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. Mr. Linn 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.
Rick Mallick, Vice President
Rick Mallick was born in Beaver Falls, PA, and graduated from Grove City College in 1983 with a B.S. in Management Engineering. He entered the United States Air Force through the Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC). Rick served twenty-seven years in the Communications-Electronics field retiring as a Colonel in 2010. At that time his family moved to Niceville. He then went on to earn an M.A. in Biblical and Theological Studies from Knox Theological Seminary in 2019. Rick currently serves as a Ruling Elder and an Assistant to the Pastor at First Presbyterian Church, Niceville. He has been married to Trish Sanders Mallick since 2000 and they have three children who attend Rocky.
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. Mr. Lynch has a Masters from the USA Command and General Staff College, and an MBA from the University of Phoenix. He also holds multiple certifications through the Defense Acquisition University. With Shelli, his bride since 1988, they have five children, one still attending RBCS. His oldest 4 children are graduates of RBCS, three of them graduates of Christian universities, and one beginning at a Christian university in the fall of 2020. He is an active member of Crosspoint UMC.
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 2004. Marilyn served as Academy principal from 2009 – 2017. She served as the Accreditation Coordinator for the school’s recent 2019 FACCS accreditation. She received her BA in Elementary Education from the University of West Florida. Marilyn completed a Master’s degree in Educational Administration from Pensacola Christian College in 2005. Marilyn and her husband, Ben, have been married for forty-eight years. Ben is an elder/pastor at Covenant Community Church in Fort Walton Beach, and Marilyn faithfully serves alongside of him. They have three daughters who are all graduates of RBCS in ’93, ’94, and ’97. They are the proud grandparents to seven precious grandchildren, six of which attend or have attended RBCS.
Dr. Jeff Waits was born in Birmingham Alabama and received his degree in Animal Science from Auburn University in 1979. He graduated from Auburn’s School of Veterinary Medicine in 1983. Dr. Waits owned and operated Parkway Veterinary Hospital in Niceville, Florida for 35 years before retiring in 2018. He has been married to Lynda Anderson Waits of Andalusia, Alabama for 40 years and they have three sons and five grandchildren. All three sons are graduates of RBCS. Dr. Waits and Lynda have been members of First Baptist Church Niceville for 35 years where he has taught sunday school and served as a deacon.
Ms. Stubblefield serves as the Membership and Community Development Manager for Eglin Federal Credit Union (EFCU), one of the largest Credit Unions in the state of Florida with over 121,000 members and $2 billion in assets.
Neko is a graduate of Faulkner University’s Harris College of Business and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree with an emphasis in Corporate Finance. Ms. Stubblefield has been involved in the financial services industry for over 30 years and her extensive career within the industry, serving in various management and leadership roles, has afforded her the opportunity to partner with area non-profit organizations, military installations, and schools conducting financial literacy seminars to help prepare and position individuals to achieve financial success.
Ms. Stubblefield is an active member of Praise, Power, and Compassion Ministries and in our local community serving as a member of five Chambers of Commerce. In the Crestview Area Chamber of Commerce, Neko serves as Chairman Elect 2020/2021 and also serves on the Board of Directors with the White-Wilson Community Foundation. Ms. Stubblefield is actively involved in serving her community through volunteer efforts with the Crestview Mentor Program, Crestview Youth Coalition, Habitat for Humanity, American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association, Boys and Girls Club of the Emerald Coast, and Okaloosa Saves.
Neko moved to the Emerald Coast 27 years ago and resides in Baker, FL with her children, Joshua (RBCS graduate ’12) and Madison (RBCS graduate ’19) Stubblefield.
Jeff was born in Topeka KS and grew up in Houston TX. After graduating from The Citadel in 1984 with a BS, Business Administration, he entered the United States Marine Corps. Jeff served in the Marines 24 years and accumulated over 3500 hours flying the A-6E Intruder and the F/A-18 Hornet. He now serves as Program Manager for the Naval Air Systems Command representing the Navy on joint service acquisitions programs. Jeff and his wife Cathy were married in 1987. They have two children, Ashley and Thomas, who graduated from RBCS. They are members of Destiny Worship Center.
Gregory is the Chief of Policy and Program Support (Pricing) Division, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC) Operating Location (OL), Eglin AFB. He is responsible for a staff of 21 contract specialists, Price/Cost analysts and policy analysts. Gregory began his Air Force career in 1999 at Eglin AFB in operational contracting. He served as the Chief of Resource Management for all of the over 300 contracting employees at Eglin, prior to his current position.
Gregory and his wife live in Crestview, Florida, and have 3 children. He is very active in the local community serving as Elder and Finance Chairman for Trinity Presbyterian Church (TPC), as well as choir director and music director. He has served as President and sang tenor in the Okaloosa Chamber Singers. He is a 20-year member of the National Contract Management Association, Northwest Florida chapter, and has served as treasurer on 3 occasions. Gregory’s education includes Air War College via correspondence; Masters of Science in Business Management, Troy University and Bachelors of Science in Food Systems Management, Pensacola Christian.
William B. Grete
William B. Grete joined the USA Health team in 2020 as USA Health’s senior in-house legal counsel executive. As the Chief Legal Counsel he is responsible for all legal affairs and contracting for the Health System and all of its related entities.
Before joining USA Health, Bill was with Brunini, Grantham, Grower and Hewes, PLLC, where he was a partner. Brunini is one of Mississippi’s largest and most respected law firms. In that role, Bill led Brunini’s healthcare practice, focusing on healthcare systems, hospitals, insurers and physician’s groups. His work on behalf of clients included the development and implementation of hospital/physician arrangements, mergers and acquisitions, healthcare regulatory compliance, health system governance, and related legal issues involving the operation of healthcare providers.
Bill also spent 18 years with Mississippi Baptist Health System, Inc., in Jackson, as Vice Cresident and General Counsel. During the final six years of his tenure, he also served as vice president for regional network development, overseeing the development of Baptist’s network of rural hospitals and health clinics.
He is an accomplished legal healthcare executive and practicing attorney with over 30 years of experience as a trusted advisor and chief legal counsel to hospital & health system governing boards, executive teams, physician practice management companies, physician leaders, and physician practice groups.
He received his J.D from Cumberland School of Law in Birmingham and LLM in Taxation from Georgetown University Law Center. He was a former law clerk for Judge B. John Williams of the United States Tax Court. Bill and his truly fabulous wife, Elise, have ten (10) children and nine (9) grandchildren.