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Recommended Education Consultants

If your school is in need of additional services that CSI currenlty does not offer, we highly recommend the education consultants on this page to support your school and mission. These consultants are independent of CSI and may be contacted for a consultation.

Joel Westa

701.721.0639  | 

Joel Westa is the former president/CEO of Christian Schools International. Prior to serving in that position, he served as superintendent of NorthPointe Christian School in Grand Rapids, MI and as director of academic support for Marine Corps University in Quantico, VA. He is a graduate of the Harvard Senior Executive Fellows program, the Van Lunen Fellows program, and holds two executive certificates from Notre Dame in Non-Profit Leadership and Management and Advanced Negotiation, and a certificate in Business Strategy from Cornell University. He teaches and writes on board governance, executive leadership, and organizational change and implementation. He has been married to his wife Deborah for twenty-nine years, and they have four children and eight grandchildren.

Areas of Service

Board Development and Governance Consulting: Helping you build a stronger Christian school board, Joel will work with you and your board to explore the distinctions between governance and management. He will help define for you the role of the board, move on the performance expectation of the individual board member, and then focus on board member recruitment.

Individual Mentoring, Coaching, and Consulting: Whether you are a new or seasoned school leader, Joel will come along aside and mentor you to be a more effective school leader who sets agendas, becomes a more strategic thinker, and helps you problem solve the day-to-day operations of a Christian school.

David Ritter, Imago Dei Group

912.656.7567  | 

David Ritter, Ph.D., formerly of CSI Consulting from 2008–2018, currently serves as a CSI regional coordinator of Accreditation. He holds bachelor’s degrees from Elmhurst College (Management) and Northern Illinois University (Teaching), a Master of Arts degree from Wheaton College in Educational Ministries, and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership/Christian Thought from American University of Biblical Studies. David has served as the Head of School and interim Head of School at Christian schools in Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Mississippi, and Missouri. David and his wife, Renee, live in Georgia just outside Savannah and have been married for twenty-seven years. They have two daughters currently in college.

Areas of Service

Head of School/Leadership Searches: David Ritter, Ph.D. (and the Imago Dei Group) specializes in head of school and leadership searches specifically for Christian schools. Over the last 10+ years, they have successfully served and completed numerous K–12 Christian school head of school/leadership searches. As such, they have built a comprehensive and deep portfolio of well-qualified and potential leaders and continue to identify and screen outstanding and highly qualified candidates. The Imago Dei Group’s network of candidates, along with their degree of specialty and comprehensive services are unrivaled. They exceptionally and cost-effectively serve Christian school boards and search committees in the vital responsibility of finding the Christ-honoring leaders who are the well qualified, wise and humble servants after the heart and mind of God.

School Stabilization and Transitional (Interim) HoS Leadership during organizational changes: David Ritter, Ph.D. (and the Imago Dei Group) are positioned to come alongside the Christian school that finds itself in a season of organizational change and desiring thriving sustainability. This entails providing and developing change, transition, or positioning strategies that optimize academic and operational excellence while keeping your school relevant in God's timeless truths and methods without compromise despite a rapidly changing culture.