Leadership Team

The Enlightium Academy leadership team works tirelessly to provide exceptional support to the students and their families. We accomplish this by promoting Christ-like character, providing students with a high standard of education, and equipping them with the skills to pursue their individual, God-given passions, and interests. We are passionately modeling our motto to our students and families: Driven to make a difference in hearts and minds.

Meet Our Leadership Team

Dr. Elena Solodyankin

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Dr. Yelena V. Solodyankin

Founder & Executive Director

Dr. Yelena V. Solodyankin has more than 30 years of experience in the field of education. She founded an online Christian school in 2003, which is now Enlightium Academy. Since then, she has guided the development of seven brick and mortar private schools along the west coast within church communities.

She holds her PhD in Philosophy in Leadership Studies from Gonzaga University and her Master’s degree in K-12 Guidance & Counseling from Whitworth University. Yelena is ACSI and Washington state-certified.

Throughout her career, she has been devoted to preparing the next generation of godly leaders by making a difference in their hearts and minds. She has spoken at numerous educational conferences about the need for personalized Christian education and how she applied it to raising her three biological and five adopted children.

“... with God all things are possible."

Luke 1:37
Published Work:

Dissertation and eBook

Why Enlightium?


Yelena’s Story

Aleksandr Solodyankin Jr.

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Aleksandr A. Solodyankin Jr., CMA

CFO & Director of Developments

Alex Jr. graduated from Whitworth University with a B.A. double major in accounting and marketing as a Cum Laude recipient. He is also a Certified Management Accountant (CMA) and is currently working on obtaining his CPA certification. He is ACSI certified.

Alex Jr. worked in the education field since 2006 as a high school math teacher and assisted the head of school with administrative duties at a local private Christian school. He joined Enlightium Academy in 2013 and served in varying administrative positions.

Alex Jr. is a lifelong learner, passionate about helping others reach greater heights in all realms of life. A foundational principle of his is that each individual is made in the image of God, has intrinsic value, and God-given abilities, that to steward God’s creation well, must be further developed and used for God’s glory.

The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.

Matthew 6:22.
Published Work:

Thomas Lambert

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Thomas Lambert, M.Ed.

Head of School

Thomas graduated from Eastern Washington University with a master’s degree in Educational Leadership. He taught Spanish and math for five years in public and private schools before coming to work for Enlightium Academy in 2015. He is ACSI and Mississippi state-certified.

He is passionate about using innovative approaches to provide students with unique learning models to meet their individual needs. He loves working to integrate technology with proven instructional strategies.

He has been married since 2010 and has two children, Titus and Linen Grey. He loves outdoor activities like camping, playing disc golf, and making wooden toys in his workshop.

“All the paths of the Lord are steadfast love and faithfulness, for those who keep his covenant and his testimonies.”

Psalm 25:10


Will Mead

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Will Mead, M.A.

K-12 Principal

Will Mead graduated cum laude with a B.S. in Biology from Eastern Washington University and holds a Master of Arts in Teaching from Seattle Pacific University. Before joining Enlightium, he worked in local, brick and mortar, private Christian schools and, earlier in his career, as a scientist in a clinical laboratory.

Will joined Enlightium as a science teacher in 2017, then served in administration before entering his current role as K-12 Principal. He is certified by ACSI.

Will and his wife married in 2006 and have four children. In his free time, Will enjoys reading works of science and philosophy, playing chess, and watching musical theatre.

“But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere.”

James 3:17

Heath Robertson

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Heath Robertson, M.A.

Spiritual Support Director

Heath Robertson received his B.A. in Biblical Studies from Moody Bible Institute where he completed the Honors Program for Semitic Languages. He has completed his M.A. in Biblical and Theological Studies with an emphasis in exegetical studies at Western Seminary where he received the honors award for Old Testament exegesis. He is certified by ACSI.

Heath finds great fulfillment in his roles as a teacher and Spiritual Support Director at Enlightium. He enjoys running 5Ks and 10Ks in his free time.

“Let all that you do be done in love.”

1 Corinthians 16:14
Published Work:

Andrey Karpov

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Andrey Karpov, B.A.

Business Operations & Human Resources Director

Andrey received his Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with a focus in Human Resources and Business Analytics from Eastern Washington University. Andrey has been with Enlightium since 2013 and is certified by ACSI.

He and his wife are enjoying the blessings and challenges of raising young children. In his free time, Andrey can be found learning new things and spending time outside with his family.

“I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”

Romans 12:1-2

Michael Brooks

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Michael Brooks, B.B.A.

Director of Communications

Michael graduated from Eastern Washington University with his bachelors in Business Administration. He has worked at Enlightium Academy since 2015 as the Director of Communications handling internal procedures, policies, and communications. A part of his responsibility is to work on Enlightium’s website development, knowledge base, and mobile application. He is certified by ACSI.

Prior to attending college, Michael enlisted in the United States military in the field of cryptology, where he served on four continents. Michael has a love of learning and continually reads about any subject that interests him. He enjoys listening to audiobooks while running, having completed numerous half-marathons and marathons. Michael loves hiking and camping with his wife, daughters, and dog in the great Northwest and plays the guitar, ukulele, and the upright bass.

“An intelligent heart acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.”

Proverbs 18:15
Published Work:

Technical Support


Hillary Benedict

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Ms. Hillary Benedict, M.S.

Director of School Counseling and Guidance

Ms. Benedict graduated with a Master’s of> Science degree in School Counseling in 2019. During her time there, she became invested in working with high school students on social-emotional issues, particularly anxiety, and post-secondary planning. She began working with Enlightium Academy in 2019. She is state and ACSI certified.

Ms. Benedict graduated from Western Washington University with a bachelor’s degree majoring in Business Management and minoring in English. While she was in the business world, she began volunteering with the youth program at her church and teaching Junior Achievement classes in local elementary schools. This fostered her passion for encouraging and working with students and led her to attend Eastern Washington University. She believes in fostering nurturing, encouraging relationships with students and parents and loves seeing students grow through cooperation and learning self-advocacy. She is currently working on her ASCA U Specialist Training in Anxiety and Stress Management.

"Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life."

Psalms 143:8

Kim Allen

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Kim Allen, M.A.

Co-Op Department Head

Ms. Allen has been with Enlightium since 2015. She is ACSI certified.

Ms. Allen grew up in Seattle, Washington and attended a Christian school through 12th grade. She received her bachelor's degree in Social Work at Washington State University. While raising three children, she also became passionate about education, college, and career planning. Ms. Allen returned to school and received her Master’s degree in School Counseling K-12 from Gonzaga University.

During her spare time, she and her husband enjoy playing volleyball, reading, and spending time with friends and her three adult children. Spending time with family usually includes traveling, which Ms. Allen also loves to do. It is her desire to get to know all of her students, and her hope is to build a trusting relationship so her students can come to her with any issue, no matter how big or small it may seem. She especially likes helping students explore their own goals and passions for life beyond high school.

"As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another."

Proverbs 27:17

Valentin Solodyankin, B.A.

Director of Enrollments

Valentin Solodyankin has been in a private Christian education since 2007. He attended a Christian school during his high school years and then studied at Whitworth University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in communication and theology and, upon graduating, he taught Bible, history, and music at a local private school. Believing that God has called him to the children’s ministry, Valentin has traveled to Ukraine, Russia, and Mexico for summer mission trips.

Valentin is a family man who enjoys adventures. He has a lovely wife and three children, whom he adores dearly. He loves to learn, travel, and participate in outdoor activities and sports. "Enjoy life," is a motto he adopted from his father, and a motto he lives by. “We live in a beautiful world that God created and have so little time to see it all!”

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart…”

Colossians 3:23

Olesia Kuropatkin

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Olesia Kuropatkin

Head of Admissions

Olesia joined Enlightium in 2018 to assist the K-8 counseling team and is now serving as the Head of the Admissions Department. She received her Diploma of Bible Educator at International Christian College in 2003 and her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Music at Gonzaga University in 2006. She worked at a local private Christian school as a K-8th grade instructor and later an Assistant Administrator. She is ACSI Certified.

Olesia grew up in the church and from an early age developed a love for the Lord while her biological father served as a missionary and her mother supported him by taking care of a growing family. She was privileged to take part in many Christian seminars and workshops, deepening her knowledge of the Lord and Christian education while her adoptive parents pursued their dream of bringing Christian education first to the Slavic people, and later to students from all races across the USA and around the world.

Family is very important to Olesia. With her husband they are instilling a biblical foundation in their three children as they strive to serve the Lord in the home, at church, and the workplace.

"Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long."

Psalm 25:5

Liya Vogin

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Liya Vogin

System Administrator

Liya Vogin has been working in education endeavors since 2012. She joined the Enlightium Academy registration team in 2014, became the Head of Admissions in 2016, and then in 2020 became the System Administrator. She enjoys collaborating with her team to ensure the internal systems run smoothly and efficiently.

Liya and her husband enjoy living in Arizona where it’s always sunny and warm. She loves to travel and they had the opportunity to live abroad, which was a dream come true! During her free time, Liya enjoys scrapbooking and going on long walks with friends and family.

“Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”

Matthew 11:29

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