Oaks Christian Online School

A Christian, Independent, College-preparatory Online School and Founder of the Online Christian Consortium

Staff

  • Cyndy Locke
    Title:
    Director of College Counseling
    Degree(s):
    Bachelor of Arts, Azusa Pacific University Credential, College Counseling Certificate, University of California San Diego
    Biography:
    Mrs. Locke has been a part of the Oaks Christian Counseling staff since 2003. Prior to coming to Oaks, she was a teacher and counselor at Western Christian High School for 8 years. Her previous work experience was as a youth and children's pastor in church ministry and with Youth for Christ. She is married, with two grown sons and 5 grandchildren. She see her role as college counselor as a facilitator to both students and parents not only in helping them reach their college aspirations but more importantly to fulfill God's calling to live a life of purpose.

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  • Jeff Ogne
    Title:
    Dean of Students
    Degree(s):
    Bachelor of Arts, Christian Studies, Grand Canyon University Bachelor of Science, Psychology, Grand Canyon University Masters of Science, Industrial and Organizational Psychology
    Biography:
    Jeff has been connected to Oaks Christian since his days as a high school student. Prior to returning to Oaks as the Dean of Students, Jeff had spent 12 years working with students in various capacities. For the last 7 years he worked in university admissions at Grand Canyon University. During his tenure at Grand Canyon University Jeff's focus was to put the student first. He specializes in connecting with students in a way that it not only impacts their success today, but also impacts them for many years to come. It is his goal that his impact for the kingdom will only be expanded through his role as Dean of Students.

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  • Jennifer Rowley
    Title:
    Director of Partnerships & Admissions
    Degree(s):
    Mrs. Rowley has a bachelor’s degree from California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo in Liberal Studies with an emphasis in Child Development. She received her multiple subject credential, CLAD certification and a master’s degree in education from the University of California Irvine. She has been teaching 16 years and has over 10 years experience with online education. Mrs. Rowley has experience in both the private and public sector of education. Jennifer loves to cook and travel with her husband and four children, she is an avid reader and enjoys exercising and time at the beach.

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  • Lauren Travis
    Title:
    Dean of Instruction
    Degree(s):
    Bachelor of Arts, English and Bible, Messiah College Master of Arts, English, Middlebury College's Bread Loaf School
    Biography:
    Lauren Travis, as a teacher, tutor, editor, and writer, has served a variety of students and clients with her love of literature and writing for the last 15 years. Whether teaching at a private college preparatory school or public university in Ft. Myers, FL or editing for private clients across the country, Lauren seeks to expand their personal communication skills and gifts while introducing them to the stories that unite all of us.

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  • Lita Bledsoe
    Title:
    Director of Operations
    Biography:
    Lita Bledsoe joined Oaks Christian Online as the Operations Manager in May 2017. Lita is a tech enthusiast, sci-fi geek, bibliophile, wife, and mom, with degrees in Elementary and Gifted Education. Lita has been a teacher, math trainer, curriculum vendor, school administrator , as well as an educational/school startup consultant, and has been deeply involved in online learning since 1998, long before it was fashionable. In 2007, she discovered she had a talent and a passion for instructional design, operations and systems support and has enjoyed developing her skills in those areas for the past decade. She loves all things e-learning, and enjoys exploring and learning about new applications and tools.

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  • Nan Schutz
    Department:
    Operations
    Title:
    Operations Support
    Degree(s):
    Degree: Master of Software Engineering Biography: Nan Schutz has a passion for technology and education. She worked as a full-stack senior software developer for over 12 years and has also provided technical support for online students in recent years. She hopes to provide the highest quality service to the students at Oaks as well as the Operations department. Nan homeschools her children and develops websites for small businesses and ecommerce stores. She was born in Shanghai, China and speaks fluent Chinese. She currently resides in Minnesota where she enjoys, skiing, tennis, reading, gardening and traveling with her family all over the world.
    Operation Support
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  • Rob Black
    Title:
    Head of School
    Degree(s):
    Bachelor of Arts, University of Wisconsin
    Biography:
    Leading Oaks is a great honor. Today, this school enjoys solid footing with the opportunity to redouble our standard for excellence in academics, arts and athletics while growing in wisdom through God's grace.- Mr. Rob Black. Prior to being hired at Oaks Christian School, Mr.Black served for eight years on the governing council for Seoul Foreign School in South Korea, a highly respected international Christian school. Additionally, he served for five years as the school's assistant head of school, CFO and COO. He also greatly enjoyed serving as head basketball coach. Prior to these academic roles, Mr. Black had three decades of extensive experience in business leadership, finance, operations and strategic planning. He has served as a CEO, president and country manager for divisions of GE Capital, vice-president of a Samsung subsidiary and COO of a startup. Mr. Black has been married for 38 years. He and his wife, Sondra, have three sons and four grandchildren.

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  • Samantha Farinacci
    Title:
    Director of Spiritual Life
    Degree(s):
    Bachelor of Arts, English, California Lutheran University Master in Arts, Theology, Fuller Theological Seminary
    Biography:
    Samantha Farinacci has been working with youth in church and academic contexts for over 12 years. In her career she has taught in the English, Math, Social Science, and Theology departments with elementary school, middle school, high school, college, and adult aged students. Her deepest vocational passion is for helping students explore the possibilities that come from engaging with truth. With Christ's compelling call to love God and neighbor as her guide she hopes her courses and interactions with students help them to discover and anchor their identities in Him, even as they interpret the complex world around them.

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