Learn Who's Who

Faculty and Staff Directory


 

Corey Lawson was eager and well-equipped to begin work here as a History instructor and assistant varsity baseball coach after eight years at another all-boys school (Cardigan Mountain in Canaan, N.H.). 

Mr. Lawson has been involved in education for a total of 18 years. He received his B.S. in Elementary School Education/History from Keene State College (N.H.) in 2002 and his M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from Franklin Pierce University (N.H.) in 2015. 

In his free time, Mr. Lawson likes to fly-fish, play rugby, and coach. His fiancee's name is Annie. 

Wyatt Long came on board as a Learning Resource/English instructor and assistant varsity lacrosse coach in 2020. 

Mr. Long graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in English from Hartwick College in 2019. After that, he returned to his high school alma mater (Blair Academy in Blairstown, N.J.) to work in communications and coach lacrosse.

Mr. Long enjoys fishing, kayaking, hiking, cooking, and cheering on Philadelphia sports teams. His dog, Goose, accompanies him on many of his outdoor adventures.

 

Graylyn Loomis '10 has given an authentic voice to Christ School's Communications Department since becoming Director of Communications and Digital Marketing in 2019. 

The Christ School alumnus returned to campus after nearly four years at LINKS Magazine, a golf publication based out of Hilton Head, S.C. Mr. Loomis was Digital Editor, Associate Editor and Digital Content Manager, and Assistant Editor during his time with LINKS. He received his B.A. in English from the University of St. Andrews in 2014. 

Along with his duties in Communications, Mr. Loomis serves as an assistant coach for the Greenie golf team and remains an avid player himself. In addition to golf, he has a passion for woodworking. His wife's name is Lucy.  

No matter where life takes him, Nick Luhm will forever be known as the head coach of Christ School's first state championship football team (2020).

Coach Luhm is presently Defensive Coordinator for the Greenies. Academically, he enjoys the hands-on nature of teaching the boys Physics in the school's Innovation Lab.  

Mr. Luhm earned his bachelors degree in Secondary Science Education from North Carolina State University, and taught Physics, Chemistry, Physical Science, and Earth Science at Broughton High School in Raleigh for 10 years.

Mr. Luhm and his wife, Rebecca, have three children and live on campus. 

Jack Lynch's love for the outdoors is rooted in the prairies and lakes of his hometown in northern Illinois. 

Mr. Lynch has been at Christ School since 2019, teaching Chemistry, Biology, and Environmental Science in addition to his role as a coach in the Outdoor Program. 

Mr. Lynch graduated from Maine's Colby College in 2016 with a B.A. in Biology, concentrating in Ecology and Evolution. Upon graduating, Mr. Lynch presented his original research on habitat fragmentation at the 2016 Ecological Society of American conference.  

After graduating, Mr. Lynch worked as a field botanist with the Bureau of Land Management in Taos, N.M., and later started his career in education as a teaching apprentice at the High Mountain Institute, in Leadville, Colo. From there, he worked as a teaching fellow at the Alzar School in Cascade, I.D., where he paddled with Christ School alumnus Richard Lytle '20. Afterwards, Mr. Lynch completed his Master of Teaching degree at the University of Virginia where he taught anatomy and biology at Monticello High School (Va.).  

Outside of school, Mr. Lynch likes to climb, mountain bike, play board games, and read. 

 

Jennifer MacDonald teaches Arabic Language and Culture at Christ School.

Ms. MacDonald attended Los Angeles City College and San Francisco State University, where she majored in Arabic, Anthropology, and Film. She also received training at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, Calif., and at the Arabic Language Institute of Fes, Morocco.

Ms. MacDonald has been an award-winning filmmaker and writer, and served for several years as a translator and cryptologist for the United States government. Her son is Greenie alumnus Lux Haney-Jardine '20. 

Olga Mahoney P'20 takes immense pride in teaching Greenies to give back as Christ School's Director of Service Learning.

Mrs. Mahoney coordinates community service opportunities for the boys in the Asheville area and enjoys working alongside them. She was Christ School's Teacher of the Year for the 2017-18 school year and is an instructor in AP World History, Ethics, and Public Speaking.

Mrs. Mahoney earned both her bachelors degree in Russian Language and a masters in Liberal Studies from Georgetown University. Furthermore, she also holds a masters degree in Education from Harvard University. For 11 years, Mrs. Mahoney served in several teaching and administrative roles at Milton Academy in Milton, Mass. Before that, she worked as an intern at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and as a research assistant for the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

Mrs. Mahoney and her husband, Kevin, have two children, Michael '20 and Alexandra. 

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John Manganiello may be a newcomer to Christ School’s History Department, but he is a seasoned educator with 23 years of teaching experience in independent schools.

Mr. Manganiello was born and raised in New Rochelle, N.Y., and began his career in the Empire State at Windward School in White Plains, N.Y., where he spent 15 years as a teacher, mentor, coach, Department Chair, and team leader. Mr. Manganiello wanted to experience other educational philosophies and take on a variety of administrative roles and did so, becoming the Assistant Head of the Masters Middle School in Dobbs Ferry, N.Y. Here, he discovered his love for boarding schools and embraced being part of the school community.

He next became Headmaster of the Beacon School in Stamford, Conn., where Mr. Manganiello was proud of the school’s ability to provide a truly individualized learning experience to gifted and twice-exceptional students. After his stint at Beacon, Mr. Manganiello became Director of both the Prospect and Bridge programs at the Wooster School in Danbury, Conn., helping students with language-based learning disabilities by offering an appropriate learning environment and instruction while keeping the students in a mainstream setting.  

Mr. Manganiello completed his undergraduate degree at Lemoyne College in Syracuse, N.Y., where he double majored in History and Religious Studies. He completed his graduate work and earned his masters degree in Special Education, with a concentration on learning disabilities from the College of New Rochelle. He later earned a second masters degree in History from Iona College.

Mr. Manganiello and his family always envisioned moving to North Carolina one day. They became more confident it was the correct decision when they visited the Christ School campus and met so many wonderful people, he said.

Mr. Manganiello will also coach in the Athletic Department and live on campus with his wife, Joanne, and their 10-year-old son, Chase. During his free time, he enjoys cooking for his family and friends, playing sports, biking, writing, and playing with his son.

Bryan Martin spent his childhood in the North Carolina mountains, affording him a local perspective in his 17 years at Christ School.

Mr. Martin was appointed Director of Curriculum & Academics in 2021 and previously chaired the Mathematics Department and assisted in providing technology support to fellow teachers. Mr. Martin has overseen the reaccreditation efforts for the last decade with SAIS/AdvancedEd (SACS). Mr. Martin’s coaching experience at Christ School includes basketball, intramurals, and racquetball.

Mr. Martin earned a B.S. in Mathematics from Western Carolina University in 1997, and then received an M.S. in Applied Mathematics from WCU in 1999.

Mr. Martin reads fiction and is up for playing any type of game in his spare time. He and his wife, Olivia, have one daughter, Anna.

Mike Mohney teaches Mathematics and works with Christ School's Outdoor Program.

Before his career in teaching, Mr. Mohney was a U.S. Navy officer specializing in nuclear power plants. Following the Navy, he worked as Engineering Manager for the Hope Creek Nuclear Generating Station in Salem County (N.J.). 

Mr. Mohney and his wife, Deidra, are parents to Chapin '23. 

Kim Murphy became Christ School's Front Office Manager in 2019.

In her free time, Mrs. Murphy enjoys travel, cooking classes, and going to movies. She and her husband, Tony, are parents to Myles and Tony Jr. '23. 

Hamid Najafi prides himself on being a results-driven, innovative professional with an excellent track record, and will look to bring these qualities to Christ School as a Math and Science instructor. 

Mr. Najafi has taught locally as an adjunct professor at A-B Tech Community College and Blue Ridge Community College, where he won the 2019 Extra Mile Award. His professional experience in engineering and as a manager dates back to 1983. From 2002 to 2010, he worked as a real estate developer, overseeing the construction of one of the first all-inclusive executive office suites in the county. 

Mr. Najafi studied at Clemson University (MSEE), Piedmont Management Institute, and Midwestern State University. He and his wife Cindy just celebrated their 40th anniversary. They have two adult children, Dani and Christian.

Kevin O'Toole is celebrating the start to his second decade of teaching and became part of the Christ School Math Department in 2019. 

Mr. O'Toole studied at Loyola University (Md.), Portland's Concordia University, and received his certification as a math teacher from Central Washington University in 2010. In addition to his work in the classroom, Mr. O'Toole has been part of the Greenies' JV Football coaching staff. 

His hobbies include hiking, climbing, stand-up paddleboarding, and slacklining. Mr. O'Toole has a son, Seamus, and a daughter, Finnegan. 

Darryl Orletsky does not expect to be disappointed after hearing so many positive things about Christ School and the surrounding mountains of western North Carolina.

The newest addition to the Math Department brings a varied amount of life experiences into the classroom including military officer, commercial beekeeper, business owner, and investor to name a few.  

Dr. Orletsky has spent over a decade in the classroom teaching a wide variety of Math and Physics courses. He earned his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. all at Arizona State University. Dr. Orletsky is keenly interested in the application of Mathematics to Biology, Physics, and everyday settings.

Dr. Orletsky’s hobbies include traveling, bicycle-touring, staying fit, and with his tongue in cheek, trying to determine what he should be when he grows up.

Coco Parham has provided invaluable support as an Office Manager at Christ School for 17 years now, the past four in Admissions. 

Mrs. Parham previously worked for 13 years in the College Guidance Office as an administrative assistant and testing coordinator.

Mrs. Parham graduated from Loyola University New Orleans with a B.A. in 1987. Her hobbies include hiking, reading, and watching a great movie. She prides herself on being an animal advocate, and has volunteered in the past with the Asheville Humane Society.

Mrs. Parham is married to Christ School Associate Athletic Director and Strength Training Coach Duncan Parham. They have two children, Ellsworth ’13 and Emma.

Every athletic team at Christ School has a leg up on the opposition thanks to Duncan Parham. 

Mr. Parham is Associate Athletic Director and uses his vast knowledge in strength training and conditioning to help Greenies athletics and coaches prepare for their seasons. 

Prior to his time here, Mr. Parham had served as Asheville School's Annual Fund Director. He is a Blues graduate and attended college at Loyola University of New Orleans.

Mr. Parham and his wife, Admissions Department Office Manager Coco Parham, have two children, Ellsworth '13 and Emma. 

Associate Director of Admission Mike Payne developed a nostalgia for western North Carolina, having come here every summer for 12 years to work at Camp Ridgecrest in Black Mountain. Now his love for the Blue Ridge mountains is coupled with his belief in the mission of Christ School. 

Mr. Payne was born and raised in Warrenton, Va., with a family tradition of boarding school; one of his grandfathers is a graduate of Virginia Episcopal and a great grandfather was a headmaster at Northfield Mount Hermon School. Mr. Payne himself graduated from Virginia’s Christchurch School, where he served as a prefect, played baseball and soccer, and was a head tour guide. He graduated Cum Laude with a B.A. in English from the University of Mary Washington and earned his Master of Arts in Executive Leadership from Liberty University in 2021. 

Mr. Payne has previously lived in Charleston, S.C., and Chatham, Va., where he served as an admission counselor, presidential ambassador coordinator, and varsity baseball coach at Hargrave Military Academy.

Mr. Payne’s hobbies include playing guitar, watching sports, being active in the gym, and traveling.

Andrew Pearson, now in his fifth year as Digital Content and Communications Specialist, updates Christ School's social media accounts, writes news articles for the website, and provides sports information for all Greenie athletic teams.

A longtime Asheville resident, Mr. Pearson first came to the area as a student at UNC Asheville, where he graduated in 1999 with a B.A. in Mass Communication. Mr. Pearson was a sports writer for two local newspapers (the Asheville Citizen-Times and Hendersonville Times-News) for a combined 18 years, including 13 at the Citizen-Times, the region’s largest paper.

Mr. Pearson lives in Asheville with his wife, Ursula, and their dog, Louis. 

Matthew Perse is chair of the World Languages Department and joined Christ School's faculty in 2018 as a Spanish teacher after three years of teaching middle school Spanish at Fort Worth (Texas) Country Day. He is also an assistant coach with the Greenie football team.

Mr. Perse graduated from Miami University in Ohio with a B.A. in History and Spanish. While there, he rowed crew and played jazz trombone. He then lived in Buenos Aires, where he took graduate seminars, worked as a bicycle tour guide, and taught business English. Upon his return to the United States, Mr. Perse earned a Masters in Latin American Studies (History) from the University of Connecticut.

Mr. Perse considers himself an avid traveler and gets to pursue his hobbies of backpacking and mountain biking with the Christ School Outdoor Program. 

Dwight Phillips joined Christ School in 2014 and serves as the CFO/Controller.  

Mr. Phillips has a background in public accounting with experience in non-profit organizations. In addition to completing the Duke University Non-Profit Management program, he is also a graduate of Leadership Spartanburg (S.C.) and has served as a board member for several community organizations.

Mr. Phillips and his wife, Ingrid, have three children, Meagan, Jared, and Maddie.