Alan grew up in Quaker City, Ohio, and graduated from Buckeye Trail High School. He comes to Olney after 23 years on the Barnesville Street Department. Alan enjoys cooking, hunting, fishing, and spending time with his grandchildren. He resides in Barnesville with his wife Tina.
After graduating from University at Albany, SUNY with Masters degree in Teaching English to Other Speakers of Languages (TESOL), Akiko taught high school students to adults English and Japanese before joining Olney with her husband Micah and their son, Sho now Sophomore, in 2007. She took many rolls at Olney, and now she expanded her roll to Robotics teacher. Their family grew since their move, and their daughter and younger son are looking forward to joining Olney as students like their brother, Sho.
Phone: 740-425-3655 Ext. 226
Education either functions as an instrument to bring about conformity or freedom.”
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.
Cayce ’16, has returned to Olney Friends School as the assistant farm manager after graduating from Warren Wilson College in Asheville, NC, in the spring of 2020. In addition to earning a B.A. in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Environmental Education, he has experience working as part of the farm crew at Warren Wilson College and as a summer farm intern here at Olney. Cayce loves being outside and enjoys camping and hiking. Coming from a long line of Olney alumni, he is glad to be back to experience our community, campus, and traditions.
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.
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.
Phone: 740-425-3655 Ext. 225
Don Guindon graduated from Olney Friends School in 1974. He went on to earn a degree in production agriculture from Wilmington College in 1980. Don returned to Olney Friends School in 1994, as the Farm Manager and has cared for Olney’s farm ever since. In addition to being the Farm Manager, Don has been actively serving in a variety of different roles within Belmont County’s agricultural sector. He has served on the Belmont County Farm Bureau Board for six years, the Belmont County Soil And Water Board of Directors for nine years, and the Belmont County Dairy Service committee for 28 years. Additionally, he has received the Ohio Conservation Farm Family Award in 2003 and the Ohio Cattlemen’s Environmental Stewardship Award in 2006. Don is married to Jan Chambers, and together, they have two daughters; Allison ’09, and Caroline.
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. 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.
Jessica grew up on a mushroom farm in rural Wayne County. She graduated from Bowling Green State University majoring in Integrated Science Education and minoring in Art. She has previously taught science in Wayne County and Cleveland and has helped with farm and science camps during the summer. Jessica teaches chemistry, physics, algebra 1, and agricultural science. She is joined on campus by her dog, corn snake, and numerous potted plants and citrus trees.
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.
Phone: 740-425-3655 Ext. 219
In his roles as Deputy Head of School and Dean of Students, Micah provides leadership and oversight of various functional areas of Olney Friends School. Some of his responsibilities revolve around the areas of student life, community service, college counseling, residential life, student activities, and student discipline. Micah has taught and coached at Olney Friends School since 2007. With a combined twenty years of private school teaching and leadership, Micah loves the diversity of Olney’s student body and believes that our morning and evening Collections are key components for finding self-direction in a rapidly changing world. A native of Massachusetts, Micah holds a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology/Sociology from Ohio Wesleyan University and a Master of Science in Psychology from Pace University.
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.”
Phone: 740-425-3655 Ext. 203
Vicki was born and raised in Barnesville and lives just out the ridge from Olney with her husband, Bob. They have two daughters, Rebecca and Jenny. Vicki worked in the medical field prior to coming to Olney and enjoys helping others. She brings compassion, patience, and an easy-going personality to Olney.