Compassionate leadership

Bringing strategy and kindness together

  • Transparency in vision. As a parent at Living Stones, you’ll be invited to hear from school leaders about the plans for the future and to approve the budgets.
  • High five! Children are greeted daily by school leaders and will know that they will be listened to and valued.
  • Supporting teachers is key. One of the top priorities of the board and leadership team is to empower and support teachers so they can shine and love your children well.

Meet the leaders


Head of School

Aaron Winkle

As Head of School, Aaron sees his role as partnering with the teachers, staff, volunteers, parents, and friends to respond to God’s call for our school. “As educators, our role is to shape the environment and curriculum that will fully engage the hearts, minds, and imaginations of curious students.”



Liz Brown

Liz Brown has taught at Living Stones and served as the co-chair of the board, and now serves as our principal. Mrs. Brown has her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Grand Valley State University. In addition, in 2017 she completed her Master of Education with an emphasis in Elementary Education and Instruction and Curriculum, also from GVSU. Mrs. Brown has also taught as an adjunct professor in the School of Education at Aquinas College, teaching Curriculum Development for Early Childhood Education.


Director of Support Services

Jim Hapner

Jim came to LSA as a parent. He shares a deep commitment to the school’s mission and values, including a deep faith in Jesus Christ and a passion for racial reconciliation and justice. Jim served in a similar role at Ada Christian and a large public school district in North Carolina. Jim has a BA in Special Education from Spring Arbor University and a MA in Educational Leadership from Eastern Michigan University. 


Director of Advancement

Lisa Spoelhof Schra

For six years, Lisa and her family served at an international Christian day-school in Vienna, Austria. Previously, Lisa worked in the development office at Grand Rapids Christian Schools. Lisa and her husband Jeffrey have two sons, Willem and Xander, live in Eastown, and are active members of Sherman Street Church.


Director of Admissions

Nadia Kimble

As the Director of Admissions, Nadia Kimble might be the first smile you will see at Living Stones Academy. Those who know Mrs. Kimble well describe her as prayerful, loyal, trustworthy, organized, warm, and intuitive. She has worked as the executive assistant at her home church (Revolution), as a youth engagement specialist for Network 180, and in the insurance industry.


Board of Directors

If you would like to contact the board, send an email to

Dr. Peter Boumgarden


Professor of Strategy & Organizations at Olin Business School, Washington University in St. Louis

Harriet Potoka


Retired lifetime educator and administrator

Brian Krosschell


Finance Director, fairlife

Sean Baker

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Consultant, EY
LSA parent

Chardonnay Henderson

Executive Secretary for the City Manager of Grand Rapids
Current LSA parent

LaKiya Jenkins

Executive Director, Linc Up
Current LSA Parent

Sara Sherry Knoester

President/Owner, Mixed Staffing and Recruiting

Meet the staff

Learn about your teachers