Taking young minds seriously

Meet our Board of Advisors

Ralph Coffman – Mr. Coffman retired from teaching and coaching after 35 years at Fort Frye High School in Beverly, Ohio. Mr. Coffman is a respected leader in Washington County, particularly within the agricultural community. He is a graduate of the Ohio State University.

Bill Fields – Mr. Fields is a retired attorney having spent his law career of 40 years in Marietta. He now lives in Warm Springs, Virginia where he is active in his church, public policy activities, musical performance, and education. Mr. Fields earned his law degree from Harvard Law School in 1964.

Jason Jones – Mr. Jones is a film producer and human rights activist. He is the founder of Movie To Movement, a movie website and production company dedicated to promoting positive, life-affirming films. Among his credits are the critically-acclaimed movies “Bella,” “Crescendo,” “Little Boy,” and “The Stoning of Soraya M”.  Mr. Jones lives in Hawaii with his wife and five children.

Emmett McGroarty – Mr. McGroarty is the Director of Research and Planning at the Institute for Human Ecology at the Catholic University of America.  He was previously the Vice President for Education at the American Principles Project, an organization dedicated to promoting and preserving America’s Founding Principles. Mr. McGroarty is a graduate of Fordham School of Law and Georgetown University, and he has been a leading voice against Common Core in the national media.

Steve Parlin – Mr. Parlin is a teacher at Marietta Middle School.  He is a former instructor at the Culver Academies Preparatory School in northern Indiana.  A native of Marietta, Mr. Parlin lives in town with his wife and five children.  His wife has been a professor of literature at both the college level and at Veritas.

Davis Powers – President and CEO of Skuttle IAQ Products in Marietta, Ohio, Mr. Powers is a native of Laguna Beach, California.  He studied business and music at San Diego State University, Saddleback College, and Gislaved Sweden.  Mr. Powers is on the board of directors of Marietta Noon Rotary, served as Vice Chairman of Washington State Community College, and is active in the arts and education in Marietta.  He is married to Jennifer Powers, and they have two children.

Jane Robbins – Ms. Robbins is an attorney and a senior fellow with the American Principles Project. In that position she has crafted federal and state legislation designed to restore the constitutional autonomy of states and parents in education policy and to protect the rights of religious freedom and conscience. Her essays on these topics have been published in various print and online media, and she has testified about education issues before numerous state legislatures. She is a graduate of Clemson University and the Harvard Law School.

Eric Shafer – Lieutenant Commander Shafer is a Navy officer and Fellow in Cardiology, Board Certified in Internal Medicine in Chicago, Illinois. Dr. Shafer is originally from Ironton, Ohio and is a graduate of Marietta College and Ohio University. He is the recipient of the Bronze Star for his actions in Afghanistan in 2009.  Dr. Shafer is married and has three daughters.

Katie Sorensen – Miss Sorensen is a summa cum laude graduate of Hillsdale College where she works as a staff writer in the Institutional Advancement Department. She was previously a member of the faculty of Veritas Classical Academy where she taught 5th and 6th grades, as well as Latin and piano. Her study of the ancient world and her experience with the modern one have made her a passionate proponent of classical education. In all her work, and in service of Veritas Classical Academy, she seeks to communicate eternal truths to a world increasingly blind to them.

Jade Thompson – Mrs. Thompson has taught Spanish at both public and private colleges and schools in Ohio for the past 20 years. She is currently in her 15th year of teaching at Marietta High School. Mrs. Thompson is a native of Texas and a graduate of the University of Texas (B.A.) and Marietta College (M.A.).  She and her husband have three adult children.

Rosemary Vander Weele – Mrs. Vander Weele is the principal of Our Lady of Lourdes Classical School in Denver, Colorado.  Prior to opening this classical school, Mrs. Vander Weele spent many years teaching pre-K through 8th grades at private schools in Colorado.  Mrs. Vander Weele has a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Franciscan University and a M.A. in Evangelization and Catholic Leadership from the Augustine Institute.  She also holds a M.A. in Education.