School Board

School Board

Learn more about our current School Board members:

Dr. James M. Albritton

Dr. Albritton has served as MHA Headmaster and ex officio Board member since July 2014. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from Vanderbilt University, an M.Div. from Covenant Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. in History from the University of Alabama. Dr. Albritton served for five years as Assistant Headmaster at Trinity Presbyterian School in Montgomery, Alabama. Most recently he served as Associate Professor of History at Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Alabama. He and his wife Carey have two children at MHA, Emma and McLean.  The family attends New City Presbyterian Church in Oakley.


Mr. Andrew Deister

Mr. Deister joined the MHA Board in 2015 and serves as Treasurer. He is currently CEO of Robert Rothschild Farm. Before working at Rothschild, Mr. Deister served in various executive roles at Proctor & Gamble, Abbott Labs and Evenflo. Prior to his corporate work, he served as engineer in the U.S. Navy's nuclear power program. Mr. Deister holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Cedarville University and an MBA from Duke University. He and his wife Courtney have three children, all of whom attend MHA. The Deisters are members of North Cincinnati Community Church in Mason.


Mr. Rich Dudley

Mr. Dudley returned to the MHA Board this year to complete a one-year term and is serving as Treasurer. He currently works as Director of Financial Planning & Analysis at Hillenbrand, Inc. in Batesville, Indiana. Before working at Hillenbrand, Mr. Dudley held positions in Finance, Corporate Strategy, and M&A at Hill-Rom, Johnson & Johnson, and Cardinal Health.  He holds a B.S. in Accounting from Miami University and an MBA from Indiana University. Mr. Dudley and his wife Tara have four daughters, all of whom attend MHA. The Dudleys are members of North Cincinnati Community Church in Mason.


Mr. Ron Ferguson

Mr. Ferguson served for three years as an elected Board member and was then elected as an appointed Board member.  He holds a B.S. in Science with a pharmacy degree from the University of Cincinnati. Mr. Ferguson owns nine different retail pharmacy locations, along with a home medical equipment company based in Middletown. He and his wife, Diane, have five boys, including one MHA graduate. Their family attends Faith Church in Milford.


Mr. Chris Hall

Mr. Hall served for two years as an elected Board member, and was then elected as an appointed Board member.  He holds a B.S. in Environmental Studies from Bowling Green State University, and an M.S. in Environmental Science from the College of Engineering at the University of Cincinnati. Mr. Hall is a licensed professional engineer with over 20 years of experience working for the City of Cincinnati at the Metropolitan Sewer District. He and his wife, Patsy (MHA Office Manager), have two adult children, both MHA graduates. Their family attends Grace Bible Presbyterian Church in Sharonville.


Dr. David Palmer

Dr. Palmer joined the MHA Board in July 2016. He serves as the Senior Pastor of Kenwood Baptist Church, and also teaches as adjunct faculty in New Testament at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Dr. Palmer holds a B.A. in History from Huntington University, a M.Div. and a Th.M from Gordon-Conwell, and a Ph.D. in New Testament Backgrounds from Hebrew Union College. He and his wife Christine, who is a native of Athens, Greece near the original Mars Hill, share a deep commitment to classical and theological education. They have two children, who both attend MHA. The Palmer family attends Kenwood Baptist Church. 


Mr. Dave Ryan

Mr. Ryan served on the Board for three years as an elected member, and then rejoined the Board as an appointed member. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Wheaton College and a Master’s degree in Finance from Northern Illinois University. Mr. Ryan's career has included work in outsourced management, consulting, and supply chain development. He has been employed by Catholic Health Initiatives for almost 20 years. Mr. Ryan and his wife Martha (MHA first grade teacher) have adult three daughters, all of whom are MHA graduates. The Ryans attend Faith Bible Church in Cincinnati.


Mr. Tom Thistleton
(Currently on sabbatical)

Mr. Thistleton and his wife, Linda, are the founders of Mars Hill Academy. He served for ten years as the Chairman of the Board, and now serves as an appointed Board member. Mr. Thistleton holds a B.S. from the University of Dayton and an M.B.A. from Indiana University. He has served in various executive roles with high-technology companies, including a stint as CEO, and as a partner in consulting for Deloitte & Touche. The Thistletons have ten children, including five MHA students and five MHA graduates. They attend North Cincinnati Community Church in Mason.


Mr. Roger Wismer
Vice Chairman

Mr. Wismer has served on the MHA Board as an appointed Board member since the founding of the school. He served as MHA interim Headmaster for five years. Retired from Procter & Gamble after over 30 years, Mr. Wismer's career focused on manufacturing management and global logistics. He holds a B.S. in Agricultural Engineering from the University of Nebraska. Mr. Wismer and his wife, Shirley, attend Grace Bible Presbyterian Church in Sharonville, where he serves as an elder. They have two grown children and three grandchilren who reside in Cincinnati.