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Pastoral Council as of Oct 2021: Tom Asher, Gina Chamberlain, Donna Marie Clancy, Laura Connelly, Mike Garofalo, Wendy Marano, Dawn Morning, Coni Tartaglia, Peg Ugolick.


Tom Asher

I’m Tom Asher, parishioner and Maple Shade resident since 2005. I married my wife April here, and our children Lucas and Ella were baptized here. I work for Penn Community Bank in Bristol, PA, managing their Internet Banking and Debit Card programs. I have also DJ’d and hosted trivia (“Quizzo”) games since 2002. April’s mom, Marge Keppler, was an active parishioner here before she passed away in 2016, so I am looking forward to helping out and making her proud!


 

Gina Chamberlain

I am Gina Chamberlain and grew up in Pennsauken area where  I attended St. Stephen’s School, Camden Catholic HS, and The College of New Jersey. After I married my husband, Barry, we moved to Maple Shade and became parishioners of Our Lady of Perpetual Help. I  volunteered for the PREP program when my children were younger, served as a facilitator for past prayer groups, and served on a previous Parish Council. I have taught Kindergarten and mentally and physically challenged individuals. In 1998, I was called to OLPH and  began as first-grade teacher. During my years at OLPH, my husband and I have raised three children and I am now a proud “Mom-Mom” of five.

I believe that every person we meet is a gift from God.  As disciples, we are called to seed and nourish others with the tools necessary to become unique, productive individuals who appreciate the differences in each person.  I believe that Jesus is our role model.  It is through His example we learn that dedication and commitment are qualities that enable us to meet the challenges of today. I believe that the Holy Spirit gives each of us gifts that empower us to become lifelong learners who plan for a future where we can achieve our full potential and make a positive impact on our society.


Donna Marie Clancy

I am part of the OLPH Music Ministry as a Cantor and help Joanne direct the Adult Choir.  I have worked in parishes and schools in the Diocese of Trenton and the Archdiocese of Newark as a teacher, School Religion Coordinator, Director of Religious Education, Pastoral Associate for Catechesis and a Cantor. Currently I am the Executive Director of Mustard Seed Community Childcare at Our Savior. I live in Columbus with my little dog Daisy.  My way of praying is through song and my favorite hymn is The Cloud’s Veil by Liam Lawton.  I am honored to have been asked to serve on the OLPH Pastoral Council.


 

Laura Connelly

My name is Laura Connelly. I have three wonderful children Laura, Theodora, and Caden. My husband Chris and I married in 2010. Family means everything to me! I am lucky enough to have my brother Markus living close by in Maple Shade too. Being able to attend daily mass and Sunday mass at OLPH is a blessing. As volunteer events arise I look forward to helping out. I am part of a Lay Carmelite Community in Cherry Hill, NJ. I absolutely love the Carmelite Saints, especially Saint Teresa of Jesus. I am always open to prayer requests. I really want everyone to be able to experience the graces and love Jesus has for us all. Besides studying the Bible and prayer,  I enjoy ballet, the beach, and Mexican food. There is nothing like a good quesadilla or tortilla chips!


 

Mike Garofalo

My name is Michael Garofalo.  I live in Mount Laurel with my wife Christine and our four children, Brianne, Dominic, Carissa, and Annalise.  Having been a part of Our Lady of Perpetual Help since 2007, in both Church and School, I am proud to have been asked to be a part of the Pastoral Council.  I am a member of the Knights of Columbus, Council #5714 in Maple Shade and currently serves as the Assistant General Agent for the Knights of Columbus Insurance for the Diocese of Trenton and surrounding area.  I look forward to sharing my knowledge in helping our parish community flourish and prosper for future generations.


 

Wendy Marano

Member of the parish since 1992. My faith background was Protestant, and I went through the RCIA process at Our Lady of Perpetual Health in 1999.  I am married to my husband, Domenic, for almost 31 years.  We have three children, Elizabeth 27, Dan 24, and Justine, 16.  All three children attended OLPH School and my husband and I have been involved in many ministries over the years including the PreCana team, Lector/Eucharistic Minister (Dom), and Music Ministry (I serve as a cantor.)  Being part of OLPH to me means being part of a loving, welcoming community where I can experience God’s love and deepen my faith. I look forward to serving on the Pastoral Council and helping OLPH change and grow as a vibrant parish community.


 

Dawn Morning

My name is Dawn Morning. I am currently serving on the Pastoral Counsel.  I am a Full Time Mother of two (son who is 11 and daughter who is 8) and Wife.  I work part time as a legal assistant.  My husband is Carlo, the Mailman, who works in town.  We are involved with the community in both sports as well in the public schools. Both of our children, Carlo and Abigail, are enrolled in Religious Education Classes at OLPH.  I have enjoyed serving on the Pastoral Counsel and look forward to helping our parish grow.


 

Coni Tartaglia

My name is Coni Tartaglia. After my confirmation at OLPH I volunteered for RCIA, PREP, and am an Eucharistic Minister.  I cherish my OLPH PTA and Leadership Council memories.  I'm proud to be a charter officer and member of the OLPH Columbiettes.   Our beautiful family and our good parish friendships keep our lives rich and busy.  Though my career in software security and quality engineering took us away from OLPH for a while, I always feel at home and welcome here.  It is an honor to serve the Parish Council, and I pray that our efforts will help us to grow in faith and service.


 

 

Peg Ugolick