Traverse City Christian School – Alumni
Second Generation TCCS Families
Our school has a wonderful history going back as far as 1979 – Living God Christian School (LGCS) and 1995 Traverse City Christian Schools (TCCS). We have several alumni who have chosen to send their children to our school:
- Ryan and Andrea Critchfield (LGCS alumni) are the parents of Emma, Sam, Grace, and Lydia,
- Jeff and Nicole (Pickard) Beebe (’90) (LGCS alumni) are the parents of Kaia and Owen
- Dave and Kijrsten Boeve (00) (LGCS and TCCS alumni) are the parents of Eden and Landon
- Amber Yahr (07) (LGCS and TCCS alumni) is the parent of Jayden
- Adam and Kristin (Waligorski) Miller (00) (TCCS alumni) are the parents of Austin
- Brent and Melissa (Radtke) Wheat (00) (TCCS alumni) are the parents of Zachary
- Joe (02) and Emily (Kinney) (01) Millward (TCCS alumni) are the parents of Bella and Josh
We proudly celebrate these parents’ choice to continue the Christian education legacy for their family at TCCS!
“Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6
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TCCS Alumni Making Us Proud!
New Grand Valley board member is youngest in university’s history
ALLENDALE, MI – Grand Valley State University has been a big part of Megan Sall’s life.
Sall, the business development manager at The Right Place, a Grand Rapids-based economic development agency, earned her bachelor’s and master’s degree from the university. The 32-year-old also serves as a mentor for the university’s Cook Leadership Academy and as the Alumni Association president for the School of Public, Nonprofit and Health Administration.
Now, Sall has yet another tie to GVSU.
On Friday, Gov. Rick Snyder appointed her – along with Novi Assistant City Manager Victor Cardenas – to an eight-year term on GVSU’s Board of Trustees, making her the youngest board member in the university’s history.
“It’s a bit surreal still,” Sall said. “Grand Valley is doing such good things in the community already, and to be able to walk lockstep with them, learn from them and then be a part of the decision making process is just an incredible opportunity.”
Sall, who’s also worked as director of the city of Wyoming’s Downtown Development Authority, said being a young board member will enable her to “bring the voice of my generation and my fellow alums” to the table.
“I really appreciate the governor appointing me to this position and seeing the value in having different voices at the table,” she said, adding, “I think everyone who comes brings a perspective and we’re there to represent the people that we work with in our constituencies.”
Gleaves Whitney, director of GVSU’s Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies, who worked with Sall during her time at the university, praised her leadership skills.
“She’s smart, has emotional intelligence through the roof, and has a prudential wisdom far beyond her years,” he said. “She understands both the institution of Grand Valley State University and its commitment to liberal education and great professional training, and she understands the political realities of the trustees.”
Although Sall will be the youngest member of the board, she’s every bit as prepared to do the job at hand, Whitney said.
“She got to meet three presidents of the United States, several secretaries of state – we groomed her well to run with the hares and hunt with the hounds,” he said.
Friday’s appointments also bring a dose of diversity to GVSU’s board, which as of now, is all white. Sall is Asian and Cardenas is Hispanic.
However, they are far from the first minorities to serve on the university’s board, said Matt McLogan, GVSU’s vice president for university relations.
“Grand Valley boards have a long history of diverse membership and leadership,” he said. “We have previously had African-American, Hispanic, and many female members — the latter at times comprising a majority of the Board. Eight women have served as Board chairs, including most recently Shelley Padnos.”
Sall and Cardenas replace board members Shelley Padnos, of Grand Rapids, and Michael Thomas, of Freeland, whose terms expire at the end of the year.
In a prepared statement, current GVSU board chair David Hooker thanked Padnos and Thomas for their service.
Their time on our board was productive,” he said, “and we are grateful that they lent their expertise to positioning Grand Valley as a leading university.”