Parish Staff

Rev. Gary J. Malin, Pastor

Picture of Fr. Gary 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. Jeffery Dunlop, Permanent Deacon

Rev. Jeffery 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 also the RCIA Coordinator. In his free time, he enjoys reading, walking/hiking, the theater and cooking.

Rev. Dennis Guritza, Permanent Deacon

 Rev. Dennis Guritza, Permanent Deacon Denny Guritza was ordained as a permanent Deacon in 2005 and serves his diaconal ministry St. Joan of Arc. Deacon Denny and his wife Diana (bride of 50 years) have 3 children and 6 grandchildren. 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. His was educated at Eastern Michigan University with a degree in Aquatic Biology along with an MBA from Xavier University in Cincinnati. Currently project work in developing Aquaculture opportunities, “ocean farming for families”, keeps Deacon Denny traveling to project sites. His favorite pastime, after centering prayer, is fly fishing on a quiet trout stream.

Sr. Ann Marie Kanusek, SND, Pastoral Associate

Sr. Ann Marie Kanusek, SND, 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 and a 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. Judy Bucco, SND, Director of Religious Education

   Sr. Judy Bucco, SND, Director of Religious Education Judy has been in Religious Education for 14 years, the last 12 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!

Mr. Daniel L. Mitchell

Mr. Daniel L. Mitchell

Dan brings 19 years’ experience as an educational leader and has been serving as Principal of the Diocese of Youngstown’s SS. Philip and James School in Canal Fulton, OH since 2015. His passion for Catholic education and commitment to staff and student leadership and development will help ensure St. Joan of Arc School’s legacy of educational excellence will continue. 

A native of Toledo, Ohio Dan earned his bachelor’s degree in English/ Secondary Education from Bowling Green State University, a Master's in Literature from the University of Akron and a Master's degree in Education from Walsh University. Dan and his wife, Hilary, have three children. One of his favorite hobbies is coaching - sports of all kinds, as well as students participating in the middle school creative writing program, “Power of the Pen”. 

Director of Music

Mr. Holtzhauser is a graduate of St. Edward High School and Baldwin Wallace University with a Bachelor of Music. Ralph comes with much talent, energy, and enthusiasm.

Ms. Allie Gall

Allie Gall Allie is the Coordinator of Youth Ministry at St. Joan of Arc Parish. A Cleveland native, she grew up in Solon and recently moved to Bainbridge. She is a graduate of John Carroll University, where she is also completing her master's degree in nonprofit administration. While this is her first full-time ministry position, Allie has many years of experience volunteering in many youth ministry roles at Church of the Resurrection. Allie's vision for youth ministry at SJA includes helping teens be able to use and express their faith in real-life situations and teaching them how to live a prayerful, spiritual life and how to understand events in their life through the lens of their faith. In her spare time, Allie enjoys playing violin, singing, crocheting, and art projects. She also enjoys spending time with her dog Ricky and doing yoga.

St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church

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Chagrin Falls, Ohio 44022
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