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Our staff is divided by department as outlined in the adjacent graphic. Our staff listing is divided accordingly. If you do not see the staff person you are looking for, please contact Deb Royals-Mizerk at 919-847-8205x222.

We are located at:
11401 Leesville Rd,  Raleigh, NC 27613
Office Hours  8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Main Phone Number 919-847-8205
Parish Fax Number 919-870-1790
The Franciscan School Fax Number 919-847-9558

Facilities Operations

Marc Kielty x227

Marc Kielty x227

Director of Facility Operations

Along with his team, Marc oversees the day to day operations of the parish. The Parish Operations staff view their primary role as supporting all of the church’s ministries. Providing a safe, clean and well maintained environment conducive to safety and successful ministry work is paramount. Additionally, as can be seen below, the operations staff is also responsible for assisting parishioners identify and use their personal gifts to serve the Lord, and one another; keeping parishioners informed through the communications office; maintaining the vast membership records and databases of our large parish; operating our active community center and many programs; and conducting classes under the Diocese’s guidelines in relation to providing a safe environment for our youth. We hope that you find our campus and staff welcoming, and are pleased to serve you.

marc.kielty@stfrancisraleigh.org

Operations Staff

Finance Operations

Rob Neppel x243

Rob Neppel x243

Director of Finance and Planning

Rob is responsible for the financial well-being of the parish, parish schools and columbarium. He establishes annual budgets and works with the school principals and ministry leaders to ensure their operational needs are addressed while staying within their overall budgets. Rob serves as a financial advisor to the pastor as well as the parish Finance Council, Pastoral Council, and School Advisory Councils. He also provides support to the various parish oversight committees. Rob’s responsibilities also include overseeing the administrative and human resource aspects of the parish community as well as strategic long term planning.

rob.neppel@stfrancisraleigh.org

Esperanza Neri x229

Esperanza Neri x229

Coordinator of Finance for the Parish

Esperanza loves that living her faith is part of her job. She is one of those rare people who always has a smile for another. She handles parish finances and has been a long-time member of the parish.

esperanza.neri@stfrancisraleigh.org

Reji John x228

Reji John x228

Coordinator of Finance for the Schools

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Reji.John@stfrancisraleigh.org

Formation Ministries

Jennifer Fiduccia x238

Jennifer Fiduccia x238

Director of Family Fomation

Serving professionally as a cantor since age fourteen, Jenn began her full-time career as a Youth Minister while completing her degree in vocal performance at New York University. Having served in many ministerial and musical roles for parishes and the Archdiocese of Newark, Jenn, her husband Pat, and four children, moved to North Carolina in 2009. She began her service at St. Francis in 2011 as Coordinator for Families with Youth and now serves as Director of Formation. Aside from her roles in ministry at the parish and diocesan level, writing and performing music (https://soundcloud.com/jennjinks), and raising her young family, Jenn is pursuing her Masters in Theological Studies from the University of Dallas.

jennifer.fiduccia@stfrancisraleigh.org

Thomas Bulick x239

Thomas Bulick x239

Coordinator, Middle School Formation

Thomas joined the Formation Team as the Coordinator of Middle School Formation in June 2017.  In addition to leading formation for youth in grades 6 through 8, he also coordinates sacramental preparation and celebration for Confirmation. Thomas recently graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill and has extensive experience working in the Newman Catholic Student Center Parish at UNC as a middle school catechist, and he also served as a student minister for Junior Youth Ministry and as Student Minister for Catechesis K-8. In addition to the Newman Center, Thomas volunteers weekly at Culbreth Middle School as an ESL Volunteer.
thomas.bulick@stfrancisraleigh.org

Sarah Bowser x496

Sarah Bowser x496

Coordinator Children's Formation

Sarah is part of the formation team as the Coordinator of Children’s Faith Formation. God has blessed her immensely in the past year: She graduated from the University of Notre Dame (where she studied psychology and theology) in December. She married her seventh grade crush on June 11th, and moved from Michigan down to Durham shortly afterwards.
sarah.bowser@stfrancisraleigh.org

Marisa Ferrara x223

Marisa Ferrara x223

Coordinator of Youth Ministry

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marisa.ferrara@stfrancisraleigh.org

Martina Dumberger x264

Martina Dumberger x264

Administrative Specialist

Martina supports the Family Formation Team in the logistical aspects of youth Confirmation and Youth Ministry retreats. Her tasks include preparing and facilitating the registration process, managing the Confirmation database, guiding families through the sacramental preparation process, recruiting and managing volunteers, among others. She enjoys working with her team and serving her faith community.

martina.dumberger@stfrancisraleigh.org

Jennifer McCourt x269

Jennifer McCourt x269

Administrative Specialist

Jennifer joined the Family Formation team in September 2014 to provide administrative support for children’s faith formation (grades K-5). This includes Cross Walk (K-5), sacramental preparation for Reconciliation and First Eucharist, and Vacation Bible School. Jennifer can be found emailing registration announcements or program updates and working with parents to ensure the details are in place for their child to attend these events. When not at St. Francis Jen’s often cruising around the Leesville area with her three kids – who are also in the Faith Formation program.

jennifer.mccourt@stfrancisraleigh.org

Patti Panizza x237

Patti Panizza x237

Administrative Specialist

Patti joined the Formation team in October of 2016. She supports the Team by coordinating the weekly Cross Walk, Cross Train, Cross Road and Home School /FIRE newsletters for the Formation Team, and maintains the Formation web pages. Anticipating her oldest son’s graduation from The Franciscan School this year, she wanted to continue to be a part of the St Francis community where she’s been a parishioner for 20+ years. Patti was born and raised in the Boston suburbs, and enjoys spending time with her family, exercising, a good cup of coffee, and reading in her spare time.
patti.panizza@stfrancisraleigh.org

Justice and Peace Ministries

Trevor Thompson x270

Trevor Thompson x270

Director of Justice and Peace

If you are looking to do some service in the community, go on a mission trip, or learn more about how our faith calls us to be in solidarity with and be an advocate for others, Trevor can find an opportunity that works for you and your family. Inspired by Pope Francis’ challenge for the church to be a people of communion and mission, Trevor provides pastoral leadership in the area of pastoral care, outreach, social justice, and adult formation. He loves walking with people on a journey of faith seeking understanding. He also loves to cook, care for his homestead, and watch and play ball with his kids.

trevor.thompson@stfrancisraleigh.org

Becky Cawley x267

Becky Cawley x267

Justice and Peace Specialist

Becky is responsible for developing, presenting and facilitating educational and faith formation programming and for collaborating with and assisting other parish ministries, especially youth, integrate justice and peace into the overall mission of the parish. She is also responsible for promoting justice and peace programming, events and ministries and for supporting and assisting these ministries. What brings Becky the greatest joy in her role is inspiring and engaging parishioners in this most important work of justice and peace and then walking with them as this reality unfolds in their lives. She also loves spending time with her husband and kids, especially outdoors.

Liturgical Ministries

Jim Wahl x230

Jim Wahl x230

Director of Liturgy and Music

A native of Southern California, James has been on staff at St. Francis since 2010. He is the Director of Music and Liturgy and has served as a pastoral musician since high school and professionally for over twenty years. Before moving to the East Coast, he ministered at parishes in California and Arizona, including the Cathedral of Phoenix. Aside from his role at St. Francis, James composes and presents children’s music for World Library Publications. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music and a Master’s degree in Liturgical Music Composition from St. John’s University in Minnesota. He and his wife Tami have four boys, two still in the house!

jim.wahl@stfrancisraleigh.org

Tim Hetzel x 244

Tim Hetzel x 244

Coordinator of Liturgy and Sacraments

As the Coordinator of Liturgy and Sacraments, Tim works to form and minister to over 800 liturgical ministry volunteers at our parish. Tim works seamlessly between Formation and Liturgy, highlighting the collaborative necessity of these two important aspects of parish life.  In this capacity he is an important resource not only for our weekly liturgical life, but also for sacramental preparation and rites.
tim.hetzel@stfrancisraleigh.org

Parish Life Ministries

Kathleen Owen x241

Kathleen Owen x241

Director of Parish Life

Kathleen helps support the many ministries of Care and Wellness. After years in the business world, she found that being on staff at St. Francis provided her the opportunity to really make a difference. Her favorite parts of being at St. Francis are meeting new people, hearing their stories, helping them find a deeper connection to the parish and open doors for people to see the ways their spiritual life can guide, comfort and make a difference in their own lives. Oh, and hugs! Kathleen loves hugs! When she has time, Kathleen loves to knit, cook, walk on the beach, watch the sun set into the ocean, sit with a cat or dog in her lap, and laugh.

kathleen.owen@stfrancisraleigh.org

Jackie Adamo x268

Jackie Adamo x268

Administrative Specialist, Care and Wellness

Jackie shares her many skills aiding, and serving others in a positive and uplifting way. She provides administrative support to the Coordinator of Care and Wellness and collaborates with all Care and Wellness ministries supporting them with organizing events, advertising, managing volunteer needs and creating flyers/postcards/brochures and web pages etc. Jackie also provides administrative and website support to Justice and peace. Jackie has worked at St. Francis since 1999 and has loved the opportunity to help many people both in and out of the parish and to be able to spread & share God’s love with others. What brings Jackie the greatest joy in her role is sharing happiness and helping others. Jackie also loves spending time with her husband and kids, traveling, and volunteering in care facilities.

jackie.adamo@stfrancisraleigh.org

Ashley Watson x444

Ashley Watson x444

Coordinator of Community Programs

Ashley has been a part of the St. Francis parish since 1988 when she moved here with her family from Florida.  Being only 5 years old when she moved here she has grown up in the St. Francis Community and now she’s excited to raise her son in the same community she grew up in.  What began as a part time job in 2010 working for and with her Community quickly developed into a full time career. Ashley is not only organizing and managing the summer camps of Camp Francis, Exercise and Parent Child Classes throughout the year, but now the Coordinator of Community Programs.  When Ashley is not at work, she is a busy mom to her 9 year old son Jack! She loves to go on fun outings with him and coach his soccer team.  She enjoys scrapbooking in her down time, perhaps while drinking a cold glass of sweet tea or Dr. Pepper!

Some other fun facts… She is one of 4 children and loves to wear flip flops ALL THE TIME!

Ashley.watson@stfrancisraleigh.org

Mary Arleth 358

Mary Arleth 358

Coordinator of Athletic Programs

Mary comes to us from Staten Island, New York, where she was born and raised.  For 20 years, Mary worked for the N.Y.C. Police department. Sergeant Mary has been a part of our St. Francis community for four years and joined OUR force here at the Community Center in 2014. Mary is our coordinator for the Athletics program and loves working with the kids! When she is not here, she and her husband, James run a household full of boys! She has a 18 year old, 14 year old and a 9 year old. They are all very active in sports!

Mary.arleth@stfrancisraleigh.org

School Ministries

St. Francis of Assisi Preschool

Nancy Bourke x240

Nancy Bourke x240

Director Preschool

Nancy began the Early Childhood Learning Center, as it was known then, in 1991, and served as Preschool Director until 2012 at which time she retired. Nancy has agreed to serve as Interim Preschool Director through June 2019, if needed, while we conduct a search to find a permanent Director for the preschool. Nancy brought her contagious enthusiasm and love of children to the preschool, overseeing its growth from 2 classrooms in Clare Hall to the wonderful facilities that we have today. She holds a Bachelor degree in Elementary Education from Troy University and her Early Childhood Certification. 

Nancy.bourke@stfrancisraleigh.org

Shelley Freeman x262

Shelley Freeman x262

Administrative Specialist

Shelley has been a member of Saint Francis since 1999. She began working in the preschool in 2003 teaching in the two year old program and then in 2012 became the administrative specialist. She has three children that have all gone through the preschool, The Franciscan School and Cardinal Gibbons. She loves working with the families and helping out in the classroom so that she can still interact with the children. When not working at the preschool she enjoys running, reading and spending time at the beach.

shelley.freeman@stfrancisraleigh.org

The Franciscan School

Mike Watson x301

Mike Watson x301

Principal

Mike is the Principal at The Franciscan School. He works closely with the faculty on their professional development, implementing the Diocesan Curriculums at the school, and ensuring the best educational environment for the students. Prior to his role as Principal, he was the Assistant Principal since 2010 and was a middle school science teacher at the school prior to his appointment to administration. He is professionally licensed in the State of North Carolina as a K-12 Principal and Middle Grades Science teacher.

mike.watson@stfrancisraleigh.org

Michele Northington x254

Michele Northington x254

Assistant Principal, K-5 Grades

Michele serves in the education ministry at St. Francis of Assisi as an assistant principal at The Franciscan School. She works closely with students, parents, and colleagues to help provide an atmosphere that supports and enhances our mission and allows each student the opportunity to have a successful educational experience. Michele’s responsibilities also include overseeing the Bridges Programs, our morning care and after school care programs.

michele.northington@stfrancisraleigh.org

Colette Dziadul x651

Colette Dziadul x651

Assistant Principal, Middle School

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colette.dziadul@stfrancisraleigh.org

Lura Tysiac x469

Lura Tysiac x469

Coordinator of Marketing and Admissions

As the Coordinator of Marketing and Admissions, Lura is responsible for the development and implementation of all marketing activities for the Franciscan School, as well as leading families through the admissions process at the school. She conducts private tours of the school campus for prospective families, plans and organizes Open Houses and helps families apply and enroll their children at the Franciscan School. Originally from Anderson, South Carolina and a graduate of Clemson University, Lura embraces hot, sunny days and enjoys dancing ballet, running and watching college football.

lura.tysiac@stfrancisraleigh.org

Terri Layer x255

Terri Layer x255

TFS Receptionist

Terri enjoys helping families, especially the ones she has known from the time of their marriage preparation and baptism of their children, to continue on the faith journey.  Terri has transitioned to administrative specialist at The Franciscan School in July, 2017 and to TFS Receptionist in January, 2018.  A true Buffalo Bills fan from Western NY, before joining the parish staff in the spring of 2012, she worked for NFL HOF Quarterback Jim Kelly. As one of 11 children, she feels blessed to be part of the St. Francis family amid an exceptional staff and wonderful volunteers.

terri.layer@stfrancisraleigh.org

Joanne Sullivan x 251

Joanne Sullivan x 251

School Nurse

Joanne has been a parishioner since August 1992. She graduated from Catholic University of America, with her BSN and worked in the hospital setting for several years before becoming a school nurse at The Franciscan School in August of 2000. She and her husband Kevin have 3 grown children, 2 dogs and a cat. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, running, biking, swimming and trying out new recipes. What she loves best about St. Francis is that everyone is welcome.

joanne.sullivan@stfrancisraleigh.org

Laureen Wacenske x314

Laureen Wacenske x314

Guidance

Laureen is the counselor for all grades at The Franciscan School and has been a part of the school since it opened its doors in 2000. As counselor she provides classroom guidance, individual and group counseling for children, and consultation with teachers and parents, ultimately seeking to assist each student in having the best school experience possible. Laureen received a BA degree in Psychology with a teaching license from Lenoir-Rhyne University and an MS degree in Community and School Counseling from NCSU. She is married to her college sweetheart, Jeff, and together they have one son, Matt. Her role as school counselor at TFS enables Laureen to combine her passions for children, faith formation, and education.

laureen.wacenske@stfrancisraleigh.org

Strategic Planning and Communications

Tricia Henry x375

Tricia Henry x375

Director of Strategic Planning and Communications

Realizing her two beautiful babies were headed to school and her gifts of organization and planning were maxed out at home, Tricia found her calling working in the parish world. After leaving IBM software project management roles, crossing over into the non-profit world was a natural fit where she started with organizing our beautiful community center with parish athletics & classes, building the Assisi Café, developing Camp Francis, and acting as social director for parish events.  Next, she moved into her current role of Strategic Planning and Communications for the parish.  Working with the pastor, parish staff, and leadership councils to develop short-term and long-term strategic initiatives has brought new avenues to apply those project skills. Throw in the balance for family times at the beach or in the backyard with friends, Tricia still enjoys planning the next big family adventure or pastoral planning for our St Francis parish.

tricia.henry@stfrancisraleigh.org

Trish Adamkowski x236

Trish Adamkowski x236

Coordinator of Human Resources

Trish is a long time member of the parish and joined the staff in 2012 as part time administrative specialist in youth ministry. In October of 2016 she transitioned into the position of Human Resources Coordinator. In this new role Trish is able to utilize her background in human resources while continuing to work with the parish and the schools. Born and raised in Upstate NY, Trish is happy to be in the South where the snow only makes brief appearances.

trish.adamkowski@stfrancisraleigh.org

Diogenes Ruiz x271

Diogenes Ruiz x271

Communications Coordinator

Diogenes (he’s the one on the right) is responsible for creative support to the many ministries at St. Francis, design and updates to the parish website, coordination of parish social media, and layout of the bulletin. He also provides video and photography support to the various ministries. Diogenes enjoys writing and is the author of two Christian fiction novels on Amazon, A Rabbit’s Tale: An Easter Story, (winner of two awards) and Persistent Evil. He and his wife, Karin, have been St. Francis parishioners since 1987. Prior to joining the staff at St. Francis, Diogenes was the Marketing Director and owner of Ruiz Agency which he ran for 18 years. After selling the business, he joined Devmir an international hosiery manufacturing company where he functioned as Marketing Director and was also responsible  for setting up the company’s manufacturing facility in the Dominican Republic. Diogenes was the recipient of the “Entrepreneurial Spirit Award” from Hispanic Business Magazine.

diogenes.ruiz@stfrancisraleigh.org

David Crout x234

David Crout x234

Database/Web Specialist

Dave has several responsibilities that mainly revolve around technology and communication. He works on the parish website and database web portal, St. Francis Connect. He also assists with room reservations and the bulletin. He often conducts one-on-one tutorials and group training sessions to help the staff effectively use technology in their ministry.

david.crout@stfrancisraleigh.org

Toni Hammes x265

Toni Hammes x265

Administrative Specialist - Stewardship

Toni is one of the founding members of St. Francis, joining on April 25, 1982. She works in the areas of stewardship and membership and assists with the financials for the Franciscan School and St. Francis Preschool. Toni is also a tireless volunteer for the liturgical ministries group as a Eucharistic Minister, Master of Ceremonies, and Emmaus Minister. In the past year, she has crocheted dozens of beautiful hats for the Prayer Shawl Ministry. Toni handles all of this and more, so long as nothing conflicts with the Hokies football schedule.

toni.hammes@stfrancisraleigh.org

Trina Sugrue x245

Trina Sugrue x245

Admin Specialist - Safe Environment & Welcome

trina.sugrue@stfrancisraleigh.org

Tresa Pickup x249

Tresa Pickup x249

Pastor's Assistant

Tresa is originally from Northern New York on the Canadian border.  She moved to Burlington, Vermont after meeting her husband, Lance. They lived there for 20 years before moving to Raleigh in 2006.  Her two sons live in Charlotte and Washington, DC and are both in the computer science field.  Tresa began her story at St. Francis in the Stewardship & Development office in 2006.  She has also worked with Family Formation & Education and Liturgy & Music.  She is now enjoying her role as Assistant to the Pastor and Administrator of the Parish Columbarium. Her responsibilities include helping families with funeral scheduling and planning, preparing sponsor certificates, overseeing sacramental records, processing stewardship forms, and coordinating the friars’ calendars. Tresa loves being at St. Francis where she gets to spend her time working and volunteering with like minded people in faith.  She is also a huge Hurricanes hockey fan.

tresa.pickup@stfrancisraleigh.org

Stewardship

Deb Royals-Mizerk x222

Deb Royals-Mizerk x222

Director of Stewardship

Deb….

Deb.Royals-Mizerk@stfrancisraleigh.org

 

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