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LU Online Academy Leadership Team

Christopher Rusk – Dean

Dr. Rusk holds a master’s degree in English and a doctoral degree in Education. Throughout the past decade, 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 six, he has had many years of experience working with non-traditional forms of education. This experience gives Dr. 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. Dr. Rusk resides in Lynchburg, VA.

Wilson Proulx

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 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 his wife, Rebekah Proulx.

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 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, and a Master of Arts in Christian Ministry from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. 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 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 from around the world.  Mrs. Niblett is married to Vance and has two sons.  In her free time she enjoys traveling with family, friends, reading, and cheering on the University of Georgia Bulldogs.

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