Parish Staff

Pastor
Stephen Okumu
fathero@stmp.org
Father Okumu was born in Kenya, the 3rd child of 10.  He was ordained to the priesthood on July 26, 1986.  Father has a Licentiate Degree from Berkeley.  He was an Associate Priest at Holy Rosary in Edmonds, a Priest Administrator at St. Therese in Seattle and a Pastor at St. Bridget in Seattle before coming to St. Thomas More as Pastor.

Principal
Ann Leichleiter

ann.leichleiter@stms.org
Mrs. Ann Leichleiter lives with her husband, Jeff, in Mill Creek.  She is one of five children, all who attended their local Catholic school, St. Mathews.  She graduated from Blanchet High School and then went on to graduate from W.S.U. with her teaching certificate with an Endorsement in Reading.  She continued her educational career at Seattle University with a Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction with an endorsement in Pre3 – 3rd grade.  She then went on and received her Principal Certificate from City University. She has been in the Seattle Archdiocese for 27 years as a teacher and principal.  She was a principal at Holy Family, in Auburn and Immaculate Conception Regional School, in Mt. Vernon.  When she is not at school she spends time with her two Shar-Pei’s, Penny and Leo and on their 10 acre farm in Ellensburg spending time with family.

 

Pastoral Assistant for Administration/Bookkeeper
Ed dosRemedios

eduardod@stmp.org

P.A. for Parish Engagement & Involvement
Violeta Juzon

violetaj@stmp.org
I joined the parish staff in March of 2008. My family and I have been registered parishioners at St. Thomas More since 1998. Manny and I have been married for 35 + years and have 3 children.  In my free time, I love spending time with my family, biking and/or hiking with Manny.  My passion is studying scriptures and dancing hula with my Hula Ohana.

Administrative Assistant
Cathy Bellande

cathyb@stmp.org
I've worked here at St. Thomas More Church for over 10 years.  My family and I are registered parishioners at St. Thomas More. I have been married for 25 +years and have 2 children.
When not at work, I, and my family like to go to the movies or
bowling and I like to go to the gym.

Pastoral Assistant for Faith Formation
Sharon Guerrero

sharong@stmp.org
I started working at the Parish in 2008. My family and I have been parishioners here since 2005.  I've been married to my best friend for 20 + years and have 3 wonderful children. I'm a sunshine person and love the outdoors including running my Alaskan malamute, Sierra.

 

Pastoral Assistant for Youth Ministry
Kelly Orozco
kellyo@stmp.org

Maintenance Supervisor
Gary Dawes

garyd@stmp.org

  Pastoral Assistant for Music
  Debbie DeMiero
  debrad@stmp.org

After singing and playing piano for the 8am Mass for 8 years, I became the music director in April of this year. I have a BA in Piano Performance and in Piano Pedagogy, and a MA in Music with a piano performance emphasis. My husband Vince and I have been married for 32 + years, and have 4 children and 3 grandsons, including twins who are one year old. I enjoy accompanying the Seattle Children’s Chorus and the SnoKing Chorale, teaching at Edmonds Community College and teaching piano privately.

 

 

 

Parish Staff Responsibilities                     
Father Okumu
Pastor
Liturgy
Sacraments
House Blessing 
Anointing    (If it’s an urgent call about a death, or anointing the sick and/or dying and Father is not available, Please send the request to CATHY)

 

Ann
School Principal
School Questions  

 

Ed Dos Remedios
Bookkeeping/ Bills 

Accounts Payable/Receivable
Tax
Administration
School Tuition questions or Concerns

 

Sharon

 Children's Faith Formation(Registration)
Children’s Liturgy
Baptisms (Registration)

1st Eucharist Preparation

1St Reconciliation Preparation
Vacation Bible School 
RCIA

 

Kelly

Confirmation Preparation 

Youth Formation

Jr and Senior High Programs
Life Teen Mass
Mission Trip for Teens
Altar Serving Ministry

 

Violeta
Marriage Prep/Wedding Coordinator
Marriage Preparation & Planning 
Request for Certificates (Baptismal, Confirmation, Marriage)

Annulment 

RCIA
Website/Parish App
Scripture Study
Parish Events
to Volunteer

 

 

Cathy

Credit Card Payment, Checks
Tax Statement

Donation or Pledges

Documents Requests
Bulletin Requests
Room Schedule /Renting
Parish Registration or Change Info

Funeral Luncheon
Funeral Preparation  (If it’s an urgent call about a death, or anointing the sick and/or dying and Father is not available, Please send the request to CATHY)

Prayers of the Faithful for Weekend Mass   

     
Gary
Facility Questions

 

  Receptionist

Mass Intentions for daily Mass  
Anointing/Pastoral Care Requests