School Board


Coram Deo Academy is governed by a Board of Directors.  The Board meets at least once a month and publishes its decisions in the Coram Deo monthly NewsletterThe Board sets the policies of the school, its curriculum, sets tuition rates, and hires teachers.

The Board is governed by its Articles of Incorporation (non-profit in the State of Washington), and by its By-Laws.  The Board has a Fund-Raising Committee and a Building Committee. As a 501 c (3) corporation, Coram Deo adheres to the IRS policies governing a tax-exempt charitable organization.

There are six members of the Coram Deo Board:

Adam Diaz – Chairman


Adam is married to Christine and they have two children, Levin (born 2011) and Eliana (born 2014). Adam first learned about classical Christian education in 2012 when Coram Deo Academy was just beginning as a primary school. He has become a passionate advocate of the classical Christian education model in the community. In the summer of 2015, Adam joined the board of Coram Deo Academy. At the time, he was the owner of a firm that specialized in accounting and tax related issues for churches and non-profits.
In the fall of 2016, Adam sold his firm to pursue his passion as a teacher and accepted a full-time tenure track position at Columbia Basin College in the Business and Accounting department. He began teaching as a an adjunct professor in 2011. Teaching has become a great joy in his life.
Adam is part-owner of two other businesses, is the lead on his church’s finance committee, and leads a campus ministry at Columbia Basin College. He is passionate about evangelism and theology and prays that the Lord may one day give him the opportunity to pastor a church.
Adam has an associate’s degree from Columbia Basin College, a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Idaho, and a master’s degree in taxation from the University of Denver.

Jim Mailloux – Vice-Chairman

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Jim Mailloux (pronounced “May – loo”) grew up near Boston. He received Christ in 1973, while attending the Fellowship Bible Church in North Andover, MA. He attended Bob Jones University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Music Education with a voice proficiency. While in college, he met and married Jill, a northwest native. Jim and Jill Mailloux have been married 28 years. They have 3 biological children and 4 adopted children and currently reside in Kennewick, WA. Jim is the Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church in Richland. Jim and Jill use a variety of educational methods (7 kids in five different school settings) in order to meet the unique needs of each child.
Jim and Jill have been able to testify in the Washington State Senate to advocate for permanency for foster children and have affected rules changes in the Court of Appeals regarding how adoptions are processed during an appeal.  Jim and Jill settled a legal claim with the State of Washington in 2015 in an effort to protect the parental rights of adoptive parents and end the roller coaster ride on which some “legally free” foster kids find themselves.

Jim taught Middle School and High School Band, Handbells, and Elementary Music at Southside Christian School in Greenville, SC. After graduating, they settled in Tacoma, Washington in 1992 where Jim became the Music Director at Southside Baptist Church, and the Middle School and High School Choral and Ensemble Director at Tacoma Baptist School.

God has allowed Pastor Jim Mailloux to use music and now preaching and teaching to minister to the body of Christ – that the believer might be stirred to live a holier life, full of joy in God’s presence, by the power of the Holy Spirit. He is excited about what God is doing at Coram Deo Academy.

Leann LaFerriere, Treasurer 

Leann LaFerriere has been a board member, bookkeeper, and an occasional teacher for Coram Deo since it began in 2004 as a part-time school for homeschoolers. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Idaho. She met her husband, Leon, in Moscow, Idaho, and they were married in 1983.  Prior to moving to the Tri-Cities, Leann was a bookkeeper at Logos School, a classical Christian school in Moscow, where their two oldest children were students.  She began homeschooling their four children in 1994 after moving to Kennewick. Along with their four children and two daughters-in-law, Leann and her husband have six grandchildren and one more due in June 2018. They are members of Crossroads Bible Church in Kennewick.  Leann and her husband have a passion for classical Christian education and are devoted to helping Coram Deo Academy become a firmly established Christian school in the Tri-Cities.

Leon LaFerriere 

Leon attended the University of Idaho where he graduated with a BS in Management Information Systems and has spent the last 24 years in the field of Information Technology. He grew up in Idaho and moved to the Tri-cities 24 years ago from Moscow, Idaho with his wife of 35 years and his children. Leon was one of the founding Board members in 2004 when Coram Deo Academy had its beginning. The LaFerrieres attend Crossroads Bible Church and have four children and 6 grandchildren.

Jason Cook

Jason Cook was born and raised in Richland, Washington. After graduating from Richland High School, he enlisted as an Infantryman in the United States Marine Corps and spent 4 years as a Rifleman and Marksman Instructor.

Upon leaving the Military, he returned to settle in the Tri-Cities and married Andrea, his High-School Sweetheart. He has been married to Andrea for 17 years, and they have 5 children. They currently attend Kennewick Baptist Church and are active members of the community. Jason has a passion for mission work and sharing the gospel with people around him. He volunteered 11 years as a bible teacher and director at AWANA where he loved challenging the kids with Bible knowledge and verse memorization. He has an abiding passion for Operation Christmas Child (a worldwide children’s discipleship ministry) and has enjoyed leading their Prayer Mobilization Team, organizing collections at local churches, and continues to serve at their local Collection Center.

Jason has a love for real estate and property investment, and holds a Real Estate Brokers license as a part-time job and to assist family, and friends. He is currently employed as an Operations Supervisor for CH2MHILL, working on the Hanford Ground Water Remediation Project.

In his free time, Jason enjoys coaching soccer, physical fitness, competition shooting, and shooting his kids with airsoft guns.

George Booth – Secretary 

George and his wife Amanda were married a month after graduating high school in the summer of 2001. They have since been blessed with six children: Azure (b 2004), Aurora (b 2007), Eve (b 2008), Simmone (b 2011), Agnes (b 2015), and George V (b 2018). Christ moved powerfully into George and Amanda’s lives in 2007 to call them to Himself and bless them with a passion for ministry through hospitality and generational obedience. George strongly advocates for parental obedience to the call of God to raise their own children in the paideia of God (Eph 6:4, Deut 4:9; 6:7; 11:19). He was first introduced to Coram Deo Academy in 2015 and believes strongly that its mission to provide a Christ-centered, affordable education for the Christian community in the Tri-Cities is a mission worth working diligently for. George was asked to join the board of Coram Deo Academy in the autumn of 2017. A native of the Columbia Basin, George is a third-generation contractor specializing in commercial and high-end residential construction. His passion and focus is developing Christ-honoring relationships with his clients through integrity and conscientiousness. George holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management and Operations from Washington State University. He is a highly involved member of his church and, with his wife, host large, weekly gatherings in their home to extend the knowledge and love of Christ to all who gather.


The administration of the school on a day-to-day basis in placed in the hands of the Headmaster.  Rev. Donald Van Dyken is our Headmaster. He, together with the teachers, maintains the school’s daily operation, maintains proper discipline, and generally implements the Board’s policies.  Two Board members interview prospective parents and students, and on the basis of that interview and assessment tests, admits them in the school.

Coram Deo is a faith-based organization.  The Headmaster meets with all the teachers each day before school begins for a time of Scripture and prayer.  Chapel for all staff and students is held every Monday morning for 30 minutes.  Our speakers include pastors from the various churches in the community. Coram Deo bookends the week with song.  Besides our weekly chapel, at the end of the week we hold Cantabile (Latin for “songs worthy to be sung”).