Chris Fenter, facilities coordinator, St. Louis region
Chris knows the schools he serves well. He was a co-teacher for 4th Grade at EAGLE Tower Grove South in St. Louis from September 2014 through June 2015.
With a background in construction work, he decided to start his own business in remodeling and woodworking in May 2015. He transitioned to part-time maintenance coordinator in July of 2015 and is now the full-time regional maintenance coordinator. He first started learning construction with Lapides Construction in Kirkwood, MO and has been involved in various construction and remodeling projects in St. Louis.
Chris earned a master’s degree from Webster University in St. Louis.
Paul Doubleday, facilities coordinator, Wisconsin region
Paul joined Open Sky Education as facilities coordinator for the Wisconsin region in August of 2014. Paul supervises the facility needs at all of the seven HOPE Christian Schools.
Paul calls upon years of facility experience that he learned as the facility director at Phantom Lake YMCA Camp, YMCA Camp Anokjig, and YMCA Camp Woodstock. In addition, he was a member of the maintenance team at Cedar Community, Washington Counties largest Elderly Rehabilitation Center and Long Term Housing Complex. Paul has a wide variety of skills including carpentry, plumbing, electrical and HVAC. Paul’s motto to the school’s is that he is the “one call fixes it all” guy.
Paul has a bachelor of science degree in business administration from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Bill Minnich, facilities coordinator, Arizona region
Bill joined Open Sky Education as the Arizona regional maintenance coordinator in August 2014. He is now responsible for overseeing the maintenance program at three EAGLE locations in the Phoenix area. Bill is dedicated to providing a clean, safe, comfortable and well maintained facility for the comfort of the scholars, staff, and visitors.
Bill brings extensive management and execution experience in day-to-day preventative maintenance and repair of equipment. Prior to Open Sky, Bill worked in the retail industry for 35 years, the last nine as facilities manager of a national retailer’s Scottsdale locations. Bill was a corporate award winner for facilities standards in three of his nine years. He had oversight of the maintenance and cleaning programs in two locations, with a combined 550,000 square feet and $160 million in annual sales. Bill was also a Cub Scout Den Leader during his son’s elementary school years.
He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee.
Tom Smith, national facilities director
Tom joined Open Sky Education as the national facilities director in June of 2014, having served as an independent consultant and school representative for numerous Educational Enterprises building projects. He is now responsible for overseeing the maintenance management of all Open Sky Education facilities nationwide.
Tom brings an extensive background of 30+ years of construction experience and management, combined with a passion for providing excellence in education for all children. Previously, Tom owned and operated a general contracting company and worked in various construction and commercial real estate development firms as a project superintendent, project manager, estimator and property manager. During his career, Tom has constructed and managed more than 1.4 million square feet of warehouse, commercial, office and educational space.
Tom holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Utah.
Benton Yingling, Phoenix facility maintenance
Ben began his career with Open Sky Education in June 2009 at the EAGLE South Mountain campus in Phoenix. He handles all day-to-day facility maintenance at EAGLE South Mountain.
Previously, Ben worked in new home construction and landscaping. He is the father of two children and grandfather of five.