Meet Our Leaders

Ellen Bartling, PhD., Interim Executive Director of HOPE Christian Schools, Wisconsin Region

Dr. Bartling served in the public schools of Wisconsin for 32 years before joining Open Sky Education and its Character Formation Project in 2013. Her experience as a classroom teacher, district-level director of curriculum, assessment, instruction and staff development, elementary principal, high school principal, and district superintendent brings to HOPE Christian Schools and the Character Formation Project a depth of practical knowledge about the way students learn and school climate and culture are created.

Throughout her career, Dr. Bartling has collaborated with the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, the University of Wisconsin System, the Wisconsin Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, and the Wisconsin Council for the Social Studies to increase educational experiences for students in global education, world languages, STEM, college and career preparation and character education.

Dr. Bartling earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, her master’s degree from Marian University, and her doctoral degree in urban education from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in character education from the University of Birmingham in Great Britain with the support of the Kern Family Foundation.

Ashley Boyte, Director of Operations, Wisconsin Region

Ashley BoyteAshley Boyte is a graduate of Culver-Stockton College with a degree in Business Administration. While she majored in Business, working with students has always been a passion. Upon graduation, she joined Teach for America and was placed to teach in Milwaukee. She taught Kindergarten for two years at HOPE Caritas while attending Cardinal Stritch University. She graduated from Cardinal Stritch University in 2017 with a Master of Arts in Urban Education. Upon graduation and finishing her Teach for America commitment, Ashley knew he still wanted to work in a school setting. She sought a role where she could incorporate her business skills with her desire to serve children. Ashley became the School Operations Manager for HOPE Caritas and then transitioned to the role of Regional Operations Specialist, and now serving as Director of Operations for HOPE Christian Schools Wisconsin Region.


Dr. Jonas J. Jackson Clark Ed.D, MSW, M.Ed, Principal, HOPE Fortis

Dr. Jonas J. Clark is a native of Lake Charles, LA, and has 16 years of experience in the fields of Early Childhood Education and Social Work. He began his educational training at Dillard University, New Orleans, and continued at Grambling State University, Grambling, LA where he completed his Bachelor of Science degree in Child Development /Early Childhood Education. Dr. Clark later completed a Masters of Education in Literacy Instruction at the University of Missouri-Saint Louis and a Masters of Social Work at Saint Louis University, both in Saint Louis, MO. Continuing his education, Dr. Clark then went on to start his Doctorate of Philosophy at the Loyola University of Chicago, while later completing his Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership, and the University of Phoenix in Los Angeles, CA. Dr. Clark is currently enrolled in his post-doctoral certification in School Leadership and Management (CSML) at Harvard University, Graduate School of Education. 

He has a wealth of teaching and leadership experience in traditional public schools, private and public charter schools, and early childhood centers. He began his career as a K-5 teacher and has held positions in high performing schools in Saint Louis MO, Houston TX, Baton Rouge LA, Chicago IL, Washington DC, and most recently Los Angeles, CA. Dr. Clark’s talents have not been only been limited to the children and families in the United States, his educational leadership skills have taken him to Punta Gorda Belize, and Port-au-Prince, Haiti.  

Prior to Hope Fortis, he served in many capacities including Educational Services Lead, Dean of Students, Director of Curriculum and Culture, Assistant Principal, and an Interim Head of Schools. 

Dr. Clark is a member of Kappa Delta Pi, International Honor Society in Education, NEA-National Education Association, NAEYC- National Association for the Education of Young Children, Phi Beta Sigma International Fraternity Incorporated, and The AME (African Methodist Episcopal) Faith.

Dr. Clark is a proud southerner, who accepts the daily “Awesome Responsibility” of preparing, “Every Child” in “Every Aspect” to Succeed and do well holding true to one of his favorite sayings. “Results are instant, but Outcomes leave a legacy.” Dr. Clark enjoys traveling, spending time with family and friends, and attending cultural events. 

Angela Colbert-Brown, Principal, HOPE Prima

Angela is a native of Louisiana and has resided in Milwaukee, Wisconsin for the past 32 years. She is a wife and has three adult children and four grandchildren. Angie earned her bachelor’s degree in 1998 from Alverno College in Professional Communication & Business Management and is currently working on her Master’s Degree in Innovative Leadership at Wisconsin Lutheran College. Angela’s professional career experience ranges from Human Resource Management, Corporate Recruitment, Administrative & Executive Administration in the non-profit and corporate sectors and today the field of education in which she worked at Milwaukee Public Schools for 6 years in middle school, special education as a Deaf & Hard of Hearing Educator and Calvary’s Christian Academy School of the Arts as the Principal.

In 2003 Angela joined Calvary Temple church, now Resurrection Power Ministries under the leadership of Apostle Rosie Harvey (King). She served in various areas of ministry as a teacher in the Children’s Church for 9-13 year olds; ministry of help, cups ministry, and continues to work on the Ministry Administrative team, prophetic and intercessory team; and has been a-part of the Special Event’s team since 2005.

Angela has been a-part of the leadership team of RPM for the past 16 years and continues to invest in leadership development by attending annual leadership conferences through Power & Light Evangelistic Church under the leadership of Apostle Benny & Prophetess Geraldine Dozier, and through the Center for Urban Teaching & Leadership program.

Recently, Angie joined Hope Christian Schools, Prima as the Principal and is looking forward to her new journey in education.  In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, friends, taking long walks in her neighborhood or by the lake, reading, cooking, and traveling.

Robert Kolb, Principal, HOPE Christian High School

Born in Philadelphia, Robert spent most of his days on the playground until he moved with his family to the Chicagoland area.  A graduate of Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, IL with a degree in Biblical Studies, Robert’s passion for the Word of God is palpable and evident.  Robert and his wife spent 3 1/2 years in Uganda as missionaries working with, and training church leaders, and coming alongside a ministry that served street kids.  While working with this ministry, Robert formed a soccer club that was made up of street kids in the city that they lived in.  The club’s name was called ‘Freedom Boys Football Club’ and the club’s mission was to serve kids through the avenue of sports, to build character, and to impact lives holistically through spiritual counseling and social service. Robert and his wife, along with two (2) kids, came back to the States in 2013 where Robert worked as a sales associate at New Balance Chicago.  Once adjusted to life back in the States, Robert began feeling like selling shoes wasn’t necessarily his passion, though he will always be a New Balance advocate!  In a God-ordained way, Robert was approached about the opportunity to teach Bible at HOPE Christian High School in Milwaukee, WI.  Having zero connection to Milwaukee, this was quite a surprising opportunity but one that was stamped with God’s blessing.

In 2014, Robert joined the Team & Family at HOPE Christian High School as the Religion/Bible teacher and Track & Field coach.  He has faithfully taught in the classroom year in and year out and has been a constant presence for the students and families at HOPE Christian High School.  Robert’s greatest joy is having the opportunity to teach students the Bible as freshmen and then being around to see them walk across the stage to receive their diploma.  Becoming Principal during these unprecedented times was the furthest thing from Robert’s mind going into this school year, yet he is truly humbled to lead our Team & Family at HOPE Christian High School.

When not in the building on MLK Drive, you will often find Robert cruising around the city on his fixed gear bike! He also enjoys campfires in the backyard with his beautiful wife, and now, five (5) kids!

Milwaukee is home!  HOPE is what brought us here!

Edie Martwick, Founding Principal, HOPE Fidelis

Edie is a graduate of Wisconsin Lutheran College where she majored in education. As a college student, she was awarded the “Impact Award” recognizing her leadership and contributions to the mission of the college. As a teacher she continued to demonstrate the importance of the teacher as a leader, serving at St. Marcus, HOPE Christian School, and EAGLE College Preparatory Schools in Arizona. While at EAGLE, she completed her Master’s Degree program in Curriculum and Instruction at Arizona State University (ASU).

Edie moved back to Milwaukee in 2009 to assume another leadership position as Director of Coaching for the Center for Urban Teaching. She mentored first and second year teachers organized regular small group mentoring meetings and coordinated the Urban Conference in Milwaukee.

In 2011, Edie returned to St. Marcus where she served as a kindergarten teacher, an instructional coach, Director of Primary, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, and Assistant Principal. In 2015, Edie joined the HOPE team as a Founding Principal. Edie received her master’s degree in educational leadership from Alverno College in 2016.

Cassandra Delgado, M. Ed., Principal, HOPE Via

Casandra Delgado is incredibly excited to lead our first HOPE Christian School in Racine, WI. Her mission as an educator is “to deliver proficient lessons that scholars deserve.”

Casandra began her service in Racine, WI at HOPE Christian School Via in 2015 as the founding second grade teacher. In the summer of 2017, she became the Dean of Students and then fall of 2019 Dean of Instruction. While at HOPE Via, she specialized in school culture, academics, and building lasting relationships with scholars and families.

Prior to joining HOPE, Casandra completed her student teaching at a public district middle school Bridges program. It was this experience where the Lord opened her heart, and she had a passion to work in urban education. She started her first teaching job at St. Rafael the Archangel where she taught 2nd grade.

Casandra participated in numerous leadership trainings and has had the opportunity to be led by some of the best leaders in today’s education. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Elementary and Middle School Education grades1-9th and a minor in Geography through Carthage College and received her M. Ed. Administration Leadership from Alverno College. She also holds a Principal & Director of Instruction license in the State of Wisconsin.

During her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband Mando, 7 year old Sebastian and 2 fur babies Marshall and Oswald. She also has developed a passion for running and look forward to participating in her first full marathon Spring of 2021. 

Jameela Lee, Principal, HOPE Semper

Jameela believes that God has a purpose and a plan for every teacher and scholar at HOPE and is very fortunate for the opportunity to help each scholar and teacher reach their full potential. Jameela comes to the role after serving schools in Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi, bringing a wealth of experience to her new role. She began her educational career as a Teacher Assistant, then progressed to lead teacher, instructional coach, assistant principal, and now principal at HOPE Semper.

Mrs. Lee is a graduate of Southern University and A&M College in Baton Rouge, LA where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communications. She went on to earn a master’s degree in educational leadership from William Carey University in Gulfport, MS. While serving as Assistant principal in Gulfport, Jameela also completed the National Institute for School Leadership through the University of Mississippi.

Jameela has a passion for teaching others about Christ and is able to fulfill her passion at Christ the King Baptist Church. She is a member of the family life ministry and teaches Sunday School and Wednesday night bible study. Jameela feels blessed to be part of an organization that embodies her belief in Christ first, preparing for college, and building strong character in the next generation.

Deniece Fields Russell, Principal, HOPE Caritas

Deniece has been in the education field for more than 17 years, serving as an educator, leader, motivational speaker, and author.

A native of Milwaukee, she began her career with the Milwaukee Public School system as a middle school English Language Arts teacher. From there, she traveled to the Midwest as a reading/writing curriculum coordinator. She relocated to St. Louis to serve as Assistant Principal for one year before being promoted to Principal of the Confluence Academy Old North Campus where she served for three years, leading a staff of 90 members and more than 1,000 students. She later moved to Chicago where she served as Director/Principal of the Young Women’s Leadership Charter School of Chicago for four years. While there, she received a Principal Achievement Award in the city of Chicago and was honored by the Mayor of Chicago as one of the city’s 82 principals who made “exceptional growth” in one year. In 2014, Deniece was recruited back to Milwaukee to serve as the first Executive Director of Acelero Learning Wisconsin, a major Head Start organization. Fueled by her true desire to work in urban education and help prepare young people for their life’s work, she accepted the role of Principal at HOPE Caritas in 2018.

Deniece received her early formal education from the Milwaukee Public School system and received her bachelor of arts degree in English from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee after attending Tuskegee University in Alabama for her first two years of undergraduate study. She holds a Master of Education degree in Educational Administration from the University of Missouri–St. Louis.