Bill Gibbons is an educator, author, businessman, and entrepreneur who has dedicated his life to serving Jesus Christ. He began his career as an elementary teacher, then transitioned to a junior and senior high reading specialist and administrator. During his eleven years in public education, he was twice designated in different districts as young educator of the year. He wrote a book published by Random House on how to increase student performance while lowering instructional costs. He left public education to form a non-profit, research-‐based company to examine and create effective practices to increase student achievement. As a result of his research, he founded HOSTS Learning, a for-‐profit corporation, and served as CEO and chair of the board for 29 years. The company was created to provide proven, research-‐based solutions to school districts across the nation. Under Mr. Gibbons’ leadership and the Holy Spirit’s direction, HOSTS Learning grew to become the third largest provider of supplemental services to public schools in the nation. HOSTS Learning served over a million students in 44 states and Central America and was accorded the “Blue Chip” award by the National Chamber of Commerce as one of the top entrepreneurial companies in America. Mr. Gibbons worked with national leaders in education, business, research, and politics. He was blessed to work with two United States presidents, congressional leaders, and governors to create high-‐performing, low-‐cost practices that advanced learning in low-‐achieving students. HOSTS was the only practice identified in the landmark legislation, “No Child Left Behind”, as a national model. After retiring from HOSTS Learning in 2008, Mr. Gibbons was appointed superintendent of Portland Christian Schools in Portland, OR. In 2011, he accepted the position of superintendent of Cornerstone Christian Academy for Learning & Leadership (CCALL) in Vancouver, WA, where he served for eight years. CCALL has become one of the most technologically advanced Christian schools in America. The school has grown at an average rate of 13% a year, and under Bill’s leadership, Cornerstone relocated to a new campus in 2018. Mr. Gibbons stepped down as Superintendent of CCALL in July 2019 to become Chairman of the Board of Trustees and Capital Campaign Director for CCALL.
Patrice Tsague is the co-founder and Chief Servant Officer of both Nehemiah Project International Ministries and PG & Associates, LLC, which he founded with his wife and best friend, Gina Tsague. Through these two organizations, they are committed to building kingdom businesses around the world. Through Nehemiah Project International Ministries and PG & Associates, LLC, Patrice has trained and coached over 15,000 individuals in 22 countries to become entrepreneurs using biblical principles.
Patrice is an international speaker, author, business trainer, and coach. Patrice specializes in helping families incorporate their faith into their business practices, ensuring that their businesses are able to exist beyond the third generation.
Patrice serves as the co-host of a weekly internet show called the Kingdom Business Forum, and is the author of three books and two comprehensive business training curriculum systems. He serves on several boards including The Timothy Plan and ACE Development. He is a licensed minister, serves as chaplain for the National Association of Christian Financial Advisors (NACFC), and was an Associate Pastor of Eastside Foursquare Church in Portland, Oregon. He and Gina have two beautiful children, Gabrielle and Danielle Tsague. The Tsague family resides in Vancouver, WA.
Sharon (Clayton) Amezcua is the Co-Founder of ESE Partners, LLC and ESE Fund Ltd., a financial services company (and associated private equity fund) that builds and invests in emerging and established companies in targeted sectors across the world. Sharon is also the Co-Founder of SSG, LLC, a technology transfer company managed by five women at the top of their fields and initially created to build companies in the US and the Middle East/North Africa region of the globe. ESE and SSG both have a strong focus on traditional industries converging with new technologies particularly in technology/media/telecommunications, healthcare, alternative energy and financial services.
Sharon holds a BSBA in Marketing from the University of Florida. Sharon has almost 30 years of experience in creating and growing businesses. Previously, as Co- Founder, Co-Chairman and CEO of MCC Global NV, an old-style merchant bank that she and her team built and took public on the Frankfurt stock exchange, Sharon developed a proprietary “de-risking” process for emerging and established companies which had an unmatched track record of success. Sharon also gained extensive fund management experience at MCC Global in her role as the Vice Chairman of Moore Clayton Capital Advisors, Inc. and Vice President of Equus II, MCC Global’s fund management company and its NYSE-listed fund, respectively.
Prior to establishing MCC Global, Sharon owned Presentations, an international strategic advisory firm. The firm specialized in working with senior executives to set strategy, formulate business planning and implement strategies for emerging and established companies such as New Energy, Inc. which grew from a start-up to a $1B revenue run rate in 18 months. It was sold to a large conglomerate and is still the largest deregulated energy services company in the US.
Prior to launching Presentations, Sharon was the International Vice President of Business Development for Dimax Controls Company, Inc., a multi-national energy engineering company based in Toronto, Ontario. She also previously held these positions early in her career: Director of Business Development for the financial services and commercial real estate industries at Johnson Controls, Inc., Sales Manager at Marriott’s Bay Point Resort, Director of Sales at TrimbleHouse Corporation and Account Manager/Private Banking at the First National Bank of Atlanta which became Wachovia.
Sharon’s international leadership in strategy, management, business development, corporate finance and investment banking for emerging and established companies has and continues to produce companies with a sustainable competitive advantage, a differentiated business model and significant returns for shareholders. Over the past 30 years and in her role as investor, advisor, operator and/or Board Director for many American, Canadian, UK, European, Middle Eastern, African, Asian and New Zealand-based public and private companies, Sharon has assisted in building and financing more than 500 companies. Currently settled in La Jolla, California with her husband, former CBS news anchor and San Diego news professional, Carlos Amezcua, Sharon lived and worked around the globe for the past 25+ years and is credited with conceptualizing and executing major accelerator mixed use master plan projects in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
Ken Canfield, Ph.D.
Dr. Ken Canfield is a nationally known leader and scholar who has committed his life to strengthening fathers, families and grandparents. He founded the National Center for Fathering and the National Association for Grandparenting.
Dr. Canfield has served as a consultant to media, national, state and community leaders—often in partnership with his wife, Dee. Dr. Canfield has been heard on a daily weekday radio commentary, Today’s Father, which he began in 1993 and aired on over 600 stations nationwide. His most recent radio program, Grands Matter, focuses on the important role grandparents fulfill in the family. He has been interviewed on The Oprah Winfrey Show (twice), NBC’s Today Show, ABC’s World News Tonight, Focus on the Family, 700 Club, and numerous other radio and television programs.
Dr. Canfield believes that fathers and grandparents are missing and needed additions to strengthen the American family, which is in decline. “With extended life opportunities all fathers and grandparents must wrestle with the question: ‘What is my purpose, and how am I fulfilling it in my family—emotionally, relationally and spiritually?’”
Ken and Dee have been married 43 years. They have 5 adult children (three daughters and two sons), three sons-in-law, one daughter in-law and twelve grandchildren. Ken loves being on the CCA Board of Trustees and is passionate about helping children through education and entrepreneurship.
Sandra Yager, a native of Argentina, is a dynamic educator who has followed Jesus Christ throughout her life and declares Him her Lord and Savior. She received her degree as Professor of Mathematics from CONSUDEC in Argentina and moved to the United States at the young age of twenty-two, after marrying Mr. Yager, a Vancouver native. They are the parents of two lovely young women.
Sandra began her career in the United States in banking. After four years, she pursued her passion to teach, and accepted a position at Jason Lee Middle School in Vancouver as a math teacher, then moved over to open Skyview High School as an assistant principal. Later, Sandra was appointed principal of the Vancouver School of Arts and Academics (VSAA).
In 2000, she had the opportunity to move to the Hockinson School District, where she helped the community transform Hockinson into a K-12 school district through the opening of their high school. She devoted her heart to creating a high school built on the foundations of rigor, relevance, and relationships. Hockinson High School opened in 2003 and graduated its first senior class in 2006. That project will forever mark Mrs. Yager as a respected leader and team player by her staff and community. In 2010, she moved to the Longview School District and became the principal of Monticello Middle School, a state-designated “low performing school”, where she helped create a culture committed to improving student performance – academically, emotionally, and relationally. There was only one job which could persuade her to leave, and that job moved her back to Clark County in 2011, when she assumed the role of Superintendent of the Hockinson School District.
After twenty-five years in public education, God called Sandra to be a part of Christian education, where she can openly share her passions – her love for Jesus Christ, family, and education. She will continue the vision of Cornerstone Christian Academy for Learning & Leadership by preparing Christian servant leaders who can excel in the world and rise to positions of significant influence to advance the kingdom of God. Sandra was recently appointed as a non-voting board member to work with the CCA board, along with community and national leaders, to help design, roll out, and reproduce cost-effective, scalable Christian schools of excellence that can be replicated nationally and internationally.