Board Governance

Meet Our Board

Avail Academy is governed by a board of directors representing and elected by the Calvin Christian School Society, the voluntary membership association that owns and operates the school. Board members are trustees of the beliefs and mission of Christian education, responsible for nurturing the vision and setting the direction for Avail Academy.

Ryan Mick | Board Chair

Children at Avail: 3, Blaine campus

Church home: Grace Point

Occupation: Attorney

“A school has a purpose: preparing children for the future. At Avail, that means more than our outstanding academics. As a Christian community, we’re committed to equipping students to answer the question, ‘How now shall I live?’ with a Christ-centered worldview that isn’t just a matter of theory, but rather something students K-12 put into practice.  I’m grateful to be a part of that.”


Lydia Kroese | Vice Chair

Children at Avail: 1, Edina; 2 alumni

Church home: Redeemer Reformed Church, Golden Valley

Occupation: Homemaker, librarian, volunteer

“Avail teachers have lovingly challenged our three children in their very diverse academic abilities. Engaging each child as an image bearer of the One True God is a distinction of education at Avail.”


Jack Brouwer | Secretary

Children at Avail: 2, Edina campus

Church home: Calvary Christian Reformed Church

Occupation: ITS Clinical Systems Manager

Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of MN

“My wife, Michelle, and I firmly believe in the mission of Avail and the way the biblical worldview is woven into each class. Therefore, engaging in board work or other school activities is rewarding!”


Steve Ling | Treasurer

Children at Avail: 2, Blaine campus

Church home: Eagle Brook

Occupation: Attorney

“Avail provides a phenomenal education, not only from an academic standpoint, but in how the teachers and staff intentionally live and teach a biblical worldview. My wife and I are excited to see our children grow academically and spiritually, and Avail has played a significant role in that development.”


Nic Anderson

Children at Avail: 2, Blaine campus

Church home: Edinbrook

Occupation: General Manager, Salem Media Group-Twin Cities

“I am blessed to be a part of a great community of awesome families and wonderful teachers who love sharing Jesus and a Christian worldview.”


Krista Carroll

Children at Avail: 2, Blaine campus

Church home: Eagle Brook Blaine

Occupation: Co-Founder/CEO, Latitude

“Our family has a long list of all we love about Avail Academy. However, at the top of the list is the way that the Avail staff integrates faith and biblical values into every aspect of the education and experiences our children have there.”


Aaron Hall

Children at Avail:  4, Blaine

Church home:  Eagle Brook

Occupation:  CEO/Attorney

“I love Avail’s teachers, sense of community, and integration of faith and learning.”


John Hendrickson

Children at Avail: 2 alumni

Church home: Grace Point

Occupation: CEO, InterDyn BMI

“Avail Academy has had a major impact in the lives of my two sons, and serving on the board is one way I can help to continue the great Christ-centered education Avail provides.”


Nick Hoekman

Children at Avail: 2, Edina campus

Church home: Calvary Christian Reformed Church

Occupation: Project Manager for Air Liquide Electronics

“At Avail, the teachers love the children as their own. They encourage and foster growth both spiritually and academically.  It is exciting to see the joy in my children as they are learning.”


Sue Vande Kamp

Children at Avail: 1, high school; 2 alumni

Church home: Faith Christian Reformed Church

Occupation: Elementary Special Education Teacher, Anoka-Hennepin ISD

“My family has been blessed to be a part of the Avail community for more than 20 years. We value Avail Academy’s commitment to providing a Christ-centered education and equipping students with a desire for discipleship.”


Kevin Distad

Children at Avail: 4, Blaine campus & 2, high school

Church home: ChristLife Evangelical

Occupation: Senior Wealth Advisor - Nepsis, Inc.

“Avail Academy has played a significant role in the life of our family for the past 12+ years, and we are very pleased with the impact Avail has had on our children.  We especially appreciate the emphasis on high-quality education and its integration with a Biblical worldview. ”


Linda Marcus

Children: 1 alumni, 1 high school

Occupation: Registered Nurse

Church home: Calvary Christian Reformed Church

‘Our school provides an academically challenging, solid Christian education with a strong biblical worldview  equipping students to live and serve in God's world wherever He places them. It has been a blessing to be a part of this wonderful community for 17 years.’