Meet our Staff

Special Announcement!

The Freeman Academy board of directors is pleased to announce Dr. Brad Anderson as our next Head of School. The board-appointed search committee undertook their work last December and reviewed several well-qualified applicants. Dr. Anderson emerged as the unanimous choice of the search committee.
The board of directors discussed and concurred with the search committee's recommendation. The search committee and board were particularly impressed with Brad’s commitment to Anabaptist Christian education, his passion and vision for the school, and his desire to nurture and further cultivate relationships between the school and the broader community.
Dr. Anderson, no stranger to the community, previously served as Academic Dean and has been a member of Freeman Academy’s teaching faculty for the past five years. He will assume Head of School duties on July 1, 2022

Faculty

Anderson, Brad
Academic Dean, Bible & Social Studies

Brad (Braden) grew up in Wichita, Kansas. He earned a degree in Political Science from Wichita State and has his masters in Political Science from the University of Kansas, and a masters in Theology and doctorate in Religious Studies from Marquette University.
His family includes wife, Elizabeth and three children, Benjamin, Madelyn, and Katelyn. Brad’s hobbies include reading fiction and history, watching movies, playing piano, and strategy games. His favorite event at Freeman Academy is Yuletide.

Beseman, clara
english and theater

Clara grew up in Freeman, SD. She received a degree in English Education from the University of Sioux Falls.
She is married to husband, Billy. Clara’s hobbies include baking, reading, and drinking tea.
When asked what her favorite activities are at Freeman Academy, she said, “I love all the music concerts; our students’ hard work and dedication to put them together never ceases to amaze me.”

Bradely, Amber
Grades 4-6

Amber grew up near Menno, SD and received degree in Elementary Education and Music from Northwestern College, Orange City, Iowa. She is currently working on her master's from Northwestern College.
Her family includes husband, Mark, and four children, Abigail, Hannah, Jordan, and Sarah. Amber enjoys playing piano and leading the children's music for church. She loves singing and playing for weddings as music is her favorite hobby. Her favorite Freeman Academy activity is the grades 4-6 Science Fair. “It is so much fun watching these students take ownership of their projects,” she said.

graber, Cindy
library, spanish

Cindy grew up in Freeman, SD. She graduated from Freeman Academy and has degrees in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from Sioux Falls College.
Her family includes husband, David and four children, Elliot, Michael (and Christina), Ashley (and Dillon), and Audrey (and José). She enjoys reading and travel in her spare time. Her favorite events at Freeman Academy are Yuletide and the musicals throughout the year.

Hill, Savannah
Visual Arts, Comm tech,
Bible & Social Studies

Savannah Hill grew up in Wichita Kansas. She graduated from Kansas State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Art History and Printmaking.
She has spent the last three years working in Glacier National Park at a lodge and participating in ACMNP (A Christian Ministry in the National Parks).
She loves to spend her free time cooking, traveling with friends and hiking! Her favorite Freeman Academy activity has been getting to interact with the students in art classes and seeing them use their creativity.

Hofer, Lynelle
Kindergarten

Lynelle grew up in Goshen, Indiana. She received her degree in Elementary Education from Goshen College and has minors in Spanish and TESOL. Her family includes husband, Josh, and two children, Gideon and Lena.
Lynelle loves experimenting with new recipes in the kitchen.
When asked her favorite Freeman Academy event, she said, “Schmeckfest is probably my favorite. It's hard to go wrong with good food, a good show, and lots of family and friends coming to visit!”

hofer vetch, amy
vocal music

Amy grew up in Freeman, SD. She received a degree in Social Work and Music Education from the University of Sioux Falls. Her family includes husband, Shane, step-daughter, Morgan, and her husband, Tyler, and the late Jackson Vetch.
Amy enjoys cooking, especially trying new recipes. Freeman Academy school musicals are her favorite activities on campus. “Freeman Academy students take on all aspects of the production and work alongside volunteer adults. This includes acting, orchestra, designing, creating, building, lighting, sound and running the show.”

pidde, kelsey
resource Professional

Kelsey grew up in Freeman, SD. She is a graduate of Freeman Academy and received degrees in History and English from Bethel College. She also received her master’s degree in Education from the University of Sioux Falls.
Kelsey is married to Brett Pidde and enjoys singing with family or choirs in her spare time.
Her favorite Freeman Academy activity is Schmeckfest. “It is such a highlight. I enjoy the food, the show, and watching students interact with the community.”

ries, donna
Instrumental music

Donna Ries graduated from Bluffton College with a degree in music. Donna and her husband, Duane, have three grown daughters, Breanna, Brittney, and Brooklyn.
Donna is a member of Salem Mennonite Church in rural Freeman where she directs the chancel and handbell choirs and sings in the ladies’ ensemble.  She enjoys playing trumpet, traveling, collecting antiques, gardening, fishing and spending time with family.

Rupp, Karla
Grades 1-3

Karla grew up in Springfield, SD. She received her degree in Elementary Education from Northern State University with an Early Childhood/Kindergarten endorsement. She also has her master's in Classroom Teaching and Elementary Administration along with a middle school endorsement.
Her family includes, husband, Wade, and two sons, Tanner (and Katie), and Kade.
She enjoys camping and other outdoor activities with family. Musicals are her favorite events at Freeman Academy.

Stastny, carol
Science, Computer

Carol Stastny returned to Freeman Academy after having previously taught the sciences here from 1998-2002. 
She says that her previous stint at Freeman Academy significantly shaped her spirituality, and she enjoys her time currently at our campus.

wollmAn, craig
math, Computer

Craig grew up on a farm near Menno, SD. He received his degree in agriculture from Freeman Academy Junior College, and his degree in mathematics education from Tabor College.
His family includes, wife, Lois, and two daughters, Bethany, and Andrea. He enjoys leading worship music, farming, biking, hiking and photography in his spare time.
Craig enjoys coaching middle school volleyball most at Freeman Academy. He says, “they are such an energetic and fun-loving group to work with.”

Administration/Staff

Allison, lynnelle
Enrollment Director

Lynnelle grew up in Bassett, Nebraska. She earned a degree in Business/Communications from Hastings College and has her masters in Journalism from the University of Missouri.
Her family includes her husband Jay, two grown children, and two left in the nest. She enjoys growing flowers in her spare time and her favorite events at Freeman Academy are the musicals including Mary Poppins, The Music Man, and The Boyfriend.

Colberg, E. David
development/Marketing director

David grew up in Estelline, South Dakota, and attended Dakota State University for his Bachelor's in English and South Dakota State University for his Master’s in Education Administration.
His family includes his wife, Naomi, his daughter, Aurelia and dog Zelda. David’s hobbies include traveling anytime he can, hiking and kayaking.
When asked about his favorite activity at Freeman Academy, he replied, “I like any of the activities; especially the musicals, plays and sporting events.”

Epp, nathan
Head of School

Nathan grew up on a farm between Marion and Freeman, SD. He graduated from Freeman Academy and has a degree from Bethel College and a master's degree from the University of Sioux Falls.
His family includes, wife, Sheila, and two children, Kaitlyn and Connor. Nathan’s hobbies include watching sports and camping. When asked his favorite activity at Freeman Academy, he says, “Schmeckfest!”

graber, judy
receptionist

Judy grew up in Little Rock, IA. She received her degree in Business and Accounting from Freeman Junior College. Her family includes, husband, Lindy, and two children, Lawson, and Lexi (and Carson). Judy’s hobbies include walking outdoors, reading, spending time with the kids, and watching college sports (Go Hawkeyes and Jacks!)
Her favorite activities at Freeman Academy include the Yuletide Banquet. “All the hard work becomes a beautiful evening. It's always worth it!”

hofer, jill
Administrative Assistant

Jill grew up in Mather, Manitoba. She received her associates degree in horticulture and landscape design from Southeast Technical College, Sioux Falls. She is certified in Theological Study from AMBS, in Elkhart, Indiana, and has completed her certification of Spiritual Direction from the Sioux Falls Seminary.
Her family includes, husband, Stan, and two sons, Cole, and Ian (and Hannah). Jill enjoys cooking, gardening, and hanging around the campfire with friends. Her favorite activity at Freeman Academy is the fall musical.

Koerner, suzanne
Food Service, Coach

Suzanne grew up near Freeman, SD. She has a degree in Animal Science from South Dakota State University. (Go Jacks!)
Her family includes husband, Todd, and four children, Andrew, Lillie (and Andre), Clara (and Billy), and Jada. Her hobbies include hiking and gardening. Her favorite activities at Freeman Academy include the Freeman Academy-Marion (FAM) Invitational Cross Country meet. She said, “Seeing our athletes race the walking paths with other teams in uniform through the prairie grass and lovely flowers of our Arboretum is soul filling.”

schultz, karen
business manager

Karen Schultz graduated from Lake Area Technical Institute in Watertown, SD, with a computer technology/accounting degree. She followed her husband back home to the family farm located eight miles south of Freeman, where she lives today. Karen and her husband Stewart have three grown daughters, Chelsea, Carissa, and Chandra and their growing families have added much joy with the arrival of grandchildren. Karen is a member of the Peace Christian Reformed Church in Menno. In her free time, you can find her enjoying a good book, golfing, cooking, gardening and spending time with family and friends.

Schrag, Nathan
Information Technology director

Nathan grew up in Freeman, South Dakota and attended the University of South Dakota for his bachelor degree in political science, before farming full-time in East Freeman.
His family includes his older brother, Eian, his Mom, Audrey, and housecat, Pumpkin. Nathan has many hobbies: sound engineering, video production, golf, music and guitar, farm maintenance, and tech support for the broader community.
Nathan's favorite activities at Freeman Academy are coaching golf and participating in Fine Arts programs and events.