Staff Directory

Fr. Alexander “Sandy” McDonald – Pastor
Email Father Sandy or call (803) 788-3252, ext. 319

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, Bookkeeper, Hispanic Community Rep.
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: wbobadilla@sjnchurch.com  (803) 788-3252, ext. 327
    Hours: 20 hours per week (and by appointment)

 

Johnny Sanchez
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: jsanchez@sjnchurch.com 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: ccombierdo@sjnchurch.com 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, Hispanic Community Representative
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 Hispanic priest collect documents for the Hispanic community (baptism, marriage, etc.), thereby assisting parish Business Manager in gathering information for reports.

Contact information: mcorrea@sjnchurch.com or (803) 788-3252 ext. 322
Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Tuesday – 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. 

Contact information: sgoodman@sjnchurch.com 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: tmelson@sjnchurch.com 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: goshesky@sjnchurch.com 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: csmith@sjnchurch.com 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: mwells@sjnchurch.com 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: wvest@sjnchurch.com or (803)788-3252 ext. 320
Hours: 20 hours per week