Chesterton Academy schools are parent-founded and led schools. We families, as the Ecclesia Domestica, are called to be the first educators of our children. Who better, than a team of parents, to raise up a school to form souls and minds to love, know and serve God and His Church. If you are interested in helping us with your time and talent, please contact us. This is an exciting time to create a legacy that will educate bright young minds for generations to come. We are in need of several areas of expertise such as administration, accounting, marketing, media, fundraising, athletics, and more.
Our Board of Directors
Our desire to open Chesterton Academy of Detroit came from a sense of urgency that arose from not finding local schools to our liking for our own children. As Dale Ahlquist says often, the founder of the first Chesterton Academy (MN), "It started for selfish reasons." We were intrigued by Classical education from a Catholic perspective. We knew that classical education provided a well-balanced and rigorous education in the great books and philosophy. We began to research and came across the Chesterton Academy website. We were so captivated by their mission and simplicity in seeking to provide a Classical Education rooted in the truths of Jesus Christ. We knew that this is what we wanted to offer our own children. However at the same time, we realized that this was the answer for many other families who were looking for a full-time classical program in the Catholic tradition. That is when we began to discern opening a school locally. Many have shown interest in this endeavor and many believe that a school like this can provide a type of education that is presently not available in our area. We have created a board of serious and joyful Catholics who believe in the mission of Chesterton Academy. We are looking for more friends of Chesterton who would like to contribute to making this project a reality. Come and join us to bring Classical education in the Catholic intellectual tradition to Detroit.
David M. Miller
David was born in Detroit and raised in Warren, MI. He and his wife Alejandra live in Rochester and are active members of Ss Cyril and Methodius Parish in Sterling Heights. They have three children age six and under.
David is a graduate of De La Salle Collegiate in Warren, and has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan-Dearborn. During his twenty year career in the automotive industry as an engineering specialist, he spent five years in Italy. It was there that he reverted back to the Catholic faith, met his wife Alejandra, had their first of three children, learned Italian and grew in his love for theology, philosophy and the humanities.
David is convicted that he wants his children to have a thoroughly rounded education and that classical education is the way to accomplish this goal. He also sees that there is a large community of families in Metro Detroit that seeks a full-time classical curriculum for their children and that Chesterton Academy will benefit this underserved community.
Alejandra M. Correa
Alejandra M. Correa was born in Santiago, Chile and grew up in Miami, Florida. She and her husband David Miller live in Rochester with their three children. They actively attend Ss. Cyril and Methodius Slovak Catholic Church.
Alejandra holds a Bachelors in Design from Florida International University and a Masters Degree in Theology of Evangelization from the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome. Alejandra spent an additional two years in Rome working for the Vatican Sponsored Emmanuel School of Evangelization. It is there that she discovered her love of writing about the Catholic faith and was published on the Women's Section of the Pontifical Council for the Laity (now known as the Dicastery of Laity, Family, and Life). She continues to write for other online Catholic publications.
She is a well-seasoned teacher having almost twenty-five years of experience in Catholic schools. She has taught from elementary all the way to adult education. Some of the courses she has lectured on are Theology, Art History, Theology of the Body, Church History, The Sacraments, Marriage, and Family among other subjects. Alejandra is convinced that Chesterton Academy would serve a great need in the Metro Detroit Area to families that are looking for a full-time Classical education in the Catholic Tradition.
Harry C. Veryser, Jr.
Harry C. Veryser was born and raised in Mt Clemens. He lives in Sterling Heights and is a member of St Lawrence Church.
Veryser was the director of graduate studies in economics at the University of Detroit Mercy from 2007-2012. In 2009, Prof. Veryser was appointed as Treasurer at Thomas More College in New Hampshire. In addition, he served as chairman of the economics and finance department at Walsh College for twenty years retiring in 2007 with the rank of Distinguished Professor. He also held the rank of Associate Professor of Economics and Finance at Walsh College. Mr. Veryser has been teaching for the last 40+ years both at the high school and collegiate level on both a full and part-time basis. During his high school career, he taught courses in mathematics, history, economics, government, and religion. Mr. Veryser has served on the faculties of Northwood University, St. Mary’s College-Orchard Lake, Hillsdale College (Assistant to the President 74-78), Ave Maria College, Thomas More College of Liberal Arts and the University of Detroit. At which he taught courses in economics, history, ethics, and philosophy. Also, he is currently an adjunct professor at the University of Detroit Mercy. Presently, he has semi-retired to continue writing and research but in addition teaches courses at The University of Detroit Mercy and Northwood University and Macomb Community College. His articles have appeared in The Detroit News, The Intercollegiate Review and The University Bookman. He is the author of Our Economic Crisis: Sources and Solutions. His latest book, It Did Not Have to Be This Way: How the Principles of Austrian Economics lead to Peace and Prosperity, has been published by ISI books in 2012.
Harry Veryser is Chairman of the American Council on Economics and Society; a former senior member of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, and a member of the Philadelphia Society where he served on the board of trustees from 2011 to 2013. He was recently elected to membership in the Prismatic Club of Detroit. Mr. Veryser is also active in the Fine Arts Society of Detroit and served on the board of the Long Island Opera. Mr. Veryser also served on the advisory boards of De La Salle Collegiate High School in Warren, Michigan, St. Thomas More Academy in Burton, Michigan. He is currently on the advisory boards of The Mackinac Center for Public Policy in Midland, Michigan and the Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty in Grand Rapids, Michigan. And he has served on the advisory board of the Michigan Catholic. Mr. Veryser was a member of the Business Advisory Committee for Baker College in Allen Park, MI. He was recently appointed an associate scholar to the Ludwig von Mises Institute. He currently serves on the board of trustees for Detroit Collegiate High School, a charter school. He established the new Master of Arts in Economics program at Walsh College in September of 2000 and helped reestablish the MA in economics degree at UDM in 2007.
Harry is a graduate of De La Salle Collegiate in Detroit. He received his undergraduate degree in Philosophy and Economics and two Master of Arts degrees in Economics and Religious Studies from the University of Detroit. In 2005, Mr. Veryser received the Will Herberg Award for Faculty Excellence from the Intercollegiate Studies Institute. He was awarded the Doctor in Humane Letters Degree (LHD) by Thomas More College in 2010. In September 2012 he received the KHS (Knight of the Holy Sepulchre) from the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem.
Cynthia Zitny and her husband Dennis live in Sterling Heights and have been married for 20 years. They are active in several ministries at Ss Cyril and Methodius Slovak Catholic parish and have a ministry supporting cloistered contemplative nuns.
Cynthia is an advocate for religious education and educational choice. She has Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Clinical Social Work from Wayne State University. Cynthia has licenses in both Clinical Social Work and Marriage and Family Therapy and has owned her own private practice outpatient mental health clinic in Sterling Heights for 16 years. One of Cynthia's core ministries is education, having taught adult Bible studies and catechesis in Church and home settings.
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Thomas P. D’Alio
Thomas D’Alio is a cradle Catholic and was born and raised in Schuylkill Haven, Pennsylvania, where he attended parochial school. Tom attends daily Holy Mass and is a member of the Fourth Degree, Knights of Columbus. He is married to his soulmate Raffaella and is the proud father of four children. The family resides in Sterling Heights, MI and attends Saints Cyril and Methodius Roman Catholic Church.
Tom has a distinguished 35-year career in the Department of the Army as a career Military Officer and a Federal Civil Servant in the Profession of Arms, in U.S. and International Program Management and Government Contracting. Currently Tom serves as a liaison and provides leadership, insight, counsel and innovative solutions that support mutual U.S. and partner nation interests. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Hawaii Pacific University and an MBA from Michigan State University. He credits his global assignments for bestowing upon him the ultimate “Roamin’ Catholic” experience –Christian service and fellowship in many diverse Parishes and Schools.
Tina Marie Tocco
Tina Marie Tocco was born in Michigan, raised Catholic and grew up in a family business that served the United States. She served on the board of Daisies in Recovery, that housed abused woman and children. Part of this ministry was to also bring people who were in prison to Jesus Christ. She has volunteered with Social Services of Pontiac, to care and mentor young troubled teens and babies who were born-addicted and unwanted. She also mentored teens who were housed at Vista Maria, a boarding school for troubled teen girls.
Tina is a member of the Confraternity of the Passionist and Member of the Society of the Holy Face of Jesus. She and her husband Vince are mentors for couples who are engaged to be married through marriage preparation. She is on the board of The House of St. Joseph, a Benedictine inspired transitional Christian pathway that assists former prison inmates for re-entry into society.
Tina and her husband Vince have been married since 2001 and have 4 children that have been homeschooled for the past 11 years. They are passionate about their children receiving the best Catholic education and developing an intimate relationship with God.