Faculty and Staff

Meet the Faculty and Staff

Dr. Daniel J. Vannelle

Head of School

Phone: (919) 680-3790 ext. 7782

E-mail: dvannelle@durhamnativity.org

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.

Arthur Jimerson

Dean of Student Affairs

Phone: (919) 680-3790 ext. 7783

E-mail: ajimerson@durhamnativity.org

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.

Mr. Jimerson 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.

Kathryn E. DuPree

Administrative Assistant

Phone: (919) 680-3790 ext. 7780

E-mail: kdupree@durhamnativity.org

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.

Ricky Oliver

Social Worker

Phone: (919) 680-3790 ext. 7784

E-mail: roliver@durhamnativity.org

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. Mr. Oliver has over twenty years in education as a secondary social studies teacher and administrator. In both his personal and professional life, Mr. Oliver continues to have a strong desire to love and serve the Lord through his relationships within our school and neighbors in the community.

IMG_1044QuRita Hunter

Director Graduate Support

Phone (919) 680-3790 ext. 7781


QuRita Hunter grew up in Durham and has recently returned back to the area after being away for nearly 15 years. Mrs. Hunter holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Elizabeth City State University and a Masters from Strayer University. Her years of experience in working with youth in nonprofit agencies, public schools and community colleges developed her passion for education and motivating youth to excel. She believes she can help make a difference in the lives of many young people.  Mrs. Hunter is an active member of her sorority, which promotes academic excellence in education; community service; and participation in political and legislative processes. She enjoys traveling, quilting, reading and watching basketball and football. She is married and has one son. She enjoys working closely with our youth and the community to make a positive difference.

Maura SullivanMaura A. Sullivan

Director of Admissions

Phone: (919) 680-3790 ext. 7792

E-mail: msullivan@durhamnativity.org

Maura has lived in Durham a majority of her life. She is a 1991 graduate of Belmont Abbey College with a degree in Psychology. She is also a 2009 graduate of the Duke University Paralegal Studies program.  For the past 11 years she has worked at the school in many roles. Currently, she is the Director of Middle School Admissions where she oversees the recruitment and application process for young men and their families interested in matriculating to Nativity School in 5th & 6th grades and becoming a part of an eleven-year program. Maura lives in Durham with her four children ranging in ages 15-21.

James “Mike” Glenn

Faculty – Social Studies, Health & Physical Education, Soccer     Coach

Phone: (919) 680-3790 ext. 7786

E-mail: mglen@durhamnativity.org

James “Mike” Glenn originally hails from Newark, NJ and graduated from Catawba College in Salisbury, NC in 2006. Prior to joining our faculty, Mr. Glenn served in a management capacity for various retail businesses. An experienced youth soccer, basketball, t-ball and football coach, Mr. Glenn adds his talent to our faculty/staff  teaching Math 6 and pre-algebra. Mr. Glenn is the proud father of three and enjoys leisure time with his family as well as playing and coaching sports.

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Faculty – Humanities

Phone: (919) 680-3790 ext. 7791

Email: hyuhase@durhamnativity.org

Mrs. Yuhase grew up in Prince Frederick, Maryland. She graduated from Radford University with a degree in Business Administration in 2008. While at Radford, Mrs. Yuhase played NCAA Division I field hockey for the Highlanders. She moved to Northern Virginia after graduation, and worked as a Federal Financial Management Consultant for IBM until 2012. After discovering her true passion was teaching, Mrs. Yuhase decided to go back to school and received a Bachelor of Arts, with a concentration in English Literature, from North Carolina State University. In addition to her love for teaching, Mrs. Yuhase enjoys coaching field hockey, and spending time with her family and friends. Mrs. Yuhase lives in Raleigh, North Carolina with her husband, Jason, her son, Luke, and their English bulldog, Daisy.

Karen HeinemannKaren Heinemann

Faculty – Math

Phone: (919) 680-3790 ext. 7789


Mrs. Karen Heinemann grew up in Central Illinois. She received her BS in Physical Education from the University of Illinois and her Teacher Certification from Millikin University. She later returned to school to receive her certification for children with learning Disabilities from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has received her Highly Qualified in Math certification and has over 30 years of teaching experience. In addition, she has taught in Durham Schools for over 25 years. She is the mother of two and currently resides in Durham, NC with her husband, daughter, grandchild, cat, and three dogs.

Mary Anderson

Faculty – Science

Phone (919) 680-3790

E-mail: manderson@durhamnativity.org

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.

Kevin Mahoney

Faculty – Languages

Phone: (919) 680-3790 ext. 7787

E-mail: kmahoney@durhamnativity.org

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., Mr. Mahoney 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, Mr. Mahoney returned to complete a Master’s of Arts degree in Instruction at St. Mary’s University of Minnesota. Mr. Mahoney teaches Latin and Spanish.

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Kim Suarez

Development Director

Phone: (919) 597-7794

E-mail: ksuarez@durhamnativity.org

Kimberly Suarez joins us from Louisville, Kentucky, but grew up in Eastern North Carolina. She attended the North Carolina School of Science and Math and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She began her career in Pharmaceutical sales with Pfizer, Inc. in Atlanta, but she was more recently with the American Heart Association as the Senior Development Director in Orlando. Currently, she is the Director of Development and is in charge of generating the  needed funds to help our school continue to thrive. She is married  and has two children.