Meet Our Staff



Fr. Tom Cavera

Having grown up in nearby Rockford, Fr. Tom is delighted to be assigned to this beautiful parish community.  He is beginning his third year as the Canonical Administrator and hopes to continue to bring the gospel message to the people of Parnell for many years to come.


Scott Czarnopys

It is a privilege and honor to serve Saint Patrick School and the entire Saint Patrick community. Every child is a gift from God, and it is my mission to ensure that we provide the highest quality Catholic Education for each and every student.

Administrative Assistant

Cindy Samson

My family joined the parish in 2000, and our children graduated from St. Patrick School in 2009 and 2012.  And I never left!  I have a business background and have been an Office Administrator for the school since 2010.  I am happy to be counted among them in service to Our Lord, in this joyful, life-giving place. 

Administrative Assistant

Nicole Gross

St. Patrick Parnell is the reason why I became Catholic. I started attending Mass in 2015 and joined the staff here during the summer of 2018. I am so privileged to be a part of this community!


Child Care Director &

 Early Childhood Teacher

Kristina Gwisdalla

It is my mission to provide a faith filled environment that motivates and challenges each child to reach their highest potential. To take an active role in shaping the experiences that promotes the uniqueness and creativity of each child. To encourage, nurture and support each child through my interaction, dedication and commitment to this community.


Courtney Krebill

Kindergarten is such an exciting year of learning.  I have a passion for watching children grow and develop.  I love being able to teach the social and readiness skills, bible stories and starting them on the path for their educational journey. 

I hope to encourage and foster a love for learning in every child that I have the pleasure of teaching.

First Grade

Dorothy Remington

As an alumni of Assumption BVM School, West Catholic High School and Aquinas College, I understand and live the immeasurable value of Catholic education.  I aspire to let Christ’s light shine brightly through my love, care and dedication for my students and their families as we work together to grow in education, family and faith...all toward our Heavenly goal.

Second Grade

Connie Leckenby

I hope that my students will grow to be responsible and independent students, using their creativity and critical thinking skills in everything that they do. I hope to instill a curiosity for learning and help students grow to their full potential, without a fear of failing. Finally, I hope that students are true examples of Christ’s teachings when interacting with others.

Third Grade

Elizabeth D'Aurora

 I hope to show my students that by using what they learn from books, from the Gospel and from the people around them, each one of them is capable of incredible things. I want my students to discover that each one of them is a scientist, a mathematician, an artist, a reader and an author that has something to offer to their families, our class, our parish, Saint Patrick school and the world. around them

Fourth Grade

Hannah Ward

It is my hope that throughout this year the fourth graders will grow closer to God and learn more about themselves and the world around them. As my students work to deepen their critical thinking skills and maintain positive work habits, I hope to encourage in them a love for learning, a desire to follow God’s plan, and a willingness to be a light for Christ by serving others.

Fifth Grade

Maureen Markules

I spent 12 years as a student in the Diocese of Grand Rapids, and my four children have also grown up in the Catholic School System. I have seen firsthand the importance of a Christ Centered Education. I am looking forward to guiding my students next year as they grow in their faith and hope to inspire in them a love of God and service to others.

Sixth Grade &

Middle School Math

Traci West

My hope is to create a positive learning environment for all students that focuses on caring relationships and values the gifts that each child brings with them to the classroom.

Seventh Grade &

Middle School ELA

Nikki Kevic

7th grade is a time of great transition. As students enter the teen years, they form strong attitudes and opinions that will shape their future. As they seek independence, it is my goal to motivate them to love learning and guide them in becoming faith-filled young adults.

Eight Grade &

Middle School Science

Lynette Gasper

My hope for all students is that they will strive to be the person God wants them to be.  I work to instill in them a desire to make choices that are drawing them closer to God and to discover and use their gifts to help those around them. As the time approaches to leave St. Patrick School, I want them to be confident responsible students who manage their time wisely.

Support Staff

Middle School Math

Erica Albert

MS Band Director

Matt Palmieri

Academic Support

Michelle Doyle

Academic Support

Karen Richmond

Holly Zimmerman

Learning Support

Media Center

Wade Bernreuter

Kris Krieger

Technology Teacher

Athletic Director

Jamie Dye

Maintenance & Custodial

Gene McMurray

Maintenance & Custodial

Dan Huston

Infinite Campus Admin.

Deborah Russo

Communication Coordinator

Cassie Herrington

Preschool Aid

Elaine Buehner

Preschool Aid &


Annie Brooks

Kindergarten Aid

Joanne Campbell-Avendt

Kindergarten Aid

Breanne Bowerman

First Grade Aid

Olga Conens

Child Care

Dawn Seif

Katie Albert

Child Care

Maegan Shipp

Child Care

Child Care

Melissa Gast

Child Care

Katie Foley

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