Staff Directory

Fr. Alexander “Sandy” McDonald – Pastor
Email Father Sandy or call (803) 788-0811

Gerard (Stick) Thibodeaux - Deacon
Email Deacon Stick or call (803) 788-3252, ext. 330

Fr. Sylvère Baloza - Parochial Vicar
Email Father Sylvère  or call (803) 788-3252, ext. 325

Wendy Bobadilla – Parish Nurse
Email Wendy or call (803) 788-3252, ext. 327

Johnny Sanchez– Director of Youth Ministry
Email Johnny or call (803) 788-3252, ext. 328

David Cochrane - Choir Director
Email David or call (803) 788-3252, ext. 333

Catherine Combier-Donovan - Pastoral Associate and Director of Liturgy & Adult Formation
Email Catherine or call (803) 788-3252, ext. 326

Maria Correa – Assistant to Business Administrator
Email Maria or call (803) 788-3252, ext. 322

Silvia Goodman – Administrative Assistant
Email Silvia or call (803) 788-3252, ext. 318

Tammy Melson – Director of Communications
Email Tammy or call (803) 788-3252, ext. 324

Genie O’Shesky - Business Administrator
Email Genie or call (803) 788-3252, ext. 311

Cherie Smith – Director of Christian Formation and Pastoral Associate
Email Cherie or call (803) 788-3252, ext. 321

Michael Wells - Sexton
Email Michael 

Veronica West – Assistant to Director of Christian Formation
Email Veronica or call (803) 788-3252, ext. 320

Wendy Bobadilla
Job Title: Parish Nurse
Position Description: 

  • Helps parish community focus on health promotion and disease prevention, while supporting the physical, mental, social, and spiritual needs of each person.
  • Acts as staff liaison for the parish’s Outreach and Social Justice Commission in the development and implementation of its goals. 
  • Does NOT provide any invasive procedures (such as injections, dressing changes, administering of medications), or home-care services (such as bathing, feeding, dressing, bed-making). 
  • Does NOT replace patient’s doctor or other health-care provider as source of medical advice that still needs to be obtained from them.
    Contact information:  (803) 788-3252, ext. 327
    Hours: 20 hours per week (and by appointment)


Beth Burns
Job Title: Interim Director of Youth Ministry
Position Description: 

  • To build young disciples for Christ by developing and implementing a comprehensive approach to youth ministry (in the areas of group building, worship, discipleship, mission, and outreach) while serving as a spiritual leader and role model.
  • Responsible for High School and Middle School Youth Ministry- Including youth group and faith formation, community activities, fundraising, communication, service opportunities, and parish involvement.
  • Coordinator for Confirmation
  • Works closely with the Youth Formation Commission in creating and implementing goals for youth of the parish.

Contact Information: or call (803) 788-3252, ext. 328
Hours: 40 hours per week, Sunday-Thursday (or by appointment)

Catherine Combier-Donovan
Job Title: Pastoral Associate; Director of Liturgy and Adult Faith Formation
Position Description:

  • Coordinates quality liturgical and musical experiences for the parish. 
  • Plans and develops the full liturgical cycle, including Sunday and Holy Day liturgies, and major parish celebrations.
  • Coordinates and oversees the parish’s liturgical and music ministries, oversees planning and preparation of worship-space environment, provides ongoing liturgical formation, coordinates evaluation of parish liturgical needs, and collaborates with Pastor, Parochial Vicar, as well as the parish’s Prayer and Worship Commission
  • Initiates and manages adult faith activities and opportunities for ongoing faith formation and enrichment.
  • Collaborates with the parish’s Adult Faith Formation Commission in implementing the vision and parish goals for adult formation, in light of the expressed needs of the adults of the community. 
  • Collaborates with the parish’s Director of Youth and Sacramental Faith Formation.

Contact information: or call (803) 788-3252, ext. 326
Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday - Friday (or by appointment)

Maria Correa
Job Title: Business Administrator Assistant/Bookkeeper
Position Description:

  • Manages and counts offertory. 
  • Processes and enters offertory into PDS. 
  • Responsible for all accounting matters (pays invoices, balances accounts, generates quarterly and fiscal-year-end reports as well as tax statements). 
  • Manages the facility schedule for the Hispanic community. 
  • Helps Father Javier collect documents for the Hispanic community (baptism, marriage, etc.), thereby assisting parish Business Manager in gathering information for reports.

Contact information: or (803) 788-3252 ext. 322
Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday – Friday

Silvia Goodman
Job Title: Parish Office Administrative Assistant
Position Description:

  • Responsible for the overall administrative operations process.
  • Provide timely reception to inquiries and clerical support to pastoral staff and parish ministries. 
  • Process requests for Baptisms, Mass intentions, sponsor certificates, facility uses and lector announcements. 
  • Create and distribute ministry schedules and miscellaneous reports and mailings. Maintain church database, records and offertory envelope mailing as well as process incoming and outgoing mail. Accept initial calls for financial assistance.

Contact information: or 803.788.3252 ext. 318
Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Monday – Friday

Tammy Melson
Job Title: Director of Communications
Position Description:

  • Provides news and information to the parish and larger community regarding St. John Neumann Catholic Church in a manner consistent with the parish’s mission and vision. 
  • Creates a weekly parish bulletin
  • prepares and publishes the parish newsletter, Servus Fidelis.
  • develop and maintain the St. John Neumann website. 
  • Collaborates with St. John Neumann parish ministries in promoting special events. 
  • Acts as staff liaison for the parish’s Community Life Commission in the development and implementation of its goals.

Contact Information: or 803.788.3252 ext. 324
Hours: 20 hours per week

Genie O’Shesky
Job Title: Parish Business Manager
Position Description:

  • Oversees overall finances of day-to-day fiscal operation, including facilities and property management, purchasing, and compliance with all federal, state and diocesan regulations and policies. 
  • Supports the Pastor in his work, and enabling the parish ministries to function effectively. 
  • Oversees stewardship and parish initiatives, being responsive as administrative liaison between the Pastor, ministries and office staff. 
  • Supervises daily operations of the Parish Center, the parish’s financial functions, human resources, church assets and planning. 
  • Acts as staff liaison for the parish’s Administrative Commission in the development and implementation of its goals.

Contact information: or (803) 788-0811 ext. 311
Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday - Friday (or by appointment)

Cherie Smith
Job Title: Director of Elementary Christian Formation and Pastoral Associate for Sacramental Preparation
Position Description:

  • Responsible for the Parish Elementary Christian Formation program, which includes Pre-School to 6thGrade, and Vacation Bible School. 
  • Maintains the parish library. 
  • Works closely with the parish’s Youth Formation Commission in envisioning goals for children and youth.
  • Responsible for preparation of children and families for First Reconciliation and First Communion, and adults for the sacrament of Matrimony. 
  • Responsible for RCIA for children and adults. 
  • Case counselor/liaison for Tribunal regarding Annulments 
  • Safe Environment Coordinator 
  • VIRTUS Facilitator 
  • Acts as staff liaison for the parish’s Youth Formation Commission in the development and implementation of its goals.

Contact information: or 788-3252 ext. 321
Hours: Full-time (or by appointment)

Michael Wells
Job Title: Parish Sexton
Position Description:

  • Provides facilities-maintenance, janitorial services and inventory control for the church, administrative office and rectory. 
  • Reports to the Pastor and Business Manager. 
  • Adheres to the Diocese of Charleston’s Preventative Maintenance Checklists
  • Assists with oversight of contractor services—tracking inventory and providing purchase orders to the Business Manager for approval.

Contact information: or (803) 788-0811
Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday – Friday

Veronica West
Job Title: Assistant to the Director of Religious Education

Position Description:

  • Support the Director of Religious Education in the catechesis program for children attending K4-6th grade in public schools.
  • Assists catechists with class-preparation and filing of sacramental records. 
  • Acts as liaison for Hispanic parents (helping with translations and interpretations). 
  • Communicates with parents and volunteers about upcoming religious-education events. 
  • Keeps records of children’s stewardship collections. 
  • Helps with Christmas pageants and other special events.

Contact Information: or (803)788-3252 ext. 320
Hours: 20 hours per week