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CFS Leadership Team


Mr. Max Vikhter, Head of School 
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B.A. in Education from Roosevelt University
M.A. in Educational Leadership from Northeastern Illinois University

Mr. Vikhter born in the USSR and immigrated to the United States as a refugee. His family settled in Chicago, where he spent most of his life. As a musician he sought glory on a stage; but Glory found him in a classroom when he was called to serve as an educator. He served in the Salvation Army and in Chicago Public Schools before moving to Columbia with his wife Sarah, their son Nick, and their baby girl due this fall. While sharing a big vision for 21st Century Learning as it intersects with Christian Education, he knows that God's vision is even bigger. He is motivated by seeing our students at CFS demonstrate spiritual and academic growth through true-to-life learning experiences. Together with our families and with our church community, we are raising up the next Spirit-filled generation of servant-leaders.


Dr. Rick Mueller, Administrator
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B.S. Zoology – Southeast Missouri State University
M.S. Animal Science – University of Missouri
Ph.D. Animal Science – University of Missouri
M.A. Christian School Administration - Oral Roberts University

Rick was employed by the University of Missouri for fifteen years conducting scientific research before becoming the administrator of Christian Fellowship School in 1996.  He completed an M.A. in Christian School Administration and received the Exceptional Master Graduate-Christian School Emphasis Award from ORU in 2003.  He led CFS through its initial ICAA accreditation in 2004 and re-evaluation external review visits in 2009, 2014 and 2019.  Rick has served as a team member and lead evaluator on numerous ICAA site visits.  He was elected to the ICAA Board of Commissioners in 2012 and continues to serve in that role.  Rick's wife, Darlene, has been an elementary teacher at CFS since 1989 and their three children are graduates of CFS.  They currently have three grandchildren attending the school.


Kimberly Thoma
Assistant to the Head of School / Office Manager / Coordinator of Student Activities
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Kim moved to Columbia in 1988 to attend Mizzou where she studied Human Environmental Sciences with an emphasis in Architecture, Interior Design and Art.  Kim and her husband, Keith, became members of Christian Fellowship Church in 1997.  They made a commitment to send their sons, Dayton and Connor, to school at CFS, and although they lived in Boonville, MO, they commuted their children to CFS for seven years before moving to Columbia.  Kim first joined the CFS staff in 2010, as the preschool aide and office assistant.  She transferred to the school office as the receptionist in 2011.  Kim stepped into her current position in June 2014 where she continues to serve and love the CFS students, families and staff.