Rev. Gary J. Malin, Pastor
Father Gary is from Cleveland’s east-side and was ordained a priest on June 7, 1986. After ordination he served as Co-Pastor and Member of the Pastoral Team at Our Lady Help of Christians in Litchfield. Next, he was Associate Pastor and Administrator at St. Mary in Elyria for ten years. Before coming to St Joan of Arc he was Associate Pastor at St. Gabriel in Concord Township and St. Francis of Assisi in Gates Mills. Father Gary has a doctoral degree in Biblical Theology and Homiletics and is an adjunct professor at St Mary Seminary and Graduate School of Theology. In his spare time, he enjoys music, traveling, reading, exercise, and relaxing with friends. Father Gary joined St. Joan of Arc in 2011 and was named pastor in June 2013.
Rev. Mr. Jeffrey Dunlop, Permanent Deacon
Jeff spent most of his formative years in the Chagrin area. Growing up, his family were members of St Joan's Parish where he was active in the Boy Scouts and as an altar server. He attended St. Rita’s school and Gilmour Academy. He received a Bachelors Degree in Business from Georgetown University and is a CPA. Currently Jeff is employed as the Chief Financial Officer for Frantz Medical Development, Ltd and Subsidiaries in Mentor, Ohio. He was ordained to the Permanent Diaconate in the Cleveland Diocese in May, 2000. As a deacon, Jeff assists at Masses, presides at baptisms, performs marriages and officiates at burial services. He is active in the Confirmation preparation program and the RCIA program. In his free time, he enjoys reading, walking/hiking, the theater and cooking.
Rev. Mr. Dennis Guritza, Permanent Deacon
Denny Guritza was ordained as a permanent Deacon in 2005 and serves his diaconal ministry part time at St. Joan of Arc and part time at St. Peter’s in Big Pine Key, Florida. Deacon Denny and wife Diana (bride of 44 years) have 3 children and 4 grandchildren. Project work in developing Aquaculture opportunities, “ocean farming for families”, keeps Deacon Denny in Florida half time with much travel to project sites. Members of the St. Joan family since 1984, Deacon Denny & Diana lead the Pre-Baptismal Preparation Program at St. Joan’s for the local region. Educated at Eastern Michigan University with a degree in Aquatic Biology along with an MBA from Xavier in Cincinnati. Favorite pastime after centering prayer is fly fishing on a quiet trout stream.
Sr. Ann Marie Kanusek, Sister of Notre Dame, Pastoral Associate
Ann Marie was born into an American Slovak, Catholic family in Lakewood, Ohio who instilled a deep respect for priests, sisters, the Mass & Catholic education. She took her first vows in 1960 as a SND and in 2010 celebrated 50 years! Sister has studied at St. John College, Kent State University & the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Studies. Sr. Ann Marie is a Certified Youth Minister and Lay Ecclesial Minister. Her ministry has included being a teacher, principal in the diocese before coming to SJA over 20 years ago. At SJA she has been the Director of Religious Education & Pastoral Associate for Sacramental Programs and RCIA. She also ministers in nursing facilities, is involved in weddings & funerals and is a staff advisor for many organizations at SJA. – IT IS A WONDERFUL LIFE !
Sr. Judith Bucco, Sister of Notre Dame, Director of Religious Education
Judy has been in Religious Education for eight years, the last six at SJA. Before beginning this ministry, it had been her privilege to teach primary children for many years in the Youngstown and Cleveland Dioceses. Being raised with an older sister and younger brother in an Italian-American home, and part of a large extended family, has given her a deep love for family, family traditions and wonderful memories! Some of her SND opportunities were to give Religion workshops and be part of a Review Team for Loyola Press, to give in-services to new teachers in the Diocese, and to be a director for young women who are beginning their discernment for religious life. Sr. Judy feels she is especially blessed to witness to God’s Goodness within the many ministry opportunities she has at SJA!
Mrs. Shelley DiBacco, Principal
Shelley is the principal of St. Joan of Arc Catholic Day School and she has a deep commitment to Catholic education. This year she is completing her 14th year here as principal, but she also taught at St. Joan’s 34 years ago. Shelley began her teaching career here at SJA in 1974 and she taught for four years before retiring to raise her own children. Upon returning to the classroom she taught at St. Rita’s in Solon for 10 years and at St. Gregory the Great for 3 years. While teaching, Shelley went back to Ursuline College and earned her Masters Degree in Educational Administration. She is married and has three children 34, 31, and 28 in addition to a 9 year old granddaughter. In her spare time Shelley loves beach vacations, reading and working out.
Miss Melissa Olenik, Coordinator of Youth Ministry
Melissa is a native to the Cleveland area and grew up in a loving Catholic family with two brothers. Melissa received her B.A. in Psychology from Case Western Reserve University in 2008 and her M.A. in Ministry from Ursuline College in 2015. Melissa joined SJA parish as their Coordinator of Youth Ministry in June 2010. She is responsible for two groups, the 7&8th grade and the high school groups and she plays a supportive role in the Confirmation process. Additionally Melissa oversees the parish website. Prior to working at SJA, Melissa worked in the mental health field with children and teens while being a youth ministry leader at her church. In her spare time Melissa enjoys being outdoors, gardening, volunteering and arts/crafts.
Mr. Patrick Wickliffe, Director of Music
Patrick is the Director of Music for St. Joan of Arc Parish. He has been a member of the staff since January of 2011. At SJA, Patrick is responsible for coordinating a music ministry within the Catholic tradition. This includes maintaining several musical ensembles and a cantors guild, as well as playing piano and organ and cantoring among many other things. Patrick graduated with a Bachelor of Music from Oberlin College Conservatory in 2005 and earned a Master of Music from the Cleveland Institute of Music in 2007. Originally from Omaha, NE, Patrick has been a resident of Cleveland for the past twelve years, studying and working in his field. In his spare time Patrick enjoys reading and exercising out of doors in warm seasons.