Directory

Email: annemarie@olneyfriends.org

Phone: 740-425-3655 Ext. 210

Anne Marie earned the BA in English (with minors in Spanish and Women’s & Gender Studies) and MLIS in Library and Information Studies at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, then joined that university’s Libraries as Electronic Resources and Metadata Cataloger. In 2010, she rejoined the Olney community as its Librarian. Born and raised in Barnesville, Anne Marie grew up on campus as a faculty child, graduated in 1979 after four years at Olney, moved to central North Carolina in the 1980’s, and raised three sons, some of whom also went to Olney.

Now Director of Development and the Library, Anne Marie also coaches Yoga and Folk Dance and has taught Health at Olney. In addition to those interests, she loves hiking, knitting, cats, and plants. She lives in Barnesville with husband Steve Martin (Hon.), who is often funny but not a famous comedian.

Email: becky@olneyfriends.org

Phone: 740-425-3655 Ext. 224

Email: cacemah@olneyfriends.org

Phone: 740-425-3655 Ext. 216

A 2001 graduate of Olney Friends School, Christian Acemah is our Head of School.  Right before coming back to Olney, he was Executive Secretary (CEO) of the Uganda National Academy of Sciences based in Kampala, Uganda.  He previously served Director, Strategy and Program Development for the African Science Academy Development Initiative of the U.S. National Academies based in Washington, DC.  Until May 2016, he was also Visiting Professor of African Studies at Quest University, Canada.  As a professional-level international civil servant, Christian served as Executive Officer, Policy and Research on a UNICEF contract within the GAVI Secretariat in Geneva, Switzerland.  He also gained development assistance experience working in the Sudan-Uganda program of the Lutheran World Federation.  He holds a first degree in Liberal Arts from St. John’s College in Santa Fe, NM and a graduate degree in International Development from Georgetown University in Washington, DC.  Christian’s life of service has its roots in his experience at Olney, and he is passionate about ensuring that many more students get the gift of an Olney education for generations to come.

Email: connie@olneyfriends.org

Phone: 740-425-3655

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 Spanish, Connie also works as a girls dorm sponsor. Connie is joined on campus by her pet rat, Jerry.

Email: don@olneyfriends.org

Phone: 740-425-3655 Ext. 225


Email: donna@olneyfriends.org

Phone: 740-425-3365 ext 224

Email: emily@olneyfriends.org

Raised in Barnesville, Emily is a 2017 graduate of Barnesville High School. While she has many passions, she enjoys traveling, photography, and embroidery. Acting on her desire to travel, Emily has visited eleven countries. She currently resides in Barnesville with her two cats, Lola and Gizzy.

Email: gage@olneyfriends.org

Gage is a graduate of Barnesville High School, class of 2018. He loves perceiving/creating art and music. At purest form, he sees himself as a Optimistic Humanist. Gage has goals of schooling to become a teacher at Olney while working on the farm. His motivation is to open the eyes of future generations to our mother earth and the potential of fellow human beings.

Email: david@olneyfriends.org

Phone: 740-425-3655


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.

Email: jasmin@olneyfriends.org

Phone: 740-425-3655 Ext. 210

Jasmin has an M.S in Global Leadership, a B.A. in International Studies and Romance Languages, and an A.A. in Spanish. Growing up in Vermont and traveling the world, she appreciates Olney’s dedication to diversity and sustainability. When she is not having fun with her husband and daughter, you can often find her watching documentaries, reading dystopian novels, and cooking.

Email: jamie@olneyfriends.org

Phone: 740-425-3655 Ext. 211

Humanities teacher and athletic director Jamie Zavitz is no stranger to Olney Friends School. 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.

Email: jsullivan@olneyfriends.org

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. In the 2018-2019 school year, he served as Director of Operations and Counseling. He now serves as Assistant Head of School, Finance & Operations.

Email: karyn@olneyfriends.org

From Cleveland, OH, Karyn studied at the Cleveland Institute of Art, receiving a degree in Industrial Design and a minor in Graphic Design. She worked for GM as an automotive sculptor for three years and has spent the past 25 years in the exhibit industry as a designer and project manager. Karyn’s interests include glass fusing, jewelry, encaustic painting, weaving and wire sculpture.

Email: leonard@olneyfriends.org

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.

Email: phineas@olneyfriends.org

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.

Email: roger@olneyfriends.org

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.

Raised by her family in Belmont County, Shea is a proud Union Local High School graduate. For the past 25 years, she has lived in Pataskala, Ohio, with her daughter Mallory and two rescue dogs, Milo and Penny. She brings with her seven years of experience in a high school guidance office, followed by twelve years at The Ohio State University. She enjoys quoting her grandma and movies, reading, running, and history.

Email: tina@olneyfriends.org

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.”