Meet the Core Team!

Scott Bagshaw

Scott Bagshaw

Life Teen Coordinator

Years on LT Core: Since 1996
Favorite Saint: St. Maria Goretti and lots of other holy people
Favorite Sport or Pastime: Hiking with my 10 year old daughter, getting into trouble with my 12 year old daughter, playing tennis with my 14 year old son, and walks and pretty much any time spent with my bride
Fun Fact: Went skydiving over the Great Barrier Reef
High School and/or College: I was a proud Saguaro Sabercat and a prouder ASU Sundevil!

Laura Whitney

Laura Whitney

Life Teen Assistant

Years on LT Core: 6 years on Core, 4 years as LT Assistant
Favorite Saint: St. Mother Teresa
Favorite Sport or Pastime: Playing with my daughters- play-doe and arts & crafts
Fun Fact: Raced race cars
High School and/or College: La Pietra HSG (HI) and University of Arizona

Becky Schmitt

Becky Schmitt

Edge Middle School Coordinator

Years on LT Core: 4 years & EDGE Youth Minister
Favorite Saint: St. Francis & St. Cecilia
Favorite Sport or Pastime: I love to sing – jam sessions are the best!
Fun Fact: I can’t go into Barnes & Noble without a chaperone because I would buy all the books.
High School and/or College: I graduated from Marian University in Indianapolis (GO K-N-I-G-H-T-S!) in 2013 with degrees in Pastoral Leadership & Music Ministry.

Jill Bagshaw

Jill Bagshaw

Assistant Music Director

Years on LT Core: 7 years (Retreat Music Leader for St. Patrick)
Favorite Saint: So many favorite saints!  Right now: St. Elizabeth Ann Seton- so courageous and faithful!
Favorite Sport or Pastime: I love to spend time with my family; practice piano, guitar, viola, voice; read; go on walks- anywhere
Fun Fact: It was great fun to play the National Anthem at an Arizona Diamondback’s game in an epic viola ensemble!
High School and/or College: I am a Scottsdale Chaparral H.S. Firebird and an ASU Sun Angel.  

Cody Abernethy

Cody Abernethy

Life Teen Intern

Years on LT Core: First year intern!
Favorite Saint: Saint Michael
Favorite Sport or Pastime: Law Enforcement Explorer
Fun Fact: I have metal bars in my chest!
High School and/or College: AAEC-PV and PVCC

Lizzie Self

Lizzie Self

Life Teen Intern

Years on LT Core: First year intern!
Favorite Saint: Saint John Paul II
Favorite Sport or Pastime: I’m a huge fan of Notre Dame football, and in my free time I love to hike and ride horses!
Fun Fact: I had a sleepover with Pope Francis and three million of my friends (at World Youth Day)!!
High School and/or College: Xavier College Prep- go gators!

Jennifer "JC" Beichner

Jennifer "JC" Beichner

Core Member

Years on LT Core: 3 years
Favorite Saint: St. Mary Magdalene
Favorite Sport or Pastime: I love to write, go to movies & dance!
Fun Fact: A Phx Catholic Woman of the Year, published author & once flew helicopters!
High School and/or College: Still pursuing a college degree!

Amy Bonner

Amy Bonner

Core Member

Years on LT Core: First year-I am brand new!
Favorite Saint: St. Anthony
Favorite Sport or Pastime: I enjoy yoga, especially hot yoga!
Fun Fact: I’m related to President James Buchanan!
High School and/or College: I went to Grosse Pointe North High School (in Michigan) and then attended the University of Michigan. Go Blue!

Kevin Bonner

Kevin Bonner

Core Member

Years on LT Core: First year
Favorite Saint: St. Patrick -of course!
Favorite Sport or Pastime: Basketball- I can only play with the 40+ crowd now! And I love March Madness, too.
Fun Fact: Grew up playing the accordion (toured Europe twice in the 80s)  and learned to play the piano at 40
High School and/or College: Went to Detroit Catholic Central, Michigan-Dearborn and Michigan Law School

Holly Brennan

Holly Brennan

Core Member

Years on LT Core: 2 glorious years
Favorite Saint: St. Ignatius of Loyola
Favorite Sport or Pastime: I enjoy reading, spending quality time with my family and close friends. I also always look forward to Life Nights and retreats!
Fun Fact: I am secretly a dog whisperer and I have eaten a milk bone to prove it!
High School and/or College: I went to Carson City High School in Nevada and graduated from college at Sacramento State (CSUS) with an Elementary Teaching degree

Teresa Carlson

Teresa Carlson

Core Member

Years on LT Core: First year- brand spankin’ new!
Favorite Saint: St. Anthony- I loose a lot of stuff.
Favorite Sport or Pastime: I love cheering on the Packers and my 4 cherubs whether it be on a field or a stage! Go Team Carlson!
Fun Fact: I went skiing once. That was enough. But karaoke?!? Now you’re talking!
High School and/or College: I went to Homestead High School in Mequon, WI and graduated from Erik of Norway Beauty School in Milwaukee with my beautification degree.

Joe Cornella

Joe Cornella

Core Member

Years on LT Core: First year!
Favorite Saint: St. Augustine
Favorite Sport or Pastime: I love to watch Cardinals Football (esp when they are good) and play basketball!
Fun Fact: I once jumped into a river off a cliff as tall as the bridge next to it, so essentially you could say I jumped off a bridge and survived!
High School and/or College: I went to Scottsdale Prep (Go Spartans!) and I am now an ASU Sun Devil!

Kelli Hartley

Kelli Hartley

Core Member

Years on LT Core: 5 years on Core at St. Patrick’s and over 16 years between two other parishes
Favorite Saint: St. Droge
Favorite Sport or Pastime: I love to spending time relaxing on the beach listening to the water.
Fun Fact: I once lived in a small village in Mexico as a missionary for 6 months and I continue to go back each year.
High School and/or College: I graduated from McClintock High School and I am currently enrolled at Scottsdale Community College

Olivia Jana

Olivia Jana

Core Member

Years on LT Core: 5 years
Favorite Saint: St. John Paul II
Favorite Sport or Pastime: I enjoy playing baseball and watching the Chicago Cubs play!
Fun Fact: I once rafted with a whale.
High School and/or College: I went to Desert Mountain High School and Arizona State University for college graduating in 2008 with a B.S. in Kinesiology degree.

Christine Kohl

Christine Kohl

Core Member

Years on LT Core: This will be my 6th year on Core!
Favorite Saint: My favorite Saint is difficult to choose, here are a few: St. Bernadette, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, and Blessed Chiara Luce.
Favorite Sport or Pastime: I enjoy “running” 5ks, going hiking, and drinking coffee!
Fun Fact: I have served as a NET missionary for a year in Ireland!
High School and/or College: I went to DMHS then to Arizona State University, where I received my degree in Elementary Education!

Alicia Lawler

Alicia Lawler

Core Member

Years on LT Core: This is year 2 for me!
Favorite Saint: St. Lucy. The name Lucy means “light”, and my daughter Lucy is certainly a light in my world.
Favorite Sport or Pastime: I love exploring our beautiful National Parks!
Fun Fact: I get to wear a robe at work every day!
High School and/or College: I attended Mother McAuley, an all girls Catholic high school in Chicago. I received my undergraduate and my law degree from ASU.

Gabrielle Lucas

Gabrielle Lucas

Core Member

Years on LT Core: First year!
Favorite Saint: St. Cecil for Music & St. Christopher for Travel
Favorite Sport or Pastime: I’m an all around Arizona sports fan…but I also love Canadian hockey
Fun Fact: I went to Indonesia and climbed Mount Rinjani – their second largest volcano at 12,224 ft high and completed my first 40 ft dive!
High School and/or College: I was homeschooled from 3rd grade through high school & graduated in 2017 from ASU with a Nutrition (Dietetics) B.S.. Going for my Masters Degree!

Ryan Lukas

Ryan Lukas

Core Member

Years on LT Core: First year!
Favorite Saint: St. Joseph
Favorite Sport or Pastime: Watching college football on the weekends (Go Sun Devils!) and building new things for my model railroads
Fun Fact: I used to live next door to one of the coaches for the Phoenix Suns!
High School and/or College: Paradise Valley HS and currently a sophomore at Arizona State University

Lorin Marchese

Lorin Marchese

Core Member

Years on LT Core: 4 years
Favorite Saint: Saint Ignatius of Loyola
Favorite Sport or Pastime: I am a big New York sports fan…go Rangers (hockey) and Yankees (baseball)!
Fun Fact: I spent the summer studying at Oxford University
High School and/or College: I went to Deer Valley High School in Glendale and I’m a Loyola Marymount grad!

Karen McDonald

Karen McDonald

Core Member

Years on LT Core: 5(?) years – too old, can’t remember!
Favorite Saint: St. Rita, but this changes frequently
Favorite Sport or Pastime: Reading
Fun Fact: I have skydived, but many many moons ago.
High School and/or College: Deer Park (NY) High School, Indiana (PA) University of Pennsylvania, BA; Pace University School of Law, JD.

Joe Monahan

Joe Monahan

Core Member

Years on LT Core: First year
Favorite Saint: St. John Neumann
Favorite Sport or Pastime: I love watching any Pittsburgh sports team and playing basketball.
Fun Fact: I helped win a national championship in crew my senior year of high school!
High School and/or College: I went to Central Catholic High School in Pittsburgh, PA and graduated from Virginia Tech in 2017 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.

Keiki Nakib

Keiki Nakib

Core Member

Years on LT Core: first year
Favorite Saint: Mother Teresa
Favorite Sport or Pastime: Does Netflix count? If not, then I enjoying surfing and drinking coffee!
Fun Fact: I’m in the Catholic Sorority at ASU!
High School and/or College: I went to Notre Dame Preparatory High School and now I’m currently at ASU!

 

Kevin Peck

Kevin Peck

Core Member

Years on LT Core: Rookie (First) Year of Life Teen
Favorite Saint: St. John Paul II
Favorite Sport or Pastime: I’m not big into watching sports other than Volleyball (when my daughters play) and soccer (when one of my daughters plays).
Fun Fact: When I was a freshman in college, we were driving a friend from Indiana to Houston for an internship interview when another friend asked us to “drop him off” in Los Angeles…We said “sure” and hit 16 states in 6 days.
High School and/or College: I went to high school in northern Indiana and went to college at Purdue University.

Dr. Kevin Quinn

Dr. Kevin Quinn

Core Member

Years on LT Core: 3 years
Favorite Saint: St. Patrick
Favorite Sport or Pastime: Baseball
Fun Fact: Love to travel. I have visited 35 of 50 states, and 68 countries!
High School and/or College: Went to Plainedge High School in Massapequa, N.Y., Boston College and medical school in Italy

Philip Sabando

Philip Sabando

Core Member

Years on LT Core: five years
Favorite Saint: St Jude Thaddeus
Favorite Sport or Pastime: I love to watch soccer and play basketball and volleyball, and read books at coffee shops!
Fun Fact: Growing up, I would climb trees to hide, especially when I was in BIG trouble!
High School and/or College: I went to Thompson Christian HS and graduated with my Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from San Pedro College (Philippines).

 

 

Justin Sand

Justin Sand

Core Member

Years on LT Core: 3 years
Favorite Saint: Mother Mary, St. Jude, and JPII
Favorite Sport or Pastime: I love to play and watch basketball, especially college basketball.
Fun Fact: I once went on Splash Mountain seven times in a row without getting out of the log. #disneylandrecord
High School and/or College: Proud alumnus of Horizon High School (go Huskies!) and current senior at THE Arizona State University. #beatuofa

Tyler Sand

Tyler Sand

Core Member

Years on LT Core: 1 year

Favorite Saint: Saint Corbinian

Favorite Sport or Pastime: I like to play basketball, and watch football, basketball and baseball.

Fun Fact: I am the self proclaimed greatest Mario Kart player in the western hemisphere.

High School and/or College: Went to Horizon, and am currently at ASU studying electrical engineering

Harry Schawl

Harry Schawl

Core Member

Years on LT Core: first year
Favorite Saint: St. Thomas Aquinas
Favorite Sport or Pastime: My favorite sport is soccer!
Fun Fact: Rafting in Horseshoe Bend
High School and/or College: I go to PVCC and graduated from Chaparral High school.

Maria Schmitt

Maria Schmitt

Core Member

Years on LT Core: 1 year
Favorite Saint: St. Gemma Galgani
Favorite Sport or Pastime: I enjoy hiking, reading and hanging out with my dog.
Fun Fact: I lived in a castle in England once.
High School and/or College: St. Dominic High School, Marian University – GO KNIGHTS!

Michelle Thiede

Michelle Thiede

Core Member

Years on LT Core:
Favorite Saint: Saint John Baptist de la Salle
Favorite Sport or Pastime: Baseball, Football and Basketball (Favorite teams: Dbacks, Broncos, Celtics, and U of A)
Fun Fact: I used to figure skate!
High School and/or College: I went to Desert Mountain for HS (2005) and NAU, graduate in 2010 with a BS in Elementary Education.

 

 

Nick Vance

Nick Vance

Core Member

Years on LT Core: 17 years
Favorite Saint: Blessed Mother Mary
Favorite Sport or Pastime: Attending Life Teen Retreats and hiking the Grand Canyon!
Fun Fact: I helped reenacted the Battle of Gettysburg- I’m a huge history buff!
High School and/or College: Saguaro High School  New Mexico Military Institute (Roswell NM)

Courtney Vergnetti

Courtney Vergnetti

Core Member

Years on LT Core: First Year
Favorite Saint: St. Cecilia
Favorite Sport or Pastime: Basketball or dance
Fun Fact: I used to walk my fish on a skateboard!
High School and/or College: I graduated from Horizon High School in 2014 and I am currently studying music therapy at Barrett at Arizona State University.

Meagan Williams

Meagan Williams

Core Member

Years on LT Core: 8 or 9 years (starting to lose track!!)
Favorite Saint: St. Teresa of Calcutta
Favorite Sport or Pastime: I am a die-hard Pittsburgh Steeler football fan and love college basketball! I also love to golf with my husband.
Fun Fact: I will obtain my PhD this year!! WooHoo!
High School and/or College:  I went to pharmacy school at Duquesne University. I also obtained a bachelors in Health Information Management at the University of Pittsburgh, my Masters in Business at Robert Morris University and I am finishing my Doctorate at Walden University!

Ashlyn Zieba

Ashlyn Zieba

Core Member

Years on LT Core: 4 years
Favorite Saint: St. Rose of Lima
Favorite Sport or Pastime: Does dance count? I also like volleyball and football.
Fun Fact: I love Jesus!
High School and/or College: I graduated from Centennial High School in 2014 (Sorry Father Eric!). I will be graduating from Grand Canyon University in April of 2018 with my Bachelor’s Degree in Advertising and Graphic Design with Marketing.