School Board

Purpose and Functions

The Cincinnati Christian Schools (CCS) board is responsible for protecting and furthering the mission of CCS, establishing the vision, and insuring the long-term viability, growth, and stability of our school.

The school board governs CCS as servant leaders of our Lord Jesus Christ, through a cooperative, collegial relationship with the superintendent, based on mutual trust and respect, ensuring accountability and unity. The superintendent, under the governing direction of the board and within policy guidelines established by the board, leads and manages the CCS staff and faculty on a daily basis to achieve excellence in every endeavor.

The Mission of Cincinnati Christian Schools: Cincinnati Christian Schools, partnering with Christian families, provides a Bible-centered, quality educational program to equip, train, and disciple students to follow Christ and impact culture.

Connecting with the School Board

Should you have a specific question or issue that you would like the board to address, please note the following:

  • For Ideas: The board requests that you contact the appropriate principal with your idea or requests. If board input is required/needed, then the principal (and/or superintendent) will seek that information appropriately.
  • For Issues: The board requests that you follow the Matthew 18 principle of first working directly with those involved to earnestly seek resolution to your issue before elevating it to the next level, including one’s direct supervisor, or in the case of a non-staff member, the principal, and then the superintendent. Challenging issues should only be brought to the board when attempts to resolve them with those more directly involved have failed.
  • If attempts at resolution are unsuccessful, simply, email your question/issue or issue to the board chairman. The board will review your request and respond in a timely manner.

School Board Members

Mr. Brian Marcum, Chairman


Wife: Michelle

Children: Samantha (CCS ’20), Hannah (CCS ’21), & Abigail (CCS ’24)

Education: Bachelors in Business Administration, University of Cincinnati

Profession: Chief Executive Officer, Golden Technology, Inc.

Strengths Brian brings to the board: Brian has been a business executive leader for many years. His marketing and business background assists the school with marketing, growth, and development. His primary objective is to share the fantastic CCS experience with as many families as possible in the Cincinnati area. Brian is also interested in the care and nurturing of the CCS alumni and those who love and have a passion for our great school.

In his spare time, he loves to spend time with his family, get outdoors, and play an active role in his church.

Personal testimony: I grew up in a great family with two amazing parents who loved God and loved us. Church and family were instilled as two great pillars of a good life. However, it wasn’t till shortly after college that I took a personal relationship with Jesus seriously. Shortly after graduating from college, while living in California, I learned what it meant to be a true disciple of Jesus and not just a believer.

This core awakening has challenged me every day to be a better person, put others first, and learn to forgive myself. As I mature in my faith, I realize how much more I must learn. The peace that comes from a true relationship with the Creator of the universe is what gets me through a hectic life, and that peace is a guiding light while I try to guide and lead my family.

My primary goal in life is to hear at the end, “Well done.”

Mr. Steve Barr, Vice Chair


Wife: Jackie

Children: Alec (’20), Lauren (CCS ’22), Ethan (CCS ’24), & Emmerson (CCS ’28)

Education: Valley Christian School, Spokane, Washington; B.A. Business Administration and Industrial Marketing, Cedarville University

Profession: Public Cloud Security Sales Manager, Palo Alto Networks

Strengths Steve brings the board: Steve eagerly serves CCS as a member of the school board. He has been active with students as a Cub Scout leader, coaching basketball and track, and helping with Sunday school classes at church. Throughout his career, Steve has become a strong decision maker, strategic thinker, and outcome-based planner. Steve looks forward to applying these skills to shape the future of CCS.

Personal testimony: I was fortunate to grow up in a Christian household. My parents were both saved after they were married and then made a commitment to Christian education for my sisters and me. I asked the Lord into my heart at seven years of age on a Sunday night, after church. At the time I accepted Christ, my conversion was based on obedience. It wasn’t until high school and college that I experienced God’s grace through a relationship with Jesus Christ. It has been fun to look back over my life and marriage and see how God has continually revealed his hand of providence in every aspect of life.

Mrs. Melissa Bertram


Husband: Jon

Children: Alex (CCS ’21), Jenny (CCS ’24), & Katie (CCS ’24)

Education: B.A. in Communications, Florida Atlantic University

Profession: Advertising, Marketing, Video/Commercial Producer

Strengths Melissa brings to the board: Melissa and her husband worked with youth in the church for many years and know how important a Christian foundation is for kids. She brings a strong marketing and branding background to the board, and feels this experience will help CCS continue moving forward.

In Melissa’s spare time she enjoys reading, taking walks with Jon and their dog, women’s Bible studies, and watching her kids play sports.

Personal testimony: While growing up, my family moved every couple of years for my dad’s job, so needless to say, we switched churches often. I was baptized when I was born and then again in junior high when I made the decision to dedicate my life to Jesus. I remember being at church two to three times a week and just how filled with joy I was. After Jon and I were married, we became active in a local church and worked with youth for over 10 years. I feel God placed us with those amazing teenagers and taught us how to love unconditionally. I have been part of many mission trips to New Orleans (Katrina clean up), Washington D.C., Mexico, Henderson Settlement, and The Happy Church (both in Kentucky). We enjoy spending time pouring the love of Jesus into others.

Mr. Roger Brown

Serving on the School Board since 2016

Wife: Angie

Children: Maggie (CCS ’19), Megan (CCS ’22), & Drew (CCS ’24)

Education: B.S. in Actuarial Science, Purdue University

Profession: Chief Operating Officer at The Cincinnati Life Insurance Company

Strengths Roger brings to the board: A Fairfield native, Roger’s biggest strength is his desire to serve. Roger was in the Army and achieved the rank of Captain before leaving active duty and beginning his career with Cincinnati Life, which is a subsidiary of the Cincinnati Insurance Companies and Cincinnati Financial. Roger achieved the designation of Fellow of the Society of Actuaries and is a member of the American Academy of Actuaries. His organizational and analytical skills compliment his desire to help others achieve their best. Roger’s passion for helping children grow spiritually is evident in his involvement with Upward Sports, the world’s largest Christian youth sports provider. He started and headed up a soccer program for five years, he ran a basketball league for two years, and has coached various Upward teams for more than eight years.

Personal testimony: I was raised in a Christian home and asked Jesus to be my Lord and Savior after attending a summer church camp while I was in elementary school. My relationship with God matured as I matured. I was recalled to active duty in the Army in 2003. When I returned to my family, I began to feel a calling to actively serve God. My first real leap of faith in godly service was as an assistant Upward flag football coach in 2008. In addition to my Upward career, I have served for several years in the tech booth for our church’s children’s service and have attended multiple summer mission trips with our church’s youth. I look forward to continuing my service to Christ while my kids attend CCS. Angie and I (and our kids!) feel incredibly blessed to have a Christian school like CCS so close to home.


Husband: Michael

Children: Carter (CCS ’29), Chase (CCS ’29), Brooke (’34)

Education: B.A. Business Administration, Mount Vernon Nazarene University; MSE School Counseling, University of Dayton

Profession: Homemaker/Previous Teacher

Strengths Paige brings to the board: Paige spent ten years in education before staying home full time. She has also been serving on Christian leadership boards for the past seven years and is the Women’s Ministry Director at her church. This background, along with helping in various opportunities at the school, offers experience and insight into serving the CCS community and helping the school follow the mission of equipping young people to follow Christ and impact the culture around them.

Personal testimony: I was not originally raised in a Christian home (that changed later on). However, through God’s grace, I started attending church with extended family, and one Sunday, at the age of ten, I prayed for the forgiveness of my sins. Throughout my teenage and young adult years, my Christian walk was inconsistent. After going through the very difficult trial of infertility in early marriage, God’s grace found me yet again. I rededicated my life to the Lord, repenting of all my sin and rebellion and solidifying my relationship with him. I am so thankful for the transforming work he did in my life and continues to do as I daily walk with him.

Mr. Dave Musson


Wife: Shelley

Children: Benjamin (CCS ’14), Joshua (CCS ’17), Caleb (CCS ’19), David (CCS ’20), & Elizabeth (CCS ’25)

Education: Electrical/Mechanical Engineering Technology, Miami University; B.S. System Analysis specializing in Information Systems, Miami University

Profession: Owner of Musson’s Industrial Service, Inc., an instrumentation and process controls company

Strengths Dave brings to the board: Dave has spent many years serving his local church as a senior high youth sponsor and as a 4th grade Sunday school teacher. He has also managed a business for 16 years. His strength lies in Christ and Dave hopes that in this role, God will use him to glorify His work at CCS.

Personal testimony: I was raised in a Christian home from birth. At the age of eight I came to realize my sins and my need of a Savior. I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior and was baptized into Christ in 1973 at the New Burlington Church of Christ. In my early twenties, I found myself wondering if my belief in Christ was my parents’ or if it was truly my own. After many months of questioning my belief system, I came to the conclusion that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God.

Mrs. Rebekah Percy


Husband: Antoine

Children: Jalon (CCS ’19), Jolie (CCS ’24), & Jonas (CCS ’29)

Education: Cosmetology, International Academy of Hair Design

Profession: Hair Stylist at Benzie Salon

Strengths Bekah brings to the board: Bekah is a compassionate, community-oriented person with a heart for the CCS family. As a mother of three children who attend both the elementary and junior/senior high campuses, she is dedicated to preserving the integrity of the fundamental purposes of the school, as well as preparing for successful continuity and growth for the future. Her love of teaching, leading, and learning has been utilized in a variety of roles in her church and career. She values the importance of others’ opinions and actively seeks to achieve common goals and unification. It is her desire to promote the Christ-centered education and culture nurtured at CCS in order to impact our surrounding communities as we display Christ.

Personal testimony: Having been raised in a Christian home and brought up regularly attending church, I was familiar with the plan of salvation. Around the age of 10, while attending a church camp, I went forward during an invitation and repeated a simple sinner’s prayer. As time went on, it became clear to me that no real change of heart had taken place and I was not living the life God was calling me to live. When I was 19 years old, the Holy Spirit worked in my heart and convicted me of my rebellion against God. I repented of my sins and asked for God’s forgiveness. By His grace, I found rest and salvation through faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross. I then professed my faith and was baptized at my church. As I continue to grow spiritually in the knowledge of my Heavenly Father, I seek to honor Him through my actions and lead others to the peace and comfort that can only be found in Christ.

Mrs. Janine Rogers

Serving on the school board since 2017

Husband: John

Children: Cameron (CCS ’20) & Corey (CCS ’23)

Education: Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics, University of Cincinnati

Profession: Senior Account Representative at Billerud North America

Strengths Janine brings to the board: Janine’s 20-year professional career as an account representative requires that she be a purposeful listener, gather data, and discern when she is to be the problem solver or simply the listener. These abilities, along with bringing forth a diverse perspective, guide her in working with our administrators, teachers, and families to provide the best for our CCS community. They also enhance the CCS mission of impacting our culture for Christ, as believers coming together for the common goal of ensuring the future of our school and to be a light in our community and world.

Janine and her husband John have been involved with the youth of CCS through extra-curricular groups (coaching basketball; team parent; volunteering) since 2007 when their eldest child entered kindergarten. They know that exposing children to Christlike behavior is essential in producing Christ-centered adults who have a great impact in our community and in our world.

In Janine’s spare time she likes to take walks, attend women’s Bible studies, read, and spend time with her family.

Personal testimony: I was raised in the church since I was a child, so I always knew about the goodness of God and that Jesus had died for my sins. Proverbs 22:6 says, “Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” My parents made that verse come alive in our home by living their lives for Christ.

Though I was baptized as a baby, I did not become a true believer until early 2000 and was baptized as an adult then. My savior continues to take my hand and guides me daily, and I am so grateful and happy for that.

Mrs. Jessica D. Whitton


Husband: Kevin

Children: Mackenzie (Lakota East ’15), Austin (CCS ’20), & Elizabeth (CCS ’27)

Education: Associate of Applied Science in Nursing, University of Cincinnati

Profession: Registered nurse; homemaker

Strengths Jessica brings to the board: Jessica is passionate about sharing with our youth God’s love and the importance of a Christian education. She brings critical thinking skills, communication, and leadership from her time as a critical care nurse. Jessica also brings a unique perspective from her experience of having children in the public school, homeschool, and Christian school environments. Jessica has a strong desire to serve the Lord by continuing the mission and excellence of CCS for current and future families.

Jessica has been involved in children’s ministry and serving as team/classroom mom for her kid’s sports and schools. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, women’s Bible studies, volunteering, and spending time with her family.

Personal testimony: I became a Christian in 2004 during a difficult time when my husband was ill. At that time, my husband rededicated his life to Christ and I accepted God’s gift of salvation. Christ became the central point and Lord of my life. Our family became active in a local church and began serving in children’s ministry. The Lord weighed on our hearts the importance of a Christian education for our children. CCS has been a blessing to our family, and it is a privilege to serve on the board.