RICK TARR – CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Rick is employed as a Program Manager for St. Mary's County Government and has called St. Mary's County home since moving here as a child in 1980. He and his family currently reside in Leonardtown and attend Redeeming Grace Baptist Church at KCA. Rick is a 1988 graduate of Great Mills High School and a 1993 graduate of Frostburg State University with a B.S. degree in Environmental Management. He and his wife Wendy (Moyer) married in 1996 and have two children, Jake and Jordan. Wendy is employed as an Instructional Supervisor for St. Mary’s County Public Schools and previously taught foreign language part time at KCA. Jake (KCA class of 2017) enjoys the outdoors and is attending Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida majoring in Criminology with a minor in Law. Jordan (KCA class of 2022) enjoys playing tennis and spending time with her friends.
BETSY BARRETO – VICE CHAIR
Betsy graduated in 1991 from the University of Puerto Rico with a B.A. degree in Business Administration. She's a former student of a private Christian Academy in Puerto Rico, and mother of two KCA Alumni and one KCA student: Natalia graduated in 2012, Cristina graduated in 2016, and Adriana currently attends 6th grade. Betsy is also KCA’s former Director of Admissions, where she worked for 14 years. She is currently a certified Christian Life Coach working with her husband Jose as Directors of a Christian Life Coaching Training Center in the area of Washington DC. Her husband Jose is also the Pastor at the bilingual (English/Spanish) church Ministerio de Amor en Cristo in Lexington Park, where she leads worship, women's ministry and serves the community.
JOHN HARRIS – TREASURER
John Harris has been a KCA board member since 2003, and has previously served as Chairman, Secretary, and Chairman of the Transportation Committee. He graduated from Drexel University with a degree in Electrical Engineering and has worked as a civil servant at the Naval Air Warfare Center since 1982. He currently serves as an Elder and Small Group Coordinator at Faith Bible Church in Mechanicsville, MD. John and his wife Tita have three children and one daughter-in-law, all of whom have graduated from KCA.
JOHN GREEN – SECRETARY
John Green has been working as a Program Manager at the Naval Air System Command since 1999, and retired as a US Navy Captain in 2014 before being hired into Civil Service. He is a 1987 graduate of the US Naval Academy and has a Master’s degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School. John and his wife Shari married in 1989, attend SouthPoint Church, and had all four of their children graduate from KCA between 2009 and 2015. He has been a Board member since 2008.
PETER ALLEN – MEMBER AT-LARGE
Peter Allen is a 2005 graduate of Messiah College with a Bachelors of Science in Engineering and former student at KCA (then Lexington Park Christian School, 1996-1998). He is employed as a Research Engineer for SRI International, a not-for-profit research and development institute. Peter and his wife Julie (Ralon) Allen (KCA 2001 graduate) have two children, Annabelle (7th) and Matthew (5th) at KCA. Peter is an active member and has served as an Elder of BridgeWay Community Church.
MICHAEL PATTERSON - MEMBER-AT-LARGE
Mike has served for 25 years as a KCA board member. His expertise is in resource development, financial planning, construction management, and campus development. He chairs the Board's Property Development committee, and serves on the Board's Finance committee. God has amazed Mike many time by the multitude of blessings He has bestowed on KCA over the school’s 40 year history. Mike believes God has marvelous plans to bless the lives of many, many more students, their families and their churches in the future through the ministry of KCA.
Mike is a graduate of Virginia Tech with a BS in Electrical Engineering. He served the US Navy as a federal employee for 40 years in the development and support of Navy air traffic control and landing systems. He is now retired and enjoys spending time with his wife, Sarah, KCA’s founding administrator. They have been married for 55 years and have two children. Two of their 3 grandchildren, attend Briarcrest Christian School near Memphis, TN. Their oldest grandchild, who is now an undergraduate at Wheaton College, graduated from Briarcrest. Mike and Sarah are members of Redeeming Grace Baptist Church.
WALT SMITH - MEMBER-AT-LARGE
Walt Smith is a husband to wife, Brandy and Dad to son, Garrison at KCA (11th). He works on base as a Government program manager for NAVAIR. Walt grew up in Christian schools and joined the Navy. With an enlisted and officer career in the P-3C Orion that spanned 24+ years, Walt transferred here in 2009, and upon Navy retirement in 2014, his family decided to make Southern Maryland their permanent home. Walt is a graduate from the Hawaii campus of Wayland Baptist University with a BS in Education, and a Liberty University graduate with a MS in Management. Walt and his wife are both active at their church, South Point.
ROBERT HADLEY - MEMBER-AT-LARGE
Robert’s core values are in his faith, family, and country. Robert proudly served in the United States Air Force for over 20 years. Robert defended the Nation by serving in both Afghanistan and Iraq during Operation Enduring Freedom. Robert continues to serve his country he currently works as a Senior Auditor for the Naval Audit Service in Washington, DC where he has inspected various Naval programs with audit teams in the Manpower and Reserve Affairs Directorate. Robert has a Master’s Degree in Administration and a Bachelor’s of Science Degree with a concentration in accounting. Robert loves and serves the Lord diligently with all his heart. Before moving to Saint Mary’s County, Robert served as a deacon, usher, and Sunday school teacher at Word of Life Church in Texas. Robert and his wife Diane have been married for 16 years. Diane also served in the United States Air Force. Robert’s wife also continues to serve her country as a Supervisor for the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Robert’s wife has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration and a Bachelor’s of Administration Degree in Business with a concentration in finance. Robert and his wife met while they were stationed together at McChord Air Force Base, Washington. The Lord and Community is their life’s core. They both actively serve as Sunday School teachers for Pre-Teens at Our Father House Assembly of God in California, Maryland. Robert and his wife consistently volunteer to serve as KCA Science Fair Judges, Book Store/Book Fair operators, and Library helpers. Robert and his wife have three children. Kyra is serving in the United States Air Force in the Florida Keys as a Narcotics Interdiction Agent. Mariah and Marisa have both attended KCA since Pre-K and will be KCA “lifers”! Robert and his wife loves KCA and speak of this fantastic institution with joy to anyone who will listen!
JAMES HARRIS - ADMINISTRATOR
Mr. Harris is a 1989 graduate of Eastern University with a Bachelors Degree in Secondary Education (Math, History). In his career he has taught in South Philadelphia, served as a youth pastor for five years at Quakertown Bible Fellowship in Pennsylvania, as well as worked and lived in Sweden (Gävle and Falun) for eight years at the Internationella Engelska Skolan, a Swedish school with an English profile. He has two children at KCA, Emma, and Grace, and one graduate, Isaiah.