John Ukich- Board Chair, Pediatric Dentist
John is excited to serve as a board member at CCA. His wife, Celeste, and he wanted a school that would teach their boys to critically think and develop a Biblical Worldview. Classical Christian Academy is that school, and for that reason John is thrilled to serve in a capacity that facilitates just that.
John’s two boys, Jacob and Ashton, have grown to love the environment that CCA provides both academically and spiritually. Raising his children in an environment that consistently points to God and provides them the opportunity to challenge their faith in a safe setting while they are still at home is his goal. Both he and his wife have been raised in a Christian home since they were young and have sought to pursue God with their whole hearts throughout their lives.
Currently, John has the opportunity to serve at Real Life Ministries teaching youth Sunday school and leading a Life Group. He is a second generation pediatric dentist with an office in Coeur d’Alene and one in Sandpoint.
Eric Manuel – Board Vice Chair, Utility Design Manager
While new to board service at Classical Christian Academy, Eric looks forward to the opportunity to help chart a future path for our students. He and his wife Tina relocated to the area in 2014 with their two children who both attend CCA. They have both become proponents of Classical Education since being first exposed to it several years ago and believe that even in the Classical sphere of influence there is something special happening here at CCA…that God is doing a mighty work in our students and at this school.
Eric attended University of Laverne, a small liberal arts college in Southern California, where he completed his undergraduate degree in accounting with an emphasis on quantitative financial analysis, and he completed some graduate level coursework. Since earning his degree in 1989, Eric has worked in the electric utility industry and currently manages a transmission specific design team for an international utility contractor.
Eric and his family attend Calvary Chapel Coeur d’Alene, where he serves on the worship team.
Aaron Michalk- Board Treasurer/Secretary, Software Developer
As a software engineer Aaron sees the demand for STEM qualified graduates. However, if we turn out a bunch of worker bees, who will be running our businesses and our government? He sees a gap in our modern education where we fail to educate the whole person.
We need graduates who can create good arguments and counter bad arguments (Logic). We need graduates who can eloquently express their ideas (Rhetoric). We need graduates who can defend their Christian faith. We need heroes who will do the right thing. Aaron has been on the board since September 2011. He has two children who love CCA. He attends church at Real Life Ministries.
Eric Ballew- Board Member, Engineer
Eric has been on the board since 2004, holding various positions during that time. He is currently the committee chair for the Committee of Trustees. He and his wife Hillary have two boys who have attended CCA since Kindergarten. Eric is actively involved in basketball and football youth sports program in Post Falls.
Eric has several degrees- a B.S. in Applied Physics and Mathematics, a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, and an MBA. He is currently part owner and CEO of a small business in Spokane Valley that produces mobile shredding trucks for customers across North America.
Duane Craddock – Board Member, Physician
Duane Craddock has been serving on Classical Christian Academy’s Board since 2004. He has experienced each of CCA’s stages, Grammar, Logic and Rhetoric through his two children. He is a strong proponent of Biblical worldview and Classical education, recognizing the immense benefits of this manner of teaching. CCA’s unique education produces bright, articulate, persuasive students who possess the tools for critical thinking and will continue a lifelong love of learning.
As a Christian pediatrician, he understands child development and the necessary components for a child to become an effective disciple for Christ. He also serves as an elder for Coeur d’Alene Bible Church. He is supported by his wife, Abby, to whom he has been married for over 20 years.
Julie Grunzweig- Board Member, CPA
As a former staff member from 2008 to 2016, Julie is glad to be part of the CCA community again. She believes in an education firmly rooted in Biblical truth and embraces the tool of Classical education that guides a student to the discovery of truth and seeks to produce life-long learners. As John Milton Gregory states, “Excite and direct the self-activities of the learner, and tell him nothing he can discover himself.” For true education is not that which gives knowledge, but that which stimulates students to gain knowledge.
Julie earned her B.S. in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting before staying home to raise and home educate her three sons. She recently obtained her CPA license and works at a local accounting firm where she enjoys helping individuals and small business owners to steward their resources effectively. Julie and Bob, her husband of over 31 years, enjoy running, hiking and spending time with family, which includes their first grandchild. She also enjoys investing her time serving in women’s development ministries.
Fred Bosse- Board Member on Sabatical, Pastor
Fred and his wife, Laura, have been involved at CCA for over 13 years. Their family attends Real Life Ministries in Post Falls, where Fred has pastored for eight years. Two of their sons are CCA Alumni, Joshua (2009) and David (2011). Their youngest sons, Jonathan and Nathan, started CCA in Kindergarten and are currently enrolled.
First and foremost, Fred believes that classical Christian education is the best way to educate the next generation of Christian citizens in our nation. He knows that CCA is the best school in this area to provide that education! Ever since his first encounter with the school in 2004, he has witnessed a love for Christ, a love for one another, and a love of learning- not only in the students, but in the faculty and families as well.
Fred is excited to help CCA continue in its commitment to excellence for the current students and for those who will attend in the years to come.