Heads of School & Administrators

Head of School
Travis Absher

Mr. Travis Absher assumed the position of Head of School at Robert Toombs Christian Academy in June 2018.  As Head of School, Mr. Absher oversees the college preparatory schools 48 employees and 350 students in grades K3 through 12.

Mr. Absher graduated from Georgia College and State University where he received his Master’s and Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership.  He also holds his Bachelor’s degree from Georgia Southern University and Associates Degree from East Georgia College and is a 2000 Graduate of Montgomery County High School.

Mr. Absher was recently the Assistant Head of School, Director of Facilities, Director of Curriculum and Special Projects at Tattnall Square Academy. He also has been teaching and coaching at various GISA schools since 2008, which include Bulloch Academy, Randolph Southern School, and Frederica Academy.

Mr. Absher and his wife Courtney have twin sons, Cannon and Cason, and are excited to join the RTCA family.

If  you would like to contact Mr. Absher, please email him at tabsher@gortca.com

Director of Academic Affairs
Christy Smesny

Mrs. Christy Smesny serves as the Director of Academic Affairs. Mrs. Smesny oversees curriculum, academics, guidance, scheduling, accommodations for varying learning differences, as well as community service.

Mrs. Smesny graduated from Georgia Southern University where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in School Counseling. Mrs. Smesny also graduated from Valdosta State University where she has earned an Educational Specialist Degree in School Counseling and a second Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership. Mrs. Smesny has worked as a certified school counselor for 9 years.

Mrs. Smesny is married to Stephen Smesny and they have a son, Grayson Smesny who attends RTCA.

If you would like to contact Mrs. Smesny, please email her at csmesny@gortca.com


Director of Human Resources and Accounting
Lindsey Moore

Lindsey Moore serves as the Director of Human Resources and Accounting.  In this position, Mrs. Moore handles all business operations, payroll and personnel files.  Before working at RTCA, she was employed by Darby Bank and Trust for nine years.  During her time at Darby Bank, Mrs. Moore worked in operations, focusing on electronic banking services.

Mrs. Moore graduated from Georgia Southern University in 2004 with her BBA with an emphasis in Finance.  She is married to Adam Moore, an alumnus of RTCA. They have two children, Savannah and Anderson, who attend RTCA. Mrs. Moore and her family attend The Oaks Baptist Church in Lyons, GA.

Mrs. Moore enjoys being a part of RTCA due to the family atmosphere.  She believes that RTCA has a rich history in Lyons that will continue to grow.

If you would like to contact Mrs. Moore, please email her at lmoore@gortca.com

Director of Admissions and Public Relations
Nicole Dykes

Nicole Dykes serves as the Director of Admissions and Public Relations. In this role, Mrs. Dykes oversees: publications and printing of ads, manages the school website and social media networks, and assists with admission for prospective families.

Prior to working at Robert Toombs Christian Academy, Mrs. Dykes worked for two Atlanta radio stations within Cumulus Broadcasting, KICKS 101.5 and News Radio 106.7. While there, she was the Assistant Marketing & Promotional Director coordinating on-air giveaways, the promotional street team, working with celebrity guests and concerts. Prior to Cumulus, Mrs. Dykes worked for the Atlanta Braves on the Tomahawk team during the 2015 season. As a member of Game Day Entertainment, the team spent every home game promoting crowd participation, performing in the pregame plaza, during the 7th inning stretch and many in-game activities. The Tomahawk team also accompanied players on Caravans across the Southeast, visiting hospitals, schools, and sports stores.

Mrs. Dykes graduated from RTCA in 2008.  After graduation, she attended Kennesaw State University where she earned a BS in Communication and Public Relations. Mrs. Dykes and her husband, Chris, have one daughter, Everly, and attend Connection Church of Vidalia.

If you would like to contact Mrs. Dykes, please email her at ndykes@gortca.com

Dean of Students
Chester Proctor

Rev. Chester Proctor serves as the Dean of Students at RTCA.  In this role, Rev. Proctor plays a central role in monitoring student’s needs and achievements, organizing campus life, and communicating with all stakeholders.  In addition to his leadership role, Rev. Proctor serves as our Band Director, Bible Studies and Church History Teacher, Chapel Director, and Head Wrestling Coach.

Rev. Proctor graduated from Vidalia Comprehensive High School in 2000 and earned his B.S. in Business Administration from Western Governors University in 2014. From there, he went on to earn a Masters in Theology (MTS) and a Masters of  Divinity (M.Div.) from Liberty University.

Rev. Proctor is married to Heather and they have two children who attend RTCA, Andrew and Ava.  He pastors Smith Street Baptist Church in Vidalia and has been there since 2014.

If you would like to contact Rev. Proctor, please email him at cproctor@gortca.com

Director of Athletics
Jacob Lord


Coach Lord serves as the Director of Athletics at RTCA. In this position, he oversees ordering equipment for teams, scheduling athletic events, budgeting and fundraising for athletics, and many more aspects of the athletic programs at RTCA.

Coach Lord graduated from Georgia College and State University where he received his Master’s Degree in Secondary Education.  He also holds his Bachelor’s degree from Georgia Southern University and is a 2007 Graduate of Brentwood High School.

Coach Lord most recently taught at Jeff Davis High School where he helped assist in curriculum planning and NCAA/NAIA compliance within athletics. He also has been teaching and coaching at various GISA & GHSA schools since 20010, which include Bulloch Academy, Brentwood School, Jenkins County High School & Jeff Davis High School.

Coach Lord and his wife Brittney have two sons, Hoke and Haze, and are excited to join the RTCA family.

If you would like to contact Coach Lord, please email him at jlord@gortca.com

Director of Facilities
Adam Callaway

Mr. Adam Callaway serves as Director of Facilities and Head Varsity Boys Basketball Coach. In this role, Coach Callaway oversees the school grounds, facilities, day to day operations, and the Varsity Boys Basketball team.

He has been the Varsity Boys Basketball coach at RTCA for the past 5 years. Coach Callaway and his team won the Region Championship in 2020 and has made it to the State Playoffs the past four years. He has also helped coach Varsity Golf and Middle School Football the past five years. Previously, he coached basketball and golf at Bulloch Academy before coming to RTCA.

Coach Callaway graduated from Ashford University with a Bachelor’s degree in Health Education. He is married to Caroline Callaway and they attend Twin City First Baptist Church.

Coach Callaway loves the family atmosphere at RTCA and looks forward to seeing what the future holds for the Crusaders.

If you would like to contact Coach Callaway, please email him at acallaway@gortca.com

Director of Development
Amber Meeks

Mrs. Amber Meeks serves as Director of Development. In this position, she oversees all aspects of fundraising and development.

Mrs. Meeks graduated from Georgia Southern University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sport Management and a minor in Business. After college, she moved back home to Savannah, GA where she worked with the YMCA of Coastal Georgia and Calvary Day School.  Mrs. Meeks relocated from Statesboro, Georgia where she served as operations manager at Hull Property Group for 7 years. 

 Mrs. Meeks and her husband, Matthew, have two sons, Hayden and Heath, who also attend RTCA.

If you would like to contact Mrs. Meeks, please email her at ameeks@gortca.com