School Board

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors of Merritt Academy is the legal entity for the academy. They oversee the academy as the policy-making body but do not micro manage the school. The principal is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the school under the direction of the board and management company.

The principal, teachers, and staff are employees of The Romine Group, LLC. All employees and the management company are under the authority of the Board of Directors.

None of the board members has a financial interest in the school, nor are any of the members of the team related to one another.

 


Amy White-Jones
President
Amy White-Jones
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Term - 3 Years
Amy White-Jones is currently serving her 5th year as a Vice President on the Merritt Academy Board of Directors. She joins us with over 2 decades as a business developer and senior marketer. She graduated from Central Michigan University and began her career as a Director in a multi-unit child care center. During this time, she also developed programs for growing businesses that gained her recognition in several areas of her own and family run business, and also homeschooled her children for 5 years before enrolling them all at Merritt.

Currently, she works for Restaurant Brands International, where she is the Brand Marketing Manager for Tim Hortons. Before transitioning to the Tim Hortons brand, Amy served as the Midwest Brand Marketing Manager at Burger King. Prior to RBI, she was the Regional Marketing Manager at Regis Corporation (Supercuts), where she assisted franchisees in the development and implementation of local and national marketing. She was also the Senior Marketing Manager at Wireless Vision, largest T-Mobile exclusive retail dealer in the county, where she managed and led all marketing and advertising.

Amy was born and raised in the Detroit suburbs and currently resides in Rochester, MI with her husband Bruce and their 5 children. When she has spare time, she loves to spend it with her family and friends, church, biking, figure skating, traveling and reading a good book in the hammock! Her desire to serve others, along with her business experience, is one of many reasons she is part of the Board and will continue to serve those in the school and community with integrity and passion.

 

Karen Boska
Vice President
Karen Boska
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Term - 3 Years
My name is Karen Boska. I have worked for Macomb County for the past fifteen years. I am also a board member for a local non-profit organization. I have been married for fourteen years and have two daughters that attend Merritt.
 

Jean Dery
Secretary
Jean Dery
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Daniel VanDeKerkhove
Treasurer
Daniel VanDeKerkhove
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Daniel VanDeKerkhove is a married father of three – two of which are of school age and are enrolled at Merritt Academy. He has a Bachelor’s Degree of Law Enforcement from Ferris State University and an Associate’s Degree in Business Management from Macomb Community College. He has lived locally in the New Haven area for 12+ years and has remained active in the community, serving on various governmental and non-governmental bodies and serving the local community in other capacities. He is honest, open, and straightforward with his beliefs, and encourages others to be as well; he believes that communities reach their finest moments only after all voices have been heard and considered through active civic participation. Daniel is a strong believer in life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, and seeks to preserve the reverence of those founding principles in our society’s future generations. Among many, one of Daniel’s favorite quotes is “Let it not be said that we did nothing.”
 

Karen Bochatyn
Member at Large
Karen Bochatyn
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Term - 3 Years
I have been on the Board of Directors for 5 years. I am very dedicated to improving children’s education. I am a high school graduate and have worked for thirty-three years. I have raised three boys. I was very involved as they were growing up. I have four grandchildren that attend Merritt Academy. I enjoy working with the administration and staff at Merritt in anyway I can.