Teachers and Staff

2019-2020 School Year

Principal: Gary Green

Gary has been principal since 2015. Prior to being principal, he was the vice principal at Saint Vincent for 8 years. In his earlier career, Gary taught 5th grade for 11 years at various Catholic Schools in Utah. Gary is a graduate of Cosgriff and Judge Memorial Catholic High School. He received his degree from the University of Utah in Political Science and received his Masters of Arts in Teaching from the University of Portland. Gary is married and has three sons. He loves being a dad, running, hiking, and also has a passion for singing.

Father John Norman

Father John Norman was assigned as Pastor of Saint Vincent Parish and School in August, 2012. Father Norman has served as pastor at various Catholic Churches in Utah, including St. Vincent where he was an associate pastor from 1980-83 and again from 2006-2008. His most recent assignment was at our Lady of Lourdes in Magna, UT. Father Norman attended Judge Memorial High School and Mount Angel Seminary in St. Benedict, Oregon and the Pontifical North American College in Rome, Italy.

Vice Principal: Sarah Lambert

Sarah is currently working on her Master’s degree in Educational Leadership at Creighton University. She graduated from Marymount Manhattan College with a Bachelor’s degree in history and is a graduate of Judge Memorial Catholic High School. She worked five years at the Madeleine Choir School and four years at Juan Diego Catholic High School in the theology department. She also participates in music ministry at St. Vincent de Paul Parish. Sarah is married and has two beautiful sons and a dog.

Development Director: Therese Clay

Therese graduated from the University of Utah with a Bachelor of University Studies in Humanities and is a graduate of Judge Memorial Catholic High School and Saint Vincent School. Most of her career has been in the public sector working in television marketing, public relations, and advertising. She is happy to be working in development at her Alma Mater. Therese is married to her husband, Brett, and has two children, Alannah, who is in the nursing program at the University of Portland, and Michael, who is attending Juan Diego Catholic High School.

Secretary: Erin Arico

Mrs. Arico and her husband, Joe, have been parents within our community for two and a half years with two sons attending St. Vincent School. Last year, she devoted countless hours to helping our auction committee. Mrs. Arico comes to us with a wealth of experience in office and construction management. We are excited to have her managing the front office, and serving within our community as a coordinator, communicator, nurse, and greeter.

Secretary (Part-time): Kim Snarr

Kim is a native of Montana and has been a Saint Vincent parishioner since 1995. She has been associated with Saint Vincent School since 2001. Kim is married with three children. Blessed with twin grandchildren, she greatly enjoys her time with family and is a constant host for backyard fun and activities.

PreK (4) Teacher: Carol Sanderson

Carol has been teaching Pre-K at Saint Vincent School since 2002.  She has a BA from King’s College (Wilkes-Barre, PA) and an MA in Developmental Psychology from Temple University (Philadelphia, PA).  Carol is married to Hal and has 3 children.  Her older two children graduated from Saint Vincent, and her youngest is currently in 4th     grade at the school.  She believes that children are natural learners and loves to help her students explore and discover God’s creation.

PreK (4) Teacher: Jamie Keochareun

Jamie has worked at Saint Vincent School since 2006. She has a son and a daughter. Jamie job-shares the PreK Teacher position with Carol Sanderson. She enjoys working with children and looks forward to teaching this school year.

Kindergarten Teacher: Elyse Reiser

Elyse graduated from Westminster College with a Bachelor’s degree in clinical psychology. Before working at Saint Vincent School, she was a preschool teacher for two years and before that a youth facilitator. She is happily married and has two beautiful children with a third expected this fall. Elyse and her family are long time parishioners at Saint Vincent Parish and are happy to be part of this community. She enjoys reading, cooking, playing outside, and spending time with family.

Kindergarten Aide: Tiffany Bonner

Tiffany has worked at Saint Vincent School since 2010, however she taught Pre-K for seven years prior. She and her husband, Ken, have two sons. Their oldest son attends The University of Utah studying Mechanical Engineering, and their youngest son attends Dixie State studying Exercise Science and is a pitcher on their baseball team. They absolutely love The Red Sox! Tiffany enjoys spending time with her family and traveling.

Kindergarten Aide (Part Time): Andrea May


1st Grade Teacher: Connie Welch

Connie worked for Granite School District in the Related Services Office for 15 years helping children with mild to severe physical and mental challenges. She created curriculum, administered occupational and physical therapy. Connie received a paralegal certificate and worked in sales and as an office manager for a Xerox agency. She was an instructor for 13 years at American Preparatory Academy Charter School and taught Kindergarten through Sixth Grade. Connie has two daughters: Nicole, who is married and lives in Switzerland, and Crystal, who is married and lives in Sandy, Utah. She has three incredible, loving, and beautiful grandchildren and enjoys spending time with them and watching them grow every day. This is her first year teaching at Saint Vincent. Connie feels extremely blessed to be teaching in a Catholic School with like-minded people where she can have an opportunity to form children in faith and academics in a safe, nurturing environment.

1st Grade Aide: Mary Sansone

Ms. Sansone graduated with a BFA in Acting from Barry University in Miami and an MFA in Acting from Wayne State University in Detroit. She is originally from the west coast of Florida and now loves to look up and see the mountains! She has worked as Creative Consultant for a touring children’s program in Miami promoting an anti-bullying campaign where she wrote and acted in plays and led talk backs. Ms. Sansone is happily engaged to be married in 2020. She enjoys singing, drawing, reading, making ice cream, and cooking with her fiancé.

2nd Grade Teacher: Monika Gdanska

Monika is originally from Poland where she worked as a teacher for six years. After relocating to the U.S. in 1995, Monika decided to focus on a family and voluntary work for local schools and her church. Eventually she became a full time teacher at Saint Stanislaus School in Fall River, MA, where she taught second grade for nine years. In 2016, Monika followed her two children who are students of Brigham Young University and University of Utah, and became a resident of Utah. She holds two Master’s degrees in Elementary Education; one from Poland and one from Massachusetts. Monika enjoys hiking, traveling, and reading.

2nd Grade Aide: Christy Walthius

Mrs. Walthius is originally from Chicago and moved to Utah in 1996. She studied at the University of Utah and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Sociology. Mrs. Walthius is married, and her two children attend St. Vincent School and Nano Nagle. She enjoys skiing, snowboarding, dirt biking, camping, and spending time with family.

3rd Grade Teacher: Kara Haney

Kara Haney has been teaching for 15 years. She has a Master’s degree in Education Leadership and Policy from the University of Utah. She earned her B.A. in Early Childhood Education with a minor in Spanish from Westminster College. She is a graduate of Judge Memorial Catholic High School and a longtime parishioner of Saint Vincent de Paul Parish.

3rd Grade Aide: Tracy Biorge

Tracy worked at Saint Marguerite’s in Tooele for 10 years before coming to St. Vincent School in fall of 2017 as the 3rd grade Aide. She previously taught Kindergarten and worked as a Kindergarten Aide and with the Pre-Kindergarten and 1st grade with the reading program.

4th Grade Teacher: Kimberly Howe

Kimberly attended the University of Utah for her undergraduate studies and received her M. A. in Teaching from Westminster College. This will be her first year at Saint Vincent School. Previously, Kimberly taught three years at Saint Francis. She is married and has two young daughters. She loves sports, camping, and gardening.

4th Grade Aide: Susan Baldwin

Ms. Baldwin has been a substitute teacher at St. Vincent de Paul Parish School since the 2017-2018 school year, working in multiple grades. In March 2019 she stepped into the Kindergarten Aide role, and she is returning this school year as the 4th grade aide. Ms. Baldwin earned her BA in elementary education at the University of Portland and a Master’s degree from Westminster College in English as a Second Language. In the evenings, she traches English at Salt Lake Community College. During the summer and winter months, Ms. Baldwin volunteers with the Cottonwood Canyon Foundation. She enjoys many outdoor activities, as well as reading, writing, and baking tasty treats.

5th Grade: Terry Stack

Terry has been teaching for over 40 years and has been at Saint Vincent School since 1990. She is the most senior member of our teaching staff. Terry received her B.S. in Elementary Education from Montana State University. She also received her social sciences degree from Pepperdine University. Terry is the proud mother of sons Ryan and Tyler, and she is a very proud grandma to 16 year old Aiden, who is in 10th grade at Brighton High School, and eight year old Lola, who is in 3rd grade at Saint Vincent.

6th Grade Teacher: Monica Howa-Johnson

Monica has been at Saint Vincent School since 2011. Monica attended Cosgriff and Judge Memorial and received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Utah and a Masters in Teaching from the University of Portland. She taught three years of Middle school religion at Saint Vincent School 20 years ago, then taught for two years at Juan Diego Catholic High School. From there, she worked for the Diocese of Salt Lake City for five years as Director of Communications and Safe Environment. Monica also spent 3 years in the Diocesan Lay Ecclesial Minister Formation Program. She has been married since 2000 to her husband, Brent. Her daughter, Genevieve, attends Judge Memorial High School and her son, Zach, attends Saint Vincent. She also enjoys singing, playing the guitar, mountain biking, hiking, and reading.

7th Grade Teacher: Rachel Nemelka

Mrs. Nemelka is new to St. Vincent, but a long-time Utah resident. She grew up in Park City and has always called the Wasatch Mountains home. Mrs. Nemelka studied Interdisciplinary Humanities in her undergraduate degree and went on to receive a Master’s in English Education. Meanwhile, she has taught for three years as a middle school and high school English teacher. She loves teaching writing and exciting, applicable literature. She is passionate about are the outdoors, social justice, collecting earrings, reading, and her family. Mrs. Nemelka has two rescue dogs named Sludge and Gooey, and they love to hike in the mountains with her. Being a part of a Christ-centered community is important to her as faith is a structural part of her identity. She is excited and blessed to be teaching her favorite things at St. Vincent.

8th Grade Homeroom Teacher and Middle School Math: Christina Eischeid

Christina has a B.S. from the University of Notre Dame and a Master’s in Mathematics Education from Depaul University in Chicago. She is a graduate of Judge Memorial Catholic High School and Saint Vincent School. Christina has been working in math education for seventeen years, fourth year teaching at Saint Vincent. She has worked as a classroom teacher, a math specialist in Jordan and Salt Lake Districts, and as a curriculum writer, working on a middle school online textbook in a partnership with the State Office of Education and the University of Utah. Christina is married and has two sons attending Saint Vincent School in 3rd and 5th grades.

Middle School Science Teacher: Ray Cannefax

Mr. Cannefax has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Zoology, as well as graduate degrees in Secondary Education and International Management Studies, from the University of Utah. He also has a Masters Certificate in IT Management from MIT’s Cambridge Learning Center. Mr. Cannefax has over 19 years of executive management experience and is the Founder, President, and Chairman of Emergency Traffic Alert, Inc. and author of “Successful Management 101, The Manager’s Manual.” He began his teaching career in 1976 working in the Granite School District where he later returned to his passion of teaching in 2017 to teach secondary-level students. He is looking forward to teaching Middle School Science at St. Vincent School.

Technology Integration Specialist: Alicia Sloan

Alicia graduated from Notre Dame de Namur University with a B.S. in Computer Science and a Master’s in Business Administration. This will be her ninth year teaching in the Diocese and fourth year at Saint Vincent School. Alicia is married to her husband, Cole, and they have three children, Emmaline, Victoria, and Nolan. Alicia enjoys playing sports, crafting, and spending time with her family.

Student Support Co-Director: Kerry Hankins

Kerry grew up in Huntsville, Utah and attended St. Joseph Catholic Schools from K-12. She graduated from Gonzaga University with a Special Education degree and received her Master’s in Reading and Literacy from the University of Utah. She taught 4th grade for eight years and Learning Resource for three years, both within the Diocese of Salt Lake City. She has been fortunate to teach multiple professional development classes in literacy, differentiation, and learning disabilities around the state. Kerry has been married for 19 years to Keith and has three children, Bridget, Rowan, and Declan. Her family loves to enjoy time together traveling, hiking, camping, and playing soccer.

Student Support Co-Director: Lisa Romero

Lisa has been teaching in the Diocese of Salt Lake City since 1996. This will be her third year on the Saint Vincent student support team. She completed her Master’s in educational leadership from Creighton University in the spring of 2019. Lisa is grateful to be part of Saint Vincent’s wonderful learning community. She has been active at St. Ambrose Parish for 31 years and is currently serving as a Eucharistic minister to care centers and as DDD co-chair. Lisa, and her husband Jerome, are blessed to have both their grown children and their spouses living nearby, as well as Frankie, their sweet labradoodle in their empty nest.

PE Teacher: Nanette Parson

Mrs. Parson is a Utah native and taught PE in Canyons District the last four years. She attended St. Vincent de Paul Parish School, Judge Memorial Catholic High School, and Utah State University. Mrs. Parson and her husband, Tim, live in Sandy, Utah. They have a son, Tucker, and a daughter, Hailey. She enjoys anything outdoors during warm weather; especially walking her beagle named Daisy!

Librarian: Anna Zanarini

Anna has a Masters in Library Science from the University of Arizona and a BA in Communications from UC Santa Barbara. She has more than 20 years of experience as a public librarian working with children of all ages and their families and is excited to bring her knowledge of and enthusiasm for books and libraries to St. Vincent School. Anna is a board member of the Children’s Literature Association of Utah (CLAU) and a member of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL). When not connecting kids with books and making the library a fun place to be, Anna enjoys teaching dance fitness classes and doing volunteer work in the community. She has two daughters: Emily, a junior at Skyline High School, and Sarah, a junior at the University of Arizona, and has been married for 23 years to her husband John.

Nano Nagle Director: Jeramie Green

Jeramie is the director of the Nano Nagle Childcare facility located on the Saint Vincent property. This is an infant through three-year-old childcare center that opened in 2009. Jeramie has a degree in Early Childhood Education. Prior to coming to Saint Vincent School, Jeramie was a teacher at Cosgriff Elementary for eight years. She has been married for 17 years and has two sons who attend Saint Vincent School and a third son attending Judge Memorial High School. Jeramie enjoys spending time with her family outside of working.

Extended Day Director: Danielle Gibson

Danielle has many years of experience working at Extended Day. She also was the teacher for the two-year old program at Nano Nagle for four years. Danielle has two sons, Wyatt in Pre-K 4, and Colton enrolled at the Nano Nagle Children’s Center.

Band/Choir/Music Teacher: Scott Larrabee

Scott is a native of Utah. He has a Bachelor’s degree from DePaul University in Chicago in Music Education and a Master’s degree in Theology from Loras College in Dubuque, IA. He has been a music educator for over 20 years teaching at all levels from elementary though college. He was a recipient of two outstanding educator awards, one in 1999 in memory of the late Carninal Bernadin in Chicago and another in 2011 at Saint Vincent School. Scott is an accomplished pianist and organist and been a church musician for over 30 years working primarily in Catholic and Episcopalian churches. He has composed extensively for musical theater, choirs, and bands (even writing several pieces for steel drum ensemble). Scott enjoys playing jazz piano, solo and with various groups including “Higher Ground Jazz” and “Take 5.” Scott’s family includes his wife, Angelique who cantors at St. Vincent de Paul Parish, two sons, Peter (age 17), Joel (age 16), and daughter Lucinda (age 13). Scott and his wife share a passion for old homes, cooking unusual cuisine, playing Renaissance music, camping, and hiking.

Art Teacher: Brooke Gaztambide

Brooke has been volunteering and teaching Art for over 12 years at St. Vincent School and Title 1 Schools in Utah. She has a BA in Graphic and Advertising Design with an Art History minor from Utah State University. She has two children who attended St. Vincent School. Brooke enjoys traveling and supporting her kids with their sports (soccer and mountain biking) and camping, hiking and boating with family.

School Accountant: Michelle Allred

Michelle is originally from Puerto Rico and has over 18 years of accounting experience. Michelle was introduced to Saint Vincent’s Parish by her parents who have been parishioners since 2007. Michelle, her husband and daughter have been a part of the Saint Vincent School community since 2016. Michelle and her family enjoy spending time with friends and family.

Facilities Manager: Andy Paternell

Maintenance Technicians: Rob Don and Dennis Kelsch