Dr. James Yun, Chairman (Founding and Appointed member)
Dr. James Yun is a founding member of Geneva Academy and has served on the board since the school’s inception. In the summer of 2017 he took leadership of the board for his second term. Dr. Yun developed Geneva’s tuition assistance program in 2009, served many years on the marketing and enrollment committees, spearheaded the annual 3Gun fundraiser for 4 years, and most recently began the school’s development program. Dr. Yun grew up in Connecticut and earned a BS in biology from Wheaton College and a MD from Hahnemann/Drexel University. He served three years in the Navy as a flight surgeon before completing an Otolaryngology residency at the University of Florida. He and his family moved to Roseburg in 2006. Dr. Yun’s oldest child was part of Geneva’s first graduating class in 2016 and he currently has four children attending Geneva. Dr. Yun is passionate about classical Christian education because it teaches students to think and challenges parents to follow their biblical mandate to raise their children in the nurture and admonition of Christ.
Dr. Linda Sewell, Vice Chairman (Appointed Member)
Dr. Linda Sewell is a permanent member of the Geneva Academy board. She joined the board in 2013, and is currently the vice-chair. Her daughter, Maggie, has been a student at Geneva since the first K-5 class started, and is currently in 8th grade. Dr. Sewell attended college in Fullerton California, where she earned a degree in Biology with an emphasis in cell biology and microbiology as well as a minor in biochemistry. She then attended medical school in Wisconsin and completed a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology in Ohio. She currently is in a private practice in Roseburg, and loves caring for the women in this area. She especially loves the privilege of delivering their children. Her emphasis on the board is serving on the building committee, with the goal of a new campus that will give our children a safe, beautiful site to continue their learning. Dr. Sewell is passionate about Christian education because she feels strongly that God must be the center of any education, and is especially passionate about classical Christian education because it teaches our children the skills needed to become lifelong learners donned with the armor of the Lord.
Mrs. Kristin Yraguen, Treasurer (Ex-Officio Member)
Mrs. Kristin Yraguen joined the board as Treasurer in the fall of 2015. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Accounting at Oregon State University and after obtaining her CPA’s license, worked for Coopers & Lybrand in Eugene and Wicks Emmett in Roseburg. She currently works with her husband Juan at their family owned logging and construction company, Basco Logging Inc. They have 3 children; Boni a graduate student at Georgia Tech, Arie an undergraduate student at Oregon State University and Carson a sixth grader at Geneva Academy. She loves Geneva’s approach to educating students by helping them develop a biblical world view which is applied to all subjects. Geneva students are equipped and encouraged to inquire, test, debate and articulate their thoughts and ideas against this biblical standard, thus helping them to become tomorrow’s leaders.
Pastor Dan Sieker (Founding and Appointed Member)
Dan Sieker is a founding board member and has remained on the board for all but two years. He has been the board chairman for two years. Dan has a BS in music education and a Master’s degree in clarinet performance/pedagogy. He earned a Mdiv. degree from Talbot Theological Seminary in 1982. Dan is now retired after 42 years in the pastoral ministry. Dan has been involved in board education in the area of the history of American public education. Dan has been committed to Classical and Christian education because it fulfills both the biblical model of education and because it guides all students to truth, beauty, and goodness.
Mr. Shane Hatcher, (Founding and Appointed Member)
Mr. Shane Hatcher is a native Oregonian and grew up right here in Douglas County. Mr. Hatcher spent his childhood years being educated in the public school system then attended UCC, where he studied Industrial Mechanics and Machining. He is now employed in the semiconductor industry as a Tool & Die Specialist and has been in that field for almost thirty years. He married Darlene in 1993 and they have one child, Rachel who was one of Geneva’s first graduates. He is a founding Board member of Geneva Academy and was involved at its inception. He has been assisting Mr. Brian Turner in doing family interviews for the school and did so with Mrs. Seiker in the school’s early days. He fabricated some white boards, grade school tables and various needed school supplies in Geneva’s early days as well. Mr Hatcher has put up and taken down many banners and signs over the years and has assisted Dr. Yun in the 3-gun fundraisers and has assisted in the Reformation Day celebrations in some years past. He has seen the value of classical and Christian education and believes in the importance of training up children in God’s word and God’s truth to combat the tide of societal ideals such as socialism, communism, anti-intellectualism and a hatred for the one true God. R.J. Rushdoony summarizes it well, “To control the future requires the control of education and of the child. Hence, for Christians to tolerate statist education, or to allow their children to be trained thereby, means to renounce power in society, to renounce their children, and to deny Christ’s Lordship over all of life.”
Mr. David Forgard (Elected Member)
Mr. Forgard was born and raised in a Christian home in Salem, Oregon, and graduated from Oregon State University with an electrical engineering degree. He met his wife, Susan, at Oregon State where they both graduated in 1975, and were married later that same year. They moved to Roseburg in 1977 where Mr. Forgard began his career at Sims Electric, Inc. and continues to work there as President and co-owner.
At an early age, God placed a passion for worship in Mr. Forgard’s heart. Through the years, God has impressed upon him the truth that Christians have been created and redeemed by God to worship Him forever, and that our purpose is to “Glorify God and enjoy Him Forever.” In His providence, God placed Mr. Forgard as worship leader to minister at North Roseburg Evangelical Free Church for over 37 years. He also served as an elder at NREFC for many of those years.
Mr. Forgard has been a firm supporter of Geneva Academy since its founding, and has followed the life and growth of the school throughout its history. In 2015, God changed the direction of his church ministry, and subsequently, led him to become more directly involved with Geneva as a board member. He is excited about and committed to become more directly involved with Geneva as a board member. Mr. Forgard is committed to Geneva’s mission and vision statements which emphasize the importance of training godly children to influence their community and the world for Christ. He believes that Geneva Academy, with its classical Christian model, is a unique and excellent means to supplement parents’ responsibility to “train up” their children “in the way they should go” so that “when they are old they will not depart from it.”
Mr. Forgard and his wife have two godly adult married children and eight adorable grandchildren.
Mr. Charlie Lystrup (Elected Member)
Mr. Charlie Lystrup was elected to the board in August of 2017. Raised in Southern California, he earned a BSBA in Finance from Chapman University and earned a MBA from California State University Long Beach. Professionally, Mr. Lystrup currently holds the position of Vice President of Information Technology for Spire Hospitality. He has previously run his own IT consulting firm as well as held the role of Chief Technology Officer for Windsor Hospitality Group. Mr. Lystrup has been married to his wife Nancy for 30 years and his passion for Christian education has resulted in homeschooling his seven children.