools and HHCA clearly stood above the rest. So, in the fall of 2007, three of our four children started HHCA in first, fourth and fifth grades (my youngest wasn’t old enough for kindergarten). Since that time, our experience has been better than we ever imagined.

I’m sure each of you have somewhat similar stories. You wanted a better place for your child. You wanted a safe environment where your child is taught a Christian worldview by Christians. You wanted a place where your advanced child could be challenged, or maybe where your child with learning differences could be mentored and empowered to achieve his full potential. Some of you were attracted to Hilton Head Christian Academy’s top notch athletics and arts programs.
 
It’s wonderful to see kids at HHCA who are 2, 3 and even 4 sport athletes while also participating in the exceptional school chorus and plays. Regardless of what brought you here, my prayer is that HHCA will have a long lasting and positive influence in your family's life.

I joined the board to make a difference. I don’t look at my service to HHCA as a “job”, rather, I look at it as a calling that God has placed on my heart to help build His kingdom. I am inspired and driven by HHCA’s vision which is, “To Know Christ and Make Him Known” as well as our mission which is, “To partner with our families by providing our students with a firm foundation, comprising a growing relationship with Jesus Christ and a relentless pursuit of excellence in academics, athletics, and the arts, through which students are equipped to impact the world for His glory. Everyone on the Board of Directors keeps this vision and mission at the core of his or her decisions.

As a Board, we have our own mission in support of the school. “The Board of Hilton Head Christian Academy is responsible for upholding the School's mission by setting the strategic and financial direction for intergenerational sustainability. Our members will reflect the required expertise, diversity and capacity to plan strategically as we implement our agenda, mindful of the fiduciary and policy-setting roles we hold as stewards. The Board will ensure operational excellence through the Head of School who, with the School's leadership team and faculty, will carry out our daily mission.” Each member of our Board of Directors has a heart for Christ and is a servant on this earth for His glory. Please take a look at their pictures and comments below. I believe you will agree with me that they are an exceptional group.

In conclusion, my prayer is that God would reveal to us his will for HHCA. Would you please pray the same? And also, if you see me walking around the hallways, at sporting events or just around town, I would love it if you would stop me and say, "hi."

In His name,
Rod