Corporate Office Staff

Mrs. Kari Beckman - Executive Director

Mrs. Beckman  developed her love of education serving as a national officer for an international organization, which is dedicated to fostering a diversity of education options for children. She then worked for several years with the Department of Education in Georgia and Arizona, leading an initiative on leadership development in young people. As a nationally-recognized public speaker, she traveled the country sharing her passion for the highest standards of personal conduct and excellence in learning. 

With this zeal for education, her love of children and her conversion* to the Catholic faith in 1993, she embarked on a life-changing road that led her to the founding of Regina Caeli Academy and a dedication to classical education in the Catholic tradition. 

Since its founding in 2003, she has served as RCA’s Executive Director, guiding its growth from a single entity to what is currently thirteen centers in eight states serving almost 1300 students. Just this past year she also founded and launched a one day program for homeschoolers that is modeled and missioned after St. John Paul II's encyclical Veritatis Splendor. 

With 20 years of homeschooling experience, she is a champion of the home education method and considers it her passion to share the great news of homeschooling. She recently has been featured in Forbes magazine as well as internationally on the BBC news network for her work in hybrid homeschool education. 

When not homeschooling or leading RCA or VSC, she spends her time supporting her local Catholic Church as the Pro-life Leader and Parish Council member  of Our Lady of the Mountains in Jasper, GA. She lives in Canton, GA, with Rich, her husband of 26 years, and their eight children. 

She is currently homeschooling five while her eldest child is in graduate school at Catholic University of America in Washington DC and the next two oldest are attending Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, CA. 

*Her full conversion story may be read in the book "Chosen- How Christ Sent Twenty-three Surprised Converts to Replant His Vineyard" by Donna Steichen from Ignatius Press

At Regina Caeli, Inc. since 2003

Mrs. Erika Ahern - Director of Education

Mrs. Ahern has homeschooled her five children for the last nine years.  She has served in several roles at Regina Caeli, Inc., including lead tutor in the Atlanta center teaching Latin and upper level high school courses for five years. She has been an administrator for six years and currently manages all of the center coordinators of education nationally. Her education includes a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from The Catholic University of America and a Masters of Art in Philosophy from Emory University. She resides in Hamden, Connecticut, where her family attends the Fairfield County center.

At Regina Caeli, Inc. since 2005

Mrs. Nicole Juba - Director of Operations

Mrs. Juba has home schooled her children for five years.  Starting with Regina Caeli in Dallas at its inception in 2013, she was a drop-off parent for two years.  She became Dallas' Center Coordinator of Education in 2015 and served as the Director of Development.  Prior to marrying and being blessed with children, Mrs. Juba graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Michigan State University and then graduated from the University of Notre Dame Law School with a Juris Doctor degree.  Mrs. Juba passed the bar examinations in both Indiana and Illinois, where she still maintains law licenses.  In Illinois, she practiced complex civil litigation defense, and she served as a legal aid staff attorney and deputy prosecuting attorney in Indiana.  

At Regina Caeli, Inc. since 2015

Mr. Michael Verlander - Director of Development and the Business Office

Mr. Verlander and his wife have homeschooled their six children for the last seven years.  He has also taught in a traditional classroom setting for over 15 years, and has served as Chair of the Theology Department at Holy Spirit Prep in Atlanta and as Headmaster at Ave Maria Academy in Newnan, GA. Mr. Verlander has youth and adult catechesis teaching experience, has coached basketball and golf, and plays several musical instruments. In 2001 he earned his Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy degree from Thomas More College of Liberal Arts in Merrimack, NH, and later earned his Master of Theological Studies from Holy Spirit College. He lives in Newnan with his family where they are parishioners at St. George Catholic Church. 


Please click on Mr. Verlander's email above to learn more about the needs of RCA and our future growth.

At Regina Caeli, Inc. since 2017

Mrs. Colette Balmer - Regional Manager of Education

Mrs. Balmer has been part of the Regina Caeli family since 2010.  She has been the First Grade Lead Tutor and also served as Lower School Lead Tutor and the Center Coordinator of Education in Atlanta from 2014-2018.  Prior to having her children and coming to RCA, Mrs. Balmer taught in both public and Catholic elementary schools.  She has a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Saint Mary's College in Notre Dame, IN and a Master of Arts in Education with a specialization in Reading and Language from the University of Saint Joseph in West Hartford, CT.  Mrs. Balmer resides in Roswell, GA with her husband and 3 children and is a member of St. Peter Chanel Catholic Church.

At Regina Caeli, Inc. since 2010

Mrs. Katrina Hartsock - Regional Manager of Education

Mrs. Hartsock has homeschooled her four children since 2008, giving her over 10 years’ experience with classical homeschooling.  When her family joined Regina Caeli in 2014, she had the joy of working as a high school tutor and lower school music tutor.  She then served three years as Center Coordinator of Education.  Upon graduating from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, she married and converted to the Catholic faith.  Her favorite aspects of homeschooling are reading good literature as a family and seeing her children discover something for the first time. She now serves as Regional Manager of Education and her family attends the Austin center.

At Regina Caeli, Inc. since 2014

Mrs. Valerie Ragusa - Regional Manager of Education

Mrs. Ragusa is in her fifth year of homeschooling her children at Regina Caeli Academy. Their family is blessed with three children and they are currently serving children in Foster Care. She is a Texas A&M graduate and, prior to homeschooling, was a preschool special education teacher in public school for 12 years. During her time in public school, she was selected as “Teacher of the Year” and also served as a district wide special education curriculum coach. She began her RCA journey in Houston as a 4th grade tutor. She then became the Center Coordinator of Education for the Richmond center when it opened in 2015.  She continues to serve as the Center Coordinator of Education for Richmond and as a Regional Manager of Education.

At Regina Caeli, Inc. since 2014

Mrs. Nikki Berry - Regional Manager of Operations

Mrs. Berry has homeschooled her five children for 15 years and is currently homeschooling her three youngest. Her eldest daughter graduated from Regina Caeli and is in her Novice year at St. Cecilia's Motherhouse with the Nashville Dominicans.  Her second eldest is attending Ave Maria University. During her ten years with Regina Caeli Academy, Mrs. Berry has served in many roles, including lead tutor, Center Coordinator of Education for Atlanta and most recently as the Executive Assistant to Executive Director.  Prior to homeschooling, her professional positions included middle school teacher and coach for softball and soccer and account specialist for a private insurance company. 

At Regina Caeli, Inc. since 2006

Mrs. Annalisa Agustin - Regional Manager of Operations

Mrs. Agustin has been homeschooling since 2010 and has eight children. Her family has been with Regina Caeli Academy since its inception in Detroit in 2014. She has served as an upper school lead tutor since 2014 and has served as the Center Coordinator of Operations since 2017. Prior to homeschooling, Mrs. Agustin earned a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan and worked as an environmental consultant for many years and later for a large non-profit organization for three years. 

At Regina Caeli, Inc. since 2014

Mrs. Greta McDonough - Coordinator of Administrative Services

After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Mrs. McDonough worked for eight years in this field until her first child was born. At this point she stayed home to raise her family and began homeschooling. In 2004, she and her children joined Regina Caeli Academy. Her three oldest are graduates of the program. Over the years she has taught almost everything in 4th - 8th grade and high school math and sciences. She has worked as a center coordinator for the Atlanta Center and was the Director of Center Operations before moving into her current roll as Coordinator of Administrative Services.

At Regina Caeli, Inc. since 2004

Mrs. Jorja Baumgarten - Registrar

Mrs. Baumgarten has been homeschooling since 2013.  She is mother to four children and has been married to her husband, Kevin since 2008.  She graduated from Texas A&M University with a B.S. in Chemistry.  She worked in that field for 2 years before staying home with her children.  She has served RCA's education department in a number of roles over the years and is happy to serve now as the Registrar, handling all records request and high school transcript requests. Aside from her role as Registrar, she is a lead tutor for a number of upper school courses at the Dallas center. 

At Regina Caeli, Inc. since 2013

Mrs. Sunny Shaw - Administrative Manager

Mrs. Shaw has been part of the Regina Caeli family since 2011, serving as a lead tutor in the Pre-K4 through 9th grade classrooms at the Atlanta Center, as well as chairing various Fabulous Fathers’ committees. With eight years of classical, Catholic homeschooling experience, Mrs. Shaw is now excited to use her administrative skills to serve the mission of RCA. In 2003, she graduated with a Masters of Social Work from the Catholic University of America and has worked in several non-profit and small business fields since then. She resides in Acworth, Georgia with her husband and their five children and is active at St. Michael the Archangel parish. She loves piano, choir and finding good books for her children at the library!

At Regina Caeli, Inc. since 2011

Mrs. Mary Ann Bradley - Administrative Assistant

Mary Ann joined the RCA staff in August of 2015.  She has six adult children and was one of the first parents to apply to and attend RCA in the inaugural year of 2003.  Mary Ann studied Education at the University of Cincinnati and later became certified in teaching Kindermusik.  She is involved in parish activities and has 20 years experience providing administrative support in corporations, small businesses and Catholic nonprofit organizations.

At Regina Caeli, Inc. since 2015

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