Christopher Rusk, Ed.D. – Dean
Dr. Rusk holds a master’s in English and a doctorate in education. Dr. 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 6, Dr. Rusk has many years of experience working with non-traditional forms of education — which has given him the ability to relate to many of the issues facing today’s students and their parents. In his spare time, Dr. Rusk enjoys spending time with his wife, their 4 sons, and 2 daughters. Dr. Rusk and his family reside in Lynchburg, VA.
Wilson Proulx – Director of Advising
Mr. Proulx was born and raised in Northern Virginia before moving to Lynchburg, VA, to attend college at Liberty University. He earned his bachelor’s degree in communication, followed by a Master of Divinity from Liberty University’s John W. Rawlings School of Divinity. Mr. Proulx has been working for the Online Academy since 2013. He is passionate about the local church and discipleship within small groups. Mr. Proulx is married to Rebekah Proulx.
Cameron Ward – Director of Curriculum
Mr. Ward received his Bachelor 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 then 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, a Master of Arts in Christian Ministry from Liberty University’s John W. Rawlings School of Divinity, and a Master of Business Administration from Liberty University’s School of Business. He grew up in Bolivia and moved to Lynchburg, VA, in 2013. Mr. Salinas has served as part of the LUOA team since February of 2014. Mr. Salinas is happily married to Ashley, who serves as a Foreign Language teacher for LUOA.
Kelley Niblett – Director of Faculty
Mrs. Niblett is a Georgia native who moved to Lynchburg, VA, in the spring of 2013. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Communications from The Master’s University as well as a Master of Arts in Education from Central Michigan University. For 14 years, she served as the director of an online Christian academy in McDonough, GA. She believes the best part of working for LUOA is being able to meet and help families from around the world. Mrs. Niblett is married to Vance and has 2 sons. In her free time, she enjoys traveling with family and friends, reading, and cheering on the University of Georgia Bulldogs.