The School Board is our policy-setting body, and the members of the Board are given the responsibility for establishment, guidance, and spiritual headship in the operation of the school. We deeply appreciate our Board’s dedication and commitment to Foundation Academy.
Pastor Tim Grosshans is the Senior Pastor of Foundation Academy’s sponsoring church. He came to Winter Garden’s First Baptist Church in 2009. He has forty years of ministry experience in churches from twelve to 12,000 in membership. He holds a Double Major in Chemistry/Biology and a Master’s Degree in Education. He is a graduate from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Prior to coming to Winter Garden, he served as a consultant in numerous ministries as well as Christian schools around the country. One client was our accreditation organization The Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI). He was involved consulting with ACSI both on a state and national level.
Vince Higgs serves as the Board Chairman. He is a Managing Director of an agricultural cooperative, managing their sales and marketing programs and profit and loss statements. Vince has been a member of Winter Garden’s First Baptist Church since 2006, and he and his wife Christy have two beautiful daughters who both graduated from Foundation Academy and went on to graduate from college.
Jonathan Ferrell serves as the Board Vice Chairman. He is a sales professional with over twenty years of experience in field sales and sales leadership in both fortune 100 companies and private venture capital funded startups. Eighteen of those twenty years have been in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. Since 2004, he’s specialized in entrepreneurial sales and sales leadership positions within private start-ups solely in the biotechnology industry. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of South Florida. Jonathan and his wife Julie have four children, one of whom attends Foundation Academy. Jonathan and Julie transferred their membership to Winter Garden’s First Baptist Church in the summer of 2013 when they moved to Winter Garden. Since 2013, Jonathan leads a small group for fourth graders at WGFBC.
Tiffany Edwards serves as the Board Treasurer. She is a Certified Public Accountant with over 10 years of experience providing audit and accounting services to nonprofit organizations throughout Florida. She currently works as a manager in the Accounting and Controllership Services Department at James Moore & Co., P.L. Tiffany received a Master of Accounting and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Florida. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Tiffany and her husband, Ronny have been members at Winter Garden’s First Baptist Church since 2009 and have two young children.
Karen Hoenstine serves as the Board Secretary. She is a career educator with experience teaching at both the elementary and middle levels. She has worked for Florida Virtual School since 2008 and currently serves as a curriculum specialist. She has worked with several project teams to develop online courses including Leadership Skills Development, Middle School Language Arts, English 1 and 2 for Credit Recovery, and Elementary Physical Education. Karen has been a member of Winter Garden’s First Baptist Church since 2009. She is married to Marc, and they have two children who have been students at Foundation Academy since each was in Pre-K3.
Rick Belanger is a Boeing 737 Captain for Southwest Airlines. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Space Operations from the US Air Force Academy and a Master’s Degree in Aviation Management from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Rick served for ten years in the United States Air Force, flying worldwide missions in the KC-135 refueling aircraft. He has developed and managed numerous pilot training courses. Rick has been a member of Winter Garden’s First Baptist Church since December 2014, attending the Foundation Worship campus. He is married to his wonderful wife Cheri and has a daughter who attends Foundation Academy.
Andy Crabtree has over 24 years of experience in the Advertising, Design/Branding, Publishing and Creative industry. He holds a Bachelor of Visual Communications degree from Auburn University. Andy’s experience includes working as an artist in the Children’s Publishing industry for clients such as Scholastic, Random House and the Walt Disney Co. In addition, he was an Art Director for the Walt Disney Resort, overseeing marketing and design projects within the Communications Group. While at Walt Disney, Andy also worked as a designer for Walt Disney Imagineer. Since 2003, Andy has run a successful Ad Agency, Crabtree Ink, developing projects for clients include the Walt Disney Co, Walt Disney Imagineering, Disney Cruise Line, Disney Vacation Club, Walmart, ESPN, EA Sports and the Resort Industry. Andy is married to his beautiful wife Tabitha, and they have three kids who attend Foundation Academy. Since 1988, Andy and his wife have attended Winter Garden’s First Baptist Church, and he became a member in 1996.
Tim David is a Senior Advisor for Apple, Inc’s Education Division in Cupertino, CA, and leads a national team of creative experts. Tim comes from a background in production with experience ranging from freelance photography to feature-length films. In the past, Tim has worked for Walt Disney Feature Animation, Walt Disney Imagineering, Harcourt School Publishers, and the University of Central Florida. He holds a Master’s degree in Education Leadership and a Bachelor’s degree in Organizational Leadership. Tim and his wife, Mandy, are the proud parents of two children, one a Foundation Academy student and one an FA graduate. Tim has been a member of Winter Garden’s First Baptist Church since 2014.
Denise Mead-Hall is the proud parent to a 2017 Foundation Academy graduate. During her fourteen years as a parent at FA, she served as a grade coordinator, a member of PAWs, President of FA Boosters, and as the FA football team mom for seven years. She works as the Good Will Ambassador for Dr. Kevin Cox and West Orange Orthopaedics. Denise has been a member of Winter Garden’s First Baptist Church since 2014 and attends the Foundation Worship campus.