Faculty & Staff


Elise Barber – Office Manager, Attendance Coordinator, elise.barber@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   

Brenda Lecklider – Junior High Academic, Director/Dean of Student Life, brenda.lecklider@dominionacademy.org   

Lisa Sayer – K-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   

Phil Pierce – Athletics Director, athletics@dominionacademy.org

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

Jeff Brown – Business Office Assistant, jeff.brown@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

Deanna Perumalla –  Classroom Teacher, deanna.perumalla@dominionacademy.org

Jeff Brown Jeff Brown – Honors Algebra 2, Calculus, AP Physics, Introduction to Formal Logic, Introduction to Engineering, 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
Erin Caldwell – 3 & 4th grade English, 5 & 6th grade English, 8th grade American Literature, Shakespeare Literature, Composition 1, 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
  • Dominion Academy Registrar
  • IEP Instructor at the University of Dayton, 2012-2013
  • SAT/Standardized Test Rater, Educational Testing Service
Dss. Michelle Caldwell – AP U.S. History, AP U.S. Government, Speech, Biblical Worldview, Bible Survey 1 & 2, Practical Economics, World History, European History, Logic,  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, Geometry, AP 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.
Jennifer Sullivan Downey Jennifer Sullivan Downey – Rhetoric, American Literature, AP American Literature, Honors European Literature, European Literature, Advanced Composition 1, Godly Play Instructor for Spire Program, Summer Reading Program, 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

Matt Evanhoe Classroom Teacher, matt.evanhoe@dominionacademy.org

Rosie Kiesewetter Classroom Teacher, rosie.kiesewetter@dominionacademy.org

Virginia Kuepper – Wednesday Morning Assembly Choir Director, virginia.kuepper@dominionacademy.org   Virginia Kuepper

  • 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, brenda.lecklider@dominionacademy.org
  • B.S., Business Administration, University of Colorado
  • Adjunct Instructor, University of Dayton Intensive English Program
  • 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, 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 – Cathedral School Teacher, Orton Gillingham, Math Mentoring, 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
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, 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

Jill Nahhas  Classroom Teacher, jill.nahhas@dominionacademy.org

The Rev. Wayne McNamara – Assembly, Bible Survey 1 & 2 (with Dss. Michelle Caldwell), wayne.mcnamara@dominionacademy.org
  • 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
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, 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 athletes
Amanda Roberts – Humanities Vault, amanda.roberts@dominionacademy.org
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, 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 – Athletics Director, phil.pierce@dominionacademy.org
Troy Canavan – Varsity Soccer Coach
Chris Garrett – Varsity Boys’ Basketball Coach
James Luke – Varsity Girls’ Basketball Coach
Tristan Heerdt – JV Boys’ Basketball Coach
Fr. Isaac Chavez – Junior High Boys’ Basketball Coach
Carey Northington – Junior High Girls’ Basketball Coach
Erica Baker – Cheerleading Coach

Additional Staff:

Sarah Ater – Study Hall Monitor

Pamela Baugham – Study Hall Monitor

Denise Davis – Teacher’s Assistant

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

Stacey Hastings – Public Relations and Marketing Specialist, stacey.hastings@dominionacademy.org  

Jill Nahhas – Study Hall Monitor  

Christina Preston – Digital Media Specialist, christina.preston@dominionacademy.org

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

Board of Directors

Fr. Wayne McNamaraPresident
Mr. Duane VeleyTreasurer
Mr. Jeff BaughamMember
Mr. John WeisMember
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