Portland Adventist Academy Welcomes New Staff

October 01, 2002 | Debby Melnychenko

Portland Adventist Academy (PAA) has welcomed three new teachers to its staff, all of whom bring a combination of experience and Christian commitment.

Joan Oksenholt, a fifth-generation teacher, has been the principal at Lincoln City Adventist Junior Academy for 15 years and on their board for much longer. She will now be teaching US History, English, and journalism classes at PAA.

She is married to Erling Oksenholt, a family practitioner and emergency room physician in Lincoln City. She has a married daughter, Kari, a social worker, and a son, Jon, a property developer. Joan is a graduate of Walla Walla College and George Fox University.

Wayne Culmore

Wayne Culmore has been the principal of both Columbia Adventist Academy and Auburn Adventist Academy and dean of men and pastor/chaplain in Adventist schools in both the United States and Canada. He will teach Bible classes at PAA.

Most recently, he served as vice president for Shared Healthcare Systems. His wife, Sylvia, is an administrative assistant. His son, James, is director of operations at Risk Management. His daughter, Julie, is director of marketing and corporate activities for Innovative Fitness.

Les Zollbrecht

Les Zollbrecht, new PAA chaplain, Bible teacher, and public relations coordinator, has been the youth pastor at the Hood View Church for the past two years and before that pastored in Australia and the United States.

He has spent six summers on the staff at Big Lake and is married to Marschelle, an occupational therapist. His father and a brother are both pastors. •