Board and Trustees

The board of directors consists of parents and past parents who strive to support the faculty of Kingswood and maintain the school’s mission and philosophy.  

Kingswood Academy’s Board of Directors meets regularly and can be reached at or through our contact page.

Matthew R. Kipp, President

Matthew is a partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.  He earned his B.A. from Yale University in 1985.  He earned is J.D. from Columbia University in 1989.  All four of Matt’s children attend Kingswood Academy.  

Michael Wall, Treasurer


Michael Wall is employed as Vice President of Tax for Zimmer Biomet.  He earned his Bachelor of Science in Accountancy from DePaul University.  He further achieved a Master of Science in Taxation from DePaul University.

Michael is a certified public accountant (CPA).

Hernando Manrique, Director


Hernando has been involved with the mission of Kingswood Academy since 1999.  All of his five children attended and graduated from Kingswood.


Hernando has over 20 years in leadership, operations management and Information Technology in retail, service and manufacturing/packaging organizations.  He is currently an independent consultant/coach helping small/medium size companies create a simple executable strategy to improve their operations to achieve growth.  Prior to becoming a consultant/coach, he has held several positions as Vice President of Operations for retail, service and manufacturing companies.  He also spent 12 years working for an International non-profit organization as a Global Director of Operations/Information Technology responsible for South America, Europe and Asia.  Hernando has a Master’s Degree in Information Management and a Bachelor degree in Business Administration and Management.

Todd M. Upchurch, Director

Todd Upchurch has been apart of Kingswood since 2016 when Todd and his wife Mary Ellen enrolled three of their four children at Kingswood.  Todd and Mary Ellen were aware of Kingwood and its mission for several years’ prior joining Kingswood through both the homeschooling community and in speaking with others who were involved with Kingswood. 

Todd has worked for 22 years in the CPG (Consumer Packaged Goods), predominately in the natural/supplement/vitamin industry, where he successfully developed, lead and executed the strategy for a number of start up and established companies giving exposure to a number of brands through national retailers such as Costco, Whole Foods, Trader Joes, Kroger, Walgreens and CVS.  Todd has also been an owner and investor in several successful small business’.  Currently, Todd is the Director of Strategic Development for a vitamin/supplement company based in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.  Todd is a graduate of Elmhurst College and has a Master’s Degree in Industrial/Organizational Development and a Bachelors Degree in Cognitive Psychology.

Mrs. Lisa Bergman, Director


Lisa has a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Notre Dame and is the owner of St. Augustine Academy Press, a Catholic publishing house specializing in reprints of Catholic Classics, mostly focusing on children’s catechesis.

Mr. Aaron Potter

Aaron is a partner at White & Case LLP. He has a J.D. from Notre Dame Law School, a Master of Arts in Teaching from George Fox University, and a Bachelor of Music from Biola University. Eight of his nine children have attended Kingswood, and four attend currently.  The ninth, age two, will attend in the years to come.

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