Parish Staff

Clergy

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Fr. Don Thimm- Mission Director: Pastor
262-786-5445

I was appointed pastor at Holy Apostles on June 22, 2010. I have the good fortune of celebrating sacraments – especially Eucharist – with you. As pastor I work with the parish council, parish leaders, and parish staff to articulate the vision for the future of our parish. I then work with staff and parishioners to coordinate our efforts in accomplishing that vision at this time in our parish history.

 
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Mike Chmielewski- Mission Director: Deacon
262-782-6783

I started serving Holy Apostles as a deacon in June 2009. My wife, Mary, and our family joined the parish in 1993. I provide baptism and marriage preparation. I perform baptisms, witness marriages, assist and preach at weekend liturgies – usually monthly. I am also a member of our Human Concerns and Outreach committees.

Liturgy and Music

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Jeff Honoré- Mission Director: Pastoral Music
262-754-0160

I started ministry at Holy Apostles on January 21, 2013.  It is my privilege to lead sung prayer at our weekend Eucharistic liturgies, along with the host of many talented musicians present here.  As director you would also find me at choir rehearsals, guiding the cantors and parish instrumentalists, assisting with music at weddings, funerals and major feasts and celebrations.  My wife, Debra, is also a Catholic church musician from which our ministry began together many years ago. It is a joy and honor to continue that ministry at Holy Apostles, being aware of the signs of the times and the needs of this sacred place. May we become the words we pray and sing.

Discipleship

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Sharon Baxter  Mission Director: Discipleship
262-754-0164

The word “disciple” may be a bit intimidating or unfamiliar. When you look at it in the context of relationship it becomes easy to make a connection. My role at Holy Apostles is to promote a culture that moves people to grow as disciples in relationship with Jesus, each other and our world. It’s to set hearts on fire that change the way we live and make a difference. When you really know Jesus, you can’t wait to share your experience with others! That’s when we are living the mission of the church as disciples inviting people to grow with us and get to know Jesus. 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Faith Formation

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Teresa Tobin - Mission Director: Child and Family
262-754-0157

My name is Teresa Tobin and I am the Director of Children's Ministry here at Holy Apostles. Children have always been a part of my life. I am the oldest of five girls and was raised in a faithful Catholic family.  Originally from California, I earned my Bachelor of Science degree in Child Development from California State University at Fresno. I have worked professionally with children ranging in age from birth to 12 years old both in the public and private sector over the last 25 years. I have a passion for my Catholic faith and an eagerness to share it with children.  I believe the children are the future of our church and feel very blessed to have been given this opportunity to serve and mentor. My husband Randy and I live in New Berlin along with our son and daughter.  I love this community and look forward to many years of service here at Holy Apostles.

 

 

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Rachel Madden - Mission Director:  Youth
262-786-2035

Rachel has worked closely with the Youth, Child and Family, and Service areas of the parish to support these ministries and our mission as a church.  She approaches everything she does with great enthusiasm, energy, and a love for people.  As a missionary leader, she is committed to walking with people so they grow in their relationship with Jesus and the community.  She has experience in motivating groups, program coordination, and relationship building.  The Edge Middle School program by Life Teen and the Chosen Confirmation program will continue to anchor our faith formation experiences for youth.  Both offer a place for youth to grow in a small group community that is fun, relevant, and encourages them to encounter Jesus in a profound, personal way.  We look forward to how Rachel’s unique gifts and perspective will strengthen these programs, and the experiences she will develop to set the youth on fire for their faith!

 

Charity and Justice

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Rob Doucette– Mission Director: Service
262-786-2039 

Greetings!  My name is Rob Doucette and I am the Director of Charity & Justice Ministry at Holy Apostles Parish.  I started work on September 6, 2011 and I am grateful to be joining a dynamic faith community with a long history of serving others.
 
The primary role of the Director of Charity & Justice Ministry is to promote Catholic Social Teaching and coordinate, develop and support parish ministries that engage the parish in works of charity and justice.   I look forward to working with many of you as we collectively look at how we can use our gifts and talents for the common good and the glory of our God.

Stewardship and Parish Life

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Terri Engsberg – Mission Director: Engagement
262-786-0472 

I recently changed positions at Holy Apostles.  In July, 2011 I was hired as the Director of Parish Advancement and Stewardship.  Before that, I worked in the Adult, Child and Family Ministry.  In my new position I will
•advance the parish mission by gathering the resources necessary to sustain the mission of the parish
•promote stewardship as a way of Christian discipleship and
•direct our Parish Life Ministry.   

My husband Dave and I have four boys.  We have lived in New Berlin since 1988 and have been members of Holy Apostles since 1993.  I am excited about my new position and feel privileged to serve here.

 
 

 

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Jan Fredrickson - Mission Assistant: Parish
262-786-7330

I joined the Holy Apostles staff on August 9, 2011 as the administrative assistant for the parish office. In this role I will create the bulletin, schedule masses, manage the parish calendar, answer phones, assist those who come to the parish office, provide sacramental records, and provide administrative assistance to our priests and Director of Administrative Services.

I have been actively serving in the parish by volunteering as a Saturday track religious education teacher, Eucharistic Minister, and Fish Fry Co-Chairperson since moving to New Berlin and joining the Holy Apostles family in 1995. I am married to Tom and we have four children, Jenna, Stephanie, Scott and Justin.  I have met many people over the years through volunteering and they are an extension to my family.  Holy Apostles is a very rewarding and spiritual parish to belong to.

 
 
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Jen Macakanja - Mission Assistant: Discipleship
262-786-4086

My role at Holy Apostles is a blend of database maintenance, stewardship support and membership engagement.  I will also be assisting with the implementation of our small group faith program as well as our fundraising campaigns in the parish.

Since we moved here in 2011 from Washington State and joined the parish, I have served Holy Apostles as a small group leader in the Middle School Religious Education and a co-leader of Women, Wine & the Word.  

My husband Pete and I have two daughters at NB West and one son at Ronald Reagan, our dog Dasher, and a flock of chickens. We love being a part of the Holy Apostles family and look forward to expanding the friendships and shared experiences of our faith.

Administration

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Anne Levendoski – Mission Director: Administration
262-786-2964

I began serving at Holy Apostles, in the summer of 1999, when a colleague asked me to become a member of the Finance Ministry. Since then, I have volunteered on the Endowment Committee and at various school activities, including serving as an assistant coach for the 6th grade Girls’ basketball team.

I am excited to be able to serve the parish and school by developing, directing, and coordinating the parish finances as well as the administrative ministries of the Finance Council, Human Resources, Technology, and Facilities.  I look forward to working with the many wonderful people here at Holy Apostles.

My husband, Joe, and I became members of Holy Apostles shortly after we moved to New Berlin in 1996. We have two daughters who are in middle school at Holy Apostles. I have experience in general accounting, auditing, financial analysis, budget management, strategic planning, implementing process improvements and efficiencies as well as working on cross-functional teams.  I am a CPA with a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Marquette University.

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Karly Gaulke  - Mission Assistant: Bookkeeper
262-786-3418 
Hello! My name is Karly Gaulke and I am the bookkeeper here at Holy Apostles. I began in March 2014 and look forward to supporting the many financial functions of the parish. I have my Bachelor’s degree in Accounting. Currently, I live in Milwaukee with my husband and our two young children.

 

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Mary Sheetz  - Mission Assistant: Administration
262-754-0161
Greetings!  My name is Mary Sheetz and as of September 2015, I am the Assistant Bookkeeper here at Holy Apostles. I graduated from University of Wisconsin Eau Claire with a Bachelors of Business Administration with a focus on Human Resources and Training. I have worked in various industries and positions in my career thus far including a property insurance adjuster for 12+ years, Assistant in Adult and Family Ministry for 2 years, Parish Secretary/Bulletin Editor for 3 years, Data Clerk at a non-profit for 1 year. I have changed jobs a variety of times as the needs of my family have changed. I continue to feel a calling to work in parish setting and non-profit sector to use the gifts and talents that God has given me. I am very excited to be at Holy Apostles and look forward to learning and supporting the many financial functions of the parish. I am married, have 2 children in Catholic School in Waukesha and a pet cockatiel named Peaches. We are currently members of St Joseph and St William in Waukesha. But as my kids are involved in many traveling sports, we visit parishes all over. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, singing, camping and traveling.

 

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Mike Wondra Mission Director: Building & Grounds
262-786-8140

Start Date: April, 1982

Services Provided: Assure proper security, maintenance and cleanliness of all Holy Apostles Parish facilities.

Although the Building & Grounds department is not a Religious ministry, I feel strongly that the department plays a significant role in helping all the other ministries, by providing a safe, clean and well maintained setting to carry out their activities, whether praying, planning, teaching or playing. 

 

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Christopher Hahn- Mission Manager: Building & Grounds

Hello my name is Christopher Hahn. I have been at Holy Apostles for awhile, stating with my baptism and continuing on to attend Holy Apostles School. I started working in the Building and Grounds Department in June 2006, the summer after my freshmen year in high school. Throughout the years I have also been active in the parish through volunteering with the Boy Scout Troop, Festival and Youth Ministry. I am also currently attending Waukesha County Technical College for Business Management.
 
I am glad to be working here at Holy Apostles Parish by helping take care of the grounds, facility maintenance and custodial work and being able to serve all the ministries of Holy Apostles Parish through these means.

Ronda DeAngelis    
Mission Assistant: Building & Grounds
(262)786-8140 

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My role at Holy Apostles is one of service.  I support a great staff in Building and Grounds by assisting with the needs to maintain the premises at Holy Apostles. I manage and expedite work needed by parish and school staff, parish members and assist with needs related to our cemetery.

I am blessed with a wonderful husband and three children.  Over the years, I have served as a small group leader with faith formation and currently serve as an Eucharistic Minister. Assisting not only my children, but the children of Holy Apostles to learn about God, build a relationship and rely on Him through all trials in life motivates me.  I am constantly in search to study and learn how to be a better disciple of Christ.  This desire to learn propelled me to collaborate with other women to start a group called HA Wine, Women and The Word.  A casual group where women come together to share faith and learn about the Word of God.

In my freetime, my energy is spent with my children, family and friends.   Our kids are active in sports and music.  Our family loves to take adventures and explore different cities and places.  I enjoy baking and cooking for others.  My love of baking is fueled by watching others delight in the treats.

 

 

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Tom Vizer –Mission Custodian:  Building & Grounds
Start Date: August 1994

I provide custodial duties for the parish buildings.

 

 

 

 

School

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Melissa Trepte - Mission Director: School
262-754-0155 
I feel very blessed and privileged to have been called as your new school principal at Holy Apostles for the 2013-2014 school year.  My role as an educational leader is to work with the faculty, the school community, and the parish to ensure that Holy Apostles continues to provide a rigorous, quality, Catholic education that will best prepare all of our students to be active and engaged members within our global society.   I am looking forward to working together to make sure our students continue to learn and grow academically and spiritually.

My husband Ted and I have two wonderful boys, Matt and Trevor, who keep us active.  We live in Cedarburg and I am a member of St. Francis Borgia Parish.  In my spare time, you will find me coaching and playing volleyball, basketball, and baseball.  I also have a deep passion for Science, Math, and Engineering. 
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Sue Bindl -  Mission Manager:  School Strategic Marketing & Communications
262-754-0179

I joined the Holy Apostles  team in October 2015 as the Marketing Manager for our school.  In this role, I will communicate our message to prospective and existing school families.
I have been a parish member for about 3 years and my husband and I have two children in HA.  I truly love being part of the Holy Apostles family and can't wait to share the story of our school with the broader community.

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Madeline Lamphear – Mission Assistant: School
262-786-7331

I have been employed at Holy Apostles School since June of 2012.

It is my responsibility to handle communication between families and the school. I am the first contact for the school families and will enjoy working with current, new and prospective families as they journey through their school experience. I enjoy the diversity that each day brings, caring for students, interacting with staff and teachers.

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Cathy Kornacki – Mission Assistant: School
262-786-7334 

I have been part of the Holy Apostles School Family for most of my life. I began as a first grader and continued through my eighth grade graduation. I then had the privilege, after college graduation, to return to my Alma mater as a teacher. I had the honor of working with many wonderful families and being part of the education process for hundreds of first grade students over my twenty-seven years of employment.

I have returned to the H.A. School family as the part-time school secretary, as of June, 2011. My duties include providing assistance to the students, parents and staff of the school. I am also responsible for recording the tuition and fee payments and the scheduling of the lunchroom and playground supervisors.

I feel blessed to have the opportunity to work with and serve the people of Holy Apostles Parish and School. 

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