Jim Marsh, President
James C. Marsh, Jr. served as Head of School at Westminster Christian Academy in St. Louis, Missouri, for twenty-eight years before stepping down in July 2013.
He is the former Director of the Van Lunen Center for Executive Management in Christian Schools, headquartered at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, an organization dedicated to providing world-class executive management education essential to the future of schools based on the historic Christian faith.
He currently serves as the Director of Institutional Reviews for the Council on Educational Standards and Accountability (CESA). He is a product of Christian elementary and secondary schools in northeastern New Jersey, and graduated in 1969 with a B.A. in Education from Calvin College. He earned a Master’s in Educational Leadership from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida, in 1979.
Jim has served as Board President of Christian Schools International (Grand Rapids, Michigan), member of the Board of Directors of the Independent Schools Association of the Central States (Chicago, Illinois), and Board member and president of the Independent Schools of St. Louis. He is a contributing author of the book Schools as Communities (James L. Drexler, Editor).
Paula Robinson, Secretary
Paula joins Imago Dei Leadership Forum as one of its inaugural board members. Born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, she has always had a passion for Christ and a passion for education.
Paula remained in St. Louis for her collegiate studies, attending University of Missouri – St. Louis and studying English, then later attending Fontbonne University, where she focused on paralegal studies and business. She is a Senior Paralegal for Rabo AgriFinance LLC, a financial institution providing lending to the agricultural and food sectors, where she handles legal writing of policies and corporate governance.
Paula believes in constantly seeking the silver lining, conversing with people and building relationships, and sharing knowledge with others. In her spare time, she tutors elementary students in the St. Louis City Public School system. She enjoys writing, and has been a guest blogger on the blog Stooping for Manna. She loves to travel, cook meals for others and experience different cuisines.
Paula keeps her roots close to the heart of St. Louis. She appreciates the intricacies the city brings, and embraces the challenges of seeking redemptive resolutions to make St. Louis a place to truly call home. She resides in St. Louis with her husband and three children.