Milo Welcomes New Staff

October 25, 2016 | Kathy Hernandez

Milo Adventist Academy in Days Creek has welcomed several outstanding additions to its team for the 2016–2017 school year. 

Milo's “new” head chef, Janrry Telah, and his family have returned to Milo after living in Denver, Colo., for six years. Telah was head chef at Milo from 2007 to 2010. He graduated from the Riverside Culinary Academy in California and from the Culinary Institute of America in New York. He and his wife, Aiza Marie, a nurse, are originally from southern California. The Telahs have two daughters: Haylee, 9, and Kylie, 4. Their cockapoo, Lookie, completes the family.

Also joining the Milo family are Allyson Humphrey, business office manager, and her husband, Kyle. They come from Chattanooga, Tenn., where she earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in management from Southern Adventist University in Collegedale, Tenn. She also holds an Master of Science in accounting from Southern New Hampshire University.

Along with the full-time staff, Milo is blessed to have three taskforce assistant deans volunteering this year. Adam Ricci works with head dean David Evans, teaches prealgebra, and provides tutoring and extra help to students during study hall. Ricci graduated this year with a degree in elementary education from Walla Walla University. He calls Napa Valley, Calif., home, and has spent several summers at Leoni Meadows Adventist Youth Camp in Grizzly Flats, Calif. He was also the resident dean during his senior year and a resident assistant his sophomore and junior years at Walla Walla University. 

On the other side of campus, Milo alumni Savannah Sexton and Ardenicia Vaeono are assisting head dean Kim Person. Sexton is taking a year off from her study of preveterinary biology at Walla Walla University to give back to her alma mater. Besides her dormitory responsibilities, she also helps coach the varsity soccer team, assists in the teaching of environmental science and is always willing to help wherever needed.

Vaeono was born in San Francisco, Calif., and raised in Medford, Ore. After graduating from Milo in 2014, she majored in elementary education and religion at Walla Walla University. Last year, due to a family member’s life-threatening illness, she took a break from school and returned home to help her family before coming to Milo to be a taskforce assistant dean. Along with her work in the dorm, Vaeono is helping to coach the varsity girls' basketball and volleyball teams. After this school year, she plans to finish college in American Samoa, where she will double-major in criminal justice and elementary education.

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