Rev. Charles M. Amershek, Jr.; Pastor
Father Charlie Amershek was born in Johnstown, PA, to Charlie Sr. and Anne (Tomak) Amershek. He has two sisters, Carol Fagan (deceased) and Janet Kazanecki, who resides in Johnstown. Father Charlie graduated from St. Rochus Catholic School and then from Bishop McCort High School. In 1971 he earned a BA in Philosophy from St. Francis College and in 1975 a Masters of Divinity in Sacred Theology from St. Francis Seminary, which is now the Federal Correction Institute of Loretto, PA.
He was ordained to priestly service for the Church of Altoona-Johnsown in May of 1975. Father Charlie has served as Chaplain and Theology Instructor at Bishop Carroll High School; priest in residence at St. Charles Chruch in Twin Rocks; parochial vicar at Our Mother of Sorrows Parish in Johnstown (there is no truth to the rumor that this Parish was known as "Our Lady of Joy" until he was assigned there!); and from 1982 until the Parish was suppressed in 2009, pastor at his home parish, St. Rochus. After St. Rochus parish was closed Father Charlie was granted a Sabbatical year, highlighted by his participation in the Ministry to Ministers Sabbatical Program at the Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, Texas.
"I feel so blessed to be called to walk with a vibrant, faith-filled community as we follow the Good Shepherd on the way to the Father."
Deacon Jack Orlandi - Email
Deacon Jack Orlandi was ordained a deacon in 2009. He is a native of Jerome, PA, in Somerset County. He graduated from St Francis High School in Athol Springs, NY. He entered the Air Force in 1966 where he spent 20 years until his retirement in 1986. He joined the Penn State Community in 1986 as a computer analyst/programmer supporting the University Libraries computer systems. His daughter Renee lives in State College and his son Christopher and his wife Jennifer live in Knoxville, TN. Deacon Jack is married to Colette a native of San Antonio. Deacon Jack and Colette, along with some friends, formed a prayer group which led to his calling to the diaconate. They both have been involved with Prison Ministry at the nearby Rockview State Corrections Institution. Deacon Jack actively serves the people of our parish as well as those in our surrounding area.
Deacon Michael A. Ondik
Deacon Mike Ondik was ordained a deacon in 2000. Deacon Mike spent 30 years in the public arena of natural resource conservation. His interest in wildlife and the outdoors in general will always be there, but the little bit of help he can be to the people who need help is important in a different way. Mike and his family live here in Happy Valley. His son Mike is a Land Management Group Supervisor with the Pennsylvania Game Commission, his daughter Dolores is involved with Rittenhouse Management Corporation in Shingletown, and his son Patrick is a heating/air conditioning technician and lives in State College. He has six grandchildren and they are lots of fun. He lives on a small farm near Fillmore, PA. The pleasure of serving Good Shepherd parish has been all his! He is looking forward to many more years!
Mary Ellen Bucknavage, Staff Accountant - Email
Full bio coming soon.
Karen R. Noel, Administrative Assistant - Email
Karen is a native of State College and has been with Good Shepherd since 2008. Before coming to Good Shepherd, she was employed at Penn State University for 25 years. She is married to Ken Noel, a free-lance photographer and has two children, Aimee who lives in Harrisburg and Julie who lives in Pittsburgh. She is now "Nana" to two grandchildren, Ben and Lila. Karen and Ken are dog lovers and have a Lab named Tucker.
Barbara A. Henderson, Secretary/Receptionist - Email
Barbara, a native of rural Armstrong County, has been a resident of the State College area since 1986. She earned a B.S. in Accounting from Indiana University of PA, then worked in the Accounting and Finance Departments of various corporations for nearly 30 years. Her longest tenure was 25 years with Raytheon Corporation in State College. Corporate downsizing caused her to reevaluate what she wanted to do with her life and, after spending a year caregiving for a friend's elderly mother, she felt the "nudge" to put her administrative skills to work for the church. She has been a member of Good Shepherd since 1990, leads the 11:00 mass choir, and is a cantor. Her husband, Jeff, is guitarist for the choir. They live in Pennsylvania Furnace with their children Anna and Adam, and cat Butterfly. She is thankful for the light, life and love she finds in so many ways at Good Shepherd.
Other staff members:
Jeff Sowash, Facility Manager - Email
Jim Maund, Facility Rental Coordinator - Email
Jim graduated from Penn State in 1977 with a degree in Accounting. He moved to Pittsburgh for 14 years, where he worked for the Pittsburgh Steelers & for L B Foster Company. He returned to State College in 1989, where he served as Controller, first of The Skills Group & then of McCrossin Construction Company. In 2007, Jim participated in the RCIA program & entered into full communion with the Catholic church. He retired in 2017, & became our Facility Rental Coordinator in 2018. His wife Cindy passed away in 2017. His daughter, Laura, is an architect in New York City. He is so grateful for the many, many blessings Good Shepherd Parish has brought into his life.