Meet the Core Team!

Jacob DeRusha

Jacob DeRusha

Co-Coordinator of Youth Ministry

Favorite Saint: St. Oscar Romero
Favorite Sport or Pastime: Playing soccer with friends, making music, or just enjoying time with family and friends
Fun Fact: Lived in London for 6 months
High School and/or College: I studied music, Business, and Theology at Loyola University New Orleans and received a masters in Theology from Boston College.

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

Renee Macias

Renee Macias

Co-Coordinator of Youth Ministry

Favorite Saint: St Joan of Arc 
Favorite Sport or Pastime: Definitely will be painting especially acrylic painting on canvas. 
Fun Fact: I love to ride quads and go mudding in trucks 
High School and/or College: Benedictine University; Theology and Criminal Justice Major 

 
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.  

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.

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)

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.

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

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!

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.

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).

 

 

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!

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.