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. Jeffrey 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.

Mrs. Stacie M. Webster, Principal

Mrs. Stacie M. Webster, Principal

Mrs. Webster comes to us with over 20 years of strong experiences in Catholic education, classroom teaching and educational leadership. Among her professional experiences (in addition to excelling at teaching) she has served on the School Leadership Team, Curriculum Committee Chair, and co-Chair for Accreditation. 

Most recently Stacie had been serving on the staff at Gesu Catholic School in University Hts., OH since 2013.  

Her passion for Catholic education and commitment to staff and student leadership and development will help ensure St. Joan of Arc School’s legacy of Catholic educational excellence will continue.

Stacie is an alum of the University of Toledo (Bachelor of Education), John Carroll University (Master of Education) and Notre Dame College in South Euclid (Educational Leadership).

Director of Music

Jon Thibo staff photo
Having no formal training at the time, Jon began serving the church as an organist; cantor and choir member in 1977 at his home parish, St. Ann in Indianapolis, Indiana.  Jon is now celebrating forty-five years of music ministry within the church. After 15 years at St. Columbkille Church, Parma, Jon was selected to lead the music ministry of St. Joan of Arc in the fall of 2022. Jon graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Music Education from the University of Indianapolis, Cum Laude, “With Distinction.” Jon have studied voice under Elaine Norwood and Jena Adrianson, piano with Dr. Richard Ratliff and Dale Reith as well as conducting with Dr. Paul Krasnovky and Dr. George Weimer. Jon was a choral director in high schools, middle school and elementary for sixteen years before finally taking up the role of full-time church Director of Music in 2002.   Jon have performed in The Stephen Foster Story, The Fantasticks, The Music Man, South Pacific, Cosi Fan Tutte, La Boheme, and The Marriage of Figaro, as well as many other school and community theater and opera productions.   Jon is currently treasurer of the Cleveland Chapter of the National Pastoral Musicians and DMMD Division of that professional organization as well as past member of ACDA and MENC.  In 2014, Jon took our choirs and guests on tour to Ireland.  In 2018, we landed in Rome and Jon became a rare person, having started his organ skills on a pink tabletop organ his mother purchased for herself and moving up to playing Mass at the Altar of the Chair in St. Peter’s Basilica, in Rome. It was a highlight of my career for certain.   In Jon’s spare time, he enjoys scary movies and good thrilling fiction books as well as spending time with family and friends.  

Ms. Allie Gall, Coordinator of Youth Ministry

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.

Mrs. Mary Vincenti, Director of Religious Education

Mrs. Mary Vincenti, Director of Religious Education
Mary grew up in the village of McDonald, Ohio as a parishioner at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish.  As a young adult, her father was in the seminary for a year before joining the Navy.  She feels his strong faith was very instrumental in shaping her faith as a child.  She moved to Cleveland and subsequently joined St. Joan of Arc Parish in 2008 along with her family.  Her two daughters attended both the day school and the PSR programs here at SJA.  Mary is a past PTO president at the day school.  Hoping to set an example and instill a strong faith base in her daughters, Mary has volunteered as much as possible at SJA.  She served as director of Vacation Bible Camp for 8 years. She feels that developing a love of God and a relationship with God as early in life as possible builds a strong foundation for our future Catholics!  Mary has also been a PSR aide for the past 4 years and the day school Kindergarten aide for 2 years.  She was a Confirmation session table leader and conducted Confirmation candidate interviews.  She has been a volunteer with Children’s Liturgy of the Word since 2012. Mary has a bachelors and masters degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Cleveland State University and an associate of applied science degree from Youngstown State University. Mary is very excited to begin this new chapter in her life serving the parishioners of St. Joan of Arc Parish.  She believes that we should be “doers of the Word” putting God’s word into action and are happiest and most fulfilled when we are helping others, especially when it’s spreading God’s word and love to as many people as possible.

Mrs. Millie Prebel Pastoral Minister

Mrs. Millie Prebel  Pastoral Minister
As a former beauty professional Millie was blessed to have a head start in ministry all those years behind the chair serving others. A lifelong Catholic Millie was a thoughtful volunteer at Holy Angels Parish in Chagrin Falls Ohio many years when the call to ministry was placed on her spirit. She has devoted the last five years to formation at both the Ignatian Spirituality Institute at John Carroll certified in 2017 as a Spiritual Director and the Lay Ecclesial Ministry Program at the Center for Pastoral Leadership to be certified October 2022.

Blessed with an opportunity to follow the call to ministry Millie looks forward to putting her formation to good use in serving others. Inspired by the Holy Spirit and the words of scripture remembering whatever treasures we have are not ours alone, but  God’s gifts to us to use and share for the good of ourselves and the world.  

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