Board of Directors

Joe Calkins

Chair

Joe received his bachelors, masters, and doctorate degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Tech where he focused his research on robotics and measurement uncertainty. He is one of the founders of New River Kinematics where he serves as the President of the company as well as one of the principal software developers of the SpatialAnalyzer metrology platform. Joe lives in Williamsburg, VA with his wife and three children. It is in Williamsburg that he first encountered Classical Education at Providence Classical School (PCS). Joe is currently chairman of the school board that is currently working to add the Rhetoric school for PCS. Joe became acquainted with CiRCE when Andrew came for teacher/board training several years ago. Joe currently serves on the board at CiRCE and is trying to keep up with all the talk of classical literature from which engineers are typically sheltered.

Greg Roe

Treasurer

Greg lives with his wife Julann in Tampa, where they home school their three children, Sydney, Luke, and Rebecca; and where they attend St. Mary’s Episcopal Church. Greg grew up in Tampa, graduated from the University of South Florida with Accounting and Finance degrees, and has worked in the insurance industry for the past twenty-seven years. He currently serves as board chair where he provides oversight and direction for the CiRCE Institute. Greg believes that the public and private education system in our country are broken and that we need to return to our theological roots, remembering that God is the creator of all things and that through the study of the historical (classical) writers we can come to know God and how best to serve Him.

Martin Cothran

Martin Cothran, the author of Memoria Press’ Traditional Logic, Material Logic and Classical Rhetoric programs, is an instructor of Latin, Logic, Rhetoric, and Classical Studies at Highlands Latin School. Martin holds a B.A. in philosophy and economics from the University of California at Santa Barbara and an M.A. in Christian Apologetics from the Simon Greenleaf School (now a part of Trinity University). He currently serves as senior policy analyst with The Family Foundation of Kentucky. His articles has have appeared in the Cincinnati Enquirer, the Louisville Courier-Journal, and various other newspapers, as well as on radio and television. He has also served as a registered agent (or “lobbyist”) at the Kentucky State Capitol for over 12 years and has served on various state committees that oversee education policy, where he continues to be an influential voice on education policy issues. Martin is the managing editor of “The Classical Teacher” magazine, which also serves as Memoria Press’ product catalog. He and his family live in Danville, KY.

Steve Elliott

Steve has been serving in education as a teacher and administrator since 1990 in such various locales as Maryland, Louisiana, and North Carolina.  He also writes, speaks, consults, and generally annoys others who are trying to work with him in the classical Christian arena.  He resides in Greenville, NC, is married and the father of four young men. Steve heads the CiRCE Institute’s President Support & Evaluation Committee and serves as the Board’s secretary.  He is excited to see Circe pushing for the right conversations about the truly important ideas. One of his top goals for Circe is to see Andrew Kern milk a cow.

Silvano Ferazzo

Silvano lives in Weddington, North Carolina (a Charlotte suburb), and is Business Development Manager for Green Turtle Americas, Ltd., a company focused on providing engineered wastewater solutions for commercial and industrial clients. As a CiRCE board member, Silvano advises the organization on marketing, promotion, and communication issues, and assists in business planning. He says he serves on the CiRCE board because, “As a parent committed to homeschooling our three children, I recognize the need for a clear approach to classical education based on conservative Christian principles. The CiRCE Institute has the vision to provide the philosophy and the tools to regain what has been lost in education, and to regain excellence.” Further, he says, he “would like to help CiRCE to equip our next generations to strive for that excellence, to love learning, and to not settle for the lukewarm education that prevails today.”

Peter Vande Brake

Leadership Consultant

Dr. Peter Vande Brake grew up in Georgia and Tennessee but attended Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI where he majored in philosophy and was a 4-time All-American decathlete. He went to seminary at Union Seminary in Richmond, Virginia and then did his doctoral work at Calvin Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids obtaining a Ph.D. in systematic theology in 2000. He completed the Van Lunen Fellows Program for Executive Leadership in July of 2009. He taught, coached, and administered at North Hills Classical Academy from 1996-2010 and served as the headmaster there beginning in 1998. He is a leadership consultant for the CiRCE Institute and is working in the Mentorship Program at The Potter’s House School in Grand Rapids, MI. He is married and has two daughters.