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820 Ashar Ave.
Whitefish, Montana 59937
Colonel George H. Bristol USMC (Retired)


Colonel Bristol – a native of Rhode Island – served for 38 years in the United States Marine Corps in Force Reconnaissance, Infantry, Intelligence, and Special Operations. He deployed in combat and contingency operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, the Balkans, Central America, and North and Western Africa throughout his career.

He is a graduate of Presbyterian College with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature; the Naval War College with a Master of Science in Strategic Security Studies; and served as a Senior Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) working with graduate students in the National Security realm. He created, developed, and implemented the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program – an integrated close combat fighting system that is used to the present day by all United States Marines.

Colonel Bristol is married to the former Janet Walters – a Navy Captain currently serving in Washington DC. They have two grown children: son Samuel Damon, a computer programmer and daughter Cory Marie, a teacher. Having lived all over the world, the Bristol’s are ecstatic to find the Flathead Valley and all that it offers.

He remains dedicated to comprehensive martial training and development; fair chase, on-the-ground hunting with longbow and rifle; traditional forest skills to include axe and crosscut saw; reading and research into Western Americana; and functionally-applied strength training. He is deeply committed to wilderness and forest conservation, self-reliance, and preservation of the American Spirit.

Colonel Bristol comes to Whitefish Christian Academy motivated to assist in the development of the youth of today in mind, body, and spirit to navigate the complex and dynamic world they live in. Through the tenets of the Classical Christian Education system – in concert with love of God, Family, Country, and Community – the future graduate of WCA will be respectful, responsible, resilient, and seek excellence in any chosen endeavor he or she encounters.

He is both honored and dedicated to the privilege of being Headmaster.
To contact Colonel Bristol, click here.

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Darlene was born and raised in Whitefish. She attended Whitefish Christian Academy as a young, gregarious girl. When she became an older gregarious girl, she married Scott and they now have four boys:  Bryce, Dyllon, Caleb and Hayden. Hayden, the youngest, still attends WCA and the other three boys attend school in Whitefish. She is the welcoming face and voice you will often encounter first thing in the morning in our office. She loves working and being involved with WCA! To contact Darlene, click here.

Mrs. Caroline Smith

Administrative Assistant


Caroline was born and raised in Columbus, GA.  She attended Sewanee, the University of Georgia, and Columbus State University before graduating with a degree in Political Science.  She married her husband, Kip, in 2003.  They have two sons, Andrew and T, who attend WCA.  After falling in love with this area in 2014, she and her family packed up and moved to Whitefish in the summer of 2015.  Montana weather is quite different from Georgia and this has been a wonderful treat for Caroline and her family.  In her spare time, she enjoys walking, being outdoors, watching her boys play baseball, skiing, cooking, traveling and watching Georgia Bulldog football. To contact Caroline, click here.

Dave Mangold

Board Member, Vice-ChairDavid Mangold

Dave Mangold joined the Board in August 2015. He has four children and a wonderful wife. Dave is a Physician Assistant and the owner of The Allergy & Asthma Center with offices in Kalispell and Missoula. Dave volunteers with the Whitefish Fire Department as a firefighter and paramedic. He and his family attend Easthaven Baptist Church in Kalispell. Dave is a firm believer in classical Christian education. He believes that through strong families, education and faith many of the problems our world faces can be dealt with. Dave's mission on the board is to continue the successes of WCA and further grow and turn out strong Christian leaders for tomorrow.

Mrs. Diana Frampton

Board Member, SecretaryMrs. Diana Frampton

Diana has been actively involved with the school since 2007 when her oldest child started first grade.  Diana has a BA in Business Management (1990) and a law degree (1995) from the University of Montana.  While a student, Diana enjoyed traveling in Asia and traveling/studying in Italy.  Diana paid for her education and travel by working in the Alaskan fish canneries.  After law school, Diana clerked for a federal judge and served as a prosecutor for the Department of Justice in Washington, DC, before returning to Montana to marry her husband, Sean.  Diana practiced civil law in Montana until she semi-retired to focus on her new career of raising a family.  Diana has served on the boards of the local Montessori school and the North Valley Music School.  Diana and Sean have three children (Maria, Ryan, and Luke) at the school.  Diana is passionate about her children’s education and is never far from campus.

Mr. David Mercer

Mr. David Mercer

Board Member, Treasurer

David has been on the Whitefish Christian Academy board since 2005.  His B.S. Degree in Biblical and Pastoral Studies led him and his family to Whitefish.   In 2009, he accepted the position of senior pastor at Calvary Chapel Flathead Valley in Kalispell.   He has 10 years’ experience leading and teaching college students throughout North and Central America, as well as Africa and the Middle East.  He currently serves on the Flathead County Crisis Support Team that assists first responders in traumatic stress and critical incident recovery.   He and his wife Shannon have been directly involved with WCA for 11 years.  Their oldest son has graduated and two children are currently enrolled at the school.   David is blessed to live in the Flathead Valley and enjoys the many outdoor activities it has to offer.

Mr. Jack Alton

Board Member

Jack and his wife, Kiersten, have three children who attend WCA. Jack received his BA degree in Communications from the University of Montana in 1993.  Since then, Jack has successfully led sales and marketing efforts for several early stage venture capital-backed technology companies which have resulted in multiple liquidity events. Jack brings over 20 years of experience building high performance teams with a focus on culture development.

Greg Danielson

Board MemberGreggDanielson

Greg Danielson has been a member of the board of WCA since October, 2015. Greg has a B.A. from Wheaton College and a M.S. from A.T. Still University. He currently works as a physician assistant at Flathead Valley Orthopedics. Greg and his wife, Lianna, are blessed to have their four children attend Whitefish Christian Academy and have benefited greatly from the excellent and caring teachers, strong academic and faith-based curriculum, and a social culture that promotes integrity. Greg is a strong proponent of Classical Christian Education and desires to help WCA produce Christian thinkers and doers of the Word. He and his family attend and are active in ministry at Calvary Chapel Flathead Valley.

Caty Collinsworth

Board MemberCatyCollinsworth

Caty joined the Board of Directors in June of 2016, but she is not a new face around the Whitefish Christian Academy community.  Her southern drawl and charm came through the doors in 2000 when she moved from Atlanta, Georgia to Whitefish, Montana and enrolled her oldest son at WCA (then known as Cross Currents Christian School).  Caty holds a BS in Business Management (1991) from Clemson University and a masters degree (1995) from Mercer University. Since 1993, Caty’s focus has been on raising her children.  Caty has three sons (Mac, Morgan, and Kiefer), two step-sons (Carson and Conner), and one step-daughter (Kendyl).  Mac graduated 8th Grade from WCA in 2008, and Morgan and Kiefer are currently students at the school.  Caty is passionate about Christ and Classical Christian education, and she finds it a privilege to serve WCA as a board member.