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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.
Chris Harris joined the St. Clare community as Principal in July 2020. He grew up locally in Tigard and attended St. Anthony School through 8th grade. He went on to La Salle High School and then graduated from Gonzaga University, studying Elementary Education. He received his Masters in Educational Administration and principal certification at St. Martin’s University. Early in his career, he was a substitute teacher in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, where he had the opportunity to teach at every grade level and speciality. He then taught 3rd grade for several years in both the LA and Seattle Archdioceses before becoming a principal. He’s been a principal in this archdiocese for the past 6 years. On top of his teaching experience, previous roles have included technology coordinator, drama director, and accreditation chair. As an administrator, he has served as a region chair in the Portland Archdiocese, faith formation committee member, and is a current member of the Superintendent Advisory Committee. He’s excited to bring his background and experience to St. Clare.
Donna began working as a teacher in BASC 12 years ago, and concurrently served as an assistant in the office to the principal and office manager. Donna has an extensive business and marketing background, besides being an internationally acclaimed concert organist and recording artist (a career she began professionally at 13). She plays the organ and piano for St. Clare’s Saturday Masses and other occasions. Her daughter, Bethany, is our 4th grade teacher. Donna enjoys gardening, reading, scrapbooking, boating and water skiing, snowmobiling, and spending time with her family’s Golden Retriever.
Caitlin joined the St. Clare School staff as the Development Director in August 2019. She comes to St. Clare after working for 14 years in corporate recruiting. With her children currently attending St. Clare, Caitlin has seen the dedication and love all the staff and teachers pour into their students and families. She is excited to contribute to the parish and school community supporting the St. Clare mission. Outside of work, Caitlin enjoys spending time with her husband and two kids. Often this entails watching their sporting events in the Oregon rain. She also enjoys reading, cooking, and an occasional round of golf.
Eve McCarthy, has been our BASC director for 11 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 12 years and is the former teacher’s aide 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, 10 and 7. 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 Administrator. 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 13 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 for 9 years and this is her 7th year at St. Clare School. 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 spending time with her husband, daughter, and puppy!
Michelle Innes was an instructional assistant at Holy Trinity Catholic School for 7 years before becoming the kindergarten instructional assistant at St. Clare in 2019. She began teaching religious education when her eldest daughter was in the first grade and fell in love with teaching children in a Catholic environment. Outside of school, she enjoys reading, baking, and knitting. She is a native Oregonian and has lived in Beaverton for the last 26 years. She has been married for over 28 years and has two wonderful daughters.
Tina Erickson has taught in Catholic schools for 15 years, and at St. Clare School for 13 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.
This is Kathi Austin’s first year here at St. Clare School. She received her early childhood teaching degree from Western Michigan University. She taught kindergarten and first grade in the Beaverton School District for 7 years. Her main focus for the last 15 years has been her own 3 children, the youngest who is now in high school and the oldest attends the University of Oregon. On the weekends, she enjoys spending time with her family, baking cookies, and walking her dog Cash.
Jessica Montgomery has been a part of the St. Clare Parish for many years, and is entering her 5th year teaching second grade at St. Clare School. Before teaching, she 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 a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction, with an emphasis on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) from Concordia University.
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 35 years, and this is her fourth year teaching full-time at St. Clare School. In her free time. Mrs. Haugsten enjoys reading, walking, traveling, quilting and spending time with family and friends. She lives in Hillsboro with her fluffy companion, Mighty.
Bethany MacNeur (known to students as “Miss Mac”) has taught fourth grade at St. Clare School for 18 years, and has taught in the Archdiocese of Portland for 20 years. 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. Miss Mac enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, cooking, photography, boating, and snow skiing.
Mary Ellen Harmeyer has been a teacher for 29 years, and this is her 21st 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 20 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.
Lynnette Howes is the second grade instructional assistant, and this is her tenth year at St. Clare School. Away from school, Mrs. Howes enjoys spending time with her kids, hiking, camping, and reading.
Kathleen Foesch joined the St. Clare staff in 2020 as the third, fourth, and fifth grade instructional assistant. She has worked for the Catholic school system on and off for the past six years. Kathleen has twins who graduated from St. Clare in 2013 and she is very happy to be back. In her spare time Mrs. Foesch loves to spend time with her family, walk her dog Finn, and volunteer for an educational foundation.
Sr. Regina Namaleha comes from Uganda in East Africa. She belongs to the order of the sisters of Mary of Kakamega. She came to the USA in 2010 for missionary work in the Diocese of Baker. She worked at St. Peter Catholic School for 10 years and her superiors transferred her to Portland to live with the other two sisters. This is her first year at St. Clare School. Sr. Regina has been a teacher for 23 years and a nun for 26 years. She has taught both in Catholic schools and public schools. While in Uganda, she started a school of Children with Special Needs and she was a principal for 5 years. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Kyambogo University in Uganda and Masters of Education in Special Needs from Northern Arizona University. Sr. Regina enjoys singing, games, cooking, traveling and gardening.
Lindsey Chipps is excited to join the St Clare Middle School team! Mrs. Chipps taught math and science at Parkrose Middle School in NE Portland. She took time away from teaching full-time while her children were young. She is excited to be back in the classroom teaching full-time again.
Mrs. Chipps attended Southern Oregon University and earned a BS in Biology (with a minor in Chemistry). Mrs. Chipps attended Concordia University where she earned a Masters in the Art of Teaching. In her free time, Mrs. Chipps enjoys cheering on her children as they compete in athletics (baseball, soccer, basketball, and track), and vacationing with her husband and kids on the McKenzie River.
Cathy Kollars has taught Catholic middle school for 39 years, and 21 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 spending time at the Oregon Coast and traveling.
Cathy Wade has taught middle school math and science for 27 years, and this is her 11th 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.
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 he received his degree in Applied Liberal Arts, with an emphasis in education, from Concordia University, Irvine. He has worked in the field of education for 33 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 his students can appreciate and excel with their God-given talents.
On a personal note, God has blessed him with four wonderful children and six 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.
Molly holds a BA in theatre from Union University and a MA in Worship Theology of the Arts from Fuller Theological Seminary. Molly has taught theatre in different formats for over the past 15 years. She has directed 32 play productions. Highlights include assistant directing the world premier of Serenade in New York City, written by Tony winner Rachel Sheinkin (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee) and starring Tony nominated actors Joshua Henry and Anika Larsen. Followed by directing the premiere of Women Behind the Walls, whose cast was made up entirely of formerly incarcerated individuals. The play premiered at the historic Alcatraz Island where the entire cast and crew spent the night in the infamous prison.
Molly started her own theatre company, Voice for the Voiceless, which paired plays with local nonprofit organizations. 100% of the proceeds from the productions went to these nonprofits. After only 5 productions the company had given away over $20,000. Molly remains passionate about educating the community and blending the worlds of theatre and social justice.
She is passionate about drama in the classroom as it helps with self confidence, communication skills, empathy, observation, teamwork, creativity and imagination. Molly has witnessed firsthand countless students that found their place to belong, as well as kids forming friendships through being a part of the cast and crew of a production. Molly is excited to create with the students and connect with the community. She also is excited that her 2 degrees overlap in the most unique perfect way.
In her free time Molly runs marathons, frequently travels, reads books, watches college basketball (Go Kentucky), plays board games and spends quality time with her family and friends.
Lynn Napoli has been the St. Clare School librarian for 19 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 with 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. Ms. Cree grew up in a small eastern Oregon town called Long Creek with five older brothers and three older sisters. 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. Ms. Cree loves most sports, and her favorite activities are tennis, pickleball, and hiking. She also has a son, Hudson, who’s a senior in high school and two adorable dogs, Sparky and Jelly Bean.
Shannon Winningham has been the assistant to the learning specialist beginning in November 2019. She has a Master of Education degree in Elementary Education and has taught kindergarten and first grade for over 10 years (including at St. Clare School), along with serving as a substitute and tutor for grades K-5. Her husband, Matt Winningham, works at LaSalle Catholic Prep, and they have two children. She is a life-long learner, enjoying such activities as traveling, cooking, reading, and paddleboarding (SUP). She’s passionate about teaching reading and creating hands-on experiences for her students. She also feels blessed to be part of the St. Clare community again.