Board & Divisions

The TeamCFA Foundation Board of Directors is comprised of passionate school choice leaders and business professionals, each with a unique perspective and expertise. Board members have been selected for their demonstrated support of the TeamCFA philosophy and mission.

The board supports the TeamCFA foundation’s goal to expand the network and enhance the number and quality of TeamCFA programs. The board is dedicated to growing the network to 50 schools over the next 15 years in three targeted regions: the Southwest, the Southeast and the Midwest.

The board convenes quarterly. Two divisions interact with and support the entire TeamCFA network: Academics and Educational Technology.

2015–16 Board of Directors


Jason Kay


Joseph A. Maimone

Mr. Joseph A. Maimone has been Headmaster of Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy: A Challenge Foundation Academy since its establishment as a public charter school in August of 1999. Prior to the founding of TJCA-CFA, Joe was the President and founder of JMJ Strategic Trading Incorporated, a commodity-trading firm. From 1981 to 1994, Joe worked for Bankers Trust Company in New York City, working his way up to the position of Managing Director. He was responsible for managing a substantial portfolio of the foreign exchange and interest rate risk for Bankers Trust Company.

Joe earned a Masters of Business Administration degree, with a concentration in finance, from  the University of Chicago in 1981. He graduated summa cum laude from Hamilton College with a major in economics in 1979. Joe has earned several continuing education credits in courses sponsored by the Principal’s Executive Program in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.


William M. Steinbrook, Jr.

Reverend William “BJ” Steinbrook organized and established the Challenge Foundation as a leader in K–12 educational grant making with grants totaling $55,000,000. He serves as the Executive Director of the foundation and continues to direct the overall program for grant making, staffing, and operations through which he has planned and carried out a highly successful national initiative to start exemplary K–12 public charter schools.

Rev. Steinbrook is also the founding Executive Director of the Trust for School Reform, which became a leading national foundation supporting K–12 educational reform. He has served as a member of the Center for Education Reform, Philanthropy Roundtable, and Alliance for School Choice helping direct national school reform efforts.

Reverend Steinbrook has an undergraduate degree in Sociology from Oklahoma State University and Divinity degrees from Princeton and Columbia Theological Seminaries. He has served pastorates in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania and Atlanta, Georgia. He has also served on several local charter school boards in Indiana, North Carolina and Arizona.


Fritz S. Steiger

Fritz S. SteigerFritz Steiger is an entrepreneur and founder of Deltox, Inc. He has started and run numerous organizations in his career, including political, educational, and for profit.

His corporate background includes working for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc as Director of Corporate Affairs and MCLAS Technologies in San Antonio, Texas as Vice President of Corporate Affairs. Steiger has also spent much of his career in the non-profit arena, establishing several policy organizations including the Texas Public Policy Foundation, The Justice Foundation, Children’s Educational Opportunity Foundation, and Children First America. He has been involved in many business ventures including real estate land development and homebuilding, and founded the Steiger Development Company, which specialized in residential subdivisions in Benton County.

Steiger is a graduate of the University of Arkansas with a BS in Agricultural Economics. Currently, he functions as a consultant and advisor to several companies and organizations, where he has a focus on management, fundraising, business development, and political action. He serves on the Board of Trustees of the Texas Public Policy Foundation.


Ryan Stowers - Chair

Mr. Ryan Stowers is Director of Higher Education at the Charles Koch Foundation. CKF supports research and education programs across the United States with grants to organizations interested in exploring the relationships between free societies, societal progress, and wellbeing. Mr. Stowers also serves on the board of the Bill of Rights Institute, an organization dedicated to educating high school students on America's founding principles. Mr. Stowers is a Member of the Board for the Association of Private Enterprise, which works to advance the ideas of free enterprise in academic research and teaching.

Prior to joining the Charles Koch Foundation in 2005, Mr. Stowers was program manager of the National Research Initiative at the American Enterprise Institute. He earned a BA in liberal arts and an MS in political economy from Utah State University. 

Brad Miller

Philip Byers

Ex-Officio -

Tracy Banker, Secretary
Tisha Crisler, Finance

2016–17 Divisions

Leader: Jeff Ziegler, Academic Dean, TJCA-CFA,
Tony Best, Linda Bevilacqua, Jennifer Purdee

Education Technology
Leader: Peter Rowe, Technology Consultant, CF;
Shawn Blanton, Joseph Maimone, Jr., Harry Parrish, Kristen Rodriguez

2016–17 TeamCFA Board Representatives


Jason Cole, Michael Shumate


Jim Bishop, Warren Alston


Nicholas Iosue, Erina Byers

Ethos Academy

Lee Pfeiffer, John Pirrone

Excelsior Academy

Jason Lefler, Gary Webster

Hirsch Academy

Lee Pfeiffer, John Pirrone

Indianapolis Academy of Excellence

Andrew Bloch, Keyon Whiteside

Lake Lure

Mike Harrington, Gary Kling

New Dimensions

Mike Harrington, Tim Foley


Mark Franklin, Gary Webster


Shelley Baltodano, Cathy Pirrone

Shining Rock

Larry Wilkerson, Tim Foley

Thomas Jefferson 

Erina Byers, Paul Foley


Faye Bishop, Jason Cole


Cathy Pirrone, Shelley Baltodano 

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