Founders & Board of Trustees


Erin Haneline

Erin and her husband Matthew have four children – Cora, Charlotte, Matthew Jr. “Mack,” and William. Erin graduated from the University of Richmond in 2003 with a bachelor’s degree in rhetoric and communication studies. Prior becoming a full-time mom, Erin worked as a personal assistant and professional organizer. She is passionate about sharing the freedom and joy she has found in Christ and loves being a part of Hope Community Church.

Dowd Simpson

Dowd and her husband Webb have five children – James, Willow, Winnie, Mercy, and Eden. Dowd graduated from Wake Forest University with a bachelor’s degree in theatre and communications. Prior to founding Oaks Christian School, Dowd served on the board of the PGA TOUR Wives Association, a nonprofit organization that serves families and children in need.

Board of Trustees

India Keith

India graduated from Wake Forest University with a bachelor’s degree in history. She later earned her Juris Doctorate from T. C. Williams School of Law in Richmond, VA, and practiced in corporate and real estate law for 30 years. India is a past chair of the Harris YMCA Board of Managers and has served on the Charlotte Metro YMCA board and numerous other committees within the Y organization. As an active alumna of Wake Forest, India has served on the President’s Council and the Alumni Council along with various other committees. She is the current co-chair of Hope Out Loud, a nonprofit organization that spreads the word of the saving grace of Jesus Christ. India and her husband, Greg, have five children and nine grandchildren.

Greg Keith

Greg is the president and chief executive officer of The Keith Corporation (TKC). Greg’s real estate career, spanning over 30 years, comprises more than 300 development projects valued in excess of $2.5 billion. These development projects include office, industrial, retail, and medical across 34 states, Canada, Mexico, and the United Kingdom. Greg has served as a board member, director, and chairman for numerous organizations and Christian ministries throughout the country. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business and a law degree from Wake Forest University.

Advisory Council

The Board of Trustees of Oaks Christian School has established a leadership group of volunteers to serve as an Advisory Council. This group is comprised of community and business leaders with diverse skills and experiences who share a passion and wisdom for faith-based philanthropy. The Advisory Council will serve the Board of Trustees by offering objective and constructive feedback and effectively supplement the Board’s skills and abilities. The members of the OCS Advisory Council bring best practices from well-respected Christian ministries, faithfully pray for OCS, advocate for OCS in the community and financially support the strategic plans set forth by the Board of Trustees for Oaks Christian School. 

Mike and Melissa Kruger

Mike and Melissa met as students at UNC-Chapel Hill, and have been married for 23 years. They have three children (Emma, John, and Kate) and a dog named Gus. OCS is grateful for the breadth of professional, faith-based experience that they bring to the Advisory Board.

Mike currently serves as the President of Reformed Theological Seminary. He is one of the leading scholars today in the study of the origins of the New Testament, particularly the development of the New Testament canon and the transmission of the New Testament text. He is the author of numerous books, and his most recent publication is Christianity at the Crossroads:  How the Second Century Shaped the Future of the Church. His other publications include The Gospel of the Savior, The Heresy of Orthodoxy, Canon Revisited, and The Question of Canon. He is also the editor of and a contributor to A Biblical -Theological Introduction to the New Testament, and he is co-editor of The Early Text of the New Testament and Gospel Fragments. Additionally, Dr. Kruger served as president of the Evangelical Theological Society (2019), and he currently serves on the editorial board of the Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society and The Bulletin for Biblical Research

Melissa Kruger is currently the Director of Women’s Initiatives for The Gospel Coalition. She’s the author of multiple books, including Growing Together: Taking Mentoring Beyond Small Talk and Prayer Requests and Wherever You Go, I Want You to Know. She is also a contributing writer at Wit’s End, hosted by The Gospel Coalition.

Michael & Ann Tarwater

Long-time residents of Charlotte, Michael and Ann have three children (Kathryn, Allison, and Michael) and seven grandchildren. OCS is grateful for the breadth of professional, civic and faith-based involvement that they bring to the Advisory Board.

Most recently, Michael served as President and CEO of Carolinas HealthCare System, where he held several different leadership positions for the past 35 years. He is a life member and past chairman of the Board of Trustees of the North Carolina Hospital Association, and he previously served on the American Hospital Association’s (AHA) Board of Trustees and as Chairman of the AHA Regional Policy Board 3. He is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Queens University of Charlotte and serves on numerous other community-oriented boards, including the Leon Levine Foundation.  He is a Past Chairman of the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce and was a founding member of the Charlotte Executive Leadership Council. Among other honors, Michael is a Life Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and a member of North Carolina’s Order of the Long Leaf Pine.

Ann earned a Master’s of Divinity degree from Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte. Building upon a background in modeling and fashion, she launched The Appropriate Method, a business that allows her to combine her fashion and theology training and experience to teach etiquette and protocol to children and adults. Ann currently serves on the Executive Board for the Arts at Queens University, the Board of Craft and Design at the Mint Museum, the Mint Museum’s Board of Trustees, the Chaplains’ Advisory Board for Atrium Health, and the Board of Trustees for the White Horse Inn, a radio show and podcast that helps each generation rediscover the gospel and the rich treasures of the Reformation.