Faculty and Staff

Our Staff

 

Superintendent: George Graham

George Graham is from Alabama.  He attended The University of Alabama where he ran track / cross country and came away with a business degree.  The next few years were spent in the US Army.  Part of his time in the service was spent with an airborne battalion in Italy.  It was there that he met his future wife as she was travelling with friends (she’s not Italian).  LeAnn and George married a few years later, He stayed in the National Guard, went back to college and got my degree in elementary education.  LeAnn and George moved to Roseburg in 1988, he joined the Army Reserves and started teaching elementary school at Sunnyslope.  Thirty-two years later (sure went by fast), George just retired from Roseburg Public Schools.

"LeAnn and I have four grown boys, all who graduated from UVC.  LeAnn taught at UVC for 15 years,  and I served the school in a variety of capacities (school board, basketball coach, soccer coach).

God has “filled my tool chest” with multiple experiences that have me feeling confident about leading UVC.  With Him as my guide, and by surrounding myself with a wonderful staff and capable school board, I look forward to what He has planned."

Secretary: Frances Zink

Frances Zink has been with UVC since 1991. She was a classroom monitor for the first through third grades and recess/playground monitor for many years. In 1997 she became the part-time UVC Secretary at the elementary campus that soon became full-time. She is also the Director of the UVC Preschool.  She has worked with children since seventh grade with Christian Youth in Action doing five-day clubs and helping in a Good News Club.  Her first job after high school was in a preschool working with two to three-year-olds.  Her education is in Early Childhood Education through the Child Care Division of Oregon, completing continuing education classes yearly. Her three sons all graduated from UVC and are now working as a department manager, construction engineer in management, and an Air Force hydraulic mechanic on planes.  She enjoys sewing, quilting, camping, and family time with her children and six grandchildren.   Mrs. Zink attends Wellspring Bible Fellowship.
 

Academic Dean: Laurel Santos

Laurel Santos joined the UVC family in 2016 as both teacher and SPED Coordinator. She holds a bachelor’s degree from The University of North Alabama and a Master’s in Education from Bob Jones University. Laurel has had the privilege of ministering in five different Christian schools in a variety of roles over the last 38 years. She and her husband, Garry, are members of Victory Baptist Church. She enjoys reading, card/board games, and travel. Her greatest goals for the students God has allowed her the privilege of teaching are that they desire to serve God faithfully and that they achieve academically to the highest level that God desires for them.

Early Education Department Head/Pre-school: Kirsi Shepherd

 
Mrs. Shepherd graduated Magna Cum Laude from Warner Pacific College in 1996 with a major in Human Development, minor in Elementary Education and an endorsement in Early Childhood Education.  She is a current state certified teacher and a step ten out of twelve in the Oregon Registry of Childhood Care and Education Professionals. Mrs. Shepherd has been teaching Kindergarten and Preschool in Christian schools since she graduated from college.  Over these years she has developed a two year curriculum based on a semi-chronological study of the Bible with corresponding monthly units.  The goal of the curriculum is to teach children a basic systematic theology through meaningful experiences that young minds can understand.  Mrs. Shepherd is very thankful God has called her to teach at UVC because ministering to young children and their families gives her a deep sense of joy and fulfillment in her life.  Mrs. Shepherd is married to Don Shepherd and is the proud mother of Sophie and Scottie Shepherd.  When she is not teaching preschool or Art she likes to work in her flower garden with her Boston Terrier.  Mrs. Shepherd and her family attend the Foursquare church in Roseburg.

 

Pre-school: Cherie McKirdy Smith

God has called me and the wonder of it all is He still calls me! I was 7 years old when I felt the presence of His love and wanted to be in His family. The years have been full, wonderful and wearisome too! He has carried me through and I have no doubt He will continue to do so. I am a very imperfect human, needing and desiring His perfect love. Thankful that His love and restoration never runs dry...

I was born number 9 of 10 children. My mom, however through me a curve ball when she said that there were 4 that didn't make it.... So, what number am I? I think she was referring to those that didn't make it to full term. She counted even them. I love that about her! My mom and dad were very humble and kind people. Not church goers, but my mom had been all her growing up years. Dad achieved an 8th grade education, became the man of the house working the ranch with his uncle after his father’s death, served in the navy while my mom finished high school and was a natural inventor. He loved to figure out how things worked. His family ranch was no longer his responsibility and he became a logger who owned his own truck for a while. We moved a lot!

I was the only child to receive a Bachelor of Science and then a Master of Arts! I soon realized that what I really missed was the application part of the puzzle and my love of children. I love applying what I learn! I love seeing how God moves me and my heart too! In my maturing, I realize that we fail each other but that God can and will fill in those gaps. He makes things that go wrong, right again. My favorite - Romans 8:28, And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.

I am currently blessed with the most beautiful, never dared to long for, little girl. She is perfectly made in His wonderous image. I am in awe of this precious gift He has given me and her daddy to guide toward Him.

Kindergarten: Jennifer Bormuth

Jennifer holds a Master’s degree in education from Southern Oregon University. She also attended Oregon State for her undergraduate work and is a Beaver fan.  Jennifer and her husband met at a young adult fellowship group in their first years of college in Roseburg.  They have been happily married since 1995 and both share a passion for teaching.  Her husband Aaron has been teaching in Douglas County since 1999.  Their family includes two daughters they are very proud of who came to the Lord at a young age.  As a family they like to play board games and go on trips to the coast.  Their family attends Roseburg Christian Fellowship and welcomes any additions to the church family.  Jennifer has loved partnering with parents to teach students from a biblical world view at UVCS since 2017.
 

1st: Glaphre Braswell

Mrs. Braswell has been involved with UVCS since it began in 1974.  She and her husband’s four children were some of the first to attend UVCS (formerly Nazarene School of Roseburg) the first year it opened in 1975.  Two of the children graduated from UVCS.   

After raising her four children, Mrs. Braswell went back to college.  She attended Umpqua Community College, U of O, and Western Oregon University.  Mrs. Braswell graduated from Western Oregon University with a Bachelor of Science degree and a minor in Elementary Education.  In 1991, Mrs. Braswell began full time teaching at UVCS.  She retired in 2002 and substituted for 17 years after retiring.  After Mrs. Braswell’s husband’s passing in October 2018, Mrs. Braswell returned to full time teaching at UVCS in 2019.  She had previously taught 2nd, 3rd, 7th, and 8th grades at UVCS.  She also coached Junior High girls volleyball and basketball when her children were going to school.   

Mrs. Braswell loves teaching because she wants to instill in the children that she teaches a love for the Lord, Jesus Christ.  She also loves teaching because she loves making learning fun.  Mrs. Braswell prays that the children she teaches will grow academically as well as spiritually and learn responsibility, and organizational skills. 

 

2nd Grade: Donna Randall

Donna grew up in South Dakota, graduating from NSU with an Elem. Ed. Degree.  About 35 years ago, we moved to Roseburg, where she subbed for about 10 years, taught math, and then 1st grade at UVCS for 10 years, then returned to subbing.In the last 16 years, Donna has made several mission trips, mostly to the Philippines.  She has been involved in prison ministry for 35 years, junior high ministry for about 20 years, and anywhere else needed. Her 4 children, (3 UVCS grads), are all living out of state and my husband is retired, so 2nd grade is keeping me busy.

 

3rd Grade: Alyssa Gurney

Alyssa is a returning alumnus who graduated Valedictorian in 2011. She attended Umpqua Community College for two years to obtain her associate's degree (AAOT). She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Oregon State University with both her Bachelors in English in 2015 and her Bachelors in Education, along with her teaching certificate, in 2017. Miss Gurney then went to substitute teach in the Roseburg area for three years before being brought on in the fall of 2020. Miss Gurney is proud to give back to the school that helped shape her and her family throughout the years and to serve God in this new endeavor. The Gurney’s attend and are members of Covenant Life Fellowship. 

4th Grade: Natasha Johnson

 
Natasha Johnson has been teaching full- time at UVC since 2012.  During her time at UVC, Mrs. Johnson has taught both 3rd & 4th grade. She attended both Western Oregon University and Oregon State University, and received her Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences with an Educational Option from Oregon State University in 2003.  She then went on to graduate from Pacific University, with honors, receiving her Masters of Arts in Teaching degree in 2005. Mrs. Johnson worked as a substitute teacher in the Roseburg Public School system before taking time off to raise her two girls who now attend UVC.  She has a passion for Christian Education and loves the feeling of family and support that UVC gives her.  Outside of school, Mrs. Johnson enjoys spending time with family, traveling, running, and attending OSU sporting events.  GO BEAVERS!  The Johnson's attend Family Church.


5th Grade: Rachel Hawkins

Rachel Hawkins grew up mostly in Glide, but has moved about over the years. Her family moved to Papua New Guinea for a year when she was a teenager while her parents worked with Wycliffe Bible Translators. After graduating from high school she attended Dordt University in Iowa where she earned her Bachelor's in Secondary Education History in 2016. She then moved to Jakarta, Indonesia where she taught 7th through 10th grade English Language Arts at a Christian multicultural school for two years. Upon returning to the States she received her teaching certification in both Iowa and Oregon and started substitute teaching in Douglas County before being hired at UVC in December 2019. Miss Hawkins loves learning and traveling which has fueled her passion for other cultures and her desire to expand the views of her students to see the wonders of God's work throughout the world. She loves running and being outdoors in general, but will sometimes do quieter activities like dancing, baking, crafting, and reading. Her faith and identity in Jesus Christ are the foundation of her life, allowing her to persevere to where she is today. She attends Redeemer's Fellowship in Roseburg.

6th Grade: Joanne Callaway

Joanne has experience teaching 5th and 6th grades as well as with Connections (online school). Her varied experiences include alternative education, special education, nutrition, working at a charter school, and as admin where she supervised 24 teachers. Joanne recently completed her doctorate!

Health/PE (grades K-12): Kirsti Hellenthal

 

Kirsti Hellenthal joined UVC in the fall of 2015 teaching elementary PE. She is currently teaching secondary Health and elementary PE. She has a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Physical Education with an emphasis in Teacher Education, and holds her California teaching credential and Oregon Teaching license. Mrs. Hellenthal has been teaching for over 17 years, with some time off to raise her family. Her teaching experience includes, teaching at UCC, elementary, middle school, and high school PE, and Health. She is married to Brad Hellental and they have two children, Ty and Meagan, who both attend UVC.

PE: Jade Graham 

Jade grew up in the Roseburg area attending UVC for a portion of jr. high and high school before moving up north to Corvallis to attend Oregon State University where she received her bachelors degree in Exercise and Sports Science. There, she focused her major in fitness and nutrition while working as a group fitness instructor for the university gym, Dixon Recreation Center. She met and befriended her husband, Michael Graham, on the UVC bus in jr high and they now have two boys Jackson who is in Mrs. Shepard’s pre-k and Lincoln who will also attend UVC in the coming years. Jade loves being a part of the girls sports programs at UVC, specifically helping with volleyball and this year guides a introduction to weight training class for both boys and girls and hopes to develop a more didactic Applied Sport and Exercise Physiology class. She attributes her faith and mission to help others to the mentorship of her coaches/teachers who taught her to be grounded, competitive, and committed to strengthening her relationship with Jesus while pointing others in the same direction.

Aide: Leslie Ayers

Leslie Ayers has proudly served at UVCS since 2003. She began working at UVCS as a housekeeper. In 2006 a Teacher's Aide position became available. In 2009 she earned her Preschool Certification and has continued to stay current with the Oregon state regulations. Leslie loves children and feels that spending time with them is very important. She is happily married to a happily married man. Leslie is a proud Mother, Grandmother, and Great Grandmother who enjoys RV Camping, Landscape Gardening, and Scrapbooking. Leslie and her husband attend Covenant Life Fellowship.


Aide: Beth McLaughlin

Beth McLaughlin has been with UVC for eight years. This year she is teaching physical education at the elementary campus in addition to being a teacher’s aide. She has attended vocational college and Concordia University. Beth has also coached the UVC High School softball team and is currently coaching the Junior and High School Volleyball team. When she isn’t coaching she enjoys horses and being a mom to three great kids who attend UVC. The McLaughlins attend Redeemers Fellowship.    
 

Aide: Sarah Beth Armstrong 

Sarah Beth Armstrong has been teaching in Christian schools for 18 years. She graduated from LIFE Pacific University in the fall of 1999 with a degree in Bible with an emphasis in Education. She then went on to graduate from Concordia University (Portland) with a certification in Health Education in 2003. Throughout her years of teaching she has taught a little bit of everything. She loves being in the classroom with the students and watching them learn. Sarah Beth and her family joined UVC in the fall of 2015. Her son, daughter and husband have been so blessed to be a part of the UVC family. Sarah Beth  loves being outdoors in the PNW with her family, and looks forward to seeing what God has in store for each new day. 

Aide: Angie Diaz

Angie Diaz has been actively involved with UVC since 2010; she and her husband have three boys at UVC. This is her first year to officially join the team! She has a heart for children. She and her husband have a large family together, counting grown children and grandchildren as well as the three younger boys. She has a strong love for the Lord and a desire to serve Him; she is excited about how the Lord led her to this position as well as other positions she has been blessed with in the past.

Angie has had Early Childhood Education, psychology/human relations studies from UCC, Cuesta and Cal/Poly, San Luis Obispo, CA.; she also holds a CNA certificate. She spent several years working with the elderly, as well as severely developmentally and mentally challenged adults. She has also worked in a hospital. She spent four years doing in-home licensed childcare. The last few years she has spent as a stay-at-home mom, involved in various outside opportunities, serving where needed. She spent time in the past volunteering at her home church (Wellspring) in the nursery and at Awana, teaching Sunday School classes, and assisting in Christmas programs. One of her greatest joys is watching her children and grandchildren grow in their walk, love, and faith for the Lord. One of her sons is especially dedicated to worship through the Worship Team where he began playing drums at a young age. He plays a couple of times a week and every Sunday service. Her hope is that all her children will find what their gifts are and use them for God's glory!

She and her husband enjoy family together when her husband isn't working. They enjoy the outdoors, road trips, adventure, and seeing what God has in store!

Spanish: Raquel Gage

"I am a Christian and I love the Lord."

Raquel is from the Dominican Republic. God has blessed her with the opportunity to be the Spanish teacher at UVC. She has a Master’s degree in Higher Education and has been working as a teacher for 14 years. In the Dominican Republic she worked for 8 years in Pre-School, 3 in High School and 2 years in College as a History, Geography and Sociology Professor. She was a substitute teacher at Little Wellspring last year. She loves her job, and always puts her trust in the hands of the LORD to guide as she helps her students achieve their goals. She is very grateful to be a part of UVC family.  "The educational development of my students is very important to me but my greatest achievement, I feel, is helping them in their spiritual growth."

She is married to David Gage and has 3 wonderful children, two of which attend UVC now and a third who will be attending Pre-K soon. She lives in Umpqua and has been in The United States for 12 years. She has been a U.S. Citizen for two years now. "The journey was long to achieve citizenship but well worth the effort in time and money."

History (grades 7-12): Sean Johnson

Sean Johnson has been at UVC for two years. He holds a Bachelor's degree in History and Secondary Education from Sterling College. He is originally from Denver, Colorado, but briefly lived in Portland from 2011-2013 while attending Multnomah University. Mr. Johnson has coached boy's and girl's basketball and boys baseball for the Monarchs. In his free time, he enjoys playing ultimate Frisbee. He attends Covenant Life Fellowship in Roseburg. "Teaching Social Studies is perfect opportunity to explore God's involvement with humanity. The creation, fall, redemption cycle is on display throughout history."    

 

Secondary Mathematics: Rachel Moyer

Rachel grew up in a small private Christian school where her love for the Lord and love of learning truly began to grow. Rachel has always had a passion for education, and she loves the joy and fulfillment of helping children reach their potential. Because of this, Rachel attended a college in the Bay Area where she was able to get a bachelor’s degree in education with a focus on mathematics and English. Upon graduating, Rachel was able to start teaching at a very reputable school in San Jose, California, called Challenger School. From the school’s accelerated curriculum, she taught a class of 16 fourth grade students. With thought-provoking lessons and challenging at-home projects, the students and Rachel were able to grow so much together and learn along the way.

At UVC, Rachel will be teaching precalculus, calculus (combined class), personal finance, geometry, 7th and 8th grade science and 7th and 8th grade Bible.  

Rachel and her husband plan to move to Sutherlin in July, where they will be assisting her father-in-law at his church (Central Baptist).

Secondary English: Tamara Stiles

 
 
Tamara Stiles has been teaching at UVC since 2019. Prior to teaching at UVC, Mrs. Stiles taught at Bethany Christian Academy in southern California for twenty years. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Simpson University and two CA teaching credentials. Tamara has had the privilege of serving alongside her husband, Greg Stiles, in ministry for the last twenty-three; they currently are ministering at Glide Baptist Church. She enjoys camping, hiking, and traveling with her family. As a teacher, Mrs. Stiles' greatest goal is to see students embrace their gifts and serve God wholeheartedly. She is passionate about training students to work towards excellence and to pursue God’s best for their life. 

 

Secondary Science/British Lit: Marie Smith 

Marie Smith has taught in Christian schools for the last thirty-two years. For ten of those years she taught all subjects in a one-room high school in a tiny town in California. She graduated from Humboldt State University with a degree in Wildlife Biology and a post-graduate degree in Range Management, and a CA teaching credential. She was working as a field biologist for the US Forest Service when Jesus changed her career path. Christian education and science are her passions. Her three sons attended that tiny Christian school from kindergarten through twelfth grade. Two of those sons are engineers, and one is a ranch manager. Besides Christian education Mrs. Smith enjoys raising poultry and sheep, gardening, knitting, Scottish history, her basset hounds, and her grandkids. The Smiths attend North Umpqua Bible Fellowship.

 

Mathematics / Bible: Brian Fye

Brian Fye (secondary) has been teacher, coach, administrator and support staff since the 1990s.  Currently, he teaches math and Bible at UVC. He is active at Church on the Rise here in Roseburg.  He is on the worship team playing and singing.  He is the father of 2 and has been married for 28 years.

Athletic Director: Joe Gather

Joe Gather started working at UVCS in 2014 as the Athletic Director and served until 2017. He returned to the position with his wife as his assistant in 2018. The youth of the school know him as “Coach.” He loves the kids, is fair and will discipline them for their growth and good.

Joe was in the Marine Corps for 20 years from 1980-2000 with an honorable discharge. He was stationed in Oceanside, San Diego California and Okinawa Japan. During these years as a Marine he also played softball and enjoyed mentoring and the coaching aspect of his job in the Marine Corps. Upon moving to Roseburg Oregon after Retirement, he worked at the Roseburg High School in the maintenance and grounds. Many of the teachers loved his hard working ethics and his cleanliness.

After two years, he moved on to work for the USPS and it was during this time that he met Dave York in 2008 and began assisting the UVC boy’s baseball team. After 9 years of working at the Post Office he was medically retired because of 2 replaced knees.

Joe has experience in coaching high school football in Okinawa Japan; 5th & 6th grade boys’ football in Roseburg, the head coach of UVCS Jr. High boy’s basketball and High School boys’ basketball and continues to assist the UVC boy’s High School baseball team.

Joe has been working on helping the sports program grow at UVC and has a desire to help the kids and coaches grow as a team by glorifying the Lord God and help the school thrive in our community.

He is married to Sheri and they have 2 grown married children and have 5 grandchildren. He attends and is involved in Covenant Life Fellowship Church in Roseburg, Oregon.

Assistant to the Athletic Director: Sheri Gather
 

Sheri Gather started working at UVCS in 2018 as the Athletic Secretary, working alongside her husband Joe, the Athletic Director of the Junior High and High School sports programs. Sheri prefers working alongside others and working with a team to help accomplish a goal and enjoys watching young people grow physically and spiritually. She loves to help others in various ways.

Before coming to Roseburg 20 years ago, Sheri was a military wife and mother of 2 children. She has experience working at a former ministry called Mission to Children in Oceanside California, Customer Service and Receptionist at GRG Property Management and a Secretary at Cornerstone Community Church. After moving to Roseburg in 2000 and leaving the Military lifestyle, Sheri became a Certified Nurse Assistant in our community and worked for Mercy Medical for 6 years. She learned that she loved to care for people and then moved on to volunteer at the Hope Pregnancy Center, The Roseburg Dream Center, her local church and minister to women in our County Jail for 7 years.

Joe & Sheri were married in 1981 and have 2 grown married children and 5 grandchildren whom she loves to spend time with. Sheri was first introduced to UVC in 2002 when their daughter Amanda attended and graduated in 2003, Mr. Gather assisted in coaching our UVC baseball team and 2 of their grandchildren attended UVC while living here.

Mrs. Gather has enjoyed getting to know the families over the years and is excited to serve and be a part of what God is doing in the students here at UVCS. She attends Covenant Life Fellowship in Roseburg with her husband.

 

Lunch Program/Home Economics: Kate Cleveland

 

Director of Development & Marketing:

Sarah Gray

Sarah was born and raised in Roseburg. She and her husband have three daughters, two of whom are school-aged and attend UVC. Sarah is a graduate of Oregon State University with a degree in Business Administration. She has worked in local non-profits for the last decade and comes to us with a wealth of knowledge. 

“I am thankful to be a part of the UVC family, both as a parent and as a staff member.  I feel that the Lord has prepared me for this role at the school and I work each day to honor and glorify Him.” 

Sarah has been an active member in the community through the non-profit organizations she has served, through service clubs, her church, and through her children’s activities. Outside of her time at UVC, Sarah enjoys spending time traveling and spending time with loved ones. Sarah and her family are members of Redeemer’s Fellowship. 

Facilities: Steve Soper

Steve Soper has been UVC Facilities Manager for the past year. He graduated from Umpqua Community College with an AA degree in Automotive Technology. He retired after 22 years in the Air Force. He went on to retire from the Roseburg Public School District after twelve years as a Site Operator. He and his family are very active in the Bikers For Christ Ministry. The Sopers attend Redeemers Fellowship.