Christie Stover, Head of School
Christie Stover is a Midwesterner at heart, having spent a considerable amount of time in Illinois and Ohio working in the field of school leadership. Having served as the Head of School at Applewild School in New England, Christie returns to the Midwest to lead Bergman Academy, bringing with her a considerable amount of administrative experience in independent schools like Bergman Academy. Christie holds her MA in Labor and Human Resources from Ohio State University and her BS in Secondary Education from the University of Illinois. Christie’s leadership reflects her belief that each member of our school community is valued, encouraged to grow, and welcomed in the educational process.
Katie Ewing, Director of Admissions and Marketing
Katie Ewing is excited to lead Bergman Academy’s admissions and marketing efforts. Sharing Bergman with prospective families and the Des Moines community and guiding people through the admissions process brings her great joy. Originally from Marshalltown, Katie attended Iowa State University where she earned her BA in Journalism and the University of Louisville where she earned her M.Ed. in Counseling Personnel Services. Married to Brent, a college track and field coach, and mom to three active kids she spends a lot of time in the role of supporter, driver and fan. She loves reading, fitness, writing, and laughing with friends.
Chris Newton, Director of Finance and Operations
Chris Newton coordinates all financial aspects of Bergman and ensures the operations of the school are running smoothly.
She has been in the accounting field for more than 25 years and brings to Bergman a wide range of accounting knowledge from various industries such as real estate, construction and most recently non-profit work. Chris as spent the last 3 years working for Goodwill of Central Iowa and brings a vast knowledge of the non-profit work with her.
Chris has an undergraduate degree from Hamilton College Business Management with emphasis in Accounting and minor work in Information Technologies. Most recently she graduated from Kaplan University in 2017 with her Master of Science degree in Accounting. Chris is married to Bryan and has a daughter Brylee, they currently live in Des Moines.
Megan Kassmeier, Director of Development
Megan Kassmeier joined the Bergman Academy staff in April 2020 and is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the school’s development efforts. Through her past roles in the non-profit sector, Megan brings to Bergman a strong portfolio of experience in individual and corporate annual giving programs, grant management, campaign efforts, and event planning. She enjoys connecting individuals with opportunities to support the causes they care about and, in turn, creating a lasting, positive difference in our community.
Megan holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Drake University, specializing in Nonprofit Management and Marketing. She also earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Drake University with concentrations in Business Administration and Music.
Staci Shabino, Office Manager
Staci Shabino joined the Bergman team in the Fall of 2019 after moving to Des Moines. She manages all front office operations, coordinates our staffing needs and serves as the first point of contact for our families. When she's not making Bergman a better place, she is enjoying her husband David, her children and her beautiful grandchildren.
Collin Hobson, Before/After Care & Enrichment Clubs
Collin Hobson joined the Bergman team in October of 2020. He currently runs both our after school and enrichment programs. Originally from Richmond Virginia, Collin moved to Iowa in early 2017. He has led many different teams in a variety of rolls through his different endeavors. A majority of Collins education has been in both developmental psychology and physiology with a focus on how the two impact each other. Using both backgrounds he works to develop engaging programs that help students find new interest and inspiration.