Born to Frank and Rita Stec, Father Bob is the third of six children. He always felt a calling to serve the Lord throughout his years at St. Charles Borromeo Grade School and Padua Franciscan High School. He graduated as ‘Mr. Padua’ in 1979 and followed his calling to Borromeo Seminary.
He graduated from St. Mary Seminary in 1988 and was assigned to St. Gabriel and later St. Richard Parish. He was appointed Vocation Director of the Diocese of Cleveland, a position he held for eleven years. During this time, The FEST, an annual Catholic Family Festival, became a reality, and is now in its l9th year.
The FEST (www.TheFEST.us) began as a follow up to World Youth Day in Rome and had about 1,500 people in attendance its first year. It has since grown into the highlight of the summer for thousands of people from across the region, attracting 45,000+ annually for a day of faith, family, fun and music – all for free!
In December 2005, Father Bob was appointed Pastor of St. Ambrose Parish in Brunswick. In his first year at St. Ambrose, he created Mission Possible, a mission outreach program to the Dominican Republic (www.MissionPossible.us). Over 200 missionaries have since made the annual trip to Higuey, Dominican Republic to build homes, introduce others to Christ and change lives. In addition to the homes, a Church, school, medical/dental clinic, community center, and job training center have all been built under the guidance of Father Bob. In early 2019, a regulation baseball field was dedicated for the entire area.
His humanitarian efforts are also very visible in the Greater Cleveland area where a west side effort – Alpha Village – was established. Residents, many of them refugee families, are helped with every day necessities and time is spent distributing winter clothing, food for the holidays and an annual spring clean up and home repair day.
With heroin use touching the lives of greater Clevelanders in epidemic proportion, he felt compelled to do something. In 2016 he brought together parish leaders of all faiths, community leaders and law enforcement. In this regard, the Greater than Heroin Campaign was launched.
In 2014 Saint Ambrose was nominated as one of the ‘top 12’ Catholic Parishes in North America at creating Disciples. Under the leadership of Father Bob, St. Ambrose continues to grow in size and service to the Lord with over 5,500 families and 150+ parish ministry groups.
With the death of Father Thomas Dunphy, the Diocese of Cleveland appointed Father Bob Administrator of Saint Martin Parish, Valley City (2017-2018) in addition to his responsibilities at Saint Ambrose. This concluded with the appointment of a new pastor in the fall of 2018.
At present, much of his energy is dedicated to the renovation of Saint Ambrose Church. Construction is well underway and completion is expected in spring 2019.
As a well-known community leader, he has been the recipient of many prestigious awards…”Mr. Padua”- 1979; Knights of Columbus Catholic Man of the Year; Med-Wish International Humanitarian Award (2016); Medina County Distinguished Citizen Award (2012), Alpha Village Partner of the Year (2017), United Pastors in Mission – Pastor of the Year (2017), Catholic Charities Medina County WAM/Faithful Servant Award (2018), National Catholic Education Leaders Award (2018)…he was also presented with the Key to the City of Brunswick. In addition, he was selected as one of 12 priests in America for his innovation and motivating ways in delivering the message of Jesus Christ (especially to the youth of our area)…just to name a few!
With his hectic schedule, and community efforts, he still finds time, on occasion, to enjoy ATVing, snowmobiling, rock climbing, and even a great bonfire!
As I listened to Fr. Jeremy Merzweiler preach at the funeral of Fr. Bob Lorkowski, I thought about how many priests you have had here at St. Ambrose over the years. Just as I thought about how challenging that might be for you, the massive crucifix in the sanctuary came into focus. On the one hand, it matters so much who the priest is, as he makes Christ present to you in a particular way. On the other hand, it doesn’t matter who the priest is, because Christ is constantly present to you through any priest. So, as I begin my time at St. Ambrose, I’ll be who I am for you, and let Jesus do everything else.
Who am I? I am one of six children to my parents who still live in my childhood home in Grafton Township. I encountered Jesus in a profound way through the Newman group at Bowling Green State University. I taught high school science and coached Jr. High football and basketball before entering seminary (priest school). I love being a priest, celebrating the Sacraments, Sacred Scripture, prayer, playing and watching sports (especially golf), and hanging out with family and friends. People always ask, “Why did you want to become a priest?” Part of my answer is always the same, “Having come to know the reality of who God is and what he has done for me, I wanted nothing more than to spend my life helping others come to the same encounter.” Jesus really is everything for us, and I look forward to everything at St. Ambrose that helps others come to that same realization.
Our parish is blessed to have Matthew Harley as one of our Deacons. He also leads our Holy Hiking members on monthly walks that are faith-centered and in nature. Deacon Matt is also the Director of Campus Ministry at Padua Franciscan High School.
Originally from Toledo, Ohio, Deacon Matt graduated from Xavier University in Cincinnati. He and his wife Mary are blessed with four wonder children. His hobbies include running, woodworking, gardening, and raising chickens.
Deacon Ian Kelly is our Transitional Deacon. His best Saint Ambrose thought is how caring of a community we have here.
A Parma native, Deacon Ian Kelly attended Saint Edward High School. He went on to Borromeo College Seminary and then to Saint Mary Seminary. His hobbies include spending time with his family: his mom is a teacher, his dad is a pastoral musician, and his brother is currently in law school. He also loves music and sports of all kinds. Deacon Ian Kelly is also involved in Encounter Ministries and Damascus Catholic Mission Campus.
Clifton Strengths: Competition, Woo, Activator, Significance, Communication
Caitlin Arbogast is the coordinator for the parish’s High School Youth Ministry, Confirmation program, Young Adult Ministry, and RCIA program. For Caitlin, it is important that her parish feels like home. Her best Saint Ambrose thought is that “everyone here is like family, and it always feels like ‘coming home’ when I pull onto our parish campus.” Caitlin also works for The Fest and serves on various Diocesan teams for youth events such as the CLE 21:6 Youth Conference.
Caitlin is from Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio and attended St. Vincent – St. Mary High School and Mercyhurst University. She shares the passion for ministering the Catholic faith to youth with her husband who is also a youth minister. Caitlin enjoys spending time with friends as well as with her parents and sister and brother-in-law. She is often found spending time outdoors: hiking, kayaking, reading in her hammock, playing soccer, etc. She is a fan of country music and crime-related TV shows and podcasts.
Jake Bihari manages many of the parish’s events and special projects. He is a Brunswick, Ohio native, an alum of Holy Name High School, and graduated from Ursuline College. Jake is often referred to as Father Bob’s “right hand man” and is known by many of our members as one of the vital life sources of our parish especially when it comes to the parish’s management and involvement in initiatives such as The FEST, Mission Possible, OneHope NEO, and much more. His best Saint Ambrose thought is “is simply all our members… The tremendous good and profound impact they have on our community is inspiring!”
Jake enjoys spending time outdoors. His favorite things to do include camping, hiking, white water rafting, climbing, as long as it is outdoors, he is smiling!
Our parish recently welcomed Maria Crookston. She is our Pastoral Minister and a member of our Evangelization team. Her responsibilities include working with our junior high students enrolled at our school and in our PSR which involved creating a variety of ministry experiences for them. Maria also works with our parish’s liturgical ministers and trains our altar servers.
She was born in Massillon, Ohio and attended Massillon Jackson High School. From there, she went on to Walsh University and attained a B.S. in Education and Biology and a B.A. in Theology. Maria holds a master’s degree from the University of Dayton in Pastoral Ministry.
Maria has one sibling, an older brother. She is looking forward to getting married in May 2022. Maria enjoys doing service around the community, hanging out with friends and family, hiking, and going to sporting events (baseball is her favorite). Along with the many other accomplishments attained, Maria taught herself to play the guitar and piano! Another fun fact about Maria is that she has a Disney obsession…as in, she’s been to Disneyworld 33 times and will no doubt be going again as soon as she’s able.
Besides possessing an impressively solid academic background, Maria was named one of the top 10 DRE/Youth Ministers in the Nation in Catechist Magazine. She is also an Associate Member of NFCYM.
Diane Heilman is an integral part to our Evangelization initiatives. She assists with liturgy commissions and ministries here at Saint Ambrose. Diane’s “best Saint Ambrose thought” is that the Spirit is alive at our parish and that sentiment nicely compliments the support she provides to our Spiritual Life and Adult Formation Ministries.
Diane and her husband David have raised their three children in Brunswick and now enjoy spending time with their grandchildren, Benjamin and Evan. Her hobbies include swimming and biking. In fact, Diane has cycled back and forth to Lake Erie on more than one occasion!
Our Cares and Compassion Ministry leader is Lisa Homady. She provides the essential support needed in order for our Cares and Compassion and Outreach/Service ministries need in their intent to help others in numerous ways. Lisa’s “best Saint Ambrose thought” is that she is proud to be “a part of a beautiful community, with people that are faith-filled and caring and want to genuinely help others by doing the work of the Lord.”
Lisa is a Holy Name High School alum. She went to Kent State University and finished at Florida State University. Her husband Jim and she share four children together: Amanda, Jimmy, Alyssa, and Brandon. The family spend a lot of time together and love boating, taking vacations, attending sporting events, taking walks, reading, kayaking, skiing, and snowmobiling. It is no surprise that Lisa’s greatest achievement is “being a mom to four pretty wonderful children, all who are kind, caring, motivated, driven, faith-filled, loving, generous, sweet, and fun!” These values and the fact that she loves being a part of building forever families also are important in her other work which is in consulting for an Adoption Agency.
Travis Jürgens has been the Director of Music Ministry at Saint Ambrose Parish since July 2020. He won 2nd Prize and the President of the Jury Award at the 2019 Bucharest Music Institute International Conducting Competition. He has conducted the Rochester Philharmonic, Colorado Symphony, Alabama Symphony Orchestra, Boulder Philharmonic, and Denver Philharmonic, among others. He has worked with esteemed conductors, including Michael Tilson Thomas and Marin Alsop, who invited Travis to attend the Conductors Guild Composer/Conductor Workshop at the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music.
Jürgens has performed in the United States, Europe, and Japan. He has been praised as “a superior conductor” and “well on his way to becoming a major conductor in the world of symphony orchestras” (Opus Colorado). Musicians who have played under his baton have commented on his exceptional talent, dynamic musicianship, efficient rehearsals, and strong leadership.
The fully professional Perrysburg Symphony Orchestra appointed Jürgens as their next Music Director and Conductor in July 2018. Previously, he was the Music Director and Conductor of the Ohio Northern Symphony for five seasons, the Lima Area Youth Orchestra for three seasons, the Philharmonia of Kansas City for six seasons, the Associate Conductor of the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra, and a cover conductor for the Colorado Symphony. He also held the position of Associate Conductor of the Lamont Symphony Orchestra and Opera Theatre in Denver, where he received the Leon Guide Outstanding Conductor Award. Additional info is available at www.travisjuergens.com.
Helen Lanzarotta and her husband Mike have been members of Saint Ambrose for over 25 years. Helen started volunteering at Saint Ambrose as a PSR Catechist. She was hired in as a staff member in 2012 as a Preschool Aid. Since has since moved on to the very important roles of Music Ministry Assistant and the Parish Life Coordinator. Duties include assuring that all Masses, Prayer Services, and Liturgical celebration needs are met and covered. She also assists the Saint Ambrose School Campus Ministry team. Additionally, Helen instructs and prepares SA School and PSR children for Liturgical Ministry including Altar Servers, Lectors, Usher/Greeters and Sacristans, and she provides support to the Music Ministry Choirs. As a Wedding Coordinator here at the parish, she has the opportunity help engaged couples with planning logistics and ensuring that their wedding day is beautiful and memorable. Helen does not stop there though. She is also the Art & Environment Coordinator for the parish. Her best Saint Ambrose thought is that she gets to work with amazing people while also “helping them in some way to grown closer to Our Lord through ministry work and their receiving the Sacraments.”
Kim Nemet is one of our Family Life Ministry leaders. She coordinates all of our Baptisms and leads our Baptismal education here at Saint Ambrose. Kim also coordinates our Natural Family Planning Education programming at our parish.
Kim is an alum of Brunswick High School and is a resident of Brunswick, Ohio. Her husband Mike and she have five children ranging in age from preschool to college. She and Mike love taking the kids on vacations, especially to Disney World where they have made wonderful and lasting family memories together. Kim loves taking pictures and then uses the happy moments that are captured to create photo books.
The Nemet Family is currently working on establishing a foundation in their son Collin’s honor.
Gayle Oboy’s “best Saint Ambrose thought” stems from her first impression of Saint Ambrose which occurred after watching the Matthew West concert stream live from our church during the pandemic. She loved how “alive” our parish was despite most of the country shutting down on account of the pandemic. She appreciated Father Bob’s dedication to being there for all during what was for many, a very lonely and dark time. Gayle wanted to be a part of spreading the light and love. So, she signed up to become a parishioner of Saint Ambrose Catholic Parish. Gayle is now our Future Full of Hope Coordinator. She has participated in Bible Study Fellowship for the last 20 year and brings a breadth of knowledge and capability to also supporting many of our Spiritual Life and Adult Faith Formation programs.
Gayle grew up in Urbana, Ohio and went on to receive a college degree in Family Financial Management from Ohio State University. Gayle is married to Scott and share a wonderful son named Tyler. They are very family centered and enjoy vacationing and gardening together. Gayle’s other passion is the work she does leading a women’s Catholic Bible study called Walking with Purpose and a couple marriage connect group where the focus is on keeping marriages alive in Christ.
Pam Cashman is a receptionist for our PLC Office. She comes to us with a lot of experience as she used to work for FedEx management.
Originally from Findlay, Ohio, Pam has been married for 50 years to her husband Bill. They share three wonderful children together.
Pam strives to ensure that people leave an encounter with her feeling better than before. She spends her free time volunteer at University Settlement, May Dugan, and One World Shop.
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Mary Jo Halenar is our Front Office Coordinator and Special Projects Coordinator. She is from Hinckley, Ohio, and attended Highland High School. Mary Jo has found that there’s never been a parish that she feels more at home at than at Saint Ambrose. One of her fondest memories here at Saint Ambrose is being baptized in the basement of Saint Ambrose Catholic School which used to be the Church.
Mary Jo and husband Dennis have been married for 31 years and are proud parents to three daughters and their husbands. They also have seven grandchildren and one great grandchild. Mary Jo enjoys golfing, walking, going to the beach, and travelling. When she is not helping our parish thrive, she is a captain for Monday Night Golf League and an active volunteer for the Cleveland Animal Protective League.
Christie Cereshko manages our parish’s graphic design projects. She is also responsible for our parish’s website management. Her best Saint Ambrose thought is that “it’s exciting to be involved [here] and to have our whole family experience all of the wonderful things this vibrant community has to offer.”
Christie and husband Darren have two beautiful children together. They love being outside on the hammock, getting out on the water in our kayaks, and traveling to visit their Texas family.
All of our parish and school staff and volunteers are required to submit to background checks and go through Virtus Training. Geneva Chrysanthus has the important task of making sure all are compliant with this required as our VIRTUS Coordinator. She also works closely with our Youth Ministry.
When asked what her hobbies are, Geneva says that her family is her hobby which makes sense (especially if you are a parent) since she has a full and fun life with six children.
Chris Gibson is an asset to our amazing Maintenance team. He helps maintain our parish grounds and facilities so that our members and parish visitors may enjoy a safe, clean, and suitable place to worship and gather.
Chris graduated from Garfield Heights High School. In his free time, he enjoys reading. In fact, when he is not working at our parish, he can be found volunteering his time and effort at his local library.
Rebecca Kaaikaula manages the parish’s marketing and communication division. She graduated from Saint Joseph Academy and has a Bachelor’s degree from Cleveland State University. Rebecca has worked mostly in the education sector: first at Case Western Reserve University in Development and Alumni Affairs and then as Advertising Manager and Veteran Initiative Marketing Manager at Cuyahoga Community College. Her best Saint Ambrose thought is that she has been able to put her passions for marketing, education, and her faith together to help our parish and the Brunswick community.
Rebecca and her family are fairly new to the parish. Her better half, Michael, and she have four children: Ben, Leilani, Kai, and Kilean. As is the case with most moms, her hobbies mostly revolve around her children. Those include cheering on her kids at their soccer games and MX races; attending family-friendly activities and events; and traveling. Rebecca is very active in the Brunswick community. She is a Brunswick Athletic Foundation member and volunteers for the Brunswick Soccer Association and the Brunswick VFW. She helps all of the Brunswick City School District PTOs, often jumping in to fill vacant volunteer positions at any of the schools. Rebecca and her family are also very involved at our parish and try to never miss an event. She is a member of the Women’s Guild and a ministry leader for our Proofing Ministry, Welcoming Committee, and Military Prayers Ministry.
In addition to working at Saint Ambrose, Rebecca is also a substitute teacher for the Strongsville City School District and with the North Coast Shared Services Alliance Substitute Teacher Program.
Melissa Plute Levine assists on various special projects at Saint Ambrose. She used to own an event planning business so her extensive experience is an asset when it comes to planning the many community events that our parish hosts. Her best Saint Ambrose thought is how grateful she is for the opportunity to take part in the outreach initiatives led by our parish. When she is not helping to plan parish events, she is involved in Lets Make a Difference in Medina. She is the Forest Glen Homeowners Association Social Committee Chair and Saint Ambrose School Angel Gala Co-Chair.
A native of Medina, Ohio, Melissa attended Medina High School and John Carroll University. She and her husband Jeremy share two children together and their Cavapoo named Zelda. Melissa likes organizing and de-cluttering, interior design, and spending time with her family and friends.
We are so blessed to have Debbie McCready as one of our Front Office receptionists. She came to Saint Ambrose with over 18 years of experience working as a catechist and as a staff member at other Catholic parishes. When asked what her best Saint Ambrose thought is, her answer is a simple yet significant one and that’s that “Saint Ambrose Parish is my home.” Originally, when Debbie started working at Saint Ambrose, she was Jane Baldwin’s right hand helping with Spiritual Life and Stewardship. They’ve joined forces again in our parish’s office. Debbie loves making phone calls to new parishioners and scheduling visits for them to meet with Father Bob. Debbie is also very involved in our Peanut Butter & Jelly Brigade (PB&J Brigade).
Debbie graduated from Strongsville High School. She has two sons, Scott and Tim and is blessed with two grandsons. Debbie enjoys getting together with her four sisters for craft sessions! She also spends time serving on her neighborhood HOA.
Kathy Pearl supports our Parish Life Center office and is in charge of all facility scheduling for our parish. If you need a meeting room here, make sure you see or talk to Kathy! Kathy and her husband Bob are also long time parishioners of Saint Ambrose Parish.
Kathy and Bob have raised two daughters, Lisa and Jenni and now get to enjoy their five grandchildren. Kathy’s hobbies include gardening and sewing. In fact, Kathy was one of the talented hands that made the large family quilt that hangs in Mother Teresa! Her best Saint Ambrose thought is that “with God, all things are possible.”
Luci Stack joined the Front Office staff during fall 2020 and is warm and welcoming to everyone she meets. She came to us with an extensive career including business ownership, interior design, and customer service. One of her proudest endeavors is when she volunteered to redesign an 11,000 square foot, historic building for the Westside Catholic Center Women’s Shelter. This shelter now houses a total for 35 women and children who have been batter and abused. Her favorite Saint Ambrose motto is “See the Good. Be the Good.”
Luci became a Saint Ambrose member in summer 2019 when she relocated to northeast Ohio from Atlanta. She is originally from this area and moved back to be closer to her family. She has two adult married children and four beautiful grandchildren.
Mary Zayas is an essential part of our Front Office team. She enters all the envelopes and checks for the weekly contributions into our parish database. She shares a former experience of when the parish staff participated in an escape room a few years back. She recounts it as being a “great team building experience” that she really enjoyed being a part of.
Mary is from Cleveland and graduated from Holy Name High School. Her husband Gary Sr. and she share a daughter and son and four grandchildren and a great grandchild. For hobbies Mary loves reading, traveling, and spending time with my family.
Joyce Osowski co-leads our Route 66 Senior and Faithful after Fifty Ministries. These ministries are made up of our very loyal parishioners, the members of the parish from ages 50 – 100. Joyce loves getting to plan events and activities to enrich the member’s lives individually, connecting them in fellowship, and drawing them deeper into the Saint Ambrose parish community. Joyce shares that “one of the things I love most about what I do now is getting to learn people’s names. I look around the church at Mass and I love how many faces I know can offer a hello to all of them!”
Joyce and husband Mark have three children: Ryan, Stephen, and Elena. When she is not busy keeping up with her kids or putting on Route 66 and FAF events, Joyce enjoys belly dancing and sewing and making costumes. She loves planning themed parties, from kids’ birthday parties to daddy-daughter dances and our parish has benefitted greatly from Joyce’s enthusiasm for and expertise in event planning.
Jennie Porco works part-time to support our Parish Life Center office and is a Ministry Coordinator for our CARES and Compassion Team. She went to Malone University where she majored in Psychology. Her biggest accomplishment and an opportunity that she will forever be grateful for, was going through the RCIA program here at Saint Ambrose in 2017. Jennie shares that “ultimately, the experience lead the way for me to form a closer, deeper, and more meaningful relationship with God, my family, and the community.”
Originally from Massillon, Ohio, Jennie now lives in Medina with her husband Joe and three children: Camille, Bonaventure, and Giovanni. They also have a spunky German short-haired Pointer named Dixie. She loves spending time with her family and friends.
As a volunteer staff member of Saint Ambrose Parish, Jim Rauschenbach is very dedicated to our parish and is involved in a number of our ministries. Between the dedication and his extensive experience in teaching, Jim brings a great deal to our parish’s Youth Ministry, Route 66 Senior Ministry, and our Faithful after Fifty group.
Jim grew up in Parma Heights with his five siblings. He received a PhD in Sport Sciences from the Ohio State University. Besides many accomplishments attained throughout his teaching career, Jim is author of the Chinese National Curriculum for Physical Education K Through 8th Grade “Do It Know It Love It.” In his free time, Jim enjoys woodworking, weight training, hiking, kayaking, bicycling, and playing tennis. He is proud to be a lifetime member of the Society for Health and Physical Education “SHAPE.”
Gabby Yatson (formerly Moss) provides support to our Parish Life Center office team and is a Ministry Coordinator for our CARES and Compassion Team. She is a Brunswick native and attended Cuyahoga Community College. Before Saint Ambrose Gabby worked for Cleveland Clinic Main Campus as a Pediatric Phlebotomist in their Pathology & Laboratory Medicine Institute.
Throughout Gabby’s high school and college years, she helped plan and lead over 20 faith-focused retreats. She served as a Board member and teen representative for Northcoast Spirit TEC (Teens Encounter Christ), a recognized movement of the Roman Catholic Church, offering to youth and adults an experience of the Paschal Mystery of Jesus.
Gabby enjoys spending as much time with her three beautiful nieces. She and her husband have an energetic rescue dog that keeps them on their toes. One of Gabby’s favorite quotes is one from Pope Francis: “Ask Jesus what he wants from you and be brave!”
Kailey Baca is a Videographer and Content Creator at Saint Ambrose. Kailey came to us in early 2021 as a recent Communications graduate from Kent State University. She utilizes her artistic talents to minister to the church’s parish family, which is “an absolute dream come true,” according to Kailey. Her best Saint Ambrose thought is that it’s great to be “in a place where Jesus is everything for us!”
A resident of Brecksville, Ohio, Kailey is a huge Disney fan and loves to spend her free time singing and writing songs with her guitar. She is a cantor for Saint Basil the Great.
Our manager of Accounting Operations is Carol Maline. She is also a Stephen Minister Leader here at Saint Ambrose Parish. As a former Vice President of Administration & Finance at Computer Systems Company, Inc, our parish was greatly blessed when Carol agreed to bring her experience and knowledge to do the good work here at our parish.
A Brunswick native, Carol shares two daughters and two granddaughters with her husband. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, traveling, camping, gardening, and hitting the beach. Outside of Saint Ambrose, Carol is also involved in Survivors Teaching Students and the St. Francis Women’s Renewal.
Lynn Rogers works in our parish Business Office and handles Saint Ambrose staff payroll and tuition for Saint Ambrose Catholic School. She also manages our BINGO program.
Lynn grew up not far from here in Valley City and now resides in Brunswick. She shares the joy of having three children with her husband Frank. They also love to travel and spend time with their family as much as possible. Besides being a mom, Lynn’s biggest appreciation and achievement is that she is Alive and Faithful.
Lyla Wooten handles the accounts receivable and purchasing for our parish.
Originally from District Heights, Maryland, Lyla now loves living in Brunswick, Ohio. In her free time, she likes to read, garden, and travel. She also enjoys being a part of a Book Club and Euchre Group.
As our PSR Coordinator, Janet Majka oversees all faith formation programs for our parish youth and their families beginning with pre-school to eighth grade. She takes pride in what she does at Saint Ambrose and appreciates the overwhelming sense of community that exists here. Janet’s “best Saint Ambrose thought” is that everyone is welcome and feels part of the family of God.
Janet and her husband John reside in Parma and have a 27-year old son. When Janet is not working she loves to golf, garden, and scrapbook.
Deb, and her husband Chris, have been members here at Saint Ambrose for over 30 years. They have been blessed with 3 amazing children, Christopher, Zachary and Courtney, who have all attended Saint Ambrose School.
She has worked here for 10 years as the PSR secretary, processing over 1000 registrations each year for PSR, VBS and all the sacraments, along with various other duties behind the scenes to help get the programs up and running.
Megan Sawyer is one of our PSR Volunteer Coordinators. She loves teaching PSR to our first graders. Megan appreciates for the sense of community that exists here at our parish and says that “it is great to feel like a part of a team and to be appreciated for what I do here in PSR and at our parish.”
A graduate from Cleveland State University, Megan is happily married with five kids ranging from ages 4-14. The family has three dogs: one puggle and two labs. When she is not chasing after pups and kiddos, Megan enjoys reading, scrapbooking, and going on walks.
Robyn Vavrek is one of our amazing PSR assistants. Robyn makes sure Lehner Center is always set-up and ready for our PSR classes and events. She also helps to make sure all sessions run smoothly. Robyn blessed our parish when she decided to go through our RCIA program. She shares that RCIA was an “amazing experience [that] lead me to want to become a PSR catechist at Saint Ambrose.” Her family and she volunteered at our parish for many years before Robyn accepted a staff position in our parish’s PSR office. Her best Saint Ambrose thought is that “God always has a plan” and there is something for everyone at our parish because Saint Ambrose creates that amazing sense of community, not just within our own parish but also out in the city of Brunswick and northeast Ohio.”
Robyn is from North Royalton and graduated from North Royalton High School. Her husband Dan and she have two children, Ben and Abby. The family enjoys spending time with extended family and their many friends.
Clifton Strengths: Adaptability, Consistently, Activator, Realtor, Communication
Lisa Cinadr’s love for her faith began at a young age. She attended Notre Dame Academy and went on to receive her college degree from Notre Dame College. Her love and appreciation for her faith and Catholic education grew into a passion for which we are grateful for now that she leads our Saint Ambrose Catholic School students as Principal/Head of Schools (grades preschool – 8). Not only is Lisa an asset to our school, she is a very active member of our parish. She leads our Hearts of Hope group and works very closely with Father Bob on many other parish initiatives. Additionally, she is a member of the Brunswick Rotary and manages the collaborations our parish has with the Rotary.
Lisa and her husband Tim (deceased) have three (Erin, Ryan, and Lauryn) amazing, faith-filled children, all graduates of Saint Patrick Catholic School in Bryan, Ohio and Bishop Dwenger High School in Ft. Wayne, Indiana. Erin is a University of Akron graduate with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and doing great work at GM in Parma. Ryan graduated from the University of Saint Francis with a Business Administration/ Sports Management degree. He played football there all four years and helped USF win back to back NAIA National Championships. He is employed as a Sales Agent with the American Income Life Insurance in North Royalton. Lauryn is a University of Akron graduate with a degree in Exercise Science. She is working on her Doctorate of Physical Therapy at the University of Saint Francis in Loretto, PA. Lisa loves being with her kids and family. She also enjoys spending time outdoors in sunny, warm weather – bird watching, hiking, walking, and bike riding. I am energized by and am blessed to work with people of God, especially my family at Saint Ambrose School and Parish!
One of Lisa’s many “best Saint Ambrose thoughts” is that “we are privileged to work passionately and creatively for the Lord with really good people!”
Catholic education is a second career for me, but is my first passion! I received a Bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and then went on to be a social hostess for Royal Caribbean International, hosting onboard activities and planning events for cruise ship guests. I also worked as a journalist and editor for several local newspapers before earning a teaching certification from Baldwin-Wallace University and a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Notre Dame College.
I taught second-grade and middle school science in the Diocese of Cleveland for 7 years before becoming a principal in 2017 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic School in Cleveland. Being able to both instill a love of learning and to help foster a love for Jesus Christ in my students has been such a blessing!
My husband Matt and I lived in the same neighborhood as children and went to the same high school (although we didn’t know each other). Years later we crossed paths as neighbors at a block party, living on the same street! We found that we shared the same values and goals and are each other’s perfect match. We still live in the city we grew up in and we have two amazing sons. Aidan is in high school, with goals of becoming a firefighter like his dad. We adopted our son, Joseph, in 2017. He is currently in preschool and is an energetic and inquisitive little boy who loves to make others laugh.
For fun, I enjoy crafting, decorating and event planning. I also love to travel and experience different cultures and meet new people. As a family, we can be found spending time together boating and camping, listening to live music, or entertaining our family and friends.
I feel blessed to serve as the Assistant Principal at St. Ambrose Catholic School, working with a team of educators who share my passion for Catholic education!
Mrs. Catherine Mitchell has had the privilege of teaching in the diocese of Cleveland for 20 years. After graduating from Bowling Green State University with a degree in Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education, Catherine taught first and second grade at Saint John Bosco School before coming to Saint Ambrose to open Littlest Angels Preschool! Catherine is the director of the preschool program as well as teaching four year old classes. Catherine and her husband Dennis are active parishioners of Saint Ambrose and have three children.
Breanne Logue is the director of Institutional Advancement for Saint Ambrose Catholic School. Breanne’s twenty plus years in marketing and sales awards our school with a wealth of knowledge. Her best Saint Ambrose thought is that our parish “builds and empowers community.”
Breanne graduated from Ohio University. She shares three wonderful children with her husband. The family has a dog and a flock of chickens as well! Breanne’s hobbies include gardening, cooking camping, hiking, and sailing. She also loves any chance she can get to spend time, especially doing outdoorsy-type activities, with her husband.