Sarah Wildey Staff Member

Sarah K. Wildey

Sarah joined Choice Schools Associates in 2001 as the Director of Human Resources and transitioned to the executive leadership team as Vice President in 2013. Sarah stepped into the role of CEO in 2018 where her main role is to keep the company focused on the core values and pillars that have given Choice Schools a strong track record of success. Sarah oversees all functional areas within Choice Schools Associates.

Choice Schools is more than a job to Sarah; it is a family business that helps strengthen other families by providing meaningful work, a strong academic foundation, and an environment of excellence so children can pursue their dreams.

Sarah received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the School of Education and Human Development at Brenau University and is a candidate for the Senior Professional of Human Resources Certification through her membership in the Society for Human Resource. She is a member of the Family Business Alliance, Cornerstone United Methodist Church, Chi Omega Alumnae Association, and the Junior League. Sarah lives in the Grand Rapids area with her husband Mike and their three children Katherine, David, and Andrew.

Adam Holcomb

Adam has been a part of the Choice Schools Associates team since May 2008. Adam is a certified public accountant and serves as Chief Financial Officer. Adam oversees all financial activities including budget preparation, audit lead, grant management, reporting, and federal/state/authorizer liaison.

Prior to joining Choice Schools, Adam worked as a tax accountant and auditor for a well-respected Lansing-based CPA firm. During that time, he received vast experience in auditing school districts and tax preparation for nonprofit entities and corporations. Adam received his B.S. in Accounting from Central Michigan University. He is currently a member of the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

In May of 2013, Adam and his wife Tonya welcomed their first child, Bryce. Aside from “dad-duties,” Adam enjoys golfing, fishing, camping, and spending time with his friends and family. Adam may also be found taking hunting trips at the Holcomb cabin.

Beth Spaman

Beth joined Choice Schools Associates in 2008 and prior to working in human resources, she worked at West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science as the Bookkeeper. She has eight years of human resources experience including recruiting, training, performance management, career development, employee relations, safety, and compliance knowledge. Beth received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Child Development from Central Michigan University and is currently working on her Master’s degree in Human Resources Administration.

Aside from her duties with Choice Schools, Beth loves meeting and learning about new people and staying healthy and active. She cherishes her time with her husband, two wonderful children, and the family’s husky dog, Chevy.

Chris Ruiter

Chris Ruiter serves as the Chief Academic Officer for Choice. He comes to us from Byron Center Public Schools where he was the Principal at Marshall Elementary. Prior to that, Chris served as a special education teacher for 14 years in Wyoming Public Schools (MI) and in Union City Community Schools. Chris received his Bachelor’s in Special Education from Calvin College, his Masters in Educational Leadership from Western Michigan University, and went on to earn his Special Education Administrators Endorsement in 2012 from Grand Valley State University.

Chris lives in West Michigan with his wife Beth, and their four children; Addison, Holden, Weston, and Judson. A few of his favorite things are spending time with his wife and children, serving at their church, relaxing at the family cottage up north, hobby farming and reading.

When asked about his role, Chris said, “Coming to Choice was a great opportunity to serve students in need. In this position, I want to have an impact on the students who might otherwise get overlooked or left behind. Those students need to have every opportunity to receive the instruction that meets their needs. Being able to work with staff and school leaders to collaborate will help us to create an environment where kids can get everything they need,” Chris concluded.

Sara Mooney Staff Member

Sara Mooney

Sara Mooney joined Choice Schools Associates in July 2018 as the chief development and communications officer. In this role, she oversees central office communications, marketing, development and strategic planning. Sara comes to us from Davenport University where she was the assistant director of alumni communications and development. Prior to Davenport, she was at Van Andel Institute, where, as an intern in 2008, she established the grassroots fundraising program ‘Purple Community,’ which empowers individuals to raise awareness and money for cancer and Parkinson’s disease research.

Sara earned her master’s degree in business administration and her bachelor’s degree in business administration in international business and sports management from Davenport University. She is in the process of completing her second master’s degree in education with an emphasis in adult learning and higher education at Grand Valley State University. She was a recipient of the 2014 Davenport University Outstanding Young Alumni award. In her free time, Sara enjoys spending time with her husband, family, friends, and her dog Woody.

Ron Wiens Staff Member

Ron Wiens

Ron joined the Choice Schools Associates team in April 2006, after being a manager, and a clinician, in the field of social work for over 30 years. As Choice’s Chief Strategic Operations Officer, Ron’s role includes overseeing grants and grant compliance, School Nutrition Program grants and compliance, Academy Compliance and Accountability, Early Childhood Programs and licensing, parent involvement and training, and multiple student services.

Ron’s career has included being active in numerous community service organizations including Rotary International, where he has served as Club President and Assistant District Governor. He was also President of a public school academy board. In addition to his volunteer service, Ron served as a Peer Reviewer and Team Leader for the Council on Accreditation, helping to improve the quality of human service organizations across the United States. He earned a B.A. from the University of Michigan, and a Master of Arts in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago. Ron is a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers and has jointly published health services textbook chapters and journal articles. Besides being involved in Rotary for community service, Ron is also a Deacon at his church and is a Track and Field Official for the University of Michigan.

Ron has been married to his wife Kathy for over 30 years, and together they have three adult daughters who are college graduates and professionals in the areas of dental hygiene, speech and language pathology, and retail brand management. Ron’s goal for the students he services is to assist them in achieving excellence in their academics character. As for the Academies serviced, Ron’s goal is that they reach excellence in everything they do.

Sidney L. Faucette, Ed.D.

Position: Founder

Dr. Faucette created Choice Schools Associates, LLC in 1998 after 10 years as a Principal, 14 years as a public school superintendent, and two years as an educational consultant.

Sid Faucette received his bachelor’s degree from High Point University and his master’s and doctoral degrees in Educational Leadership and Policy Study from the University of Virginia. His list of publications includes the Everyday Etiquette program created specifically for implementation in elementary classrooms, journal articles in such professional publications as American Educational Research Association, Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development, and ERS Spectrum. His doctoral dissertation titled School Board Chairmen and Superintendents’ Perceptions toward Merit Pay in Virginia was also published and has received noteworthy attention from scholars and professionals in the field of Education.