Tyson Rallens

Board Chair

Tyson lives in Oxford, England where he is Director of the C.S. Lewis Study Centre at The Kilns, Lewis's historic home, and a DPhil (PhD) candidate in Strategy at the University of Oxford's Saïd Business School. His prior education includes an Executive MBA from Oxford University, an MSt in Literature and Arts, also from Oxford, a BS in Computer Engineering from the University of Idaho, and a BA in Liberal Arts and Culture from New Saint Andrews College. Before starting his DPhil, Tyson worked at Hewlett-Packard for fifteen years writing software for embedded systems and managing global engineering teams. He joined the CiRCE board in 2018 and became Chair in May, 2019.

Joe Calkins

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, now part of Hexagon AB, where he serves as a Chief Technology Officer for the Metrology Software Product Line.  Joe lives in Williamsburg, VA with his wife and three children. Joe served ten years on the Providence Classical School (PCS) board where he worked to develop the Rhetoric school for PCS. Joe became acquainted with CiRCE when Andrew came for teacher/board training many 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 schooled their three children, Sydney, Luke, and Rebecca; and attend Epiphany of our Lord Catholic 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 forty years. 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.

Doug Reynolds

Doug Reynolds lives in Chicago with his wife Julie where they attend a PCA church in the northern suburbs.  He graduated from the University of Virginia with a BA and Northwestern's Kellogg School with an MBA. Doug has spent his business career in finance and consulting--living and working in New York, London, and now Chicago. He has been involved in classical education since 2005 when he helped start a school in the Chicago suburbs. Doug joined the CiRCE board in 2013.

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.

Amy Liu

Amy Liu holds a Doctor of Medicine from Beijing Medical University and practiced as a cardiologist for three years in Fuwai Hospital-Cardiovascular Institute of Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences before coming to the US as a research scientist. After conducting nine years of research in DNA damage at UTMB and the NIEHS, she started to homeschool her three children and was drawn to Classical Christian Education. Learning alongside her children, she explored the rich heritage of the Judeo-Christian West and came to the conviction that “The purpose of education is …the habituation of the mind and body to will and act in accordance with what one knows.” After the graduation of her children, Amy devoted herself to helping other homeschooling families through co-op and private tutoring while pursuing further study of education in both Western and Eastern classical traditions in order to restore and preserve the rich heritage of both her native and adopted spheres.

Andrew Pudewa

Andrew Pudewa is the founder and director of the Institute for Excellence in Writing and a father of seven. Traveling and speaking around the world, he addresses issues related to teaching, writing, thinking, spelling, and music with clarity, insight, practical experience, and humor. His seminars for parents, students, and teachers have helped transform many a reluctant writer and have equipped educators with powerful tools to dramatically improve students’ skills. 

Although he is a graduate of the Talent Education Institute in Japan and holds a Certificate of Child Brain Development from the Institutes for the Achievement of Human Potential in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, his best endorsement is from a young Alaskan boy who called him “the funny man with the wonderful words.” He and his wonderful, heroic wife, Robin, have homeschooled their seven children and are now proud grandparents of fourteen, making their home in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

He is a longtime friend of Andrew Kern and CiRCE, and he believes in the mission of restoring a classical education based on goodness, truth, and beauty to every child.

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

Peter Vande Brake attended Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan (BA 1988) where he was an All-American decathlete and philosophy major. He attended seminary at Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, Virginia (M.Div. 1992) and then did his doctoral work at Calvin Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, Michigan (Ph.D. 2000). He taught, coached, and was headmaster at North Hills Classical Academy from 1996-2010. He worked at The Potter’s House in Grand Rapids, Michigan from 2010-2019 as a teacher, coach, curriculum director, and high school principal. He is a leadership consultant for the CiRCE Institute and the Director of the Upper School at The Geneva School in Orlando. He is married and has two daughters.

Nena Harris

Nena Harris is full-time educator in the worlds of classical learning and graduate nursing. She has homeschooled her four energetic and inquisitive children since 2011 and was introduced to classical education in 2013. The journey to viewing education as a humanizing pursuit has impacted her growth as a mother, teacher, nurse, and overall human being. She is an Assistant Professor with a PhD in nursing and has taught graduate nursing students since 2006. She is a Family Nurse Practitioner and Nurse-Midwife and works clinically with homeless women and children in Charlotte, NC. She has been an active contributor to professional nursing publications and organizations up to the national level. Nena completed the CiRCE Apprenticeship program in 2020 and has been active in her local classical homeschool community as a tutor at the elementary and high school levels.