Meet the School’s Board
Covenant is governed by an elected School Board as opposed to a church board or denominational agency. The Board of Directors is elected by our Parent Association and is responsible for hiring a qualified Christian staff, monitoring the finances of the school, and setting school policy.
Individually, Board members also serve as liaisons to the committees that help run the day-to-day and special activities within the school. These committees make recommendations to the Board regarding the planning and implementation of curriculum, fundraising, public relations and marketing, and facility needs. Covenant parents are expected to participate in the committee structure by serving on a committee or helping in a classroom.
If you are interested in serving on the Schools Board or joining a Committee, please contact the Board.
Kane Brolin and his wife Danika have been active in the civic affairs of their community and have served in a variety of ministries in their local church since they chose Mishawaka, Indiana as their city of residence in the year 2000. In addition, the Brolins have been licensed foster parents since 2010 and have adopted three children who come originally from Michiana.
Kane is a self-employed CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ practitioner and is the proprietor of Brolin Wealth Management. From a home base in downtown Mishawaka, he provides money management and financial advice to individuals, families, and businesses in 11 different states. Along with the CFP® certification, Kane also has earned the Chartered Special Needs Consultant™ designation and a master’s degree in management from the JL Kellogg School at Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois.
Having been fluent in Spanish since his late teens, Kane is dedicated to helping the children of Michiana attain a broad-based, multilingual education that will give them the flexibility and open-mindedness essential to building successful lives in the globalized economy of the 21st century. Kane’s other interests include Spirituality, politics, literature, music, disability rights, recreational water sports, and Cross-Country Skiing.
Totally blind since shortly after his birth, Kane is committed to doing everything possible to make sure that blind and print-disabled children and adults can access the tools and training that will enable them to attain equality, opportunity, and security, proving to those around them that it is respectable to be blind. In keeping with this goal, Kane has served as a founding officer of the Michiana Chapter within the National Federation of the Blind since that chapter’s inception in October of 2012.
Paul is an investment professional who helps manage the University of Notre Dame’s endowment fund. He graduated with a degree in finance and public policy from Notre Dame as well as an MBA from Harvard Business School and a Masters in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School. In 2009 he returned to the South Bend area with his wife, Molly, and together they sought out a Christian education that would offer a broader perspective on the world for their children. They feel so fortunate to have found Covenant Christian School, and since 2012 they have been members of the school community. They are now thrilled to have their three girls in the Spanish Immersion program and look forward to their 2 year old son joining next year! Paul, Molly and their children attend St. Joseph Parish in downtown South Bend.
Rob Wallace is the proud father of 3 adorable little daughters who are all enrolled in the Spanish immersion program at Covenant Christian School. He became a follower of Jesus in April of 2000 at a really loud Christian rock concert and later that summer spent a month in Kenya reaching people for Jesus. Rob is a passionate and driven leader of people and processes that promote growth in both the business sector as well as in non-profit organizations. He has a strong desire to see others succeed and accomplish measurable goals while making a difference in the world around us. In his free time, Rob enjoys long-distance cycling, hanging out at Silver Beach on Lake Michigan, and sipping on a LaSalle Hot Chocolate at the South Bend Chocolate Cafe.
Claire and husband Steve are Michiana natives who work together for Women’s Care Center, a national pregnancy resource center headquartered in South Bend. While exploring educational options for the oldest of their three daughters, they were thrilled to find a local school that offered a full language immersion program within a distinctly Christian environment. They’ve been members of the CCS family since 2015, and Claire is excited to bring several years of experience in development and special event fundraising to the board.
Steve Spivey is a Certified Financial Planner and brings 10 years of finance experience to the table. He is a graduate of Bethel College with a degree in Social Studies Education, and was a high school history teacher in a former life. His family (wife, Tara and 2 daughters) attends River Valley Church in Mishawaka. Hannah, their oldest daughter, has been in the Spanish Immersion program for the past three years. Steve believes Covenant is a great asset to the community educating students from a Christian perspective.
My name is Vera Zartman. I was born and raised in Dushanbe, the capital of Tajikistan. Tajikistan was a part of the Soviet Union, and became an independent country in 1991. My native language is Russian because it was spoken in my home and school and church. I was always fascinated by languages and chose linguistics as my field of study. My college degree is in linguistics and cross-cultural communication with an emphasis on English<>Russian translation and interpreting with an additional certificate in medical interpreting. I have taught applied translation in a college in Russia and have done multiple translation and interpreting assignments in four countries.
My husband, Jeremiah (Jeremy), is an Associate Professor at University of Notre Dame. As we were preparing for our move to Indiana from Zurich, Switzerland at the end of 2011, we were searching for a Christian school that would offer a language immersion program, and found Covenant! We love the diverse community of the school. For six years we have watched our three children grow and learn Spanish and learn about the Bible. They will be entering 5th, 3rd, and Kindergarten Immersion this fall. Our children are tri-lingual since we speak Russian at home, and they attend Russian school on weekends.
Jeremy and I have been active members of Grace Church in Granger as well as Sunday school teachers in the elementary class. I am also a Children’s Leader at the Bible Study Fellowship. Some of my hobbies are going on dates with my husband of 15 years, teaching Russian to my children, meeting friends for coffee, also hiking, swimming, making skin care products and cooking.
Charlton and his wife Kemmery are both South Bend natives. With three children, Maive (6), Lana (4), and Kline (8 months), Charlton and Kemmery are looking forward to being a part of Covenant Christian for the next 14+ years. The Keultjes family attends Christ the King Catholic Church.
While attending Indiana University, Charlton studied in Seville, Spain and earned a bachelor’s degree in Spanish. Charlton’s host family from Spain continues to be a huge part of his life and these relationships are the driving force behind his passion for the Spanish language and culture.
Charlton is currently the Chief Financial Officer at NCP Coatings in Niles, Michigan.
Krista Staley is a part time registered nurse in the recovery room at Allied Physicians Surgery Center. She has been a nurse for 13 years, also having worked at Memorial Hospital. She is an active member of the Ironwood United Pentecostal church, volunteering in the nursery during the Sunday School service. She’s been married to Jeff Staley, a graphic designer, for 13 years. They have two children. Lauren is finishing 2nd grade immersion, and Ryan has completed his first year of pre-K. The Staley family has been part of the CCS family for 5 years.
Elena was born and raised in Southern California. In 1996, she attended Bethel College in Mishawaka, majoring in Elementary Education. Afterwards, she taught in the South Bend Community School Corporation for 10 years. Elena and her husband, Matt, adopted their daughter in 2010 and twin boys in 2015. Elena enjoys being a stay at home mom and Matt is a South Bend firefighter. They attend Epic Church in Mishawaka.