Amanda is a graduate of Barnesville High School, class of 2000. When she is not spending time with her three children, you will often find her enjoying a good book.
Amy received a B.A. in European History with a minor in English Language and Literature and a M.A. in History from South New Hampshire University Online. She has three children and three dogs. Amy loves being outside, reading, and watching sci-fi and horror movies.
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.
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.
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.
Danny has lived in the Ohio Valley his whole life and grew up on a 200-acre farm. He graduated Barnesville High School in 2007 and attended Columbus College of Art and Design. Throughout his career, Danny has worked in construction, owned his own construction company, manages rental properties, and worked at Bluebird Organic Farm. He enjoys working on the farm and spending time with his wife, son, and step-daughter.
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.
Gwen graduated from OFS in 1982. She attended The Ohio State University studying Clothing Design and Human Ecology. Gwen received her Associates Degree in Nursing (ADN) in 1997 from Belmont College. She completed a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) at Muskingum University in 2013. She has been a registered nurse (RN) working continuously in direct care for 22 years, since 1997. Gwen worked in Med/Surg in orthopedics and cardiac special care, long term care, sub-acute care, and am currently dually employed in home health. Her mother, both her parents, and her grandfather were graduates of Olney, and two of her sons attended Olney. She is a member of Stillwater Friends Meeting of OYM, and the UU Church of the Upper Ohio Valley, and a secretary of the board of the Stratton Mill Foundation in Flushing, Ohio. She lives in Bellaire with her husband, daughter, 3 cats, 2 dogs, and 5 sheep.
David 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. David joined OFS as the Business Manager and has transitioned to the Quaker Outreach Coordinator in addition to his roles as the Math and Quakerism teacher.
Heather lives in the local area with her daughter, cat, and two dogs. Her favorite pastimes would include gaming, and crafting. Her favorite thing about Olney, is our accepting and supportive community.
Phone: 740-425-3655 Ext. 210
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.
From Wooster, Ohio, Jessica earned the B.S. in Integrated Education for Adolescence to Young Adult from Bowling Green University and has previously taught in Cleveland. Jessica teaches chemistry, physics, and agricultural science.
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.
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.
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.
Michele has happily lived in Batesville, Ohio for 22 years with her family. She has been with her husband for 27 years, and together, they have two children, three grandchildren, and one dog. In her free time, she enjoys reading, gardening, canning, attending flea markets, and sitting on her porch to “people-watch”.
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.
Scot has worked in land management, grounds and facilities, gardening, and landscaping for over 25 years. He enjoys North American history, hunting, and fishing. He is a self-proclaimed amateur naturalist.
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.
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.”