Faculty & Staff
Mrs. Diane Cavazos, M.Ed.
President and Foundress
Diane Kelly Cavazos graduated from Niagara University with a B.S. in Nursing and joined the Air Force upon graduation. During her service in the military, she met and married her husband, Dr. Daniel R. Cavazos. She served honorably for more than five years and then embarked on a new career as a full-time military wife and mother.
Dr. and Mrs. Cavazos raised six children and have been active in their various parishes and Catholic school communities. They have taught religious education and served on school boards, parent boards, and parish councils. Once they transitioned from military to civilian life, Diane felt called to found a classical school steeped in the Catholic tradition. To this end, Diane earned a Master of Education from William and Mary. After extensive research and planning, she opened Veritas Preparatory School in 2014.
Dr. Aaron Maddeford
Aaron Maddeford studied the liberal arts at Thomas Aquinas College, a Catholic college in southern California dedicated to teaching the great books of Western civilization. After graduation, he moved to Washington, DC to study at the Catholic University of America, where he received a Ph.D. in philosophy. He has taught at several schools and colleges, including Catholic University, John Tyler Community College, and St. Benedict’s Catholic School in Richmond. He serves on the board of directors of A Simple House, a Catholic charitable organization based in Washington, DC and Kansas City which is devoted to serving the poor. He and his wife Kathleen have three children.
Mrs. Karen Ryan
Karen Ryan received her B.S. in Business Administration from Villanova University with a concentration in Finance. Upon graduation, Karen worked at the investment firm of Smith Barney in short-term fixed income. Following that, she ran the financial operations of her husband Kevin’s construction company.
Karen and Kevin have six children. She was active in her children’s school, St Bartholomew Academy in Scotch Plains, New Jersey, running major fundraisers and serving as treasurer of the Home School Association.
Mr. Devin King
Dean of Discipline, History, Latin
Devin King studied at Thomas More College of Liberal Arts, a small, Catholic school dedicated to the classical method. There he received a B.A. in Liberal Arts. During his time at Thomas More he studied for a semester in Rome, and received a scholarship for a summer program at Oxford University. From 2013 to 2015 he taught at Tyburn Academy, a Catholic school in central New York. He taught a variety of subjects, including English literature, grammar, American history, and Ancient history.
Mr. Nick Pienta
Biology, Math, Cross country
Nick Pienta graduated from Franciscan University of Steubenville in 2014 with a double major in biology and theology. While at Franciscan, Nick was the president of the organization “Students for Catholic Liturgy”, the leader of the Extraordinary form liturgy ministry, and the head of an ecological research project that examined the environmental impact of tree dispersion.
Nick assisted as a RCIA teacher, an altar server and choir member at parishes in his native region of Atlanta, GA. In his free time, Nick enjoys reading, running, cooking and watching all Atlanta sports team.
Mrs. Nancy Blackford
Mrs. Blackford earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Baldwin-Wallace University in Ohio. Upon graduating from college, Mrs. Blackford taught high school English for six years in Perry, Ohio. Then she and her husband accomplished their long-time dream by owning and operating a bed and breakfast in Vermont for almost ten years. The Blackfords sold their bed and breakfast in 2005 and moved with their two daughters to Williamsburg. Mrs. Blackford homeschooled her daughters for five years using a classical curriculum. After teaching at Providence Classical School for four years, she became the founding faculty member of Veritas Preparatory School.
Mr. Nathan Suire, M.Div.
Athletic Director, Theology, Basketball
Nathan Suire, a native of the Chicago suburbs, attended Moody Bible Institute where he earned a B.A. in Philosophical Theology and Biblical Studies. After graduating from Moody, he moved to Durham, NC to attend Duke University Divinity School where he received his Master of Divinity. Prior to teaching at Veritas, Nathan taught 9th grade Classical Literature and 12th grade U.S History and Government at Cary Christian School in Cary, North Carolina. He and his wife, Hannah, having both been raised in Protestant families, were received into full communion with the Roman Catholic Church in 2017. They are the proud parents of Charlie, their infant son, and of Rocky, a Boxer/Pitbull mix. When he is not teaching, Nathan can be found reading, playing basketball, or taking Rocky on a walk.
Mrs. Rachel Oney
Rachel graduated with a B.A. degree from James Madison University with a concentration in Art and Interior Design. While in the education field, Rachel specialized in art education and the Talented and Gifted Visual Arts program through courses from Old Dominion University, Virginia Commonwealth University, and the College of William and Mary.
Rachel began her art education career teaching grades four to eight in Lancaster County, VA. Afterwards she taught art at Page Middle School in Gloucester, VA. In 2005, she began a career in insurance. Rachel and her husband, Eric, and their daughter, Lucy, live in Hayes, VA, where she keeps her creative mind active by painting and designing in her free time.
Mr. Matt Badley
Matthew Badley was born and raised in Seattle, Washington. He received his B.A. in Liberal Arts from Thomas Aquinas College, where he met his future wife, Heidi. After his graduation, he returned to Washington State, working first in the hospitality industry, then for the Boeing Commercial Air Group in materials management. He and Heidi married, and in 1999 they and their growing family moved to Northern California where he taught Latin, mathematics, and science. Despite having always been a West Coaster, he headed east to teach at Veritas. His interests include crossword puzzles, chess, and baseball – despite all reason, he retains an inordinate loyalty to the Mariners.
Mr. Jonathan Shoulta
Jonathan Shoulta recently graduated from Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas with a B.A. in philosophy and a minor in theology. At the culmination of his studies there, he received the St. Thomas Aquinas Award for distinction in philosophy from the philosophy department. Jonathan also has a background in business, having studied and worked in accounting from 2014 to 2017. As a student in the philosophy program at Benedictine, he learned about the classical method of education and decided to pursue a career in that field. He and his wife Stephanie have three children.
Mr. Pat Jenkins
American History, Basketball, Cross country
Patrick Jenkins Sr. graduated from John Carroll University with Bachelor’s in accounting. He is a CPA who spent forty-five years in a number of accounting and finance positions, including controllership and CFO in the computer, aerospace and defense industries, before retiring in October 2017.
Mr. Jenkins has had a lifelong interest in United States history. He has taken college survey courses on U.S. History and on the U.S Constitution. In addition to his interest in U.S. History he has been active in coaching, managing and fund raising for youth programs since graduating from college. He and his wife of thirty-seven years, Agnes Courtney-Jenkins, have two children and one granddaughter.
Mrs. Judy Olbrych
Judy Olbrychholds a B.A. in Music from the College of William and Mary and a Master of Music degree in Historical Musicology from the University of Maryland, College Park. Over the past 35 years, Judy has served as a museum, music, Adult ESOL, and Catholic home educator. She is an active member of the Church Music Association of America, Toastmasters International, and St. Bede Catholic Church.
Judy has sung professionally for concert series, churches, and historic sites and has studied chant and chironomy with Dr. Jennifer Donelson through the St. Cecilia Academy at St. Joseph’s Seminary in Dunwoodie, NY. When she’s not teaching or writing, Judy enjoys hosting her business podcast, spending time with the family, and discovering new ways to hack productivity with software.