LUOA Leadership Team


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.


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.


Dustin Miller –  Director of Advising

Mr. Miller earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Education, followed by his Masters of Education in Administration & Supervision in May 2014 and is currently pursuing his Doctorate in Education. He enjoys working with students and their families while serving the team of advisors. He has teaching and tutoring experience with Liberty Christian Academy and Faith Christian Academy – both in the Lynchburg area. He and his wife Crystal enjoy time with friends and their beautiful daughter Rosalie.


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.



Assistant Director

Jennifer Saccocio – Assistant Director of Strategic Communications

Mrs. Saccocio graduated from Liberty University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication: Advertising and Public Relations in 2014 and a Master of Business Administration degree in 2017. She is also certified in Google AdWords, Bing Advertising, and Google Analytics. She has been with Liberty University Online Academy since May 2017. She and her husband, Mike, love staying active by running, cycling, and traveling.

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