Faculty & Staff


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.

Erica Baker – Spire Director
Jeff Brown Jeff Brown – Honors Algebra 2, Calculus, AP Physics, Introduction to Formal Logic, Introduction to Engineering
  • 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
Erin Caldwell – 8th grade American Literature, Shakespeare Literature, Non-Western Literature, Composition 1, Advanced Composition 1, Grammar 1
  • B.S., English, Wright State University, 2006
  • Private tutor, English and ESL
  • Dominion Academy Alumnus
  • Special training: “Teaching Shakespeare,” Human Race Theater, 2007
  • Dominion Academy Registrar
  • IEP Instructor at the University of Dayton, 2012-2013
Dss. Michelle Caldwell – 8th Grade American History, AP U.S. History, AP U.S. Government, Speech, Biblical Worldview, Bible Survey 1 & 2 (with the Rev Wayne McNamara), Practical Economics
  • M.A., Church History, Cincinnati Bible Seminary
  • B.A., Philosophy, Wright State University
  • Instructor, Southwestern College of Business and Hondros College
  • Entrepreneur; operates her own business
  • Deaconess, Trinity Anglican Church, Mason, OH
  • Dominion Academy Head of the School
Jeri Carson Jarean “Jeri” Carson – Martial Arts, SAT/ACT Test Preparation, Geometry, AP Psychology
  • 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.
077 Jennifer Sullivan Downey – 7th grade European Literature, Rhetoric, American Literature, AP American Literature, Honors European Literature, European Literature, Summer Reading Program
  • 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

Virginia Kuepper – Wednesday Morning Assembly Chorale Director virgina

  • B.A., Music, College of St. Elizabeth, New Jersey
  • Accomplished soloist and choral singer
  • Music Director and Vocal/Acting Coach, John Paul’s Troupe, Immaculate Heart Co-op, Dayton
  • Choral Assistant and Conductor, Adult Choir; Past Music Director, Children’s Choir, Emmanuel Catholic Church, Dayton
  • Over 17 years as a home educator
Brenda LeckliderBrenda Lecklider – Cathedral School Teacher, 7th Grade Math, Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, Algebra 2
  • B.S., Business Administration, University of Colorado
  • Taught high school and adult English in Japan
  • Currently tutors: Math, English, and Japanese
  • Ten years management experience, national health care agency
  • Dominion Academy Junior High School Academic Director
  • Dominion Academy Dean of Student Life
Mark Lecklider Mark Lecklider – Cathedral School Teacher, 7th Grade Grammar and Composition, 7th Grade Science, Physical Science, Art, Biology
  • M.A. Educational Technology, University of Northern Colorado
  • B.A., Youth Agency Administration, University of Northern Colorado
  • Graduate, National Outdoor Leadership School, Kenya
  • Developed and taught the High School English Program in Hokkaido, Japan
  • Taught English, Colorado State University
  • Small business owner
  • DA Science Fair Coordinator

Charles Roberts – Humanities

  • M.S. Ed. Clinical Mental Health Counseling, University of Dayton
  • Bachelor of Music, University of Louisiana at Monroe
  • Licensed Professional Counselor, State of Ohio
  • Therapist, New Creation Counseling Center
  • Trombonist, Texas Air National Guard Band of the Gulf Coast
048 Sherry Mathis – Studio Art, AP Studio Art, Cathedral School Teacher
  • BA, Elementary Education, 1980, University of Wyoming
  • Certified Elementary Teacher, 1980, State of Wyoming
  • Studied acrylic & water color around the US and in Turkey
Betsy McDermott Betsy McDermott – Cathedral School Teacher, Orton Gillingham, Math Mentoring,
  • 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
Sandy McNamara Sandy McNamara – AP World History, AP Poetry, Honors European History, Non-Western History, Advanced Grammar 1, Grammar 2, Advanced Grammar 2, Composition 2, Advanced Composition 2, Humanities
  • 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
The Rev. Wayne McNamara – Assembly, Bible Survey 1 & 2 (with Dss. Michelle Caldwell)
  • 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
Eileen Noble – Spanish 1 and 2
  • 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
  • B.S., Christian Education & Bible, Nyack College
  • 23 years experience coaching and judging gymnastics in Junior Olympics
  • Director Athletes Academy: academic mentoring program for athletes
046 Sylvia Oxley – Chemistry
  • M.S., Materials Engineering, University of Dayton, 1993
  • M.S., Chemical Engineering, North Carolina State University, 1987
  • B.S., Mathematics, Meredith College, 1983
  • Six years experience as project engineer in combustor technology, Wright- Patterson Air Force Base
Amanda Roberts – Humanities Vault
Lisa Sayer – Cathedral School Teacher, Computer Applications,  substitute teacher, Prep School Academic Director
  • 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
  • Service Coordinator, Apex Community Church, 2004-2007
Jacqueline Teachey – Cathedral School Teacher, Study Skills Tutor, Special Needs Coordinator
  • M.A., Secondary Education, University of Kentucky
  • B.A., English and Theatre, University of Kentucky
  • Private Tutor: grammar, reading, writing and ACT prep.
  • Choreographer
Duane Veley – Computer Programming, Practical Economics
  •  Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, The Ohio State University
  • 27 years Aerospace Engineer/Plans & Program Engineer, Air Force Research Laboratory
Mac Williams Pastor Michael (Mac) Williams – 7th and 8th Grade Bible
  • 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 – Athletics Director
Troy Canavan – Interscholastic Soccer Coach
Paul Burns – Girls’ Basketball Coach
Elyse Burns – Girls’ Basketball Assistant Coach
Rich Zepernick – Boys’ Basketball Coach
Joseph McNamara – JV Basketball Coach


Erica Baker – Office Manager, erica.baker@dominionacademy.org  
Laura Taylor – Morning Administrator/Athletics Director Assistant, laura.taylor@dominionacademy.org  
Michelle Caldwell – Head of School, michelle.caldwell@dominionacademy.org  
Brenda Lecklider – Junior High Academic, Director/Dean of Student Life, brenda.lecklider@dominionacademy.org  
Lisa Sayer – Grades 1-6 Academic Director, lisa.sayer@dominionacademy.org
Sandy McNamara – School Academic Director & High School Academic Director/Guidance Counselor, sandy.mcnamara@dominionacademy.org  
Erin Caldwell – Registrar, registrar@dominionacademy.org  
Jeff Brown – Bursar & Business Manager, jeff.brown@dominionacademy.org  
Kristen Talbert – Business Office Assistant, kristen.talbert@dominionacademy.org  
Amanda McGill – Director of Development and National Honors Society Advisor, amanda.mcgill@dominionacademy.org  
Rosann Richter – Assistant to the Director of Development
Pam Baugham – Study Hall Monitor
Virginia Brembeck – Study Hall Monitor
Denise Davis – Study Hall Monitor

Board of Directors

Fr. Wayne McNamaraPresident
Mr. Duane VeleyTreasurer
Mr. Jeff BaughamMember
Mr. John WeisMember
Fr. Harry Mathis – Member
  • Upcoming Events

    • February Information Meeting

      February 17, 2016
      11:30 AM

      Are you interested in learning more about Dominion Academy?We will be hosting an Information Meeting for prospective parents on Wednesday, February 17 at 11:30am. This meeting will be conversational and casual, connecting...   Read More

    • DAPA Meeting

      February 18, 2016

      DAPA (Dominion Academy Parent Association) will be holding a meeting on February 18th. All DA parents are encouraged to attend!

    • Intramural Soccer Begins

      February 26, 2016

      The Intramural Soccer season will consist of 4 soccer skills/conditioning training sessions at the Action Sports indoor soccer field, from 9-11 am (2 teams...   Read More

    • NHS Coffee House

      March 11, 2016

      On March 11th, the Dominion Academy National Honor Society will once more put on their annual Coffee House event. For this evening, students transform the...   Read More