How We Serve

The Office of Education, directed by Donovan Ross, PhD., vice president for Education, functions to serve the diverse needs of ECECs/Pre-Ks and the K-16 education system of Columbia Union. Providing mission-driven, strategic consultations in program development; personnel; school accreditation; teacher certification; in addition to formulating system policies are among a host of services rendered to local conferences that comprise the Columbia Union. The Office of Education is wholly committed to advance the cause of Seventh-day Adventist education throughout our field.

About Donovan Ross 

Donovan Ross, vice president for Education, has more than 30 years of teaching and administrative experience, including 21 years in the Columbia Union. He served as vice principal at Spring Valley Academy in Centerville, Ohio, and the former Garden State Academy in Tranquility, N.J. Ross has also taught at the college and elementary levels at various schools across the United States and in Jamaica.

Dr. Ross says what he most enjoys about education is the students, their energy, enthusiasm and infectious joy. “[I enjoy] helping them have a personal encounter with Jesus and equipping them to become more productive citizens of this world,” he says.

Ross holds a PhD in educational administration and supervision from Andrews University (Mich.), a master’s of education in curriculum and instruction from Atlantic Union College (Mass.), and a bachelor’s in mathematics from Northern Caribbean University (Jamaica).


Getting in Touch

Office of Education

Telephone: (301) 596-0800
Fax: (301) 596-6758

Vice President for Education: ​Donovan Ross
Office: ext. 554

Associate Director of Education: Ileana Espinosa
Office: ext. 552



Associate Director for Secondary Education: Jacqueline Messenger
Office: ext. 554


Associate Director for Early Childhood Education and Care and
Pre-K: Evelyn Sullivan
Office: ext. 556



Certification Registrar: Christine Greene
Office: ext. 555



Administrative Assistant: Jennifer Wakefield
Office: ext. 551