Board of Directors
Van Linn, President
Van Linn is 1986 alumnus of Rocky Bayou Christian School, and a 1990 graduate of the University of West Florida with a BS in Marketing. He has been an owner of Ivanco Inc., a local contracting company that specializes in life safety systems, for 26 years. Van also serves on the board of Good News Jail and Prison Ministry and as a deacon at Westminster Presbyterian Church of Fort Walton Beach. He has been married to his wife Kelley, a 1987 RBCS alumnus, for 25 years. He and his wife have been committed to Christian education since their early days at RBCS, and have already graduated two of their four children from RBCS. They are looking forward to seeing their younger two graduate from RBCS in the near future.
Michael Lynch, Secretary
Michael Lynch completed a 24 year fighter pilot career in the Air Force, both as a command and instructor pilot. In addition, he led multiple test and acquisition organizations for the Air Force. He is currently employed by the Air Force as an Operations Research Analyst and Test Engineer. He received his BS from the United States Air Force Academy, majoring in economics. He has a Masters from the USA Command and General Staff College, and an MBA from the University of Phoenix. In addition, he holds multiple certifications through the Defense Acquisition University. With Shelli, his bride of 28 years, they have four children, two still attending RBCS. His oldest two children are graduates of RBCS and are currently attending Christian universities. He is an active member of Crosspoint UMC.
Dr. Robert L. Grete, Treasurer
Dr. Grete retired from the USAF after 21.5 years of service and over 5,700 pilot flying hours. Dr. Grete was a co-founder of RBCS in 1973 and retired as Superintendent in June 2005 to undergo orthopedic surgeries. He resumed the office of Superintendent for three months upon the June 2009 resignation of Dr. Donald Larson, who accepted a call to an inner city ministry in North Carolina. Dr. Grete serves on the Board of Directors for RBCS, and continues to teach American History, Economics, and US Government. He received his BS from the United States Military Academy, a Masters from Baylor University, and a MBA from Auburn University. He received an Honorary Doctor of Pedagogy from Clearwater Christian College. He has been married for over 52 years to Katherine Grete and has six children, 32 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. He is an elder at Grace Presbyterian Church.
Pastor Harold Thomas
Pastor Thomas began pastoring in 1962. He has pastored churches in Tennessee, Mississippi, and Florida. He was the founding pastor of Forest Lake Bible Church and is currently serving at Grace Presbyterian Church. He is a cofounder of Rocky Bayou Christian School and taught Bible until 2006 and is now working in the IT department. Pastor Thomas earned his BA from Crichton College and a MTh from Dallas Theological Seminary. He is married to Betty Joyce Thomas, Academy English teacher and has four daughters (all RBCS graduates) and four grandchildren (two RBCS graduates).
Andrew M Beno
Born in Montgomery Alabama in 1960. A 1982 graduate of Auburn University. In 1997, he received a masters degree from Troy State. A retired major in United States Air Force Special Operations with combat time in Desert Storm and Afghanistan. Currently president of Old South Homes, a residential construction company serving Niceville, Destin and the 30-A area. Married for 30 years to Elizabeth Langford Beno. They have four children Lauren, Lacey, Lindsey, and Andrew. Major Beno’s hobbies include hunting, fishing, golf and tennis. Andy and Beth attend Trinity Presbyterian Church in Valparaiso.
Marilyn began working at RBCS as a teacher assistant in 1983 and became a teacher the following year. After teaching 1st – 4th grades, she became principal of the Elementary and Kindergarten in 2003. Marilyn assumed the position of Academy principal in 2009. She received her BA in Elementary Education from the University of West Florida. She completed a Masters degree in Educational Administration from Pensacola Christian College in 2005. Marilyn is married to her husband of forty years, Ben, and has three daughters: all graduates of RBCS in ’93, ’94, and ’97. They are the proud grandparents to seven precious grandchildren, five of which attend RBCS.
Robert C. Grete
Robert C. Grete is a graduate of Rocky Bayou Christian School (Class of 1982) and Liberty University with a BS in Accounting. After working two years in public accounting, he served the next seventeen managing the business operations at Rocky Bayou Christian School. Mr. Grete owns and operates a business here in the panhandle of Florida and resides in Niceville with his wife and four children. He is a deacon at Grace Presbyterian Church.
Bob Huisken, with his brother, built a meat-packing business from a butcher shop. After selling the business, he moved to Niceville to put his sons in school at RBCS. His passion is equipping youth with the ability to give an answer to the world for the faith that is in them. He has been married since 1973 and has 4 sons and 1 daughter. He attends Rocky Bayou Baptist Church.
Erik Stoer, PhD
Dr. Eric Stoer has served on the RBCS Board of Directors since 1985. He retired from the Air Force in 2007 after a 34-year career in federal civil service where he worked in missile and weapon development, and a 30-year Air Force career on active duty and as a reservist, retiring from the Pentagon in 2003. Erik continues work at Eglin helping guide aerospace-related programs in a support role as a contractor. His formal education includes a BS, Industrial Management from Louisiana Tech University (1971), an MPA, Troy State University (1988), and a PhD from Florida State University (2001). He is married to the former Mary Frances Bennett of Dubach, Louisiana. They have two daughters–both RBCS graduates–and seven grandchildren. Erik is an elder at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Valparaiso.