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Christopher Rusk – Dean
Mr. Rusk holds a master’s degree in English and is currently working on a doctoral degree in Education. Throughout the past decade, Mr. Rusk has worked in various teaching roles with learners of all ages — ranging from young children to adults. He has a particular passion for working with international students in ESL settings. As a homeschooling father of six, he has had many years of experience working with non-traditional forms of education. This experience gives Mr. Rusk the ability to relate to many of the issues facing today’s students and their parents. In his spare time, he enjoys being with his wife of 18 years, and their four sons and two daughters. Mr. Rusk resides in the Lynchburg, Va., area.
Dustin Miller – Superintendent
Dr. Miller earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Education, followed by his Master’s of Education in Administration & Supervision, and finally his Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership. He has worked at LUOA since 2011, giving him a lot of experience in the online education platform. Being at LUOA for so many years, Dr. Miller has been a part of many changes and improvements to the student experience. He most enjoys working with families and serving the team of advisors and teachers. He and his wife Crystal enjoy time with friends and their beautiful daughters Rosalie and Ruby.
Aaron Marks – Director of Admissions, Recruitment, and Strategic Communications
Mr. Marks was born and raised in Lafayette, LA before moving to Raleigh, NC – where he attended and graduated from North Carolina State University with a degree in Philosophy. He pursued his graduate studies at Liberty University, attaining a Master of Arts in Religion, a Master of Religious Education, and a Master of Divinity. He has worked in the field of education as an admissions professional and adjunct professor for over 7 years and has been with LUOA since May of 2016. In his spare time, he enjoys playing various musical instruments, including the piano and guitar, and traveling with his wife Naomi, who is a 1st-grade teacher.
Wilson Proulx – Director of Advising
Mr. Proulx was born and raised in Northern Virginia before moving to Lynchburg, Virginia to attend college at Liberty University. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Communication, followed by his Masters of Divinity from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. In 2013, he began working for the Online Academy as an academic advisor and currently serves as the Director of Advising. Mr. Proulx is passionate about the local church and discipleship within small groups. He is married to Rebekah Proulx who also works for Liberty Online Academy in Quality Assurance.
Cameron Ward – Director of Curriculum
Mr. Ward received his Bachelors of Science in Mathematics from Liberty University while double minoring in Creation Studies and Biblical Studies. He originally joined LUOA as a teacher of mathematics and later became the chairman of the Science Department. He is passionate about physics, mathematics, and research. In particular, Mr. Ward is passionate about defending God’s Word through creationism from a scientific approach. Mr. Ward is married to Amaris Ward, and they have a beautiful daughter named Hadassah.
Joel Salinas – Director of Strategic Affiliations
Mr. Salinas received a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Towson University and a Master of Arts in Christian Ministry from the Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. He grew up in Bolivia, and moved to Lynchburg, Virginia, in 2013. Mr. Salinas has served as part of the LUOA team since February of 2014 and is happily married to his wife, Ashley, who serves as the Foreign Language Instructional Mentor for LUOA.
Kelley Niblett – Director of Faculty
Mrs. Niblett is a native of Georgia and moved to Lynchburg, VA in the spring of 2013. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Communications from The Master’s College and a Master’s of Arts in Education from Central Michigan University. For fourteen years she worked at a Christian academy in McDonough, Georgia where she served as the director of the online academy. She believes the best part of working for LUOA is being able to meet and help families and students from around the world. Mrs. Niblett is married to Vance and has two sons. In her free time, she enjoys traveling with family and friends, reading, watching sports, and cheering on the University of Georgia Bulldogs.
Matthew Cicconi – Associate Director of Strategic Communications
Mr. Cicconi was born and raised in Northeast Pennsylvania before enlisting in the United States Air Force. He served in the military for 12 years, having been stationed at multiple locations throughout the United States, in addition to overseas deployments including Operation Iraqi Freedom. He is a graduate of King’s College with a degree in Political Science. In 2012, he was recruited to the Republican National Committee to serve as Pennsylvania’s Northeast Regional Field Director for the presidential campaign cycle — this led to him moving to Virginia in 2014 where he was then asked to serve as Dr. Ben Carson’s Digital Director for the historic 2016 presidential campaign. After the presidential campaign, Mr. Cicconi started his own digital consultancy with clients ranging from CPAC ’16, Medi-Share, Fox News, The Dove Channel, Christians United for Israel, Americans United for Life, and various other public personalities, corporations, and non-profits. In his spare time, he enjoys classic physique bodybuilding, playing rugby for Blackwater RFC, guitar and watching his Philadelphia Eagles “Fly”!