GOAL DIGITAL ACADEMY

 Staff Bios
 

GOAL students enjoy a lot of freedom to design the school approach they need to be successful. GOAL delivers content online, so students have choices in how their day looks. They can choose to attend school anytime on any day of the week. While this freedom is often very appealing to potential GOAL students, it comes with accountability.

Students must attend 25 hours per week of classes, so we recommend they schedule school for five hours per day for five days each week. The content is delivered through Canvas, which is a learning management platform. Students receive a computer from GOAL and can login and access their classes from any location with wifi access. This can be handy for students who are traveling or working and need flexibility to attend class before or after work or while they are on the road.

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Tish Jenkins

Superintendent

Tish obtained her Bachelor's degree in History with a minor in Politics, has a Master's Degree in Education Administration, her Principal and Superintendent's licenses. Loves family, traveling, sports, movies & reading!

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Jeff Grimmett

Principal/Director of Technology

Received his Bachelor’s in Music Education from The Ohio State University and earned his Master’s in Educational Leadership and Instruction from the University of Dayton. He loves to spend time on his pontoon boat, fishing and cruising around the lake, surf fishing, Ohio State football, and spending time with his family traveling the tristate area to go to his sons lacrosse tournaments.

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Nan Stanish

Special Education Director

Nan has worked in the education field for 28 years. She was previously a teacher for preschool students with disabilities and the Special Education Coordinator for Lexington. She enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, and supporting the Cleveland Browns. She has been parasailing in the Caribbean, and loves Mexican food.  

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Diane Moore

Executive Assistant

Her past experience is varied, including typesetting, proofreading, and 20 years working in the printing/pre-press field. She has 11 nieces & nephews, loves traveling, gardening, reading, crochet & needlepoint, watching movies & sports and going to auctions!

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Jen Cobern

Educational Advocate

Jen has a Bachelors of Science degree in Agricultural Education from The Ohio State University, and her Masters of Arts degree in Teaching and Learning from Kaplan University. She is a pet parent (3 cats, 1 dog), she likes to organize things, and she is a lefty. In her spare time, Jen loves to read, shop, and spend time with family & friends. She enjoys chocolate and has a weakness for breads. 

 
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Nancy Stover

Educational Advocate

TBD

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Shannon Wellin

Guidance / Teacher

Earned a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology with a minor in English from the University of Dayton, was the Youth Services Coordinator for JTPA in Marion, Ohio, then worked for JOG at Mount Gilead and Tri Rivers Career Center. In her spare time, she loves watching her two children play soccer and football.  She loves a good book, taking her dogs for walks and just being with her family.

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Jeri Armstrong

Records Coordinator

Jeri is the Records Manager, responsible for all incoming records, as well as keeping track of high school credits, and creating high school transcripts. Her hobbies include reading, gardening, boating and cooking for family and friends. She also spends several weeks throughout the year in Rhode Island with her daughter, her husband, and grandson.   

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Barb Ludwig

Student Services

TBD

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Ginny Clark

Receptionist

Ginny has a degree in motherhood and being an awesome grandma & prides herself for her knowledge of hard knocks and life experience. She loves to make blankets/quilts, is a pet parent, and does her own yard work for exercise and to stay busy. 

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Jill Millisor

Records Process

Jill previously worked in Career Technical and Adult Education, where her focus was hands on learning to prepare workers for their field of study. She was once a Circulation Director for the oldest family owned newspaper in the US, reads fiction in her spare time, and is BETA tester for PokemonGo and other products made by Google and Niantic.

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Melinda Saltzgiver

Teacher

Received her Masters degree in Education and has been teaching since 2001. She has been married to her husband for sixteen years and has three beautiful children. In Melinda’s free time she runs a vegetable farm and raises chickens and bees. Her family has one pet, a rescue dog that they welcomed happily into their home.

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Shelly Layman

K-8 Teacher

Received her Bachelor of Education degree at the University of Dayton and taught for a few years in Atlanta, Georgia and then for almost ten years in Akron, Ohio. She loves spending time with her family - a terrific husband of over 20 years, two wonderful daughters, and a maltipoo! She enjoys reading a good book, watching movies, and visiting extended family members out of town. 

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Melinda Galleher

Testing Coordinator

Melinda has a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from The University of Findlay. She has worked in Environmental Education for 12 years. In her spare time, she likes to bike, hike, and spend time with her friends.

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Steve Haverdill

Truancy Officer

Steve has completed a degree, and was a JOG Teacher before becoming a Truancy Officer. In his spare time, Steve is the defensive coordinator for football, he is a head wrestling coach, and he is also a pitching coach for baseball. 

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Dionna Randas

Director of Curriculum/Teacher

Steve has completed a degree, and was a JOG Teacher before becoming a Truancy Officer. In his spare time, Steve is the defensive coordinator for football, he is a head wrestling coach, and he is also a pitching coach for baseball. 

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Diana Hurlow

Guidance Counselor

Earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from The Ohio State University and a Masters in Education with a School Counselor’s license from Heidelberg University. She has held positions as and elementary school teacher, received certification in special education, taught learning disabilities class for K-12 in Lexington and served as a high school counselor for Lexington High School. She is silly, spunky, fun and dedicated & is always good for a laugh, or two!

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Rebecca Shaw

Orientation Specialist

Rebecca has worked as a Parent Mentor and Advocate for students with disabilities for Richland County Schools and held a position as a Family Support Specialist with Help Me Grow. Her passion is helping student with disabilities receive FAPE. Rebecca enjoys unwinding with her dogs at the Nature Center, she loves great shoes, her favorite season is Spring, and she enjoys traveling to Sanibel, Florida.

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Deb Strong

Behavioral Therapist

Obtained her Masters Degree from Ashland Theological Seminary in Professional Clinical Counseling. She began her work experience with Richland County Children Services helping many different agencies including most schools in Richland County, a position with MOESC as an Attendance Counselor, the WIA & Futures Programs as a Mental Health Therapist. She is a grandmother and she loves it, she plays piano, sings and leads a women’s bible study. 

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LeRoy Smith

Intervention Specialist / Teacher

LeRoy has previously held teaching positions at Mansfield Senior High School and Madison Comprehensive High School, where he coaches Varsity Football, Girls Varsity Basketball, and track.

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Missy Clark

Accounts Payable

Missy has worked on the business side of education for 10 years now, and is proud of her work in the Fiscal Office. She has been married for 25 years, and has 7 grandchildren. She loves to go on motorcycle rides with her husband, loves the beach, likes to play bingo and has friends and family over on the weekend to play games.

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Jolene Healea

EMIS Coordinator

Jolene is very particular and detail oriented with strength in problem solving skills. Her responsibilities are Accuracy, completeness, and transfer of district, building, staff, student and financial EMIS data, adhering to the EMIS processing schedules. She has been employed since 2001 in school Financial offices as Office Manager and since 2007 as EMIS Coordinator. Along with her spouse and 2 children, she raises registered Duroc pigs and show them at breeding shows and fairs both locally and nationally.

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Wesley Brooks

Technology

Wes obtained his Associates degree in Science - Information Technology and his Bachelors in Network Administration. He loves to listen, produce, and compose music during his free time as well as build new computers and repair older and newer computers.  

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Sarah Fernandez

Technology

Sarah has received her Associate's Degree in Business Administration and Computer Information Technologies and her Bachelor's of Arts in Paralegal Studies from Tiffin University via their online program. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and pets; spending time outside in warm weather;  and volunteering for political causes.  

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Jason Rice

Teacher

Jason has his Teaching Degree for middle grades 4-9 in Social Studies and LA. He enjoys spending time with family, lifting weights, playing basketball and golf, and is a JV Head Coach for Shelby boys basketball.

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Nathan Leasure

Intervention Specialist

Holds a degree in History from The Ohio State University and is his 15th year working in the school system. He has a broad spectrum of interests such as cooking, farming, construction, boating, and backpacking. He has 2 dogs who are his children, loves working on his family's dairy farm, & cooking

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Kelli Fisher

Director of School Culture

Holds a Bachelor of Science in Education (K-8 Certified) from BGSU and a CBI Endorsement. Kelli taught 3rd, 4th and 6th grade prior to starting a family and then enjoyed being a full-time mom for 10 years. Kelli loves spending time with family and friends, camping, boatine, cheering on the Ohio State Buckeyes, and spending time on the beach in Florida, or at Lake George. 

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Kelly Watson

Teacher

TBD

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Amy Bings

Behavioral Therapist

Amy has a Bachelor's degree in Art Therapy from Bowling Green State University, and a Master's degree in Social Work from The Ohio State University. She loves to use expressive arts as part of the therapy process. She is married and loves to spend time with her husband, a fantastic cook from Washington D.C. and her 4 kids. She loves New Orleans, char grilled oysters, mystery/thriller books, art and the buckeyes!

 
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Amy Holloway

Educational Advocate

TBD

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Katelin Lee

Teacher

TBD

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Judy Mitchell

Orientation Specialist

Has a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration, and has spent multiple years as a teaching aid and a student teacher. Judy loves to work hard, so she can play hard, spending time with family and traveling with her friends. In her free time she likes to bowl with her bowling team, volunteer for the local police department, and Habitat for Humanity. 

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Keith Willis

Teacher/JOG Specialist

Keith graduated from Ohio University with a Bachelor’s degree in Real Estate and Finance, and a second Bachelor’s degree in Management of Information Systems from Franklin University. He loves spending time with his wife and children, attending their extra-curricular activities, he likes coaching, recalling across the country, camping, and sailing! 

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Sharon Llyod

Educational Advocate

Sharon previously held a position at Delaware County Job and Family Services for 16 years as a youth counselor, so it was a natural transition to GOAL. Sharon enjoys vacationing and visiting her children across the US, reading, spending time on the beach and her cats Ayah and Paloma.

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Ryan Caplinger

School Counselor

Obtained his middle childhood education degree from The University of Akron and has a Master’s of Education in School Counseling from Bowling Green State University. He enjoys collecting cacti, running, watching the Browns, and spending time with his family and pet turtles!

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Stephanie Bowers

Intervention Specialist

TBD

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Mendy Chard

Lab Assistant

Mendy previously worked as an Employment Counselor with Delaware County JFS. Mendy completed her education at Capital Trade in Austin, Texas and found employment in the travel industry where she worked as a Flight Attendant for TWA and traveled the world. She loves spending time with her husband, two children and grandson, has a huge soft spot for neglected dogs and is currently a foster Mom. She is an avid online gamer, loves to read, watch movies and the buckeyes!

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Casey Clark

Teacher

Casey obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Columbus College of Art and Design, and a teaching certification with the State of Ohio. She loves photography, reading, writing poetry, spending time with family and friends, and her son, Everett!

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Hope Losh

Intervention Specialist

Hope has her Masters in Special Education with over four years of experience under her belt. She has three dogs, she loves to play softball, watches OSU football and loves spending time outdoors. In her spare time, she hangs out with her husband, her son, and two pups!

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Gretchen Stranges

Tutor

Obtained an undergraduate degree in Anthropology, from The Ohio State University, and an MA in TESOL from Ohio Dominican University. She loves spending time with her husband and two daughters, has worked in other fun industries such as working aboard a cruise ship, and even some archaeology.  In her free time she enjoys traveling, reading, hiking, drawing, and sailing.

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Stephanie Frisch

Teacher

Earned a BA degree in Journalism with a minor in photography from Miami University; as well as secondary education certification in English, 

Speech, Journalism and 

Communications from Otterbein University. She enjoys being a high school swimming/diving/track coach for over 16 years, her feisty french bulldog named Cami-Lou Josephine. She loves photography, everything water related, cooking, and gardening.

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Sondra Carey

Teacher

Obtained a Master's in Classroom Curriculum and a BA degree in Developmentally Handicapped K-12 and Speech and Business Education. She takes square dance lessons, she has 8 grandchildren, 7 girls and 1 boy, and her 4 children have biblical names, Matthew, Mark, Michael and Mariah. She loves The Buckeyes, The Reds and The Bengals.

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Jennifer Woodrum

Lab Aide

Attended Marion Business College, and Patricia Stevens Career College in Chicago, Illinois then returned to Marion, Ohio when she where she was hired at GTE for 20 years. She enjoys her faith, her family and her friends, gardening, being out in nature and dogs. She loves music, the arts, sewing, knitting, antiques and yard sales!

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Dee McGrew

JOG Specialist

Dee has a Bachelor’s Degree is Social Welfare from Ohio Wesleyan University and has worked in education for 28 years, helping at risk students get the credits they need to graduate high school and explore their future successfully. She was raised on a dairy and potato farm in New Jersey, she loves gardening and flowers and keeps an immaculate yard, and she has eight beautiful grandchildren that she loves to spend time with and spoil.

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Angeline Burke

Teacher

Has her degree in Mathematics/Sociology from Ohio Dominican University. She has worked as a caseworker for children with behavioral issues, as an early childhood teacher, and a curriculum coordinator for preschool-kindergarten. In her spare time she likes travel, hike, read, hang with her dog.

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Heather Allen

School Counselor

Obtained a B.A. in History and a minor of Political Science, with a licensure to teach Social Studies for grades 7-12. She also has an endorsement to teach Career Based Intervention classes. She has 2 kids, and she married her high school sweetheart. In her spare time, she loves to read, play games, do puzzles, swim or anything with her family!

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Gregg Snouffer

Teacher

Gregg is an original Buckeye and graduated from THE Ohio State University with a Bachelors degree in Secondary Education. His specialty was History, but he also minored in Science. Gregg has been a teacher and a coach for about a hundred years now, was a member of the United States Boomerang Team and lives hobby farm in Delaware, where he grows vegetables, hops and raises chickens!

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Jessica Caughlan

Director of Partnerships & Family Engagement

Obtained her Bachelor of Science Degree in Agriculture Development from Texas A&M University. She has three kids, all girls and lives on a farm raising Quarter Horses. In her spare time she loves to play volleyball, barrel races horses all over the U.S., as do her three girls and tries to hit the gym at least 5 days a week to stay in shape.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Ryan Hontz

Educational Advocate/Teacher

Is a graduate of the Art Institute of California, Orange County with his Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Web Design and Interactive Media. Is the proud parent of two well-behaved kittens, Chunk and Shamu. His hobbies consist of bowling, traveling, and going to concerts but his real passion is cooking. At any given time you could go to his home and 90% of the time.

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Cindy Cunningham

Intervention Specialist

Obtained her Bachelor’s in Project Management, but decided to move into her area of passion, which is teaching. She loves horses, she has 13 grandchildren and one great grandson, she quilts and loves beading! In her spare time she loves to get involved with 4-H and spend time with her family.

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Wes Stauffer

Intervention Specialist

Obtained his Intervention Specialist Certification. In his free time, Wes takes a sword fighting martial arts class. He likes to play a lot of video games, and watches anime and cosplay. He loves cinnamon rolls and donuts.

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Pat Wood

Intervention Specialist

TBD

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Jama Abdi

Tutor

TBD

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Danielle Bault

Teacher

Has a Bachelor of Science degree in Middle Childhood Education. In her free time, Danielle loves to play with her son and daughter, watch her daughter do gymnastics and go to her husband's baseball games. Fun facts: She is a twin, she played college Basketball, she goes to at least 12 Cleveland Cavalier’s games a year, and she has performed the national anthem at a professional sporting event.

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Mindy Mowery

Teacher

Has her degree in 1-8 Elementary Education, and K-12 Intervention Specialist. Mindy has three children at home that she adores. She would love the opportunity to swim with a great white shark, she is fascinated by weather and weather patterns, and Captain America is her favorite Avenger. When she has free time, she loves to spend it with her family. 

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Melinda Radabaugh

Teacher

Has a Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts degrees in teaching from The Ohio State University.  As a teacher, she has worked with students as young as 3 and as old as 60. She loves watching Ohio State football and the marching band, she enjoys traveling to new places, hiking in the mountains, and she has a very spoiled dog. In her spare time, she loves reading books, and she also likes cooking.

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Heather Nicholson

Teacher

Has her Bachelors of Science degree in Nursing, and is a registered nurse. She also has her Masters of Art degree in Education. She spends her free time attending OSU softball games, watching her daughter catch for the Buckeyes, and spends time watching her son golf and show pigs at the local fair. She loves to run mud obstacle races, and kayaking, lives on a farm, and was once a pediatric nurse.

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Antonino Ippolito

Teacher

TBD

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Elisabeth Kraemer

School Psychologist

TBD

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Carol Lucas

TESOL Tutor

Has a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration from Franklin University, a Masters degree in Christian Administration from Methodist Theological School, her TESOL/TESL/TEFL Certification from Oxford Seminars, and she is certified as a Trauma Informed Care Specialist from the CARE Coalition. In her spare time, Carol enjoys reading, watching classic movies and television shows, and listening to music. 

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Mike Galleher

Teacher

Has a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Education from The Ohio State University class of 1975. He taught Vocational Agriculture at Elgin High School and Mt. Gilead Schools from 1981-2010. In his spare time, he use to own a craft shop, he coached middle school cross country, and he has twin daughters. He raises registered Horned Dorset sheep, he spends time with his two grandsons, loves to eat anything made with lamb.

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Jack Bault

Teacher

TBD

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Tanner Salyers

Teacher

Completed his Bachelor's Degree in Integrated Social Studies Education at Mount Vernon Nazarene University. Mr. Salyers is currently pursuing his Master's in Public Administration at Kent State University. He enjoys reading about world leaders, watching Family Guy and football, and barbecuing on his grill!

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Lori Gudde

Teacher

Earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Ohio State and then completed the coursework to earn her teaching license from Ashland University. Her family rescued 2 all black cats (even their whiskers are black!), she enjoys cooking, spending time with family and traveling.

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Joe Byrne

Teacher

He has his BA in Business from Franklin University and is fascinated with the supply chain process, and has always been drawn to logistics! In his spare time he likes to relax, watch movies & sports, and spend time with his family. He’s obsessed with 80’s Pac Man, his favorite season is winter (he loves to drive in the snow!), and he has watched “Back to the Future” over 100 times.

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Randy Moore

Teacher

TBD