Pastor Charles Pezzino


Pastor of Creekside Assembly of God

Pastor Eugene Bianchi


Youth Pastor of Creekside Assembly of God

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Michael Caban, Principal

Michael Cabán began working at ACA in the fall of 2008 as the principal.  He is married to Simoné Cabán and has a newborn son at home.  A couple of reasons he enjoys working at ACA is the freedom to express his faith in Christ to the students and families, and the privilege of helping meet students’ academic needs.

Simone Caban, Administrative Assistant

Simone and her husband Michael have been at Amherst Christian Academy since August 2008.  They accepted the role of Principal and Church & School Secretary after receiving peace and confirmation through prayer.  They count it a joy and a privilege to serve the teachers, students and families.  Over the years they have formed many life long relationships with their families and community.  

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Sarah Comfort, Music and Gym Teacher

Sarah Comfort has been the Girl's Volleyball coach for the past 4 years, since the fall of 2012, and the physical education teacher since the fall of 2014.  She also recently started working with ACA's music classes.  Ms. Comfort appreciates the opportunity to teach in a school that is focused on encouraging students to glorify God in every aspect of their lives.  Whether they are singing in a choir or spiking a volleyball, students are taught to keep Christ in the center of their thoughts.

Julie Brown, Pre-K-1st Grade Learning Center Assistant Teacher

Julie Brown has been involved in children's ministry since the age of 14.  Since graduating from Buffalo State College with her bachelor's degree in childhood education in 2014, she has worked in public, charter, and Christian Schools.  She considers it her calling to work in Christian education, as well as a great privilege and joy.  Julie also tutors in Italian and continues serving her church teaching children of all ages.

Kelly Besant, Upper Learning Center Teacher

Kelly Besant started with ACA as the high school teacher in the fall of 2014.  She is married to Allen Besant and has two 14 year old twin boys.  Two of her favorite aspects of working at ACA include the ability she has to work with her students one-on-one each day and the opportunity to minister to the students’ spiritual needs through prayer and encouragement.  The curriculum also provides opportunities to instill Godly values into their lives and nurture their relationship with Christ.

Kelly Merkel, Pre-K-1st Grade Learning Center Teacher

Kelly Merkel started at ACA in the fall of 2013 as the early elementary teacher.  She now works with children ages four, five and six as the early elementary Montessori teacher.  Mrs. Merkel enjoys working with the children in her class, praying with them and talking with families about their children’s needs.

Phil DiPalma, Art Teacher


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David Caban (Spanish Teacher)
Michele Caban (Librarian)
Christian Closs (Math Tutor)

Robin Closs (Engineering Instructor) 
Jeff Kolpack (Assistant Flag Football Coach)
Marge Kolpack (Cafeteria Coordinator)
Greg Leaver (Festival Helper)    

Sandy Pezzino (Librarian)
Paul Picci (Boy's Assistant Basketball Coach)   
Joan Renz (Cafeteria Coordinator)
Kay Stone (Assistant Teacher)  
Jim Vazquez (Assistant Flag Football Coach)  
Raymond Williams (Girls Assistant Basketball Coach)

Melodie McKee (Assistant Teacher) 


Flag Football Coach

Jim Hallgren

Tom Mohr

Boys Basketball Coach
Girls Basketball Coach

Teresa Williams

Volleyball Coach

Sarah Comfort

Cross-Country Coach

James Hallgren


Chair Person of the Board

Pastor Eugene Bianchi

Board Members

Pastor Charles Pezzino

Michael Ballsmith

Michael Caban

Doctor David Caban

Michele Caban

Laura Stiffler

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