Board of Trustees Bios

Monticello Academy, Inc. is a private, non-profit corporation governed by a Board of Trustees. The Board meets at least twice annually and has the ultimate oversight and responsibility for the school. The Board of Trustees also serves as an appellate body for decisions of the Parent Council.

By charter, a majority of the Board of Trustees must be the parent or guardian of a student enrolled in Monticello Academy sometime during their term of service.  Trustees serve with no term limits.  In the event of a mid-year resignation or removal of any Trustee, the remaining Board members may fill the vacancy by appointment.


Current Members of the Board of Trustees

Gienie Assink, Chair - Ms. Assink is a graduate of the University of Oregon B.S., Cum Laude, Department Honors, Business. Minor focus Political Science and was the 2003-2007 Political Science Commencement Speaker. In 2012 she graduated from the University of Oregon School of Law, LL.M / S.J.D., with an emphasis on Environmental and Natural Resources Law. She was a law clerk for the Honorable Vance Day and the Honorable Debra Vogt.

Politically, Ms. Assink served as the Lane County Republican political director and chair and as an intern for US Senator Gordan Smith, a political strategist and consiltant for Eugene City Mayor Jim Torrey and also the campaign finance director for state representative Debi Farr.  She also served in the Oregon Electoral College, as a member of the City Council in Springfield, Oregon, and as an attorney and lobbyist with a special focus on Constitutional law, Environmental Natural resources law, Election and Political campaign law, Campaign Finance reform, and Business law. 

Ms. Assink and her husband are former home school parents, and currently four of their five children attend Navigator Point charter school. She is a supporter of charter school education with expressed interest in fine arts, foreign language, and higher education. 

Joel Coleman - is a graduate of the University of Utah and holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Brigham Young University.  His career spans over 25 years in teaching and administration as well as various roles in public service and civic involvement.  

Mr. Coleman is a former two-term city councilman in West Valley City, Utah’s second largest city, and he and his wife are the original founders of Monticello Academy.  In 2009 he was elected to the Utah State Board of Education.   He served as a commissioner on the Lieutenant Governor’s commission for civics and character education and was also elected to the governing board of the National Association of State Boards of Education.

In June 2013 the Utah State Board of Education appointed Mr. Coleman to lead the Utah Schools for the Deaf and the Blind, and in August 2014 he was appointed to serve as the interim Superintendent of Public Instruction for the State of Utah.  In March 2015 he was appointed as an interim Executive Director for the Utah State Office of Rehabilitation while that agency was restructured.

Mr. Coleman's wife,  Kim Coleman, represents the communities of West Jordan, South Jordan, and Herriman as a member of the Utah House of Representatives.  They have 5 children, who all currently attend or have graduated from Utah public schools and institutions of Higher Education.

Jennifer E. Warnas - Ms. Warnas is thrilled to serve as a member of the Monticello Board of Directors. She served as President of the Parent Council for four years and is very excited by the opportunity to continue cultivating the mission of Monticello Academy.

Ms. Warnas is currently the Chair of the prestigious Business Department faculty as the Professional Sales and Leadership Program Director at LDS Business College.        

Ms. Warnas is very proud to be a Wildcat!  She received her Bachelors of Science Degree from Weber State University with a double major in Psychology & Technical Sales.  At Weber State, she was actively involved in Student Government, which was her motivation to pursue a profession in Higher Education.  She completed her Master’s Degree from the University of Phoenix where she was awarded a Masters of Arts in Organizational Management.

Ms. Warnas' background includes working as Director of Student Life & Leadership at Salt Lake Community College, and the Marketing and Events Director at Ultimate Travel.  She has a great passion for leadership development and travels the country as a co-lead facilitator for the LeaderShape Institute.  

Jennifer’s greatest accomplishments are marrying her sweetheart John, and being mom her two beautiful daughters, Sophia & Chloe that are always making life an entertaining and non-stop adventure.

Martell Winters - Mr. Winters has been a member of the board since the school’s first year and previously served as the Chair. He is a sterilization microbiologist for over 20 years at Nelson Laboratories, working as a Director of Science and consultant specializing in microbiological test methods and radiation sterilization of medical devices and human tissue for transplantation.  He is a member of the Sterilization Standards Committee for the U. S. body responsible for establishing procedures and requirements for sterilization (AAMI), and is one of five U.S. representatives to the International Standards Organization (ISO) for a working group in this committee.  He is also a member of the U.S. American Association of Tissue Banks Standards Committee.  Martell and his wife have 4 children, all of who are current, or past, students at Monticello.  Education – B.S. Microbiology, minor in Chemistry, Brigham Young University (1994), Specialist Microbiologist certification from the American Society of Microbiologists.