Board / Faculty

Board of Trustees

  • Marcy Benedict
  • Jeff Kirkpatrick
  • Robert Lough
  • Doug Poortenga
  • Tom Seven
  • Julie Tatko

“I like all my subjects and all the teachers that go with them!” –5th grade Trinitas student

Kindergarten Teacher

Jill Hultink

Mrs. Hultink studied elementary education at Cornerstone College and has worked in a variety of educational and administrative settings aiding in preschool, developing a catechesis curriculum and program for school-age children, and managing the office of her family’s business. She also previously assisted with office responsibilities and was a classroom aide at Trinitas. We are pleased to have her as our kindergarten teacher. Mrs. Hultink is well-suited for this position and is a warm and welcoming presence for all who come to the school, including our youngest students.

1st/2nd Grade Teacher

Susan Mehari (B.A., Hillsdale College; M. Ed., Cornerstone University)

Both a National Merit Scholar and honors student at Hillsdale, Miss Mehari majored in history and minored in Spanish. Classically educated herself, she is a teacher who has both an excellent rapport with children and extensive knowledge of classical education. Miss Mehari is an invaluable member of the Trinitas community, as she brings a wealth of ideas, energy, and educational expertise to our school.  In the two years our students are in her classroom, Miss Mehari does a masterful job of transitioning them from kindergarten to the responsibilities of third grade.

3rd/4th Grade Teacher

Samantha Bodine (B.S., Pennsylvania State University; M. Ed., Gratz College)

Mrs. Bodine taught 7th and 8th grade history/geography for eight years in a suburban Philadelphia public school and spent summers teaching English in China, Romania and Bolivia. She helped launch a new Classical Conversations home school program in her area and served as Children’s Ministry Director, K-12, at her church in Pennsylvania. She has received ongoing training in classical philosophy and methodology and has a passion for classical education. With her sixteen years of experience in education, Mrs. Bodine brings maturity, creativity, and energy to the classroom and the Trinitas community.

Bible/Greek/History/Logic and Headmaster

Peter Marth (B.A., Concordia College; M. Div., Concordia Theological Seminary)

Before joining Trinitas for its inaugural year in 2006, Mr. Marth was senior pastor of St. Peter Lutheran Church in Hilbert, Wisconsin. In addition to his pastoral responsibilities, he taught 5th and 6th grade at St. Peter’s Lutheran school, where he designed and implemented a classically-based religion curriculum. Mr. Marth also taught Greek at Concordia College and courses in 7th and 8th grade at Zion Lutheran Academy, a classical school. A 2011 graduate of the St. Stephen’s Course in Orthodox Theology, he serves as a subdeacon in the Antiochian Orthodox Church. Mr. Marth brings to Trinitas a rare blend of administrative, pastoral, and academic experience in a classical setting. He has an excellent rapport with students, teachers, and parents alike. We are delighted to have a man of so many talents with us.


Gabriella Kalis (Bachelor of Fine Arts and Art History, University of Fine Arts, Palermo, Sicily)

Mrs. Kalis was born and raised in Italy and received what she describes as a “traditional, classical education based on the Bible.” Mrs. Kalis believes being a teacher is a mission and a call from God to help others. Her firsthand knowledge of European cultures, fluency in Italian, Spanish, and English, and fifteen years of experience teaching art have contributed to her robust and student-engaging lessons that not only help students succeed in art but also cultivate skills for life. Mrs. Kalis enjoys traveling in the United States and Europe. She appreciates different cultures and local art, and she enjoys visiting beautiful natural parks, walking, painting, boating, and she loves dogs. Mrs. Kalis is excited to be part of the Trinitas community and we are excited to have her join us.


Elia Reif (Bachelor of Music in Music Education, Millikin University)

Mrs. Reif is a Kalamazoo native recently returned to West Michigan from teaching in Illinois and Indiana. During her past four years as an educator, she has taught private lessons, general music, instrumental music, and choir to students in grades K-12. Prior to teaching, she earned her bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Millikin University. Mrs. Reif brings a diverse background to music education, having taught in a variety of public, charter and Christian school communities in the mid-west. She is passionate about music and a master at engaging and inspiring her students. Mrs. Reif is accepting students for private lessons through Allegro Music at St. Mark for those interested in voice and piano. She loves to see students explore their potential as musicians and develop their character to glorify God! We’re delighted to welcome her to Trinitas.


Maureen Richards (B.S., Central Michigan University; M.A., Aquinas College)

Mrs. Richards teaches seventh and eighth grade grammar and fifth through eighth grade literature and composition classes at Trinitas. She retired from the United States Army Reserve at the rank of lieutenant colonel after twenty four years of service, the last seven as a history and leadership adjunct instructor for the Army’s Command and General Staff College. She spent four years teaching eleventh grade English and twelfth grade Rhetoric at a Christian K-12 school where she developed a love for the classical and a passion for joining “The Great Conversation.” Although her master’s degree is in education and her bachelor’s degree is in English and Psychology, she believes that her real education did not begin until she started studying logic, rhetoric, history, and English through a biblical worldview and discovered God’s thumbprint in literature as man’s restless soul cries out for the rest that is only found in his Creator. Mrs. Richards brings to Trinitas a wealth of knowledge and experience and a tireless commitment to classical education and our students.


Rebecca Tellinghuisen (B.A. Augustana College; M.A. North American Baptist Seminary)

Mrs. Tellinghuisen teaches fifth through eighth grade Latin. A lover of language study from her middle school years, she studied Greek and Latin while pursuing a master’s degree in Bible and theology with a focus on early church history. She served as a classroom aide in our Latin classes for many years while her children were attending Trinitas as homeschool partners. In addition to part-time homeschooling, she held various church positions in the areas of early childhood, youth educational ministries, and worship leadership. A co-founder of the Reader’s Theater program at Trinitas, she looks forward to helping our students enhance their knowledge and love of Latin through skits and plays. She also serves the school as the Communications and Marketing Assistant.

Logic/Math/Science/Physical Education

Robb Fynewever-Muyskens (B.S. and B.A., Calvin College)

Mr. Fynewever-Muyskens earned degrees in both geology and philosophy and has taught high school math, chemistry, physical science, geophysical science, biology, and honors physics as well as environmental sustainability classes. He has also taught science exploration classes for later elementary and middle school students as well as a rocketry course and prepared 6th-8th grade teams for the Michigan Aerospace Challenge and Davenport University’s Tivitz math game competition. In addition to his science teaching, he has served as a teacher-liaison to the West Michigan Center for Arts and Technology and coaches baseball and soccer for players ranging in age from 5-14 years old.  We’re pleased to have Mr. Fynewever-Muyskens share his gifts and experience with our students.