O'Neal announces new staff

O’Neal welcomed five new directors to its administrative team, and three will be filling new roles for the school.

Director of Admissions Breanna Orentlikher and Director of Development Kirsten Dean joined the school in April. More recently, Chief Financial Officer Jonna Depugh and Director of Educational Technology and Library Services Christine Fecteau started work this summer. Director of Student Support Services Ashley Freuler begins at the start of the new school year.

The O’Neal director of development oversees the solicitation of prospective donors and the stewardship of donors of annual, major, and planned gifts by way of programs such as capital campaigns, annual giving, grants, alumni relations, special events, and database management. It has been many years since O’Neal has had a dedicated director of development, and the school is excited to welcome Kirsten Dean to this new position. A Guilford College graduate, Mrs. Dean comes to O’Neal after serving as executive director of the Scotland Memorial Foundation in Laurinburg for the past eleven years. She has held and continues to carry roles with many community organizations in Laurinburg such as the chamber of commerce, downtown advisory council, parks and recreation foundation, and literacy council.

The O’Neal Director of Admissions oversees all aspects of admissions directing the process from inquiry through enrollment. In New York, Breanna Orentlikher served as associate director of graduate admissions at Long Island University in addition to other roles in the admissions departments of the University of Buffalo Graduate School of Education, and the State University of New York (SUNY) Buffalo Law School and remotely with Grand Canyon University. Mrs. Orentlikher has a master’s degree in education from SUNY Buffalo.

The O’Neal Chief Financial Officer (CFO) is responsible for all financial aspects of the school, including accounting, budgeting, long-range financial planning, audit preparation. Jonna Depugh comes to O’Neal from Ohio University in Chillicothe, Ohio, where she served as manager of human resources and accounting as well as adjunct instructor for almost twelve years. Ms. Depugh has a DBA and MBA — both from Baker College Center for Graduate Studies in Flint, Michigan. Ms. Depugh is also a certified fraud examiner and is accredited in business valuation by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

The O’Neal Director of Education Technology and Library Services is responsible for all aspects of the library programs and facilities and seeks to ensure that academic and technology resources complement, enhance, and extend the school’s educational program. As O’Neal continues to grow, this new role will help to support the dynamics of education technology moving forward. Christine Fecteau comes to O’Neal from Greens Farms Academy in Westport, Connecticut where she served as director of library services for the past nine years. Ms. Fecteau has a master’s degree in informational science — school libraries from SUNY Albany and a certificate in school management and leadership from Harvard Graduate School of Education & Harvard Business School.

The O’Neal Director of Student Services will oversee counseling needs of students with a focus on emotional health. Also, a new position at O’Neal, it fortifies the school’s mission in developing the whole child. Ashley Freuler has most recently served as school counselor at Carrboro High School. She has also taught at UNC Chapel Hill as adjunct instructor. Dr. Freuler has a Ph.D. in allied health sciences, developmental disabilities from UNC Chapel Hill; a post-masters certificate in school counseling from UNC-Charlotte; and a MS in counseling psychology from Mercer University in Atlanta.

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