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!
Amy Steele Timan, Director of Faith Formation - Email
My family joined Good Shepherd Church in 2012. I began volunteering when my son, Jonathan, started attending Faith Formation, as the “traveling music teacher” on Sunday mornings. Eventually I became a 1st and 2nd grade Catechist. When the position of Faith Formation Director opened up last year, I KNEW this is the place I wanted to be!
Born and raised in St. Mary’s, PA, I moved to State College in the mid ‘80’s to attend Penn State. After graduation I worked as the Director of the local Daycare Center. I transitioned to Penn State’s Child Development Lab as teacher in the early ‘90’s. During this time I met my future Dutch husband, John, and moved to Holland. I loved my job at the American International School of Rotterdam teaching Kindergarten but gladly returned to the States with Joh, residing and working in NJ for 4 years. During this time I worked for an early childhood music education program both as a teacher and an administrator. Also, all good things must come to an end and BACK to Holland we went!
Jonathan (JJ) was born in Holland in 2005 and our family was son off to 3 years of adventures in Africa, taking up residence in Lagos, Nigeria! I became involved with planning programs for the British Embassy and created and ran my own music program for over 50 children of ex-pats. My favorite part of my time in Lagos was spent teaching music in a Nigerian school as the “traveling music teacher”!
After a 6-month stay in Portugal we decided to located back to State College in 2009. JJ enrolled in the Child Development Lab, in my old classroom, with some of my former colleagues!
The last 10 years have been filled with many musical and non-musical volunteering ventures. Before coming to Good Shepherd I worked for 2 years at Juniper Village teaching tai/chi and qigong and leading monthly sing-a-longs; a delightful and fulfilling job.
This last year as Director of Faith Formation has been an amazing and God-inspired time. I LOVE the many facets of my job which allows me to grow closer to Christ through our children, families, programs, and Parish community.
Theresa A. Hawbaker, Financial Administrator - Email
Theresa and her family became members of Good Shepherd in 2006. She became a third grade catechist and has been involved with various ministries within Faith Formation ever since.
Theresa worked in banking for many years prior to becoming a stay-at-home some where she was able to spend her “spare” time volunteering for various organizations. She and her husband Bob currently reside in the Huntingdon area with their three children, Maggie, Carrie, and Jacob.
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 has two children, Aimee who lives in Harrisburg and Julie who lives in Pittsburgh. She is “Nana” to two grandchildren, Ben and Lila. Karen is a dog lover and has a sweet, energetic, black 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.
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Elaine Scutti, Retreat Facilitator - Email
Elaine Scutti, a native of Pittsburgh, met her husband, Carmine, here as a student in 1980. She earned a Marketing degree from Penn State in 1983, and worked for both Kraft Foods, Inc and American Home Foods, before “retiring” to stay home to raise her family. After 20 years of living and raising three wonderful kids in Naperville, Illinois, they had the chance to move back to where it all began, and Carmine began working as a Financial Analyst with Janney, Montgomery, Scott, in 2009. Tommy, their oldest at 28, is a local driver for UPS, Taylor, 26, was recently married in June 2019, and works for Capital One in Richmond, VA as a Senior Analyst, and Victoria, 23, is a Chemical Engineer with 3M in Minneapolis, MN. When the Scutti family joined the Good Shepherd family in the fall of 2009, Elaine became our Youth Minister/Retreat Facilitator soon after in March of 2010, helping to build the program up during the transition of many of our staff. She brought with her 20 years of teaching 3rdgrade Faith Formation, 11 years of leading VBS, and completion of a Lay Formation program called “New Wine” in which various masters level courses were held weekly for three years touching on Scripture, Morality, Leadership, Old and New Testament, Human Development, and Sacraments, to name a few. Health issues caused her to reluctantly step away from the Youth Ministry position after 9 years serving in 2018, but she still continues to raise up our Middle School and High School kids through thought provoking, team building, eye opening, and faith infused retreats. Many of the kids who have passed through this ministry can quote Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me.” and often write PHIL on their track shoes, goalie gloves, or instrument case, and that makes her heart smile. Elaine is so blessed by being able to serve in a place where God love is so abundant. <><
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.