Ron is a veteran leader in ministry and education. Prior to coming to White’s, Ron served as Head of School at Traders Point Christian Academy in Indianapolis. Prior to that, he was president of Lenawee Christian Ministries and head of Lenawee Christian School in Adrian, Mich.
Ron and his wife Jane have been blessed with five biological children and many more spiritual children, so family time is their highest priority outside of their relationship with Jesus. Ron is a lifelong learner and enjoys reading. He has always been involved in athletics and exercise, often biking many miles in the warm months. Ron also served as an elder at various churches and in pulpit supply.
He earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from Luther College and his master’s of business administration from Bethel College in Mishawaka, Ind. Ron started his career as a high school educator and coach, and his wife, Jane, is an early childhood educator.
Mike Haarer is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of Indiana. He has worked in the field of adolescent residential treatment since 2004 when he began at White’s Residential & Family Services serving court-ordered adolescents in residential treatment through Indiana’s Department of Child Services. Initially, he specialized in the area of sexually maladaptive behaviors and was a Credentialed Sexually Abusive Youth Clinician. In 2012, he and a team launched Compass Rose Academy as a new private division of White’s, an organization with a rich history dating back to its founding in 1850. Mike studied under Psychologist and Author Dr. John Townsend, completing three years of his Counselor Training Program concentrated on emotion-focused, character-based Psychodynamic psychotherapy. He is working on his Ph.D. in Counselor Education & Supervision at Regent University in Virginia Beach and has served as an adjunct professor at Huntington University’s Graduate Counseling program. Mike presents on a variety of topics at local, regional, and national conferences and trains residential staff on Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. He has served as the Executive Director of Compass Rose Academy since its founding in 2012 and lives on the Wabash, Ind. campus along with his wife, Emily, and two daughters, Corabelle and Olivia.
Stacey is the Clinical Director for Compass Rose Academy. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Huntington University and a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy from Indiana Wesleyan University. Stacey has been a mental health counselor for 18 years and previously worked in residential, community, and academic settings. She believes redemption can be a part of everyone’s story and has a passion for walking alongside people in that process. Stacey and her husband of twenty years, Keith, are both native Midwesterners. He works for IMG Insurance in Marion. They have a daughter, Adria, and a son, Gavin. Stacey enjoys camping, photography, and cheering on her kids in various sporting events.
Jenna York began serving as the Residential Director of Compass Rose Academy in 2022. Prior to Compass Rose, Jenna worked at Meridian Health Services as a therapist, LMHC, and clinical supervisor providing therapy to adolescents, young adults, and families with trauma history, depression, anxiety, behavioral concerns, and severe mental illness. Jenna’s passion for residential treatment began at a young age as her parents were houseparents at George Junior Republic, a residential facility in Gas City, where they lived on campus.
Jenna holds a bachelor’s in psychology from Indiana Wesleyan University and a master’s in clinical mental health counseling from Grace College. Jenna feels that CRA has opened a door for her to work within a leadership role while allowing her to still work closely with adolescent girls who have experienced trauma or are dealing with depression, anxiety, and family struggles.
Jenna and her husband, Adam, have three children: Malachi, Madelyn and Lincoln. She enjoys having movie nights with her family, playing and coaching volleyball, and being outside.
Katherine has worked in both public and private Christian school settings and has a history of serving on an accreditation team for a school working through the accreditation process with the Association of Christian Schools International. She has served in a professional development leadership capacity for a team of teachers in the past and is currently working on her Masters in Curriculum and Instruction at Indiana Wesleyan University. Katherine is highly motivated and has felt led by God to work on the Compass Rose Academy team. She has a great heart for the students at Compass Rose. Katherine lives in Somerset, Indiana with her husband, Patrick, and daughter, Piper.
Madeline Spring is the Outreach Director for Compass Rose Academy. She started her journey 10 years ago as a student case manager at White’s Residential & Family Services, Compass Rose’s parent organization, before transitioning to serve as a skilled therapist for Compass Rose in 2013. In addition to her admissions duties and assistance with Compass Rose’s quarterly parent weekends, Madeline facilitates grandparent/parent process groups in the community and co-leads a Leadership Development Programs which are based on the Growth Model developed by Dr. John Townsend. She also serves as an adjunct professor at Concordia University Irvine, where she instructs masters level counseling students and facilitates their intensive process groups.
Madeline earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Malone University in Canton, Ohio, and a master’s in counseling from Huntington University. She and her husband, Aaron, have four children: Micah, born in 2010; Charlotte, in 2012; Amara, in 2014; and Conrad, in 2015. They are active members of their local church, where both serve on committees and participate in small groups.