One of the hallmarks of DeLaSalle is the stability and commitment of its staff. Over 90 percent of the current staff have been at De for at least five years; over half have stayed committed to their vocation for at least ten. Nonetheless, due to recent enrollment growth, we have welcomed several talented newcomers, who have joined the school at some point during 2015. They include, in alphabetical order:
- Kai Brinson `09 (Assistant Director of Student Activities)
Kai returns to the island in a full-time position, helping to manage a student activities program that serves the varied interests of almost 700 students who will join at least one activity this year. An honors graduate from De, Kai earned a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Minnesota. She has served as an assistant soccer coach at De for the past four years and is a dance instructor as well.
- Kathi Eilers (Administrative Assistant / Office Manager in Admissions and Development)
First coming to DeLaSalle as the mom of Ben `04 and Sam `07, Kathi returned to De in May providing assistance to the Admission and Development teams. She brings a passion for the DeLaSalle mission as well as more than two decades of experience as an officer or executive director in service-oriented, non-profit foundations. Kathi has earned her M.A. in Social Policy from the University of Minnesota – Humphrey Institute School of Public Affairs. An avid runner, she will also assist part-time with the school’s cross country program.
- Michael Gaffney (Art Teacher)
A native of Pennsylvania, Michael earned both his B.A. and M.A. at the Rochester Institute of Technology. His particular field of expertise is Photography, which is no surprise given that Rochester is home to Eastman-Kodak. Michael was an art teacher for three years at The Harley School, an independent school in Rochester, before relocating to the Twin Cities this summer.
- Father Joe Kuharski (Chaplain)
The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis appoints a chaplain to each of the Twin Cities high schools. We are excited to welcome Father Joe Kuharski to DeLaSalle, where he will spend one day a week at our school, as well as joining us for liturgies and other events as his parish schedule allows. Father Joe was ordained in 2014 and currently serves as Parochial Vicar / Assistant Pastor at St. Stephen’s Parish in Anoka. Two of Father Joe’s twelve siblings attended DeLaSalle in the 1980s. Father Joe’s pastoral learning experiences include a summer teaching English with the Maryknoll Missionaries in China, “street evangelization” in St. Peter’s Square with the Legion of Mary, and chaplaincy with the Bernardi campus of the University of St. Thomas (Rome).
- Charles “Chas” Lemon `09 (Assistant Dean of Students)
Chas begins his first full school year as Assistant Dean of Students, and he is currently Acting Dean while Ms. Bayza Weeks is out on maternity leave. Most families had a chance to hear from Chas at School Orientation programs this past month. Chas earned a B.A. from the College of St. Scholastica and is currently enrolled in a Masters Program. Prior to returning to De, he worked as an Assistant Dean in a Minneapolis alternative public school. Chas is the youngest of four Lemon siblings to graduate from De between 2001-2009. He got married this past summer to Anna (Kovalchuk), a De grad from 2008.
- Julie Lotts (Long-Term Sub – Administrative Support in Guidance and Counseling)
For many years, Julie has provided administrative support to DeLaSalle as a parent volunteer, most recently in the Guidance Counseling Office. We are grateful to have an experienced and skilled professional fill in as a long-term sub while Mrs. Barbara McAdams continues her recovery at home. Julie’s two children, Anna `10 and Ian `13, both graduated from De. She is also active as a volunteer at St. Raphael’s Church in Crystal.
- Matt Louden (Lasallian Volunteer – Assisting in Library and Technology Center)
Matt is one of two Lasallian Volunteers new to DeLaSalle this year. Lasallian Volunteers are young college grads who make a commitment of two years of service to schools across the country. (Ms. Antwa’nae Briars is in her second year at De.) Matt is a graduate of St. Mary’s College of California, where he received a degree in Communication. He will be working in the Library and Technology Center, providing support to students in their research and with their iPads.and other technology needs.
- Tim Lynch `95 (Data Base Manager for Alumni and Development)
Beginning halfway through the past school year, Tim has already done significant work updating and analyzing metrics for the data bases used by the Development Office to raise funds for the school. Tim earned a degree from Loyola University Chicago and worked for ten years with Catholic Charities, before deciding to come back to his high school alma mater. He is currently enrolled in a Masters of Education program via St. Mary’s University of Minnesota. Tim also has become one of the moderators of the DeLaSalle student GREEN group, engaging students in the various school-wide initiatives in sustainability.
- Adam Pribyl `06 (Promotion to Director of Student Activities)
Many Islander families already know Adam as the former Assistant Director and varsity Boys’ Soccer Coach. When the opportunity arose to fill the Director’s position this past summer, Adam’s outstanding work over two years as the assistant in the department made him the logical choice to become Director. Adam is a graduate of St. John’s University in Minnesota and is currently enrolled in an administrative Masters program through Gonzaga University. Prior to coming to DeLaSalle, Adam worked for three years at Fairview Hospital in a variety of programs specializing in care of adolescents.
- Jane Savage (Administrative Assistant in Administrative Office)
Jane comes to DeLaSalle with a varied background in business, schools and as a volunteer. Most recently, she served as an administrative assistant at St. Rose of Lima School. She is a graduate of the University of Minnesota — Carlson School of Management and had a lengthy and successful business career while raising her family. She has also served as a substitute teacher for seven years.
- John Schatz (Lasallian Volunteer – Assisting in Learning Support / Tutoring)
John is the other new Lasallian Volunteer at DeLaSalle this year, along with Matt Louden. John is a graduate of LaSalle University in Philadelphia, and he has previously worked as an assistant therapist and tutor in a Family Life/Counseling Center in the Philadelphia area. At DeLaSalle, he will be working with our Learning Specialist, Chelsea Federak, providing assistance and tutorial support to students.
- Marcy Sticha (Mathematics Teacher)
We’re quite pleased to not only welcome Marci to DeLaSalle but to welcome her back to full-time teaching. Marcy was an accomplished mathematics teacher at Minneapolis South before leaving the profession to raise her children. During that time, she began to substitute teach quite often, particularly at Cretin-Derham Hall. Her interest in returning to full-time teaching coincided with an opening in our mathematics department. Her recent and stellar work as a substitute kept her prepared for any shifts in teaching in recent years, and she has hit the ground running once again. Marcy is a graduate of Marquette University.