Administration & Staff
Cynthia Walker joins us from Kent State University, where she was teaching English for Technology and Math in the ESL Center. Before she became a teacher, she was an engineer and programmer, working for IBM and NASA, among others. She enjoys listening to live music, reading, and playing with her cat, Mika.
David, Olney’s new business manager, is familiar with Olney; he was a teacher at the school and the recording clerk for the board of trustees during the late 1990s. David has served on Ohio Yearly meeting’s Fiduciary Trustees Committee and as Cleveland Monthly Meeting’s treasurer. He is the founder, president, and CEO of Dealers Choice Auto Finish in Cleveland. David graduated from the University of Michigan with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and earned a secondary mathematics teaching certificate from Cleveland State University. A member of the National Convention of Gospel Choirs and Choruses, he has performed gospel music regionally and nationally.
Phone: 740-238-1006 (Admissions Cell Phone)
Phone: 740-425-3655 Ext. 214
Joe holds a B.A. in History from Dominican College and an M.S. in Education: School Counseling from Long Island University. Joe spent eight years working in the admissions department of Dominican College in Sparkill, NY, beginning as an admissions intern and leaving with the title of Senior Admissions Counselor. In September of 2014, he joined the Olney Friends School family, serving as the Director of Admissions until March 2016. He now serves as the Director of College and Academic Advising.
Phone: 740-425-3655 Ext. 225
Mark Hibbett came to Olney during the summer of 2015 to work as a farm intern and decided to stay on full-time during the school year. Mark now works as the assistant farm manager and oversees the school’s Farm Team. Before coming to Olney, Mark worked in addiction counseling in Florida and with the after school youth program at Laughlin Memorial Chapel in Wheeling, WV. He also has experience with gardening.
Phone: 740-425-3655 Ext. 232
Born and raised in Barnesville, Ohio, Tina started working in the Business Office at Olney in March 2012. Tina graduated from Barnesville High School and earned an associate degree in mental health technology from Belmont College. She worked as a fiscal assistant at Belmont Senior Services for six years. Tina is married with three children and seven grandchildren.
“Working at Olney has been an awesome experience, and I really enjoy the students,” she said. “I feel blessed to be part of a wonderful community where the students come together from very different backgrounds and live, learn and socialize together.”
Benjamin brings over 30 years of educational experience to Olney. He has taught math at schools in Florida, Virginia, Indiana, and Arizona. In his own words, “It’s kind of scary being a part of ancient history in the technology revolution; few of my students can even imagine a world without all of its benefits. But as a math instructor I will stand by five thousand years of numerical, analytic, graphical, and verbal teaching and understanding.
Connie Collins comes to Olney from (relatively) nearby Canton, Ohio. She is a graduate of Friends University in Wichita, Kansas, where she double-majored in Spanish and Zoology. In addition to teaching four units of Spanish this year, Connie also works as a girls dorm sponsor. Connie is joined on campus by her pet rat, Jerry.
Doan joins the Olney community after teaching academics at a Massachusetts residential treatment program for young girls in the DCFS system. He has been involved in both formal and informal education for six years, teaching in Turkey, the UK, and the USA. He received his BA in anthropology and communication from Oxford Brookes University, England, and his MA from Rutgers University-Camden in childhood studies. He spent the first twelve years of his life in England before moving to Boston as a teenager. Doan is interested in singing, children’s rights, theater and esoteric pieces of knowledge.
Erin Hall joins us from State College Friends School. She received her BFA in Visual Arts from the Pennsylvania State University and her MFA in Photography from the San Francisco Art Institute. Erin’s greatest passions are teaching, art and traveling. She has traveled to over 20 countries and is looking forward to the next adventure. Erin enjoys hiking and traveling with her dog, Bella, while exploring the world and all it has to offer.
I am Jake, a native of Maine. I grew up on a small island off the coast, in a town of seven hundred people. Throughout my life I have been fortunate enough to travel, both on my own and with my family. Overall my travels have meant that I have spent over a fifth of my life outside the country, living in places like Kenya, Mexico, Colombia, Ecuador, Puerto Rico, New Zealand, and Australia to name a few. As a result I can speak basic Spanish and Swahili.
For the past six years I have been the crew leader, running a team of seaweed harvesters in Downeast Maine, an hour and a half east of Bar Harbor. I used the job to pay for my schooling so that I could get my degree in History with a focus on historical perspective and was just short of my creative writing minor (they changed the curriculum last minute). It was a seasonal job running from May-October, so I used my off season as a chance to explore the world a bit more, spending time in Ireland, the UK, returning to Kenya several times, and exploring more of South America. I chose to leave seaweed harvesting and come to Olney because I felt it was time to follow the career I have wanted to have since I was in the third grade: to become a high school teacher.
Phone: 740-425-3655 Ext. 211
Humanities teacher and athletic director Jamie Zavitz is no stranger to Olney Friends School. Now in his fifth year as a member of the faculty, Jamie brings decades of education experience to his alma mater. A “faculty brat” in his youth, Jamie, who is also the school’s head soccer coach, played for Olney and collegiately at Earlham College, where he majored in history. He also has a masters degree in teaching. In addition to his humanities coursework, Jamie teaches Quakerism and offers a popular guitar elective.
Phone: 740-425-3655 Ext. 235
Science and math teacher Leonard Guindon has spent much of his life at Olney. He grew up on the farm, living in the Taber Farmhouse with his parents, Clifford ’41 & Dorothy (Bedell) (Hon.) Guindon, and siblings Dale ’67, Don ’74, Lloyd ’77 & Janet Hammer ’76. Leonard graduated from Olney in 1970.
He and wife Legenia have three children: Jesse, Micah and Gabe. Leonard holds a BS in Agriculture from Wilmington College and was named Ohio Conservation Teacher of the Year in 2009.
Phone: 740-425-3655 Ext. 213
Phineas Gosselink has nearly thirty years of experience in formal and informal education, ranging from teaching wilderness skills in Vermont and AP Calculus in New York, to cooperatively developing horse traction agriculture in indigenous communities in Bolivia. Since joining the Olney faculty in 2012, he has taught Honors Literature, several social justice courses, and all levels of math from Geometry to Post-calculus. Phineas graduated from St John’s College in Annapolis, MD and earned an M.Ed. in Curricular Design from Antioch University in Keene, NH. He lives in the dorm with his cat, and has been a practicing Friend since 1975.
Phone: 740-425-3655 Ext. 252
Roger serves Olney as its Technology Director and as a teacher of Senior Humanities, Digital Filmmaking, Film Studies, Quakerism and Web Design.
Roger has more than 20 years’ experience in information technology and has taught English and Humanities for 17-plus years at the college and secondary levels. He loves art, cinema, literature and writing, and he sees technology as a way to enable creative expression.
“There is nothing better, or more enriching, than working collaboratively on a creative project, like a film, or designing and writing a book, or planning a poetry slam,” Roger said. “In my classes, I try to show kids the connection between how they relate to each other and the work they produce and the person they are trying to become. Together, we do truly excellent work and have an insane amount of fun!”
Roger lives on campus with his wife, Diane, who teaches English at Ohio University Eastern. All three of his children are Olney graduates.
Olney Friends School is an independent, co-educational, college preparatory boarding and day school offering individualized instruction in small class settings for grades 9-12.
The Main Office is staffed seven days a week from 8:00 a.m. till about 10:00 p.m. when school is in session. The administrator on call is available for emergencies 24 hours a day during the school year at 740-359-4015.