Board & Staff

Little Blessings



Middle School

Mary Duncan

6th Grade & Middle School History Teacher


Vivian Sakis

Vivian Sakis

Music Teacher

Mrs. Sakis grew up in Virginia Beach, Virginia where she was involved in church activities since high school. She and her husband, Chris, relocated from Virginia to New Milford in 1990. They have three children, Kara-Leigh, Amber, and Joshua. Mrs. Sakis graduated from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia with a bachelor’s degree in Music Education with a concentration in vocal/piano. She was also trained to teach Yamaha Music School. Mrs. Sakis previously taught 12 years in parochial schools and has been teaching private piano for more than 37 years.  She is the worship leader and pianist at Christian Life Fellowship in New Milford, where her husband is Pastor. She has been the director of numerous musicals with church youth and adult choirs. She has experience as accompanist for numerous choirs and soloists. She admits that music has been her interest and favorite pastime her whole life, but she also enjoys bike riding, learning about history, reading biographies, baking, and cooking.

Maria Rago

Spanish Teacher

Senora Rago was born in Argentina. She moved to the United States in 1987 with her husband Ricardo and young son. She lives in Bethel with her husband and dog Marly. Senora Rago is the mother of three adult children, Constantino, Micaela, and Sophia. She has 34 years of experience in the classroom, having taught in Argentina, and Rogers Park Middle School, Immaculate High School, and Immanuel Lutheran School in Danbury. She has taught biology, bilingual programs, and Spanish from Pre-K through 12th Grade. Senora Rago hold a bachelors degree in science and Spanish and a masters degree in education.


Roxanne Lundberg

Admin Asst & Admissions Coordinator

Ms. Lundberg is Christian Life Academy’s Admissions Coordinator and Administrative Assistant. She serves as the friendly voice on the phone and a smiling face in the school office. She has worked at CLA since 1998 and her energy and efficiency keep administrative matters running smoothly. Ms. Lundberg grew up in Danbury. She is the mother of two grown children, both of whom attended CLA. She loves spending time with the Lord, and attends First Assembly of God Church in Brookfield, where she serves on the Nursing Home Ministry.  She enjoys taking her three little Chihuahuas to dog obedience class; whether they listen or not is another story.

Advisory Board

Pastor Morgan

Pastor Morgan

Phil Morgan has pastored churches in both Australia and the United States for the past 23 years. A graduate of Commonwealth Bible College, both his father and grandfather were Assemblies of God ministers, and Phil’s own call to preach came when he was just a teenager.

Phil’s great passion is preaching and teaching God’s Word, and in any spare moment he enjoys reading. During the summer months he can often be found floating around on the lake near their home fishing for Bass.

This year of 2014 is a special one for him and his wife, Alli, as they celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary. They have 4 children: Ben, Sam, Bethwyn and Ewan.

Currently Phil serves at First Assembly of God in Brookfield, Connecticut, USA, where he has been the Senior Pastor since June of 2003.

Rod Moore

Rod Moore

Mr. Moore graduated from St. Lawrence University with a bachelors degree in Psychology. He is a retired Realtor and loan origination officer.  He has served on the CLA board since 1985. Currently he serves on the deacon board of First Assembly of God Church, and as a commissioner on the Danbury Zoning Board of Appeals.  He has held board of director positions with the Northern Fairfield County Board of Realtors and the Danbury Kiwanis Club. Rod has fallen in love with his first grandchild.  Looking to the future through her eyes, he realizes more than ever how important a solid Christian education is to her and all our children and grandchildren.

Sandi Miller

Sandi Miller

  • A never at home, stay at home mom
  • Married since 1995
  • Mother of 3, all who attended CLA, youngest is still there in 5th grade
  • Member of the CLA Board since 2009
  • Member of Walnut Hill Community Church, Bethel CT
  • PTF (Parent/Teacher Fellowship) Coordinator at CLA
Bill MacLean

Bill MacLean

Holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Franklin & Marshall College. He has served on the Christian Life Academy school board since 2007 and has been the head girls varsity basketball coach at CLA for many years. He is Vice President/General Manager at Target Flavors, Inc. in Brookfield, CT, while also serving for many years as Finance Committee Chair & Sunday School Director. He is an active advocate with Compassion International, providing holistic child development for poverty stricken children. He and his wife Khara have 8 children, all of whom attend or have attended CLA since 1998.

Stefanie McArdle

Stefanie McArdle

Sent her two children to CLA from Pre-K through 8th grade. Stefanie previously taught art at CLA. She holds an AAS in Fine Arts and Bachelors Degree in Graphic design from Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. She was also an interim gym teacher at CLA, and Art teacher at Immaculate High School in Danbury.

A Realtor with Century 21 Home Services in Bethel, she resides in Brookfield. Stefanie has attended First Assembly of God for 20 years, and has served the Missionette and Ranger youth programs, the hospitality team, and church nursery.

Lynn Morse

Joan Freeman

Mrs. Freeman has been at Christian Life Academy since 2002 and has been the principal since 2012. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Western Connecticut State University and a Master of Science in Special Education from the University of Saint Josephs. She is ACSI certified in elementary education and educational leadership.  Joan and her husband, Alan, have four adult children. They live in New Milford and worship at Christian Life Fellowship, where she is part of the worship team.