Meet Our Administration


Shawn Minks

Shawn Minks

Head of School

Mr. Shawn Minks joined Cambridge Christian School after serving for six years as Headmaster at Foundation Academy in Winter Garden, FL. He arrived at Foundation in the summer of 2007 after serving for two years as the Upper School Principal at Bridgeway Christian Academy in Alpharetta, GA. This followed three years at the same school as Middle School Principal. Before migrating to Bridgeway, Mr. Minks was the Dean of Students for five years for grades 7-12 at Warner Christian Academy in Daytona Beach, FL. In addition to his administrative duties there, Mr. Minks taught Health, Bible, and Leadership classes to middle and high school students.

Furthermore, he coached the high school varsity girls’ basketball and tennis teams and coordinated all chapel programs. Prior to becoming the Dean of Students, Mr. Minks taught sixth grade (in the elementary) for four years at the same school. While doing this, he also implemented and supervised an intramural athletics program for the upper elementary students.

Mr. Minks received his Masters in Educational Administration from Columbia International University in 2001. He earned his Bachelors of Science degree in Elementary Education and Bible from Northwestern College in 1993. Mr. Minks holds a Lifetime ACSI All Levels Principal Certificate. He sits on the ACSI Regional Commission, and he has served on five accreditation teams to other schools.

Mr. Minks is happily married to his wife of 23 years, Carol, who is also on staff at Cambridge. Mr. and Mrs. Minks have three children. Tal  attends UCF. Tiana is a senior, and Tate is a ninth grader. Both are excited to be attending CCS!

Jonathan Valdez

Jonathan Valdez

Lower School Principal

Mr. Valdez has been in the field of education for over ten years.  During this time, he taught a variety of elementary school grades, coached numerous sports at the elementary and middle school level including softball, basketball and swimming.  He has also served as a reading and math tutor, and led various educational groups and committees.  Most recently, he served fourth grade as the Team Leader, math and bible instructor. 

Mr. Valdez has been married to his wife Karen for over seventeen years and together have three children: Arianna, Alex, and Anthony, who are all students here at CCS.  

Cari Gibson

Cari Gibson

Upper School Principal

Mrs. Gibson has been in education for 17 years and earned her Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction from American College of Education. She and her husband, Gary, are parents to three daughters and one son. Her oldest recently graduated from CCS. She says, “I believe “learning” is a godly principle and it should be celebrated!  Learning has not always come easy to me, so  I understand how important its process is in our lives.  As a result, I became an educator to serve as an instrument which would guide others towards learning.  Everyone has a God- given curiosity to learn and explore knowledge. This desire is, as an educator, what I am committed to developing  in my students.  I became an educator to encourage others to learn and to achieve their highest potential.  I became a Christian educator to encourage young Christians to fulfill God’s will for their lives,  as they discover the fullness and depth of God’s great love for us.  I believe it is a privilege to be an educator!”

Tracy Moss

Tracy Moss

Lower School Assistant Principal and Early Childhood Director

Mrs. Moss is a graduate of the University of South Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and a Masters in Educational Leadership. For the past 18 years, she has taught grades first, second, and fourth. She has also worked as an Intern Supervisor for The University of Tampa. On a personal note, Mrs. Moss has been happily married to her husband, Evan, for over 18 years. Their two children also attend Cambridge.

Liana Turk

Liana Turk

Business Administrator

Mrs. Turk has been with CCS for 9 years and has worked in the business office as the Payroll and Benefits Coordinator and at PricewaterhouseCoopers as a Tax Process Specialist.  She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and Finance from the University of South Florida and recently attained her CPA license. She has been married to her husband, Robert for 5 years and loves Cambridge because of the “close family environment and the wonderful people I get to work with every day.”

Marty Hillier

Marty Hillier

Director of Marketing and Alumni

Mrs. Hillier has been working at CCS for 10 years. She graduated from the University of South Florida with a B.A. in Mass Communications and a major in Advertising. She was in Sales and Sales Management for over 10 years before joining our team. She and her husband, Tom, have been married for 25 years and they have two boys. Ethan is in 7th grade and Tyler is a junior in college. Both boys started Cambridge in K-3 and she loves CCS because of the strong foundation it offers students. “It is the perfect combination of rigorous academics and faith in action. It allows your student to be involved, lead and be mentored by an incredibly talented and godly faculty and staff. On top of that, it’s a wonderful place to work. CCS has been a blessing to our family in so many ways.”

Tony Sloan

Tony Sloan

Director of Institutional Advancement

Mr. Sloan has an extensive background in raising capital funds, having raised over 100 million dollars in the last 25 years. Retiring in 2011 as a Lieutenant Colonel after a distinguished 30-year career in the Air Force Reserve, Mr. Sloan has demonstrated not only excellent leadership qualities, but also the ability to cultivate relationships throughout his career. His many roles over the last 25 years have included stops at Indiana University, University of South Florida, Vision360, and UMS-Wright Preparatory School.

Mr. Sloan’s focus will be on Capital Giving, Endowments, and Planned Giving.  Tony is married to Tonya (owner of Mission BBQ) and has two beautiful daughters, Laura and Sara.

Lisa Brennan Abbazia

Lisa Brennan Abbazia

Director of Admissions

Lisa has worked at CCS for ten years and graduated from the University of South Florida with a B.A in Mass Communications. She worked in sales at USF and has been a parent here for 14 years. Her son Ethan graduated from Cambridge Christian and is a freshman in college. She loves Cambridge because of the close atmosphere and the opportunity she has to introduce others to Cambridge. “The best part of my job is meeting new families and welcoming them to be part of Cambridge Christian School.”

Anthony Campbell

Anthony Campbell

Upper School Assistant Principal/Director of Institutional Technology

This is Mr. Campbell’s third year at CCS. He is celebrating his 23rd year in education and his 22nd year in Christian education. Mr. Campbell has a Master’s of Education degree in Curriculum and Instructional Technology from the University of South Florida. Prior to coming to Cambridge, he served as a Computer Science teacher for 17 years, a middle school History teacher, a middle school Science and Math teacher, and worked as an instructional coach on a math research study for Southern Methodist University. He is married to Laurie Campbell, who is an education professor at the University of Central Florida and together they have one son, Stephen Campbell, who is a middle school teacher at CCS. Mr. Campbell loves Cambridge because of its focus on Christian values.  “Administrators, faculty, staff, and students alike, all demonstrate Christ’s love towards each other. It is great to be at a place where Christ is seen on every face and demonstrated in all that is done.”

Rick Shears

Rick Shears

Director of Operations

Mr. Shears has been working at CCS for 10 years and has an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Mott Community College. He is a retired Detective from the City of Tampa Police Department and has been married to his wife, Shelley, for 33 years. They have two children, Tabatha and Erik ‘08 and two grandchildren. Mr. Shears loves Cambridge because this is where he accepted the Lord into his life. He says, “This school will always have a special place in my heart.  I feel God’s presence every day that I am here.  I am so grateful for the opportunity to disciple your children.”

Mark Butler

Mark Butler

Director of Athletics

Mark Butler has a 27-year history in Christian Education with 18 years specifically being a Director of Athletics. Over the years, Mr. Butler has gained experience in coaching, teaching, and being a Principal. Mr. Butler brings to CCS a vast knowledge in Florida High School Athletics and in all aspects of building championship programs. Mr. Butler’s former school has won the 2A Private School Sunshine Cup in Florida for being the best overall athletic program in the state of Florida each of the last two school years. Mr. Butler has been a Director of Athletics in schools serving 1,000 students or more and in schools the same size as Cambridge. Cambridge is blessed to have been able to hire a leader with Mr. Butler’s résumé, success, and diversity in leadership experience.  Mr. Butler will be joined at Cambridge by his wife, Karen.

Melody Shiver

Melody Shiver

Director of Guidance and College Placement