Meet Our Staff

Teachers, provided through a contract with the Virtual Learning Academy (VLA), and are certified in their area of instruction. Teachers have regular office hours when students can contact them for additional help and teachers interact with students on a regular basis via e-mail, phone, and on-line through the VLA system.

Learn more by downloading this High Qualified Teacher Letter.

Rosemary Rooker, Superintendent
Findlay Digital Academy

Rosemary Rooker began working with Findlay City Schools in 1990. Her career in education has included being a Special Education Teacher, Work Study Coordinator, Special Education Supervisor, Principal at Northview Primary School and Jacobs Primary School, and Assistant Principal at Glenwood Middle School.  Mrs. Rooker earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education at West Virginia University, and her Masters Degree at Bowling Green State University.  She received her Principal Certification from Ashland University and Superintendent Certificate from the University of Findlay.  Mrs. Rooker lives in Findlay with her husband Ron.  They have five grown children and enjoy traveling and spending time with their family


Michael Brand

Michael Brand is the new Principal at the Findlay Digital Academy effective 2019-2020.  Michael graduated from Bowling Green State University where he earned his Bachelor of Science and his Masters of Education Degree.  Mr. Brand started his teaching career as an English teacher at McComb Local School District and then at Elmwood Local School District.  While at Elmwood, he became their Assistant Principal/Athletic Director.  Mr. Brand then became the Principal of Van Buren High School, where he remained as an administrator and worked with students, teachers and parents for 28 years.  When not at FDA, Michael loves spending time with his family (which includes his wife, three grown children and five grandchildren), doing wood working projects and participating in a variety of sporting activities that include golf, tennis, skiing, surfing, running and anything else that is typically done outside.


Mark Willeke
22+ Program

Mark earned his BA degree in History and Business from Ohio Northern University in 1980 and his Masters in Educational Administration from BGSU in 1992 and has also completed additional graduate coursework at the University of Findlay.  Mark began his career in 1980 at Cory-Rawson High School, spending the next 24 years teaching business and social studies.  In 2005, he accepted the position of high school principal and spent the next 11 years working with parents, students and teachers in grades 7-12.  After retiring in June 2015, Mark accepted a position in the Graduate Admissions office at the University of Findlay and then in February 2017, moved to his current position as the Licensure Officer for the College of Education.  In addition to his career in education, Mark has served as a church organist for over 30 years, having played for services at First Lutheran Church, Good Hope Lutheran in Arlington and currently, St. Andrews Methodist Church.  Mark and his wife Jane have three daughters; Emma, Hannah and Olivia.  All three are currently in college at, The Ohio State University, University of Cincinnati and Texas Christian University.


Nick Donaldson
Technology Coordinator

Nick started working for Findlay Digital Academy at the start of 2019-2020 school year.  He was at Eastwood Local Schools for 10 years serving as a Computer Tech for the district.  In his free time he coaches 7th grade basketball at Eastwood and loves all things technology related.



A_EDITED_Barb-10_8X10 (1)Barbara Ebersole
Data Coordinator

Mrs. Ebersole graduated from Ohio Northern University with a Bachelor of Arts degree and from Marygrove College with a Masters in the Art of Teaching degree. She taught high school English, French, and vocal music for 35 years, one year at Fostoria High School and 34 years at Arcadia High School. She retired in 2005 but mentored other teachers working on their master’s degrees at Marygrove College. She joined the Findlay Digital Academy staff as a data coordinator in 2010.


Maribeth Geaman
Intervention Teacher

Maribeth joins FDA this year after spending the past 27 years at Findlay High School where she taught English. She received her bachelor’s degree in English and her master’s degree in Education from the University of Findlay and her Teacher Leader certification from Ashland University. Maribeth is eager to serve students in her role as an English and Intervention teacher. In addition to teaching, Maribeth enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with family and friends. She and her husband of 35 years have two children and one grandchild. She is also active in her community by serving on the board of NAMI Hancock County.



Mary Rood
Work Based Learning Coordinator

Amber has been working for over 20 years in Hancock County helping community members
connect to services and programs that prove prevention works, treatment is effective, and people
do recover. She is an Ohio Certified Prevention Consultant. Amber completed her undergraduate
work at The University of Toledo and earned her Masters in Liberal Arts at The University of
Findlay. She has spent most of her career in behavioral health administration promoting evidence-
based prevention strategies, assisting with Hancock County’s Recovery Oriented System of Care
(ROSC), educating about trauma-informed care approaches and working with behavioral health
agencies in expanding suicide prevention efforts.

Amber lives in Findlay with her husband, Eric and daughter, Nyla and she loves spending time with
her extended family in her hometown of Fostoria. She and her family enjoy gardening, traveling and spending the summers at Lake Erie.

Lori FaetFaeth_5x7h
Special Education Coordinator/Instructional Coach

Lori Faeth joined FDA in 2014-15 after retiring from Findlay City Schools. Lori’s previous experience includes serving as an intervention specialist at both the high school and elementary levels, second grade teacher, fifth grade teacher, and remedial reading teacher.   She is delighted to be continuing her service to young people, working specifically with students with special needs, and coordinating services for both IEP students and students with 504 Accommodation Plans.  She is married and has two grown daughters.  In her spare time she enjoys reading, watching movies and spending time with family and friends.



Maria Little
School Counselor/Resource Coordinator

Maria is new to FDA 2021-2022 but not new to Findlay educational system.  She has spent her career serving Findlay students and families for the last 24 years at the High School and Middle School level at Findlay City Schools.  She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts & Education and Master of Education in School Counseling, both from Bowling Green State University.  She is here to serve students through both guidance and connection to community supports that help students become the best version of themselves.  She and her husband enjoy playing tennis, traveling, cooking, gardening and spending time with family.



Farrow_5x7Wendy Farrow
Testing/Curriculum Coach

Wendy began working for Findlay Digital Academy during the 2011-2012 school year as an instructional coach. She graduated from Georgia Southwestern University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology.  She has been married to her husband for 22 years and has three children. When not working, Wendy enjoys traveling and spending time with friends and family.




Deborah Rollins
Special Projects

Deborah Rollins joined FDA in the fall of 2016 after retiring from Findlay City Schools as an Assistant Principal at Glenwood Middle School and Findlay High School.  Prior to working for FCS, Deborah was an Athletic Director and Teacher at Patrick Henry High School and a Teacher and Coach at Ridgedale High School.  Ms. Rollins earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Ohio Northern University, her Master’s Degree from Mount St. Joseph’s College and her Educational Specialist Degree from the University of Toledo.  Deborah lead Patrick Henry High School to obtain the Ohio High School Athletic Association Harold A. Meyer Award for sportsmanship, ethics and integrity.  Millstream Career and Technical Center recognized Deb for going the extra mile for students and was identified as Major of the Year and as outstanding student at Ohio Northern.

When not working, Deborah enjoys attending music concerts, musicals and Cleveland sports team events along with exploring National Parks and working in the yard.


fox_RobRob Fox
Student/Parent Liaison

Mr. Fox has been a teacher, assistant principal, and principal in the Findlay City Schools for most of his career.  His degrees are a B.A. from Kent State University, M.Ed. from Bowling Green State University, and coursework from Florida State University and Drake University.   Mr. Fox says, “Findlay is my hometown, and being an educator is the greatest job in the world.  We help prepare students for the future.  At Findlay Digital Academy, I help pupils and assist parents.  Our goal is for our students to obtain their high school diplomas and follow their dreams.”


Busey_5x7Susan Busey
Instructional Coach

Susan is a retired teacher from Findlay city schools. She graduated from Ohio State University with a major in Comprehensive Social Studies and has a Master’s from the University of Findlay in Special Education. Susan enjoys spending time with friends and family.





Ann Spuller
Instructional Coach

Ann Spuller is new to Findlay Digital Academy this school year. She retired from Cory-Rawson Schools as Elementary Principal in 2014. She began her career as a special education teacher in central Ohio. After moving to Hancock County, she taught special education at Arlington Local Schools; then was Work Study Coordinator & Special Education Supervisor for Hancock County Schools. She received her Bachelors and Masters degree from The Ohio State University. She received her Principal Certification from Ashland University. When not working with students, Mrs. Spuller enjoys gardening, reading, and traveling to visit family and friends.


Vaas_5x7_head-webDavid Vaas
Instructional Coach

David Vaas is a retired teacher from Findlay City Schools having taught in the 5th and 6th grades for 33 years.  He grew up in Ashland Ohio.  He is married to his wife, Sharon, and they have a son, Lucas, twin daughters, Anna and Sara, and four grandkids.  Dave graduated with a BS in Elementary Education from The Ohio State University and later earned his Master’s from Ashland University.  While at OSU, he was a member of The Ohio State Marching Band.  In his free time, he plays his trombone in concert bands, jazz bands, and orchestra pits for area musicals.  He also enjoys exercising and riding his bike.  He is active at Gateway Church in Findlay and looks forward every summer to vacationing at a family cabin on an isolated lake in northern Maine.



Gary Wilson
Instructional Coach

Gary joined FDA in 2017 as an instructional coach following a 40 year career at Marathon. During that time he served in a variety of engineering, planning and environmental functions. Gary has a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering and a Master of Business Administration, both from the University of Michigan. Gary and his wife have four grown children. He is active at his church and in his spare time enjoys photography, reading, travel and spending time with family.



Mary Beth Faeth
Administrative Assistant

Betsy Faeth joined FDA in 2018.  Mrs. Faeth retired from ProMedica Health System after 30+ years in patient care and healthcare administration.  She holds a registered nursing degree from the University of Toledo, a Bachelors in Business Administration degree and Masters of Education degree from the University of Findlay.  A lifelong resident of Ohio, she has been married for 35 years and has four grown children and two grandchildren.  Betsy enjoys refinishing and upholstering furniture, gardening, cooking and spending time at the lake with her family.


Michele Cassidy
Administrative Assistant

Shelly Cassidy joined FDA in September 2019 after retiring from Bowling Green City Schools with 30+ years of service.  Shelly has been married for 34 years and has two daughters and five grandchildren.  Shelly enjoys reading and especially spending time with her family and friends.



Cindy Frantz
Truancy Coach

Cindy Frantz started working for the Findlay Digital Academy in August, 2018. She worked for 20 years as a probation officer for the Hancock County Juvenile Court. Prior to that, she worked at the Northwest Ohio Juvenile Residential Center of Northwest Ohio in Bowling Green, and also as a case manager at the Family Resource Center. Cindy got her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Bowling Green State University, and received her Master’s in Social Work from the Ohio State University. She is also a Licensed Independent Social Worker. Cindy has lived in Hancock County for almost 40 years.


Ellen Laube
Instructional Coach

Ellen Laube joined FDA in April 2021 after retiring from Findlay City Schools teaching math for 35 years.  Ellen has two daughters and is expecting her first grandchild in August 2021.  She enjoys spending time with her friends and family.  She is very excited to be a tutor at FDA.



Linda Darnall
Instructional Coach

36 years Science Education (7-12, Life, Earth, Biology,Physical, Anatomy, Chemistry, Physics)
11 Years Chemistry Instructor University of Findlay
25+ years Marine Biology Instructor and Field Experience Leader

I live on a century farm with my husband and enjoy making maple syrup, gardening, traveling and playing my dulcimer


Brenda Boster
Instructional Coach

Mrs. Boster graduated from Marshall University in West Virginia.  She has taught for over 40 years in both West Virginia and with Findlay City Schools.
Mrs. Boster is married, has two sons and two grandsons.  She enjoys spending time with her grandsons and traveling to the shore.





Erin Gonder
Instructional Coach

Erin joined FDA in the fall of 2020.  She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Ohio Northern and her Master’s Degree from the University of Findlay.  Before coming to FDA, Erin was an intervention specialist for Findlay City Schools, working with students with learning disabilities as well as students with multiple disabilities.  She also spent several years as a stay at home mom.  She and her husband, Dan, have five children.  She enjoys spending time supporting (and chauffeuring) her children in their various activities, and loves to read when she has a spare minute.
Erin loves to find creative ways to help students succeed.


Steve McAdoo
Instructional Coach/Orientation Coach

Steve McAdoo joined FDA in October 2020, after retiring from Findlay City Schools in June 2020.  He taught for 34 years with the majority of his career in Career Based Education and finished his last five years working with basic students in History and American Government.  Steve graduated from the University of Findlay with a BA in Comprehensive Social Studies and earned his Master degree from University of Toledo in Athletic Administration.  He wants to continue working with students who need extra help to earn their high school diploma and gain meaningful employment.


Sharon Snyder
Administrative Assistant

Sharon Snyder joined FDA on a part-time basis in the fall of 2017.  She previously worked as a secretary in the Guidance Office at Findlay High School for 22 years.




Dorothy LaFontaine
Instructional Coach

Dorothy LaFontaine joined Findlay Digital Academy in October of the 2019-2020 school year.  She previously taught in Fostoria for 13 years serving as a special education teacher and a Title I reading and math teacher.  Mrs. LaFontaine earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary and Special Education and later a Masters Degree in Special Education at Bowling Green State University.  Dorothy is excited to be at FDA and enjoys working with students and helping them.  She and her husband Rich of 30 years have 3 sons and one daughter.  Dorothy enjoys flower gardening, reading, volunteering and especially spending time with family and friends.


Fred Nanamaker
Instructional Coach

Mr. Nanamaker joined Findlay Digital Academy as an Instructional Coach in 2022 following a 20 year career with Findlay City Schools where he taught science, math, reading, writing and social studies at a variety of grade levels.  He graduated from the State University of New York in Albany with a B.A. in psychology.  He earned his Masters of Education from the Ohio State University.  Mr. Nanamaker lives in Findlay with his wife and has three children and two grandchildren scattered across the United States.
When not working he enjoys coaching, running and working in his garden.



Kathleen Rayle
Intervention Specialist Coach

Kathy joined FDA the 2021-2022 school year.  She received her Bachelor of Science in Education as an Intervention Specialist Hearing Impaired in 2009.  She taught at the middle school level MH unit at Donnell and then Glenwood for a total of 12 years.
Kathy is married with three grown children and seven grandchildren ranging in age from 4 – 18.  Kathy enjoys spending time with her husband at their lake property, being a grandma and making quilts.