Leadership

Mrs. Therese Allin Principal, Head of School

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Western Washington University, B.A.

University of Portland, M.A.

Saint Martin’s University, Principal’s Certification

Mathematics; Associated Student Body

How I serve and why I support the JPII mission:

Students need more than academics, they need an education that challenges them to be prepared – not just for college or career, but for life. They need to belong to a community that accepts them with love as the incredible person who God created. They need to be nurtured to explore and deepen their faith through relationship with Jesus. They need to belong, to feel loved, challenged, and supported. When young men and women know that they are supported, they know that they can explore their strengths, step outside their comfort zone to explore their options. Truly they are open to growth – to become their best selves, the person God intends them to be.

About my previous experiences:
Mathematics Teacher and Leader at Centralia High School; Mathematics Teacher at Hoquiam High School

I hail from:

Spokane, WA

In my spare time:

I cherish spending time with family, crocheting and reading.

Administrative

Mrs. Margie Antles Administrative Assistant

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Medical College of Virginia, B.A.

University of Chicago, M.A.

Northwestern University, MBA

How I serve and why I support the JPII mission:

Impacting these precious students even in a small way is truly the best job in the world!

About my previous experiences:

Pharmacist, Director of Health Care Initiatives for Strategic Communications Firm

I hail from:

The Windy City-North side. DNA includes South Side. Chicago, Il

In my spare time:

You may find me weeding the yard on a summer day and I love to play cards! I have an adorable daughter who keeps me grounded, makes me giggle and a fabulous husband who adores me. Truly blessed.

Mrs. Ann Ashe Academic Administrator

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Salisbury University, B.S.
Saint Martin’s University, Master’s in Education (working); Principal Certificate

How I lead and why I support the JPII mission:

I believe educating students is a crucial component to building a strong society where people can flourish and become who God intends them to be. Helping our students achieve their dreams around college, career or post-secondary choices guide my daily duties. I try to live out my relationship with Jesus each day to promote the mission at JPII. Supporting our teachers, communicating with parents and practicing leadership during challenging times are all privileges I embrace each day.

About my previous experiences:

I began my career in education over 30 years ago teaching elementary and middle school. Then God called me out of the work of school-based education into camp and retreat ministry and then parish ministry…education of a different kind. And, now I find myself full circle back in a school setting. I feel tremendously blessed to have this opportunity to serve again in this capacity.

I hail from:

Baltimore, MD

In my spare time:

I am all about family, so any time not spent at work we take advantage of the beautiful outdoors and cultural richness of the Pacific Northwest.

Mr. Dan Ashe Communications and Admissions Director

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Salisbury University, B.A.

The Evergreen State College, MIT

How I serve and why I support the JPII mission:

Every day I give God thanks for this opportunity to serve His kingdom. I use my gifts and talents to build better relationships that help our scholars and leaders grow into who God intends them to be. I support the mission because our world needs people who are rooted in the light and truth of Jesus Christ.

About my previous experiences:

I served as a US Army officer in the First Gulf War. After my military contract I taught in five different schools including, public, Catholic and higher education. I hold certifications in all levels of ropes/course facilitation, program management and practitioner training.

I hail from:

Baltimore, MD

In my spare time:

I play guitar, hike, off-road with my son and enjoy nice dinners out with my wife.

Mrs. Monica Davis Business Manager

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Saint Martin’s University, B.A.
Certified Public Accountant

How I serve and why I support the JPII mission:

I support JPII’s mission because I see firsthand the amazing growth in the students that attend JPII. We encourage them to be leaders in their academics, faith and service and they achieve that. They rise to the expectations set before them and graduate with skills that they continue to grow as they move out into the world.

About my previous experiences:

I worked as an auditor for the State of Washington, a business consultant for the State of Washington, teaching intro to computers for a worker retraining program, and an office manager for a consulting firm.

I hail from:

Aberdeen, WA

In my spare time:

I like to spend time with my family and friends. I enjoy nature and running. I am married and have 2 grown children. My children have both graduated from College and they are successfully working in their field of study. My husband is recently retired and is enjoying life with our new puppy, Hudson.

John Grossman Development Director
Email

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Illinois State University, B.S. Communications

How I serve and why I support the JPII mission:

Attending a Catholic grade school and high school gave me a deep appreciation of the impact a small faith-filled school community can have, not just upon religious identity, but upon the whole person. I’m excited to share my passion, leadership and faith as I engage our constituents in the dynamic story of JPII. My priority is to build relationships and develop partners to further our mission of forming educated, Christ-centered, servant leaders. 

About my previous experiences:

National Speaker for Churches and Schools, Development and Alumni Director, Theology Teacher/Dept Chair and Retreat Director

I hail from:

Western Suburbs of Chicago

In my spare time:

I love cooking, reading, hiking, watching movies, loving my wife and spoiling my grandchildren.

Ms. Caiti Schmitz Executive Assistant

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Yakima Valley College, A.A.

How I lead and why I support the JPII mission:

I deeply believe that our youth are active and important participants in shaping our world, both in the present and future. Shaping youth that live out the mission of JPII is therefore of vital importance. If I can be even a small part of this mission, I know that what I do each day matters infinitely.

About my previous experiences:

I worked as a banker for five years before feeling a call to work for the Catholic Church. I was an administrative assistant at Saint Michael Parish for 3 years prior to making the move to serve as Executive Assistant for JPII.

I hail from:

Red Bluff, CA

In my spare time:

Developing an ever-deepening faith life is part of my daily life. I love spending time in conversation with family and friends. I enjoy reading, especially Biblical fiction. I find God in nature, so you can often find me outdoors (at least when the sun is out)! Music is very important to me, if I am not listening to my favorite artists, I am playing guitar and singing.

Mrs. Julie Suek Counselor

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How I serve and why I support the JPII mission:

At JPII we help students develop body, mind and spirit. I offer students the support and encouragement to handle life’s mental and emotional challenging moments.

About my previous experiences:

Health care administration, Mental Health clinician and College Instructor

I hail from:

Montana

In my spare time:

Garden, Cook and watch documentaries and reading; married to Mr. Suek. We have 3 grown children and one beautiful grandson!

Faculty

Mr. Gary Baits Spanish and Academic Advisor

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Point Loma College, B.A.

American Baptist Seminary of the West, M.Div.

Framingham State University, M.Ed.

Step Up; National Honor Society

How I teach and why I support the JPII mission:

I love to see students grow as servant leaders. I take joy in seeing lights come on as students learn, stretch themselves, expand their worldview, and offer their gifts as servant leaders to a hurting world.

About my previous experiences:

I served as an American Baptist Pastor in Oregon and Washington with my wife, Mylinda. We served as global servants with a group of churches in Costa Rica for 12 years.

I hail from:

San Diego, CA

In my spare time:

Play coed softball, garden, write, enjoy time with my wife and our two adult children.

Ms. Gwen Bowen Theology

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University of Notre Dame de Namur, B.A. 
University of Notre Dame de Namur, Teaching Credential
University of California at Berkeley, Teaching Certificate

How I teach and why I support the JPII mission:

I teach by encouraging students to use their talents in challenging them to expand their knowledge, enable their decision making and promote firmness of character. I see myself as a mentor on the students’ faith journey in deepening their communion with God, themselves, and the greater community.

About my previous experiences:

I have been working as an educator for over twenty-five years in the U.S. and abroad. I recently taught for eighteen years at a small private school in San Jose, CA and then for a year at a large high school in Redwood City, CA.

I hail from:

I was born in Seattle and raised in San Jose, California. However, all my family is from Grays Harbor County. 

In my spare time:

I love to experience diverse cultures and religions through international travel. I also take great joy in visiting the natural beauty of our national parks. At home I enjoy reading historical fiction, watching international dramas and cooking global dishes.  

Ms. Mary Frances Brennan Theology and History

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Notre Dame, B.A.
Notre Dame, M.A
Saint Martin’s University, Teaching Certificate

How I teach and why I support the JPII mission:

I am humbled to have the opportunity to walk with young people in their relationship with God. As history and theology teacher, one of the skills I reinforce most is helping students support both written and spoken arguments with evidence. I am convinced that every single person has unique gifts, and I love helping students believe this too.

About my previous experiences:

I worked as a parish minister in Kalamzoo, MI for two years before teaching at a classical liberal arts school in San Antonio, TX. I spent the following five years at Holy Family School in Lacey before transitioning to JPII last year.

I am humbled to have the opportunity to walk with young people in their relationship with God. As history and theology teacher, one of the skills I reinforce most is helping students support both written and spoken arguments with evidence. I am convinced that every single person has unique gifts, and I love helping students believe this too.

I hail from:

Lacey, WA

In my spare time:

I have a lifelong love of travel and hiking; I try to every day find some time to drink tea (or coffee!) and read. Recently during the COVID lockdown I also discovered an affection for house plants!

Mr. Leland Brungardt Performing Arts and Voice

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South Puget Sound Community College A.A.

How I teach and why I support the JPII mission:

I love how JPII nurtures students intellectually as well as spiritually. It is something that I feel is incredibly necessary in our busy modern times.

About my previous experiences:

I’ve been working in non-profit children’s theater programs for over 10 years. I’m the music director for Apple Tree Productions where we work with young people putting on musicals.

I hail from:

Olympia, WA

In my spare time:

When I’m not busy I love to unwind with my cats and play video games. One of my very favorite things is to take a long walk and listen to music. I’m also the accompanist for First Christian Church every Sunday.

Mr. Travis Conn Art

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The Evergreen State College, B.A.

Master Metalsmith

Mrs. Margarita Fox Math and Science

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Pontifical Bolivarian University, B.S. Environmental Engineering
University of Southern California, M.S. Environmental Engineering
University of San Diego, M.Ed. School Leadership

How I teach and why I support the JPII mission:

I believe in the “power of yet” and having a growth mindset. My goal is to support and challenge students with engaging material and encourage them to take charge of their learning process. I am eager to accompany students in their Catholic faith and motivate them to have a closer relationship with God.

About my previous experiences:

In 2016 I decided to forego a career in environmental engineering, to instead focus on my true passion of education. Since then I have been teaching at private schools as a math & science teacher, where I have been responsible for creating engaging and interactive curriculum for high school students.

I hail from:

Columbia

In my spare time:

When not studying or working, I enjoy visiting new places and learning about different cultures, reading, and watching uplifting stories – especially those based on real-life events. I also love dancing and cooking authentic Colombian food. Being able to share it with family and friends, and help them learn more about my culture is very special to me.

Mr. Anthony Herness Spanish, Physical Education, and Athletic Director

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The Evergreen State College, B.A.

Saint Martin’s University, MIT

Fastpitch Coach

How I teach and why I support the JPII mission:

I like to teach with great energy and compassion. Life provides new challenges daily, and I want to be a mentor that all feel welcome to voice their questions and viewpoints. Through the years, I have found that student growth, and empowerment, are a tremendous witness to Christ’s love for us all. Watching students meet their God-given potential is inspiring and provides me with the passion to be the best teacher I can be.

About my previous experiences:

I have had a variety of previous professions including owning my own business, installing telecommunications equipment, and purchasing.

I hail from:

Olympia, WA

In my spare time:

In my spare time I enjoy playing the guitar, watching the Seahawks, being active with my kids, and going to the beach.

Mr. Stephen Holland English and Social Studies

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Gonzaga University, B.A.

Loyola University Maryland, MAT

Jazz Band; Community Service; History Bowl;
Knowledge Bowl; Bee Club; Writing Club

How I teach and why I support the JPII mission:

The authors we read do most of the teaching. I teach primarily through inquiry and discussion. JPII allows me to be authentically human as a teacher and allows me to encourage my students to grow authentically into the people God intends them to be.

About my previous experiences:

Before JPII, I worked at Mother Mary Lange Catholic School in Baltimore, MD teaching 6th, 7th, and 8th grade social studies and 6th grade religion. Before that, I worked for the American Red Cross in Spokane. I’ve worked as an activities coordinator for a mentoring program, as a foreman on a painting crew, as a librarian at Gonzaga’s law library, as a server at Gonzaga’s student cafeteria, and as a laborer working in any number of random short-term jobs.

I hail from:

Olalla, WA

In my spare time:

Spend time with my family farming, hiking, reading, praying…playing Gaelic football when I get the chance.

Ms. Kimberly Karaman Mathematics and College Advisor

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Oregon State University, B.S

Oregon State University, M.S

Academic & College Advising; Future Business Leaders of America

How I teach and why I support the JPII mission:

I teach from the perceptive that each person is capable to achieve success. It is a matter of finding how their mind processes and retains information. This aligns with our mission to create personal awareness so that we welcome diversity, act equitably, and include each person for who they are becoming.

About my previous experiences:

I taught math in the Beaverton School District, Vancouver School District, Portland Community College, Lower Community College, Clark College

I hail from:

Portland, OR

In my spare time:

I enjoy baking, being in the outdoors, and spending time with my family and friends.

Mr. Joshua Myers History, Government and Economics

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The Evergreen State College, B.A.

Washington Governors University, MAT

Fastpitch Coach

How I teach and why I support the JPII mission:

One very important aspect of how I teach our students is to develop a personal relationship with each of them. History can be fun! So I bring my love for the subject to the classroom to excite students about history by going beyond the text and diving deeply into the stories that make history rich and alive!

About my previous experiences:

Before teaching I worked in construction, mostly in the greater Seattle area. My specialties were residential residing, window and door replacement, and deck building but I also have experience in all aspects from framing to finish carpentry.

I hail from:

Olympia, WA

In my spare time:

I enjoy the outdoors, camping and fishing are two of my favorite hobbies. I also love to cook, my favorite is grilling and smoking meats for family and friends, and listening to music. I have a wonderful wife, Julie, and three great children: TJ, Jon and Alison.

Dr. Tracy Russell Science, Mathematics and Health

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New York University, B.A.
St. George’s University School of Medicine, M.D.
Saint Martin’s University, MIT

GradPoint; STEM Team; StellarXplorers Aerospace STEM Program; Cross Country Coach

How I teach and why I support the JPII mission:

My goal is to foster the natural inquisitiveness of our learners while helping them learn to be good consumers of information, being able to distinguish between the real, the false, and the misleading.

About my previous experiences:

Spent 20 years as a pediatrician, taught as an adjunct for Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences and currently teach at Saint Martin’s University.

I hail from:

Okinawa, Japan (spent time as US Air Force bases all over the world)

In my spare time:

I recharge my batteries by reading, writing, cooking and sewing.

Mr. Philip Suek English

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Carroll College, B.A.
Washington State University, M.A.
City University, Principal’s Certification

Yearbook

How I teach and why I support the JPII mission:

Teaching makes a difference. It matters. I try to approach each day with the presence of mind to bring all students forward in learning and thinking.

About my previous experiences:

15 years as high school English teacher, 9 years as middle school assistant principal, 6 years as high school principal

I hail from:

Montana

In my spare time:

I enjoy time with family, gardening and listening to music. I have a wonderful wife, Julie, and three great children: TJ, Jon and Alison.