Dr. Raymond holds a BA in Economics from Princeton University and an MBA from Columbia University. He spent most of his business career in corporate commercial banking working for banks in New York City and London, England. He eventually returned to Columbia University, this time Teachers College, earning a doctorate in Educational Administration. During that period and subsequently he has worked for a number of independent schools. His most recent position was with a secondary school in Raleigh, NC. While there, he had primary responsibility for the school’s successful accreditation efforts and served as Head of the Upper School.
On moving to Bonita Springs in the Spring of 2017, he became aware of Grace Classical Academy. As his prior school in Raleigh is a Christian school that follows the Classical model of education, GCA was a natural fit. He joined GCA’s Board the following Fall. Dr. Raymond is married with two grown children and three grandchildren. He and his wife, Gillian, enjoy running, hiking, tennis, and golf. They attend St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Bonita Springs.
Ryan Potter grew up in Naples and is now growing his family here. He is a local small business owner who loves utilizing his trade to help make this beautiful place we live even more appealing. When not working for Potter Homes, you can likely find Ryan playing soccer, cheering on the Gators, or spending time with his family at the beach. Ryan and his wife, Kristen, have four children, Peyton, Hadley, Emma, and Will. They are members at Center Point Community Church. Ryan has a vested interest in GCA, with his two oldest children attending as students.
Matt is the president of the board at GCA. He is a pastor at a local church in Bonita, Oak River church. Matt attended Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, MO where he graduated with a Masters of Divinity. Before attending seminary Matt received his bachelors in finance at University of South Florida in Tampa. Matt is married to his high school sweetheart and has 4 children (3 of them attend GCA). Matt enjoys fishing, watching sports and playing basketball with his children.
Richard Willett, a native of western Massachusetts, graduated from Westfield State University with dual majors in Psychology and Education. He taught Electronics and Applied Physics for 10 years and left public education to work as an engineer and manager of technical publications for several high tech companies. In retirement, he tutors in math, statistics, and physics. Rich also writes and has published two books.
Rich and his wife Cheryl attend Legacy Church in Estero, Florida where Rich serves as an Elder. Rich and Cheryl have two married daughters and three grandchildren. When possible Rich and Cheryl enjoy travelling to visit friends and family from Florida to Connecticut to California; and when possible, escape on a cruise to wherever.