John and his wife, Julie, both grew up in Maryland but have lived in Wheaton since they got married in 1997. John studied business at Wheaton College and has worked in the Exchange Traded Fund business for most of his career. Seeking an alternative to public schools, the Southards were introduced to Clapham School during its infancy, sending their children when its doors opened in 2006. Four of their five children attended through 8th grade, and their youngest daughter graduated from Clapham School in 2021.
Heinrich and his wife Heidi grew up in a small town one hour south of Johannesburg, South Africa. After high school, Heinrich completed a degree in accounting and moved to the Chicago area in 1997, where he worked for Deloitte Consulting. The Johnsens have three children, all of whom have attended Clapham School, their eldest son having graduated from Clapham in 2021. Heinrich currently serves on the elder board at College Church in Wheaton, and as president and owner of Christian Art Gifts.
Matt is an assistant general counsel at First Trust Portfolios L.P., where his practice focuses on investment management. He received his B.A. in philosophy and political science from Wheaton College and his J.D. from Loyola University School of Law. Matt also holds the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) and Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designations.
Matt and his wife, Liz, have four children at Clapham. Matt is passionate about the mission of Clapham School because of the unique nature of its educational framework - Clapham develops a child's ability to think critically and communicate effectively while fostering a love of life-long learning. Strong character development and a solid Christian worldview set Clapham apart. Matt has seen this fruit cultivated in his own children and cares deeply about continuing to uphold this standard of excellence within the school. It is a blessing to be a part of furthering Christ's Kingdom through Clapham School.
Matt and his family reside in Wheaton and attend College Church. In his free time, you can find Matt running the prairie path or on the golf course with his kids.
Jeremiah is President & CEO of PanoScape Holdings. A graduate of DePaul University, Jeremiah is an Oak Park native and pizza aficionado. He and his family reside in Wheaton and attend College Church.
Lance and his wife, Kylie, have been married for sixteen years and they have three children. All of their children are currently enrolled in Clapham School and their family has been associated with the school since 2012. Lance and his family have been attending Grace Church of DuPage for over 20 years where he has been serving as a deacon since 2010. Lance is currently employed at First Trust Advisors where he has been a Portfolio Manager for the past sixteen years.
On Lance's commitment to the mission of Clapham School, he writes, "Conveying God's goodness, beauty, and truth are essential elements to the instruction and education of all people. Clapham School aids in meeting this need within our community."
Jess and her husband Chip have been married for almost 19 years. They have six children at Clapham with ages ranging from 6 to 16, all of whom have attended the school since Explorers I. For the past 12 years, Jess has served Clapham School through volunteering time planning school events and helping lead the Parent Council. Jess and Chip have attended College Church in Wheaton for over 20 years. During that time Jess has been an intern leading the single women's weekly Bible study, served on the Women's Retreat planning committee, catered youth events, led 4th and 5th grade Sunday School and helped oversee Kids Korner Wednesday morning childcare.