Faculty & Staff


Pastor Jeff Deming


Welcome to Upper Columbia Academy!

Welcome to the UCA Faculty and Staff web pages. We have a wonderful group of dedicated individuals working together to benefit the students on our campus. From our teachers to our taskforce volunteer workers, everyone’s goal is to draw our students closer to Jesus Christ while obtaining a top-notch, well-rounded education.

Please take a few moments and peruse our staff pages. If you click on their picture, you will find their contact information along with a short bio about them. Feel free to contact me or any one of them, if you have questions about your student or are looking to have a student join us.

We are always excited to have students join our UCA family.

Enjoy your time on our website and be sure to contact us if we can further assist you.

Keep looking uP!
Pastor Jeff Deming

Charles Hartman

Vice Principal for Academics
Math Teacher

Joe Hess

Vice Principal for Administration
Head Dean of Men

Erin Tungesvik

Vice Principal for Finance

Curtis Anderson

Music Department Chair
Choral Director

Donivan Andregg

Student Labor Coordinator
Bible & Math Teacher

Judy Castrejon

Science Teacher

Adam Colcord

Information Technology Assistant Director
Esports Coach

Amy Deming


April Duffy

Yearbook Director

Milana Fortune

Taskforce of Equestrian

Kyle Gladding

Math Teacher

Stephanie Gladding

Wellness Center Program Coordinator

Holly Haeger

Equestrian Director

Ben Hanlon

Taskforce Dean of Men

Sid Hardy

Chaplain & Bible Teacher

Heidi Hickok

Director Extension Campus

Alice Huggard

Food Service Assistant
Specialty Diets

Ryan Irwin

Athletic Director & PE Teacher

Johnny Kershner

Farm Manager

Rob Knipple

Band & Orchestra Director
Bible Teacher

Chris Kramer

Plant Services Director

Karyl Kramer

Art, French, Home Ec., & Honors English Teacher

Amanda Larson

Spanish & Math Teacher

Bob Lenz

Information Technology Services Director

Julia Linhares

Taskforce Dean of Women

Matt Maniscalco

Assistant Treasurer

Ted McConnachie

Food Service Director

Jesse Melendy

Industrial Arts Teacher

Michelle Melendy

Biology & English Teacher
Wellness Center Clinical Director

Kris Mikkelson

Alumni, Marketing, & Recruiting Director

Josh Penhallurick

Taskforce Dean of Men

Kim Person

Head Dean of Women

Jessy Person

History Teacher

Derek Riffel

Assistant Food Service Director

Fred Riffel

Bible Teacher & Assistant Chaplain

Rachel Riffel

Spanish & English Teacher

Joe Rivera

Assistant Head Dean of Men

Neriza Sanford

Food Service Supervisor

Jessie Sheese

Assistant Dean of Women

John Spano

History & Bible Teacher
ASB Sponsor

Luke Torquato

Equestrian Coordinator

Cindy Williams

Health Teacher

Grant Williams

Plant Services
Telephone Support

Angel Woodard

Taskforce Dean of Women