The Arete Collaborative Academy Board of Directors is comprised of volunteers who donate their time and talents.  

Heather Magnuson - President

Heather has a degree in Plant Science from the University of Missouri and a master's in Bilingual/ESL Education from the University of Central Oklahoma. She has taught dual immersion first grade, ESL and Spanish in public schools. She has classically home schooled her two sons for the past six years. Heather is fluent in Spanish and has lived in Costa Rica, Honduras, and Japan.  She is passionate about literacy and languages and enjoys tutoring ESL students.

Diem Presley - Treasurer

Diem was born in Vietnam and raised in Panama City.  She received a degree in Biochemistry from the University of Florida and a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy.  She completed a Clinical Pharmacy Practice Residency with the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Lexington, KY.  She maintains certification as a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist.  She has five children and began homeschooling seven years ago.

Stephanie Howland - Secretary

Stephanie earned a degree in Elementary Education from Berry College in Rome, GA and then a M.ED. in Reading Instruction from the University of West Georgia. She taught first grade in Georgia public school for 8 years before starting a family and moving to Florida. She has been homeschooling ever since. Stephanie and her family volunteer with the Friends of Camp Helen State Park, the Lake Powell Community Alliance, Audubon Society  and the South Walton Turtle Watch.

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Additional Key Leadership Positions

Kasey Perry - Spiritual Director

Kasey in an LSU graduate in her 5th year of homeschooling.  She and her husband Donavan have been married 15 years and moved to Panama City in 2015.  Together they serve as missionaries for Love Because ministries at Surfside Christian Retreat.  They have two children, ages 5 and 9.

Chelise Johnson - Service Project Coordinator

Chelise and her husband pastor two churches in the Florida Panhandle.  She has enjoyed doing outreach and ministry projects all her life.  God has given her a heart for outreach and helping others.  She has been blessed to go on several life-changing mission trips and be a part of various street and homeless ministry projects.  Chelise enjoys planning service projects for students that help to give them a desire to serve the Lord by caring for others.

Nickie Taylor - Social Coordinator

Nickie Taylor is a native of Georgetown, Guyana, where she taught high school British literature for 3 years. She completed her primary education in Guyana, her secondary in Maryland and her tertiary education in Alabama before returning to teach in Guyana.  She has homeschooled her youngest 2 children for 8 years.
Nickie has a true passion for helping others in any capacity. She enjoys cooking, interior design and fashion and has parlayed that passion into a personal styling business.

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