Faculty and Staff
Meet the Faculty and Staff
Dr. Daniel J. Vannelle
Head of School
Phone: (919) 680-3790 ext. 7782
Dr. Vannelle grew up in Shadyside, Ohio and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences from The Ohio State University in 1976. Dr. Vannelle also earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree from The Ohio State University in 1981. He returned to his hometown, Shadyside, Ohio to practice dentistry from 1981-2001. From 2001-2004, Dr. Vannelle taught Science and Math at Eagles Nest Ranch and Academy, an alternative school for at-risk youth in Canal Winchester, Ohio. Moving to North Carolina, Dr. Vannelle taught in Hillsborough at Abundant Life Christian Academy. Dr. Vannelle joined Durham Nativity School for the 2005-2006 academic year to teach Science and Math. Prior to his promotion to DNS Principal, Dr. Vannelle taught three grade levels of Science and served as the School Dean of Admissions. He lives in Efland, North Carolina with his wife, Beth.
Dean of Student Affairs
Phone: (919) 680-3790 ext. 7783
Arthur Jimerson is originally from Norfolk, Virginia, where he attended and played football at Norfolk State University. Following his college career, he went on to play defensive end for the Los Angeles Raiders. After a knee injury, he returned to Norfolk State to complete his studies and graduate with honors. He holds both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Economics and Urban Education respectively.
He brings an extensive background in teaching and counseling to his multiple roles at DNS and is very passionate about his work with previous students and will bring that same initiative to his DNS students.
Richard V. Burton
Director of Development
Phone: (919) 680-3790 ext. 7781
Mr. Burton has been the DNS Director of Development for the past four years. Mr. Burton is a long-time North Carolina resident residing in Wake County with his wife and three children for over 27 years. Mr. Burton has had a distinguished career in sales with Hallmark Cards for eighteen years and, most recently, in the development/fund raising area for over ten years. He also served two terms as a Town Councilman in Cary, NC. Richard’s outside work activities and interests center around his wife, family and church. Richard is an active volunteer at his church with a keen interest in Bible studies and helping grow the Shepherds Seminary in Cary, NC.
Kathryn E. DuPree
Phone: (919) 680-3790 ext. 7780
Mrs. DuPree was born in Dennison, Ohio, grew up in New Jersey and lived in Reading, Pennsylvania, before eventually settling in North Carolina. She attended Taylor Business Institute in New York City, as well as Reading (PA) Area Community College. Mrs. DuPree founded the Girls Club for the Police Athletic League in Reading and served as its Office Manager and Director of Leadership Development, where she worked with over 65 girls from ages 6-18 years old. Mrs. DuPree has been married to Willie L. DuPree for 41 years and has one daughter. After her daughter went to college, she additionally raised several foster children.
Faculty – Social Worker
Phone: (919) 680-3790 ext. 7784
Ricky Oliver was born in Denver, Colorado and lived in Richmond, California during his high school years. He attended the University of Denver receiving his bachelor’s degrees in Sociology and Psychology and played varsity level basketball. In the summer before his sophomore year in college, he was led in his faith to serve young people. Following this calling, he later earned a Master’s degree in Social Work while earning his Principal License accreditation. Ricky has over twenty years in education as a secondary social studies teacher and administrator. In both his personal and professional life, Ricky continues to have a strong desire to love and serve the Lord through his relationships within our school and neighbors in the community. We warmly welcome him to DNS.
Maura A. Sullivan
Phone: (919) 680-3790 ext. 7793
Born in Seattle, Washington, Maura has been a Durham resident since 1976. She is a graduate of Belmont Abbey College and had a successful retail career prior to starting her family and beginning her work here at DNS. Her role at DNS encompasses many functions, all revolving around community support and participation. She works as a volunteer coordinator, recruiting and training the many community volunteers that come to our school and coordinates the community outreach program for our students. She also works closely with our Development Department in building and cultivating relationships with current and future donors/supporters. Maura lives in Durham with her four school age children.
James “Mike” Glenn
Faculty – Social Studies, Health & Physical Education, Soccer Coach
Phone: (919) 680-3790 ext. 7786
James “Mike” Glenn originally hails from Newark, NJ and graduated from Catawba College in Salisbury, NC in 2006. Prior to joining our faculty, Mike served in a management capacity for various retail businesses. An experience youth soccer, basketball, t-ball and football coach, Mike will bring added talent to our faculty/staff besides his teaching Math 6 and pre-algebra. Mike is the proud father of three and enjoys leisure time with his family and playing and coaching sports.
Faculty – Humanities
Phone: (919) 680-3790 ext. 7791
Born in Canada while his parents attended Bible school, he grew up in Peru S.A. where they were missionaries and he learned Spanish. He graduated from the Stony Brook School, a Christian boarding school, went on to Gordon College, and eventually to UNCC and UMB for masters degrees. He has taught in middle schools and high schools for 40 years. Early in his career he became involved in summer camping as a counselor, a program director and then a camp director as a way to serve the Lord and His people during the summer months. In 1990 he and his wife, and two children moved to Chapel Hill, while he taught there for twenty years. During that time they attended the Chapel Hill Bible Church and served in a variety of capacities. After retiring for a year, Mr. Clark found DNS, an exciting opportunity to serve with a great group of people making a difference in God’s kingdom.
Faculty – Math
Phone: (919) 680-3790 ext.7789
Ms. Campbell joins DNS this year as our Mathematics teacher. She is a native of St. Ann, Jamaica and is a graduate of the University of the West Indies and Virginia Commonwealth University. Prior to joining DNS, she worked at the middle school level in Henderson, NC for three years. She is an avid sports enthusiast who enjoys watching and participating in various athletic activities. In addition to her passion for teaching young people, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends. Her teaching skills and classroom presence will serve our students well in advancing their math knowledge and skills.
Faculty – Science
Ms. Anderson grew up on a horse ranch in Northern California. She received her Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences from Haverford College in 2006 and her Master of Science in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of California, Irvine in 2009. Ms. Anderson is a co-founder and vice-president of CLEAN Education, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing global climate change education for K-8 students. Before moving to Durham and the Durham Nativity School, Ms. Anderson taught high school Biology for 2 years in eastern North Carolina.
Faculty – Languages
Kevin Mahoney has enjoyed traveling, teaching and learning languages since an extended stay in Bogota, Colombia as a high school student. That experience inspired him to get him a B.A. in Spanish at Metropolitan State College of Denver which also allowed him to study and live in Ecuador and Mexico. After completing a B.A., Kevin studied at the Conservatory of Recording Arts is Arizona and enjoyed five years working as a sound engineer in Los Angeles, California. After teaching English in Korea for four years, Kevin returned to complete a Master’s of Arts degree in Instruction at St. Mary’s University of Minnesota. Now, he looks forward to teaching Latin and Spanish at Durham Nativity School.