The Staff

Together in Faith Program Coordinators

1. Patti Greenwood

Patti has spent the last 39 years teaching in a catholic school in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She has taught all subjects, including Religion, at the kindergarten, first, second, fifth and sixth grade levels. Patti served ten years on a committee planning and attending days of retreat and professional development for catechists. She also was involved in planning liturgies and prayer services with and for students.  She worked within her home parish as a choir director, TEC and CEW team member and participated in the Faith Formation program. Patti has attended several NCEA conferences and most recently presented on ways to involve the child, family, and catechist in religious education. She is a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, Iowa, with a degree in Elementary Education. 

2. Barbara Kruth

Barbara spent 38 years teaching at All Saints School in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. All Saints is preK – 5 school in the eastern Iowa. Barbara is a product of Catholic education, growing up in Waterloo, Iowa, and attending Catholic schools through high school, graduating from Columbus High School. She also spent two years at the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph, Minnesota, and took Theology courses as part of her field of study. She graduated with a BA in education from the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Barbara has taught all subjects, including religion in grades three and four. As a religion teacher, she annually attend retreats and professional development in the area of religion. Planning prayer services and masses, leading discussions on the faith to both students and fellow teachers, and teaching the Catholic faith were all part of her ministry at All Saints. Barbara was awarded the EduCare Award for Excellence in Catholic Education in 2006 in recognition of excellence in her ministry. She has presented many times at NCEA conferences across the United States speaking on team teaching, creative writing, and involving the family in the religious education of their children.

3. Jane Steele-Bolt

Jane graduated from Mount Mercy University with a BS degree in elementary education. While at Mount Mercy University she took several Theology classes to further her knowledge of her faith.  Jane has spent 35 years teaching in Catholic Schools in Eastern Iowa. She taught kindergarten for two years at Sacred Heart School in Waterloo, Iowa. Jane then spent 33 years at All Saints School in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, teaching first, second, third, and fourth grades. She taught religion at each grade level and planned liturgies with students. Jane also developed prayer services and activities for the students to participate in. While teaching second grade she taught the sacraments of Reconciliation and Penance and Eucharist. Jane developed and worked on retreats and liturgies for both of these sacraments. As a teacher, she attended retreats and professional development in the area of religion to enhance her knowledge of the Catholic faith. Jane received the EduCare Award for Excellence in Catholic Education in 2016 in recognition for her ministry in Catholic education. Jane has also been a presenter at several NCEA conferences across the nation. She spoke on developing a team teaching approach, developing creative writing in the classroom, and most recently on involving the family in the religion education of their children. 

High School Curriculum Drafters

1. Martin Ahrndt

Martin is the Director of Faith Formation for the cluster of Christ Our Hope, in northeast Iowa, since March 2009. In this position, he is in charge of all faith formation programs for six parishes. The cluster is unique in that  whole family inter-generational faith formation is done as the primary program. This has given Martin a lot of experience in crafting inter-generational faith formation sessions. Before his current ministry, he was a high school social studies teacher, having a BA in Secondary Education, History, and a minor in American Government from Loras College in Dubque, Iowa. Martin will graduate with a Masters in Ministry from Loras in May, 2014. In addition to the work for his cluster, he is chairperson of the Decorah area DIOCORE (2012-current). In Spring 2012, Martin participated in the first Comprehensive Adolescent Faith Formation and Education training program offered in the Archdiocese of Dubuque. This four month program specifically examined how to provide faith formation to 21st century teens. He was also honored to be part of the group that helped to craft the vision and some lessons for the new high school curriculum of the Archdiocese of Dubuque to be implemented in the Fall of 2014. Martin grew up in Monticello, Iowa, and currently lives in Protivin, Iowa, with his wife and twins.

2. Jared Anderson

Jared is a cradle Catholic, having spent all but two years of his educational career in Catholic Schools! He brings a unique style and spirituality to his ministry, having been formed by  the Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles, the Salesians of Don Bosco, and also having been steeped in Black Catholic Spirituality and Tradition. He has been in active ministry since 2002, when as a sophomore at St. John Bosco High School (Bellflower, CA) he was invited to a YouthLeader conference and to service at a resident Summer Camp. He has designed programs ranging from daylong to weekend retreats, Youth Catechetical programs, Comprehensive Youth Ministry programs, Comprehensive Young Adult Ministries and Faith Formation programs, and workshops on Black Catholic Spirituality. He will (God-willing) be finishing up a B.A. in Pastoral Theology from Brescia University this year, and then moving on to complete a Masters Degree in English Literature at Seton Hall University. He currently lives in Culver City, California where he is a member of the Saint Monica Catholic Community.

3. Stu Ballinger

Stu is a teacher in the Science Department at Xavier High School, Cedar Rapids, IA. He is in his 34th school year as a professional, teaching and coaching for the past 30 years at La Salle High School (Cedar Rapids, IA), Regis High School (Cedar Rapids, IA), and Xavier High School. Stu is a 1977 graduate of Regis High School, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Secondary Education from Coe College (Class of 1981) and a Masters of Education, Collaborative Learning and Teaching from Graceland University (Class of 2004). His spouse of 23 years is Peggy and they have one child, Allyson.

4. Ryan Deignan

Ryan is director of the Valley High School choral program in West Des Moines, IA. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from Luther College where he studied with Dr. Craig Arnold. Prior to Luther, he attended the University of Notre Dame, where he learned from music liturgist and composer Steve Warner. Recent honors include Valley Singers performances at the Luther College Dorian Choral Invitational and with the Iowa State Singers on their annual tour, an Iowa Vocal Jazz Championship for WHS “A Slice of Jazz” in 2012, and two 2014 Grand Champion honors for VHS Choralation varsity show choir. Before Valley, Ryan was Associate Director of Vocal Music at Washington High School, Cedar Rapids, IA. In addition to his work with choirs, he enjoys vocal music for the stage, working as choral director for Celebration Iowa on their summer show choir tour, music directing high school and civic musicals, and working for Cedar Rapids Opera as chorus master for their production of The Merry Widow in 2012. He has also performed with the Cedar Rapids Chorale, Cedar Rapids Opera, and Orchestra Iowa as a tenor soloist. A lifetime liturgical musician, Ryan has directed church choirs in both the Catholic and Lutheran traditions. 

5. Dennis Ferguson

Dennis grew up in Waterloo, Iowa, graduated from West High School and attended the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls.  There he earned his B. A., double majoring in English Language and Literature / Teaching English as a Foreign Language and minored in Secondary Education.  A few years later he attended the University of South Dakota in Vermillion and earned his M. A. in Secondary Education while completing undergraduate minors in Speech and Journalism.  Thus, he had teacher certifications in every area of a secondary Language Arts curriculum.  He also did post-graduate work at the University of Iowa, Drake University and Vitubo University. Over the ensuing 40 years he taught at every grade level from fourth through college sophomore, concentrating on high school English, and, at various times during the first 25 years, he coached speech, debate and mock trial teams as well as directed drama and published a school newspaper. Moreover, he worked in schools ranging from two inner cities in the Los Angeles metropolitan area (Compton and East L. A.)  to a rural Iowa community (Hartley) to a small Iowa City (Spencer) and, for the final 30-plus years, a mid-sized Iowa metropolitan area (Cedar Rapids).  Significantly, only one of those years was with a public school system, while one was with an Episcopalian school and the other 38 were with the Catholic dioceses of Los Angeles, Sioux City and Dubuque. For Dennis, teaching is a ministry, one that extends beyond any school room walls, any school campuses and any period of time on a class roster.  He retired in 2012.

6. Jacqui Goertz

Jacqui grew up in Iowa City, IA, and graduated from West High School. She then attended Wheaton College in Wheaton, IL, earning her Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics and a Master of Education degree.  Following a year of substitute teaching in the Chicagoland area, Jacqui accepted a math teaching position at Xavier High School in Cedar Rapids, IA, teaching Algebra I and II Honors for the past three years and also serving as the faculty adviser for Xavier’s Student Council.  As a Christian math teacher, she believes that it is joy to be able to view God’s creation in light of mathematical order and design and to enjoy the challenge of exploring these connections with her students.

7. Mike Goldsmith

Mike is the current chair of the Social Studies Dept. at Xavier High School in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  He has been teaching secondary social studies since 1992 at Regis and Xavier High Schools.  He has a B.S. in political science from the University of Iowa, and a Master’s degree in the Art of Teaching from Coe College.  Mike and his wife, Pam, have four children. 

8. Sarah Hayes

Sarah is currently an English teacher at Xavier High School in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. This is her seventh year teaching and her sixth in Catholic education. Sarah graduated with a degree in English from Clarke University, as well as licensure in secondary education, a middle school language arts/social studies endorsement, and a drama/speech minor and endorsement. She is currently working on a master’s degree in literary studies from the University of Northern Iowa through a program called Teaching English in Secondary Schools. Sarah sees teaching as a vocation and a way to share the miracle of God’s creations with her students. 

9. Vicki Hoffman

Vicki graduated from Luther College in 1986 with a B.A. in Spanish and Concentrations in Latin American Area Studies and International Management. She served two years as a volunteer with the Christian Foundation for Children and Aging, a Catholic lay child and aging sponsorship program. Vicki also lived in Mexico City and served with Franciscan Sisters in a children’s home and a parish based program. For 11 years, Vicki worked with the Christian Foundation for Children and Aging at their international headquarters in Kansas City, KS, as International Volunteer Coordinator and later as Mexico/Central America Liaison. She currently is a Spanish teacher at Xavier High School in Cedar Rapids, IA, and works part-time as a medical interpreter with Humble Language Institute serving the local Latino community.  

10. Katie Lee

Katie is an adjunct professor and instructional coach with the Greeley Center for Catholic Schools at Loyola University, Chicago. She earned her bachelors in English and Political Science at the University of Notre Dame and went on to serve in ND’s Alliance for Catholic Education program. For two years, Katie taught high school English in Oklahoma City while working on her masters in education. After returning to her native Chicago, Katie taught language arts and reading at Chicago Jesuit Academy, a full-scholarship, all boys middle school on the city’s West side. Having seen a need for adolescent reading support and curricular development in Catholic schools, Katie began work on her doctorate in curriculum and instruction at Loyola University. In the final stages of dissertation work, Katie continues to support Catholic education while caring for her young family. 

11. Tracie Marshall

Tracie is currently a member of the English Department at Xavier High School in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She has been teaching since 2006. She has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English-Teaching from the University of Northern Iowa and a Reading Endorsement from Drake University. Tracie and her husband, Jason, have two children.

12. Molly McDonald

Molly grew up in the Cedar Rapids, Iowa area and attended Xavier High School. After graduating, she went on to attend Iowa State University and the University of Northern Iowa, earning her Bachelor of Arts in English. When she received her initial B.A. and entered the workforce, she realized that something was missing. It was then that she returned to UNI and earned her Bachelor of Arts in English Education. Since graduating from college, Molly has been employed at Xavier High School, and has taught in both the Theology and English departments. It has been since 2011 that Molly has been blessed with being able to teach at the Catholic school that she, herself, attended. She has also been a part of teaching the summer religious education program at a local parish, St. Elizabeth Anne Seton, since 2010.

13. Jaclyn Richmond

Jaclyn is the current chair of the World Language Dept. at Xavier High School in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She earned a BA from Coe College in 2002 in Spanish, Business and Education, and a MAT in 2006 with an endorsement in Psychology. Jaclyn took her first teaching job at Xavier, and after 4 years left to pursue a part-time position at Washington High School in Cedar Rapids. After missing Catholic education, she returned full-time to Xavier to continue teaching in a school where she could develop her faith among her students and colleagues. Jaclyn and her husband, Mark, have three children. 

14. Anna Steele

Anna is the Director of Youth Ministry for St. Cecilia and St. Thomas Aquinas parishes in Ames, Iowa.  She received her Bachelor of Arts in English and Art History from the University of Iowa where she participated in the Writer’s Workshop program.  In 2012, she received her Certificate in Youth Ministry Studies through the Center for Ministry Development.  Anna has happily served the Catholic Church as a catechist for over fourteen years. She is passionate about igniting social change through the next generation of Catholic leaders.

15. Mary Patricia Storms

Mary Patricia is currently pastoral associate for adult faith formation and Christian initiation of adults and teens at Our Lady of the Presentation Parish in Lee’s Summit, Missouri. She taught high school theology and English for 17 years at Archbishop O’Hara High School in Kansas City, Missouri, and often does catechetical and liturgical training for adults in the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph.  She has worked in parish religious education and sacramental preparation, and diocesan communication, liturgy, education and special events. Mary Pat is author of articles related to Liturgical Art and Environment for Liturgical Training Publication’s Pastoral Liturgy, 2010-2013,  Sacred Space column for Resource Publications’ Ministry and Liturgy, 2010-2013. Together with Paul Turner, STD, she is author of LTP’s Guide for Ministers of Liturgical Environment. Her most recent publication is Celebrating the Lectionary® for Junior High 2014-2015: Supplemental Lectionary-Based Resourcefrom LTP. Mary Pat is married (for 34 years to Michael,) has five children and two beautiful granddaughters. She holds an Education Specialist in Administration; a MA in Curriculum & Instruction, and a BA in English and Theology and is a certified catechist for the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph. She has also received continuing education credit in Theology through the University of Dayton,  Notre Dame University, Boston College and through offerings in the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph.

16. Barb Sullivan

Barb has been a Catholic school teacher for 12 years. After attending Catholic schools from kindergarten through college, she knew that teaching in Catholic schools was truly a vocation. She has worked with all ages and abilities from elementary to high school while teaching at All Saints Elementary, Regis Middle School and Xavier High School in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She received her B.A. from Mount Mercy College in Reading and Language Arts and her M.A. in the Art of Teaching at Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She has created and implemented lessons in accordance with the Bishop’s framework while teaching Theology at Xavier. Barb is also teaching Religious Education at St. Elizabeth Anne Seton. She is a member at All Saints Parish in Cedar Rapids. 

17. David Sullivan

David is a life-long Catholic, born and raised in Cedar Rapids, IA.  Following graduation from Cedar Rapids LaSalle High School, he earned an undergraduate degree in Biology with a Secondary Education Endorsement from Mount Mercy University.  After graduation from Mount Mercy, teaching and coaching stops at Dyersville Beckman High School, St. Rita of Cascia High School in Chicago, and one year as a long-term substitute at Roosevelt Middle School in Cedar Rapids brought him back to teach and coach at LaSalle.  The following year, LaSalle and Regis High Schools merged to form Xavier High School, where David has been employed since.  Along the way he earned a Masters Degree in Chemical and Life Science from the University of Maryland, and met and married the love of his life, Barbara, who also teaches and coaches.  God further blessed them with a wonderful daughter, Genevieve, and they reside in Cedar Rapids.

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