Troy – Faculty/Staff

  Mr. Russ Gifford Troy Campus Administrator

Mr. Gifford has been serving as administrator of the Troy Campus Middle School/High School since its opening in the 2010-2011 school year. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Math from Heidelberg College and a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology. Mr. Gifford serves as board chair and is husband to our Academy President Mrs. Gifford. They reside in Orwell with their daughter Emily.


  Mrs. Martha Hach, 
Fifth Grade Teacher

Mrs. Hach earned her Bachelor’s in Elementary Education from Bob Jones University with a minor in English. She also holds a Master’s in Education with an Elementary/Reading focus and a Writing Instruction Certificate from Clemson University. This is Mrs. Hach’s third year teaching Fifth Grade at Agape. She resides in Madison with her husband Emil and son Konstantine.
Mrs. Sara Furman,
Sixth Grade Teacher

Mrs. Furman is a graduate of Grove City College where she earned her Bachelors in English with a minor in Communication Studies. She holds her Teaching License in English. Mrs. Furman loves to write and served as Copy Editor for The Collegian which is the Grove City school newspaper. She also served as an intern at The City Mission in Cleveland where she worked with children. She resides in Cleveland Heights with her husband. Mrs. Furman joined Agape’s teaching team for the 2017-2018 school year.
Mrs. Jeni Najjar,
Fifth/Sixth Grade Bible Teacher

Mrs. Najjar joined Agape’s teaching team as our Fifth and Sixth Grade Bible Teacher for the 2016-2017 school year. She attended Moody Bible Institute for two years before graduating from Kent State University with her degree in Elementary Education. She resides in Huntsburg with her husband Rick and children Callie, Nathaniel and Cooper. 
  Mrs. Mary Carr,
Middle School/High School History & Math Teacher

Mrs. Carr holds a Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education and a Masters of Education in Kindergarten thru 12 Reading Endorsement from Baldwin Wallace College. She holds a Teaching License in History Grades 6 thru 12 and Language Arts for Grades 4 thru 9. Mrs. Carr and her husband Mike reside in Sagamore Hills. She joined Agape for the 2011-2012 school year.  She also serves as girls’ Volleyball Coach.
  Mrs. Lorna Chavez,
Middle School
Language Arts, Social Studies and Spanish Teacher

Mrs. Chavez attended Grove City College where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education with a Minor in Spanish. She holds a Grade 1 thru 8 teaching license, and Association of Christian Schools International Educator’s Certificate and a State of Ohio Non-tax Supported School Certificate. Mrs. Chavez brings 25 years of teaching experience to Agape all of which was at Warren Christian School where she taught Middle School Language Arts, Social Studies and Spanish, High School Spanish and Bible. Mrs. Chavez and her family reside in Southington. Mrs. Chavez has been with Agape since the 2010-2011 school year.
Mrs. Linda Davis,
High School English Teacher

Mrs. Davis holds a Bachelor of Arts in English-Professional Writing from Capital University and a Master of Arts in English from Cleveland State University. She was most recently an instructor at Lakeland Community College where she taught a variety of English courses to entry level college students and high school students. Mrs. Davis joined Agape for the 2017-2018 school year.
  Mr. Dan Itschner,
Middle/High School Guidance Counselor

Mr. Itschner holds a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and a Master of Administration and Counseling from Kent State University. He brings over 30 years of educational experience with the Berkshire School District where he served as a teacher, principal and counselor. He also served at Geauga Christian School prior to his college graduation. Mr. Itschner and his wife Mim reside in Burton. Mr. Itschner has been with Agape since the 2012-2013 school year.
  Mrs. Mandi Matchinga,
Intervention Specialist

Mrs. Matchinga holds a Bachelors of Education in Elementary Education and Special Education from Capital University and she holds a Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Ashland University. She joined Agape’s teaching team for the 2014-2015 school year bringing more than 10 years of teaching experience. She resides in Middlefield with her husband Mike, son David and daughter Riley.
  Mr. Courtney Miller, 
IT Administrator & Teacher

Mr. Miller holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University.  He has used computers for many years during his electrical engineering and project management career and had instructed others on the use of computer software during his employment in industry.  Mr. Miller lives in Burton with his daughter Suzanne. Mr. Miller joined Agape for the 2012-2013 school year.
  Mrs. Susan Rice,
Middle/High School Math Teacher

Mrs. Rice brings nearly 25 years of teaching experience to Agape. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Education from Bowling Green State University with a major in Mathematics and a minor in Physics and earned a Masters of Education in Instructional Technology from Kent State University. She resides in Newbury with her husband Micky and joined Agape for the 2013-2014 school year.
  Miss Ashley Ronschke,
Middle/High School
Math and Science Teacher

Miss Ronschke holds a Bachelor of Science in Education from Kent State University with a major in Middle Childhood Education (Grades 4 thru 9) with concentrations in Mathematics, Science, Social Studies and a Generalist with a Reading Endorsement.  She earned her Masters in Education from Liberty University. Miss Ronschke resides with her family in Chardon and has been with Agape since the 2012-2013 school year.  She also serves as Volleyball Coach.
  Mr. Kevin Wilmot,
Middle/High School
Bible & Science Teacher

Mr. Wilmot is a graduate of the Moody Bible Institute. He holds a Bachelors in Education with a Major in Bible.  He also earned a Bachelors in Physics and a Bachelors in Religious Studies from Cleveland State University. He joined Agape as a Student Teacher in the Fall of 2014 before graduating and now teaches Bible and Science. He resides in Burton with his wife Kelly and three small children.
Supporting Staff  
Mr. Martin Baker, Bus Driver

Mr. Baker comes certified with 27 years of experience driving a variety of trucks and vehicles.  He resides in Burton with his wife Ruth and children, Kaitlyn and Mason.  Mr. Baker has been with Agape since the 2011-2012 school year.
Mrs. Lori Fuller, Art Teacher

Mrs. Fuller earned her degree in Art Education from Kent State University.  Before teaching at Agape, she taught Middle School/High School Art at Cornerstone Christian Academy. She resides in Mesopotamia with her husband Bruce.  She joined Agape for the 2015-2016 school year.
  Mrs. Esther Geletka
Intervention Specialist

Mrs. Geletka holds a degree in Education from Indiana Wesleyan University and a Masters in Reading from Kent State University. She specializes in students who process information differently or are on the Dyslexia spectrum and in the Barton Reading and Spelling Program. Mrs. Geletka joined Agape in 2005.
  Mrs. Lisa Mackell,
Administrative Assistant

Mrs. Mackell assists the Troy Campus Administrator and holds an Associate of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Lakeland Community College.  Mrs. Mackell resides in Middlefield with her husband Allen and their sons Ethan and Adam.  Mrs. Mackell has been with Agape since the 2010-2011 school year.
Mrs. Kate Nevar,
Administrative Assistant

Mrs. Nevar earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from John Carroll University. Over the years she has served as Administrative Assistant to the Dean of the Boler School of Business at John Carroll and as Account Manager at C.H. Robinson, Inc. She joined Agape in the spring of 2017 and resides in Chardon with her husband Rod and four children Michael, Raquel, Eve and Sean.
  Mr. Mike Southern,
Phys Ed Teacher

Mr. Southern earned his Bachelor of Science in Education from Kent State University with a teaching license in Middle Childhood (Grades 4-9) in the concentrations of Language Arts/Reading and Social Studies.  Mr. Southern currently serves as Pastor of Christ Covenant Church in Middlefield.  He has been a part of the Agape family since the school opened in 2005 teaching Phys Ed for several of those years, serving as as a full-time classroom teacher and leading chapel.  He resides in Hiram with his wife Havilah and sons Elijah, Abram, Aaron and Caleb.