Meet Our Staff

Cynthia Brooks

Clifton brooks

Aviation & Development

Mr. Brooks wears many hats as he serves as flight instructor, vocational director, development director.

Cynthia Brooks

Girls' Dean

Mrs. Brooks is mother away from home for the girls in the dorm.

The Brooks have four children: Celeste, Carolina, Caleb, and Cyrus

Anna Chiarenza

Country Store Assistant

Mrs. Chiarenza assists Mrs. Iezzi in the Country Store as they seek to be a light in the community.

Mafalda Cruttenden

Dale Cruttenden

Boys Dean

Mr. Cruttenden fulfills the role of Dad to the boys with good humor and fatherly direction.

Mafalda Cruttenden


Mrs. Cruttenden serves as the school librarian and study hall assistant, but just as important, she brings a mother's care to the boys' dorm.

Pictured here with their grandchildren, Chandler and Cheriss.

Alice Day

Kent Day

Farm Manager

Mr. Day is working to bring good produce from the soil while at the same time planting seeds of industry and good work ethic in his student workers

Alice Day

Farm Assistant

Mrs. Day loves working with her husband to produce beautiful produce on the OA Farm.

Pictured with children: Kisha, Jonathan, Zachery, and Angela

Donna Dumar

Jean-Marie Dumar

Maintenance and Country Store

Originally from France, Mr. Dumar delights students and customers alike with his French accent.

Donna Dumar


Mrs. Dumar teaches French, English, and World History. The Dumars have two children. Pictured here is Jonathan.

David Gonyea


Mr. Gonyea is kept busy keeping the vehicles serviced and running and maintaining the campus infrastructure.

Claire Luz-Diaz Henderson

Music Director, Teacher, Grade School Principal

Mrs. Henderson leads the choir and chorale, choosing music and designing programs that present saving truths through song. She also teaches voice lessons, music theory, and speech.

Elder Jim & Donelda Hiner

Founders of Oklahoma Academy

Elder & Mrs. Hiner started the academy in 1981. Elder Hiner served as the president and principal for 20 years. Mrs. Hiner faithfully kept the books until her recent retirement.

Brian Holland

Karen Holland

President of Oklahoma Academy

Mrs. Holland also teaches Bell Choir and Health and serves as the school nurse.

Brian Holland

Pastor and Teacher

Mr. Holland teaches Bible, Marriage and the Family, Cultural Geography, and American History. The Hollands have been on the faculty since 1984.

Christian Hunte

Morgan Hunte

Cafeteria Director

Mrs. Hunte manages the cafeteria, preparing healthful meals and training her students in the art of food handling.

Christian Hunte

OA Publishing Director

Mr. Hunt heads up the design, publishing, and sales of the Academy Study Bible and the Mission Study Bible with EGW comments.

Sharon iezzi

Country Store Manager

Miss Iezzi has brought her enthusiasm and entrepreneurial skills to the Country Store, expanding it's reach in the community.

Cara Jagitsch

Mark Jagitsch

Outreach Director and Grounds

Pastor Jagitsch keeps the grounds looking beautiful and also works with the students to organize outreach activities.

Cara Jagitsch

Cafeteria Assistant

Mrs. Jagitsch helps Mrs. Hunte with the meals and greets the students with a cheerful smile as she serves lunch.

Lula jenkins

Business Office Manager and Vocational Coordinator

Mrs. Jenkins keeps up with the many tasks in the Missions Unlimited Business Office.

Topher Kyle


Topher Kyle has stepped in to fill a very important need as the bookkeeper. He brings cheer to the whole office with his singing while he works.

Basanthi Lazar

Solomon Lazar

Math and Chemistry Teacher

Mr. Lazar teaches chemistry and algebra.

Basanthi Lazar

Elementary Teacher's Assistant

Mrs. Lazar is mother to Elga, Enoch, and Elijah and helps out in the elementary school.

Cindy Miller


Mrs. Miller brings her expertise to the bakery making delicious breads and pies for the students and the Country Store.

Duncan Paniagua

Registrar and Teacher

Mr. Paniagua sings in the choir, teaches in the math room, philosophizes in the lunch line, and does more than we know in the Registrar's office.

Janyce Sendelbach


As she crunches numbers and keeps her eye on finances, Mrs. Sendelbach often gives a cheerful greeting to students passing by her office. Pictured here with her husband, Larry Sendelbach.

Trey Shurley

Julie Shurley

Communications and Media

Mrs. Shurley, with the help of student workers, keeps up the OA website and social media, does photography and videography, designs and edits the newsletters and the yearbook among other things.

Trey Shurley


Mr. Shurley teaches Anatomy and Physiology, World Literature, and Writing Workshop. The Shurleys have three boys - Cameron, Christopher, and Michael (plus one: Gogo Sinurat)