Director of Admissions and Enrollment Management, Spanish
Mrs. Agostini (Giorgina '15) is known in our Oakcrest community for the beautiful work she has done, and continues to do, in Admissions since 2014. Mrs. Agostini holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Marymount University, is certified with the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, and has taken thirty graduate credits from the University of Virginia’s School of Education. With eleven years teaching experience, four of which have been in Spanish, Carolina continues as a member of the Foreign Languages department. As a native Spanish speaker, Carolina brings with her a passion for other cultures that will enrich her classroom.
Master Teacher - Theology, Class Dean
Mrs. Allen (Mia ‘13, Rosemary ‘16, Grace ‘18, and Nina ‘20) is originally from Lisbon, Portugal where she studied at the Escola de Reabilitacao de Alcoitao. She has worked as an Occupational Therapist in school systems throughout Portugal, England and the United States. She collaborated with Allyson Adrian to develop and write the new Guan Series, Learning Spanish with Francois Guan and Charlotte Mason, Vol I & II (Cherrydale Press). Prior to joining the Oakcrest faculty in 2013, Mrs. Allen homeschooled her children.
Mrs. Baldwin is an accomplished musician, composer, and arranger, as well as an experienced instructor. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music Composition from George Mason University and was named GMU’s Most Outstanding Musician of 1997. While studying at GMU, she sat as Principal Chair flute and Principal Chair harp in both Symphony Orchestra and Symphonic Band. She was awarded the Brannen-Cooper Commission in 1999, the National Flute Association Commission of 2009, and the Blessing Foundation Commission for the NFA in 2012. Alix has been a harpist, flutist, composer and arranger for the First Light Ensemble since 2009 and for the Columbia Flute Choir since 1995. She was named the 2019 Scottish Harp Society of America's US National Champion. Before joining the Oakcrest faculty in 2014, Mrs. Baldwin worked as both a private lesson instructor and a sectional coach in the Fairfax County Public Schools for over 20 years. When asked what she enjoys about teaching at Oakcrest, she responded, “I love the ability to teach not just the notes, but the history and meaning behind the music; and I love the atmosphere of joy and kindness that prevails at Oakcrest!”
Mrs. Baldwin earned a Bachelor of Arts in Theology from the Franciscan University of Steubenville and comes to Oakcrest with several years of teaching experience. She was a teacher at Holy Family Academy in Manassas as well as at St. Ambrose School in Annandale. She teaches art, piano and voice as a private instructor, is a commissioned artist, and serves as the cantor at All Saints Catholic Church in Manassas.
Michael J. Barvick
Director of Institutional Advancement
Mr. Barvick (Edith ‘19, Franny ‘22, Irene '25 and Lulu '28) joined Oakcrest as the Director of Institutional Advancement in September of 2016. He has broad experience in the world of advancement and during his career has helped build programs in support of education, underserved communities and public policy. Before coming to Oakcrest, he served for six years as the Director of Major and Planned Giving at The Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C. Prior to that he had served as the Executive Director of The Youth Leadership Foundation. Mr. Barvick has a particular expertise in the area of planned giving and has trained numerous non-profits organizations on how to build and sustain a successful planned giving program. He is also the CEO of Alexis Consulting, which provides non-profits assistance in management and fundraising strategies. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Philosophy from the University of Dallas.
Mrs. Bell (Kathryn '12) holds a B.S. in Secondary Education and English from Louisiana State University and a Masters in Education Administration from the University of Scranton where she received the Outstanding Graduate Award. She enjoys having mentored at Oakcrest for over 10 years.
Spanish, Director of International Programs
Mrs. Bendeck (Mariana '23, Rocio '27) earned a Master in Marriage and Family from the University of Navarre in Pamplona, Spain and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the Catholic University of Honduras. An experienced Spanish teacher, Mrs. Bendeck has served as the Spanish Curriculum Specialist, Spanish Teacher, and Classroom Head Teacher for Georgetown Hill Early School.
Associate Head of School, Mathematics
Mrs. Bertolini (Luisa '20) holds a Master of Education in Educational Leadership from George Mason University, a Master of Arts in International Economics and European Studies from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, and a Bachelor of Science in Languages and Linguistics from Georgetown University. Mrs. Bertolini joined the Oakcrest staff in 2016 where she oversaw increased development and engagement in the admissions program. In addition to her work as Associate Head of School, she also teaches Middle School mathematics.
Visual Arts, Interior Design - Permanent Campus
Ms. Bigliano has pioneered the AP Art History class at Oakcrest. A graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, she moved to Virginia after a strong career in interior design, primarily with commercial and civic spaces. Her interest and professional development in the decorative arts and art history led her to Winterthur Museum in Wilmington, Delaware where she graduated from their Certificate Program in Connoisseurship. In addition to teaching, Ms. Bigliano is overseeing all aspects of the interior design of the permanent campus and is the lead designer of the chapel.
History, Class Dean
Ms. Boles attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where she earned a Bachelor of Arts summa cum laude in Greek and Latin, and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Her senior thesis examined the program of education for an orator in ancient Rome. She is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in American History and Government from Ashland University. Prior to joining the Oakcrest faculty in 2014, Ms. Boles worked as a Latin Teacher at The Geneva School of Manhattan and a Latin curriculum writer for the South Bronx Classical Charter School. A graduate of a classical, liberal arts high school in her hometown of Pasadena, California, Ms. Boles' liberal arts background allows her classes to be interdisciplinary. In her Ancient and American History classes, she endeavors to help her students understand the underpinnings of free, democratic societies, and to express their ideas cogently in writing and speech.
Ms. Bulger began working at Oakcrest in 2006. Her responsibilities include developing and managing the schedule, maintaining academic records, and providing official transcripts for our students. She has been coaching lacrosse at Oakcrest since the program was started. Ms. Bulger holds a Juris Doctor from Georgetown University and a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management from Franklin & Marshall College.
Media and Journalism
Mrs. Buono (Sophia (Buono '14) Martinson and Elena '21) has a Masters in Business Administration from George Washington University and a Bachelor of Science cum laude in Business Administration from Georgetown University. She has served Oakcrest as Director of Operations and as President of the Board of Directors, working on strategic planning and the permanent campus project. She has developed and implemented leadership programs for young women for over 20 years and has experience helping area Diocesan schools build enrollment. She and her husband, Frank, have six children.
Chief Financial Officer
As CFO, Mr. Buonocore is responsible for overseeing all financial, human resource, facility, technology, risk management, transportation, construction, safety and other administrative operations for Oakcrest. He brings more than 25 years of experience to the school, with an expertise in managing both financial and operational activities for non-profit organizations. Mr. Buonocore previously served as the Director of Administration for two large private schools located in Northern Virginia. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and is a Certified Public Accountant and Chartered Global Management Accountant. He enjoys spending time with his family, coaching his sons' baseball teams, and singing in the halls of our beautiful new school.
Anna Cipollone '17
Ms. Cipollone earned a Bachelor of Arts and Science from Georgetown University with a major in English and a minor in Art History. She was one of twenty students selected for a program in Florence, Italy, where she studied Italian literature, language and culture. Ms. Cipollone completed an intensive Senior Capstone seminar course on Literature of the Global South.
Catherine Scalia Courtney
Director of Academic Advising, Head Librarian
Mrs. Catherine Courtney joined Oakcrest in 2018 as the Head Librarian, and is now also the Director of Academic Advising and a Latin teacher. Catherine received a Bachelor of Arts in Classics from the University of Virginia and a Master’s in Library Science from the University of Maryland. She has experience working in corporate, public, and school libraries as well as undergraduate academic advising at George Mason University. Building the collection for Oakcrest School’s beautiful library is a dream come true!
Mr. Craven joined oakcrest in 2015. Mike is a third generation Washingtonian and before joining Oakcrest was in management at John Deere Landscapes and was an integrated pest management specialist. Mike and his wife Natalie enjoy spending time with their son and his family in Cincinnati, OH. They have two grandchildren.
Ms. Crnkovich attended Christendom College where she earned a Bachelor of Arts summa cum laude in history with a double minor in classics and philosophy. She was awarded the Warren Carroll History Thesis Award given to the best senior thesis in the history department for her thesis titled, "Give Me That Old Time Religion: The Movements Behind Evangelical Religion in the Antebellum and Postbellum South."
Maritere (Gramatges '91) Crum
Alumnae Relations Coordinator
Mrs. Crum (Ellie '30) graduated from George Mason University in 1994 with a Bachelor of Arts in English Writing. She and her husband, Richard, have 8 children ranging in ages from 26 to 8 and 2 grandchildren born in 2021 and 3 more on the way for 2022/2023. She currently homeschools her youngest daughter and her younger boys attend The Heights. Over the last 27 years, they have lived in Virginia, Connecticut and Florida, and returned home 3 years ago, moving around the corner from Oakcrest. She is very passionate about the pro-life movement and has served on the Board of the Paul Stefan Home in Orange, VA and as a volunteer at A Woman’s Choice in Herndon, VA. Mrs. Crum loves being creative, baking, reading, writing, planning events and spending as much time as possible at the beach.
Master Teacher - Science and Technology
Mrs. DeLisle holds a Master in Education in Secondary Education from Providence College and a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and Religious Studies from Connecticut College. She joined the Oakcrest faculty in 2011. Read more about her here
Director of College Counseling
Mrs. DeVera has five years of experience in college admissions and an additional four years of experience in private school college counseling. She brings her professional expertise, support of the Oakcrest mission and love of working with students to our school. Mrs. DeVera earned a Master of Science in Organizational Psychology from the University of Hartford and a Bachelor of Arts cum laude in Communications, Public Relations and Journalism from Marist College.
Master Teacher - Foreign Languages, Class Dean
Ms. Duncan holds a Masters of Education and a Bachelors of Arts in Classics from the University of Virginia. Ms. Duncan has seventeen years of teaching experience in the context of private all-girls education. In addition, she has taught at the Virginia Summer Governor's School Latin Academy, participated extensively in various spoken Latin programs, and hosted summer Greek camps for middle schoolers. Ms. Duncan teaches Middle School and Upper School Latin, Ancient Greek, and Medieval History.
Middle School Director
Mrs. Escobar (Clare '18) first began teaching at Oakcrest in 1991. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in history from Loyola University of Maryland and a Professional Teaching Certificate in history. She has taught at every level from 1st through 12th grade and has taught English, French, history, and theology at Oakcrest. Mrs. Escobar established the "Most Courageous American" tournament for 8th grade history students, which makes history come alive for the entire school. When asked what she particularly likes about teaching at Oakcrest, Cecilia says, “I especially love the students. Their joy, their humor and their kindness make every day exciting and joyful. My colleagues are some of the best in the profession and there is a spirit of collegiality that permeates everything we do.
Teresa Fernandez Ulloa
Mrs. Fernandez-Ulloa received an Master of Arts in Spanish Language from Universidad Pontificia Salamanca, Spain, and a Law Degree from Universidad de Navarra. She has taught at George Washington University, and is well-read and knowledgeable on the most significant methodologies of language teaching (such as Task-Based Language Teaching and the Communicative Approach). She has worked alongside Dr. María de la Fuente, who is renowned in the field of Spanish language teaching, and even helped with Dr. de la Fuentes’s textbook. She has also worked alongside students in Hispanic community outreach and is dedicated to fostering and spreading the love of all things Spanish. Teresa is an avid reader and history enthusiast, and was born in Orense, Spain.
Ms. Finkler studied for a Master of Secondary Education at George Washington University and received her Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Penn State University. She has experience teaching mathematics and science. Ms. Finkler's teaching philosophy includes the goal of helping students develop a richer understanding of mathematics by studying its vocabulary, language, and properties and by using real-life models.
Physical Education, Athletic Trainer
Mrs. Fisher is a graduate of Ithaca College with a degree in Athletic Training. She has always had a passion for incorporating regular exercise into her daily routine to contribute to the mind, body, and spirit aspects of a healthy human. She has worked as the Oakcrest Athletic Trainer for two years managing, preventing, and caring for sports injuries. Her background as a previous collegiate swimmer led her to continue working with swimmers by becoming the Assistant Swim Team coach for the Oakcrest Chargers. She enjoys teaching young women to develop a strong character, faith, and veritas in athletics. Physical Education is all about moving the body, learning about the many benefits of exercise, gaining general sports skills, being a part of a team, improving muscular coordination, and enjoying the blessings gifted to us by God.
Science, Class Dean
Mrs. Friddle (Maura '19, Jacqueline '22 and Suzie '25) has over fifteen years of teaching experience in the classroom. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Physics, a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, and a Professional Teaching Certificate in Education from the National University of Ireland, Galway. She holds a National Certificate for STEM Teaching from the National Institute for STEM Education. She has completed an intensive course in "Science Inquiry in the Classroom," from the Maryland State Department of Education. Mrs. Friddle is very active in professional development related to teaching strategies that enable teachers to have a much larger impact on student learning with more meaningful results and setting up students for success as lifelong learners. She is a member of the National Science Teachers Association.
Assistant Director of Admissions
Mrs. Giuntini (Mary Angela (Giuntini ‘16) Zuccaro, Claire ‘18) holds a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Utica College, where she served as an adjunct faculty member, and a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She became a board certified geriatric specialist in 2017 and joins Oakcrest’s Admissions Office after a long career in physical therapy and health care operations management and sales.
Ms. Gonzalez earned a Master of Science in Industrial Engineering from Florida International University and a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from The Catholic University of Nicaragua. She dedicated many years of her professional career as an engineer and also has experience teaching Mathematics. She has a deep love for the Oakcrest mission.
Caroline Heeter '97
Upper School Athletic Director
Since joining the staff in 2002, Ms. Heeter has been instrumental in the expansion of Oakcrest’s athletic program and achievements. As a graduate of Oakcrest, Ms. Heeter enjoys the unique opportunity of passing on traditions from her years as a student, as well as helping to create new ones. Caroline earned a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Dallas and a Master of Science in Athletic Administration from Ohio University.
Middle School Director of Mentoring, Front Desk Associate
Mrs. Herrick (Jackie '13, Kathryn '18, and Julia '25) received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Mary Washington and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from George Mason University. Jeannie brings 30 years of holistic nursing care experience to the Mentoring Program at Oakcrest. She is passionate about helping young women grow in virtue and achieve their fullest potential. Jeannie and her husband, Curt, are the parents of five children.
Ms. Huettner grew up in Minnesota and spent her early years training in violin, ballet, and figure skating. She holds an B.A. in English cum laude from Harvard University and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She earned magna cum laude distinction on her thesis titled “Midwives and Women’s Spirituality in Medieval England and France.” In 2017, Ms. Huetter was awarded the Henry Russell Shaw Traveling Fellowship. In addition to diving into the minute details of English grammar, syntax, and literature, she also enjoys learning other languages, and has spent time studying in France and Italy.
Kat Hussmann, Ph.D.
Science, Class Dean
Dr. Hussmann holds a Ph.D. in Biology from the University of Maryland, College Park, and a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. She has done postdoctoral research and has had a number of experiences teaching both college and younger students. She has completed an NIH intensive course called “Scientists Teaching Science,” and has coauthored many peer-reviewed publications. Dr. Hussmann is dedicated to helping high school students understand and analyze scientific literature. She joined Oakcrest as a full-time faculty member in 2015. Dr. Hussmann received the Virginia Science Olympiad (VASO) Committee's 2019 Coach of the Year Award.
Matlida “Bunmi” Johnson, Ph.D.
Prior to coming to Oakcrest, Dr. Johnson (Clare '26, Ann Marie '29) was a tenured faculty at Bethune-Cookman University, FL. specializing in nutrition and public health. Dr. Johnson comes with the experience and expertise in education and community engagement that can be applied to tasks of academic support and advance the mission of Oakcrest School. She earned her Undergraduate Degree in Human Nutrition from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, her Masters in Nutrition and Food Sciences from Texas Woman’s University, Master of Public Health from Jackson State University, and her Ph.D. in Environmental Science from the University of South Africa.
Science, Class Dean
Mrs. Kanuch spent eight years on active duty in the United States Marine Corps before joining the Oakcrest faculty in 2018. She received her Master of Science in Strategic Intelligence from the National Intelligence University and studied Latin through a summer program at The Catholic University of America. She graduated from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland with a Bachelor of Science in Physics, a Bachelor of Science in English, and a minor in Russian language and literature. She has extensive overseas experience, including deployments to Afghanistan, Iraq, and Bahrain and a study abroad program in Russia, and has worked directly with multiple federal agencies and senior-level Department of Defense and Department of State officials throughout her military career. Mrs. Kanuch is supremely grateful to be a part of the Oakcrest family and loves sharing her passion for learning and service with her students. Physics, she always tells her classes, is a pathway to God because it enables us to enter more deeply into the wonder of His creation.
Master Teacher - English
As an educator, Mrs. Kenna strives to transmit her love of the liberal arts and the wisdom of the Great Books to each of her students. She joined the Oakcrest faculty in 2011, and since then has cultivated a love of literature and academia, creating the Senior Thesis program and spearheading the founding of the National English Honor Society. Lisa holds a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from the Thomas More College of Liberal Arts. She earned both a Master of Arts of English and a Master of Arts of Humanities from the University of Dallas, and completed a Post-Baccalaureate Program in Education there as well. Lisa holds a Commonwealth of Virginia Postgraduate Professional License for English Teachers. She has participated in the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture Teacher’s Academy for six years and has spoken at the National Endowment for the Humanities conference on teaching Dante. Mrs. Kenna was selected as one of sixteen participants for the NEH Summer Seminar Scholar program: "Dante’s Inferno: Influence, Adaptation, and Appropriation." Most recently, she was accepted to the National Endowment for the Humanities 2021 Summer Institute on Melville’s “Moby-Dick and the World of Whaling in the Digital Age.”
Interim Head of School
Mrs. Christie Keuchel holds a Master of Science in Educational Administration from St. John Fisher University in Rochester, New York and a Bachelor of Arts in English and Secondary Education from Suffolk University in Boston, Massachusetts. With more than 20 years of experience as a teacher, mentor, and administrator, Mrs. Christie Keuchel returns to the Oakcrest community as Interim Head of School. From 2007 to 2020, Mrs. Keuchel served in various roles at Oakcrest from Associate Head of School for Students, Dean of Students, Director of Upper School, Director of Middle School, and Theology teacher. Most recently, Mrs. Keuchel supported a classical liberal arts school in the Catholic tradition in her hometown of Rochester, New York, also leading a capital campaign for a non-profit in Northern Virginia.
Christina Kilmer '16
Theology, Class Dean
Ms. Kilmer graduated from Oakcrest in 2016, where she played soccer and ran cross country and track. She has a Bachelor's degree in History and a minor in Spanish from the University of Dallas. Ms. Kilmer served as a seventh and eighth grade mentor and character education teacher at Metro Achievement Center in Chicago during the summer of 2019. From 2020 to 2022, she worked at a conference center in New York City as part of a Hospitality Management program where she took classes in philosophy as well and helped with the Avenue Leadership Program in her free time. Ms. Kilmer also was the director of the hospitality internship programs at Arnold Hall Conference Center. She then moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin to help develop high school leadership programs for girls at a new Opus Dei center, Petawa, that opened in March of 2023, while working full time in finance and administrative work. Ms. Kilmer is excited to return to her alma mater teaching middle school theology, as well as to help coach middle school cross country.
Master Teacher - Mathematics
Mrs. Kilmer (Christina '16, Michelle '18, Julie '19 and Rosie '25) earned her Bachelor of Science in Education from Northwestern University, and taught at Oakcrest from 1993 to 1997, teaching math and coaching soccer, basketball and softball while serving as the athletic director. She has also taught at The Willows Academy in Chicago, Montrose School in Boston, and Portsmouth Abbey in Rhode Island. After raising her 11 children, Mrs. Kilmer returned to teach at Oakcrest in 2014.
Brigid Kilner '17
Ms. Kilner graduated from Oakcrest in 2017. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from The Catholic University of America, spending time abroad studying in Valparaiso, Chile and Seville, Spain and teaching English in Huelva, Spain. Ms. Kilner is excited to be back at her alma mater working in events. Prior to returning to Oakcrest, she worked in admissions and events at The Catholic University of America.
Fr. Gerry Kolf
Father Gerry, who was our chaplain from 2013 to 2016, returns to Oakcrest after serving as the chaplain to the Willows Academy, a school in the Chicago area with a similar mission to Oakcrest. Fr. Gerry is the brother of two Oakies, Martha (Kolf '80) Kruener and Mary (Kolf '85) Tapia, and the uncle of Catherine (Kolf '98) Gara, Monica '01, Teresa (Kolf ' 03) Swick and Ellen (Kolf '07) Smith. Fr. Gerry blessed the land for our Vienna campus before construction began.
Mrs. Kuker is a professional singer in the Northern Virginia area, serving as cantor at St John the Beloved in McLean, St. James in Falls Church, and others. She has also directed the Beloved (Liturgical) Choir at St. John’s for youth in grades 3-8, and directed both the Treble and Middle School Choirs at St. John the Beloved Academy. She has expertise singing in early sacred music ensembles, including Holy Family Schola Cantorum under the direction of Scott Turkington, and in the Choirs at St John the Beloved and Cathedral of St. Thomas More. She has extensive vocal training, and she shares her knowledge of vocal pedagogy and enthusiasm for singing with her students. Mrs. Kuker is trained in the Ward Method of Music Education at Catholic University of America. Her goal is “to foster beauty in the sacred liturgy through the joy of singing.
Mrs. Lanzilotti received her Master in Teaching at Drew University in 2012 and earned her Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in Philosophy at Penn State University. She taught Literature, History, and English for six years at Regina Coeli Classical Academy outside of Philadelphia. While there, she helped to establish an integrated classical curriculum for the middle school, coached cross country, and won the Catholic School Teaching Award. She comes to Oakcrest with a love of the Great Books and a passion for sharing that love with her students.
Director of Communications and Events, Director of Summer Programs
Mrs. Lerner (Alexa '21) has over 25 years of communications experience having worked for Fortune 500 brands such as Staples, Hershey's Chocolate, Capital One Bank, Heinz USA, PNC Bank, Claritin and GEICO. Mrs. Lerner's events expertise has aided local and national non-profit organizations with raising millions of dollars to advance Catholic education, benefit breast cancer research, and fight childhood obesity. Mrs. Lerner graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs from the University of Mary Washington.
Assistant to the Middle and Upper School Directors
Mrs. Cynthia Lim was born and raised in the Philippines. She received a Doctor of Medicine degree from Far Eastern University School of Medicine, Manila, Philippines and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Santo Tomas, Manila, Philippines. She worked for two years in Radiology at the Far Eastern Hospital in Taipei, Taiwan and for two years in Pathology at the Show Chwan Memorial Hospital, Changhua, Taiwan. After this she switched to full- time motherhood, raising four children. Before coming to Oakcrest, she worked for ten years as the Assistant to the High School Principal at Morrison Christian Academy, Taichung, Taiwan.
History, Class Dean
Mrs. Maturi has nine years of experience in teaching history to both middle and upper school students. Prior to joining Oakcrest, she taught at Lumen Christi Catholic School in Jackson, Mississippi and Cardinal Newman School in Columbia, South Carolina. Mrs. Maturi earned a Master in Teaching Secondary Social Studies Education magna cum laude and a Bachelor of Arts in History cum laude with a minor in Psychology and Cognate in Education from the University of South Carolina. She has been an AP Reader for the US History Exam for the past three years and taught a wide variety of courses ranging from AP US History and AP World History to AP Psychology and AP Microeconomics.
Assistant Office Manager
Mrs. McCusker has an Associate’s Degree in Physical Therapy and has more than 35 years of experience as a Physical Therapy Assistant (PTA) having directed and aided patients in therapeutic exercise and care. Over the years Robin has also volunteered as a parent liaison, team manager and coach of her children’s youth sports activities. Robin also enjoys spending time with her 4 adult children when they have some free-time from their busy medical and teaching professions and especially her 2 grandchildren.
Mary Ann Messenger
Theology, Upper School Director of Mentoring
Mrs. Messenger graduated with her Master of Science summa cum laude in Business Management from Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor of Science in Business, Finance, and Economics from Mount St. Mary’s University. After working in the public sector for a decade, she then spent the next two decades raising her children and homeschooling, also continuing her own coursework in Christian anthropology, the Cardinal Virtues, Metaphysics, and the Sacred Humanity of Jesus. Mrs. Messenger has completed a year-long course on John Paul II’s Theology of the Body, as well as a course of studies on Catholic Doctrine, in addition to teaching religious education at her parish and pre-cana and marriage prep with her husband. Mrs. Messenger brings with her years of wisdom in working with children and young people, as well as a passion for the mission of our school.
Nancy (Williams '98) Miggins
Mrs. Miggins (Bridie '28) earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from George Mason University and has over a decade of experience in pediatric acute care settings. She is grateful and proud to be working at her alma mater and serving the Oakcrest Community.
Mr. Millette (Jackie '15 and Joan Margaret '29) has worked as an Operating Engineer at GWU, during which time he became a DC First Class Steam Engineer, and he was also part time Building Engineer at Yuma Study Center. He served as a senior maintenance technician at Catholic Charities for nine years and for the Missionaries of Charity for nine years
Mrs. Katherine Mineka (Jane '29) received her Bachelor of Arts cum laude in Economics from Princeton University. For several years after graduation, she worked in development for American Ballet Theatre and The Doe Fund, where she specialized in institutional giving by corporations and foundations. In 2003, Mrs. Mineka graduated from Harvard Law School cum laude and then spent 16 years practicing law in Washington, DC with a focus on employee benefits and executive compensation. She is excited to return to her first career as part of the Advancement team at Oakcrest.
Front Desk Coordinator
Mrs. Mohler (Emmy ’19, Thèrése ’21, Sally ’23, Eva ’26) has been a member of the Oakcrest community for many years, having served on OPA in various capacities since 2019. She earned her Masters in accounting with a concentration in tax from George Washington University and her Bachelor of Science in accounting from Mount Saint Mary’s University. She has many years of experience working as a CPA in international tax and additionally has taught in various school settings. For the past 25 years, Mrs. Mohler has been raising her family and nurturing within her children a love of learning.
Ms. Musacchio has six years of experience in establishing special education programs in Catholic parochial schools for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. She holds a Master of Science summa cum laude in Modified and Comprehensive Special Education from the University of Tennessee. Ms. Musacchio has continued her professional development through the Institute of Catholic Liberal Education and Aquinas College Center for Catholic Education in Nashville, Tennessee, and she was a 2021 Leonine Fellow.
Upper School Director, History
Ms. Christine Nussio has taught history at Oakcrest School since 2012. Ms. Nussio holds a Master of Arts in Early Modern Europe from The Catholic University of America and a Bachelor of Arts summa cum laude in History from Christendom College. She was awarded the Best Senior Thesis Award by Christendom's History Department for her paper “Spring in October: Wladyslaw Gomulka and the Stillbirth of Polish Freedom in 1956”.
Kristin O'Malley Ricci, Ph.D.
Master Teacher - Visual and Performing Arts, Theatre Director
Dr. Ricci earned a Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh in Theatre Arts and Performance Studies. In addition, she has a Master of Arts in Theatre Education from Catholic University and Bachelor of Arts in Drama from Franciscan University of Steubenville. Dr. Ricci has directed over twenty shows, acted in many others, has taught middle school in Virginia and Maryland. She sees the role of theatre as a participation in the beauty of God’s own creative act.
Theology, Class Dean
Mrs. Audrey O’Neill (Christina ‘07) joined Oakcrest in 2019 as a Middle School Theology teacher. In addition to being a trained Montessori teacher, Mrs. O’Neill has completed graduate course work in Theology and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Art History and Italian from Boston College. She has seventeen years of teaching experience, including teaching in the Montessori Atrium and Catechesis of the Good Shepherd classrooms. Mrs. O'Neill is fully bilingual in Spanish and English with proficiency and intermediate knowledge of Italian.
Kathleen Ouyang '09
Master Teacher - History
After graduating from Oakcrest in 2009, Ms. Ouyang attended Roanoke College where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in History. She received many commendations, including the ASIANetwork Freeman Foundation Award. While studying as an U.S. Fulbright Student Research Fellow, Ms. Ouyang researched the history of heritage tourism in the Chinese city of Xi’an, developed her research topic with an advisor from Northwest University in Xi’an, and presented her research at the U.S. Fulbright Mid-Year Workshop in Taiwan. Kathleen has enjoyed the cheerful and encouraging atmosphere of Oakcrest since joining the faculty in 2014.
Mrs. Suzanne Patrick (Colette '28 and Cecilia '29) graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University with a degree in Classics. While at Princeton, she studied writing with author John McPhee and spoken Latin with the late Father Reginald Foster, then chief Latinist to the Pope. She has a law degree from the University of Virginia and worked for many years as a securities lawyer, including as Counsel to the Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission. Mrs. Patrick has five children: two current Oakies and three graduates of The Heights School. She homeschooled for over 10 years, and is a freelance writer and piano teacher.
English, Class Dean
Ms. Stephanie Passero holds a Master of Arts in English literature from Northumbria University in Newcastle, England and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Georgia State University. She began her teaching career as an adjunct professor at Quincy College in Boston, before moving to Virginia where she has been teaching English for the past ten years. She is always eager to talk about books for great lengths of time—both in and out of the classroom.
Ms. Pompei earned a Bachelor of Arts from George Mason University and has been a member of the Oakcrest faculty since 2000. Her 15 years of positive Catholic education, professional development, and energetic spirit influence Ms. Pompei's teaching style, making her well-loved by generations of Oakcrest students. She particularly enjoys the familial atmosphere at Oakcrest, citing the countless opportunities to get to know the students, parents, faculty and staff personally.
Mr. Porres joined Oakcrest in the summer of 2017. He is a graduate of the University of Dallas with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature.
Mrs. Jennifer Pruskowski holds a Bachelor of Exercise Science degree from the University of Pittsburgh and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. She began teaching and coaching at Oakcrest in 2010.
Mrs. Erin Quineche earned her M.A.T. in Language Education from the University of South Carolina and her Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from Furman University, where she had the opportunity to study Spanish and pre-Columbian studies at Universidad Internacional in Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico. In 2011, her research study titled “Practice or Preparation: Does the type of homework assignment affect student achievement in the foreign language classroom?” was presented at the South Carolina Foreign Language Teachers Association. With more than a decade of teaching experience in public, Catholic, and private schools, Mrs. Quineche has also traveled extensively professionally, as an interpreter in Peru and also with students overseas to Spain, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica. She has sponsored Spanish and multicultural clubs and their service projects, including the Pulsera Project. Mrs. Quineche is a member of the American Council of Teaching Foreign Languages.
Director of Formation, Parent Liaison
Mrs. Reilly was born in Spain. She joined Oakcrest in August 2018. She holds a Master of Arts in Theology and Philosophy from Universitaria Aliseda and a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from Universidad Complutense. In Madrid she was a pharmacist and later taught Chemistry at Orvalle High School and Biology at Montealto High School. Mrs. Reilly was a contributing editor for a Spanish family life magazine and worked as a freelance/consultant Spanish translator and in an NGO overseeing women's issues at the United Nations. She translated an online graduate program in Marriage, Education, and Family, offered at the international University of Cataluña. She has been receiving doctrinal and spiritual formation over the past 40 years and has come to love the passing of it all to women of all ages. She is in the midst of earning her Master of Science in Psychology at Divine Mercy University, which offers concentrations in marriage, family life, and leadership. Mrs. Reilly is the mother of Catherine ’16 and Teresa ’23.
Dean of Students
Mrs. Rolwes (Patricia '23) graduated summa cum laude from the University of Massachusetts with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. She has many years of experience working with young women and has directed a summer camp for girls for the past five years. She is a Board Member and National Speaker for the International Federation of Family Development (IFFD), whose mission is to support families through programs such as Family Enrichment. Mrs. Rolwes served on the inaugural board and head of the Mission Committee for Holy Cross Academy, a multi-parish collaborative school model in St. Louis, Missouri.
Latin, Class Dean
Ms. Rondon has a Master of Arts of Teaching in Latin and the Classical Humanities (UMass Amherst) and a Bachelor of Arts in Classics – Latin (UVA). She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Classics and Ancient History (Durham University). Ms. Rondon is fascinated by the Ancient Romans (especially Cicero!) and loves spending time with students talking about Latin. She has been teaching since 2009 in a variety of settings, including rural Ethiopia where she served as a lay missionary with the Salesians of Don Bosco.
History, Student Life Administrative Assistant, Class Dean
Mrs. Salerno earned a Master of Education in Curriculum and a Bachelor of Arts in History and an Instruction for Secondary Education with a concentration in History and Social Studies from George Mason University. Mrs. Salerno is also a licensed teacher through the Virginia Department of Education. After ten years in the finance sector, Mrs. Salerno chose to pursue her passion to share her love of history in the classroom. She spent four years teaching history and government at Oakcrest. She then took time to be home with her two young children and is now returning to Oakcrest to assist in Student Life and to teach History. Andie resides in Vienna with her husband Adam, and her two children Tucker and Veronica.
Theology, Chapel Coordinator
Ms. Salls earned a Master of Arts in Philosophy of Education, concentration in Character Education from the University of Navarra, Spain and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She has authored a book entitled Character Education: Transforming Values into Virtue
. Prior to joining the Oakcrest faculty in 2007, Ms. Salls taught at The Willows Academy for 10 years and served as their Assistant Head of School for 10 years. During her years in Chicago Ms. Salls edited a character education newsletter, Tidbits for Parents, in which she encouraged parents to be aware of the opportunities for growth in virtue family life provides. She also developed an after school program for refugee children, Southeast Asian Children’s Association, and supervised tutors from The Willows Academy. Since coming to Oakcrest Ms. Salls has nurtured the Student Government, helped to create the character development program, instituted the Service Initiatives Program and coordinated club offerings.
Ana Rose Soley
Mathematics, Science, Student Council Moderator
Mrs. Soley earned a Master in Secondary Science in Chemistry and a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry and Italian from the University of Virginia. She has over eight years of experience as a science teacher and is skilled in integrating technology in creative lesson plans, engaging students, and collaborating with teams on design and instruction. In addition to her work in the classroom, she has led science summer camps and has managed science fairs for Fairfax County Public Schools.
Middle School Athletic Director
Mrs. Sweatman (Grace ‘25, Ryan ‘26, and Kate ‘29) is a multi-sport athlete who competed in a variety of elite-level teams both in high school and in college. She is a CrossFit athlete dedicated to physical fitness and is passionate about women’s athletics. She is experienced in coaching and in running various athletic programs. Mrs. Sweatman earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Providence College.
Mrs. Jennifer Sypal (Elizabeth ‘21, Clare ‘25, Rose ‘27) holds a Masters in Business Administration with a Finance Major and a Masters of Arts in International Studies with a concentration in Europe and France from The Wharton School and The Lauder Institute at the University of Pennsylvania, as well as a Bachelor of Arts cum laude from American University. She has taught high school geometry at the hybrid St. John Bosco School in Sterling, VA and since 2014 has run the popular “History Club” in Herndon, teaching homeschooled middle and elementary school students. In addition, Mrs. Sypal has worked as a manager and senior consultant for multiple companies over the years, including as a real estate partner and in business development.
Visual Arts, Class Dean
Ms. Torres earned a Bachelor of Science in Education from Temple University with a major in Art Education and minor in Art History. She has a certification in K-12 Art Education and a certificate in Professional Campus Ministry from the University of Mary. Ms. Torres manages a professional art practice of oil paintings, journals, prints and stickers. Her work can be found on her website: www.elisamtorres.com.
Prior to joining Oakcrest Ms. Torres was a missionary with the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS) at Stony Brook University.
Fr. Charles Trullols
Fr. Charles grew up in Barcelona, Spain. In 1999 he graduated as an architect from the School of Architecture of Barcelona. After spending a year in the Spanish Air Force he moved to Rome where he studied Theology and earned a PhD in Canon Law at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross. In 2006 he was ordained a priest in Rome by the Prelate of Opus Dei and was assigned to work in Granada, Spain, as the chaplain of an all-boys high school, Mulhacén. In 2008 he moved to the US and lived in Pittsburgh, PA from 2008 to 2010 and in South Bend, IN from 2010 to 2012 where he took care of the pastoral needs of the Prelature of Opus Dei. In 2012 he moved to Chicago and was appointed Spiritual Director of Opus Dei in the Midwest. He also worked as assistant chaplain of The Willows Academy and Northridge Prep in Chicago.
Leonard van Niekerk
Leonard is originally from South Africa. He is a retired high school teacher, having taught Economics and Business Studies to 8th, 10th and 11th graders from 2004 until 2014. He is a former chairperson for the Governing Body of an elementary school from 1997 to 2000. He came to the USA in 2014 and joined Oakcrest in 2018. He became a US Citizen in January 2020. In 2002, Leonard graduated from the University of South Africa, with a double major in Education & Psychology. In 2011 a second degree, BTech Human Resources Development, was completed. Leonard is currently responsible for transporting the students. He stays current with trends in education by also working as a substitute teacher for Loudoun County Public Schools. In his spare time he loves riding his motorcycle and staying fit by biking on the O&D Trail.
Mrs. Villhauer holds a Master of Arts in Slavic Languages and Literature from Harvard University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Illinois. She has received artistic training at the School of the Museum of the Fine Arts in Boston, St. John’s College in Annapolis, as well as with individual accomplished artists. With over fifteen years of teaching experience, Mrs. Villhauer is also a trained iconographer and has been commissioned to restore local iconostases. Her practical artistic expertise as well as her love of beauty, truth, and goodness strongly inform her understanding of and approach to teaching art.
Josephine von Dohlen
Ms. von Dohlen earned a Bachelor of Arts with an emphasis in American History, English and Politics from Hillsdale College. Her professional experience includes working in the communications office for the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in America and as a journalist and magazine editor. Her writing has appeared in publications such as The Catholic Standard, Catholic News Service, and the Holy Land Review.
English, Class Dean
Mrs. Waites comes to Oakcrest from Northwest Ohio Classical Academy in Toledo, Ohio. Her experience includes instructing according to the classical model of education of the Barney Charter School Initiative, a program through Hillsdale College which emphasizes the cultivation of virtue in the human person, particularly through early exposure to the Great Books and a content-rich, liberal arts curriculum. While at Northwest Ohio Classical Academy, Mrs. Waites was a founding member of the school’s special-education program team, where she aided students with social and learning difficulties in kindergarten through high school. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in English from Hillsdale College.
Mary Sheehan Warren
Theology, Class Dean
Mrs. Warren has many years of teaching experience in various levels including middle school, high school and university. She has also taught Catholic Catechism at parochial religious education programs as well as Business Ethics to university students. Mrs. Warren has a deep love for the Oakcrest mission and is the author of two books and several articles. She earned both her Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction and a Bachelor of Science magna cum laude from the University of Maryland College Park, as well as a certificate in Catholic Theology from the Augustine Institute.
Ms. Wilcox taught music for six years at Ambleside School in McLean, Virginia. She is a choir member at St. Philip Catholic Church and also composes and directs her own sacred music. Ms. Wilcox earned her Bachelor of Music in music industry and jazz studies from James Madison University.
Mrs. Alice Witt earned her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Notre Dame and her Education Teaching Assistant certification from the Notre Dame Early Childhood Development Center. Mrs. Witt has a professional working proficiency in Spanish and wrote a bilingual children’s book for La Casa de Amistad in South Bend. She has spent time advising high school students to navigate the college admissions process and also translated a kindergarten curriculum from Spanish to English for Holy Cross Catholic School’s two-way immersion program.
Ms. Zinkewich came to Oakcrest from California, where she taught Physics, Pre-Algebra, Algebra I, and Algebra II, and Geometry at St. Therese Classical School in Santa Barbara. Ms. Zinkewich holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Los Angeles, and has a rich appreciation of the role of mathematics in education. Ms. Zinkewich is particularly excited about teaching at Oakcrest because of its commitment to academic excellence and authentic human formation.