The administrative team at Oakbrook Preparatory School is the leadership body of the school. While the head of school reports to the board and the admin team reports to the head, the leadership team works collaboratively in a shared decision-making format. The administration values and solicits student and family input and relies on the student government to advise them on issues relating to the student body. The administration is focused on maintaining the culture of Oakbrook, while steadily moving the school forward.
Vickie was born in Spartanburg and has lived here most of her life. One of her first experiences with a private, Christian education was when she attended Charleston Southern University (Baptist College at Charleston) where she majored in Early Childhood and Elementary Education. After teaching in public schools in the Charleston area and in Spartanburg, Vickie was looking for something different for her own children. In the process of finding a school for her youngest daughter, Casey (Oakbrook 2008), she also found a new teaching position. Vickie was attracted to Oakbrook, which was then called The Village School, by the Christian environment, the family atmosphere and small class size. This began a 17 year relationship with Oakbrook Preparatory School where Vickie taught first grade and then served as Preschool Director. After a three year absence where she served as the head of school at the Village School of Gaffney, she is excited to again have the opportunity to share the Oakbrook culture with Lower School families and students. Vickie loves to cook and preserve fresh summer foods for delicious winter meals. She enjoys weekend visits to Charleston or the mountains and finding new places to explore and new restaurants to try. Vickie is married to Jim and they have three grown children. The Bolducs attend Bethany Baptist Church in Spartanburg.
Kyle was born in Laurel, Mississippi and grew up on a farm near the Mississippi Gulf Coast. When asked about touring Oakbrook for the first time Kyle responded, “we asked about no locks on the lockers and realized that this was the result of a culture among students that treated each other with honor and respect. We loved that being exceptional was nurtured and expected by teachers, administrators and students alike.” Kyle and his family moved to Spartanburg in 2006 via Charlotte, NC and Boston, MA. He earned his BS in Business Management at Mississippi State University and later graduated with a certificate in Non- Profit Management from Stanford University. Prior to joining the administration at Oakbrook, Kyle worked to raise funding for new housing at Glenn Springs Academy. Kyle has been a Scout leader for over 14 years as well as active in the MSU Alumni Association and other community organizations. Kyle is married to Trudy, Senior VP and Chief Marketing Officer for Advance America. They have two children, Zachary and Haley who both attend Oakbrook. Kyle and his family are members of Church of the Advent in Spartanburg.
Travis was born and raised in Enoree, SC. Before joining the Oakbrook staff in 2011, Travis served at a private school in Laurens, SC, as Upper School Director and Baseball Coach. Academic opportunity and the genuine emphasis on Christian character brought he and his family to Oakbrook. He earned a BA in Finance from Wofford College and was a member of the baseball team. Travis has over 15 years of experience teaching upper school math and coaching baseball. After coaching five SCISA State Championship Baseball teams he was honored to have the opportunity to help Oakbrook start their baseball program. He is a life-long New York Yankees fan. He loves spending time with his family camping, fishing, and paddle boarding. He is married to Michelle, a Workers’ Compensation Paralegal at Lee Law Offices. They have three daughters, Chandler Grace, Lucy Rae, and Ruth Ann, who all attend Oakbrook. Travis and his family are active members of Anderson Mill Road Baptist Church.
David was born in Fort Knox, Kentucky and grew up in Greenville, South Carolina. He earned a BA in Business for Furman University and a MBA from the University of South Carolina. Previous to Oakbrook he worked for Sonoco Products Company and was a residential home builder. David is married to Patti Foy, who is director of the School of Music at Converse College. They have twin sons, Robert and Christopher, who are married and live in the upstate. Davis enjoys woodworking, backpacking, and grandchildren. The Foys attend Bethel United Methodist Church.
Amanda was born and raised in Spartanburg. After graduating from the University of South Carolina in Columbia, she returned to the Upstate to work as a journalist for the Spartanburg Herald-Journal. While hosting a workshop for high school journalists, Amanda met several students from Oakbrook and was immediately impressed. “I was invited to visit Oakbrook shortly after the workshop to help reignite the school newspaper and I left begging for a job. I had never been around a more inspiring group of young people. The students amazed me with their creativity and excitement for learning!” Since joining the staff in 2006, Amanda has worked as Journalism Adviser and Public Relations Manager before recently transitioning to Admission Director. “Now it’s my turn to watch people fall in love with Oakbrook.” Amanda is married to Jay, a service manager with North Hills Automotive. They have two children.
John comes to the field of education honestly: He was born into a family of educators. “My dad taught at the college and graduate levels, and was a Vice President at a seminary. My three sisters were teachers, as have countless other relatives.” He started his career in 1979 as a teacher at Lexington Christian Academy in Massachusetts, teaching English, Church History, and Journalism. Since then, he has served as a teacher and administrator. For more than 30 years, he has taught a course entitled “Financial Management of Nonprofit Organizations” at the Harvard University Summer School. John also served as Assistant Superintendent of School of the Merrimack School District in Merrimack, NH, and Head of School at four schools in the Southeast.
John was attracted to Oakbrook Preparatory School because of its unique educational philosophy based on the work of Charlotte Mason. Her philosophy focuses on the education of young people as individual creations of God, each with unique gifts and abilities. John’s philosophy of Christian education finds its best expression in the first article of the Westminster Shorter Catechism, “The chief end of man is to know God and enjoy Him forever.”
John earned a Bachelor’s degree from Wheaton College (IL) in English literature, a Master’s degree in Church History from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and Master and Doctorate degrees from the Harvard University.
Born in Pasadena, California, he and his family have lived in the Midwest, the Northeast, and the South. He loves to read, travel, fish and hunt. John and his wife, Stephanie, are blessed with two daughters and four splendid grandchildren.
Beverly was born in Morgantown, WV and moved to South Carolina in 1990. She was introduced to Oakbrook by four friends who attended her church who were also Oakbrook parents and employees, and has been at Oakbrook 12 years. She loves the family atmosphere and the nondenominational Christian focus. She earned a BS in Industrial Engineering from West Virginia University in 1988 and an Associate Degree in Computer Technology from Greenville Tech in 1996. Prior to working at Oakbrook, she worked as an engineer at General Nutrition Products before taking time off to start a family. Beverly is passionate about technology and the way it can be used to make Oakbrook's teachers more effective. She loves to exercise and travel in her spare time. Beverly is married to David Long, who is the VP of Marketing and Development at Coveris. They have two children: Stephanie (Oakbrook Class of 2015) and Natalie (Class of 2018). The Long's attend Central Church of Christ in Spartanburg.
Alexis was born in Spartanburg, SC. She has worked at Oakbrook for 17 years as a Librarian and Office Assistant. She was drawn to Oakbrook by the rigorous academics and emphasis on character. She earned a BS in Biology and Chemistry from USC in 1989. Prior to working at Oakbrook, she was an Environmental Chemist at Milliken Research for 13 years. She loves to read and garden in her spare time and is a Master Gardener. Alexis is married to Mike Mannion who is a Senior Scientist at Milliken. Their two children, Joseph and Michael are Oakbrook Alumni.
Merissa Ramantanin likes to find time with a cup of coffee and a good book. She is married to Johnny, who stays busy fighting hunger on a global basis for orphans, and mom to three teens – Karis, Ian Spencer, and Joy. Merissa loves adventures with her family – from traveling and hiking to playing kickball in the backyard and sitting by the bonfire in the evenings. Along with her husband and children, she has a big heart for both local and international missions. She felt God called her to the mission field when she was a young girl, although it looks differently than she thought it would! Merissa graduated with a Bachelors of Arts in Education and a Bachelor of Arts in Christian Studies from North Greenville University. She is passionate about teaching, speaking, writing, and equipping teachers to make a difference. Merissa oversees the integration of faith and learning by helping to equip faculty, plans weekly chapel services, and shares the responsibilities of professional development. As a fervent believer that we have much to learn from history and that a Biblical worldview shapes our lives, she steps into her role of educator at Oakbrook teaching Old & New Testament, AP World History, and Worldview Foundations, while mentoring young women on the volleyball court.
Dawn was born here in Spartanburg and has lived here all her life. She received her education at USC and Converse College. Since the age of six, she had big plans to be a teacher. Most of her 31+ years in education have been spent teaching Middle School students. She is currently Oakbrook's Middle School Director. Dawn taught 17 years in the public school system before joining Oakbrook's faculty. The thing she loves most about Oakbrook is the family atmosphere. Teachers love their students and expect good things from them. She loves all things math and science and also has tremendous affection for the arts. She currently teaches drama and is the director of musical theatre. Along with much help from of a talented team of teachers from the Fine Arts Department, she produces and directs Oakbrook’s Spring Musical. With a passion for music, she also sponsors the Glee Club. She and her family attend Bethel United Methodist Church, where she sings in the Sanctuary Choir. Dawn is married to Scott, who works in IT at Sealed Air Corporation. They have two sons, Cody (Oakbrook '09) and Adam (Oakbrook '13).
Nancy grew up in Spartanburg and graduated from Converse College with a degree in Special Education and teaching certifications in Preschool, Elementary, Comprehensive Special and Deaf Education. After teaching twelve years for the Spartanburg Hearing Handicapped Program she came to work at what was then named The Village School. She found the school while seeking school options for her young children. Upon entering the basement of Covenant Presbyterian Church, where the small school was housed, it was clear that this school was special. Her two oldest children started there the following fall and she followed suit, first as a tutor/teacher and then as the Assistant Director for founder Rosemary Moore. Over the years she has served as a director for all levels and Interim Director for one year. Developing positive relationships with students, especially those in the older grades is her passion. Her happiest moments are spent in conversation with a group of Upper School students. Nancy is married to Kenneth, a supervising accountant at R.R. Donnelley. They have three children, Brett, Clay, and Kendyle, who all graduated from Oakbrook. They attend Bethlehem Baptist Church in Roebuck.
Alicia was born in Inman, SC and grew up working on her family's peach farm. She was introduced to Oakbrook through her sister Brooke who graduated from Oakbrook in 2008. She loved the family atmosphere and the rigorous academics. She earned a BA in Secondary Mathematics from Converse College in 1995 and them completed her M.Ed. a couple of years later. She has continued her education by becoming certified for both AP Calculus and AP Statistics. Prior to teaching at Oakbrook, she taught and served as department chair at Cowpens Middle School before taking time off to start a family. Alicia is passionate about learning which fuels her love of research and curriculum. She loves to read and travel in her spare time. Alicia is married to her high school sweetheart, Jason Womick, who is the VP for Informational Technology at Wofford College. Their four children, Jake, Luke, Leah, and Ali, all attend Oakbrook. The Womicks attend Crossroads Baptist church in Spartanburg.
Born in Greenwood, South Carolina, Cathy has lived most of her life in the Spartanburg/Greenville area. Cathy was first drawn to Oakbrook for the academic environment where faculty are encouraged to creatively ignite in students a love for learning. Cathy earned her BA in Special Education at Furman University then her M.ED at the University of South Carolina. Cathy’s career began in Greenville SC teaching Special Education then serving in Administration before coming to Oakbrook where she has taught a variety of history classes and Senior Project. Since serving as Oakbrook's Director of College Guidance Cathy has searched for opportunities to expand her knowledge in the area of college admissions. From attending college “fly-ins” at Duke, Southeastern University and Vanderbilt to spending an intensive week at Harvard's Summer Institute for College Admissions, Cathy strives to stay academically current on the ever-changing college scene. On a personal level, Cathy enjoys reading, art, traveling and playing with her dogs. She is married to Paul, an attorney with Butler, Means, Evins & Browne and together they have two grown children, Michael and Laura. Cathy and Paul attend Hope Point Community Church in Spartanburg.