Parish Staff

Administration

Kevin Vance
Kevin Vance

Principal

Laura Sieve
Laura Sieve

Assistant Principal

lsieve@saintischool.org
Mrs. Sieve attended St. Ignatius School in 8th grade. She went to high school at McAuley. She attended University of Cincinnati and Xavier University to earn her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees, as well as her Intervention Specialist degree. Mrs. Sieve taught primary and junior high for 20 years, before she joined administration in 2007. Besides teaching at St. Ignatius School, she worked in a preschool and as an office manager for a speech therapy practice. Mrs. Sieve is a National Board Certified Teacher. She was a Praxis III Assessor for the State of Ohio and helped new teachers qualify for licensure. She co-wrote St. Ignatius School’s submission for the National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence Award. Mrs. Sieve loves to read, kayak, travel, and experience different cultures. She has traveled with students to China, Japan, and France. She went on the Holy Land Pilgrimage and visited our twinning parish in Guatemala.
Denise Schnur
Denise Schnur

Preschool Director

Melanie Crowe
Melanie Crowe

Director of Advancement

Joyce Cross
Joyce Cross

Admissions Coordinator

Amy Mueller
Amy Mueller

Office Assistant

Patty Thomas
Patty Thomas

Office Assistant

Pat Altenau
Pat Altenau

Administrative Assistant

Kindergarten

Tina Cassiere
Tina Cassiere

Teacher

Room 105 | x2105 tcassiere@saintischool.org
Mrs. Cassiere attended the University of Cincinnati and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education. She taught 3rd grade for six years, 1st grade for eight years, and began teaching kindergarten in 2004. She says, “I enjoy traveling, doing home improvement projects and being with my family and friends.”
Cathy Ray
Cathy Ray

Teacher

Room 107 | x2107 cray@saintischool.org
Mrs. Ray attended grade school at St. Antoninus, high school at Summit Country Day School, and college at Regis University in Denver, CO. Mrs. Ray worked for the Cincinnati Recreation Commission in Therapeutic Recreation directing recreation programs for special needs kids and adults. She also taught 1st, 2nd and 3rd grades at St. Martin of Tours. For fun she volunteers for Special Olympics and enjoys being a grandma.
Karen Riestenberg
Karen Riestenberg

Teacher

Room 104 | x2104 kriestenberg@saintischool.org
Mrs. Riestenberg is an alumna of Seton High School. She earned her Bachelor's in Education and a Reading Endorsement from the College of Mount St. Joseph in the days before it became a University. She also minored in Mathematics. She says, “My pilgrimage to the Holy Land with School of Faith in 2017 was one of the highlights of my life! I enjoy reading, shopping, trivia, watching cooking shows, doing puzzles of any kind, and spending time with my family.”
Kelly Schmidt
Kelly Schmidt

Teacher

Room 108 | x2108 kschmidt@saintischool.org
Miss Schmidt graduated from St. Ignatius in 2006 and attended McAuley for high school. She earned her Bachelor’s in Chemistry from the University of Cincinnati and her Masters in Education from Mount St. Joseph University. She also taught one year in first grade at St. Thomas More. She says, “I volunteered as a Girls on the Run coach here at St. Ignatius ... and really enjoyed it! I love to dance--I danced competitively for 10 years when I was younger and taught dance classes. I love to spend time with friends and family. I also love to go on trips and play any kind of game.”
Angela Frey
Angela Frey

Intervention Specialist

Room 105 | x2404 afrey@saintischool.org
For her undergraduate studies, Ms. Frey went to the University of Cincinnati where she obtained a degree in Communication. She earned a Master’s in Special Education Mount St. Joseph University. She worked for four years as a preschool/kindergarten teacher at The Children's House. She then served as an instructional assistant in special education with Oak Hills Local schools, at C.O. Harrison for one year and Rapid Run for three years. At Oak Hills she was responsible for accompanying special education students to their general education classes and assisting with accommodations to their work during those classes. She says, “I grew up on the west side of Cincinnati and attended St. Catharine of Sienna for elementary school and Mother of Mercy for high school. I grew up playing soccer and still enjoy playing recreationally. I also enjoy arts and crafts of any kind. I was blessed to be able to go on a life-changing pilgrimage to Israel over the summer of 2018 to witness the Holy Land.”
Lisa Thiemann
Lisa Thiemann

Aide

x2018-1 lthiemann@saintischool.org
Mrs. Thiemann grew up on the west side of Cincinnati and attended Our Lady of Lourdes grade school and Mother of Mercy High School. She also studied to be a paralegal at the University of Cincinnati. She joined the staff at St. Ignatius School in 2006 as a cafeteria worker, a year later moved to the aides office, and became a Kindergarten Aide in 2018. She says, “I love to spend time with my family, love sports, and love to golf. I also love to sew and quilt, and do crafts. In the summer I enjoy lounging in my pool with friends.”

Grade 1

Diane Menzer
Diane Menzer

Teacher

Room 2015 | x2205 dmenzer@saintischool.org
Mrs. Menzer attended Mount St. Joseph University and earned her AS, BS, and MA in Education (Certified PreK-3; Intervention Mild to Moderate K-12). Mrs. Menzer previously taught at St. Vincent de Paul School as a full-day kindergarten teacher. Prior to that, she worked in business for over 10 years. For fun Mrs. Menzer likes to do DIY projects, sew, crochet, and spend time with her grandchildren. She is a first generation immigrant from Germany.
Robyn Tierney
Robyn Tierney

Teacher

Room 206 | x2206 rtierney@saintischool.org
Mrs. Tierney earned her bachelor’s degree from Mount St. Joseph University to teach preschool through 3rd grade. She is currently pursuing her master’s at Xavier University in special education. She is a mentor teacher and has 12 years of experience working in first grade. Mrs. Tierney also worked for three years as 2nd grade teacher at St. Aloysius on the Ohio School. Mrs. Tierney volunteers with her husband at St. Teresa of Avila as director of the children's choir for their parish. She loves to spend time with her children/family, as well as walk, run, bake, decorate, garden, and attend sporting events.
Tricia Vondenbrink
Tricia Vondenbrink

Teacher

Room 204 | x2204 tvondenbrink@saintischool.org
Mrs. Vondenbrink attended University of Cincinnati and earned a BS in Education. She taught kindergarten at St. Catharine of Siena School in Westwood, preschool at Sharonville United Methodist Church Nursery School, and kindergarten at St. Margaret of York Catholic School in Loveland. Mrs. Vondenbrink is from Cincinnati. She grew up on the west side of town. She lived in Chicago for a few years when her son was born. For fun she likes to read, craft, walk, and play golf.
Karen Wiesman
Karen Wiesman

Teacher

Room 207 | x2207 kwiesman@saintischool.org
Mrs. Weisman earned her Bachelor’s degree in elementary education for K-8 at Xavier University. She is currently working on her Masters at Xavier University. She enjoys camping, reading, going to the movies, and being with her family. Mrs. Weisman has been a member of St. Ignatius since 2002.
Cathy Grote
Cathy Grote

Intervention Specialist

Room 203 | x2432 cgrote@saintischool.org
Ms. Grote earned her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education for K-8 from Youngstown State University, and her Graduate degree in Special Education, College of Mount St. Joseph. Ms. Grote taught for four years in the Covington Diocese, and taught Kindergarten for 11 years at The Children's House, a charter school. Ms. Grote volunteered at Saint Leo the Great parish and taught English as a second language for five years. She currently volunteers at Our Lady of Visitation, her home parish. She enjoys being on the church decorating committee and the baptism committee. For fun, she likes hiking, swimming, and gardening. She says, “I was born and raised in Youngstown, Ohio. I have four sisters and one brother. I moved to Cincinnati in 1980 where I raised my three beautiful daughters.”
Morgan Wagner
Morgan Wagner

Aide

x2442 mwagner@saintischool.org
Miss Wagner graduated from Miami University in 2015 and received her bachelor of science degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology. After realizing that she wanted to become a teacher, she went back to school at Mount St. Joseph University. She graduated in 2018 with her master of arts in teaching with an emphasis in inclusive early childhood education. She previously worked at All About Kids Childcare and Learning Center. Miss Wagner loves to travel, shop, and go to Cincinnati Reds games. She says, “My family and friends are super important to me, so I love to spend time with them when I can! I have lived in Cincinnati my entire life with my parents and younger sister. My mom is a nurse, my dad is a firefighter, and my sister is in school to become a nurse.”

Grade 2

Lisa Cassaro
Lisa Cassaro

Teacher

Room 118 | x2118 lcassaro@saintischool.org
Miss Cassaro attended The College of Mount St. Joseph for her undergraduate degree where she was a member of the Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society and received the Education Department's Student Teaching Award. She completed her master's degree at Xavier University. Miss Cassaro is a mentor teacher. She has been St. Ignatius School’s Local Professional Development Committee representative since 2003. She is the current chairperson. She enjoys reading and spending time with family and friends.
Judy Crowley
Judy Crowley

Teacher

Room 111 | x2111 jcrowley@saintischool.org
Mrs. Crowley received her bachelor’s degree from Thomas More College and earned her Master’s of Education in Reading at the College of Mount St. Joseph. She has taken numerous classes at Miami University, University of Cincinnati and Xavier University. She began teaching in 1980 and taught 2nd and 3rd grade students at St. Clare in College Hill (now closed) and here at St. Ignatius School. She also has been a teacher and co-director of St. Ignatius’ Parish School of Religion. Recently, she was a presenter at the National Catholic Education Association (NCEA) Convention in Cincinnati. She says, “I respect and encourage the differences in each student’s learning style and has a strong commitment to Catholic Education that sees Jesus as a central part of each student’s learning. My primary goal is for each student in my classroom to have a safe, warm and caring environment in which to learn, where successes are applauded and mistakes are welcomed and learned from.” When not teaching, she enjoys time with her family, reading a good book, cooking a new recipe and experiencing the wonders of God’s creation while kayaking!
Bridget Eichhold
Bridget Eichhold

Teacher

Room 109 | x2109 beichhold@saintischool.org
Miss Eichhold is a graduate of Xavier University. She has taught kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade. She previously taught at St. Ursula Villa for four years. She has been a part of the 2nd grade team at St. Ignatius School since 2005. She is a lifetime member of St. Ignatius Parish. In fact, she was awarded the “Distinguished Alumna Award” in 2012! Over the years, she has been active in music ministry, as well as PSR, CRHP, VBS, and RCIA. She says, “I love to cook, travel, my faith, my family and friends, and I am a proud cancer survivor!”
Katie Rischmann
Katie Rischmann

Teacher

Room 113 | x2113 krischmann@saintischool.org
Mrs. Rischmann completed her undergraduate studies at College of Mount St. Joseph (Elementary Education K-8). She earned her master’s degree (Elementary Education) and Intervention Specialist certification (mild/moderate K-12) from Xavier University. Mrs. Rischmann is lifelong a member of St. Ignatius parish and alumna of the school. She loves spending time with family and friends. She enjoys reading, working on small home improvement projects, and watching college basketball.
Stephanie Schoenfeld
Stephanie Schoenfeld

Teacher

Room 114 | x2114 sschoenfeld@saintischool.org
Miss Schoenfeld graduated from the College of Mount St. Joseph in 2011 after studying special education. Then she returned to continue her studies and earn her Early Childhood license to become dually licensed. After earning her second licenses she decided to continue her studies at Mount St. Joseph University, and graduated in May 2018 with her Master’s in Reading Science. Miss Schoenfeld began her teaching career as a 4th grade Intervention Specialist at Summit Academy Community School. For the next two years, she was the Intervention Specialist for a multi-grade level classroom and taught students in K-2. Then she started at St. Ignatius and was the kindergarten Intervention Specialist for three years. She began teaching 2nd grade at St. Ignatius School in 2016. Miss Schoenfeld attended multiple mission trips to New Orleans to rehab homes after Hurricane Katrina. She enjoys reading, spending time with her family, going to the zoo and going on adventures.
Vicki Kinney
Vicki Kinney

Intervention Specialist

Room 111 | x2423 vkinney@saintischool.org
Mrs. Kinney attended Bowling Green State University and earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Education in 1995. In 1999 she completed Orton-Gillingham (multi-sensory phonics instruction) training through Miami University and the Masonic Learning Center. She recently completed the requirements for a Reading Endorsement through Mount St. Joseph University. Mrs. Kinney has worked as an Intervention Specialist in Cincinnati Public Schools, Dayton Public Schools, Northwest Local Schools and LaSalle High School. She has been at St. Ignatius School since 2008. She likes to spend her free time with her family.
Mary Beth Ernst
Mary Beth Ernst

Aide

Carol Ruberg
Carol Ruberg

Aide

Grade 3

Christina Criswell
Christina Criswell

Teacher

Beth Coffey
Beth Coffey

Intervention Specialist

Mary Beth Ernst
Mary Beth Ernst

Aide

Grade 4

Roseann Engel
Roseann Engel

Math, Religion, Science

Heather Koch
Heather Koch

Math, Religion, Science

Andrea Schinkal
Andrea Schinkal

English, Reading, Social Studies

Beth Siemer
Beth Siemer

English, Reading, Social Studies

Anna Korb
Anna Korb

Intervention Specialist

Elizabeth Telles
Elizabeth Telles

Intervention Specialist

Diane Meeks
Diane Meeks

Aide & Orton Gillingham Tutor

Debbie Berling
Debbie Berling

Aide

Grade 5

Tim Foley
Tim Foley

English, Reading, Social Studies

Chris Gemperline
Chris Gemperline

Math, Religion, Science

Sylvia Hudepohl
Sylvia Hudepohl

Math, Religion, Science

Krystine Zimmerman
Krystine Zimmerman

English, Reading, Social Studies

Christine Eiser
Christine Eiser

Intervention Specialist

Jessica Huebner
Jessica Huebner

Intervention Specialist

Diane Meeks
Diane Meeks

Aide & Orton Gillingham Tutor

Debbie Berling
Debbie Berling

Aide

Grade 6 Homerooms

Jenny Meyer
Jenny Meyer

English, Reading

Darren Renner
Darren Renner

Social Studies

Samantha Timmons
Samantha Timmons

Intervention Specialist

Carolyn Milheim
Carolyn Milheim

Writing Lab

Lori Anderson
Lori Anderson

Aide

Grade 7 Homerooms

Linda McGowan
Linda McGowan

English, Reading

Debbie McLaughlin
Debbie McLaughlin

Social Studies

Patricia Hericks
Patricia Hericks

Intervention Specialist

Ann Shoemaker
Ann Shoemaker

Intervention Specialist

Carolyn Milheim
Carolyn Milheim

Writing Lab

Katie Behrle
Katie Behrle

Writing Lab

Lori Anderson
Lori Anderson

Aide

Grade 8 Homerooms

Kara Conneighton
Kara Conneighton

English, Reading

Doug Donoghue
Doug Donoghue

English, Reading

Grayson Rhoades
Grayson Rhoades

Intervention Specialist

Lori Anderson
Lori Anderson

Aide

Inclusion Staff

Debbie Berling
Debbie Berling

Orton Gillingham Tutor

Angie Bien
Angie Bien

School Psychologist

Room 225 | x2225 abien@saintischool.org
Mrs. Bien attended the University of Kentucky for undergraduate and received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. She attended the University of Cincinnati for graduate school in School Psychology where she received her Master’s and Education Specialist degrees. She began at St. Ignatius in 2018. Prior to working here, she was in the Northwest Local School District for seven years. She worked at the preschool and elementary level while in Northwest. Every year she serves as an intern supervisor for a school psychology student from UC. She loves to travel. She is originally from Lexington, Kentucky and moved to Cincinnati for graduate school. Mrs. Bien says, “As a school psychologist, I enjoy collaborating with teachers, staff, parents, and students to try and develop solutions for positive outcomes for all students. I specialize in behavioral and academic interventions and complete school based evaluations for students with disabilities. I enjoy working with classrooms, small groups and individual students to develop social-emotional skills, academic skills, and behavioral skills.”
Terry Davis
Terry Davis

Speech/Language Pathologist & Inclusion Coordinator

Room 212 tdavis@saintischool.org
Terry Davis is a graduate of Miami University where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Speech and Hearing Therapy. She also completed her Masters of Science degree at Miami. After graduating, she was hired by the Hamilton County Educational Service Center to work as a speech/language pathologist in the schools. Additional work experience includes working at summer therapy clinics at Cincinnati Speech & Hearing Center, Easter Seals, and private speech/language therapy. Mrs. Davis is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and has earned her Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech/Language Pathology. She is licensed through the Ohio Speech and Hearing Professionals Board and holds a Professional School Speech/Language Pathology license through the Ohio Department of Education. The Council for Exceptional Children in Ohio selected her as the 2015 Ohio Special Education Teacher of the Year recipient. Mrs. Davis has worked as a speech/language pathologist at St. Ignatius School since 1992. She also serves as the school’s Inclusion Coordinator.
Jennifer Dermody
Jennifer Dermody

Occupational Therapist

Peg Fischer
Peg Fischer

Director of Exceptional Learners

Karen Foland
Karen Foland

Speech/Language Pathologist

Amy Gillespie
Amy Gillespie

Gifted Education Specialist (Math)

Lauren Hartger
Lauren Hartger

School Psychologist

Susan Kimbrough
Susan Kimbrough

Itinerant Teacher of the Visually Impaired

Mindy Lawson
Mindy Lawson

Supported Social Studies (grades 6-8)

Diane Meeks
Diane Meeks

Orton Gillingham Tutor

Amy Schlessman
Amy Schlessman

Physical Therapist

Tammy Smith
Tammy Smith

Inclusion Specialist Assistant

Cynthia Sprinkle
Cynthia Sprinkle

Audiology

Pam Sullivan
Pam Sullivan

Gifted Education Specialist (Math)

Susan Weickgenant
Susan Weickgenant

Intervention Specialist, Orton Gillingham Coordinator & Literacy Coach

Room 110 sweickgenant@saintischool.org
As a child Mrs. Weickgenant attended elementary Catholic schools in Vista, California. She earned her BA in psychology at the University of Calif. at San Diego (UCSD). She completed her general education teaching license and part of her Master’s in Special Education at San Diego State University (SDSU). In 2008 she completed her Master’s and graduated from Xavier University with a degree and a license in Special Education. That same year she started teaching here at St. Ignatius School. Mrs. Weickgenant taught for the Northwest Local School District intermittently beginning in 1979. She also taught health education for a Catholic Program called Healthy Moms & Babes and the Mercy-Franciscan Hospital. For 20 years she was a childbirth educator and doula. In 2010, she was certified to teach students with the dyslexia reading disability and mentor other teachers while they are completing their training. She coordinates the Orton -Gillingham supplemental reading program at St. Ignatius School, one of the few schools in the area that has its own program. She enjoys helping with the VBS program at St. Ignatius Church in the summer. She loves reading for leisure and traveling.

Content Area Specialists

Valerie Bender
Valerie Bender

Theology of the Body

Karen Games
Karen Games

Spanish (grades 6-8)

Victoria Geckle
Victoria Geckle

Theology of the Body, Virtues Education, Enrichment

Jennifer Grantham
Jennifer Grantham

Instrumental Music

Tasha Grismayer
Tasha Grismayer

Music, Band, & Choir

JC Heisler
JC Heisler

Band

Bill Magness
Bill Magness

Technology Co-Director

Megan Mears
Megan Mears

Technology Integration Specialist & Choir

Jonathan Pyrak
Jonathan Pyrak

Band

Kathy Wissel
Kathy Wissel

Physical Education

Gym | x2401 kwissel@saintischool.org
Mrs. Wissel received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Cincinnati. Her teaching career began in 1991 at St. Catherine’s School where she taught for five years. She came to St. Ignatius School in 1996. She says, “I feel privileged to be a significant part of the student’s lives for nine years. My philosophy is to help each student develop self -confidence, cooperation, sportsmanship, life-long fitness habits and how to be a better person. I will provide the students a safe and cooperative learning environment where all the students are able to grow and develop to their full potential.” In her free time, she enjoys reading, exercising, attending University of Cincinnati athletic events and hanging out with her family.

Student Services

Emily Branscum
Emily Branscum

Youth Ministry

Diane Byard
Diane Byard

School Aide

Heidi Kemper
Heidi Kemper

Co-Director of Technology

Kathy Reder
Kathy Reder

School Nurse

Beth Reynolds
Beth Reynolds

Cafeteria Manager

Tim Schweikert
Tim Schweikert

Plant Manager

June Walke
June Walke

After School Care Coordinator

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