Kerry McKeon-Paquette

Kerry McKeon-Paquette

Administrative Technician

Kerry is our Administrative Technician. She works as our Safe Environment Coordinator, maintains our growing social media presence, and assists with bookkeeping. She worked in banking for 15 years before coming to St. John’s in 2012. She lives in New Hartford with her husband Todd and two children, Keelin and Ryan. When her children aren’t keeping her busy with extra-curricular activities, she enjoys traveling with her family.

Dick Vetere

Dick Vetere

Coordinator of Youth and Young Adult Ministry

Our new Coordinator of Youth and Young Adult Ministry is Dick (Dominick, officially) Vetere. Dick is a Utica native, a graduate of Proctor High School and SUNY Poly and currently resides in Utica. He is also a graduate of Leadership Mohawk Valley. Dick is the owner of a local small business and proudly supports “all things local”, from locally owned restaurants and small businesses to the arts and culture. Dick has worked in Youth Ministry since his college days and feels strongly that we are all charged to do the very best we can for our youth.

 

Donna DiPietro

Donna DiPietro

Senior Bookkeeper

Donna is our Senior Bookkeeper. She has held this position for 6 1/2 years. She resides in New Hartford with husband Gabe. She has two children, Alexander and Samantha. Donna graduated from Utica College with a BS in Accounting. She enjoys spending time with her family.

Anne Freytag

Anne Freytag

Director of St. John the Evangelist Nursery School

Anne is the Director of St. John the Evangelist Nursery School. She began at St. John’s in 1986, first as a teacher of 3 and 4 year olds, and later as Director. Anne and her husband, David, raised three children here in New Hartford: Eileen, Michael, and Mark. Anne continues to enjoy each and every day at St. John’s and feels blessed with so many wonderful children.

Jennifer Williams

Jennifer Williams

Secretary

Jennifer began working as secretary for the St. John’s Nursery School and Faith Formation office in April of 2015. She grew up in New Hartford and has taught Religious Education classes at St. John’s for the last 10 years. Jennifer and her husband, Scott, have two boys: Jack and Sam. In their free time, they enjoy attending Utica College and Utica Comets hockey games.

 

Cheryl Smith

Cheryl Smith

Director of Faith Formation

Cheryl is our new Director of Faith Formation.  She previously worked for seven years as the Diocesan Regional Faith Formation Associate for the Diocese of Syracuse.  In 2013, Cheryl was the recipient of the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership New Wineskins Award for her “Power of One” high school Faith Formation program. She finds joy from having a loving husband, six grown children, and twelve grandchildren.

Stewart Kramer

Stewart Kramer

Head of Maintenance

Stewart is our head of maintenance and his been with the church since 1990. He has been a lifelong resident of New Hartford, graduating from New Hartford Central School in 1973. He has been a member of the Willowvale Fire Company since 2009. In his spare time, Stewart enjoys camping and is an avid roller coaster enthusiast.

Joseph Grimmer

Joseph Grimmer

Maintenance Staff

Joe is a member of our maintenance staff and has been here at St. John’s since 2010. He was born and raised in New Hartford and attended St. John the Evangelist School. Joe enjoys fishing, gardening, and listening to music.

 

Karen Pohorecki

Director of Music

Karen is our new Director of Music. She studied at Fredonia School of Music and is certified by the Syracuse Diocese Organist Training Program. Karen is often assisted by her husband Darren, who also has a notable music background. They have been married for 23 years and have two children, Gregory and Megan. Karen is also employed with Whitesboro Central Schools and is a Certified Personal Trainer and Health Coach.