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Fr. Don Gutmann was born in Hillsboro in a strong and loving Catholic family. He graduated from Hillsboro High School in 1976 and OSU in 1980. He worked a few years in the family wholesale nursery business before discerning God’s call to serve as a priest. He was ordained in 1991 and has served in various parishes around the diocese. He came to St. Clare in the summer of 2016. Fr. Don loves being a priest and wants to help others experience the goodness of God in their lives. In his spare time he enjoys kayaking and fixing up his old house.
Eve McCarthy, has been our BASC director for 10 years, preceded by three years as the 4th and 5th grade Teacher’s Aide. She is the mother of three; her daughter and two sons are all graduates of St. Clare and Jesuit High School. Eve has an extensive background in business and as a restaurateur. Before moving to Portland she was the Dining Services Manager at Longacres Race Track overseeing three restaurants and nearly 100 employees – which gives her the upper hand when “managing” 75 kids in BASC! She and her husband, Mike, of 28 years have owned several businesses since then, including 25 years vending at the Beaverton Farmer’s Market. She is a sports enthusiast, with a special love for swimming and baseball. On any spring day you may find the smartboard streaming a college game with her son pitching!
Gwen Vroman has been the bookkeeper at St. Clare for 10 years. She has been a teacher’s aide at the school for 4 years, currently in 4th and 5th grade. Before that she was the middle school math teacher at St. Clare for 3 years. Previous to St. Clare, Gwen taught middle school math for 3 years in Salem where she was also a volleyball coach for the 8th grade team. Gwen and her husband have two young boys, 7 and 5. She loves sports, reading and camping.
Patrick Morgan has worked for the Archdioceses of Portland as a part-time Youth Minister for 33 years. In 2015 he began a new journey at St. Clare School as the Technology Coordinator. His responsibility at St. Clare is to search out new educational technologies and to resolve current technology issues. Mr. Morgan also helps to educate teachers & students about the many different technologies used at the school. He also spent 33 years with the North Clackamas School District mainly in the area of technology but has also coached high school and junior high volleyball, basketball, softball and baseball throughout his time with the district. In 1998 he was honored with a honorary PhD in Technology from NCU. Dr. Morgan has lived in the Portland area his entire life. He is married to Kindra and they have five children; Joseph, Isaiah, Rachel, Elijah and Christian.
Lillian Kidwell has worked for St. Clare for 11 years, first as the former 2nd grade teacher for 9 years and then returning to the staff in this position following a one-year hiatus after welcoming her second child. She brings her passion and love of this community to lead recruitment and retention of students and coordinate the efforts to market, publicize, and share the school’s mission with interested families and the general local community, among other duties. She has her BA and Masters in Teaching (MAT) from the University of Portland and is working toward receiving her endorsement in Special Education.
Krystal Huynh has taught kindergarten at St. Clare School for 5 years. She attended the University of Portland, where she completed her undergraduate degree in early/elementary education in 2013 and her Master of Education degree in 2015. She also obtained endorsements in special education, reading, English for learners of other languages, and math. When not in the classroom, Mrs. Huynh enjoys weightlifting, exploring the outdoors, and crafting
Tina Erickson has taught in Catholic schools for 14 years, and at St. Clare School for 12 years. She grew up in Portland and lives in Happy Valley with her husband, daughter, and son. Mrs. Erickson graduated from Portland State University with a Bachelor of Science, and she holds a Master of Arts in Teaching from Concordia University. In her free time, Mrs. Erickson enjoys spending time with her family, camping, and trying new foods.
Jessica Montgomery has been a part of the St. Clare Parish for many years, and has taught second grade at St. Clare School for 3 years. Before teaching at St. Clare, Mrs. Montgomery was a kindergarten instructional assistant. She also worked in social services for ten years, assisting individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities. She received her undergraduate degrees in political science and elementary education from Gonzaga University and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction, with an emphasis on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) at Concordia University.
Lynnette Howes is the second and third grade teaching assistant, and this is her eighth year at St. Clare School. Away from school, Mrs. Howes enjoys spending time with her kids, hiking, camping, and reading.
Lori Haugsten teaches third grade at St. Clare School. Originally from Portland, Mrs. Haugsten has lived in a variety of places throughout the United States. She graduated from Portland State University with a BS in Elementary Education after working as an administrative assistant at Tektronix. Mrs. Haugsten as taught in the Archdiocese of Portland for 33 years, and this is her second year teaching full-time at St. Clare School. In her free time. Mrs. Haugsten enjoys reading, walking, traveling, and spending time with family and friends. She has been married for almost 35 years and resides in Hillsboro.
Bethany MacNeur (known to students as “Miss Mac”) has taught fourth grade at St. Clare School for 16 years, and has taught in the Archdiocese of Portland for 18 years. She grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana and moved to Hillsboro, Oregon in 1990 and attended Valley Catholic Middle School. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from the University of Portland, and her Master of Arts in Teaching with a reading focus from Pacific University in Forest Grove.
Miss Mac enjoys basketball—playing, as well as coaching—and currently coaches JV basketball at Jesuit High School, where she also serves as the JV assistant softball coach. In her spare time, Miss Mac enjoys golf, boating, snow skiing, playing the piano, reading, cooking, and traveling.
Mary Ellen Harmeyer has been a teacher for 27 years, and this is her 19th year at St. Clare School. She attended the University of Pacific in Stockton, California for her undergraduate degree in British Literature and English. She worked in the private sector as a publications writer for a small company’s national magazine before returning to school at St. Mary’s College to earn her teaching credential. Miss Harmeyer moved to Oregon 18 years ago and fell in love with the Northwest, finding her parish and job at St. Clare. She returned to school, earning a Master of Arts in Teaching with a focus on curriculum development from Lewis & Clark College.
Cathy Wade has taught middle school math and science for 25 years, and this is her 9th year at St. Clare School. She received her Bachelor of Arts degrees in Education and German Language from Portland State University, and her Master of Science degree in Mathematics Education from Oregon State University, emphasizing STEM integration. Ms. Wade regularly attends local and national mathematics and science conferences and workshops as part of her professional development. She believes that education (and especially science) is the process of uncovering, discovering, and seeing the wonders around with new eyes.
In her free time, Ms. Wade enjoys puzzles and games, outdoor adventures, dance, bookbinding and calligraphy, and a good mystery.
Paige Sturges has taught at St. Clare School for 3 years. She holds both a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degree in French literature from the University of Southern California, where she taught undergraduate courses in language and literature for five years. Most recently, she earned a Master of Arts in Education from Claremont Graduate University. She is fully credentialed to teach in both Oregon and California, with a special endorsement for teaching English as a second language. Mrs. Sturges is married—to a writer, of course, and her best pal is her faithful dog, Georgie.
Cathy Kollars has taught Catholic middle school for 37 years, and 19 of those years have been at St. Clare School. She is originally from the Oakland/San Francisco Bay Area, and also lived in Missouri for 17 years. Mrs. Kollars earned her bachelor’s degree in American history (with a minor in English) from California State University, Sacramento and her Master of Education degree from Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri. She loves history, reading, baseball, and her husband, Randy Kollars, who is a religion teacher at St. Mary’s Academy. Together, they enjoy camping and traveling.
Jamie Nevarez joined the St. Clare faculty in fall 2018 and is in her 2nd year of teaching at St. Clare School. She graduated from Loyola Marymount University in 2017 with bachelor’s degree in Education. Prior to teaching at St. Clare, Ms. Nevarez taught for four years at Mathnasium in Lake Oswego. When not at school, Ms. Nevarez enjoys walking her dogs, taking dance classes, trying new restaurants around Portland, and traveling the world. Fun fact: Ms. Nevarez graduated from St. Clare School in 2009!
Don Vecchione was born in Los Angeles, California and grew up in the central part of the State as the son of a cattle rancher. After graduating from Atwater High School, he returned to Southern California where I received my degree in Applied Liberal Arts, with an emphasis in education, from Concordia University, Irvine. He has worked in the field of education for 36 years, both as a classroom teacher (7th grade – St. Anthony’s School, San Gabriel, CA) and as a specialist in the areas of math, english, music, and drill team competition. Don is a firm believer that the arts are an integral part of a child’s education and is passionate about sharing his expertise so that my students can appreciate and excel with their God-given talents.
On a personal note, God has blessed him with four wonderful children and four beautiful grandchildren. He has also been blessed as an award winning actor, singer, choreographer, and director of numerous theatrical productions, both on the community and regional professional level. He enjoys bowling, amusement parks, listening to MOST styles of music and watching ANYTHING “Disney”. Oh, and chocolate is his guilty pleasure.
Lynn Napoli has been the St. Clare School librarian for 18 years. Prior to that, she taught third grade at St. Clare for 8 years. She grew up in the Portland area and went to Oregon State University, followed by Warner Pacific University, where she achieved her teaching certification. She earned a Master of Elementary Education degree from Lewis & Clark College, with a Library/Media endorsement. Mrs. Napoli lives in Wilsonville her family. She loves to read, listen to music and attend concerts, travel, and take walks with her dogs.
Melissa Cree began her teaching career at St. Clare in 1988. Mrs. Cree grew up in a small eastern Oregon town called Long Creek with five older brothers. This is where her love of sports began! She received her undergraduate degree at Eastern Oregon University in LaGrande, Oregon, and a Master of Science in Teaching Physical Education and Health from Portland State University. Mrs. Cree loves most sports, and her favorite activities are tennis, pickleball, and hiking.
Carolyn Ullman has been at St. Clare School for 11 years. She has worked as a teacher, learning specialist, and counselor in many school districts and Catholic schools on both the east and west coasts. She received her undergraduate degrees in English and Religion from Florida State University, pursued graduate studies at San Francisco State University and the University of Portland, and received a Master’s of Science from Portland State University in Education/Counseling. Mrs. Ullman is a licensed/certified counselor, an Orton-Gillingham trained-tutor, and has various other training and certifications that enable her to support all learners. In her free time, Mrs. Ullman enjoys the myriad of cultural experiences Portland has to offer, reads, seeks research opportunities and experiences, and always has a household project in the works.