Faculty & Staff


Amy Moran – Office Manager,  amy.moran@dominionacademy.org

Brandy McCarty – Attendance Coordinator, brandy.mccarty@dominionacademy.org

Erica Baker – Chief Compliance Officer, Office Assistant, Study Hall Monitor, erica.baker@dominionacademy.org   

Michelle Caldwell – Head of School, michelle.caldwell@dominionacademy.org   

Lisa Sayer – K-6 Academic Director, lisa.sayer@dominionacademy.org

Sandy McNamara – School Academic Director, Junior High & High School Academic Director/Guidance Counselor, Director/Dean of Student Life, sandy.mcnamara@dominionacademy.org   

Sandra Green – Registrar, registrar@dominionacademy.org   

Phil Pierce – Athletic Director, athletics@dominionacademy.org

Melissa Heerdt – Assistant Athletic Director, melissa.heerdt@dominionacademy.org

Kristen Talbert – Bursar & Business Manager, kristen.talbert@dominionacademy.org  

Jeff Brown – Business Office Assistant, jeff.brown@dominionacademy.org    

Bob Wolfe – Testing Coordinator, bob.wolfe@dominionacademy.org


Dominion Academy has a large faculty with a wealth of teaching and real-life experience. Many of the faculty have Master’s Degrees in their field.

Theresa Rose Araya — Cathedral School Teacher

  • B.A., English literature, Franciscan University of Steubenville, Steubenville, Ohio
  • Teaching certification, Franciscan University of Steubenville, Steubenville, Ohio
  • English teacher, Escuela Internacional Sampedrana, San Pedro Sula, Honduras, C.A.
  • Elementary school teacher, San Alejo School, San Alejo, Honduras, C.A.
  • E.S.L. tutor, San Pedro and San Alejo, Honduras, C.A.
  • E.S.L. tutor, Franciscan University of Steubenville, Steubenville, Ohio
  • Substitute, Reference Desk, Dayton Metro Library
  • Home educator of her 6 children for 16 years
  • Coordinator of Ex Libris, an adult dinner/book discussion club

Erica Baker – Kindergarten Teacher, erica.baker@dominionacademy.org

Jeff Brown Jeff Brown – Honors Algebra 2, Calculus, Physics, Introduction to Formal Logic, Advance Math, jeff.brown@dominionacademy.org

  • M.S. Engineering Physics, Air Force Institute of Technology, 1985
  • B.S., Physics/General Chemistry, minor: Psychology, South Dakota State University, 1983
  • Over 20 years Staff Research Scientist – Air Force Research Laboratory
  • Dominion Academy Bursar
  • Air Force Contractor

Christiana Burks – Humanities Vault, christiana.burks@dominionacademy.org

Erin Caldwell –  Shakespeare Literature, erin.caldwell@dominionacademy.org

  • B.S., English, Wright State University, 2006
  • Private tutor, English and ESL
  • Dominion Academy Alumnus
  • Special training: “Teaching Shakespeare,” Human Race Theater, 2007
  • IEP Instructor at the University of Dayton, 2012-2013
  • SAT/Standardized Test Rater, Educational Testing Service
Dss. Michelle Caldwell – U.S. History, U.S. Government, Speech, Biblical Worldview, Biblical Foundations, Practical Economics, 8th Grade American History,  michelle.caldwell@dominionacademy.org 
  • Ed.D. Candidate, ABD, Grand Canyon University
  • M.A., Church History, Cincinnati Bible Seminary, 1995
  • B.A., Philosophy, Wright State University, 1990
  • Instructor, Southwestern College of Business and Hondros College, 1990-2001
  • Business owner, a real estate practice since 1994
  • Deaconess, Trinity Anglican Church, Mason, OH
  • Dominion Academy Head of the School
Jeri Carson Jarean “Jeri” Carson – Martial Arts, SAT/ACT Test Preparation, Psychology, Sinclair Community College Certified CCP Instructor(Psychology), jeri.carson@dominionacademy.org

  • Ed.S., Counseling, St. Mary’s University, San Antonio, 1988
  • M.A., Education, University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio, 1986
  • B.S., Behavioral Science, United States Air Force Academy1983 (graduated with military distinction)
  • Fifth degree black belt, Pangainoon Karate; Third degree black belt, Jodo (short staff); First degree black belt, Toide; First degree black belt; Kobudo
  • Ohio state champion in her division two years in a row
  • Competed on winning USA Elite Black Belt team
  • Inducted into USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame as a Female Black Belt Leader of the Year.

Karen Connair – Pre Algebra, 7th Grade Math, Algebra , Math Lab Director, karen.connair@dominionacademy.org

  • B.S., Education, University of Dayton
  • Adjunct Professor, Math, University of Dayton
  • Math Teacher, Chaminade-Julienne
Jennifer Sullivan Downey Jennifer Sullivan Downey – Rhetoric, Advanced Composition 1,  Summer Reading Program,Sinclair Community College Certified CCP Instructor(Rhetoric, British Literature),  jenny.downey@dominionacademy.org
  • M.A., Literature, Miami University
  • B.A., English and History, Cedarville University
  • Year Abroad, Center of Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Keeble College, Oxford University (England) 2002-2003
  • Composition and Humanities Instructor, DeVry University

Rosie Kiesewetter Prep & Junior High Art, rosie.kiesewetter@dominionacademy.org

Mark LeckliderMark Lecklider – Cathedral School Teacher, 7th & 8th Grade Grammar and Composition, 7th Grade Science, Physical Science, Biology, mark.lecklider@dominionacademy.org

  • M.A. Educational Technology, University of Northern Colorado
  • B.A., Youth Agency Administration, University of Northern Colorado
  • Graduate, National Outdoor Leadership School, Kenya
  • Adjunct Instructor, University of Dayton Intensive English Program
  • Developed and taught the High School English Program in Hokkaido, Japan
  • Taught English, Colorado State University
  • Small business owner
  • DA Science Fair Coordinator
Betsy McDermott Betsy McDermott – 1st & 2nd Grade, Orton Gillingham,  betsy.mcdermott@dominionacademy.org

  • B.S., Elementary Education, Bowling Green State University
  • Teacher, Bowling Green Christian Academy, Centerville Child Development Center, and Dominion Academy
  • Certified in Orton Gillingham tutoring for dyslexia
  • Tutoring at Neil and Wilma Smalley Children’s Dyslexia Center

Deepika McNamara –  Classroom Teacher, deepika.mcnamara@dominionacademy.org

Sandy McNamara Sandy McNamara –  Non-Western History, Advanced Grammar 1, Grammar 2, Advanced Grammar 2, Composition 1,  Humanities(CCP Art History), 8th Grade Literature,Sinclair Community College Certified CCP Instructor(Art History, Western Civilisation), sandy.mcnamara@dominionacademy.org

  • M.A., Art History, Bowling Green State University
  • B.S., Education, American Studies, Bowling Green State University
  • Adjunct faculty, Bowling Green State University, Wright State, University of Dayton
  • DA High School Academic Director and Guidance Counselor
  • AP Art History Reader, College Board
  • Founder, Dominion Academy, 1999

The Rev. Wayne McNamara – Assembly, Bible Survey 1 & 2, Prep Bible Teacher,

  • B.S., Education, Bowling Green State University
  • Taught high school math, Summer Migrant School in northwest Ohio\
  • Rector, Christ the King Anglican Church, since 1991
  • Founder, Dominion Academy, 1999
Jill Nahhas  Classroom Teacher, jill.nahhas@dominionacademy.org
Ashley Noble – Prep Music
  • M.M., Music, University of Southern Mississippi
  • B.A., Music, Baylor University
  • Air Force Band of Flight, 1998-2003
  • Oboe Instructor, Wittenberg University
Eileen Noble – Spanish 1 and 2, eileen.noble@dominionacademy.org

  • M.S., Solid State Physics, University of Puerto Rico
  • B.S., Physics, University of Puerto Rico
  • Retired United States Air Force, 2007
  • Native Spanish speaker
Janel O’Sullivan – Health, Personal Fitness, Prep and Junior High Physical Education, janel.osullivan@dominionacademy.org

  • B.S., Christian Education & Bible, Nyack College
  • 23 years experience coaching and judging gymnastics in Junior Olympics
  • Director Athletes Academy: academic mentoring program for athlete
Lisa Sayer – Cathedral School Teacher, Computer Applications, Substitute Teacher, Prep School Academic Director, lisa.sayer@dominionacademy.org

  • B.S., Comprehensive Business Education, Vocational Education, Wright State University
  • Teacher, Beavercreek High School. 1999-2001
  • Teacher, Miami Trace High School, 1997-1998
  • Preschool Sunday School Director, Dayton Vineyard. 1998-2000
  • Nursery/Preschool Service Coordinator, Apex Community Church, 2004-2007
Jacqueline Teachey – Non-Western Literature, Theatre Arts Cathedral School Teacher, jacqueline.teachey@dominionacademy.org

  • M.A., Secondary Education, University of Kentucky
  • B.A., English and Theatre, University of Kentucky
  • Private Tutor: grammar, reading, writing and ACT prep.
  • Taught Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate literature courses (2007-2012)
  • Choreographer for various theatrical productions in Lexington (Kentucky) and Dayton areas
Emily WeisEmily Weis – Latin 1 and 2, Geometry,  emily.weis@dominionacademy.org

  • B.A., Classics, Truman State University
  • B.S., Mathematics, Truman State University
  • CAMWS (The Classical Association of the Middle West and South) Award for Outstanding Accomplishment in Classical Studies, 2010-2011
  • Graduate Study, History & Philosophy of Science, University of Notre Dame
Mac Williams Pastor Michael (Mac) Williams – 7th and 8th Grade Bible, mac.williams@dominionacademy.org

  • M.Div., Southwestern Theological Seminary, 1989
  • B.A., Religion, Mars Hill College, 1976
  • Over 30 years in ministry
  • Pastor of Two Rivers Community Church in Dayton since 1993

Athletics Staff


Phil Pierce – Athletic Director

Melissa Heerdt – Assistant Athletic Director

Sven Raymond – Soccer Coach

Kristina Pina – High School Girls’ Volleyball Coach

Christine Bartz – Junior High Girls’ Volleyball Coach

Gary Walthall – Varsity Boys’ Basketball Coach

Jim Luke – Varsity Girls’ Basketball Coach

Tristan Heerdt – Junior Varsity Boys’ Basketball Coach

Andrea Northington – Junior Varsity Girls’ Basketball Coach

Peter Park – Junior High Boys’ Basketball Coach

Tom Pina – Junior High Girls’ Basketball Coach

Additional Staff:

Jaylen Baker-Young – Study Hall Monitor

June Combs – Study Hall Monitor

Susie Current – Study Hall Monitor/ Teacher Aid

Denise Davis – Teacher’s Assistant

Leah Gray – School Nurse, leah.gray@dominionacademy.org

Deepika McNamara – Digital Media Specialist 

Angie Miller – Study Hall Monitor

Jill Nahhas – Study Hall Monitor  

Karen Perry – Teacher’s Assistant

Rosann Richter – Special Events and Marketing Assistant, rosann.richter@dominionacademy.org

Board of Directors

Fr. Wayne McNamaraPresidentMr. Jeff BaughamMemberMr. John WeisMemberMr. Bradley WinslerMember
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